I appreciate following Rebecca Blouwollf @MmeBlouwollf and Joshua Cabral @WLClassroom on Twitter. Recently, they have both given examples on how to use Jamboard, so I took notice. Rebecca tweeted about supporting Interpersonal Speaking by having students agree and disagree with statements. Joshua tweeted about two activities where students add personal information to a board.
These ideas helped further my thinking. In my current unit for novice students, I was missing the part where students take phrases and combine them into sentences. Manipulating stickies on Jamboard seemed like the perfect answer. This is a first step to eventually talking with their classmates about activities that they do every day. I ask students to form sentences that describe their activities. Coach them to delete stickies they don’t need and to add in new ones with their own phrases.
To build their language skills further I then devised a way for students to order sentences before they write about the activities of their routine.
In this current unit students also speak about the times of the day they do different activities. I have been stumped about how to give my students practice telling time in an engaging way. So, I came up with the idea to use Jamboard as a game that would encourage practice. I made a Snakes and Ladders game board and added pawns the students will move around the board. Students read the time on a Quizlet flashcard and if they get it right roll the die to move around the board.
Have one student run the flashcards on their device and the other represents both themselves and their opponent by operating the die and moving the pieces on the game board.
You can make copies of my Jamboards to use right away with your students. Then, you only have to share them on Google Classroom as assignments giving each student their own copy.
My message to all teachers as we teach our last few days before break, we are all better for the new tricks we have learned during remote and hybrid teaching. Please remember to share your strategies with those in your network and to leave a comment here if any of these ideas might work for you!