Speaker 1: OTAN Outreach and Technical Assistance Network.
Cindy Wislofsky: And welcome everyone and good morning. Thanks for coming out so early, 8:30 it seems early sometimes these days. There's Alicia. Hi, Alicia. Nice to see some familiar faces and names and welcome. So I'm going to share my screen so we can get started. All right, hopefully you can see the first slide of my presentation. And hopefully, you're in the right spot making Google app projects to help ESL students online to get acquainted.
So I am Cindy Wislofsky and I'm a retired teacher from San Diego Community College District and ESL instructor. Mainly I taught beginning levels, but also intermediate and a variety of other classes like the lab or pronunciation et cetera. But now I'm an OTAN trainer, one of the many OTAN trainers. So I'm happy to be here at the conference. I'll be sharing these slides with you towards the end.
So maybe Patricia will remind me when I get the five-minute warning. So here's what was going on what I was hearing from my colleagues in that. It was kind of a dilemma building relationships and community remotely. Now that everyone went online, there seemed to be some challenges not that you don't have challenges in the face-to-face. But for example, trying to just teach your subject content while managing suddenly being online. And just trying to focus the students getting them engaged to just participate, feeling frustration, constantly trying new tools what's going to work, trying them out, don't work, learn something else, et cetera.
And a feeling that the students aren't really getting to know each other. I mean, when we met face-to-face, of course, we had more opportunities to do that. But it seemed to be an extra challenge being online all the time. So for today, I wanted to give you four opportunities to try some get to know activities and we'll be using Google apps. We'll be doing a Google Doc, Google slide presentation, Google Photos, and then Google Jamboard. I don't know if you're familiar with those, but hopefully, you'll get some new ideas.
So we're going to experience them synchronously. They don't have to be that way, but I think that's kind of more exciting to have things to develop live and then you can work off some follow up activities after that. So that's the idea. We're going to gather some information together onto a single document, or slide show, or photo album. And then you're going to have make some follow up activities that your students could do with that information.
And we'd also like to share ideas because all of you have great ideas as well. So there would be an opportunity for that. Hopefully, you'll improve a little know how with Google if you're not familiar with all those apps and how I will share them. And you might think about how they might work in your situation or something similar. So like I said, we're going to go live four times to collaborate on some projects. So I'm going to demonstrate them first, and then I'll put the link in the chat so that you can go to that site and participate.
After each of the demos we'd like to get your feedback either in the chat or our reaction, and then we'll all be sharing about ideas for projects and follow up activities, et cetera. So hopefully, you're familiar with user reactions in Zoom, but if you're not, make sure you find the reaction button at the toolbar at the bottom and choose one if you wanted to do that. And don't forget that the top row and those time out after a while. But the middle and the bottom row you have to deselect those to remove them from your screen, just an FYI.
So for the first two activities in order to participate, I'm going to have you go to a little Google form because you need to have a number in order to participate. So all we're going to do is ask you to put your name. Let me show you what the form looks like. Can you see the form?
Cindy Wislofsky: Yes. OK, great. So all you're going to do is type your first name and last initial. Sorry. And then we'll get a little form developed so that you can participate. So let me put that in the chat right now. OK, I can see that 90 people have responded. So can you see my screen now? So as you can see your name like Jody B is number two. So if you look at the list, find your name.
Patricia: Cindy, Ruth was asking if it's something-- if this is something you do with students also before participation?
Cindy Wislofsky: If you know your students you can pre number them on the form. But if you don't know your students and you're not sure how many are going to participate, yes, this is a good way to do it. If you're face-to-face I used to give out numbers randomly to students so that they knew their number. But this is one way to do it remotely. So Alicia I see you're on here twice. So you can pick 19 or 20. All right.
Alicia: That was an accident.
Cindy Wislofsky: OK. All right. No problem. All right. So it looks like we have 21 people that would like to participate. And jot down your number, we'll be using it for two activities. OK. One thing you have to do with this is refresh if you think more people are adding to it. So it's good to refresh once in a while. OK, so we're going to stop with that.
All right, so this is the form we're going to use for our purposes. It would be different with students, but let's get to know each other. So basically you're just going to type your name. Now the form that you filled out it automatically starts numbering with number two. So you as the teacher can give your example online number one. It's always good to give a model.
