Today, I am excited to bring you a tip for using google presentations to create classroom engagement and collaboration. This idea is a combination of a project that a colleague of mine has done for years, the inspiration of Catlin Tucker's vocabulary instruction (she is really amazing), plus of course, my deep seated love of socratic seminar, novel study, and google drive (full tutorial here)! This project puts ownership in the hands of students and frees up a lot of my time for meaningful writing feedback instead of a ton of prep for teaching a novel. Check out the Youtube video below for the specifics of my project:
In the process of discerning my goals for the new school year, I've been surfing through the webiverse of teacher facebook-pinterest-youtube-blogs and I 've seen a lot of plans for incorporating more technology and working toward a paperless classroom. If that is the kind of thing you are into, today I have a brief tutorial of Google Drive, which is a perfect tool for both! My tutorial focuses on sharing documents with students and creating dropboxes for students to use to turn in assignments. I believe that these two functions are good jumping off points for most teachers. I hope to revisit the idea of creating collaborative digital writing with Google docs a few months down the line. Please share any questions, concerns, tips, or suggestions in the comment section below!