Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
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Google Slides as a Social Media Platform
Social Media is highly popular among teens these days. Whenever they're not at school (and sometimes in school), they're on apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok, Pinterest, and Facebook. However, as they become more and more engaged with those apps, why not attempt to include those (or something similar) into your lesson plans? My good friend Matt Miller remarks that, "you don't need the tool to create the experience." So, using the following templates from Slides, you can do just that. Create social media experiences using simple tools that easily incorporate with your lessons, making them much more engaging.
Instagram Stories with Slides
Being one of the top two Social Media preferences of students, Instagram gives the visual learner a plethora of information in a clean, easy to view format. Plus, it offers an opportunity to capture and store everlasting memories. But, using this is in the classroom may seem out of the question, but thanks to Matt Miller at Ditch That Textbook, he has created an Instagram Stories Using Google Slides template. Simply make a copy of the template, have students snap several different photos, and then get to work! With this, students could create an Instagram story on a science lab, scenes from a story, or historical events. This was wildly successful when I used this lesson with my 7th grade students.
Snapchat Games with Slides
TIk Tok Music Videos
If you remember the media platform Vine, you're probably well aware of how addicting and engaging that platform was for teens. Nowadays, they flock to Tik Tok! So, imaging teaching a lesson in music class about different styles, and allowing students to include their own short, clever dancing clip to accompany the lesson! Once again, Matt has created this template that you can assign to your students through Google Classroom and allow them to bring a common interest of theirs into the lesson! Here's a blog post about teaching this with your students.
Creating Pinterest Boards
Create Facebook Profiles
Scrolling through Facebook can be an easy time waster. However, it can have benefits if included in the classroom. An example of this is on the website ClassTools.net. This is an imitation Facebook profile page aptly named Fakebook. As students begin to design their Fakebook pages, they are able to insert profile images, add a wallpaper image, and creating posts. Having them create a Fakebook page for a character in a novel, President of the United States, or other character of importance is a great way to engage their creativity, while using a platform they're completely familiar with.