“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” By Albert Einstein
Google aims to make their search site as useful as possible including having what is referred to as instant search cards. Instant search cards are when interactive information is the first result which allows you to “experience” what you searched for. Below are the top ten instant search cards you can utilize in your classroom with your students!
- Roll a die: When you type this in a six sided die will appear for you to interact with by rolling it to see what number appears.
- Timer: When you type this in a timer appears that you can use for multiple reasons in the classroom such as for transitions. Student also love using it to help with time management.
- Weather: When you type in weather your local weather will appear.
- Flip a Coin: When you type flip a coin, like the die, a coin appears so you can “flip” it. It is a great way to see who starts first or for probability lessons.
- Definition of: When you type “definition of” and the word you want, the results will bring up a featured definition snippet in Google. No more going to a dictionary website for what you need!
There always fun Google “easter eggs” (an intentional hidden message, joke, or feature in a work such as a computer program, webpage, video game etc) such as pacman and “do a barrel roll”. My favorite is Google in 1998 as it takes you back to what Google looked like when it first launched in 1998!
“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” By Yo-Yo Ma
Often times educators use Google Slides to present information but you can do so much more with Google slides. Here are ten ways to use Google Slides where students can be creative.
- Comic Strips: Have students create comic strips to show what they know or their creativity by using Google Slides. To create a comic strip:
- Background: Add a background by right clicking and changing color or add an image as a background. (If you add an image, remember to send it to the back)
- Characters: Insert images and/or objects (use PNG’s for their transparency)
- Speech Bubbles: Add speech or though bubbles by inserting shapes and then callouts. (Double click on bubble to add text)
- Animations: Use this feature to add or take away characters or objects to the slides.
- Transitions: Use this feature to make it feel like you are moving from one slide to the next. (Click on the slide and then change transition)
- Word Art: Use this feature to add excitement and onomatopoeia
- Creating books: Have students create story books to show what they know about a topic. Once they complete it they can publish it for an authentic audience. There are lots of ways you can do this such as publish to the web, as a pdf or print and bind it. You can also use screencastify extensions and have the students record themselves reading it which the creates a library of audible books. You can also add an extra challenge by having students create chose their own adventure too.
- Interactive Journal: Create an interactive journal that students can use when incorporating a self paced learning experience. It is a great way to hold students accountable along with making sure they master the content. To create an interactive journal in slides.
- Start by clicking on a new slide show
- Click on file and go to page set up
- Customize the sizing to 8 x 9.75 inches (This makes slides look like a journal page)
- Then add your content you want the students to complete and the questions/tasks you want them to complete.
- Tip: Force students to make a copy by changing the url from edit to copy.
- Stop-Motion Animation: Have students create stop-motion animation movies. To do this with Google slides use the take a photo feature. Then publish to the web with the auto-advance feature.
- Vocabulary Notecards: Have students create their own vocabulary note cards. Set the criteria expectations and then allow them to peer review others notecards for feedback.
- Students define vocabulary words
- Insert images to help them remember the word
- Students can change slide background color to correspond to topic or unit.
Great sites for creative common images to use for the above ideas:
“Design is how you make your first impression with your consumers. Make sure it is a lasting one.” By Jay Samit
Tired of using the same old templates. Why not create your own! Below I give you step by step directions so you can create your own Google Slide templates in only a few minutes. Make them for your classroom, meetings or professional developments!
- Start by opening a new Google presentation and choose the “Simple Light” template.
- Decide what image/design you want for your template. For example, I am creating a template for a Google Training I am doing; so I am going to use the colors of Google as my background!
- Tip: I like creating my images/designs in Google Drawing as it is FREE. Once I finish my image/design then I click on File, Download As, PNG. I can then later upload the image for my background.
- In your Google Slide template, click on View and then “Master”.
- Then click on rename at the top of the slide and name it based on what fits best for you.
- Next click on the master slide and background. Here you can choose your color or upload the background you created from Google Drawing.
