Ok, they aren’t literally countless because the computer counts them for us. However there are nearly EIGHT THOUSAND templates for certificates on Canva.com. In an effort to narrow that down to a more usable amount I searched “School Certificates” and got 1,200+ results. So use Canva.com to make some fun and captivating awards for your students.
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Here is a new tool for creating digital assignments. It is similar to Class kick or TeacherMade. Now you have another option to create interactive assignments for your students to complete on their Chromebooks. In the first two minutes you will learn what Wizer.me does. Keep watching for a more in depth look at how to create activities with the platform.
Here is an activity that asks students to count the number of items on a slide then to make tally marks for that number on the white board. This is designed for younger students. The first couple slides guide them through it then it becomes progressively more difficult as the activity proceeds. This activity was made in Google Slides. It is best when presented on a SMART board but will work fine on a plain old white board as well if you aren’t that lucky. There are 13 slides and 10 individual tallying activities.
Here is a very engaging math activity that will have students compare three numbers in a greater than less than 3 way template. The three numbers are pitted against each other in a Ninjutsu battle. There are 20 battles to work through that increase in difficulty as you proceed. This is designed to be completed on a SMART board but you could just as easily do this as a teacher led group activity, or even with a whiteboard marker and eraser.
Time Crisis Challenge is by far the absolute best activity ever made for students to practice their skills at calculating elapsed time. This activity is also cross curricular as it uses significant events from history and science. This activity is in Google Slides and should be a class led activity on the front screen or even better on the SMART board. There is also an accompanying student handout if you would like students to record their own individual answers.
Here is a Digital interactive SMART board version of the Urban Game. The Urban game is one of the most engaging and impactful activities you can do with your students. This SMART version kicks it up a notch with a drag and drop map board that you or your students can use to grow your town into a bustling city.
I had a great time learning about new technology tools and strategies at the 2022 Texas Computer Educators Association Conference. Here is a very fast paced highlight video of the top 52 things I learned. I will develop these ideas further in later videos. Please let me know which topics you want to learn more about first.
Use these buttons to add or remove content from a slide
Add new slides (frames) as you need them.
Adjust the transitions and amount of time the slide stays on from the menu on the right.
When you have all of your slides prepared you can click the send button so push them out to the Marquee.
Adjust your schedule. Then hit send again. Everything should have been configured at installation to go to the Marquee. If you get any communication errors please put in a help desk ticket with IT to have the connection reconfigured.
Here is a very useful Quick Tip that will teach you how to set up your Chrome Browser to open up a specific set of tabs when you launch it. This is a convenient way for you or your students to quickly access websites you use all day.
Example 2 is made in Teachermade.com I expected to be able to insert a recording of each word at each number on the answer document but that requires a paid pro account. It is possible with a the paid pro account.
Here is the second activity in my new Texas State Parks Activity Series. This activity is in Google Slides and can be assigned in Google Classroom. There are 15 questions on this activity that cover both math and map reading skills. This is a local State Park to us, only about an hour to the North. This is someplace your students might have visited or that they could potentially visit. I think that really increases the relevance and cool factor of this activity.
I am going to start a new series of activities based on Texas State Parks. Here is the first one of those. This activity is a math and map skills activity that was created in Google Forms to be assigned in Google Classroom. There are 10 questions and one bonus question on this activity. Questions include multiple choice, multi select, and numeric response question types.