Thursday, June 30, 2016

FREE Google Digital Interactive Basic Geometry Figure Activity

In a previous blog post (here), I wrote about a review activity I had created for my students to cut and paste into their spiral interactive notebooks.  This summer I am taking many of my old "paper" versions and converting them into "digital" versions.

You can find this activity here for free.  Please let me know what you think and keep checking my blog and my TpT store for more!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Google Digital Interactive Geometry Files

Just before the end of school, I started thinking about this coming year as I do every year.  I get most of my inspiration from Pinterest and several blogs I read.  I happened to come across a TpT file by Jennifer Kimbrell @TechwithJen.  (You can buy that file here.)  She explains in the video in her file how to create interactive notebook files to be used in Google Slides.  I was hooked!!  I started searching for more files, only to find that there aren't many Geometry files out there, yet!  I came across and purchased another file on TpT by Danielle Knight @StudyAllKnight.  (That file can be purchased here.)

I, then, set about to convert some of my interactive (paper) notebook files into digital interactive files!
So far I have converted my Classifying Triangles and Triangle Congruences Sorting Activities.  I've also created 10 bellwork templates each with a different background for variety.  The file I'm the proudest of is the 13 units of interactive vocabulary.  In the downloadable preview, I give the list of vocab words by unit.  Every single vocab term has a text box where students can type the definition and some other interactivity, including circling items in a diagram, moving arrows to point to parts of a diagram, drag and drops and fill-in-the-blanks.

Click on the photos below to go to the TpT link to purchase.

Classifying Triangles Activity

Triangle Congruences Sorting Activity

Bellwork Templates


Advantages of the Google Digital Version

  • saves money for teachers and parents because there's no need for a spiral notebook, tape, glue, lots of colored paper or scissors.
  • saves time during class that students waste cutting and gluing.
  • there will not be any lost pieces all over the floor.
  • are more colorful.
  • uses technology.
  • students have access anywhere they have internet, even on their phones.
  • students won't lose the files because they are kept on their Google Drive rather than at the bottom of a backpack.
  • students can do and redo these activities because they aren't glued down after the first attempt, making it a learning activity AND a review activity.
  • easier for students to read their work because it doesn't involve their handwriting.
  • they are more fun!