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This year I plan to use Google Classroom to its fullest. We are starting the year 100% digitally to keep everyone safe and so I am working to ensure that my classroom is completely comprehensible, compelling, and caring* in person and online.
I have developed a habit of scrolling through the teacher TikTok hashtags lately while playing games or what not. When I stumble upon something I like, I see if I can figure it out/duplicate it/access it. Today it was the Google Classroom Banner Gif.
You can see the original TikTok linked in the Resources and Credits section^, but I must give thanks to @msgella for this amazing tutorial.
Resources and Credits
* Credit to Rachel Ash for the three Cs.
^ msgella (2020). Can you tell I'm obsessed with Bitmoji? [TikTok].
If you haven't jumped onto the TikTok train, you might consider it. I know there are lots of reasons not to... but I want to look at a few reasons you might think about it. You don't have to create an account to browse, but you do if you want to save videos, share them, or create your own. Yes, TikTok does take data, along with Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. So... it is one of many... But... TikTok has become a place for me to get lots of new ideas that I don't get from the other areas of social media. Because they are short videos, teachers have been able to upload fast tutorials on how to create things and mainstream things so they are easier for digital learning (and classroom learning). There is also some wonderful not teacher creators who have shown me a lot. While I will be sharing what I've learned throughout my site, I thought I'd share some quick ideas here. To see some more in depth ideas, check out my digital classroom page.
Creators I love!
Hashtags I follow
My new favourite ideas
These are things I've been working on this week!
A few years ago I was working with students who were new to me. One of the things I started creating for them were annotated stories. As we would do activities in class and work on comprehension through Comprehensible Input, I would take notes on things students asked or things I knew were important. Then, I would create an annotated version of the text. I've used a number of apps to do this, but the ones that have worked best for me are Notability and Skitch. I've posted a sample of each below. Both are Apple apps, but I have honestly been much more impressed with what I've seen for Apple products in this arena than I have for Android (and, if you know me, you know that I 99.9% of the time loathe Apple). I also sometimes make these by hand and scan them into my computer. It really depends on my mood.
I do not use these in class for instruction, but provide them for students who need notes, want more info, or who may have missed class. Student feedback has included:
I really like them for dictations because I can provide all the notes I expect students to take in a digital format. I also really liked them for annotating novellas to which I have the PDF available.
Latin III text; adaptation by Miriam Patrick
Miriam teaches in a public high school in Georgia. She specifically works to ensure her classroom is multicultural and equitable to all students. She is always looking for ideas to make things more accessible!