Name the School Object…

Are you looking to do something different to avoid those “blank face gaze”. Send the students out on a mission to capture photos of everyday objects in the classroom or throughout the school. Set a time limit for returning to their seat. Once students are back in seats provide them with a link to a Google Forms where they will upload the images. Now open the folder and click on the Chrome Driveslides extension, and boom a slide deck of images is created. Brainstorm with the students how you may use the images to support the content area.

Example ideas:

  • Spanish Class:
    • Create a custom vocabulary
    • Write a story about the image
    • Add an audio recording explaining what the image is.
      • Vocaroo is an easy to use audio recorder
        • Allows you to save audio files to your drive
  • Math:
    • Create math word problems involving the images
    • Look for shapes
    • Find the area and perimeter of objects in the image
  • ELA:
    • Write a school adventure illustrated story
    • Describe an image and it’s usage
    • Create school how to tutorials using the images

Please share an idea in comment area…

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Writing Math Stories using My Maps

The last couple of weeks I’ve worked on several different workshops and a presentation. This has made me think quite a bit about active learning and students as the creator.  I’ve also grown to understand students internalize their learning when it is meaningful and authentic to them. This is when I thought why can’t My Maps be used to help the students collect data. After they’ve collected this real world data the student can open a Google Slide and create a “Math Stories about the My Map Journey” they created.

The beauty of this is in the end the student may link the Google Slide Math story to the My Map Journey. Imagine a math journey where you can actually zoom in on the roads being measured. The student may include actual screen-captures of the roadways and locations mentioned in their stories.  A project like this can unlock the creative writer as well as the mathematician hidden within every child.

Creating a Directional My Map

  • Have students map a bicycle journey from school to a nearby location
  • Open My Maps
  • In search window type beginning location
  • Example address or name of school, store and etc…

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  • Drop Pin for the location

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  • Click “Directions to here” icon
  • Add a second location

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  • Click layer where first pin was dropped
  • Drop pin above the second location
  • Title the marker with the name of the location

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  • Now click the measure distances and areas ruler
  • Measure between the two points double click to add the distance to the layer
  • Click the layer options settings (3 vertical dots)
  • Select open data table
  • Edit the table.
  • Under Description for the starting point type “0” miles & starting point
  • Edit location 2 with the milage from measuring & type from start or beginning point

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  • Now drop a pin to add another location
  • Type the location name
  • Measure from the last location to the new location.
  • Repeat the process until you create an end point location

Google Forms a Magical Tool

Imagine a student who does poorly on assessments all of sudden turning it around. Could it be possible for this child to receive 100% all the time? Why of course they can! Especially if the assessment is focused upon mastery. Imagine how this could bolster a student’s esteem. A Google Form just may be the magical tool you’re looking for!

Google Forms Magical Tool for Math

The magical force hidden within this Google Math Form is “All Students Finish with a Passing Grade.”  How can this be done? This Google Form provides more than one  opportunity to provide the answer. If a student answers a question wrong the next page leads to a repeat of the question with a visual, video or interactive support. After viewing the support the student has a second chance at answering the question. You can try it out here:

TIP: Answer the first question wrong!

The beauty of this tool is even thought the student has the opportunity to achieve 100% all the time it still provides valuable assessment information.

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Geometry FUN Using a Google Sheet

Oh! How I love  Alice Keelers’ Google Sheet Pixel Art Template and the potentials it offers for supporting learning Geometry. After seeing this template in action I knew it would make a perfect visual manipulative for helping students with understanding the concepts of Perimeter and Area. The below video demonstrates how I envision the template being used to support students with learning math.

Please click here to make a copy of the Area & Perimeter Google Sheet Template

As Alice would say,

“The Answer is Always a Spreadsheet”

Thank you Alice Keeler for providing permission to use your spreadsheet template for this blog post!!!

Google Slide Insert Special Character

The other day I discovered the Google Slide “Insert Special Character” Tool. This tool helps with typing a math equation, temperature symbol, dollar sign, other symbols or interesting emoticons. Use the Insert Special Character Tool! It is real easy to do! This tool will even let you draw a symbol you are looking for in the Insert Special Character Search Window.

INSERT SPECIAL CHARACTER

  • Insert Text Box

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  • Click Insert
  • Scroll Down to Special Character

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  • Special Character Window Opens
    • Select Category
    • Select Sub Category

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  • Type Keyword in Search Window or Draw Symbol 
  • Click Symbol to enter it into text box

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