So I'm representing ESL. What's the best thing about your agency? I would stay my fabulous colleagues since I'm not working with students right now. All right, can everybody see where I entered? Maybe Patricia, can you give me a heads up?
Patricia: Yes, sorry. I can see.
Cindy Wislofsky: OK, perfect. Sorry. I'm calling on you. All right, I see a thumbs up from Alicia. Thank you. All right, so now I'm going to share this in the chat. So remember when you share you go up to the top right, right? And just to review how you share a document or another Google one. If you know all your students emails and you wanted to keep it private that way, that's one way you can copy and paste their names in there. But I usually just use the link.
And when you want to use the link, I want people to be able to edit, of course, because they're going to add their information. So your other choices are just to view or comment, but I'm going to keep it on Edit. I'm going to copy the like for you guys. Done. And then I'm going to share that in the chat again. So here's a new place for you to go to. And so please open it up and start typing on your line and wow we can see it happening live. That's so exciting.
And the reason why you want to give out numbers is because if you don't and the students don't know what line to type on, then they start typing on top of each other. So you want to avoid that by giving them a number or by pre-filling in their names if you have that opportunity.
Patricia: Cindy, Carolyn's asking how do you prevent students from altering the form?
Cindy Wislofsky: I don't. I have never had that problem, although, that's always been a concern of mine. In Google, you can always go back to previous versions. How much are they going to alter it really if they take away someone's information. You just have them input it again or if they messed up the header rows, I would just type them in again. To me, it has not been a problem. But again, modeling a lot of times and maybe telling them what the expectations are and modeling exactly what they're going to do and only do that, for example.
OK, and so if I scroll down, you can see a lot of great information coming up. You notice when somebody is typing it just says anonymous. And that's because I just shared the link. I didn't share it through email. If you shared it through email, then you would see exactly who's typing. All right, so then from this, we instantly have a lot of information.
And so what are you going to do with that information. Well, first of all, a typical thing with ESL students is, well, let's talk about it and let's say, oh, well, look at-- let's find Sharon. What number is Sharon. Oh, she's number three. Now, what city is she from? Et cetera. And who is from Castro Valley? Oh, that's Ruth. And who thinks the best thing about their agency is collaboration that might be a few different people. So you can start to talk about the information that's there. You could ask specific questions.
Oh, Vanessa I see you're from Fausto. Now where is that? And what agency do you work for there? Things like that from the information we have here. OK. Any questions so far? OK. I see Marisol had a question. Why not use just this form and not assign numbers? They just take a number from the sheet. Well, I want them to have a number first and be prepared so that when they open this up, they're immediately going to that line.
If it's not a huge group, you could say-- you could go down your list of students and say, oh, Mark, you're number one today and Alicia you're number two. You could verbalize the numbers they're supposed to use as well. But this is just another way to do it. All right. So thank you all for your participation with that. And so let's go back to our slides. Oh, we already did this. We learn the basics about each other. So what are you going to do with this?
So normally, we would do a follow up activity. But before that, how was your experience doing that as a participant or viewer? Some people just like to view. You can comment on the chat or give a reaction button.
Patricia: Cindy, Ruth is asking if this works if students are on the phone?
Cindy Wislofsky: Yes. Remember students can access the Google products on their phones. In fact, they can even download the Docs, the slides, the Google Photos and Jamboard are the ones we're doing. They can actually download the apps on their phone, which makes it a little easier to use. But yes, definitely, it would work on their phone.
OK, so hopefully that was a quick little experience. Yeah. OK, thank you, Elizabeth. That's great. It is low key. And it's a very simple way to get them to learn about Google Docs. All right. So how are you going to make tables? Well, an easy thing is just to make them-- the teacher makes them based on their current topic. It could be life skill or grammar or vocabulary lessons that you're working on, it could be questions. It could just be statements like I use today.
You could have them do a dictation from you and then they ask a partner and then they add their partners information in the table. Depending on your level, the students could create them. Maybe they're in a breakout room and then they share them with another group or the whole class, et cetera. There's a lot of opportunities. Yes, Caitlin, you can use it to determine their goals exactly. There are so many options. And a table is so easy to insert.
