This past week I presented at a technology conference and it was AMAZING! I love attending all the sessions and learning from other educators. I was lucky enough to be able to present at the conference as well. My favorite type of session to present at is when the attendees talk to me and it’s totally casual.
I was asked the BEST questions and one of them I just had to share on the blog with my readers!
My topic was on data collection but like all good professional conversations, we dig into instructional challenges in the classroom.
The question was “How would you use Google Slides to create interactive vocabulary lessons?”
Truth- I would have answered that I would have saved a template of the Frayer Model as a .jpg file and inserted it as a background image in Google Slides. (shown below)
Then I would have created 4 text boxes inside each of the images for students to answer the questions.
However that was before I got all the techy-goodness of the conference! I was thinking about different apps to use to get kids more engaged in the vocabulary lessons all the way home. teaching vocabulary
Here’s what I was thinking- This is an example of an adapted Frayer Model to integrate technology. My 6 year old daughter made this as an example of how user friendly these apps are!
But what I love about it is that even though my 6 year old made it, it is completely appropriate to use this same strategy at the high school level. Maybe if I had videos I would have understood chemistry vocab a little better…. (but probably not! ha!)
What would it look like in a classroom? I’m thinking this would be a great think-pair-share activity! If you have 20 kids in your class and 15 vocabulary words, break the 20 kids up into groups and have them make just a few of the vocabulary word app smashes (I think I just made that term up!) Share them with parents on the SeeSaw app or have a share session where the kids explain why they chose or created each particular video. How fun would that be???
What are your favorite apps to smash? Tell me in the comments! I LOVE to learn what other people are using!
I hope you love this quick tip on how to turn a traditional paper-pencil lesson, based on solid pedagogy, into a fully interactive digital lesson.
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