Way to go you! You’ve made the decision to try to use more technology this year! I’m so proud of you! I’ve decided to change over from paper resources to as much digital as I can!
No shame in your paper game!
First, let me say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with a paper and pencil activity! I strongly believe that paper-pencil practice is essential…at times! Especially when it comes to fact mastery, fluency practice, and drill and kill skills paper and pencils can be very effective! However, I also believe that if we want to teach our students in ways that are motivational, modern, and best practices for their educational careers, we must incorporate technology and digital learning whenever possible. Above it the “before” picture of the activity that I am going to show you. Notice that it looks fun and engaging already! (I made it so keep negative thoughts to yourself peeps!)
Use Google Slides
The easiest platform to digitalize your worksheets into activities is to use Google Slides. If you have Google Classroom, this process if both familiar and very simple for you! This is the “after” picture. Notice how the students will actually get to learn computer skills instead of having to draw a picture of Amelia Earhart, they can learn to save an image and insert it into their page. I always do video directions for these steps so the teacher and student can watch as many times as needed.
What computer skills will my students learn?
Gosh, the skills are limit less. Here’s a look at how students will learn to find copyright free images, save them, and insert them into their digital worksheet. Take a look!
My students are mastering social studies, math, and reading standards and learning cool computer skills like taking a selfie, inserting shapes, and more! Not ready to try this for yourself? Let me do the work for you! I have a line of digital learning activities. Just click here to take a look for yourself!