Looming through Google Tools

Lesson Context:

As we are living through the pandemic and students are completing work virtually, the difficulty of students sharing their own writing has increased. I’ve struggled thoroughly to view student work as we have created persuasive papers, fairy tale adaptions, and more. This mini lesson through Loom is meant to aid student’s in sharing their hard work when using Google Tools such as Google Docs and Google Slides.

Audience:

This video can help any new users of Google Tools.

Purpose:

To aid new users of Google Tools and teach them to share their work.

Notes:

  • Students may be better aided by having the specific email to use.
  • Sharing work across all Google Tools is the same.
  • A video like this may save you time if your students are using Google Tools, especially in the younger grades. You will have to remind student’s often to share their work and they will need reminding on how to do so.

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Reflejando sobre un inspirador

My screencast assignment is intended for a 3rd grade Spanish Immersion class. A screencast is helpful for this assignment because it provides these students who are learning a new language the opportunity to hear the instructions in Spanish. This also allows them to replay any parts of the instructions. It will be helpful for students to re-hear any unknown words and use the context of the other sentences to make meaning.

Activity:

  1. Watch the video to learn about the homework assignment. https://www.loom.com/share/df5429b2dc844ff791399b0aab595198
  2. Read ¡Tu Puedes! https://www.getepic.com/app/read/36973
  3. Complete the Jamboard: Is the protagonist an inspiration? Why, or why now? Use a sticky note to explain your thoughts, and place it under the correct column. https://jamboard.google.com/d/1nvNobNA-_BGTCDJiLf7nVsF8SY7c0M4ScDEUlbgo4bs/edit?usp=sharing

Materials

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How to Graph a Supply Curve

Lesson Context: This video is intended to supplement instruction during my students’ asynchronous class period. It is in the middle of a unit on Supply and Demand, and we just learned about the Law of Supply in the previous synchronous lesson.

Audience: The audience for this video is students in my 10th grade Economics class or anyone else who wants help learning Economics.

Purpose: The purpose of this video is to aid my students in understanding how to take information from a supply schedule and graph it to create a supply curve. This is intended to help them with their asynchronous assignment, which asks them to graph supply curves.

Using A Screencast: Recording a screencast of this process helps my students’ understanding of their assignment because to illustrates the step by step process they should follow. This is especially helpful during asynchronous classes where I am not there to help them in person.

 Video: How to Graph a Supply Curve

Desmos Activity Demonstration

For my activity, I used a screencast to demonstrate how to use a feature of Desmos that will be helpful for their activity. I showed how students can use a slider to see the effect that a constant value has on a given graph of f(x). I demonstrated the effect that c, a constant, has on a graph of f(x) = c x2. I showed how once a constant is used in an f(x) function in Desmos, there is an option to add a slider for c.

Once the students have watched the demo, I would ask them to do the same for the functions, f(x) = a + b x + c x2. I would ask them to describe the effect of a, b, and c as they become greater, smaller, and negative. I would also ask them to look at f(x) = sin(a x) vs f(x) = b sinx and compare the effect of a vs. b.

This screencast helps students understand how to use this feature in Desmos if they do not yet know how to use it. The activity goal is for student be able to understand visually the effect that constant have on the f(x) functions they have been looking at.

Addition Lesson

Audience: Kindergarteners

Lesson Context & Purpose:

This mini-lesson would be included in a math lesson that talks about different ways and strategies to add single digit numbers, such as using your fingers, number lines, and the dot method.

How can screencast assist you with the lesson or communicate your goal?

Screencast allows easy access for teachers to give visuals in their lesson while also narrating. These videos are easily accessible, and could be sped up or slowed down, depending on the student’s skill level. Parents also have the accessibility to pull up these videos to give their child a refresher when practicing addition problems or finishing up their homework.

Solutions: How Basic Are They?

