Support Writing with a Differentiated Interactive Graphic Organizers

What I like most about integrating technology into the classroom is its ability to differentiate learning. Imagine a class where everyone can participate without an adult hovering over them all the time. When one integrates technology in an innovative manner it is possible to focus more on the needs of both the struggling and accelerated students. Less time is wasted on physically reteaching a lesson to the whole class. This post will focus on creating a Google Drawings Graphic Organizer which differentiates the writing process.

Check out how the Interactive Story Creator Graphic Organizer works by clicking here

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INTERACTIVE STORY CREATOR GRAPHIC ORGANIZER

AT A GLANCE TUTORIAL FOR THE INTERACTIVE STORY CREATOR GRAPHIC ORGANIZER

Story Creator Organizer Tutorial-3

STEPS FOR CREATING AN INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC ORGANIZER

  • Give it a Title
  • Create a new Google Drawing File
  • Story Creator Graphic Organizer Steps 1 & 2Insert a Shape for the Background
  • Change Shape Color

Story Creator Graphic Organizer Steps 3 & 4

  • Layer the shapes by sending forward or back

Story Creator Graphic Organizer Steps 5

  • Type in the shape or add text box

Story book Creator Graphic organizer step 6 add type

  • Add URL links to interactive, videos & etc…

Story Book Creator Graphic Organizer Step 7 add url

Elementary Level Interactive Activity Using Google Slides

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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.

ELEMENTARY LEVEL INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY FOR WORD BUILDING

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