Sunday, September 8, 2019

Lunch Box Notes You Can Do

This week, I have a "quick win". My mom was good at tucking notes into my lunch randomly. I've tried to be good at this for my girls, but I don't do it often enough. One reason is I usually think to do this in the morning - and that's not the ideal time to whip up something. 

After putting some thought into it, I came up with a Google Slide deck with 24 pre-made notes. (And no, they don't have to just be for lunchboxes!) I left some blank so you can handwrite your own. I also included some instructions if you are wanting to make your own! I'll be printing these out and using them for my own daughters for sure! I might even tuck them in colleagues mailboxes, too!

Here is the link to the template ↬ Little Notes ... Big Impact 
(I used the URL hack for you to be able to preview the notes. Please click the "Use Template" in the upper right corner to make yourself a copy & customize to fit you.)

I've also added it to "Templates for Teachers" website I maintain with a colleague of mine, Beth. We have shared out over 60 templates made with Google Apps that you are free to take and make your own. There are ones for teacher use as well as ones ready-to-use with students.

* * * BONUS * * *
2 weeks ago, I shared out the idea to include your students in creating the header for your Google Classrooms. Here is ANOTHER idea you can include your students in. This is great "real estate" for your students to express their creativity and learning. Since there are so many different devices out there - this would work for iPads and laptops as well - I'd recommend Googling your specific device's screen size to find the correct resolution. Then create a Google Drawing of that custom size.

I Googled the screen size for our chromebooks.


In the "File" menu, select "Page setup" then "Custom" and change the unit to pixels. Type in the screen size you found.

Once you have this "template," share it out through Google Classroom. You could design a challenge around a current learning topic or just allow students to demonstrate their creativity. [At the beginning of the year, this could be a great getting to know you activity!]

To insert it as the background, they just need to download it as a JPEG or PNG file. Do a double-finger tap on their current wallpaper, and "Set Wallpaper". Go to the downloads file and choose the downloaded image. You can do this as often as you'd like! 

Good luck! If you have your students create backgrounds, I'd love to see them! You can tag me on Twitter (@kiefersj), comment below, or even email me sarah@techyoucando.com. I enjoy seeing what students create!

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