Congratulations, you made it to the end of the school year!
After 180 days of instruction, it can be difficult to remember everything that you accomplished!
Before you dismiss your students for the last time, ask them to create a Google Slides portfolio to reflect on their year of learning:
- What was your favorite assignment?
- What’s one thing you learned this year?
- what is your favorite memory from the school year?
Students can compile answers to these questions in Google Slides along with photos of their favorite projects, their friends, and their favorite teacher!
The ability to add audio into Google Slides also allows students to capture short audio reflections which can be placed next to the text and images they selected.
This simple end-of-year Google Slides portfolio is a great project to share with parents and school administrators to show how students have grown throughout the year.
Here is an example created by my daughter Lillian. Click on the microphone icon to hear her project reflection.
How did COVID impact your school year?
The 2020-21 school year was unusually challenging due to the COVID pandemic. This portfolio project is an opportunity to have students reflect on this historical event:
- How did the pandemic change everyday life?
- What was it like to go to school virtually?
Student answers to these questions will serve as a historical record of this challenging period of history and will be a wonderful time-capsule they can share with their kids and grandkids in the future.
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I use Google Slides for this project.
Students begin by selecting a presentation template from Slides Carnival which has something for every personality!
Next, have students identify 3-5 of their favorite projects from the past year. Ask them to take photos, screenshots, or get links to these project and add them to the slide deck.
I like to ask students to record a short audio reflection for each project, explaining why they chose it and what they learned by completing this assignment.
Here are a few tools you can use to record short audio clips:
Tip: Keep the audio clips short so that they can be recorded in one take. Editing the audio adds a lot of complexity to this project!
When complete, these recordings must be uploaded to Google Drive. Once they are in Drive, you will be able to add them to the slide presentation by clicking on Insert > Audio.
The audio icon can be positioned anywhere on the slide. You might want to add a “click here to listen” label to encourage viewers to listen to the recording.
Share your project tips and links!
Did you use this lesson idea in your classroom? Leave a comment and let me know how it went.
If you can, leave a link to a student example!
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