We have been using Google Classroom since the start of this school year. This post by teacher and blogger Tony Vincent highlights different features within Google Classroom to organize your posts and manage your workflow. As you use a feature, be sure to encourage your colleagues to do the same!
Giving students feedback through Google is a powerful way to provide individual feedback and maximize instructional time. One common complaint from teachers is the limits of text formatting within a comment. By surrounding your text with different symbols, you can format the text of a comment to include bolded text, italics, or a strikethrough. For detailed instructions and a gif on the steps, visit Jake Miller’s Font Formatting in Google Comments.
Vocabulary is a key component of instruction. One place to learn about effective vocabulary strategies is Michael Kennedy’s Introduction to Special Education Podcasts Vimeo channel. This channel includes strategies for vocabulary instruction across disciplines. Another fantastic resource, also produced by Kennedy and his team, is Vocab Support. The resources linked on the Vocab Support website are designed for teachers to use directly with students. Visit the upper right-hand corner of the website, select CAP-Teacher Resources and visit the slideshows of vocabulary that include student friendly definitions, evidence-based practices for teaching vocabulary, and questions to check for understanding.
One way to effectively teach vocabulary is through the Frayer Model graphic organizer. This website provides an overview of the Frayer Model and how the strategy can be used with Google drawing. Here is a template you can share with your students through Google Classroom to open in Google Drawing. Here is another template that can also be used in Google Drawing.
This marking period, we are focusing on integrating Jamboard into our classes. Jamboard is a lesser known Google tool that allows for collaboration among students. We like this tool because it allows our students to collaborate and provides choices about how our students share their learning. Here’s how it works:
- Teachers create a Jam by inserting blank pages or pages with content.
- Teachers share the Jam through Google Classroom or through a Jam code. Through Google Classroom, teachers can allow students to edit the same Jam or make a copy of the Jam for each student.
- Students access either the shared Jam code or by logging into their Google Classroom.
- Students can annotate and add in drawings, text, sticky notes, images, and documents from their Google Drive.
Jamboard works best on a mobile device to access all of the features. You can also access Jamboard through the website, although the features are limited.
Looking to get started? Here are some helpful YouTube videos.
Below is a list of ways we hope to use Jamboard throughout this marking period.