12 must have templates for teachers and students


Templates | Friday, October 19, 2018

12 must have templates for teachers and students

Templates provide teachers with a starting point as we design lessons or activities for our students. Templates can also give students a way to organize information and focus on showing what they know. Here are lots of templates and lesson ideas for you to use in your class.

Sometimes just getting started with a task is the hardest part. Where do you begin? How do you organize all of your ideas in a way that others can understand?

Templates can help with that.

Templates can guide teachers as they design great lessons or activities. They are also powerful tools to use with students, helping them organize their thoughts and ideas.

So where are the best places for finding great templates for teachers? And how can we use templates with our students?

During the weekly #DitchBook Twitter chat, moderated by Sean Fahey and Karly Moura, we discussed these questions and more. The #Ditchbook community did not disappoint as they shared tons of great templates and ideas for using them in your classroom.

Below you will find 12 must have templates for teachers and students. Be sure to check out this Wakelet to see the whole discussion along with our Templates Pinterest board full of even more resources.

1. HyperDocs are powerful designed digital lessons. Nadine Gilkison shared her HyperDoc templates for primary and intermediate students. You can also find many more at HyperDocs.co/templates.

2. Did you know that Google has many ready-to-use templates for Docs and Slides available? In addition to templates for education, there are lots of others for work or even for your personal life. Just go to docs.google.com/document or docs.google.com/presentation and click on “template gallery”.

3. “EduProtocols are designed so that teachers can insert any curriculum from across subjects to help guide students into a deeper understanding of the content.” EduProtocols.com

In addition to meaningful yet fun, EduProtocols like Iron Chef and CyberSandwich Jon Corippo and Marlena Hebern have included lots of templates on their website EduProtocols.com.

4. Caption This can be used in any subject area to add an extra layer of critical thinking. Create your own simple template in Google Drawings or Slides and share with your students for a fun, deep thinking activity.

5. We want to connect with our students and know how they are doing every day. But it can be difficult to check-in with every student in every one of our classes. This daily check-in Google Form template makes it simple and easy to get started connecting with all of your students.

6. Add a little gamification to any subject area with a favorite board game and task cards with this Clue template.

7. Bring history into the modern day world with this fictional Twitter chat template created by Ryan O’Donnell. Students can use this template to create profiles for fictional characters in a book, for historical figures and more. Check out Ryan’s blog post for more ideas and examples on how to use this template.

8. Use these templates from Tom Spall to create your own digital menus for your students. You can leverage the popularity of the latest video game craze with his Fortnite themed choice menu template or adapt it to fit your students’ interests.

7. Graphic organizers are helpful tools in any subject. Eric Curts has created 30 Google Drawing graphic organizers for you to use and adapt for your students.

8. Ryan has a whole collection of incredible templates on his website creativeedtech.com. Some crowd favorites are his Time and National Geographic magazine templates. These can be adapted and used in almost any subject area.

9. Parent communication is much easier if you have a template for your newsletter. Check out this website created by Sarah Kiefer and Beth Kingsley for tons of templates including quite a few options for newsletters that can be used by teachers or students.

10. If you are looking to spice up a presentation or give your students more options than the themes available in Google Slides check out Slides Carnival. Be sure to teach your students how to give credit to the original creator of the template by including the credit slide at the end.

11. A great way to provide students with the real-life experience of building their own resume is with a well-designed template. Canva has a huge directory of templates available to use for free on their website. Looking for more ideas? Karly Moura wrote a blog post sharing 20 ways to use Canva’s templates with your students.

12. Add some seasonal fun, and teach the basics of Google Slides, with these templates from Eric Curts. Students can build a jack-o-lantern during Fall or build a snowman during Winter. A fun and engaging way for students to practice their writing skills by describing or writing about their creation.

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