Markup is an extension on your iPad or iPhone. It offers a lot of punch and doesn't require a large amount of effort to use. If you build a lot of step guides for students or if you want to manipulate a photo this is a great place to start.
Writing every day in every class is always something every student should be doing. Sometimes we tend to fall into a rut with writing ideas. Creating templates makes sure you are not having students do the same writing activities day in and day out.
How do I make a template?
I would recommend making a template in Google Draw. First, Google Draw ROCKS! It doesn’t seem to ever get the attention it deserves with all of the other bells and whistles in the G Suite.
Where do I find Google Draw?
Always begin in a Drive folder.
Then select New - More - Google Draw.
Design your Template.
When finished go to File - Downlaod As - Select either a .jpg or .png.
Now, open a Google Slide
Make sure to pick a blank Slide template.
Select Background on the toolbar.
Go to Image and Select Choose
Drag your downloaded graphic onto the board.
This sets the template and prevents students from erasing any parts of the Template.
This works really well for students on iPads.
Click here for my Twitter example.
Use these step guides to install the Google Chrome extension DriveSlides. DriveSlides allows you to take a bunch of pictures, screenshots, and images from a folder and populate them quickly into a Google Slides presentation. DriveSlides is amazingly simple and will help you create lessons, step guides, or presentations easily.
Preparing for a presentation can be a cumbersome task. Many times it crunches precious class time and can't be completed before scheduled presentations begin.
Use the following tips to have students prepare for presentations:
1.) Have students record themselves on their device.
2.) Have students upload their presentation to their YouTube channel. Remember if you're a Google school your students already have a YouTube account.
3.) Have students watch their presentation on YouTube.
4. Have students tap the CC (Closed Captioning) as they are watching themselves present.
5. As students watch themselves they can see their word choice or they can see the gestures they are making as they speak. A great question to have students reflect on:
Do your gestures match the words you are presenting?
6. Now, students should look at the timing of their presentation. The best way to accomplish this is to go underneath the movie. Tap the more actions button and select Transcript.
7. Group students and have them review each Transcript. This is a great time to catch students using slang and will also give students an idea of how long their presentation is going to be on presentation day.
One thing students (and possibly some teachers) forget to do is add Google Fonts to their Google Drive Applications (Doc, Slides,etc.) in the G Suite. It's really simple to do. First locate fonts in the toolbar and then scroll to the bottom and select More Fonts.
The list can almost be a little over whemling to go through and you may not see how the font really looks.
The place I always go to look for fonts is https://fonts.google.com/
Not only does the website give you a nice view of how the font will look- it also helps you narrow down your choices and selections with the category feature on the right.
So, if I wanted to do an Aztec project I would probably choose the Algerian Font.
You can not add fonts on your iPad, but you can add fonts from a desktop or laptop and those fonts will be availble on your iPad.
Cathie Gillner is a middle school Mobile Device teacher.