My fifth grade Special Ed teacher asked me to work with him on his rainforest animal project. In addition to working on the research during library time, I suggested we create a Google Slides project. His five male students are all visually oriented and are all terrific artists and who love to draw superheroes or cartoon characters. Using a template from Slides Carnival for Google Slides, I was inspired to create a cartoon themed presentation as a model. I have asked the 5 boys to draw a favorite character which I will then upload so that the students will have their own “information presenter/commentator”. I am hoping the use of their own character within a familiar visual format, will help engage their sustained attention and effort. In my example,
I demonstrate how the character will make comments about the information presented. In addition to the research itself, I can give mini lessons on using google slides, searching for images, photo manipulation, digital responsibility regarding image use and attribution. By using Google Slides, students will have the opportunity to see other students’ work and teach each other as they work on their own slides. Each student will have the opportunity to create as many slides with as many details (ie images, icons, colors, etc) but within the confines of the template.
I needed to create my own Slides project before introducing it to the class. Although every district employee has Google Drive on their desktop and laptop, not every teacher has had the opportunity (or wherewithal) to incorporate it into their lessons. I’ve been assigning my students to type up responses in Google Docs and having them share their docs with me, Thing 5 allowed me the opportunity to incorporate another Google element to library time. Bonus, I finally created my own avatar!