Use a Google Presentation for a Narrative Writing Graphic Organizer

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Google Presentation Slides are perfect for creating graphic organizers for writing. The slides help isolate step by step directions for students to follow. This makes it easier for the student to maintain focus for each individual step. Google Presentations help the student to maintain organization of their ideas before writing their final copy. The teacher can link out to a Google Doc for the students to copy to their Google Drive on the last slide to the graphic organizer. This will save the student a few steps and time with getting started typing their final narrative writing. Imagine “NO” time is wasted by the student when creating a Google Document.

 Trick for Creating Link for Forcing Student to Copy a Google Doc

  • Highlight and Copy Share Link

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  • Paste Link and Highlight from Edit to the end of the link address

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  • Replace highlighted words with the word copy

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  • Copy entire link and paste to create a link on the last slide of the presentation

Use Google Docs to Inspire Writing Stories

Thanks to the inspirations of a recent family holiday at the shore this creative writing project was born. It is a writing activity which uses summer vacation photographs to jumpstart the writing process. A Google Doc is used to provide students with photos and website link hints to facts for developing their stories. This approach helps to differentiate the activity for all different learners. One of the photos is a tad more challenging because it doesn’t provide any background information. This presents an opportunity for the student who is ready for a more challenging task to jump ahead and explore.

We always hear about how “No student should be left behind.” It is my belief that No student should be held back and opportunities can be provided to support those who need it to forge ahead. Technology is a tool which can help the educator to easily create an environment to support all learners with writing creatively.

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Students Create Animated Vocabulary Cards with Google Slides

Okay I admit to being a wee bit “Over the Hill” and growing up using those boring rote memorization flash cards. These days there are so many other avenues one can take to support the learning of vocabulary. I like having fun and know the kids do too! Google Slides presents an opportunity for the students to play and be creative while making a vocabulary study tool. Here is a simple animation idea which supports both the students critical thinking skills along with having “Good Old Fashion Fun Creating!”

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RULES TO CREATE ANIMATED VOCABULARY STUDY CARD

  • The students are provided with a vocabulary word and definition
  • They need to find an image to represent the meaning of the vocabulary word
  • The student creates a slide presentation
    • Must include stop animation motion
    • No more than one slide animation action
  • Limit the amount of slides used
    • Not less than 5
    • No more than 7
  • Students can work on one big slide presentation with slides assigned to them
    • Work in smaller groups
    • Small group slides can be combined into one big presentation
    • This will provide a shared study resource for all the students

HERE IS THE LAYOUT OF MY SLIDE PRESENTATION

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Yes! You Can Have One Sheet per Student in a Google Form Spreadsheet

I’m discovering not many teachers know multiple student sheets can be added to one spreadsheet. Due to the time it takes for setting this up I don’t recommend doing this for all Google Forms. However due to the nature of a reading log it is well worth taking the time to set up a sheet per student. The trick is you will need to create one Google Form per student, and then add a sheet into an existing Spreadsheet.

This is how to add multiple sheets to one spreadsheet

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STEPS for ADDING MULTIPLE SHEET to a SPREADSHEET

  • Open Google Form
  • Click Response

step 1

  • Click Change Response Destination

Step 2-2

  • Click New Sheet in Exisiting Spreadsheet

Step 4

  • Select the Spreadsheet

Step 5

IF ALL GOES WELL YOU SHOULD HAVE MULTIPLE SHEETS IN ONE SPREADSHEET

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Using Google Forms as a Reading Log

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How many times have you heard, “I lost my reading log  or the dog ate it?” Perhaps these statements are on their way to becoming obsolete thanks to Google Forms. Using a Google Form as a reading log can simplify the process for both the teacher and student alike.

BENEFITS FOR TEACHER

  1. Teacher shares one link or embeds the form into a blog or classroom website
  2. All the information is propagated into a spreadsheet
    1. One sheet per student
    2. Tabs are labeled with students names
    3. Easier than flipping through a stack of papers
  3. Collects easily accessible data
  4. No need to collect reading logs during class time
  5. Reading logs are automatically time & date stamped
    1. ***This means the teacher will know when the student filled the form out
  6. Saves a Tree, and provides funds which can be spent on other academic supports

BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS

  1. Makes student accountable
  2. Less papers to organize
  3. Reduces stress
  4. Provides extra class time to support students individual needs
  5. Easy to use
  6. Can be accessed from most devices

HERE IS A SAMPLE READING LOG

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Use Google Omnibox to Find these Tools for Supporting Classroom Lessons

Today I’m sharing a few quick search tips to help compliment some basic activities in the classroom. Did you know Googling certain search terms can provide some simple tools for both the teacher and students use?

HERE ARE A FEW TERMS TO GOOGLE

  • Need a calculator? Just Google the word, “Calculator” 

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  • Google “Weather”
    • Pulls up a visual for weekly local weather

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  • Google “Countdown Timer”

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