I was able to collaborate with Matt and share a GAFE Smash in Part 1. Below is another GAFE App Smash that I thought I'd share with you using Google Docs and Slides.
- Create a Google Doc with the names of your students. Here is a simple example.
- Create a Google Slides Template for students to use that will fit the task. Here is a Slides template I made for a reading response journal.
- Share the Slides Template with your students and have them make a copy or distribute it using Google Classroom. That is what I did. (If a new blank Slides document will do, have students create one.)
- Now for each students’ Google Slides document you need to get the shareable link to it with the permission “Anyone with the link can comment”.
- Add this shareable link as a hyperlink to the student’s name in the Google Doc (highlight name, Ctrl+k to add the link, Ctrl+V to paste link, Apply).
- This will need to be done for each individual student's’ Google Slides document and name. What should happen is when you click on Student A’s name it will take you to Student A’s Google Slides document. When you’re finished you’ll have something like this.
- Find a home for your Google Document for easy access for your class. For me, I would put it in the ABOUT section of Google Classroom, but a class website could work too. Just make sure the sharing setting of the Google Doc is “view only” or students may accidentally make edits you don’t want.
|I housed all the documents in Google Classroom as an assignment|
Both of these documents were included into a Google Classroom Assignment. The Reading Response Slides I selected “make a copy for each student” and the Journal Prompts Doc I chose “students can view file”. After creating the assignment, I created another Google Doc. This Doc was the one that contained the hyperlink to the students’ digital reading response journals.
|Screenshot of Student work and comments from their reading response journals|
- Provides an alternative to a public blogging site or at the very least if you want to get your students into blogging publicly, this would be a great way to teach how to write and comment on blogs.
- Document results of science experiments. Students can take pictures, add them to the slide, and write a quick reflection about the results. Classmates can then comment about their experience and ask questions. This could be done for a whole unit or the entire year.
- Journal Writing. I remember having a writing journal in 3rd grade. My teacher would give an interesting prompt to write about and respond to. (One I’ve remember all these years was, What would you do if you had a wallet that never ran run out of cash?”) Students could use this set up too as their journal. When the year is over, publish the journal as a PDF and share with family.
- Working on math? How about have students keep track of the different types of problems they have learned to solve. They can take a picture of a problem the solved correctly insert it into the slide and add a short explanation or reflection of it for future reference.