Drawings Add Texture to Shapes

Google Slide Tutorial

Adding Texture to Shapes

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If you haven’t guessed, “My Passion is for Creating”. My parents use to joke how I was born with a crayon in my hand. It is this passion which energizes me to create with Google Tools. It is my belief Artists are “Abstract Thinkers” and as such naturally use both “Critical Thinking” and “Problem Solving” skills without applying much thought. Whether an artist is painting, drawing, sculpting or using digital tools they focus on making the design fit in a restricted space. This is one reason why I support the “Maker Space Movement” and believe the Arts” (both music & art) belong in school programs.

You might be asking yourself, “What does this all have to do with Drawings add texture to shapes?” As an artist I tend to like drawing by hand with pen & ink. However I find basic shapes and solids to be boring. My drawings tend to have quite a bit of texture and patterns. This is why I looked to incorporate texture into Google Drawings’ shapes.

I do think it is important to let students explore and create. When students share discoveries with educators and peers they are using communication skills. The communication skills the students are using support writing and the ability to restate facts along with providing details. So my simple artistic enjoyment for wanting to add texture to a Google Drawings touched upon some powerful skills educators look to build within a lesson. In conclusion “Let’s All Work Together Supporting Students as Creators!” for this encourages students to use both critical thinking and communication skills.

Harmony

Harmony by Barbra Drasby

Navigating Chrome Made Easy…

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The above slide presentation was created for a workshop I’m facilitating about “Tips & Tricks for Supporting SPED Students” by using Google Tools. My day job is as a K-12 Special Education Teaching Assistant who has spent approximately two decades working with both elementary and middle school students. One of the biggest issues I’ve noticed across the board and throughout time is the limitation of organizational skills. In this digital age there are many tools which could be used to assist with organization. These tools when implemented as supports may help students quickly access the teacher’s lesson materials.

You might ask what does this mean to a student with physical, emotional or cognitive exceptionalities? Organization and quick access to information may be a game changer for some students. Over the decades I’ve noticed the “Stress” build on some student’s faces as they stumble locating lesson materials. This only sets them behind as they focus on finding the materials and unintentionally miss hearing or seeing the directions provided by teachers. It is my belief with the support of digital devices some of this stress may be eliminated for both the student and their teachers.

Using Chrome Navigation is only one of many Google Tools which may be used for supporting the student of exceptionalities. In an earlier post this year I shared about adding images to Google Calendar.  Visuals images assist some students with understanding information. Adding images such as Favicon’s without text to the Chrome Bookmark manager are less overwhelming then images with text. Of course it supports the student who has low reading skills. It also provides a cleaner look with less distraction supporting the students with focusing issues. Simple tips & trick which tend to be overlooked may eliminate stress for some students as well as the adults who support them. I hope you find the content in the slide deck to be helpful.

Add Images to Calendar Event Titles

I’m a visual learner and like when images are used to compliment words. This lead me to discovering a way for adding images to Google Calendar event titles as well as within the events description. You will be amazed by this simple and easy to use method for adding images to the web browser version of Google Calendar.  Using images in a calendar can be valuable to students who may struggle with reading. Teachers may use a visual calendar to support students with learning a daily schedule.

How to Insert an Image Into a

Google Calendar Event

  1. Open an emoticon website such as Twitter Symbols
  2. Copy an emoticon Image
  3. Paste the Image into a Google Calendar Event Title or Description

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Some Ideas how for using images in a Google Calendar

  • Visuals such as this can aide students on the spectrum with following their daily tasks.
  • Google Calendar can be used to create a behavior support calendar.
    • Have students add smiles or frowns throughout the day to log their reaction to daily activities.
  • An elementary classroom may use a Google Calendar to Keep track of the weather.
  • Share a project or Homework Calendar with images.

 

Tips for Creating Doc’s & Slides Worksheets

This is a compilation of a few tips for alleviating stress when using Google Docs and Slides as worksheets. First let me state I feel traditional worksheets aren’t always the best method for supporting learning, but if a teacher is going to digitize a traditional looking worksheet. “Why make it frustrating?”

When it comes to using technology there are many different factors which can slow a person down filling in a digitized worksheet. If one has small motor issues or are challenged by eye to hand coordination typing digital answers may be challenging. Keep in mind frustration doesn’t only set in due to physical issues, it could be as simple as the accidental deletion of text.  This can change the whole layout of the worksheet making it difficult to find where the answer belongs. Below are a couple of other scenarios to support the above statements:

  • Imagine if you have difficulties highlighting and were told to highlight the line followed by typing the answer. Wouldn’t this frustrate you if the teacher moved on and you were still typing the answer?  Highlighting is a skill which even slows down the experienced adult user when typing and editing a document.
  • What if the answer was long and changed the format of the worksheet? When you looked up at the interactive whiteboard to copy down the next bit of information everything looks different!

If the worksheets were setup differently this could prevent undue challenges while typing traditional notes and answers into a worksheet.

Make It Easy for Students to Use

When using a Google Doc Type the questions and place a single cell table for the answer. This will provide the student with a clickable area to type the answer. If you color fill the cell this would make it even easier for the student to find where they left off.

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How to Insert One Cell as Answer Placeholder

  1. Open a Google Doc
  2. In the Tool Bar Click Table
  3. Select Insert Table 1×1
  4. Click More
  5. Select Paint Bucket Tool
  6. Choose a light color
  7. Repeat Steps 4 to 7 
    • Click Custom and adjust color shade

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Alleviate Errors Due to Deletions

Google Slides offers a magical tool called, “View Master” this allows you to customize layouts by locking down graphics and text. When using this tool it lessens the chances of students deleting worksheet information while typing. This is because the words and images you edit in “View Master” are locked into the background of the slides template.

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How to Edit Google Slides View Master

This demonstration is going to use the George Washington Worksheet represented in the above Google Doc.Open a Google Slides

  1. Select Page Setup

    • Next to Screen size
      • Click Downarrow
    • Choose Custom
    • Type 8.5 x 11
    • Click Done

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  1. Click View
  2. Select Master
  3. Delete Slides
  4. Edit Master
    • Insert
      • image, shapes,
      • placeholders or text
  5. Click Slide Deck

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STEP 2b: Google Forms Magical Feature

Built into Google Forms is the Go to Next Section Based on Answer feature. The feature can provide students with a second chance to review the question and master the concept. This method  can help with minimizing “Test Anxiety” for students. When the student is referred to the next section based on a wrong answer they’re presented with visual or video review. This is followed by the student trying to answer the same question a second time. Imagine how this could bolster a students esteem due to a passing grade?

Tutorial: Next Question based on Answer

  • Click the More Symbol

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  • Choose Go to Section Based on Answer
    • Based on the section selection the student is sent:
      • To the next question
      • Or to a review Section
        • Here the student will watch a video or see a visual for supporting mastery of the question.
        • The student is provided with a second chance to answer the same question before moving onto the next question or submitting the answers.
  • Click the Dropdown Arrow for each Answer
    • This is activated by Choosing “Go to Next Section Based on Answer”
  • Select the Section or Choose Submit Form

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