Category Archives: Digital-Age Learning Culture
Below are five different ways to engage students in an online environment with any grade level and almost any subject area.
- Innovative Project Ideas for Students – A curated list by edtechteacher of a variety of grade levels and subject area edtech project ideas.
Not sure what kind of projects to start on? Check out this curated list to get some great ideas for your yearly plans.
- Daily editing builds students’ skills! With Every-Day Edit exercises, challenge students to find and fix errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, or grammar.
I like the challenge that this presents to students. Easy and fun yet relevant to literacy skill development.
- Note Taking By Crayon – Use crayons or markers to teach note-taking skills.
Who doesn’t like to use a crayon? Note taking is a skill that is developed over time. This is just one way to try it out. If you want to delve further into the phenomenon of Sketchnoting, I suggest to check out Kathy Schrock’s page.
- NASA Langley has developed a variety of classroom content and lesson plans for teachers to use in their classroom.
Science teachers rejoice! NASA has always provided some spectacular photos and video and now they are also sharing content and lesson plans. Your Science classes will be astounding.
- Creative writing prompts to make your students love writing.
A variety of writing prompts help students to get started. I also show students, especially from grades 3-12 that they can write in four different ways based on the access to technology in our schools. We have a divisional license for RW4GC and use it extensively. So the four ways are: using a pen/pencil, typing on a keyboard, RW4GC Talk&Type (or GDocs > Tools > Voice Typing) and RW4GC Voice Note. It is amazing what students can “write” about when they are shown the different ways that they can demonstrate their learning through their writing.
No matter what season, content area or grade level, Google Suite Apps for Education have a variety of supports and resources for students to use in the learning environment.
Google Drawings holiday templates – each slide has a link to the specific template with examples.
Whisper is a free Chrome extension that lets teachers message their class as whole or individual students without interrupting the work. Notifications show up on the student machine as a browser notification that can be viewed in the moment or any time later.
Use Google Tools to Create Choice Boards – a great way to engage students while honouring their differences.
SOS: Make It Concrete is a teaching strategy that uses concrete, or shape, poems to allow students to demonstrate understanding. Students reflect on their learning and create a visual to represent something they have learned from a media resource.
NOTE: the link above is available for any Discovery Ed account users.
Ideas for your own classroom:
If you do not have access, you can have students create a list of keywords/expressions that tie in with a video, audio or an image that you have presented to them. Students may create this list individually or in small groups.
Students then take their keywords and input it into a word cloud curator. There are several available online such as:
- Using a Google Doc, the keywords are typed or dictated onto the document. Install the Word Cloud Generator add-on and run it. Drag or screenshot the word cloud and insert into the Google Doc. Students may want to either do a Gallery Walk to check each other’s word clouds OR all word clouds could be put onto the same Google Doc or even Google Slide.
- Tagxedo where word clouds can be put into specific shapes. Students would type their generated list of words right into the Tagxedo text box.
- Wordle is one of the original word cloud generators and works similar to Tagxedo except with no specific shape choices.
- Wordclouds, Word It Out, ABCYa! Word Clouds are all great generators
For fun, these word clouds could be printed off and then students could draw images around their word clouds. As well, they could either create a short video or audio explaining their word cloud. This video/audio would then be linked to the original word cloud via a QR code and hung up on a hallway bulletin board for others to view and scan.
Samples for you to check out:
Our Early Years students can utilize the Google Suite Apps for Education just as well as our Middle Years and High School students. We want them to not only use the tools but also to CREATE!
Check out this fantastic introductory-level session that shares fantastic examples of Early Years students using various online resources. While you are watching I’d love to have you think about: what do you wonder? what is exciting for you?
- Google Classroom
- Screencastify chrome extension
- ViewPure for YouTube videos
- Google Slides
- Google Docs
- Kids Wordsmyth
- iPad annotation
- Google Forms
- Google Sheets
- Google Drawings
Here is a copy of @TechCoachSusan’s slide deck for Using GSuite in the Early Years Classroom at https://goo.gl/izeT8K.