Creating lessons in a face-to-face learning environment is challenging enough, but trying to translate lessons to a digital format takes it to a whole new level. So, we’ve called on Emma Pass (the Hybrid Teacher Guru) to walk through a simple workflow you can use to create lessons quickly and easily inside Google Slides. Whether you’re teaching in a remote, blended/hybrid, or in-person learning environment, this lesson system will work for you! Below, Emma is walking you step-by-step through how to use this plug and play system so you can start putting it to use right away. Say goodbye to staying up until 2 a.m. creating lessons! Let’s dive in.
Tip #1: Best Practices for Creating Lessons in Google Slides
In the video below, Emma is showing you a couple of examples of what effective lessons look like in Google Slides. She’s also walking you through the main elements she always includes in a lesson and how to create a new slide deck.
Tip #2: How to Set up Your Slides
You’re probably thinking that there’s nothing new here, but there’s a shortcut in the video below that will save you a ton of time setting up your slides all while still looking nice.
Tip #3: Add in the Learning Target
You always want to make sure you add in the learning target at the very beginning of your lesson. In the video below, Emma shows you how to do this so that your students actually see it.
Tip #4: Always Add a Video (It’s Easier Than you Think!)
Emma always adds a video to all of her lessons to switch up the content and keep students engaged. This might seem intimidating or sound time consuming, but Emma is showing you a quick way to embed videos in your slide deck without leaving Google Slides.
Tip #5: Ask Your Students to Go Do Something
This is the section of the lesson where you can really give your students some voice and choice. Emma is showing you how you can create a choiceboard right in your slide deck and really make the lesson interactive.
Tip #6: Add a “You’re Done!” Slide
Emma always adds a “You’re Done” slide at the end of all her lessons for students to click and turn in their assignment. In the video below, Emma is showing you how she connects this to Google Classroom, but you can use whatever LMS works for you.
Tip #7: Grade Your Lesson in Google Classroom
If you’re using Google Classroom then this whole lesson design system is even easier for you. In the video below, Emma is walking you through how to create a copy of the lesson for each student, keep track of student progress, use rubrics and grade the lesson all in Classroom. Super easy and streamlined workflow to help you save a ton of time!
There you have it! A plug and play lesson design workflow you can use in any type of learning environment. We hope you found this blog post helpful and if you try out this system, leave a comment below and tell us what type of lesson you created.
Also, if you’re looking for more support on Google Classroom, check out our blog post here on how to get set up.
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