And yes, Marisol I see you mentioned about using the same number. Yeah, that's something that I used to do with my face-to-face students. They use the same number for say a week. The student population would change, but at least for a week they would have the same number. Now here's an example of a project that I did with students. So here's some questions that you might ask them. And you can see that right away, you would have some information that you can ask questions orally. You know, oh, I see Mayline has a dog. Tell us about your dog or show us a picture of your dog or something like that.
Carmen, oh, you've got two birds. Tell us about your birds, what are their names, blah, blah, blah, blah. So a lot of things you can do with that. And what I've done before with students is that each student wrote about the next student on the table. So number one, wrote about number two, number two wrote about number three, et cetera. And so here's an example. They did some writing and then put it on a different Google Doc and then we put them in a shared folder. That's one way to do it.
You can also get lots of ideas of areas that your students need reinforcement on. So it's very revealing in that respect as well. Now I'd like to have you guys do some annotation in a little bit. So the way I'd like you to do is click the annotate button in the toolbar of Zoom, and then select the text box. And then we'll be sharing ideas. That's the way we'll share ideas today is with the annotate in a text box. Besides the chat but I'd like you to do that as well.
All right, so what project ideas would you have for your students? So if you want to use the annotate in your toolbar and they just picked the text, and then click in the body and type your idea. And then we'll see what ideas you have that you might use it for your students.
Patricia: Cindy, Ruth is asking if they need a Google account to do activities?
Cindy Wislofsky: No, they do not need a Google account.
Patricia: And Caitlin if you go look at the top of your screen next to the green bar. There's a button that says view options. If you click the little down arrow, the third one down should be annotate.
Cindy Wislofsky: Great. Sorting, categorizing, creating a Venn diagram. Great. Oh, yeah, this works great with a small class. It's kind of on top of each other. Responding to a topic in a breakout room. Yeah, great. Dictation, short answer discussion, games. Great. Thanks for the ideas. EL Civics using the pointer to highlight. Oh, and using a photo.
Yeah, photos are really good to insert into tables, too. That's another option. All right, thank you for all your ideas. OK. Oh, great, thank you for sharing everybody. One thing that happens with the annotation is people kind of get on top of each other, but we appreciate your ideas. OK. All right. So far so good. Are you ready to move on?
Patricia: Cindy-- Miegen, I apologize if I mispronounce your name, had a question on the chat. She's asking if the tables are all part of Google Forms?
Cindy Wislofsky: You mean making Google Forms? Well, Google Forms is just for asking questions and gathering information. The table you would want to use in Google Docs. Yeah. OK. Thank you everybody for your ideas. I'm going to clear everything now. OK.
Patricia: We have one more question from the chat. What if you want students to work on a document and breakout rooms, do you have each room work on a different part of the document or force copy?
Cindy Wislofsky: I think I would have them have their own copy. But it's up to you. You could have a shared one and each one is using the same document in their individual breakout rooms. But it might be easier just to each have their own and then share them with each group separately. All right, so what would you do-- here some follow up assignment ideas for writing and reading. You might want to summarize like I told you before. Or they could compare and contrast make sentences.
If you haven't used interactive graphic organizers, here's an example of Venn diagram where the students could just type in their information into the Venn diagram and submit that to you that way. If you're not familiar with the whole interactive, there are lots of free interactive and resources. So that might be a resource for you for mind mapping different graphic organizers.
You can have a scavenger hunt. Who has two birds? How long has Leni lived in San Diego? Et cetera. Or you could create an interactive worksheet, for example, liveworksheets.com. You can explore that later if you'd like. You could make online gradable assessment maybe through your LMS or through Google Classroom. But if you're not familiar with that, there's something called Testmoz, which is very, very simple. I'd like to show you a sample. Let me clear the annotations first.
Let's clear all those. Once you're finished annotating if you want to close out the box, then you won't be adding to the screen. All right. So here's a sample of Testmoz. So just type your name. I'll use a different name. OK. The pass code for this is really one. So you can make basically a basic-- sorry, multiple choice, true or false, matching and the students submit their responses and they would get immediate feedback.
