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

This is one of my students' favorite projects. As a class, we develop rules for the Chromebook in my classroom. In order for students to fully implement them and take ownership of them, we create memes of those rules. To do this, I share a link out of suitable meme pictures, and allow students to select their image, and create the meme from those. They compile those on a Google Doc, and then I create a Google Slides presentation of them to share with students.

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 jigsaw activity asks students to each create their own assignment, but it is then "pieced" with their classmates to create a full project. This can easily be done with technology. Create a Google Slides presentation containing the same number of slides as students in your class. Assign each student a slide to develop. Each student then adds information and makes their slide creative. Once finished, you have an entire presentation that, not only is student-created, but is a showcase of information. For example, my classes did this with available Chrome extensions, but could also be done with chapters of a book, a complex concept, or even elements on the Periodic Table.

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!

Posters using Google Drawings

If you've ever wanted to exemplify student creativity in your classroom, try inserting a poster project using Google Drawings (or Slides!). Create an 11"x17" template for the students. Show them the "bells and whistles" of Slides and what they can do with shapes, images, and texts. But, to really add to the design element, have students use a hex code to relate to their poster. For example, if they're researching national companies, search their hex code. Or, if they're creating college posters, those he codes are all over the internet! Engaging examples are the two aforementioned topics, but additionally countries of the world, parts of the body, or even mathematical theories.

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