Ooo! Smashing Google Slides w/Poll Everywhere…

There I was designing a Google workshop about supporting SPED Students. In my workshops I like to include learning activities for both engagement and assessment reason. This was when I discovered the Poll Everywhere Extension for Google Slides. The Poll Everywhere extension transforms a Google Slide into several different group activities. In my workshop I’m going to tryout both the multiple choice polling activity and the cloud generator.

I found Poll Everywhere to be very easy to integrate and use with a Google Slide. One thing to note when installing the you must register for a Poll Everywhere account. As an Educator I chose the “Free” version, and am extremely happy! I like

Using Poll Everywhere w/Google Slides

Making Home-School Connection w/Google Calendar

Thanks once more to a teacher in the help forums who asked the following question: “How do I create a Google Calendar to share with parents via email?” Creating a Google calendar shared with parents is a very easy way to keep them updated about classroom events and homework. Using a Google Calendar in this way may eliminate some of the email flow into a teacher’s school inbox. One of the beauties of a Google Calendar is updates are shared with everyone immediately. All the parent or guardian has to do is check their Google Calendar on a regular basis to stay updated with classroom assignments and activities.

How to Create a Google Calendar

  • Type Calendar Name
  • Type Calendar Description
  • Add Parent’s Email Addresses

  • Click Create Calendar Button

NOTE: The new calendar is found under my calendars

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Collaborating with Imported Slides

In several recent teacher group chats I’ve heard, “Is there a way to limit individual slides to be restricted to one student for a collaborative slide deck?”  The teachers wanted to avoid the students from messing around with each others slides for a collaborative slide deck. Mind you collaboration works best when students access the same slide deck together at the same time in a synchronous manner.  However to avoid wasting of “Valuable Learning Time” it may not be a bad idea to introduce slide deck collaboration in small digestible steps. This is when the import feature in a slide deck becomes handy as the first step in preparing students for creating collaborative slides.

Importing Slides Into a Slide Presentation

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. At the top, click File and thenImport Slide.
  3. Double-click the presentation you want to use.
  4. Click the Slide you want to import.
  5. Hold Shift Key Down to import multiple slides.
  6. Click Import Slides.

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Creating Google Slide Progression Bar

Recently in the Google Doc’s Help Forum a user inquired about creating a progression bar. Up until now I never really thought about using progression bars in Slide Presentations.  Thanks to this question I now understand there are times when a student or teacher may want to include a progression bar.

What Does a Progression Bar Do?

  • It helps narrow down steps into small digestible chunks.
  • Maintains order of the directions steps
  • Provides a timeline
    • May be used for social studies
      • Example:
        • Timeline for Mayflower travels
        • Historic figure timeline (from birth to death)
    • May be used in Science
      • Examples:
        • Life Cycles:
          • Frog
          • Butterfly
          • Plant
        • Part of science lab writeup
          • Students take photos of lab steps
            • Place the photos on a Slide Progression
              • Explain what they see happen in photos
              • May use arrows to point out changes
    • Uses for Math
      • A way for students to share the steps used for solving an equation
      • Show small chunks of the steps used to solve a math word problem

How to Create a Progression Bar

Progression bars may be simple or as complex. It all depends upon the point the creator is trying to make. Following is an example of a simple three slide progression bar where footsteps were used as the progression line.

Please click here for the above template

Following is the steps for creating the template:
  1. Create a slide include a shape with a number
  2. Duplicate the slide, duplicate the shape w/number
  3. Move the second shape to a new location
  4. Repeat as often as you need to complete the timeline
  5. Publish the Slide to the web

Easy Google Slides T-Chart

Sometime we take simple tasks for granted. I was kind of surprised when asked how to create a T-Chart in a Google Slide. This is a very easy task when one uses a table to create the chart. Using a table makes the T-Chart very user friendly. All the student or teacher has to do is click within the chart to start typing. How much easier can it get?

Please Click Here for a Copy of the T-Chart Template

Keep as a Graphic Organizer

Recently I was asked what is the best Google APP to use as a Graphic Organizer. My response was Google Keep. This was followed by my explaining how Google Keep allows the student to make lists and or create a sketchnote.  It is now easy for a list or image to be added into a doc. This provides the students with an opportunity expand their writing with details.

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Use Google Keep to Take Notes

  • Google Keep is excellent to use for note-taking
  • The ability of Google Keep for floating on top of another website while creating a research notes list.
  • Integration with Google Doc makes this a built in Graphic Organizer
    • Keep lists check box info maybe organized by dragging to change order
    • Keep list notes when accessed from within docs can be simply added into doc
    • This allows the student to provide more details  and expand upon the information of the listed note.
  • Student can also use Keep as a whiteboard to write out math computation
  • The whiteboard image can be inserted into a Google Doc.
  • Image files may be downloaded and saved to insert into:
    • Slide Presentation or Google Forms as a computational proof.
  • Use of labels help organization content
    • Click label and it brings up all notes for that content area
  • Students can set reminders to study material for upcoming assessments
  • Add images to support research topics
  • Color code Notes for to easily find subject areas
  • Quickly search for a note

 

Google Calendar Student Time Capsules

After seeing a Tweet between my PLN friend @PintoBeanz11  and @Onejollyday  I was inspired with the idea of using a Google Calendar for a memory time capsule. I think it would be fun to smash Christine’s idea for capturing memories in Slides by attaching it to a Google Calendar Event with a notification scheduled for a Student’s Graduation month and year.  This way when the graduation date comes around the student will receive an email or pop-up notification reminding them of the Time Capsule Google Calendar Event. 

A teacher can enhance this “Memory Time Capsule” by recording and attaching either an audio or video interview to the event. It might be fun for the students to watch and hear the ideas they had as a youth. Some students may even discover they are on the pathway to meeting their “Childhood Dreams”!

Create a Google Calendar Event

  1. Open Google Calendar
  2. Click Today
  3. Event window opens
  4. Name Event
  5. Click Create
  6. Click Event and Select Edit Event
  7. In Description Area
    1. Write a note to your future self
  8. Change Date to Graduation Year
  9. Enter School District Name for location
  10. Click Save

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Add Attachments to Calendar Event

  1. Click Calendar Event
  2. Select Edit Event
  3. In Attachment Section Click Add Attachment
  4. Pop-up Window Opens
  5. Select where to locate the attachment
    1. My Drive
    2. Shared with Me
    3. Recent
    4. Upload
  6. Select document 
  7. Click Select Button
  8. Click RED Save Button (located at top of page)

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Set Calendar Notifications

  1. Click Calendar Event
  2. Scroll down to Notification Section
  3. Click Add Notification
  4. Click Notification Downarrow
  5. Select Email or Notification (pop-up notification window)
  6. Choose Days or Weeks and Select Time
  7. Click RED Save Button (located at top of page)

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