Choice Boards for the Win!
Choice Boards aren't new, but they have become a life saver since education changed drastically last March due to Covid-19!
The current trend for a lot of the teachers I work with or follow through social media is to create digital Choice Boards so students can have some options in the activities they do from home based on a certain topic or subject area. Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning calls them Interactive Learning Menus, which gives you a better idea of the purpose. Check out some of her free templates here!
Video Tutorial - Quick version!
There are many beautiful templates our there for teachers to download for free to create their own Choice Boards. My favorites are from Paula at Slidesmania! You have to check out her resources if you are in search of some educational Google Slides or Powerpoint templates.
I created the video below to share with my teachers as a quick-start guide, so Ithought I'd write a quick blog post to share it with you too! I didn't want to get too geeky, because that's when we start losing track of the time (which we don't have a lot of these days)!
So here's a 10 minute video on how you can use Google Slides to create a clickable Choice Board to help students choose what activities they work through each week.
Free Slides Templates
In the video above, I created a weekly choice Board on the go, so it isn't overly complicated or pretty. It's an easy place to start if you've never created one before though! The second template is to help teachers incorporate writing remotely. Both of these templates are just a starting point, so have fun!
Resources to make you own!
Besides my favorites mentioned above, here are some more helpful links.
It really just depends on your purpose and how much time you want to spend creating Choice Boards/ Learning Menus. Have fun and remember to not stress yourself out by trying to make it Teachers Pay Teachers or Pinterest perfect! Remember, the purpose is to give your students choice and be able to differentiate whenever possible.
Happy creating and please tag me on your favorite social media platform with your creations!
I'm an Innovative Learning Coordinator in Berkeley County South Carolina and a Google Certified Trainer.