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Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Sunday, November 29, 8:30–9:20 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Tana Ruder  
It's time to get funky with Google Slides (or any presentation tool.) Let's get to work using presentation tools for more than a presentation. Turn around and learn how to make slides into ebooks, Interactive Book or Museum, or a HistoryFlix and more. Turn it out to showcase student learning!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Although this can be done via O365 or Keynote, the facilitator is going to use Google Slides. Having that app (and log in information) will allow you to build and follow along during the presentation.
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will explore new ways to use a common presentation tool. Therefore, instead of doing more or learning more tools; they simply could do differently with an already known tool. These ideas truly showcase student learning in an engaging creative manner. Having the knowledge of the common tool (PowerPoint or Google Slides) allows teachers to grow their integration practices versus just acquiring a new tool at a usage level.


10 Minutes:
During the opening, attendees will have an opportunity to solidify their basic knowledge of the tool (Google Slides).
10 Minutes
Then Examples of Student Work:
Student Examples for (HistoryFlix and Museum Kiosk)
15 Minutes
Following a plethora of ideas from Gurus!
Tana's Top Picks from the Guru Ideas will be Showcased
15 Minutes
Exploration Time in groups or shoulder partners
10 Minute Debriefing
Collaborative Share-Out of Ideas, Ah-Ha Moments, or Questions
Using the Q & A tool within Google Slides will be used to gather questions
Teachers will be encouraged to do their own BookFlix or HistoryFlix
It will be done Collaboratively in Google Edit Mode of Slides

Supporting research

I believe that using tech tools you know and know well, allow teachers to truly focus on the learning & skills versus having to figure out a new tool. Having a well rounded few tools that allow students and teachers get to a deeper level of learning outweighs a plethora of tools that learners only know at a surface level. Their creations will only be at that level as well then!

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Tana Ruder, Wichita Public School

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