No matter the age -- kindergarten to high school senior -- students are pretty familiar with social media. In fact, many of them can think in terms of tweets, snaps, pins and videos. They know what they have to say, and they have an idea of how to say it with a certain kind of post.
If they can think in terms of social media posts, can we let them demonstrate their learning in that way, too?
In many cases, the answer is yes!
And, thankfully, they don't need the app to create the experience! In each of the examples below, students can do an activity that feels like posting on social media without actually signing up for or using the app.
This concept is a big part of the social media chapter in my book, Tech Like a PIRATE, which is all about making learning memorable with technology. In this post, each of these social media experiences is recreated with a tool that so many students DO have access to -- Google Slides.
Using these templates is pretty simple:
- Click the "Get the template" button for the template you want. Here, you'll make a copy of the template into your own Google Drive.
- Create an assignment for your students in Google Classroom or your learning management system (LMS) like Canvas or Schoology.
- If Google Classroom: attach the copy you made of the social media template and choose "Make a copy for each student" in the three dots menu button for the attachment. If you can't do this in your LMS: Click the "Share" button in the top right of Google Slides. Under "Get link", click "Change to anyone with the link". Make the link "Anyone with the link" is a viewer. Copy the link. Paste the link in your assignment instructions. In the link, delete the word "edit" and everything else after it at the end of the link. Type the word "copy" right at the end of the link.
- Students get their own copies of the template and get to work!
How could you use these templates in your classroom? Share your ideas in a comment at the end of this post!
12 FREE social media-inspired Google Slides templates
1. Yelp review template
How would someone rate the experience of visiting a location you're studying? Or the services of a character in a book? If one historical character left a Yelp review for another about his/her work, what would that character say? There's so much potential with this slide to display creativity.
2. Spotify playlist
Music says a LOT. The lyrics have a message. The song and album titles do, too. How students might curate a playlist could speak to what they've learned about content in your class. This template also includes some deeper thinking: a way for students to explain why certain songs make their list and their criteria for the list.
3. YouTube playlist
YouTube isn't always an option in the classroom. However, with this template, created by Paula Martinez of Slides Mania, you can create your playlists in Google Slides and keep the YouTube look. For example, students can break down a complex subject and show how they'd explain it in a series of videos.
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4. Netflix template
This Netflix template, created by Nick LaFave, could be used for almost any subject area. Students can create a Netflix series for a math concept, time period in history, novel and so much more!
5. LinkedIn profile
This LinkedIn template created by Jen Walter can be used to create fake job applications for characters in a book, historical figures, or even for themselves! Jen used this template for when her science students "applied" for the job of a cell organelle!
6. Tweet for someone
What would happen if a character in a story you’re reading tweeted about an event in the story? Or about an event in current events … or in another story? You can let students create those tweets with Google Slides!
7. Instagram story
Instagram Stories is a pretty popular feature, and it’s a great storytelling tool. Users can capture important moments of their lives in photo or video and string them together for others to watch one by one. Have students create their own Instagram story demonstrating a skill to teach others through video.
8. My Face When
Students LOVE Snapchat games! You can tie them into your class WITHOUT needing the Snapchat app.
Idea: In science class, use “My Face When” to personify things that happen in the scientific world, like “hyper” to describe how a catalyst works or “angry” to show how friction affects certain things.
9. Would You Rather
Another fun Snapchat game is "Would You Rather". When you choose between two options and give a reason why.
Idea: In history class, use “Would You Rather” to show two choices a historical figure could have made. Students can choose which they would have taken.
10. TikTok template
Let’s use an app that millions of students already have access to — Google Slides — to recreate the TikTok experience instead of using the app.
Idea: Students can use this Google Slides template to create a PSA about something they are passionate about to share with their peers.
11. Facebook profile
Students need to be 13+ and have a valid email address in order to use Facebook. So for those that teach younger students or want to use Facebook without going on the site, this Google Slides template created by Ryan O'Donnell is the perfect solution.
12. Pinterest board
Some schools don’t have access to Pinterest but you can create the same Pinterest curation experience with Google Slides. With this template, created by Paula Martinez of Slides Mania, your students can gather and arrange images and information into look alike Pinterest boards.
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