Sunday, March 6, 2022

Five Ways to Create Online Drag-and-Drop Activities

Last week I wrote about TeacherMade's new drag-and-drop online activity creation tool. It's a nice tool for turning documents into online sorting and matching activities for your students. Of course, there are other ways to create online drag-and-drop activities for your students to complete. I've written about a handful of them over the last couple of years. Those are highlighted below.

Google Drawings
I've created drag-and-drop activities for geography lessons by using Google Drawings. To do that I put a map in Google Drawings then created a bank of labels that students drag onto the map. I share the activity in Google Classroom with the "make a copy for each student" option so that students aren't affecting each others' work. Watch this video to see the whole process.



Google Jamboard
A couple of years ago a reader named Chuck asked me for suggestions on how to create a virtual philosophical chairs activity. My suggestion was to try using Google Jamboard. The idea is to have students move their avatars around the Jamboard to indicate their positions on a given discussion topic. Here's a video explanation of how the activity works.



Wizer.Me
Wizer.me is a tool that I've used periodically over the last half-dozen years. In Wizer you can create online worksheet activities that include drag-and-drop activities. This tutorial is a little bit dated now, but it gives you an idea of what's possible in Wizer.

TinyTap
I recently wrote a lengthy post about using TinyTap to create online puzzle games for students. Those puzzles are all solved through the use of drag-and-drop. Watch this video to learn more.



TeacherMade
TeacherMade's latest feature lets you create drag-and-drop activities based on your existing PDFs and Word docs. Read my full post about it here or watch the tutorial video as embedded below.



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How to Make Your Own Wordle-style Game

I've yet to play Wordle and by the time I do the fad will probably be over. That said, I know a lot of people enjoy the game and are looking for ways to bring it into their classrooms. If that describes you, this blog post is for you. 

Flippity.net offers more than two dozen templates for creating all kinds of online activities including a Wordle-style game called WordMaster. You can see a live demo of a WordMaster game right here. The template for creating the game is available here and is very easy to use. All you need to do is enter a list of five-letter words and Flippity will handle the rest. Your game will be assigned its own URL that you can share with your students via Google Classroom, via QR code, via email, or any other means that you typically use to share resources with your students. 

In the following short video I demonstrate how to create a Wordle-style game with Flippity's WordMaster template. 

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Games, NASA, and Timelines - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where I'm solo parenting for the first time in a few years. Wish me and my kids luck! I think we'll do just fine. We have ski lessons, sledding, and eating pizza on our list of fun things for the weekend. I hope you have a list of fun things for your weekend too. 

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PowerPoint Cameo Looks Cool and Could be Useful

On the heels of yesterday's post about making better Zoom presentations here's another post about a tool that could improve your online presentations. Microsoft recently added a new feature to PowerPoint. That feature is called Cameo. 

Cameo is a PowerPoint feature that lets you import a live stream of your webcam into your slides. In other words as your slides are presented your webcam feed appears in the slides. You can position the feed to appear anywhere on your slides. You can even put the feed inside a little frame or outline in your slides. 

Cameo is a feature that is currently only available to those who are Microsoft Office Insiders. I am not one so I've only seen the feature demonstrated by Mike Tholfsen who explains it more in this short video



Applications for Education
I can see this feature being a nice alternative to having your webcam feed displayed next to your slides. It makes for more streamlined look and puts more focus on the slides and a bit less on the speaker.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Library of Congress Resources About Ukraine

Over the last couple of weeks I've received quite a few requests for resources for teaching and learning about the Russia/ Ukraine conflict. In response to those requests I've been directing people to Larry Ferlazzo's frequently updated list of resources. Today, I found one resource that isn't on Larry's list, yet. That is the a list of resources compiled by the Library of Congress

In the LOC's list of resources about Ukraine you will find historical maps including this one that appears to be the first time Ukraine was used to describe the region. In the list you will also find links to resources from the Congressional Research Service and overviews of Library of Congress collections about Ukraine

By following tags and links through the digital archives of the Library of Congress you can find additional resources about Ukraine. That's how I found the map that I used as the feature image for this blog post. I viewed this map then scrolled down to find the tag Ukraine then on the next page clicked the map tag to find a list of 33 related maps. Take a look at my GIF below for those steps. 



Map Image Source: United States Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2005626464/