We’ll look at methods, digital solutions, professional development, and more! What will you attempt in 2022?
The chances are that you’ve been stepping out of your comfort zone for the past two years and attempting many new things.
It’s time to renew and refresh, which is also the season when we tend to get a little more exercise. So here are ten things you could do to spice up your routine.
You’ll certainly discover a fantastic suggestion tailored to your subject or grade level.
- With Google Tools, you may create a compelling narrative.
The idea of storytelling is not limited to Reading and Writing instructors. Telling a tale can take many forms. For example, you are recapping events in your own words, adopting different viewpoints, inventing new tales, providing stages in a process, etc. Check out episode 89 of the Shake Up Learning Podcast for numerous more suggestions on storytelling.
Ebooks are an excellent method to inspire high school students to develop any of those storytelling concepts. Mike Mohammad explained how he used Google Slides in his physics class to teach kids in kindergarten through second grade.
Google Slides has many unique features that allow students to share presentations. This is also an excellent approach for pupils to demonstrate ideas using photos. It’s a little more difficult to make stop motion animation in Google Slides, but it’s still entertaining for kids.
Slides and Drawings can be used to create comics strips and interactive timelines, which are two types of storytelling that may easily be created with Slides or Drawings—both of these aid in bringing life to the telling of events chronologically.
With Google Earth, you may have fun telling stories via geography. It lets you develop a tour with comments, notes, and photos attached.
- Collaborative Notetaking
Students have a difficult time understanding notetaking. They either write down everything or just what gets written on the board. When students take notes, pulling out the essential information sometimes doesn’t happen. Collaborative working can ensure that they receive the most important knowledge if allowed to be in a group setting.
Collaborative notes are also an excellent method for keeping track of critical information from staff meetings or professional development.
- Real Audience
There are several methods for students to offer their work to a real audience. Consider the influence of an audience on student work. When students know someone other than their teachers will view it, their quality of work improves. Students nowadays are used to sharing with an audience, so why should learning be any different?
It’s a lesson in and of itself to teach children how to safely exchange information over the internet. These lessons on responsible sharing are likely to affect their behavior as well. Having a real audience does not necessarily imply that you should share with the world. Start small and expand into a larger audience by enrolling in another class.
- Google Forms Check-in with SEL
While social-emotional learning had been prevalent in schools before the epidemic, it has grown increasingly essential. Using a Google Form to check in with kids can be a good way to build relationships. The Form allows students to communicate confidentially, even if they use only an emoji to indicate how they’re feeling.
- Podcasting with Students
People’s ability to hear the voice of another person is quite powerful. Podcasting offers students a method to share their knowledge while also learning. Jen Conti recently stated how podcasting might help educators fulfil standards while providing students with a creative product. Listen to episode 130 if you want to learn more about how podcasts can be used for blended.
- Use Canva templates to save time and effort.
Use a free online tool to discover a mountain of templates that can be created and personalized. This two-part series, episodes 132 and 133, contains ideas and the potential that Canva offers teachers and students. Canva provides you with the template you need, from adding beautiful graphics as a Google Classroom header to developing a professional-looking website.
- You can fake it until you make it.
Social media take students’ attention. Our students are engaged in a platform that they are familiar with when we mimic this mode of communication for storytelling. In episode 32, Kasey spoke with Lisa Johnson about a phony Keynote template she had made. That episode prompted Carly Black to develop a similar Google Slides template.
Students were asked how they might fake a blog using a template created by Lisa. Her template discusses several innovative methods for kids to express their creativity and incorporate many instructional areas.
Podcasts are becoming a more popular way for many people to discover information. If you want to learn something new, there’s a good chance you’ll find a podcast that can teach you about it on the internet. Each of the Shake Up Learning podcast episodes is incorporated into a course on the Teachable platform in the All-Access Pass level.
The Shake Up Learning podcast, which is still free, aims to reach 1 million downloads by 2022. Check out the online school for a list of courses and Master Classes if you’re interested in learning more about the all-access pass.
There are many ways to use technology to improve student engagement and learning. These five tips are just a starting point. As you explore ways to use technology in your classroom, keep these ideas in mind and look for ways to adapt them to meet the needs of your students.