proofs, Solving Equations, technology

Drag & Drop with Google Slides & Draw

When we got our iPads, I wanted some interactive activities for my students.  Using Pages, I created my first drag & drop activity.  When we transitioned to Chrome, I also transitioned my platform.  I started using Google Draw.  I created one page proofs for students to practice with, taken from a paper activity I used year after year.

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Once I figured out how to force a copy for slides (now Classroom does it for me!) I started making multiple practice pages with slides. Now I have a huge selection of activities that I use with all of my classes.  I’ve shared some below.

Geometry Proofs (see above)

Performance Event

Solving Equations

Protractor Practice

Writing Linear Equations

Students love using these activities, especially the Solving Equations & Writing Equations when they can work at their own pace.  I used both of these as remediation for standards students were stuck on.  It was a success!  I hope you find some inspiration with these and begin making some of your own.  Please share if you do!

3 thoughts on “Drag & Drop with Google Slides & Draw”

  1. Can you please tell me how you made the interactive slides. I made one but my students can’t move the pieces. Thank you

    1. You can’t use the slide deck in present mode. You also must give each student their own copy of the slide so they can edit. These are the two most common reasons students can’t slide the elements.

  2. THESE ARE WONDERFUL, Mandi. They’re like a worked example variation of math reps. Also, I seldom see so much ‘languaging’ in math (my terminology). I used to do activities called WORDS FIRST for which I’d give my students ‘scripts’ . The idea was that they’d have to say the steps required to solve a question without using any numbers. When they could do that, they ‘owned’ the learning. This was especially effective with students who had a history of struggling in math. In their desperation to do something — anything — these kids can become so focussed on the numbers that they seem to almost shut off their language processing neural networks. Hence the title ‘words first’.

    Finally, to create interleaved practice, one could compile say 4 slides from different topics into a class opening quiz. Day 1 — do the quiz (out of 5 marks) Day 2 — work on corrections until they’re right (15 marks but only when 100% done).No matter how many or how few errors had to be fixed, the completion marks awarded were the same. (reward for getting all quiz questions right? An automatic 15 plus more time to work on higher level skills.) Starting class with a short quiz was also a way to get kids who wanted to be anywhere but in math to hustle to class. I’d have the quiz up on the overhead (olden days) and give 10 minutes (also gave me time to take attendance,
    & a way to have the class focussed when I was ready to begin.). They could squeeze a little extra time by getting into class early. If they came late they lost the time, got a lower score out of 5, & had to work harder for the 15. It was a bit of old school hocus pocus but it worked.

    Your copied Ggle Drawings files even work on my ipad which is very unusual.

    I hope you don’t mind if I share them.

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