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Teacher Time-Saver: How to Edit the Google Slides Theme

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Save time creating Google Slides by editing the Theme!

How to Edit Google Slides ThemesChange fonts, colors, and more on EVERY slide at once!

In Google Slides, you can use the Theme Builder to adjust the theme to your liking, add images, links, and other information that will appear of all of your slides.

This is a HUGE time-saver for teachers.

Teacher Time-Saver: How to Edit the Google Slides Theme

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Back to School with Choice Boards (FREE Templates) – SULS0121

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Back to School is the PERFECT time to jump into choice boards!

Back to School with Choice BoardsIn this episode, Kasey shares her best tips and ideas for creating and using digital choice boards in the K-12 classroom.

She also shares choice board examples and product ideas.

The first piece of advice when starting to use choice boards is to know that not all choice boards are equal.

You’ll learn some of the common misconceptions about creating choice boards, but most importantly, you’ll learn how to get started with utilizing the choice board for your classroom.

Listen to this article.

 

Back to School with Choice Boards

Why use choice boards?

Perhaps you’ve not heard them called choice boards, but learning menus. The name isn’t as important as the concept and how they are implemented. The greatest advantages to this teaching method are the way in which it adds not just choice, but variety, differentiation, and especially student voice. These are necessary teaching components that can be difficult to add and do well in any classroom. With a well-designed choice board, adding these components is inevitable. 

Carol Ann Tomlinson, a guru in differentiation, defines this component for us: “…at its core, differentiated instruction means addressing ways in which students vary as learners.” Everyone is different. A basic understanding we teach our children every year so they feel invited into our classroom community. We need them to know this upfront so that when we meet each of them where they are as learners they don’t see it as being treated differently, they see it all as learning. 

Choice boards are one way to meet kids where they are as learners, as well as, give them ownership in their learning. Consider the structure of a choice board and how it aligns with the Universal Design for Learning principles. A choice board will give students what UDL requires through multiple means of engagement, representation, and actions or expressions of their learning. Here are eight specific principles that will be offered to students in a choice board assignment: 

  • Optimize individual choice and autonomy. 
  • Vary demands and resources to optimize challenge. 
  • Foster collaboration and community.
  • Offer alternatives for auditory and visual information. 
  • Vary the methods for response and navigation. 
  • Optimize access to tools and assistive technology. 
  • Use multimedia for communication and multiple tools for construction and composition. 
  • Enhance capacity for monitoring progress.

That packs a powerful punch to student learning! 

What are choice boards? 

Choice boards, or learning menus, can look like several different replicas of real-life documents. They can be as creative as a restaurant menu or as simple as a BINGO board or Tic-tac-toe board. However it’s presented the basic concepts are the same. 

Start with the learning goal. In episode 10, we dove into this topic during a teacher coaching conversation. That teacher discovered it’s not just about taking a template and making it fit. Identify the learning goal first, then design the choice board to fit the needs of the content to learn, a product to create, or a learning process to follow. 

The choice board assignment can work for both building background knowledge or activating prior knowledge. For more details on how to design choice boards and grab some free templates, jump back to episode 8.

Ideas for Choice Boards

At the start of the school year, teachers begin to cultivate their relationships with students. We often do some form of a “get to know you” assignment. Using a choice board for this activity can be a great way to dip your toe into this teaching method. Allow students the opportunity to show off their creativity and skills with a choice in sharing themselves with you. 

Other simple options for starting out with this method include reviewing material, gathering background information, or final project options to demonstrate learning. As you become more comfortable with this teaching method, using a choice board to ask students to demonstrate their mastery of specific skills will take your teaching to the next level. 

Choice boards can be used to balance rigor and time. A choice board can be used to provide enrichment learning to early finishers. It’s not meant to be extra work, but extending the skill for students who are ready to move forward. This can allow for slower students to take more time with their mastery. Of course, it can be helpful to provide students with a time expectation so they are aware of the commitment and standard. 

If asynchronous learning is part of your school year, the choice board can be a solution. Digital choice boards allow for teachers to add links containing video or audio messages. These can help when a number of students are asking the same questions outside of a group setting. 

Grading

A student’s grade should always be calculated based on the learning outcome and Depth of Knowledge used to complete the task. This means it’s not effective to count how many graphics were used in a presentation and equate that to a point value. It’s also not effective to ask students to complete a number of tasks to reach a specific grade. 

Instead, grades should be evaluated based on the content. This will allow teachers to use one rubric when students will be producing multiple products. A digital choice board allows teachers to provide extra guidelines within each choice without giving them a formula for how to put it all together. 

Choice Board Examples

For the youngest or even struggling students, utilizing video or audio clips rather than text descriptions. Another great way to engage younger students is through a coded system with colors, shapes, animals, or any theme that may connect with the lesson. 

Younger students will need more teacher direction so consider introducing it through whole class choices. Utilizing stations can also be a great solution or practice. 

Several of our Shake Up Learning trainers have shared or collected examples and templates of choice boards that can help you get started or give you a new idea. 

Examples from Kim Mattina

Kim Mattina curated a digital book in Book Creator with several templates to choose from. These can be used for student assignments or teacher professional development. 