And then as the teacher, you can get a little report showing you who took the test and how they scored. For example, you can sort by score. Cindy was really bad, anyway. And you can see exactly which questions they got right or wrong and how long they took, anyway, Testmoz. If you don't have another gradable assessment set up, that's one you could explore Testmoz.com.
All right, so now remember your number and then we'll try one with Google Slides. So we're going to reflect and report. That would be the goal. Thank you, Barry. We'll see you next time. Yes, Carolyn, I see in the chat. You're asking about, did the students access the test from a link? Yes, and when you create a quiz or a review, it's going to give you an exact number. And so you're going to share that URL with that number in it with your students, and then they will have a code to get in or use the same code. Or you name it like I name that one review one. You can give it a word name as well.
So it's pretty easy. The only thing is that everything is by a code. So if you forget the code, then you're in trouble. You can sign up to have a paid account, but with the free account, it's more quiz by quiz and you've got to remember that exact link in your pass code to get in. All right, so let's move on to a slide presentation. So I'm going to show you first what it's going to look like. It's called our favorite place to visit in your city. And I've used this with students, too.
So for today, you're going to use that same number you had and find your slide in the left column here. Find your slide number. Remember, nobody was number one, so that's our example slide. So let me show you how we're going to do it. So you're going to click on your slide. And then if you click at the top of the slide, this box will open. And then move your mouse kind of to the right at the bottom where it says explore. It kind of looks like a weird plus down there. You see that and then let's explore, so click on that.
And then first, you've got to think of a place you want to explore in your city. A place you like to visit. So click in the search box. So maybe I'm going to pick Balboa Park in San Diego. And you can see it kind of filling in here. I'm going to click that. And then I need to click on Images, right? Because I want to get a picture. So whatever picture you like, click on the little plus next to it and that's going to insert your picture.
So grab the corner to resize it, move it. And then at the bottom, please put-- this is the place that you like to visit. Don't forget to include the city and also your name. All right, so everybody knows that who slide that is. You want to make sure your students use their name somewhere. All right, so that's all you need to do. Some people might want to put a couple of pictures, but one is just fine. So I'm going to delete number two because somebody else is number two.
OK, so basically, that's it. All right. I'll share it again and I put in the chat.
Patricia: I did share the link. This is actually the link you shared on [inaudible]
Cindy Wislofsky: Oh, thank you. Thank you so much. OK, so go ahead and get started. Thank you, Patricia. This is good for students, too, if they forget what to do, then they can look at the first slide to have the directions right there again. So again, if you're not participating, but you're just viewing. You can see how the presentation is getting populated live and real time and that's kind of exciting to watch.
And of course, one of the ideas is to gather so much information and content that your students have generated is something that's important to them. And they were getting to know them a little better. And as you're watching it develop, you can actually scroll through the slides and see what's going on.
Cindy Wislofsky: Yes.
Audience: I missed the part about how you search online for a picture.
Cindy Wislofsky: Oh, click on the top box and that move your mouse towards the bottom of the screen and you'll see the Explorer button. It looks like a plus--
Audience: Hold on.
Cindy Wislofsky: You see it?
Audience: No, hold on. I've got to go back to the slide show. How do I get back to there from your shared screen?
Cindy Wislofsky: Look in the chat and you can click on that link again.
Audience: OK. OK, go back to my number. All right, a little Explorer. Got it. OK.
Cindy Wislofsky: Perfect.
Audience: And image-- do I just type in here? OK.
Cindy Wislofsky: Yeah, in the search box go ahead and type. And you can either click on the visual and then insert or click on the little plus by the image symbol I'll write from the list.
Cindy Wislofsky: Jody is getting fancy with her heart shape. That's great. And you can see it gives the students a little more creativity and freedom to design their side the way they want share and that looks beautiful. Shoreline Park. Caitlin likes the La Purisima Mission, that's where she got married. So we're learning a lot of information about people. Oh, Diana, great. Torrey Pine State Beach.
OK, you guys are doing great. Now if you notice Lola is very advanced. She knew how to change the background color of her slides. So you might teacher students about that. There's Mary in Sacramento. So we have a lot of information that we're gathering. Here's Miegen Downtown Pleasanton. OK, you guys are doing great. Oh, there's Alicia Mission Trails.
