Please add your own ideas for lesson presentation on the Open Space doc.
Referenced In These Slides:
Creating A Google Slides Room:
Choose a background. Use the image search feature in Google slides, or upload your own image. Remember: You can’t add alt text to backgrounds, so don’t include anything pertinent to the lesson!
Add transparent images. Use the term “transparent” or “png” in your searches to find images without backgrounds/borders, or use remove.bg.
Insert hyperlinks. You’ve ideally decided on lesson material *before* this step. Now add necessary links to your “room.” Tip: For easier clicking, insert a transparent shape (& transparent border) over the area you want students to click, then embed your hyperlink on the shape.
Launch the room! Click “Share,” change the parameters to “anyone with the link can view,” copy the URL, then replace the word “view” or “edit” with “preview” in the URL. This will automatically open the slide in presentation mode, making it more engaging.
Using Google Forms:
Create a theme: Make a regular form more exciting by giving it a theme. Add images (with descriptions) and text that will support the narrative you create.
Use sections: Use chunking by splitting the form into different sections
Collect responses: You can download responses as a spreadsheet, or just read through them on the form itself.
Hide an Easter Egg in your syllabus. Easter eggs are hidden pieces of information that reveal who has accessed your material (an example is available in the syllabus annotation activity).
Add images to your syllabus, but make them accessible with alternate text
Design a syllabus quiz or scavenger hunt for students.
Kahoot! and Quizizz are free online tools for creating asynchronous or synchronous quizzes
321Go! for synchronous Zoom sessions. Ask students a question. Have them type responses in the chat but tell them not to press Enter until you say so. Then say “321Go!” as all answers appear at once.
Black out portions of the syllabus you don’t need yet. If students see too much information at once, they are less likely to read it.
Design a “choose-your-own-adventure” activity with Google Forms. A quick Google search can uncover many guides and templates for creating a form. Here is one guide.
Check in with the students and have them workshop any syllabus revisions with you. They will feel more agency over the syllabus if they help design a piece.
If you meet synchronously, use breakout rooms for student competition. First, ask the entire class what information they think they need to succeed in class. Collect the responses. Then, break students into group and have them compete against each other to find each piece of information in the syllabus. The first group to finish wins.
Use Think Pair Share: Have students review the syllabus on their own, then pair them up to share their understanding of the document, discuss confusion, etc. Have them write out their feedback to share with you (they can even do this anonymously if they want).