Here’s the thing, teaching little learners does have some challenges, but there is nothing those kiddos can’t do. There is a common misconception that primary students are to too young to use Google Apps. We just have to put the correct tools in their hand and scaffold appropriately. The best way to introduce Google tools to your students is through the use of Google Classroom. You can use Google Classroom to teach about about various Google tools such as Google Docs, Google Drawings and Google Slides. This will give students the opportunity to create, collaborate, learn and explore.
I recently got the opportunity to do a lesson in a Kindergarten classroom with an Interactive Eno board. I decided to introduce Google Slides to the students and to change up their daily Calendar Routine. Google slides is easy for students to manipulate on tablets. Students are able to easily add shapes, enter text and use the drag and drop features. The kindergarten class had an interactive whiteboard and the classroom teacher wanted to know how she can make her classroom more engaging with the interactive whiteboard. I created a Google Slides template for calendar time for their daily routine. Students not only completed the activity with me concurrently but students also came up and interacted with the whiteboard explaining their thinking. This allowed all the students to participate and be highly engaged in all the calendar activities.
Below is an example of a Google Slides template you can use with your students for Calendar Time.
Need some inspiration?
Christine Pinto teaches kindy and previously taught four-year-olds in a transitional class. She uses Google Apps at very high levels with her little learners. Pinto is a great resource for primary teachers. She blogs (christinepinto.com) and tweets to the #GAFE4littles hashtag. (Her Twitter handle is @pintobeanz11.)
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Do you like to create video? Would you like to create videos with your students? Good news! PSUSD now has licenses available for teachers and students! Once you upload your raw footage and pictures, you can go in and add custom themes, music, sound effects, and voice overs to name a few of the perks! You can even record yourself on the fly. The program makes it easy to create professional looking videos with all the bells and whistles. To gain access and learn a little bit about the program, take a look at our tutorial here:
Why use video creation in your classroom? Well why not? But seriously, there are many reasons to use video creation as a tool for learning as well as a variety of ways you can integrate it into your curriculum. Having students create their own video engages them in new and creative ways. It allows them to have a more authentic audience, motivating them intrinsically to work a little harder for their peers. Video creation is also a creative way to allow students to explain their thinking. Students must have a greater understanding of the material in order to create a video than they would if being assessed using other types of formative assessments.
Let’s not create videos for the sake of creating videos, however. Why not have students create movie trailers to show evidence of their knowledge of story elements? You can also have students create newscasts of current events or weather forecasts. Using videos to create public service announcements is a great way to show evidence of their learning on certain unit themes. You can also have students create videos of idioms or even vocabulary. Students can write stories and allow you to evaluate their grammar and mechanics using Note Card projects! Historical documentaries or interviewing one another as historical characters can make the history class come alive. Students can create lessons for your class tutoring one another or “how to” videos on any topic. All this can be done using WeVideo!
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”