With many schools starting back at least partly with distance learning, my focus is to create educational Google Slide activities that students will enjoy while learning. These activities are perfect for distance learning and will work well in the classroom when school resumes its normal routine.
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For the new school year, many schools will be starting back at least partially with distance learning. Learning with games is a great way to start off the new school year. To help teachers with this, I am creating a set of digital game activities for Google Slides. To know what was already available, (There is no point in reinventing the wheel.) I searched the internet. I found many free resources including templates for creating great educational games for Google Slides. This post is about sharing some great finds.
When the link sends you to a Google Slide you can’t edit, all you need to do is make a copy to your Google Drive. Do this by clicking File > Make a Copy. This makes the activity yours and you can edit it to meet the needs of your subject and students.
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During this stressful time make distance learning fun with these free digital games created in Google Slides. Everything you need is on the slides. This includes the dice and movable playing pieces.
If you haven’t used the educational game BUMP in your classroom, you are in for a real treat. I’ve turned the board game into an interactive Google Slides game. Everything students need is on the slide. The rules are basically the same.
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Now with distance learning, I decided it was time to update my American History Lapbook Series using Google Apps. This means my free Native American Lapbook resource has been updated. Native Americans for Distance Learning is perfect for home study.
Let me back up a moment and explain from the beginning. The Native American section is one of the most visited areas of the Book Units Teachers Website. These webpages include reports, craft ideas, teaching materials, a quiz, and much more. Many of the photos in this section came from the Native American Student Museum.
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Teachers are trying to figure out how to take materials they already own and use them for distance learning. One question that I have seen repeatedly is, “How they can pull out single pages from a secured PDF file to assign to my students?” Even though the file is a secured PDF, there is a workaround to get individual pages to add to Google Slides.
Teachers are also looking for ways to make these PDFs interactive on Google Drive. This post will walk you through using the Windows Snipping Tools to capture screenshots of the secured PDF pages. It will also show you how to turn these screenshot images into interactive Google Slides.
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Distance Learning – For the teacher, this is expensive, time-consuming, and frustrating. Did I say expensive? YES! Because of this, I pulled together a group of free resources that can be used during this tough time. You’ll find everything here: math, language arts, Google Slides and Boom Learning.
First things first. Here is a little bit about the programs. Specific materials follow the program descriptions.
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OVERWHELMED…FRUSTRATED…READY TO SIT DOWN AND CRY…These are just a few of the emotions teachers are feeling. With distance learning, teachers don’t have to learn one new program, but dozens. To help I am going to provide a few answers to questions I see repeatedly about Google Apps including Google Slides, Docs, and Forms. For each question, I will provide the “Give it to Me Fast” answer and “I Need to Know More” answer.
Question #1 – Why can’t I edit this Google Slide or Doc?
If you want to make edits to files you do not own, you need to make a copy of the file to your Google Drive. Once the copy is saved, you own it and can make edits. Remember this is also true when you assign Google Slides to your students. They must save files to their Google Drives before they edit; otherwise, all the students are making changes to your originals.
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