Previously, we learned about acids and bases (you can view the post HERE or be taken directly to my Google site by clicking HERE). One property is based on the pH value, where bases have a pH greater than 7 and acids have a pH less than 7. But how do we find the pH of an acidic solution? Or a basic one? Does acid/base strength matter? This lesson aims to answer all of these questions through the use of Loom screen-casting. Thus, this lesson is for chemistry students with a general understanding of acids, bases, and pH.

Directions to students:

  1. Watch the lesson videos on how to find the pH of an acidic/basic solution
  2. Download a copy of the Jamboard and complete the problems
  3. Check your responses by watching the corresponding videos for each question.
  4. If you still have questions, try watching the lesson video again. You can also review the Google site for more information on pH and acids and bases.

The Lessons: Watch these two videos. One covers how to find the pH for STRONG acids/bases and the other explains the process for WEAK acids/bases.

The Jamboard Activity: Click Here to View.

Here are the videos showing the correct process for each question from the Jamboard activity:

Why Loom ? Loom allows for easy recording. I can have any given document on my screen and viewers can watch as I interact with that document. Since it records whatever is on my screen, I can easily switch between documents (like a Jamboard activity and a whiteboard) to better relay information to students. Screen-casting is really useful for explaining the process behind a given chemistry problem. It can also be used as a study tool at a later date. Since the screen-casting provides a video, the content can easily be shared as well, which might be handy for parents.

Faire les courses à Monoprix

Instructions:
This activity is part of a lesson I am designing for my seventh grade class, which is currently working on a food unit. To add both practical application and an element of culture, students will explore the website for Monoprix (https://www.monoprix.fr/courses-en-ligne), a French grocery store similar to our Fred Meyer. The video above is an explanation of how students will navigate the site and do imaginary shopping for themselves. They will create a shopping list with the names of all of the items they wish to purchase (food, clothing, home goods), as well as the price. After they have completed the activity, students will be able to share their shopping lists with others, discuss new vocabulary, comment on cultural differences and costs, etc. This activity should be done entirely in French (as are the directions).

Goals:
-Students can navigate a [virtual] French grocery store to shop for necessities and desired products.
-Students can use their food vocabulary and context clues to successfully identify foods, clothing, home goods, etc.
-Students can gain experience with shopping in a French-speaking environment, anticipate costs relative to in the US, and understand associated cultural expectations.

Solving Two-step Equations

Hi 7th grade mathematicians! We learned how to solve two step equations today using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Remember that when we are solving for the variable you start with addition or subtraction and THEN you do multiplication or division.

Your assignment:

Create a copy of the Google Slides. Follow the directions below to fully complete the assignment. Make sure to watch the Loom videos to check your work.

Click here for your copy of the Google Slides assignment.

Part 1: On slide #2, Drag and drop the correct missing values to complete the steps in solving each two-step equation.

Part 2: On slide #3, SHOW ALL STEPS to solve each two-step equation. Then CHECK your work. *You can show your work on paper, a Jamboard, a whiteboard or whatever works best for you!

Check your work:

Watch this Loom video to check equations #1 and #2

Watch this Loom video to check equation #3

Watch this Loom video to check equation #4

Purpose & Other Uses:

These Loom videos allow for the students to see an answer key for each problem. Rather than just typing or writing the correct work the videos allow for the students to see each step on each problem. Because two-step equations have multiple steps to finding the correct answer, the Loom videos allow for students to see the steps and to rewind and pause if they missed a step on their work. You could also use Loom videos like this if you were doing a flipped classroom where you taught the students new content on asynchronous days and then did practice on synchronous days.

Are You My Mother?

I decided for my screencast I would read the story Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman which as a kid was one of my favorite books. The video can be used to have kids follow along with the book or even used in a online classroom since its a little difficult to read picture books online and make sure the kids can see the pictures. I would use this screencast for either a kindergarten or 1 st grade class to help teach them their phonics as well as learning how to read simple sentences. Below is the video and the slideshow of the book as well!


https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ml2jN5Bsh04ZMU77alDz_2_2agmzEGi31LdqwigyFaU/edit?usp=sharing

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