Examples from Jen Giffen

Jen Giffen also chimed in with some unique examples to take a look at. She also provided a few notes. 

Back to School with Choice Boards

Examples from Sarah McKinney

Sarah McKinney shares a list of teacher PD choice board examples. 

Back to School with Choice Boards

Examples from Pam Hubler and Sarah Kiefer

Pam Hubler and Paula, from SlidesMania, share their inspired collaboration in this Twitter post. Pam also shares in a blog post how she has used choice boards to help teachers learn technology. She also shares a choose your own adventure board in this blog post. 

If you’re still in need of more ideas or examples then Sarah Keifer’s Wakelet collection is bound to provide a great option. Of course, you can always visit the Shake Up Learning Pinterest board for even more.


The Back to School Conference (FREE)

Looking for more Back to School ideas to prepare for the “new normal”?

The Shake Up Learning Team is excited to announce a brand new online conference coming this September! It’s completely free, online, asynchronous, and designed for K-12 teachers and educational leaders.

With a focus on adapting to the “new normal,” this conference will help teachers and educational leaders learn new skills and strategies to engage students in online and blended learning.

With 30+ breakout sessions from education experts and special keynotes by Kasey Bell and Jen Giffen, this is sure to be an event to remember. Teachers will walk away with practical ideas to move learning forward. Leaders will learn about critical shifts, and how to lead meaningful change.

All presenters have been hand-selected from the Shake Up Learning Team, and special invited guests, including Jake Miller, Evan Robb, Angela Draper, and Jon Corippo. We even have a few sessions in Spanish!

With engaging presentations by the expert SHAKE UP LEARNING TEAM and invited guests, educators across the globe can take their teaching and leadership skills to the next level.

  • 30+ sessions, including keynotes by Kasey Bell and Jen Giffen.
  • Video presentations are released each day of the conference week.
  • Videos available until Oct. 30, 2021 (or one-year access with the ALL-ACCESS PASS)
  • Topics include: Google tools, Dynamic Learning, Google Certification, Leadership, SEL, and Accessibility
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Duolingo’s IPO pricing is great news for edtech startups

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While the Chinese technology market digests a new regulatory landscape impacting the country’s edtech market in a sharply negative manner, U.S. education technology companies have something to cheer about: Duolingo’s IPO priced very well.

The language-learning unicorn initially targeted an $85 to $95 per share IPO price range. That interval was later raised to $95 to $100 per share. And then, last night, Duolingo priced at $102 per share, just over its raised range.

That’s the sort of IPO pricing run that we tend to see from hot enterprise software companies (SaaS) that investors have favored heavily in recent quarters. But the stock market has also provided nigh-indulgent valuations to consumer-facing tech companies with strong brands, like Airbnb. So, the Duolingo IPO’s pricing strength should not be an utter surprise.

But it is a welcome result for U.S. edtech, regardless. When the company set its first IPO price range, TechCrunch noted that it was on track to earn a new, higher valuation. This led us to the following set of conclusions:

If Duolingo poses a strong debut, consumer edtech startups will be able to add a golden data point to their pitch decks. A strong Duolingo listing could also signal that mission-driven startups can have impressive turns.

And now Duolingo has managed to price above its raised range. Yeehaw, as they say.

In more prosaic terms, Duolingo has set a higher multiple for edtech revenue than we expected it to, implying that the exit value of edtech top line could be greater than private-market investors anticipated. After all, Duolingo was valued at around $2.4 billion last November. At its IPO price, the company’s nondiluted valuation is now $3.66 billion, not counting 765,916 shares that its underwriters may purchase at the $102-per-share price if they so choose.

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China’s regulatory crackdown is good news for startups aligned with CCP goals

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Watching the Chinese technology sector over the last week has been a fascinating exercise. The Chinese government took on entire industries like edtech while also coming down on individual companies (Tencent, Meituan) in a broad effort to change the country’s technology landscape.

The sum of the financial damage is easy to understand. The NASDAQ Golden Dragon China Index, for example, which tracks U.S.-listed companies that do their business in China, fell from a 52-week high set earlier this year of 20,893.02 to 10,672.37 yesterday. You can also track the decline in value of various Chinese technology companies both on shore and on foreign exchanges if you want to get an even fuller picture of the financial carnage.

It’s common among commentators and analysts to draw a direct line between the blocked Ant Group IPO last year, the ensuing fall from grace of Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma and the latest news out of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) regulatory bodies. That’s reasonable. Things are changing in China, and the regulatory landscape of tech work in the country won’t be the same from here on out.


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We’ve explored the moment a little, noting last week that edtech investment could slow in the country provided that the government went through with its plan to force tutoring companies to go nonprofit. The government then did so, and more, also blocking tutoring companies from being formed, going public, raising external capital from foreign sources and more. It was comprehensive. Natasha Mascarenhas has a great read on the matter here.

So, bad news for startups? After all, if edtech investment could slow in the face of regulatory changes, what about other technology-influenced areas of business?

The negative case is somewhat easy to make. The positive case is more interesting. Some market watchers are making the argument that by taking on some of China’s largest technology companies, more room could be cleared in the country for smaller companies to snag a piece of business.

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