Friday, August 13, 2021

How to Create a Random Question Generator

Earlier this week I shared directions for an icebreaker activity in which students complete the sentence, "where I'd like to go..." with a picture of themselves in front of a place they'd like to visit. That's a great activity, but it's not necessarily a quick activity. If you're looking for a quick icebreaker activity, having a random icebreaker question appear on the screen in the front of your classroom is one way to go. 

Flippity provides templates for creating all kinds of neat things with Google Sheets including a random name selector. I modified it a bit to create a random icebreaker question generator. The process for making that random question generator is demonstrated in this short video

Poetry, Maps, and Templates - Google Jamboard Activities to Try

This is an excerpt from the 2021-22 version of The Practical Ed Tech Handbook which will be released on Sunday evening (Eastern Time). If you're subscribed to my Practical Ed Tech Newsletter, a copy of the handbook will be sent to you on Sunday.  

Google’s Jamboard became wildly popular during the 2020-21 school year and that popularity doesn’t seem to be wavering as we head into the 2021-22 school year. Part of the reason for that popularity is the flexibility of Jamboard. Besides using it to create simple whiteboard sketches, it can also be used to create templates for activities like magnetic poetry and map identification. 

The process for using Jamboard to create mapping activities can be seen in this video. The process for making magnetic poetry activities can be seen here. Both processes can be modified to create almost any kind of template that you want to distribute to your students. Both videos are embedded below.

The process of distributing Jamboard templates is outlined in this video.

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