Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
Make your classroom more Efficient!
Bring March Madness into the Classroom
A Google Tour of the Campuses
A Google Sheet of Tuition
A Showcase of School Spirit
Design the Championship Banner!
A lasting memory of winning any championship is the trophy or the banner that teams receive. The trophies find their way into a case for many years. But, the banners hang in arenas for all spectators to see each time they attend the game in the future. How cool would it be to have students design those? They could design a basic banner, or one for a specific university using their colors and logo. Provide them with a template in Google Drawings, and then let their creative minds go to work!
Advertise a College or University
The Book Bracket: This is a suggestion that came from an elementary teacher, Elizabeth McCartney. Instead of using a bracket that is displayed in the hallway or in a classroom, have the students develop a Google Drawing of a bracket that allows the student to have control over the content and look of it. They can then rank the books and stories that they have read up to this point in the year, to see how they fare in a bracket setting!
The Music Bracket: Almost identical to the Book Bracket is the music bracket. A few years back, our music teachers gathered staff-suggested songs and put them in a bracket setting. Students then voted using Google Forms, and it became an interactive hallway project that students really enjoyed. They were able to follow the bracket as it reached the Elite 8 and Final Four stages, and "cheer on" the song they felt best completed the bracket. This was displayed in the hallway outside the music classrooms, making it visually appealing for all who walked by it throughout the school day.
School Spirit Day: The simplest form of incorporating the tournament into a school or classroom is to simply have a school spirit day! Have students wear clothing of the college of their choice. Staff can then represent their alma mater. Seeing so many colleges in the hallways can promote the importance of higher education, should the student feel that is the best path for them.
What an exciting, and glorious time of year this is! Enjoy the last few weeks of the tournament!