Jenny and I worked together to create a Google Fusion project during our Google 1 Class through the district. We struggled a bit with this because Google and technology were already such a part of our teaching. It What we started realize when we thought about it, was that we were frustrated that our students were still asking us how to do things in the Google world. Things that we expected them to know. For example, how to find assignments in classroom, how to format their Google Doc or how to respond to comments. So with the help of our instructors in the class, we came up with the idea to do a Google version of The Amazing Race. We had done a similar activity in our Google 1 Class. This ended up being a great activity.
First, we came up with a list of technology skills we thought our 4th graders in a 1 to 1 school should know how to do. We came up with the following:
Once the slides were created, Jenny and I were done working. All we had to do was post the slides in our Google Classroom and the students went to work. I divide the kids into groups and set back and let them support each other through the tasks.
They loved it! They were busy, engaged and competitive! I started by posting only the first task, as soon as the first group completed the task I made a big deal of the completion, and posted the second. As each group completed the first I celebrated their success with some good whooping and hollering and told them to move on to the next task. As cliche as it is, they hardly noticed they were learning and I had very few behavior issues pop up. I think I’ll stick with this fun way to learn new technology skills. I could easily add a new task to teach a new website or app. They learn so much better when I’m not the one teaching them how to use a tool! What technology skills do you want your students to have? How could you hold them accountable for learning and using those skills? Give an Amazing Race a try!