Using Google Apps like Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings and MyMaps give you access to features that can take your activities to the next level.
However, when you use them together — smash them — you can pull the best of several tools into one superb activity.
In today’s post, Karly Moura and Sean Fahey introduce you to maps with custom images and an interactive reading journal. They use multiple simple Google tools and show you exactly how to do it yourself.
Submitted by Karly Moura (Twitter: @KarlyMoura)
How to do it: Getting a Google Drawing into a Google My Map is a little tricky since you need to get the image URL but it is worth it for getting something student created into a map.
After creating their google drawing students will need to get a URL for their drawing to insert it into a My Map.
Have students download their Google Drawing image as a .png or .jpeg file to their Google Drive.
Click on the image file then “Get Shareable Link” in the upper right corner of drive and copy the URL from there.
(Thank you Mandi Tolen and Justin Birckbichler for helping me see the easier way on this one!)
Once you have your URL you are ready to insert your image into your MyMap! In this sample MyMap a poster, made in Google Drawings is inserted into the map to showcase a few key features of the city. The GIF below shows how to insert your drawing into your map. You can also insert GIFs into MyMaps!
Applications for class:
Sensational State Reports
Virtual (or Real) Field Trip Reflection
Take a trip with your favorite character or author!
Submitted by Sean Fahey (Twitter: @SeanJFahey)
How to do it: Use a Google Doc as a “homepage” to provide the links to students’ Google Slides document they are using as a digital journal. This allows other students to view and comment on these journals to promote peer collaboration and reflection in the classroom.
The steps are simple, but how you decide to facilitate it is entirely up to you!
Find a home for your Google Document for easy access for your class. For me, I would put it in the ABOUT section of Google Classroom, but a class website could work too. Just make sure the sharing setting of the Google Doc is “view only” or students may accidentally make edits you don’t want.
Applications for class:
This setup is not limited to a reading response journal. With a little tweaking this setup can work in many ways some examples could include:
I am sure the possibilities are endless. What other ways can you think of to use this smash?
Templates/resources: For me, Google Slides is the most versatile app among the GAFE products. Don’t agree with me? Matt Miller has two EXCELLENT posts about it (10 Google Slides activities to add awesome to classes & 8 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement) you should check out!
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