When I started teaching my students online during the pandemic, I was extremely anxious about two things:
1. How am I going to make sure that my students continue learning at the same level that they were in my classroom?
The only answer that I had for the first question was to continue “teaching” like I was in my classroom. This is what my students were used to, and I wanted to keep things as “normal” as possible for them.
When I teach social studies and science, for example, I use PowerPoint lessons and guided notes. I continued this strategy, but I modified it a bit for the digital classroom.
1. Drag any PowerPoint lesson into your Google Drive™. Then, right-click and choose “Open as Google Slides.”
2. Go to “File” and “Save as Google Slides”
4. I use “online voice recorder” to record myself teaching through some of the slides OR to record any directions for students. This also works if a student is absent and they need to catch up on work.
To do this, you have to:
- Record whatever you want to say for that slide
- The file saves to your computer
- Drag the saved file to your Google Drive
- Make sure that you make the file “sharable” (otherwise the kids won’t have access)
- In Google Slides, go to “Insert Audio” and voila! Kids can click on the speaker to hear your voice!
|Whenever I insert audio on a slide, I always add the yellow speaker note so that kids don’t miss it!|
5. You can easily find a YouTube video and insert it directly into a slide. I always add a discussion question alongside the video to keep students accountable.
6. Once the lesson is complete, I assign it in Google Classroom. If your lesson is interactive and students had to respond, then you must choose “make a copy for each student” when assigning the lesson so that students into their lesson instead of the original. I always assign my lessons using this method because it keeps kids accountable and I know whether they have or have not completed the assignment.
- Civil War and Reconstruction
- Westward Expansion
- Turn of the Century
- The Suffrage Movement
- World War 1
- Roaring Twenties and Great Depression
- World War 2
- The Cold War
- The Civil Rights Movement
- September 11th Attacks
- Animal and Plant Classification
- Animal and Plant Cells
- Harmful and Helpful Microorganisms
- Physical and Chemical Changes
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Earth Science