Learning from slide decks
Slide decks are an often-used choice for online content for teachers who blend instruction. Using these resources that have already been teacher created is an efficient choice. Just asking students to review the deck, however, may not ensure that students learn as deeply as you need them to. Consider supplying one of the following strategies next time you ask students to review a slide deck to power up the learning.
Internal summaries in the comments
Every slide deck in Google slides has a notes section available if the slide deck is distributed to students as editors (use “make a copy for each student” in Google Classroom). Requiring students to summarize the content on each slide in the notes section gives them opportunities to summarize and make connections.
Sketch it out
After students review an entire deck, assign them the task of sketchnoting the key concepts. They can sketchnote on paper or digitally! Let them use autodraw.com as a canvas to simplify the drawing process or copy icons from the Noun Project (there are also Google Apps add-ons). After students have sketched, ask them to write a narrative of their sketch (or of a peer’s!) to further deepen their comprehension.
Supplying strategies along with online content to students not only ensures they cognitively engage with the text. It also helps them know themselves as learners. Eventually you may not find you need to scaffold the online learning as much once students learn how they learn and understand methods to capture their learning online.