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5 Reasons to Use DIGITAL Choice Boards in the Classroom

Saturday, October 7, 2017 / 3 comments

5 Reasons to Use DIGITAL Choice Boards in the Classroom

When I was a classroom teacher I loooooved using choice boards. Students felt like they had some type of ownership of their learning when they got to choose which activity they wanted to complete for the day. Furthermore, choice boards allowed for me to personalize learning.

5 Reasons to Use Digital Choice Boards in the Classroom: Personalize learning with digital choice boards and activities. Great way to integrate technology into the classroom while providing a rich learning experience for a variety of learners. Digital differentiation!

What is a Choice Board?

A choice board usually looks like a Bingo board that has a different activity inside each of the squares. The activities can appeal to a wide variety of learning styles. Each choice board should focus on a particular concept. Some examples of choice boards I have used in the past:

  • Word Study
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Response
  • Writing Prompts
  • Place Value Activities (math unit)
  • Ancient Egypt Study (social studies unit)


Traditional (paper) vocabulary choice board
Usually I just had students choose 3 of the activities to work on throughout the week and they would cross off each activity as they completed it as long as they had 3 in a row. Some teachers have students complete all of the activities in whatever order they choose. Up to you!

Digital Choice Boards

I now help teachers create their choice boards which usually have some element of technology involved. We also make these choice boards digital using Google Slides, no copies needed! The activities we include in these digital choice boards involve technology tools for students to use as they explore the topic of study.  We don't come up with technology based activities just to get students using technology, we come up with technology based activities because they have the ability to tap into multiple intelligences and learning styles. Typing, voice-to-text, text-to-speech, graphic, diagram, audio recording, video recording, and multiple creation tools can truly maximize our learning environment to reach its full potential.

Here are 5 reasons why DIGITAL choice boards might be a better option than paper choice boards if your students have access to devices.

Links! You can place links to digital tools within the choice board. This makes it easy for students to quickly and easily navigate to various websites and applications. Here is an example of my Vocabulary Choice Board for Google Drive™.

5 Reasons to Use DIGITAL Choice Boards in the Classroom. Choice menus can be used for any subject or topic! Go paperless by making a digital choice board in Google Slides.

Students can drag the "X" shape to cover completed activities. I simply made an "X" shape and copied and pasted multiple Xs to lay on top of one another to create a bank of Xs.

Keep everything in ONE place! My digital choice board that you see above was created in Google Slides. Students can add as many slides as they need to show their work. I provide several slides for written responses as well as word maps for students to use. You can create any type of activity slide to fit the needs of the activities you come up with for your digital choice board! If one of your activities requires students to use an external web tool to make a comic, meme, or drawing, have students take a screenshot of their creation and place it on a slide. Accountability all in one place! This will make it EASY for you to check on each student's progress as well as grade their work.

Here is an example from my Editable Digital Choice Boards for Google Drive™ product. We created a comic in Make Beliefs Comix, took a screenshot and added the image to one of the slides.

5 Reasons to Use DIGITAL Choice Boards in the Classroom. Choice menus can be used for any subject or topic! Go paperless by making a digital choice board in Google Slides.

You can also have students hyperlink creations into their slides. Have them copy the URL of their project (for instance, a Vocaroo voice recording), type a word or set of words on a slide, highlight those words, click the LINK icon in the toolbar and paste their link in the box. Once they click Apply the word or set of words will hyperlink straight to their project!

5 Reasons to Use DIGITAL Choice Boards in the Classroom. Choice menus can be used for any subject or topic! Go paperless by making a digital choice board in Google Slides.


The choice boards displayed above contain individual text boxes for each activity. This makes it EASY for the teacher to rearrange or swap out activities so the choice boards are different every time. Also, you can easily differentiate for individual students. Perhaps you have a student with an IEP accommodation in which they need a reduced amount of problems/activities. You can easily pop into their presentation (if the choice board is available in Google Drive or One Drive) and swap out activities or the number of problems/words/sentences they need to complete for a certain activity. Furthermore, you can add links to assistive technology tools they might need in order to be successful in completing a particular assignment.


Not to state the obvious buuuuut digital choice boards are paperless! No more copies annnnnd students are less likely to lose their board or their work They can even continue to work on their choice board at home if they have internet access. You never know, students might be so excited about their work that they decide to show it off at home by launching their presentation. 



Digital choice boards in Google Drive makes giving feedback and grading a breeze! You can hop onto any student's presentation from practically any device to check on their progress as well as grade their work. Check in while you are at the doctor's office, from the comfort of your sofa or even while you are working with a reading group at the reading table😉 Leave encouraging and helpful comments for students so they know they are on the right track or need to go back to rethink certain concepts.

Obviously I could keep raving about reasons why using digital choice boards would make a great addition to your classroom. Give it a try! You can create one for practically any topic/subject area.

If you don't have the energy to create a digital choice board from scratch, then check out my EDITABLE Choice Boards for Google Drive™. Plug in your activities, assign to students and you will be in business. These will work for a wide range of grade levels.

EDITBALE Digital Choice Boards in Google Drive™

I have an Editable VOCABULARY Choice Board for Google Drive™ that already contains 9 different digital activities for students to practice using vocabulary terms in context. I created this for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students but you can adapt the activities to fit the needs for your learners since it is editable.

Digital Vocabulary Choice Board for Google Drive™

If you are looking for spelling practice activities, I have a Digital Spelling/Word Study Activities Choice Board for Google Drive™ that already contains 9 different digital activities for students to practice their spelling words. I created this for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students but you can adapt the activities to fit the needs for your learners since it is editable.


I also have a Reading Response Digital Choice Board that already contains 9 different digital activities for students to respond to their reading. I created this for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students but you can adapt the activities to fit the needs for your learners since it is editable.


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3 comments:

  1. Has anyone tried this for 3rd grade?

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    1. I have helped many 3rd grade teachers with creating digital choice boards :) They were able to plug in activities they knew their students could successfully complete with minimal assistance :)

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  2. Great idea. I used to do a similar 'activity bingo' with my students years ago (on good old paper). I like your integration of technology into the activity. Hyperlinking resources in the grid is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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