What about having them create a virtual tour for your incoming students? They can record and annotate throughout the school including areas outside.
I also like Glen's idea about virtual field trips - and you might find some ideas from visiting the archived Museums and Makers Webinars in Webinars and Events
One idea that might be worth considering is looking into the world of digital painting - there are so many tutorials Digital Painting 101 (1 of 5) intro — Ctrl+Paint - Digital Painting Simplified and such great capability (read: Photoshop Streaming on a Chromebook) that you might want to look into this as inspiration activities for your students.
Students might enjoy group reviewing of websites they have found useful for personal or school learning. As the group reviews, students curate individually those sites they enjoyed. There are many sites and apps for students to use for curation. One I couldn't remember in another discussion is Symbaloo.
For other curation apps and more, check out this discussion.
That last period of time in school is the environment we all WISH we had all year long- not teaching specifically for the testing period. Another suggestion is to develop a project with students to tackle a local issue. Suggestions and activities for projects about in the Idea Showcase!
Lastly, have students create QR codes for their favorite sites, along with a brief engaging and persuasive description. They then save the sites after using the QR codes! Interactive hallway!
One idea I would love to implement is having students create an App Slam! An App Slam is a short, high energy, creative way to show the features of your favorite app. This can be done in a variety of different ways, but
- they are short (1-3 minutes) in length,
- highlight the features of the app,
- demonstrate how to use, and
- end with the word SLAM.
Here is an example of two young ladies doing an app slam for Google Translate:
In a classroom, students can work together to create an App Slam and then they can present the App Slam to their peers. Several App Slams can go up against one another and students can then vote on their favorite App Slam. One way to do this is to set up tournament brackets using a site such as Bracket Generator.
I think this project would be engaging for students in between those testing dates and it empowers the learner to be creative in their delivery of the App Slam.
If the SLAM is done with multiple people and different apps, think it would also be fun to have students "vote" on their favorite. This could be done with a Google form the teacher is updating during the SLAM with voting happening at the end. I would use something like "which of these apps will help you the most in classes?" What prompt might you use for such voting?
Another easy polling place is inside Google + Communities
I use Communities for back channel discussions for a couple of reasons
1.There is a poll
2. It is secure - students must log in with real names
3. It is nested. Both I and other participants can individually respond to every participant
4. It is easy to attach, link, and insert with
The following is the url for a webmix of professionally made (not me) "How to" videos for technology. The webmix includes a video for Google + Communities.
I love this idea to spark creativity and I shared it with my libraries with makerspaces - Create a foldable home with cereal boxes Cereal Box to Foldable Doll's House DIY (perfect take along house) - Red Ted Art's Blog : Red Ted Art's Blog then have students create a script as groups and of course make movie shorts.
1. Hand-on creating
3. Moving making
Any other fun movie making ideas out there? Please share!
Our foods teacher shared an episode of Master Chef with her students. The episode focus was on Food Trucks. She then had her students create a 3D model of a food truck and cook one item they would "Sell" from the truck. I was asked to taste and give feedback on the student work. It was a tough assignment especially when given the Belgian Waffles .