Google Slide Scavenger Hunt

After posting my Google Doc Scavenger Hunt activity, I had several teachers ask if I had created scavenger hunts for any of the other Google tools. Below is the scavenger hunt I designed for Google Slides.

Teachers are welcome to access and use this Google Slide Scavenger Hunt. Just click “File” on the presentation and “Make a copy.” It will automatically save to your Google Drive, then you can edit your version so it works for your students

To make a copy of this Google Slide presentation, click on the image to access the presentation. Click “File” and “Make a copy.” If you are logged into your Gmail, a copy will save in your Google Drive.

Hopefully, this serves as a fun introduction to Google Slides for students and provides you with a little insight into your new students!

I invite any teachers who create a modified version for students at different levels to share links to their scavenger hunts in a comment!

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Google Docs Scavenger Hunt

With the new school year, comes new students and a steep technology learning curve. My goal is to make learning how to use technology fun and engaging. Given how many tools we use, that’s no small feat!

Many of my incoming 9th-grade students have never used the Google Suite prior to my class. I could spend 10 minutes walking them through Google Docs and explaining the functionality, but I’d lose their interest immediately. Instead, I designed a Google Scavenger Hunt to encourage my students to explore Google Docs on their own.

The first week of school, I use Google Classroom to make a copy of this scavenger hunt activity for every student. This can be done simultaneously as a whole class making it a competition or in small groups at a station.

To make a copy of this document, click the image and “Make a copy” of the Google Doc. If you are logged into your Gmail, a copy will save in your Google Drive.

My scavenger hunt activity includes Calfornia trivia, but any teacher who makes a copy of my document can edit the scavenger hunt for their students!

Hopefully, this activity can help other teachers provide their students with a fun introduction to Google Documents!

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Big F vs. Little f

This week I have the opportunity to spend time learning at IDEO in San Francisco as part of an externship for educators. IDEO is a global design company committed to creating a positive impact. They use design thinking to solve complex problems and design innovative solutions for a wide range of challenges in various industries.

Within moments of walking through the door, I saw the company’s values posted on the wall. They included…

  • Collaborate
  • Take ownership
  • Embrace ambiguity
  • Talk less, do more
  • Learn from failure
  • Make others successful

As I read these words, I knew I was in the right place. Paloma, our host for this week and Business Development Associate, spoke about how these values impact their work. My favorite thing she articulated as she toured us around the building was the difference between the big F and the little f. She said that one of their most important values is “learn from failure.”

She said that the “little fs” are the small failures that happen along the way as you create, iterate, and innovate. These little fs are learning moments. They allow people to rethink, adjust, and learn from other perspectives as they work and develop a concept so there are fewer big Fs, or large fails.

I love this contrast between the little fs, or small failures, and the big Fs, high-stakes failures. These are not failures to be feared but failures to be embraced. The more comfortable students are with the little fs, or small failures, the more likely they are to avoid the big Fs.

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This is a distinction I plan to emphasize as I dive into the new school year. I want to celebrate the little fs and make that part of our classroom culture.

 

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