Sacramento is the city of trees. I'm not sure whose that is. So often we have to remind students to put their name on their slide just so we know this is who. Miranda. Good. OK. So now you notice when we make a slide presentation. You might have some blank slides, so no problem when everybody's finish, you just delete those slides. Which is very easy to click on the left and hit the Delete button. So then your slide show it becomes a typical slide show with no blank slides.
Yes, there's a lot of talk to people. Yeah. OK. I can see that you guys could spend hours doing this. Good job everybody. And it's the same with your students, I mean, you could do this together or it could be homework so that they could spend a little more time putting more information or pictures. Let's say Marianne, you had a question about the slides. You mean my slide or do you mean this slide show that we're doing? I'm not sure which one you mean.
While I think about it, I'll just go ahead and put my slide show in the chat. If anyone wants to grab that now, I can do that later, too. But I'll upload that file and that's my slide show for today. And I'll put it in later, too, but in case you want to grab that now. All right, so thank you everybody for participating in the Google Slide.
Now what are you going to do with this once you've made a slide show? So I'm sure you have ideas. But let's talk about your experience first. How was your experience? You can comment in the chat or put your microphone on or give us a reaction. Did you feel comfortable doing that? You think your students would enjoy doing that? Any feeling? Oh, Alisa. Hi, Alisa. So she said, as a level one ESL teacher, I would do this as a breakout room. It would be too much for most students to manage independently.
Both I and an aide would elicit the answers submitted by the students. Yeah, perfect. Everybody has a different situation. So great that you can figure out how it might be useful. Alicia, also, great activity, though, I like the idea of high tech student to help others. Yes. Absolutely. You always will have some students that are more advanced than others.
Ray, I think it's still Yana, you'll try it with your intermediate high students. Great. I'm going to do this tonight, how was that? Topic, favorite recipe. Oh, perfect. Oh, you guys have some great ideas. Yeah, the tricky part is setting it up that's right there. But once you do one, then you get the hang of it and it gets easier every time, of course. All right, so let's move on.
Now here's a sample that I did with my students. And like I said, I worked with beginners. So this is just a screenshot of their slides, and this I had done in the face-to-face setting. So I was able to demo for them on the big screen. But you could certainly do that remotely as well. So they each made one side of the place they like to visit in San Diego. And what we had to do then is narrate or read all the slides to practice speaking. So that's one thing you could do is to have them practice their speaking.
So what are some ideas to collaborate on presentations? Well, it could be something about their native countries or cities, what they miss, how to do or make something. Sometimes I've worked with individual groups-- you group up your students and they're going to make say six slides of how to do something, how to cook rice, how to plant something in the garden, something like that. Maybe surprises about living in the US, something about a new friend, or weekend activities, what did they do, what makes you happy or sad?
Two differences in the school systems between their country in the US. Depending on the level of your students, you can get as basic or as complex as you like that you're comfortable with. Carolyn has another question I see. For students to create their own slides, do they start from a shared class Google account. Well, I used to have a class Google account that we all share, but then Google kind of made it a little more difficult for that to happen anymore.
So it works out better if each student has their own account and if they have Gmail. That's their Google account so they can certainly start a slideshow, and that would be something you would have to demonstrate and model make directions for, et cetera. So yes, they would all need to have Gmail. So some of you might teach in a situation where you using Google Classroom. But if not, it makes things much, much easier if they all have their own Gmail account if you're going to have them start their own slideshow.
For my beginners, they did not need to have their own account because I always started the slideshow for them and they just participate. All right, so if you want to use the annotate, again, maybe you have some ideas that weren't mentioned. And if you want to add anything here besides project ideas, besides the ones that I mentioned, maybe you have something a topic that might be good. Somebody mentioned the recipe one and maybe have some other ideas.
I see Lola's question if they go and with the link they don't need to have an account. That's correct. Like today when you did it. When you don't have an account, it just looks like anonymous when people are adding to their slide. So Google just assigns an anonymous name for them. All right, so here's some idea showing up do a find someone who activity, who interview a partner and make a slideshow about that partner. Perfect. Students can work collaboratively in breakout rooms. Yes, the teacher could provide that. That's true.
Family members-- yeah, share issues with tech while kids are also and said, yeah. Perfect. All right. Just think about your situation and how you would like to make it work for them. It's says not working. The most important thing is to experiment and try something simple first and go from there.
