Spotlight on Strategies: Change It Up! They Said What?

This week we continue a new Spotlight on Strategies (CDN Version) series called Change It Up.  For years you’ve told us the best part of the SOS is their adaptability for use across grade levels and content areas. In this series we’ll share examples of what that might look like.

We’d love to know what your favorite adaptations are, so visit the DEN Online Community and share more ideas!

Change It Up!

Strategy: They Said What? (CDN Version)

In a nutshell: Students use speech bubbles to create logical dialogue between characters in a digital image to demonstrate understanding of the topic.

In any subject…

…layer content information onto related images using PowerPoint, Google Slides, or collage apps for mobile devices. Distribute digital copies of these images to provide students with an alternate mode for accessing content.

In Math…

…Learning Technologies Coach Lindsay Foster (Texas) suggests asking students to use other drawing tools to identify geometric lines and shapes that are present in digital images instead of using speech bubbles. Then, ask them to compute angle measurements, line lengths, or areas of the shapes or lines.

In Science…

…have students use speech bubbles on images to help explain relationships between different elements.

In Social Studies…

…Learning Technologies Coach Lindsay Foster (Texas) suggests asking students to use speech bubbles, shapes, or arrows to point out significant details in primary source photographs that help them understand where or when the image was taken.

In Primary Grades…

…first grade teacher Elizabeth Blanco (Texas) suggests helping students look at situations from multiple perspectives by having them add speech bubbles to digital images related to the topic being studied.


There are many different online tools, websites that allow users to embed speech bubbles, lines, boxes, etc. Here are a few suggestions to start with. 



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