Digital Choice Boards with Google Slides

Need to create an engaging, student-friendly digital choice board with Google Slides? In this fast-paced walkthrough you can watch again and again, learn how. You'll see how to "hide" slides that you can link to and create a hyperslide deck.

Reviewing Google Slides

Icons and More Tools

  • Insert Icons into Slides: Creating an infographic in Google Slides? Use this Google Slides add-on to find icons/images for insertion into your infographic. Special Thanks to Kathy Miller (Twitter: @millerk813) for the suggestion!

  • Icons by Noun: Access over one million icons. Special Thanks to Kathy Miller (Twitter: @millerk813) for this suggestion, too!

  • Palette: Not sure how colors should look together? Give this one a try. It allows you to "create your own color palette by manipulating the variation and hue colors."

  • Fireshot Screenshot Tool: Need a Chrome extension that takes pictures of a web page? Use Fireshot!


Hyperlinking Google Slides

Learn how to create your own hyperlinked slide show. This enables you to connect slide shows for eportfolios, choose your own adventure and more.

About Hyperslides via Eric Curts

Samples

  1. Map out your own hyperlinked slides. For example:

    1. Sample ePortfolio: Jeremiah Johnson

  2. Select a theme for your ePortfolio and then create

  3. Be sure to do the following:

    1. Name each slide

    2. Create a table of contents

    3. Link to each slide from the table of contents

  4. Follow the suggestions and instructions here

Making Digital Choice Boards

One of the powerful aspects of strategies that work is how they connect to the ways humans learn. John Hattie (Visible Learning, 2009) says the following:

“Learning progressions ensure that appropriately higher expectations of challenges are provided to students…there is not one right trajectory of progress for all students.

Instead, it is more critical to analyse closely how students progress….there is also the question of how to move each student forward from wherever they start through these levels of achievement….”

The money quote here is, “There is not one right trajectory of progress for all students.” Educational research clearly shows that choice leads to more confident, capable, and interested students. The classic article “Choices for Children” (Alfie Kohn) cites relevant findings that include:

  • Giving students choice in learning tasks led to greater task completion in less time.

  • Students asked to write up chemistry problems without step-by-step instructions completed better write-ups. What’s more, they remembered the material better. This is no surprise given generative note-taking (d=.51) research.

Put in a simple way, student choice, when implemented in the right way, works. Choice boards are one way to do it right.

A choice board is a graphic organizer that allows students to choose how they will learn a concept. Usually a choice board includes these aspects:

  • 9-square grid

  • Each square has an activity

  • Each activity might relate to one of the multiple intelligences

  • Level of difficulty can vary or stay consistent throughout the board

Check out these examples below. H/t to Nick LeFave at EdTech Picks.

Nick also shares a choice board template to the left.

How to Create a Choice Board

Now that you’re convinced, let’s revisit the choice board creation process. The process you choose reflects what you know and how you connect ideas and information. Some steps you can follow:

  1. Choose the target concept/standard .

  2. Outline or draw out your concept map.

  3. Make a list of discrete ideas/skills/strategies.

  4. Connect those to modalities that meet the needs of different students.

  5. Design the choice board in your tool of choice.

For an example, check out the work of Joli Boucher

Copy of 2nd Grade Week 1 SAMPLE ARDENT ISD

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