Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
Make your classroom more Efficient!
Google Slides Beyond the Presentation
Within Google Slides, set each slide to 11” x 17” by going to File > Page Setup. Then, assign each student a slide number. Allow them to design with shapes, hex codes, and other features that are related to their topic. Next, download each as a PDF. We are lucky in our district that these can be sent to our district print shop, printed on card stock and in color. Then, these can be displayed in the hallway, as a tangible assignment for students to have. An example presentation of these can be found here.
Create a PDF eBook
Modern Day Jigsaw Lesson
An exciting use of Google Slides that I used a few times in my classes was the Modern Day Jigsaw activity. To begin, select a topic and assign each student a slide number. Then, each student fills it with information they research on their slide, getting to decorate their slide however they wish. Once finished, students can teach the class on their topic. If it's desirable, they can even download as an eBook. If your students each research a part of a topic, by the end of this assignment, there will be one major compilation of information to share, that was all student-created. An example of student work can be found here.
Student-Created Icon Boards
When you think icon boards, the easiest comparison is an old-fashioned treasure map. Students can create these to showcase the progression of a story, steps in a process, or connecting ideas. To do this, create a background image related to the topic. This “locks” the image so it cannot be moved as easily. Then, insert whatever graphics or images your students may need to complete the activity, so they basically have a "graphic bank" to pull their images from. Students can then use the line tool to create their board, changing the line styles and colors to create an impressive looking project. A blog post with more information about it can be found here.