Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
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Tech Projects your students will Love!
This is the time of year when "love is in the air" and it seems that teachers are at the forefront of showing that love for students on a daily basis. As we know, students come to our classes and seek us out for a simple high five or reassurance that someone knows they have potential, and can do amazing things when confidence is instilled in them. Along with that, we can insert that love and enjoyment into our lessons no matter our curriculum. Below are a few examples of small projects and assignments I have done in my class that students have really engaged in, and the results have been quite positive.
Rules as Memes
Animated GIFs in the Classroom
Another enjoyable project is the incorporation of animated GIFs in the classroom. Those short, three second video clips of a reaction or humorous events can really engage students. An example of when I used them was to do a simple review of verbs. I had the students create a GIF of examples of verbs using the site andtheniwaslike.co. Once finished, they simply copied the link of them and pasted it into a Google Form that I had created. They ranged from clapping, to jumping, to high fiving their classmates. It was almost as much fun watching them create them as it was viewing the final submissions.
The Modern Day Jigsaw Activity
The 5 Clue Challenge
Another engaging project is the 5 Clue Challenge. Developed by educator Mike Soskil, he films himself on location and provides 5 clues as to where he is. The first clue is very broad, and the last clue is a bit more specific. The catch is that points are awarded after each clue. It starts at 5 points, then dwindles down by 1 point for each clue. If you'd like to check out examples, see the website here.My class selected locations of their choice and then completed a Google Doc. What made this project engaging was that one of their locations had to be in our school! So much creativity surfaced! Imagine using this for elements on the periodic table, countries of the world, or even parts of a story!