Creating a Welcome Slide for Online Classes

Some of my favorite teachers were the ones that stood outside their classroom door to greet each student. When teaching online, I like to start the Zoom session in a similar friendly fashion. I want to have a welcome slide appear when students enter the Zoom call that includes:

  • a countdown timer to the start of our class
  • a list of what students will need to be successful for the daily lesson
  • an inspirational quote (just because I love quotes!)
  • a joke/riddle 
  • play music – usually a tune from Springsteen or Billy Joel

The below image was created by using Google Slides. It may be fun to create a welcome slide to match your lesson theme or the season. Google Slides lends itself to creating an image because of the design elements included in the program. The welcome greeting may help set the tone for an enthusiastic discussion. #MakeLearningFun read more

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Screencasting Tips

A screencast is a video recording of your device’s screen. A screencast is a fantastic way to create instructional videos, short “How-Tos,” and share ideas. If you are looking for a free screencasting app, you may want to try Screencastify, Screencast-O-Matic, or Flipgrid Video Shorts.

When creating a screencast, educators want to hold students’ attention and foster understanding of the material. The following tips may help you create instructional screencasts:

Organize Your Thoughts

By creating an outline, storyboard, or complete script will save you time in the long run. Your explanation will be more concise and clear. As teachers, we always recommend our students to create an outline. Let’s follow our sage advice. read more

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Using Flipgrid to Create Instructional Videos

Flipgrid’s Video Shorts tool is an excellent way to create instructional videos. Flipgrid’s recorder allows you to create a video using a Webcam, Screencast, upload a video from your computer, and combine all three methods into one amazing instructional video clip. The maximum length of the recording is 15-minutes.

Once you create the video, you can download the file or share it to Classroom, Teams, Remind, or via URL or QR Code.

Explore the Record Screen

After signing-in to Flipgrid, click on SHORTS.

The video screen will appear. read more

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Creating Digital Worksheets/Workbooks

When teaching online, you may want to use a handout that you would typically give each student as a hard-copy. Google Slides is known for creating compelling presentations, but it can also create interactive documents. By saving the image as a background to the slide master, it is more difficult for students to move or delete the image on the slide. You can easily share the digital worksheet/workbook in Google Classroom as “make a copy for each student.” Let’s get started!

First, save the handout as an =&0=& on your computer. If it is a PDF, you will need to take a =&1=& of the file. By doing so, it will convert the PDF to an image file and save it to your desktop.

  • Mac: Press Shift + Command + 4, then click and drag to set your selection. Chromebook: Ctrl + Shift + , then click and drag to set your selection.

  • Windows 10: Use the built-in Snipping Tool

  • Open a BLANK Google Slides presentation. NAME the file.

  • Next, we will add the image to the background. From the MENU bar, click on SLIDEEDIT MASTER
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    Google Slides Image Hack: Image Overlay

    When adding text to an image, you will want to make sure the text is readable. Writing over a picture slide can be challenging when the picture is busy and full of color. To effectively add text over images, add an image overlay to your Google Slide. The examples below show a slide without and with an image overlay.

    No Image Overlay
    With Image Overlay

    To accomplish this effect, follow the below steps:

    Insert an image to a slide. Resize image so that it covers the slide  Add a rectangle and resize to cover the image

  • Recolor the image by clicking on the Fill Color. Select a color. The rectangle shape will be filled in with the color selected

  • Next, return to the Fill Color screen. Select Custom. Move the Transparency slider so that the fill color becomes more transparent. Then, click the OK button

  • Here’s an animation that shows you the entire process: read more

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