I currently teach a class that has 5 different sections in one class period. It is not possible to use direct instruction for all 5 levels in one class period, and adequately interact, help, and assess my students. I have solved this problem by creating video tutorials using screen-cast-o-matic. I then upload the videos to YouTube and group them in a playlist. This makes it easy for the students to find the videos. You can add detailed instructions using Google docs or slides. To learn how to make a playlist in YouTube, click here.
The videos embedded below are an example of how I created screencast tutorials for my advanced web design students. I organized them all into a playlist for the students so they could easily reference older videos.
I love that I can easily share and post assignments in Google Classroom; however, I was wanting an organized place to post my resources for each unit. This is now possible under the About tab in Google Classroom.
The only downfall so far is that you can’t easily rearrange the attachments. To put them in a certain order, they need to be added in that order. This is a nice way to keep resources posted for your students so they can find them easily.
My Business Law class did a wonderful job in their exploration of the criminal trial procedure. They collaborated in researching, creating, & sharing information about the criminal trial procedure. Here is a sample of their shared google slides where they each contributed their resources and ideas to each slide.
Students were allowed to pick their group based on their learning style. The groups were organized as follows.
Visual Learners: Create Sketchnotes of the trial Procedure using Paper by52 app on your Ipad or a free online sketchpad. Combine your sketches in our shared Google slides.
Kinesthetic Learners: Use a green screen app to video record real examples of the trial procedure. Publish the videos to YouTube & embed on our shared Google slides.
Reading/Writing Learners: Research the parts of the trial procedure, looking for real world examples & descriptions. Place a summary of your findings on the shared google slides.
This lesson also included a flipped aspect. Students watched a video and answered questions in Zaption first.
It was differentiated by product as each student created a different product including, videos, illustrations, and reenactments. The lesson was tiered by learning style. Students grouped themselves based on their preferred learning style. It was rich with technology as well. We used a green screen app, Google slides, YouTube, search tools, and Paper by 53, a sketching app. Engagement in this lesson was at a high level and students seemed to really enjoy the process.
This year I tried to move my syllabus to a more visual format. I used Piktochart to format my syllabus as an infographic. It still needs some work, but it is a drastic improvement from the old syllabus that I am sure the students did not read. The idea is that you can make important information stand out with visuals.
It is easy to google a picture and use it on your classroom site or in a slide show. However, you could be violating copyright laws. It is important to model for our students what a good digital citizen looks like. Below you will find helpful resources on ways to obtain images that are licensed for reuse.