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Helpful Ideas for 1:1 Chromebook Classrooms

Saturday, July 7, 2018 / 2 comments

Helpful Ideas for 1:1 Chromebook Classrooms

Has your classroom turned into a 1:1 Chromebook Classroom and you are unsure of how to utilize these devices each day? Come learn about some meaningful ways to integrate these devices into your elementary classroom!
Has your classroom turned into a 1:1 Chromebook Classroom and you are unsure of how to utilize these devices each day? Well, you have come to the right place! I am hearing of more and more districts going 1:1 yet teachers are having a hard time figuring out how to integrate them into their daily instruction. Here are a few helpful ideas that can get your started.😀

Google Drive™

You have to become familiar with Google Drive. Period. Chromebooks run Google Chrome's OS, which is a powerful internet browser. They were designed to use web based applications and cloud storage. Therefore, Google Drive needs to be your bff if you want to establish a work flow. Google has an excellent online training center that you can access HERE. Become familiar with the Google apps and how they can help increase your productivity. 

Google Classroom/LMS

Establish a management system. This means, figure out how you will share things with students and how they will interact with each other in a digital environment. I highly recommend using Google Classroom to make grading, distributing and interacting with assignments a breeze. If your district has adopted a learning management system (LMS) such as Schoology, Canvas, Moodle, etc. consider using that!

Web Applications

There are so many different kinds of web applications available. Some of my favorites for Chromebook users include:
This year I am going to experiment with Buncee which is a content creation tool for teachers and students. I have heard so many wonderful things from other educators so I can't wait to give it a try!

Daily Educational Use
(all resources mentioned below are available in my TpT Store. Just click on the images.)

There are so many things students can do within Google Suite. They can make ebooks, stop motion videos & presentations in Google Slides, collect data and create graphs in Google Sheets, create quizzes and surveys in Google Forms, design infographics, diagrams, and comics in Google Drawing, type papers and conduct collaborative research in Google Docs. The possibilities are endless. 

Think of things that you use on a daily basis and figure out if they would be more beneficial to students if you made them digital. For instance, I turned my notebooks into DIGITAL NOTEBOOKS. I didn't do this just so I could be "paperless". Instead, I knew students could add different types of media and embed various kinds of projects into their digital notebooks to really enhance and document their learning experience.

  

I did the same thing with my vocabulary dictionary. Instead of students jamming a dictionary into their desks or leaving them at home, I transferred it to a Google Slides presentation and now they can access it from anywhere! They can work independently or collaboratively.

Can be used on Chromebooks, laptops/computers or iPads!

Digital Writing Journals

Digital writing journals make a great activity for Chromebook users. I wrote a blog post entitled: 5 Reasons to Use Digital Writing Journals. I have created all sorts of digital writing journals:

Digital Choice Boards

If you are a 1:1 Chromebook classroom then you HAVE to read my post, 5 Reasons to Use Digital Choice Boards. These are great to integrate into your reading/language arts block! 



Digital Directed Drawings

Have students learn the ropes of Google Drawing by using one of my Digital Directed Drawing Resources. They all have an academic twist! You can learn more about this in my blog post: Using Digital Directed Drawings in the Classroom.

          
         
      

Creation & Collaborative Projects

If you are looking for creative project ideas you can use throughout the year then you might be interested in my all time favorite resource, Digital Creative Projects for Google Drive. TEN different projects are included that will get your students creating and collaborating.


You could also have students create a brochure about ANY topic, multiple times a year! I have a brochure template in Google Slides:


Bookmark THIS post for the end of the year that contains a free end of the year brochure template that students make for the rising class.

A lot of the activities mentioned above can be found in my Reading & Language Arts Bundle for Google Drive™. In addition, you can find all sorts of other activities like graphic organizers, making words challenges, book report templates and so much more! Use them over and over again without having to print a single thing.


Those are just a few ideas. Choose one or two to try out. Once you and your students have mastered it, slowly introduce new ways to utilize Chromebooks in your classroom.  Technology should never be an afterthought. It should be used seamlessly to turn students into thoughtful creators, collaborators and critical thinkers.

If you are looking for even more digital activities and templates to use with Chromebooks, click HERE.

Chromebook Pinterest Board:

If you are on Pinterest then check out my Chromebook Classroom Resources Board:

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2 comments:

  1. After reading this blog, I was thinking that I would make my math vocabulary wall in a digital form. I have always put it on the wall- but not a lot of kids actually go over to the words and use it. Maybe by making it digital, they will be excited to use it.

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