Hamilton Tech Talk

February 2016

Comic Strips With Google Slides

Are you looking for a fun activity to do in your classroom? Maybe your class made comic strips in the past, but you want to try something new. Slides is Google’s version of Microsoft Office’s Powerpoint, and is primarily used for creating presentations. You can access it on any device with an internet connection, and by signing into Google with your Hamilton user account.

Using Google Slides your students can create fun and simple comic strips that can be shared with everyone. Making a comic strip on Slides can require communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. All kids know what a comic strip is, and creating them on Google Slides can be a fun activity to convey classroom concepts, tell a story, depict a historic event, or illustrate vocab words.

Students can add different backgrounds, characters or images, and create speech and thought bubbles with the ease of a few clicks. Google Slides uses the internet to search through millions of images to create unique comic strips. For that extra something special, animations can be added to bring comic strips to life.

Below is an hour long instructional video on building a comic strip with Google Slides. You can also submit a Request Form, and have a facilitator assist you in learning and implementing this fun activity. Check out our short Comic Strip.

Creating Comic Strips with Google Slides

Plickers

We don't always have the opportunity to bring laptops , chromebooks, or tablets into our classrooms. How do we infuse technology into our lessons, when we don't have access to student devices? Plickers is a classroom response app that teachers can use very easily without having devices for each student. It's fun, It's easy, and it's free. Plickers provides automatic feedback with only 1 teacher device (usually a cell phone or tablet). It operates on both Android and iOS platforms. Each student is given a card with a unique visual code. The code has four sides, each lettered A, B, C, and D. The student holds the card so that the letter they choose to answer the question with is at the top of the card. The teacher scans the card using the Plicker app downloaded to their phone or tablet. The results appear live and in real time on the teacher's device. They can also be projected onto a large screen for the whole class to see from the Plicker's website.
Plickers

Free Online Virtual Field Trips

Through the magic of technology, teachers have the option to have their students embark on an online virtual field trip, which saves the cost and hassle of physically going to another location or gain access to a location that isn't possible to visit. One option is Google Connected Classrooms, which works through using Google Hangouts & Google +. Connected classrooms delivers a virtual tour of a facility, a conversation with an expert, or a show-and-tell session with museum artifacts right to your classroom and partners with tour guides at National Geographic, The Seattle Aquarium, and the American Museum of Natural History to name a few.

Google + is a social network that works with your Google email account, and is similiar to Facebook. You add "friends" or "members to your circles to connect with. Once you activate your Google + account you would join the Connected Classroom Community to connect with partners that will announce upcoming field trips. Hangouts are a real-time, on-air video conference with up to 10 participants. At the start time of the event, you can tune-in to live Hangouts on the field trip’s Google + event page and project it on your Smart Board.

A Request for Google Drive Outside Sharing Form would need to be completed to access a Hangout outside the Hamilton Township domain.

There are several more opportunities for virtual tours for museums, space, archeological sites, and more, which can be found below.

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Chris Corney-McGee / Joyce Fiedler / Joe Valver