Let's see. Here's another question from Marianne. How about copyrights for copying and pasting the pics from the website? Well, the images that you use right in Google Slides, those are allowed because they're coming from Google themselves. So those are all safe to use. If you're going to the website or just the general google.com to search for images, you want to be careful make sure they're allowed for use beyond.
The copyright laws are more stricter these days so you might want to go to sites like Pixabay or Unsplash. Yeah, thank you, Elizabeth. I like that too Pixabay. I use those in my slide presentation. No attribution is required Pixabay.com, for example. Some people like Unsplash or you can actually sort in Google under images and find resources that are allowed for modification or use without recognition.
Marianne, maybe you could change your chat because your comments are only going to me, maybe you could change it to everyone so everyone could see your nice comments and questions. Lola, maybe you can explain that meaning of your name or region.
Lola: Sorry. I have my students-- I have them pull up the meaning of their name the origin where did their name come from. I have them have like a link to Google Maps so people can open up the link. The characteristics of the name and do you live up to those characteristics. That's very interesting because your name kind of represents you, but do you actually know the meaning of your name, do you know where it came from. And so it's very interesting for the students to find out this information that they do love to share it.
Cindy Wislofsky: OK, great. That's a good idea. All right. So let's move on. We have a couple more activities to try and do. Now the next one is with Google Photos or Google Albums. And with that one, you do need a Google account to participate in that one. We don't need the numbers anymore. Oh, but I forgot to share some follow up assignment ideas maybe for speaking or listening.
That last one oral questioning, we've already talked about that. You share your screen and you have some comprehension check questions or you ask for further information. You can also have the students narrate. They could use their phone recorder, Google Voice, if you have a Google Voice phone your class. You could use Vocaroo, which you can instantly make a recording and upload it.
You can have students interview each other to get more information. I see your slide. What are two things you like about Balboa Park. Do you go alone or with other people? You might have a list of questions or they develop their own questions and then they report back in some way. There are, of course, many things to do. But maybe the easiest one is the recording on their phone. So easy.
You don't know that we'll have time for this. But if you use the audio recorder on your phone to read a few slides, you could summarize and share with me if you wanted. But I don't think we'll have time for that. I did one, just a sample one and maybe could you-- Places to visit in San Diego. Hal likes to visit Balboa Park. Chi likes to visit SeaWorld. And Fabrizio likes to visit the USS Midway.
OK. So they're just an example of how students could share with you. That was me doing a sample, but very easy. They can just record on their phone, they could read all of the slides, just their on slide five slides, whatever you want them to do. And then send it to you or if you have an LMS, there's probably a way they could post their audio so that you could give them feedback on their speaking. You can, again, develop some ideas for further lessons that need to be created to help them with their speaking abilities. But that's an easy one to do for a follow up.
So I already showed you this before, but this is in the slideshow about sharing is an editor for docs and slides so that everyone can add their information. You can also do the viewer or commenter if you wanted to use those options. Now with Google Photos, we're going to do right now. You need to have a Google account. So I'm going to share an album with you and you're going to select this little image with the plus on it, which means you want to add a photo. And so you can do that.
And then a follow up would be to comment on someone else's picture. So to do that, you click on the picture of your choice and then type in the comment box. And you could have your students just comment, or you can have them ask a question. Oh, where is this? What plan is that? Whatever it is. Have them use their questioning to add. So here it is. Here's the album that I'm going to share with you. And there's just one picture right now that I posted.
And you can see at the top, there's the plus photo up there to add a photo. Now for this activity, grab this and put it in the chat. But it could be that most of your students have their photos, where are they? Well, a lot of them-- it's on their phone. So I did make a QR code if you wanted to grab that with your phone if your phone is handy. So you could try it that way by adding a photo in that way.
Again, you'll probably have to sign in with your Google account. So if you don't recall that information, it would be harder to participate. So either grab the QR code with your phone or add a picture from your computer. So the topic is something you like to do in your free time copy of that, like, here's a picture of our pineapples that we were growing a couple of months ago.
