Want to see your “Name in Lights?” Simply post a message here that describes an activity you have designed that engages students with any of the Google tools and that taps into their enthusiasm for the winter holidays. We’ll feature several of these great ideas within the community…stay tuned!
This sounds like fun, Pati! I wanted to share this resource with folks who may not realize all of the Google Tools available to them... 20 Google Tools for Today’s Classrooms | Digital Learning Environments
What a great way to incorporate Google Drive into this activity! Students will be stimulated by the door to think of these three major holidays, but then as each group prepares and shares their presentations, all students will learn about each of these celebrations.
Another idea to extend this might be to have the groups prepare their presentations for a different audience....for example, they might do them for the primary students at a local elementary school, or to share with senior citizens in a local senior center. I can see many great extensions to foster collaboration, communication and higher order thinking skills.
Teachers may try using Google Drive to create a form that would be shared with students. This is a great way to have the kids communicate with their teacher, and is a way for discussion questions to be answered. Results are given and can be viewed in a spreadsheet format.
Tip: Include a spot for the student's name and make that a required response, unless you are collecting information anonymously.
This is such an inviting template for students to respond to regarding their holiday activities. I might even suggest having them use it to indicate their hopes for what they plan to do over their vacation. For many, it will focus on seeing extended family, others may have dreams of a special visit or trip to a treasured place, and others will be looking forward to some holiday traditions that they can engage in with their friends and family members. Love it!