Reinventing Group Assignments with Applied Digital Skills
The benefits of group projects in the classroom are immeasurable. Working as a team allows students to learn from each other’s strengths, tackle more complex projects that they otherwise may not be able to complete individually, and gain practical life experience collaborating with others.
One of the headaches that come with group assignments is that they often result in an uneven distribution of work; one or two students complete a majority of the assignment while others are less involved. As a teacher, you may struggle as well with monitoring several groups’ progress simultaneously and creating fair rubrics when grading.
In the digital age, there are so many great tools to transform how students work together. Google applications like Docs, Slides and even Sheets, provide amazing capabilities for working together through the use of comments, suggesting mode, and sharing.
Ready to transform group projects in your classroom?
Empower students with group assignments using the “If-Then Adventure Stories” lesson from Applied Digital Skills. In as little as a couple class sessions, this lesson will help students both brainstorm ideas in Google Docs and Create a Presentation in Google Slides. Using the innovative technology built into Google Slides, students will create multiple possible endings to their story and the viewer will choose which path they want the story to follow with hyperlinked buttons embedded in each slide. Let’s take a closer look…
Brainstorm Ideas in Google Docs
Create a copy of the Story Brainstorm template provided in the curriculum and assign students the task of brainstorming their stories’ settings, characters, and problems. Teachers can follow along with their progress using the “Student Progress” tab in the Applied Digital Skills dashboard and by watching the document live to see each individual’s contribution as they enter them. With each student represented as a different color, their work will soon become an explosion of colorful collaboration that can all be seen by viewing Version History.
Create a Presentation in Google Slides
As your class continues with the video lessons they will work together to create a Google Slides presentation featuring their if-then adventure story. This is where students will be able to contribute their personal ideas and skills to the project. Teachers can also interact during the creation of these stories to offer aid, corrections or answer questions using comments and assigning tasks to specific group members in Google Slides.
The If-Then Adventure Story lesson has become a favorite among teachers as it can be used for all classes. From science lessons to storytelling to important historical events, the easily tailored instructions can be customized for all subjects and even adjusted for elementary grade levels and made more complex for higher education students. Register for a FREE 5-day email course with Micah Shippee, who’s been using Applied Digital Skills in his class and has some valuable insights to share on integrating the lessons into social studies curriculum. Micah challenged his students to incorporate what they’re learning in class by framing their stories around one of the five major social studies themes: Geography, History, Economics, Civics, and Culture. Complete the course to learn more from Micah’s experience and to earn a digital badge!