So good, we're already getting some photos coming in. And you can see also in the photo the name of the person that posted, and that's because you had to use your Google account. So if I see Elizabeth and I click on hers, it looks like oregano maybe, I'm not sure. All right, great. Here's some more coming in. Mary, Jody, great. Great. There's Miranda. She likes to take a walk. Looks like Jody does some mosaic or of some sort. Mary also likes hiking.
Now with the photos, it helps to keep refreshing and then more will come up. Great. There's Dianna's to Maylands maybe, I'm not sure. Looks so good. Ellisa says has snow with her family. Here's Miegan at the beach. Clara is making a special bumblebee craft. Ruth traveling somewhere. OK. So you can see how you're gathering a picture. Oh, Elizabeth said that's [inaudible].
Oh, the comment wasn't showing up. Let's see. No, I don't see the comment either. Let me check on my phone.
Patricia: Carolyn said it's up on the bottom right-hand corner.
Cindy Wislofsky: Oh. OK. There it is. And also if you have it on your phone, you could probably see it differently on your phone. Yes, I can see the comments now. Oh, there's a butterfly. Oh, here's a department meeting from Lolita. Oh, great. OK. So you can see you could gather lots of pictures.
And then you can have your students asks questions of each other if you share this with your class. If you're in a Zoom meeting, you can have someone talk more about their picture and generate some more conversation. The idea, of course, is just to get to know someone. Get to know everybody a little more about their life. All right, so thank you, participants with that one.
All right, so let's move on to the last activity which is-- oh, first of all, how was your experience? Did you like the photos one? It's so wonderful to see photos, instead of just text all the time. So I really like that one. Did you feel comfortable doing that one? You can see that for the students to fully participate, they would need a Google account. So that could be a drawback if they don't all have that. Good. OK, AJ.
So with that, a question about explaining using the QR code. Well, the QR code just allows you to use a mobile device to read it through the camera on your phone. So because so many people have tons of photos on their phones, usually, that's where we would find the photos. So I like to use the QR code so that it's easier for the students to add their photos. If you have the QR code and then they and get right to the album from their phone and easily add their own pictures.
So it's just for ease of use and where the photos are located. So there are QR code generators that you can download onto your phone. They're free. I just have a free one I downloaded and I use that, or you can actually do it on your computer as well. So great. I'm seeing lots of good comments.
All right, thank you for the comments, everybody. All right, so let's move on in the slide show. Make sure you review this for how to share. You want to make sure in the album that you have all that collaborate and link sharing activated so that people can see and add to the album. So those are just the directions for that. Some ideas for albums you might want to make favorite food, favorite room in the house, two or three items with the favorite color in the same photo. You can have your students take photos.
Nature, a favorite pair of shoes, or some treasured item, maybe from their country, a family member's hand. I've also tried this one, that's popular. A very close up photo and students guess what it is. So they comment on each of the items. I see-- so Yana says, can you please show us how to generate your code? Well, I downloaded a QR code generator they're called onto my phone and then I use that.
Basically, you have your photo album and you have the URL of the photo album. So you just insert that in the QR generator and then it makes a code for you. And since I did it on my phone, then I uploaded the code to Google Drive. You can share it in some way so I uploaded it to Google Drive, and then I could put it into my slide presentation. OK, so hopefully that answers your question.
So let's do the last one while we have a few minutes left, and that's the Jamboard project. So we're going to share about a favorite holiday. So again, I'll put it in the chat. I'll show you first. It looks like this. Now, I wasn't sure where the participants would be from. So in Jamboard, you can make different frames. It's just like a digital bulletin board of some sort. But at the top here, you see where it says one of eight. So if you click the arrow, you're going to get to the other frames that I set up.
So this would be good for your students. You want to maybe have a few frames so that not all of the students are on the same frame because it'll get pretty crowded. You can have it by groups, group one, group two, group three, et cetera. Or I've divided this for you guys by area. So we've got Northern California on the first one, then Central California, then Southern California, maybe Western US, not in California, I'm not sure if anybody's not from California. Central US, Eastern US, outside the US.
When I set this up, we weren't sure where everybody would be from. But I think probably most of you are from California. So you'll be using the first three slides. So basically a favorite holiday and why. So I'll go to Southern California since that's where I'm right now. And on the left, you see some tools. The pen is very difficult to use. It's just like writing. So I recommend the sticky note. So the fourth one down is the sticky note.