- Tip: If you would like to change the fonts, this is a good time to do it because you will only have to change it in the Master slide verse changing each slide.
- To exit, click on the X in the top right corner and you are done!!
My Master Google Slide Template
“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.” By Carol Welch
I love many chrome apps but a new favorite is called Move It! Move It integrates brain breaks through reminders that pop up on your screen. You get to set how often you want to be reminded to move and then a random brain break or exercise pops up for you to complete. Here is an example below:
Once you complete it, click done and you will return to your screen. If you are in a groove and don’t want to stop you can just click done to go back to your original screen. When introducing this extension to your students. Set up rules and expectations of how this is used in your classroom. It is easy to keep active with the Move It extension for your chrome browser!
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun” by Mary Lou Cook
A HyperDoc is a Google document that incorporates different interactive features, such as links to content, maps etc. It requires the creator to think about the needs of the learners, how they will engage in the content, what ways they can reflect on their own learning, and how they can show what they know. A multimedia text set is a collection of lessons, various texts, and resources based around a unit, topic or theme. HyperDocs and Multimedia text sets were created by three ladies, Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton and Sarah Landis and have revolutionized the classroom.
How to create a HyperDoc:
- Choose your audience (students, teachers, staff)
- Choose a standard/topic/theme/unit
- Decide if it is a single lesson (HyperDoc) or a collection of learning resources, example for a unit (Multimedia Text Set)
- Create a doc and title it HyperDoc and name of standard/topic/theme/unit
- Add images, links, maps, instructions, learning experiences etc
- Be sure to set the share settings to view only so leaners can make a copy.
- There are multiple places to share your HyperDoc with other educators such as the below padlet or to Teachers Give Teachers.
HyperDocs are a great way to create personalized learning playlists and/or pathways. It is also a misconception that only teachers can create/use HyperDocs. It is a great way for administrators to model a way to integrate technology in a meaningful way for example in staff meetings or as a way to deliver professional development. Check out this link for HyperDocs for Administrators!
More resources on HyperDoc’s:
The HyperDoc Handbook: Digital Lesson Design Using Google Apps
Meet the HyperDoc Girls and Their Resources
Collection of HyperDoc Examples from 2nd-12
Collection of Multimedia Text Sets
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” Edward de Bono
This week my blog post is different because I want you to read Tony Vincent‘s blog post, Print Custom Sticky Notes with Google Slides. It is chock full of amazing ideas, tips, tricks and templates for you to utilize in your classroom. The directions are clear, concise and so easy you could implement this tomorrow in your classroom. Happy reading!
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. ” By Albert Einstein
OpenEd has recently released a new FREE Google Doc Add On called Lesson Plan Tool For Docs. It is an add on tool built into Google documents that pops up on the right hand side (similar to how the research feature works on Google documents) that allows you to add resources to your lesson plans. You can search for K-12 resources from opened.com which makes it simple to integrate into your document. OpenED has videos, games, assessments and more all aligned to common core standards.
You can find resources that are aligned to standards, two different ways. One way is by using the search box. Input a standard that you need resources for such as 5.NF.1 and the aligned resources will appear below. The second way is to select a standard drop down and navigate to the standard you are looking for. Teachers can obviously use this tool to build lesson plans, units of study or curriculum maps but I would use it differently!
I would use this tool to build playlist or pathways for students by standard; very similar to how I have used Blendspace in the past. To create a Pathway (example below), where students have choice of what tasks they want to complete based on a particular standard; using the ‘Lesson Plan Add on Tool’ teachers can simply drag and drop resources to create some of the tasks for the pathways by standards. You can also use the assessments that are in OpenEd as checkpoints. This saves teachers time and allows them to stay within one platform (Google) plus it is easy to assign to Google Classroom as well.
Below are some articles and more information on Lesson Plan Tools for Google Docs:
Lesson Plan Tool Docs by OpenEd
A New Lesson Plan Tool for Google Docs by Richard Byrne
OpenEd Facebook and Twitter pages
How to video on Adding on Lesson Plan Tools for Google Docs