The end of the year is a time unlike any other.
Thankfully, some of the tried and true Google tools -- and some that we don't use that often -- can help us make the most of the end of the school year.
Ebooks are super visual. They can include clickable links, which makes them more interactive than a static research paper. Plus, when designed well, students are more likely to want to share what they've created with others -- creating an extra layer of motivation! Making a PDF ebook in Google Slides is super easy and can be a fun spin to put on an end-of-the-year project.
When students create something for class, the audience for their work is only ONE if the teacher is the only one seeing it! Creating a website in Google Sites is an EASY way to give student work a wider reach. By putting work online, anyone in the world could run across it and learn from what the student has created.
3. Drop detailed "INFO pins" on a map with MyMaps.
Is what your students are learning geography-based? If they're studying locations, history, even novels set in a real location, Google MyMaps can help! They're custom maps where students can drop pins on locations that others can see. But they're not just pins ... they're "INFO pins"! (I just made that name up ...) On each pin, they can add a title, a description, photos and even clickable links. Instead of a traditional project or paper, let students share their learning with you geographically -- with a MyMap!
Infographics blend the best of images and text. The images help ideas stick, and the short snippets of text tell us the basics we need to know. By keeping information short, students practice writing with brevity. Plus, they're fun -- AND fun to share! Add icons from The Noun Project (thenounproject.com) to make them look really slick.
At the end of the year, there are ALWAYS students who finish something before everyone else -- a project, a test, etc. Having something academic for them to do keeps the learning going. Plus, it lets them try something they normally don't get to do in class! Here are some options for them ...
I'm such a sucker for this one and LOVE to suggest it any opportunity I get! Anything that students can envision in their minds IN MOTION, Google Slides will let them create in animation! Google Slides is your free animation creation tool. When students have created something great, have them use a screen recorder like Screencastify to capture it in video.
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The end of the year is high time for practicing with vocabulary and important concepts. Flippity is a Google Sheets add-on that makes it easy to turn a list of terms into an engaging, practical way to study. In addition to flashcards, create bingo games, Memory games, MadLibs, quiz shows and more!
Going back over all that material from the previous year can be a drag. Make those review sessions more interactive with slides from Pear Deck. Pear Deck lets you ask questions on your slides that students can answer on their devices. Pear Deck's free version lets you do a LOT, and your students will love it.
At the end of the year, we all need a little comic relief, right? Check out these fun April Fools Day jokes that Google has played on its users. One of my favorites is Google Nose, a fictitious Google tool that makes your computer emit a scent so you know how it smells!
By using Google Forms (Google's survey tool), students can create their own quizzes. By turning on the quiz features in the settings gear, students can add immediate feedback for anyone who takes the quiz. This immediate feedback can be WAY more effective than comments written on student papers and passed back to them later. Plus, when students create the quizzes, they're experiencing the content from a different perspective.
Using Google Slides an entire class, or multiple classes, can come together to create a yearbook for free and print it for a fraction of the cost of a regular school yearbook.
The #slidesyearbook website has been updated for easier navigation! At least the English portion. Expect more updates for https://t.co/2v48OKIpqJ this summer! Especialmente en español #Mex16 #Googleei #GoogleSlides #ditchbook pic.twitter.com/Icw68BFUuC— Jennifer Scott (@Jentechnology) June 3, 2018
Kids young and old LOVE Kahoot. It’s a fun and engaging way to review, preview, to take a mid unit/lesson check for understanding, or just for a bit of fun!
A1: Fun and engaging ways to review in #remotelearning :— Lᴀᴜʀᴀ Sᴛᴇɪɴʙʀɪɴᴋ #RockNTheBoat (@SteinbrinkLaura) May 8, 2020
*Choice boards with creative activities
* @Buncee or @AdobeSpark PSA or graphics, #sketchnotes #onepagers
* @flipgrid presentations
* @wakelet scavenger hunts#DitchBook
Choice boards are an excellent way to keep the engagement up at the end of the school year. Give students a choice in how they want to learn something, choices in what they want to learn about, and how they want to show what they have learned.
Using the linking tool to individually link slides to one another opens up a whole world of possibilities. Students can create their own “quizzes” by linking a question slide to possible answers.
A1: We have been making our interactive self-checking slides. We have also been using some of our favorite activities. This week students are working on tessellations to review transformaitons.https://t.co/jMRQN4pDzL#DitchBook— Mandi Tolen (@MandiTolenEDU) May 8, 2020
Students (and adults) enjoy getting badges for their accomplishments. An easy way to create them is through Google Drawing. You can create them for your students or challenge them to create their own!
A1. I created a #hyperdoc for a book study, giving out badges in our digital badge program, and designing and engagement and review Google Site to support our learners. #ditchbook https://t.co/sYh3SAojL9— Rayna Freedman (@rlfreedm) May 8, 2020
Scavenger hunts are a fun and they can be done virtually (and LIVE) through Google Meet!
A1: While I'm not directly involved with students as a tech coach, some teachers have used Scavenger Hunts during their Google Meet sessions to reinforce material. Other teachers have played some @GetKahoot games, too, so the engagement is there! #ditchbook— Evan Mosier (@emosier3) May 8, 2020
Digital escape rooms bring the fun of a physical escape room to your students anywhere through their devices. Google tools make it easy to create your own escape room or have students create their own!
Choose your own adventure stories combine the skill of storytelling and writing with computational thinking. Students can map out different paths for their stories to take and use branching questions in forms or slide-to-slide linking to create a real choose your own adventure style story.
A2: Keep bringing the fun. Digital Escape Rooms, Choose Your Own Adventure.— Mandi Tolen (@MandiTolenEDU) May 8, 2020
Here are a few CYOA submitted from my students today. I love them soooo much.https://t.co/i3cs42rq3Hhttps://t.co/lm2SbVdrOW#ditchbook
Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, or classic board games all provide engaging ideas for creating fun review games for the end of the year. And you certainly don’t have to make them yourself! Tons of templates have been created by educators that are easy to copy and edit for your class!
Do you need #endoftheschoolyear activities or ideas for your students? Why not collaborative #boardgames in @GoogleForEdu #slides? You could even turn these games into #hyperdocs to include content. #myapologies #conflict #Ditchbook #EduDuctTape #shakeuplearning #edtech #edchat pic.twitter.com/XfIY0XiQv4— Matt Meyer (@54Mr_Meyer) May 8, 2020
If you’re unable to host an event live due to school closure, or for any reason, Google Meet is a fantastic way to make it happen virtually.
A2: Just this evening, my intermediate school hosted a Virtual Talent Show via Meet, and it was terrific!! It was so cool to not only see the kids, but watch them perform their talents as well. Students and staff "attended" and it was super positive and respectful!!! #DitchBook— Evan Mosier (@emosier3) May 8, 2020
Evan Mosier shared this fantastic idea from Tonya Lindskog and Mary Thomas with us and shared some tips below.
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