Do you feel like you are always behind schedule? Staying on track can be a struggle in any classroom. Setting a visible timer is a helpful way to keep the day rolling and encourage students to be responsible for their own time management. By simply incorporating YouTube videos into Google Slides, you can have an entire set of timers at your fingertips.
Here's how to create a slide deck of task timers:
That's it! You now have a set of timers to project on your classroom display. Need help getting started? Try using this template. Duplicate the slide you will use by pressing crtl+d. Then, edit the text to reflect the task.
One of the most versatile tools we have in our Google Suite for Education is Google Slides. If you only use it for presentations, you are missing out on creative ways to engage students and allow them to share their ideas and knowledge. Each week, we will share a way you can use Google Slides in your classroom. One of my favorite "non-presentation" uses is ...
Collaborate Brainstorming or Knowledge Sharing: Create a slide deck, share the link (using Google Classroom or a URL shortener). Each person grabs a slide and starts creating. Think about doing this as you are watching a video clip, listening to a lecture, brainstorming things you know about a subject (think KWL/brain dumps), reading a book, building a vocabulary deck...the sky is the limit. Because slides let you add text, links, shapes, and multimedia, students can be creative in their own ways. Students and teachers can use the commenting tool to comment on a slide.
Let's give it a try. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, let's do a collaborative deck sharing what we are thankful for. Click on Rivercrest School District: We're Thankful to get started.
Dana Lane is a Technology Coordinator, and Kristy Graham is an Instructional Technology Specialist - both at Rivercrest School District. They are passionate about technology and learning and enjoy sharing this passion with teachers and students.