The 2017-18 school year is winding down for many of us and that means lots of end-of-year review and reflection activities will be taking place. It’s this time of the year that I get a lot of requests for suggestions for tools to create review activities. Here are three types of review activities and tools for conducting them with your students.
Quiz-games provide a fun way to host review sessions in your classroom. Kahoot and Quizziz are probably the most popular of these services, but there are other options. All of them have a common purpose, to make review fun, and all of them have some common features. Those common features include giving teachers a spreadsheet of responses from students, immediate feedback for students, and game creation collaboration. The comparison chart embedded below can help you see the different features of six popular quiz game tools. Those tools are Kahoot, Quizizz, Quizalize, Triventy, Socrative, and Quizlet Live.
You could have students write reflections on what they learned throughout the year or you could have them record quick one-take videos to share their highlights of the year. If you haven’t tried Flipgrid, now is a great time to give it a go. Flipgrid is a fantastic service for collecting video responses to prompts that you pose to your students. The basic concept behind Flipgrid is that it enables you to post a video prompt and then have your students respond through video by using the webcams in their laptops or through the cameras on their smartphones or tablets. All responses are collected and displayed in a grid format. Watch the following video that I created and learn how to start using Flipgrid today. Let your students have some fun with their videos by using filters, emojis, and art to decorate their videos.
Showing highlights of the school year through an audio slideshow is a common end-of-year activity. Tools like Animoto make this easy to do. Another option is to make an audio slideshow in Google Slides by using the Photo Slideshow and Audio Player Add-ons for Google Slides. Photo Slideshow is a free Add-on that makes it quick and easy to import an entire Google Photos or Google Drive folder into Google Slides. Once you have installed the Add-on just select either Google Photos or Google Drive and then choose the folder of images that you want to have displayed in a slideshow. Each image in the folder will automatically be placed on a slide. AudioPlayer for Google Slides is a free Add-on that will let you add music to the background of a presentation created with Google Slides. The music that you add through the Add-on can loop in the background throughout the course of your presentation. Watch my video to learn how to use AudioPlayer for Google Slides.
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