The only bad part of being involved in multiple Twitter chats, attending conferences, and listening to educational podcasts is that I can’t always remember where I hear some really great ideas. This is one of those great ideas and my spin on it.
An important part of the learning process is that all students know where they’re going on their journey each day. For a great post on why we use student learning objectives, check out The Hidden Power of Learning Objectives by Meghan Everette @bamameghan
In our school, as in many others, we are expected to have those objectives and essential questions visible for students at all times. However, writing these on the board or on large poster paper doesn’t always make them truly visible for all students. For most middle & high school students, they are also only visible for less than an hour each day.
Enter Google Slides
When you start a semester, create a Google Slides presentation in which you will put all of your learning objectives for the semester. Each slide will be a new learning objective and your current learning objective will always be on Slide 1.
Creating the Google SlideShow
Open a new Google Slides presentation and use the Title Slide layout so your learning objective is the largest text and the subtitle should be the date. I suggest using dates and not Day 1, Day 2, etc… because if a student is absent it will be easier for them to find the date. When you get to the 2nd day, follow the directions below:
- Right-Click on the FIRST slide and choose Duplicate Slide
- Left-Click (select) on Slide 1
- Change the date (in the subtitle) and the learning objective (if necessary)
- Repeat steps 1-3 each day
Always duplicate the first slide so when you or your students open the presentation, the first slide is the one you are using in class that day. Also, if a student was absent, they only have to go to slide 2 to see what they did yesterday.
Embedding the Google SlideShow
Since we use Schoology for our LMS, not only can we post this presentation as the first item in our courses, more importantly, we can embed it which means the SlideShow will actually be open to Slide 1 (your current learning objective) every time your students open that course. As a Double-Bonus, we only have to do this once!
Step 1 – Publish your Google SlideShow by clicking File/ Publish to the web… and choose Embed. Make sure your settings match those in Image 3, then click Publish and OK. You will be prompted to Copy the embed code.
Step 2 – Post your SlideShow in your Schoology course by clicking Add Materials and choosing File/Link/External Tool. Choose Link. Paste your link in the Link/URL box and type your Title in the next box and click Add.
Now any updates you make in your SlideShow will automatically appear in your Schoology course and your students will see the current objectives when they open your course.