4 Ways to Update Resources for Remote Learning

May 5, 2020 No Comments

Many teachers are feeling frustrated that the resources that we have spent time creating in our classroom can't be used in a remote learning setting.  But that isn't necessarily the case, especially if your team has access to Google Apps for Education.  Here are 5 ways to update your NGSS resources for remote learning.

1.Make PDFs editable using Google Slides for distance learning.

Many of our NGSS resources that we have available are in PDF form.  This can be frustrating in a distance learning setting because students usually don't have the ability to edit PDFs.

However, you add pages from your PDF to Google Slides as background images.  To find out how, watch the video on this blog post.

2. Have students practice their graphing while doing remote learning.

While doing distance learning, it is cumbersome for students to graph data on paper.  They would have to take a picture and upload it to Google Classroom (or whatever platform you are using) to turn it in.

Instead, have students use Google Sheets to create graphs.  The graphs can be embedded into a Google Doc, slideshow, or other resources.

This method helps students to:

  • Understand the significance of scale on a graph and make adjustments with a click of a button.
  • Choose the correct graph type for the data set.
  • Identify variables.
  • Quickly look at large data sets.

To learn more about Using Google Sheets to Create Graphs, click here.

3. Use Google Slides to Annotate Graphs and Maps

Graphs & Maps are often used as phenomena in an NGSS aligned classroom.  One of my favorite methods to help students to understand maps or a graph is to have them annotate them.  Annotating Graphs helps students with the Science and Engineering Practice of Analyzing and Interpreting Data.

You can update this practice for remote learning using Google Slides. To learn more about these digital graph annotation, click here.

4.  Create Digital Interactive Notebooks

We haven't had our interactive notebooks while doing distance learning.  This year, I invested in bins so that students could have a place to store them.  Unfortunately, most of those notebooks are still in their bins in my classroom.

Interactive notebooks are so important because they give students a way to record their learning as they move through a storyline.  If you are trying to find a way to help them create a simple digital notebook online, check out this blog post.

What have you done to update your resources for a remote learning scenario?  Share your tips and tricks in the comments below.


Erin Sadler

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