Students Build with Chrome~Oh! Yeah!!!

Looking for an easy way to engage students in math, social studies, science or perhaps ELA? Why not release the students creative and critical thinking skills juices with  “Build with Chrome” ?  This can start in the early years with something simple like asking the student to create a rectangle. Then discussing as a group what makes rectangles different from other shapes.

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A screen capture is taken of the creation and inserted into a Google Drawings, Slides or ? Once the image is inserted into a Google Doc the student can write a question along with the answer.

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Why not provide a challenge for the student and ask them if they can create a building seen in Egypt? Let them know a second screenshot will be taken. However this time they have to write sharing factual information about the building they created.

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The beauty of this idea is the teacher can take it to many different learning levels and use in a variety of content areas.

NOTE: Real life hand-on building items can be used in this project. It is absolutely fine to use a digital photo of classroom projects. Teacher doesn’t have to re-invent the wheel. Smartphones or Tablets are awesome “Tech Tools” for capturing images.

How would you use this to support learning in your classroom?

Please share your ideas in the comment area

THANKS!

Teaching Students Collaboration Skills Using Google Photos

When students collaborate together creating a group project planning is a key to success. Generally there are rubrics or step by step directions to follow for supporting students with gathering information. It is not unusual for one student to pick out the image and persuades the others to use it with no real discussion. If it is a TRUE collaborative project built to have students communicate with each other then shouldn’t they discuss the images too?

Why not have the students create a GooglePhotos Album to use as a repository for images to be used in the group project? Each student would be responsible to submit one picture to the GooglePhotos Album, and write a short sentence about the picture.

Lifecycle Google Photo Album Sample

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Why Use This?

  1. Supports student collaboration
    • Students can share reasons for image use
    • Comment area can be used to discuss the purpose of the image
  2. Opportunity for students to practice “Digital Citizenship Skills”
  3. Provides a shared receptacle for images
  4. Every student contributes input
  5. Images are shared in an organized easy to understand manner

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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Google Doc Related Topic Search Simplifies Task

When researching a topic I tend to start with a list of related words. I discovered when one creates a Google Doc list it’s easy to do a “Related Topic Search”. This is done by using the research tool built into a Google Doc. The related topic search analyses the list of words and provides informational links to common topics. Once one clicks on a topic of choice they are provided with a variety of research resources.

After clicking on Pyramids of Giza I was provided with web-links to this information:

  1. Maps
  2. Basic Stats
  3. Images
  4. Top website resources

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Easy Google Doc Collaboration Idea

It doesn’t haven’t to be difficult to integrate Google APPS for Education (GAfE) for supporting technology integration. Sometimes a simple task like creating collaborative notes with students is sufficient. This supports meeting the varied skill levels of students. One beauty of this method is the focus remains on the main objective of the lesson and not the integration of technology.

How you ask? 

When students of all different abilities collaborate together on one Google Doc this provides an opportunity for natural differentiation to occur. This supports the students with maintaining focus on the lesson being taught.

  • A student who is visual may have a hard time writing notes from an auditory lecture.
  • Another student who is auditory may be good at creating a written outline.
  • The visual student can go back into the notes after the lecture and add diagrams or other images relating to the notes.
  • Another student may not write well and add a recorded note to the document.
  • Yet another student may like watching videos to enhance the notes.
  • The student who likes playing games may find a link to share to support the learning of the content shared during class.

What does this mean?

  • Students will learn to collaborate and work as a community.
  • They will proactively take charge of  their own learning.
    • Collaborative Class Notes provide a variety of methods for studying
  • Students are provided the opportunity to become engaged learners.
  • Esteem booster for the struggling student.
  • Students learn how to work as a community.
  • Students become independent learners.

Sample of a Collaborative Notes Using Google Docs:

CLICK HERE TO VIEW GOOGLE DOC
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NOTE: The Student or Collaborator will need the Talk & Comment Chrome Extension installed to view the recorder in comment. It the extension is not installed then the collaborator will see a link to click for hearing the audio content.