Students get to introduce themselves to their classmates through a digital presentation. This activity works well during the first few weeks of school, as students are getting to know one another. It teaches students basic technology skills, multimedia manipulation, and can be used to practice biographical writing. It also lets students experience the power of collaboration and communication within a busy whole-class presentation.
Begin by asking students to write a short autobiography. The length and complexity of this autobiography can be adjusted based on student ability.
You may want to provide students with a list of things to include (favorite color, place, food, animal, family member, etc.). Distribute a shared Google Presentation to the class and assign one slide to each student. Each student is responsible for adding their autobiography to their assigned slide, along with multimedia images representing a few of their favorite things. After students have finished, they can look at the slides created by their classmates and add comments and notes of encouragement.
Break up this assignment into several steps: writing, collecting multimedia, designing slides, and viewing and commenting on classmates’ work. Google Classroom is a great tool for spreading this assignment into multiple steps over several days and tracking student progress.
Use the research tool in Google Presentation to easily find and add multimedia.
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