Students Participate in Archaeological Dig… TY #IWB!

Technology doesn’t always have to be used in a glamorous or complicated ways to support student’s learning. Recently I witnessed the students using both their critical thinking & creative skills. It occurred as the class brainstormed what kind of artifacts would be found in an archaeological dig. Almost all the students in the class wanted an opportunity to draw an artifact in the pit at a dig site. It was so refreshing to see the whole class engaged as they interacted with the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB).

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A Google Drawing can be used for this activity. One advantage of using this method is the teacher can download the drawing in several different picture formats. The picture formats are a scalable vector graphics (.svg), PNG Image (.png) or JPEG Image (.jpg). All three picture formats can be used as part of a bigger presentation.


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What Google Drawings Page Setup Should I Use for Creating Interactives?

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Google Drawing provides 3 standard sizes and a multitude of custom choices to pick from when choosing a page setup of an Interactive Manipulative.

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  1. The standard 4:3 is equivalent to a width of 10 inches and a height of 7.5 inches.
  2. Widescreen 16:9 is equivalent to a width of 10 inches and a height of 5.625 inches
  3. Widescreen 16:10 is equivalent to a width of 10 inches and a height of 6.25 inches.
  4. When in custom view you have the four measurement forms of inches, centimeter, points or pixels to choice from.
    1. Inches are the standard unit of measurement used by Americans.
    2. Centimeters are the standard unit of measurement used by most countries.
    3. Points are a printers measurement term based upon typography measurements.
    4. Pixels are the resolution measurement term for photographs.
  5. Use the form of measurement your most familiar with when choosing page settings.

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What to Consider When Choosing a Page setup

  • Are you going to be printing the Google Drawing or strictly using it as an interactive manipulative?
  • If printing it is easiest to stay within a standard size paper setting such as 8.5 inches by 11 inches or smaller.
    • Remember the only thing which prints is anything placed within the work area.
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      • Anything outside of the work area will not print
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    • Choosing which size to use really depends on personal preference and if one is using the drawing to print or as an interactive manipulative.
    • At the beginning of this post is an example of a custom size interactive manipulative where anything laying outside of the work area will not print. However it is suitable for a learning interactive (hyperdoc) Manipulative.

Using Google Forms as a Reading Log


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.


  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


  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



Create a Photomontage with Google Drawing

Creating a Photomontage is an activity which can be used in so many different ways. I created this Photomontage to be used as an introduction to a Social Studies digital interactive activity. Teachers can use a photomontage to assess students prior knowledge of a subject or just for a conversation starter. The teacher shows the photomontage to the class and asks if there is anything anyone would like to share about the pictures. Students can comment about anything they observe in the photomontage. Conversation starters like this photomontage tend to alleviate tension when learning and sharing new information.


Students can create photomontages to share what they know about a content area. This can be used as an individual or group project. One benefit of a photomontage project is it provides an opportunity for students with lower reading and writing ability to participate.

This is how I used Google Drawing to create the Photomontage: