Using G-Suite to Innovate Vocabulary Study

I’m sure if you’re reading this you’re an education geek like me! I just cannot get enough how to up my game in the classroom. One way to to do this is for you to harness the power of G-Suite for Education.  Google Classroom is a great app to start with because it works as an interactive platform for the other G-Suite apps. A new and exciting feature of Classroom is the ability for a teacher to assign different assignments to individual students or groups of students. This week I had my first foray into using this feature. My AP Psychology students were reviewing for a test. Their task was to create five-sided flashcards for the concepts in the unit. If you’re curious about the Five-Sided Flash card here’s a great article.

I wanted students working in their groups/families/teams so I assigned each group a set of Slides with the definitions.  (I needed to create a set of slides for each group. This was the most time consuming part of the prep.)  Once I had 7 sets for my 7 groups, I went about assigning students in their groups, posting the slideshow for each group. Then the real learning began!

Each group went to work dividing the concepts among themselves.  Then they got to work creating the five sided flashcards. Students were engaged and working the entire period.  I walked the classroom looking over shoulders, answering questions and clarifying examples. After class I was able to ‘flip’ through each slide deck to make comments and encourage critical thinking using the comments feature. Here’s a copy of the assignment slideshow. Feel free to make a copy and modify as needed.

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