Sunday, February 15, 2015

Individualized Learning Presentations

Okay, that totally sounds like teacher-speak. Individualized Learning Presentations. This, if you haven't noticed (or aren't looking at this post on my actual website) is the title of the new page of my blog. Here is where it came from...

I don't know about you, but I have lots of different kids in lots of different places in their learning. Some kids pick things up super quickly, while others seem to take months to pick up a new concept. I value both students as learners and want to do what I can to support the growth of these two types of kids. Actually, I have 23 kids in my class, and I have 23 types of kids. They are all individuals - so, that is where the individualized part comes from in the title.

The learning part should be pretty obvious - I want the kids engaging with the material to learn. That is why we go to school, right?!

Finally, presentations. These are literally Google Slides - PowerPoint for Google. The kids click through the presentations and get a lesson - just for them. Unlike a presentation I do for the entire class, they can click through at their own pace - or go back and see a slide again - or skip ahead if they feel confident. These presentations can be shared with the entire class, but they are designed for one student working independently.

Right now I just have one presentation up. That's the bad news. The good news is that it is totally free. I will be charging for the presentations eventually, but for now feel free to download it and use it for as long as you like!

These are Google documents, so the process is a little different than you may be used to with Teacher's pay Teachers or Teacher's Notebook. 

An important difference is that you need to have a Google account to open the file. If you have a g-mail account, then you already have a Google account.

First, click on the link under the picture of the presentation you want. That is easy right now because there is only one presentation. 


The page below will appear. This is the "working" version of the Google Slides. Your students will have to click on "Present" under the View tab (the red arrow is pointing to it).


You will notice that you are able to view this presentation, but you can't make any changes to it. If you would like to adjust something, just go into the File tab and select "Make a copy". This will save your own copy of the file. 

If you don't make a copy, then the file will be updated anytime I change it. If you do make a copy, then you will only see your changes.

Well, I hope that this is a helpful resource for you and your students. I am excited to share it with my kids on Tuesday!

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