Category: Technology

Temper Tantrum Jamboard

Let me introduce you to a fairly new app that is part of the Google Suite called Jamboards! This is a free interactive whiteboard that students can create projects with or your can create activities or games for students to complete individually or as a class. The possibilities are endless. The Temper Tantrum Jamboard is just one of many examples of how I used this app while teaching in both in-person and hybrid/remote settings. I hope this inspires you to get the app and give it a try!

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5 Clue Challenge

Engaging students while being digital only can be tricky! One activity that my students enjoyed was the “5 Clue Challenge”. It is super easy to implement and it does engage students in a variety of ways. The beauty of it, as always, is that it can be used in both the traditional and remote classroom settings!

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Charcuterie Board Virtual Challenge

Charcuterie boards seem to be all the rage, trending as a creative way to display everything from appetizers to desserts! With the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, I thought it would be a great time to introduce this concept and the Charcuterie Board Virtual Challenge to my students. Because of teaching in a hybrid setting, I made this a virtual activity and can’t wait to see what my students create! So, I will leave you with the same question I will my students, “What’s on your board?”

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New Parenting Styles: An Iron Chef Lesson

Once my students wrapped their brains around the Eduprotocol Iron Chef Jigsaw Challenge, it’s a teaching strategy they enjoy participating in. Why? Because it’s engaging, competitive and focused! It’s a great way to put the learning and presentation of materials in the hands of your students! The “New Parenting Styles: An Iron Chef Lesson” does just that and more! Read on to learn how and give it a try…you might be surprised at the results!

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Virtual Holiday Activities

Remote learning making it difficult to do your normal hands-on holiday activities? In researching alternate ways to do some of my assignments, I have either happened upon or created some of the below activities. I hope they help you incorporate some holiday fun even if it has to happen virtually! Enjoy!

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Foodborne Illnesses: Digital Interactive Notebook

A huge “thank you” goes out to Barbara Scully for sharing this IMPRESSIVE Foodborne Illnesses: Digital Interactive Notebook! The resource is chock-full of information, resources, and activities for asynchronous teaching. Regardless of how you are teaching this year, this Foodborne Illness: Digital Notebook is a great way to have students investigate and apply what they know!

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Erikson’s Theory of Development

Erik Erikson’s theory of development is one my students have always enjoyed learning about, and pre-COVID was taught in a more hands-on way. Since many of us may be teaching with both students in the actual classroom as well as those taking the class virtually, in real time, I’ve updated my lesson to Erikson’s Theory of Development to incorporate Iron Chef & Instagram activities, making it more tech friendly and usable in both teaching worlds!

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“UnBoxing” Video Topics for the FACS Content

I recently watched an episode of Adobe for Education and Matt Miller author of Ditch that Textbook (affiliate link) was on as a special guest. This episode focused on being creative while teaching remotely. His advice was to think outside the box, provide a fun twist when asking students to recall or share what they’ve learned about a particular topic. He suggested students share what they’ve learned in an unboxing video! How creative is that! My wheels started turning and I thought of so many ways that this could be used in our content. So join me, if you will, as I share “Unboxing Video Topics for the FACS Content! As always, if you have other ideas or you develop a specific project or assignment, please share and I will add them to the list!

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Whole Grains: Group Assignment using Google Forms & Zoom

I had the privilege of meeting Darci Friberg in person, last summer while presenting at the Missouri FACS Conference! Darci uses a lot of technology when teaching her students and she shared back with me a way to take a traditional group activity and turn it into a digital activity using Google Forms and Zoom breakout rooms. The whole grain group assignment using Google Forms & Zoom is an alternate way to complete the original group assignment in the Whole Grains lesson in case your school is going virtual or blended with teaching in the future.

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Cross Stitch Unit

During COVID-19, April Dull of Pennsylvania presented a webinar: “Using Canva to Inspire Students to Think and Express Themselves Creatively”. After participating in her presentation where the cross stitch unit was introduced, I knew I had to feature April on the website! Read on to see how a cross stitch unit was taught virtually to her students. While this unit was taught E-learning style, it can be used within a traditional or blended classroom.

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