Anybody else guilty of pursuing the fancy out there when sometimes it's just best to stick with the simple and familiar route? I sure am. In the world of educational technology, there are so many different apps, add-ons, extensions, websites, programs, etc. that have similar purposes. It's easy to not only get lost, but also to look straight to the latest and greatest flashy new thing to create meaningful learning experiences for students.
In preparing for our January Tech Buddy activity, we decided that researching and fact/opinion were skills to focus on for the Kindergarteners. With this in mind, we took a peek at the related curriculum and thought that the "Places Around the World" study would be perfect to tie in with these standards. Our Kindergarten teachers are AMAZING and really believe their kids can do anything!
One of the uses of Google Slides that is often forgotten (guilty, again) is the collaborative nature of a slidedeck. Instead of pushing out an assignment via Google Classroom as "Make a Copy For Each Student," how about creating a CLASS BOOK, where all students had their own slide to design? When finished, students could browse the book and learn from the work of their peers. With Google Slides, it's simple to allow editing access for all students at once (pre-labeling the slides for younger kids with names is a game changer, FYI).
Before designing our own template, a colleague once shared an awesome pre-created one (shoutout to Nanci Greene) in the format of a digital ABC book! Special thanks to @ShaunyK for developing the outline for this creation. We customized the template to meet the content for our students and we were ready to go!
One more quick tip/tool for ya: remove.bg. Green screens are all the rage (and totally awesome), but sometimes, we don't have the time or resources to get this fancy. Remove.bg is a website where you can simply upload an image and then remove the background so it gives the whole green screen effect, without the hooplah.
Take a peek at this ADORABLE ABC "Places Around the World" Class Book!