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Giving Students Choices
Today's technology tools can provide teachers with the ability to give their students choices when assigning projects. Every student may not have the same apps as their classmates, so instead of requiring the students to use a particular app or website, why not give them a choice? You will find that student engagement and creativity will increase when students are given the freedom to use different tools to deliver content.
Here are two examples of a project about Walt Disney. The examples contain the same content, however, the information is presented in a different format in each project.
Examples of assignments that give students choices:
- Tic Tac Techo
- Choice Board
- Science Tic Tech Toe Board 1 - by Misty Whitworth & Julie Lyle, Argyle ISD
- Digital Choice Board Reading
- Interactive Learning Menus (Choice Boards) with G Suite – FREE Templates by Kasey Bell
Articles:Liven Up Your Lessons by Giving Students Choices
Smore User Guide
How to Use Smore
Directions for a Class Using Smore to Create Reports
Student Directions for Creating a Smore Space Project
Sloth - kindergarten
Let It Roll (uses the App to record your voice)
500+ ThinkLink Educational Examples
Google Docs for Learning
Bloom's Digital Taxonomy & Web 2.0 Tools
Virtual Manipulatives for the iPad
Favorite Chrome Extensions
Bulb is free, however, educators can upgrade to the Pro version for private publishing.
AP Studio Art Student Example
Check out this Spark Video by Oskar Cymerman to see what Adobe Spark can do for you and your students.
The Colorado River
Adobe Spark Video - allows you to create a video slideshow—complete with sound and narration.
Joe Dockery's Tips
- Find a quiet place for your students to record their audio (spread out!)
- Have them write out a script.
- Keep the scripts short and to the point (proof it and give feedback)
- Ask them to brainstorm icons and photos to go along with each topic
- Break long sentences or ideas into chunks with an image for each idea
- Listen to each recording and re-record if necessary
- If students are doing it individually, use headsets
Nearpod is an interactive presentation and assessment tool that can be used to convert your PowerPoint or Google Slides presentations into engaging lessons for your students.
Are you ready to learn something new?
Type in the Code the teacher gives you in the Enter Code option.
Click the blue right arrow.
Enter your name.
Wait for the teacher to begin.
Nearpod also has an App for most devices!
Google Slides is one of the collaborative tools available from Google. Students can create online, collaborative presentations and collaborate with other people in real time.
Google recently added an audience participation option called Q&A. This allows your presentation to become more interactive and gives all audience members an opportunity to ask questions.
Slides Carnival is a website that contains free Google Slides presentation templates.
Creating a Yearbook in Google Slides
Google Drawings has so many classroom applications and this is one idea that can be used in any subject area and grade level.
The following directions are for creating a picture of yourself with 3 different callouts containing a fact about yourself.
- Open Drive.
- Select New, More and choose Google Drawings.
- Change the title from untitled drawing to your first and last name.
- Go to Insert → Image and find the picture you want to use.
- Select Insert → Shape → Callouts.
- Choose one of the callouts.
- Drag the callout to desired location and type in your first fact.
- Drag the yellow dot (located at the tip of the point) to move the point of the callout.
- While the callout is selected, click on the Fill tool and change the color.
- Create 2 more callouts for the other facts.
- You can change the alignment, font, font size and color, etc. of the text, if desired.
- Click Insert →Text Box to add your name to your picture. Drag your text box to the desired location. Change the font and the font size and color so that it is clearly visible.
- Go to File and select Download As → JPEG.
Describe yourself at the beginning of the year.
What was Washington thinking when he crossed the Delaware?
How would you describe a parallelogram?
What are five important facts about an animal cell?
- Directions for finding and adding Chrome Extensions can be found here.
- This one-hour video course by Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook), will show you ins and outs of Screencastify and some of Matt’s favorite ways to screencast in the classroom.
- 3 Screencastify Features You Probably Didn't Know About by Jake Miller
- Using Screencastify to Improve Student Annotations by Kristi Moore
- How to Use Screencastify to Grade Student Papers by Casey Clark
Screencastify Math Student Talk
Spanish Screencastify Project
Sutori stories - examples of stories by subject area and age level
Other Apps for Presentations
Shadow PuppetEDU (free with in-app purchases)Croak.It! (free)
Popplet Lite (free)
Little Bird Tales ($2.99)
Canva Graphic Design
25+ EDU Lesson Plans and Resources for Canva by Lisa JohnsonA Simple Video Guide to Canva
Create Amazing Images with Ease
Free Images for Your Projects by Tony Vincent
Photos for Class - This site from Storyboard That includes age-appropriate images and automatically includes a citation for each image.
Pics-4-Learning - The images on this site are copyright-free for teachers and students to use in an educational setting.
Open Clipart - This site includes free vector clip art.
Unsplash - Every 10 days, 10 new high-resolution photos are added to the site. You are free to use the photos for any purpose.
Pixabay - Thousands of high-quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics are included on this website.
The Noun Project - This website aggregates and catalogs symbols that have been created and uploaded by graphic designers.
Plixs - Thousands of high-quality free photos with Creative Commons License
Top 5 Sites to Find Images for Student Use by Kathleen McGeady
The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons by The Edublogger
CC Image Search by @digichica