It's time to spruce up your family history project with the use of Google's Tour Builder. Tour Builder allows you to create interactive digital stories by bringing together Google Earth maps, photos, and videos. Discover the power of this tool by watching the brief introductory video and viewing the sample tour project below (the example is not family history related).
Imagine using Tour Builder to map out historical events or settings in historical fiction books.
Learn how to use Tour Builder in your classroom by watching the video below.
Below are two sets of directions to help you get started. There are step-by-step directions for you and a student handout for your students.
Task cards are a great way to support your students in adding meaningful work to their Seesaw journals. The below video is lengthy, but if you zoom forward to 15:00, you will discover how one teacher uses task cards during Daily Five.
Learn awesome ideas for task cards by exploring below.
Use Google Slides to create task cards. Learn how below!
As teachers, we are always able to express our opinions and share our feelings with our students. But do all of our students' voices get heard? In a traditional classroom, the answer is no. Whether that is because a student is shy or anxious or we simply run out of time, there's always an unheard perspective. Flipgrid, a video discussion platform, is changing that. Teachers post questions, videos, or links to start discussions. Students respond to the prompts and to each other with short video reflections. TA-DA! Everyone is given a voice. Watch the two videos below to discover the power of Flipgrid and student voice.
As a graduate student, I used Flipgrid to communicate with my classmates. I was often required to create one video with own thinking and then respond to at least two classmates' responses. To ensure all of us received peer feedback, we were asked to give priority to students with less responses (i.e. everyone should have 2 responses before receiving a 3rd response). From responding to readings to providing feedback on each other's projects, my classmates and I were in constant dialogue, having deep and reflective conversations long after class ended.
Flipgrid's website has a wide range of ideas for using Flipgrid in K-12 classrooms. From the homeroom to Art, World Language, and P.E., the sky's the limit. Click on the buttons below to learn how Flipgrid can enhance the discussions in your classroom and give all of your students a voice.
It's time to give Flipgrid a try! Follow the links below to get started.
Have you had a student in your class who could benefit from positive affirmations or a change of mindset? What if your student could record himself/herself and revisit the recordings when feeling distressed? Discover ThinkUp by listening to this sample:
Learn how to use ThinkUp.
Book Creator is a tool for creating, collaborating, and sharing across all subject areas in all grades. Discover 4 compelling ideas for Book Creator and two sample books below, followed by a brief hook for Book Creator on iPads AND (new this year!) computers.
On an iPad...
On a computer...
Follow the links below to learn about Book Creator for the iPad.
Webinar 1: Overview of Book Creator with project ideas and applications.
Webinar 2: Supporting students with graphic organizers and templates.
Webinar 3: Collaborating with peers and sharing with authentic audiences.
Follow the link below to learn about Book Creator on the computer.
Do even more with Book Creator by exploring additional ideas on Pinterest.
Design Thinking is a framework that includes the following phases: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. Watch the video below and follow this link to discover more about the Design Thinking Process.
Learn ways you can integrate Design Thinking across your curriculum below:
The following are resources and books I have found to be inspiring:
The end of the school year is quickly approaching. Below are three meaningful ways to close out your school year digitally.
School Year Trailer with iMovie: Advertise What Happens in YOUR Class
Have your students work together to create a movie trailer for the incoming class you will meet in the fall. This is an engaging way for students to reflect on all that happened this school year. Have students give a tour of the classroom. Go over daily activities unique to your class. Share favorite projects. Show places around the school. Make a top 10 list.
Welcome Book with Book Creator
Do you like the above idea but feel unsure about creating a movie trailer? Why not create a class welcome book using Book Creator? Your students will still reflect on the year, capture their memories, and kill two birds with one stone by creating something YOU can share with your new class in the fall.
Padlet: Summer Reading Selfies
The summer can feel long for kids. Keep them reading and in touch by creating a class Padlet board for keeping track of what students are reading this summer. Students can take pictures of their book covers and write mini book reviews. Check out this awesome example: Summer Reading Selfies.
Learn how to use iMovie:
Learn how to use Book Creator:
Learn how to use Padlet:
Explore Learning Gizmos are online activities that use manipulatives to teach 3rd - 12th graders math and science concepts. Each activity comes with a teacher guide and a student exploration handout, which students complete using the online Gizmo (manipulatives). View the video below to learn more.
Check out how teachers use Gizmos for whole class and small group instruction by viewing the videos and sample handouts below.
Register your class here.
If you think the only use for Google Slides is presentation creation, you're in for a treat. From virtual museums to interactive notebooks to stop motion videos, the possibilities are endless. Watch the video below to check out some examples in action.
Learn basic and advanced techniques with Google Slides here.
Learn how to hyperlink from one slide to the next here.
Learn how to make a stop motion video using Google Slides here.
Learn tips for creating templates here.
Learn even more here.
Get inspiration from the examples below or consider using one of the following templates with your students. First, share a template with your students. (Learn how to share a template on Google Drive here.) Then, have your students access the shared template by clicking Shared with me in Google Drive.
Templates to Tweak and Examples to Inspire:
Virtual Museum Template
Comic Example 1 and Comic Example 2 (Tip: Have your students download their finished projects as PDFs and print the final copies for publishing.)
Vocabulary Journal Template
Digital Interactive Notebook Template
Fractions Collaboration Template
Landforms - Collaborative Study Guide Example
Homonyms Collaborative Study Guide Example
Collaborative Storytelling Example (Learn how multiple students can work on the same file here.)
Snow Day - Stop Motion Example
Sorting Similes and Metaphors Example
Animal Classification Example
Word Study Sort Example
Have you observed anxiety in any of your students? Do you want your class to be more mindful, focused, and present? Smiling Mind is a non-profit organization with a goal to make mindfulness accessible to all. The Smiling Mind Education Programs have been designed with educators in mind and consist of over 200 lessons for students from primary to secondary school. Discover how just five minutes of mindfulness a day can benefit the overall wellbeing of your students by watching the video below.
What is mindfulness? How does it impact the brain? Learn more by watching the video below.
Get started by adding 5 minutes of mindfulness to your class each day. What about using it to set a daily intention as Morning Meeting is coming to a close? Or what about a five minute post-recess reset? Download the Smiling Mind app or load the web-based program. Have your students lie flat on their backs. Press play, and let the journey to mindfulness begin!
Interested in taking mindfulness to the next level? Consider using these fun cards to do simple yoga poses with your students. Each of the 50 cards includes step-by-step yoga pose instructions.