Giving students voice and choice is not reserved for in-person learning! Whether you are teaching virtually or hybrid, give your students autonomy and independence by using digital choice boards for virtual learning. Here are some tips to get you started!
Use Google Slides
First, Google Slides gives you the capability of easily adding elements for digital choice activities. Also, Google Slides is the perfect way to edit your digital choice boards year after year, unit after unit! You can make a copy of your original presentation to save as a template for multiple units and content areas. It’s so easy!
To begin, share a slide presentation with boxes (think Tic-Tac-Toe) with various choices for your students. Go to Insert-Table to make a 3×2 or 3×3 table to start. Six to nine choices is a great place to start! Upload the slides to Google Classroom and choose “Make a Copy for Each Student”. Your students easily mark off their choices and add slides to the presentation as they complete their choices.
Focus on the Objective
Choice boards are more meaningful and productive from your students when presented with an objective. As you introduce the digital choice board, let your students know what you expect them to learn and know as a result of their projects. Using digital choice boards for virtual learning translates into every content area and subject. Even interdisciplinary units work with digital choice boards! Address multiple standards and objectives on the same board!
Differentiate with Digital Choice Boards
The best thing about digital choice boards is that they fit all students’ needs! Make multiple choice boards for students or set different parameters.
When you share choice boards on Google Classroom, assign different boards or instructions for particular groups of students while still assigning each student their own copy. Overall, it’s simple for students to be challenged while meeting their individual academic needs.
Collaborate with Colleagues
When creating digital choice boards, maximize your time and also talents by working together with your colleagues to put together resources and ideas!
First, meet with other teachers virtually and in-person. Next, talk about the objectives and standards you want to address in your unit. Finally, share the activities you want to add to the choice board and assign duties from there. Collaborating saves time and brings the best ideas to the table!
Ask For Student Input
Digital choice boards are not just about sharing your own assignment ideas! Give students the ultimate choice by allowing them to come up with their own idea that addresses the objectives and standards for the unit. You’ll be so surprised about the ideas your students come up with!
Digital choice boards give students choice and voice in their learning. In addition, students also participate actively in their curriculum goals and show higher levels of engagement. Share short lessons and allow students to show their learning through digital choice boards! What activities will you add to your digital choice boards?