1. Integrates Technology!
Students need 21st century skills. Google projects allow students to create text boxes, tables and use line tools among other tech skills. The best way for a student to learn tech skills is to practice those skills in real world applications. Students are more likely to remember how to create a table, shape or drawing by actually doing the skill in a meaningful way.
Here students are comparing coin amounts!
2. Easy to Share and No Copies! No Paper!
If your school is like mine, you are limited in paper and copies. Google projects allow you to share the project with students without requiring ANY PAPER! or ANY COPIES! All you need to share the project is a platform to share the link out on. You can share the link through Edmodo, Google Classroom or even a QR Code. All the students need is their own Google Drive.
Here students are creating models to demonstrate multiplying fractions by wholes.
3. Differentiation At It's Best!
Students require many different levels of rigor. You can allow students to work independently or with parters or peer support. You can also manipulate the slides to eliminate slides for students who may require a shortened assignment. Students may have a shortened assignment but the same level of rigor and problem solving needed for state exams.
Here two students are collaborating on the same project! I encourage students to use scratch paper.
4. Can Be Used on an Interactive White Board!
You can complete the project as a whole class, using an interactive white board! This year while reviewing for the state test, I allowed some students to go on without me while I completed the same work as a small group using the white board. Using data I knew who needed the most assistance, so I pulled those students with me to the white board. Again, this is a wonderful way to differentiate the content, but still allows the students to experience rigorous problem solving situations.
This teacher differentiated between classes! May be you are short on time in one class due to fire drill, class pictures or assembly, using your board is an awesome idea to save time!
5. FUN! ENGAGING!
Students wont even realize they are learning or practicing math concepts! Students love to try something new and what better way to learn then on technology!
Here students are practicing number lines using emojis!
I love this projects so much, that I have created many projects for 5th grade and 4th grade! You can find them all at my TpT store. I will be making 6th grade projects this summer (2017) and they will be ready to go by the start of the new school year!
I am so encouraged by my students positive attitude towards technology that I will be attempting to change my interactive math journal over to a digital Google version. I am super excited about starting a digital math journal and I will be sharing my experience here in the fall!
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Until next time!
Peace Love Math-