So if you click on that, you can choose your color-- color choice. So OK, maybe I'll pick the green. And what's your favorite holiday? So maybe New Year's. And why? Oh, I love the hat. OK, whatever you want to put. And then you click Save and cancel it. And you can move it around where you like so they're not on top of each other. All right, does that make sense. So that's all you have to do.
And I will share this with you. You do not need an account. You'll just be able to get to the Jamboard and start typing. OK, go to the frame of your choice and add some information. And you could also notice that anybody can move any of the boxes around, like, I could move this one. If they're on top of each other, you might want to move them around.
Cindy Wislofsky: Yes.
Audience: I keep clicking on the link and then when I go to add something, it goes to the main-- your shared screen I can't get back to my version that I can enter something, and how do I do that?
Cindy Wislofsky: Let's see.
Audience: I click on the link and it pops up, and then when I go to enter something--
Cindy Wislofsky: Did you click on a sticky note?
Audience: OK. All right, now it's working. I'm sorry. Four times and it didn't, OK.
Cindy Wislofsky: OK. Practice makes perfect. OK, now you can see. Depending on the level of your students like here's an example Central California with very lengthy explanation, which is great. All your level of students are different. Yeah. You don't think anybody's not from California. Oh, Eastern US, who is that?
Clara: Sorry, that's me, Clara.
Cindy Wislofsky: Oh, where are you?
Clara: Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
Cindy Wislofsky: Oh, welcome, welcome. Nice to have you.
Clara: Nice to be here. Thank you.
Audience: Hi, Pittsburgh. I used to live in Pittsburgh.
Cindy Wislofsky: Nice. OK. So again, instant population. Oh, look, we've got pictures. Yeah, if you're adept with the pen, you can really make some nice pictures. You guys are so good, much better than I am. Oh, somebody likes President's Day, uh-huh. So one thing you could do with your students then with this activity is because it's anonymous, have them guess who do you think likes Halloween and who do you think like Eastern?
Or if you want to you have put their name on it and then you can ask some more questions. Or you could compile the information in some way. Oh, how many students said they liked Christmas, how many students that they like Thanksgiving? Or if each frame was for a different group, it could be some other activity that you want them to write about or explain in some way.
You can also have them add a picture, an image of themselves. Here's an example here. You can have them take a picture of themselves right from their camera, on their device and add it to the Jamboard. Anyway, there's a ton of possibilities, of course. All right, so thank you all for participating. And one student from Central California. Who is that from Central California? Can you identify yourself? Very secretive. OK, we're not sure who that is, but that's OK.
All right, thank you guys, love your coloring. We're adding images. All right, so great. You can see how this is kind of fun to make a Jamboard. It's nice how they can just post and you move them around. It's a different way to display information. All right, so we've got to move on and finish up here. How was your experience? Do you think that you might want to try that with your students?
Any of these activities besides the photos, the docs, the slides and the Jamboard you can access to your Google Drive account, which I recommend just using the Google Drive.
Patricia: Cindy, we have five minutes left.
Cindy Wislofsky: OK, thank you very much. Let me put the file back up in case anybody didn't grab it. All right, so let's just finish up. I do have some general pointers. You can look at this later, too. But make sure your modeling, modeling, modeling. You could do the live demo. You could make directions. You could do a video. Try and create meaningful follow up activities, clear expectations. Remember you can share files by student email rather than the links if you're more comfortable with that. If you're going synchronous, you want to refresh.
After you make your documentary slide presentation, you might want to change that so that no one else can edit if you're going back to use the form again. Or you can make it into a PDF and download it for your students. Like I said, I'd like to use the Google Drive account photos. You go to photos.google.com. Also, in the albums, you could have student share video. It doesn't have to be pictures. Students can download any photo, the free apps you can download.
Think about other Google programs like Sheets or Maps. And of course, have fun learning about each other. So things for you to think about, would you plan a project for your class? Think about which apps would you try at synchronously or asynchronously. Maybe you want to try it for homework to start with or try it live like we did. It's kind of fun to do it that way because you get instant information, then you can talk to your students about it. They can talk to each other. So thank you all for coming. Are there any final questions or comments?