Creating a Scrapbook

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A recent Colorado vacation visit with an alumni friend provided hours of enjoyment as we thumbed through old photos in a scrapbook. We focused upon conversations from High School days and special events which supported the building of a friendly community. Our conversations peddled backward to a junior high independent study program along with the positive and negative effects it had on learning. The point here is we were having fun recalling information about days gone by due to a simple technology for capturing images.

Now bring us back to the present and a Twitter Post I saw by a teacher who was sharing a group activity presentation created by her students. I then realized how capturing these moments with the newest virtually reality tools may reinforce the embedding of learning activities into our memories. Students may create a classroom scrapbook of learning events using Google’s Tour Creator VR. Google Tour Creator provides some basic template tours covering multiple content areas or let your students use their imagination and create a tour from scratch.

The following list is of a couple of easy to use Google tools to get started with unlocking students creative juices using AR and VR.

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Its the “Simple Things that Count”

While watching a child struggling to write a story the following thought hit me! Show the child how to make a simple graphic organizer using a single column table in Google Docs. Creating a simple table gave the student the tool they needed for proceeding to write independently.

Turn a Table Into a Graphic Organizer

  • Open a Google Doc
  • Click Insert
  • Select Table
  • Insert 1 column by 4 rows
  • Label each row
    • Title
    • Introduction
    • Details
      • remember to support your claim
    • Conclusion

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10 Awesome G Suite for Ed Tips & Tricks

It has taken me a long time to understand the benefits of Keyboard Shortcuts, G Suite APPS “Hidden Tools” and Hacks. After using these tools on a more regular basis I’ve discovered they have the ability to provide precious time back within our daily lives.

Common everyday tech tools have the ability to pack a powerful punch for our students. Especially during times of research or designing projects. One common complaint often heard is, “How do we provide the time for our students to be creative?” There is a possiblitiy this could be remedied by providing students with the knowledge to effectively and efficiently use the technology tools at hand. Now-a-day students may be raised with a touchscreen in their hands. However this doesn’t mean they understand how to use technology in beneficial and effective ways.

Below is a Slide presentation which offers 10 timesaving tips to support both teachers and students. Before the Google Slide Presentation I am including an extra hack to start you off with understanding how Timesaving tips and tricks can be “Timesavers”.

Easy Peazy Timesaver Hack

Instead of scrolling through the many layers or steps of a Google Files Toolbar try to “Click Help” and type what you are trying to do in the search window. If done correctly a pop-up window open with the tool.

EXAMPLE:  Type “Make a Copy” in the Help Window.

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1st Weeks of School: Community Builders

The first week of school is here and teachers are looking forward to greeting both old and new students. The first few weeks of school are crucial for building new relationships along with strengthening old ones. This helps to pave the way for student success!

The very first day isn’t too early for introducing community building activities. Community building activities may consist of both digital and non-digital formats. The most important step to remember is remaining focused on the objective of learning about your students. When facilitating a community building activity it is important for the adult to participate too! It is amazing when students find a common bond how differently they interact with you.

Following is a list of a few digital ideas to assist with building classroom community.

Create a Google Slide

  • Use a Google Slide Deck to build community by having students answer a few basic questions.
    • What is your name?
    • Do you have a favorite summer food?
      • Add an image if you do
  • How do you feel about reading?
NOTE:
The first time the slide deck is presented it is with teacher created questions. You can continue this activity by using Poll Everywhere or Answer Garden to create a word cloud for input to create a Slide Deck. The second slide deck will focus upon what the students would like to learn about each other

Please click here to Make a Copy of the Template

I like to thank Alice Keeler for inspiring this template! Please click here to visit a list of Google APP Templates created by Alice: http://alicekeeler.com/scripts/templates/

Drop location pins on Google Map

  • Create a Google Map
    • Students Drop Pins on towns, cities, states, or countries they’d like to visit
    • The student will edit location card
      • Add name
      • Favorite movie, TV, Book or Game Title with image
NOTE:
The first time the Google My Map is presented it is with teacher created directions. You can continue this Answer Garden to create a word cloud or a Google Form to collect ideas from the students. After all the students will probably want to know different information about each other. Providing the students with this type of input may be empowering and supports building a stronger community bond. This method supports by giving a voice for choice to everyone in the classroom community.

 

Use a Google Spreadsheet

  • Add several Sheets to a Spreadsheet
  • Label tabs with food, colors, hobbies, towns and etc…
  • Merge several columns in the first row
    • This is where the question is typed
    • Title 1st Column with Named
    • Title 2nd Column with Answer
  • Share Spreadsheet as group activity
NOTE:
Students don’t have to provide an answer on every sheet. However suggesting a minimum amount of sheets to be answered will help the teacher learn more about the student.

Please Click Here to Make a Copy of the Template

Share a Google Drawing Graphic Organizer

  • Use Google Drawing to Graphic Organizer
  • Compare and Contrast what students like
  • Create one Graphic Organizer for each topic
  • Do this as a group
NOTE:
You may use the data collected from each Graphic Organizer and enter it into a Google Sheet. Create a spreadsheet with one sheet  for each topic. This will allow you to make separate charts to compare. This community builder leads into an introduction to graphing.

 

Please Click Here to Make a Copy of the Template

Using Sites for More than a Classroom Newsletter

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Earlier this summer I started creating a workshop entitled “Using Sites for More than a Classroom Newsletter”.  While preparing for this workshop I realized the New Google Sites was more than the average website builder. When first starting to build with the New Google Sites I missed the flexibility of selecting my own fonts and embedding gadgets and etc… via html. Now I’m thankful for the new site builder! Once I started constructing the workshop prezo as a Google Site the potentials for using the new site builder dawned on me! I discovered the New Google Sites is more than the average website builder!

One of the first things I noticed was the share settings and the ability to add collaborators. Immediately I started exploring different projects based on collaboration. Using the new sites started to become a challenge for me to discover more exciting features and a variety of uses for the educational community. Yes! I did exactly this and discovered the New Google Sites was not only intuitive to use but a tool which offers a vast amount of usages. When one considers the integration of all the core Google for Education APPs along with the New Google Sites it delivers one powerful punch as an educational tool!

 Some Google Sites Ideas

  1. Share a Digital Break Out Edu Adventure with Students
    • Use critical thinking skills to solve the mystery
  2. Use to deliver daily objectives
    • Supports students with doing independent work
  3. Share a Community Ice Breaker
    • Strengthens communication
  4. Go Paperless Create an Anchor Chart Site
    • Provides students with 24/7 resources
  5. Student Created Collaborative Weekly or Monthly Newsletter
    • Supports collaboration, and communication
  6. Classroom Created Collaborative Notes
    • Created & Curated via Sites
    • Immediate scaffolding for students
      • Students understand other students explainations
    • Let students have fun with this!
      • Insert videos
      • Insert audio links
      • Share interactive websites
  7. Student Portfolios
    • Building Digital Resumes Practice
    • Reinforces Digital Citizenship Skills
  8. Share Infographic Projects
    • One page per student
      • Student builds info graphic by using sites
  9. Use as a Student built Wiki
    • Students share tech support
    • Share Math Problem Solving ideas
  10. Curate Student Artwork, Poetry and etc…
  11. and ?
    • Share your idea in the comment area
      • It just may be added to this list 😃

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