Monday, December 4, 2017

5 Google Slides Activities You Can Do

The other day, I wrote a post about change and how it can be amazing.  Here are 5 activities you can use in your class.  Take your pick and do one ... or do them all!

Google Slides Scavenger Hunt (Catlin Tucker @Catlin_Tucker) -- an amazing activity you can use to help your students become more proficient with Slides. And it's FUN! and YES! You can make your own copy of it and share with your students.  It's beautiful - go ahead ... share with your students, tomorrow.

Build Your Own Snowman (Eric Curts @ericcurts) -- this amazing activity allows your students to be creative without the hassle of needing to find the "accessories" to build their own snowman.  Eric reinforces writing skills by giving space to write a story about the snowman they create.  Eric includes a template you can copy and share, AND he also provides a short tutorial in case you need it!

If-Then Adventure Stories (Google's Applied Digital Skills Curriculum) -- this take on "Choose Your Own Adventure Stories" many, including myself, enjoyed as a child, is set up to walk your students through the process from start to finish.  

**Note - it says it is geared for middle/high school students, so if you want to use with younger students, you may need to provide additional support.  (I used it with 4th graders and they 💛'd it!)

Create Your Own "My School App" in Google Slides for mobile devices (Micah Shippee, PhD @micahshippee)-- coolness & techy nerd-i-ness to the MAX!  I can't even begin to explain how excited I got when I read the first TWO lines "Many schools and classrooms would love to have their own app but the skills and/or cost of developing an app is often beyond our immediate reach. Google Slides offers a clean solution to your app dilemma."  I couldn't build one fast enough! And the fact that the author, Micah Shippee, PhD, provides a template you can copy & paste?  It's like the icing on the cake!  You could have your VERY OWN APP to share with your parents & students, and all it takes is Google Slides! 💗💗💗

Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt (Alice Keeler @alicekeeler) -- Want to work on collaboration within your classroom? Want to push your students to think a little 'outside the box' while giving them solid structure?  Then this is what you need to "push" your vocab lessons further.  Using Alice's template, share with your class and allow them to create an entire unit of study's vocab in one space.  And it's a cool layer to note - you don't need to limit yourself to pre-made clipart ... the images used in Alice's demonstration are all photographs! Encourage your students to look for vocab outside the classroom. 

I could go on with more ... but I'll save that for another day.  Now it's YOUR turn.  

Pick ONE ... DO IT.

Then, please, share with me.  I'd love to hear how it worked - or didn't.  Believe me, I've had numerous lessons that flop.  Learn from it and come back better.  And I can't say it enough ... some of my most rewarding lessons in class were when I was honest with my students and said I wasn't 100% sure how it would all go.  That I was learning, too.

You got this!

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