Google Slides can be used for more than presentations! Slides is a great tool for delivering an interactive activity to students. It can also be used to create templates for graphic organizers, newspapers, brochures, and more! Here is a short tutorial for creating a newsletter, along with a link to a template I created.
Have you checked out Seesaw yet? It is an incredible solution for student-driven digital portfolios in any classroom! It is simple to use on any device, and it offers a fantastic solution for keeping families connected to their students! It gives families a personal "window" into their child's daily school activities. Students create a digital learning journal that can stay with them forever!
Seesaw 5.0 was recently released, and the new features are so exciting! Teachers can now send announcements and message with parents. Classroom accounts can be personalized even more than before. And teacher, student, and parent apps have all been updated for better interaction by everyone!
Seesaw is compatible with so many apps, including Google Drive! Basically, if you can save something as an image, video or PDF...or take a screenshot of it or get a weblink to it, it can be uploaded to Seesaw!
Seesaw offers all kinds of tutorial videos, and their support pages are full of ready to use resources. Seesaw is completely free for classroom teachers! If a teacher chooses, they can purchase Seesaw Plus to gain access to features like skills tagging and private teacher notes and folders. Schools can purchase Seesaw for Schools, which gives all teachers access to the extra features, and it provides access to an administrative dashboard for the entire school. (Teachers can request a trial of Seesaw Plus, which will give them access to the paid features for their own classroom.)
If you haven't checked it out yet, I encourage you to do so today! Make Seesaw part of your classroom this year!
This is a screenshot of a PD class I created for teachers in my district.
(The pink rectangle is there to cover their names :)
I post items like general tech tips, updates to apps they use, and other instructions for using web apps.
Skitch is a great (free) application, available for download in the Mac App Store and the iPad App Store. With Skitch you can snap a photo (or use one you already have saved), annotate it with arrows, text, or shapes and then share it. It 's simple to use, and it's free! Identify the people in your photos...highlight steps in a photo recipe...add your child's words to "narrate" a photo or picture of some artwork....explain a process step by step with photos...the possibilities for Skitch are endless!
Check out the sample below, and read more about the Mac and iPad versions here:
Mac App version
Switching from iPads to Chromebooks?
Try Realtime Board & Screencastify!
I'm an elementary technology integrator near the BigHorn Mountains in Wyoming.
Feed the hamster by clicking inside the box above. Click the center of the wheel and the hamster will exercise. (The hamster may not appear on all devices.)