I am introducing my students to the Roman Empire, but I wanted to establish context and develop their geography skills. So I created a lesson in which students plan a vacation for themselves and their family to learn about Roman History. I linked a document I created on their CANVAS account and they will make their own personal copy to edit. They will submit their final itineraries on CANVAS as well. You could also have students create a powerpoint presentation and share their "vacation" with the class or create a poster.
The images (for their passport can be edited) so they put in their image and fill it out. The will include screenshots of their planned journey *google Maps, "buy" plane tickets online, plan where where and what they will eat, look up how to say simple phrases, Cultural "dos" and "don'ts" and key historical monuments or places that they will describe.
Click HERE to view document. You can go to "file" and "Make a copy" to tailor it to your class. Note: the passport can be edited by double clicking it and pushing, "edit." Students can insert an image of themselves by selected the "insert image" option.
When you need a student to create a diagram, meme, poster, thinking map...or anything that requires visual mapping, use Google Drawings (Located in your google drive, select "New" and its under "more"). Its easy to use (Drag and drop images from google images), write in text boxes, make shapes and callouts. I made my logo for this website on google drawings.
Here are some student examples of their work:
*To grade I have them download as a JPEG or PDF and submit it on CANVAS or they put in their online portfolios.
And I created my logo!
Kids love selfies...use them in the classroom
When we were studying the enlightenment many of the philosophers had some great quotes, but students were confused with what they meant. So, using google drawings, students wrote the original text from the philosopher, then took a selfie and explained what it meant in their own vernacular. This would be great for any subject that has complex text and students have to break it down into something they can comprehend.
Go to google drive and click "new"-->select "more" and you will find google drawings.
On the new blank google drawing, students can drag and drop an image from Google Images. To put a "Quote bubble" go to "Insert" "shapes" and select "Call outs" (see below)
Students can take a snapshot by selected, "Insert" "Image" and go to "Take a snapshot."
You can do so much with Google Drawings. Print out or QR code the best ones and students can read what each other wrote.