Google Docs Presentation is well-suited for use as a tool for short student driven research projects because of the availability of efficient integrated research tools right on the page. Earlier this year I designed a template to introduce teachers to the usefulness of the tool.
The purpose of the template is for use as a starting point to help teachers plan and implement technology driven learning experiences that are fueled by Essential Questions and aligned to Common Core Standards. The template includes built in screencast tutorials to help students learn to use the technology. This allows teachers to focus on the content instead of being consumed by student questions about using the tech. After all, technology is a tool for learning, not a subject area. It is meant to be integrated, not isolated.
It should be noted that the template is like a recipe that produces end products that are all very similar, and it was designed to help teachers and student build their tech expertise and increase their comfort level with tech integration, but it is not the end goal. The goal for teachers is to eventually feel comfortable enough to design their own flexible lessons that allow them to get out of the way and let students make their own choices about which digital tools to use to complete research and present knowledge and ideas. Please consider the template to be a helpful stepping stone to guide the learning.
The template is available for modification and reuse. Feel free to edit the topic. Just change the Essential Question and modify the template to create your own Multimedia Research project. Please use it to jump start the process of using technology as a tool for learning, but once you are comfortable, please keep going.
Multimedia Research Template
CCSS 3.W.7: Conduct a short research project to build knowledge about a topic
Digital Tool: Google Docs Presentation
Pickup a Copy of This Template
- You must be signed in to Gmail before you can pickup your own copy of this template.
- Click on this link: Chicago Research Template
- Choose Use This Template and a copy will be added to your own list of Google Docs.
- Feel free to edit the topic. Just change the Essential Question and modify to create your own Multimedia Research template.