Duplicate & Drag So Simple!!!

I keep a Google Calendar to share information and worksheets with a Teacher Partner. Last week the students were working on the same project all week. I didn’t have to change the information shared on the Google Calendar and it only took seconds to duplicate the event. This provides a timeline of what the class was working on during that week. Below is a quick video to show you how simple this was to do.


Back to School Lesson Ideas and Resources Thanks to My Education PLN

My PLN is becoming one of my best resources when it comes to integrating technology. It is amazing how much I’m learning due to a global connection with educators from around the world. Thanks to André J. Spang @Tastenspieler I discovered this  back to school globally shared Google Doc resource, “BACK TO SCHOOL LIKE A PIRATE”.  It is amazing how many trending Ed Tech Ideas are under my fingertips in the time it takes to drink one cup of coffee!

NOTE: PLN is an acronym for Personal Learning Network.  Some of the popular social networks used to establish a PLN are Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Once a PLN is created and tweaked it becomes a tool which works for providing resources to the educator. This saves a lot of lost time from searching the web for the newest trends, resources, Ed Tech Templates, worksheets, websites and etc…

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:

Elementary Level Interactive Activity Using Google Slides


When it comes to creating interactive activities for the elementary level student using Google Slides is one of my favorite choices. It lends itself to a variety of activities which can be used to support different learning styles. I think it is important when designing an interactive to consider the kind of hands-on movement to best supports success for accomplishing the task. It is good to have more than one activity focused on the same objective for the student to attempt. Children will naturally gravitate towards the activity they can handle. Once the student feels confident they tend to move on independently to complete the next level. I also believe it is  important to build in extra support for the students to provide them a boost towards success.

This is why I created a youtube video which supplies an audio hint for completing the main goal of the activity. If you click the hint you may notice it actually gives the answer. This is okay because in the end the objective is to learn how to spell along with reading  the word pictured on the slide by using the “an family”.  Once the student is done advancing through all the slides they should have a good understanding of the  “an family”. NOTE: Right now there is only one slide in the sample below.

What I like about Google Slides is it keeps a revision history. This can help you assess the student’s independent work and provides evidence of understanding the concept. Revision history is a wonderful way of assessing abilities without actually providing a quiz or test. It provides  data a teacher can use for meetings with parents or colleagues about the students progress. This activity can also be used as APPR evidence to support the learning which is occurring in the teacher’s classroom.

How do you use the Interactive Activity for Word Building in a classroom? This activity lends itself to the “I do, We do, You do” strategy.

  1. Model the activity on an interactive white board or big screen in front of the classroom
  2. Provide opportunities for the student to interact with you and the IWB
  3. Have the students work individually or in a group with smaller digital devices
  4. Make sure the students have an opportunity to explore the concept on their own

I know this activity works on both Mac and Windows Laptops. It also functions very well on a Windows based tablet with a touchscreen. I haven’t tried on Android or an iPad. If anyone tries the activity on one of the aforementioned devices please leave a comment and let me know how it goes.

I will share the method used for creating this ELA interactive activity in another post.