Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Creating Choice Boards

Remote learning brings with it lots of challenges including how to get content to students in an easy format and on one platform if possible. When I started creating choice boards it was simply to give students choice, but with the new learning landscape that we are all in, they've helped to solve other problems- getting info out that:

  • is in an easy to use format 
  • provides easy to access links to multiple resources 
  • parents can easily help their child with AND...
  • located on one platform (Seesaw for our K-5 kiddos)

If you're looking to find a way to conquer any or all of the issues above, you may want to try creating one! It's easier than you may think! The video below will walk you through the basics so you'll be able to confidently create your own that can align with your grade level content.

Want to see a few examples? Click here or here to see two different ones that I created. Feel free to download and use if you'd like. 


Have fun!!

21 comments:

  1. Thank you for this tutorial! It was extremely helpful and not overwhelming at all.

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  2. This is fantastic! Thank you so much for your instruction.

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  3. This is FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  4. I love your choice boards and I am working on one for my students. I created it in ppt since that's just what I use. When I convert it to pdf the links are no longer active. I inserted a couple of bit.ly links and those are active but not the others too websites. What might be happening? Or do I need to just recreate it in google docs? Thanks for your help!

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    1. If some links are working and some are not, it seems to me that PowerPoint should be fine. I would be back and make sure your links are correct to start. If that doesn't help, I'd try converting them to a bit.ly or a tiny.url and see if that makes a difference since the others you formatted that way are working. Hope that gets you back on track

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  5. Thank you so much!!!!!!! Very very helpful!

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  6. Sara, Thanks for sharing! I just had a quick question about Bookflix - how did you link that in Seesaw? When they click on that site does it go directly to Bookflix or do I have to have my students access this through google classroom? Thanks for your help!

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    1. It takes our kids to the login page, however, since it is a subscription site, they do need to put our school username and password in. Not sure if BookFlix has opened up for all in light of remote learning or not.

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  7. This is really helpful, thanks! Two questions: 1. Can you link to a seesaw activity or only to a website? 2. Is there any way to link to sounds other than YouTube? Thanks!

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    1. Glad you found it helpful! You are unable to link directly to a Seesaw activity as they do not have links until after a student completes the activity. The link that is given is for teacher to teacher sharing. You should be able to link to any site that has a link. If you have something to link to that is not on the web, you can link to items that you may have saved into your Google Drive, etc. Just be sure that you have your sharing settings open for the appropriate audience to view.

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  8. Hello,
    Do you know if this will work in a similar way on ClassDojo? Thank you. Ruth

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    1. Sorry, I haven't been a Class Dojo user since switching to Seesaw so I'm not able to answer that.

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  9. Awesome - thank you. On your Dr Seus one you had Padlet and Flipgrid links - did you just copy the url directly or did your students need additional passcodes etc to access these tools too?

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  10. Hi! Thank you for your great instructions. Right now all of our families would only be accessing Seesaw as a parent - to view at home what we have been up to in the classroom. What process do I follow to give the students the opportunity to log in at home? Is it the Seesaw student app the families should download? And then send them the QR code to access? Thanks fo any help you can provide.

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  11. Hello, I'm having trouble posting a comment...this is a test.

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    1. Sorry... due to spam issues, all comments need to be approved before they post. I do my best to get on every couple of days.

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  12. I love the choice board activity. I am struggling with how to get the icon image of each website. I have a mac pro. How do I get the image of each websites icon to insert into the choice board? Thank you for your help!

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    1. I save my images to my Desktop and then click Insert>Image to add it into the document. Hope that helps. :-)

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  13. Sara when I do the page setup part in the beginning the entire page turns the color I select. Your board only has the color on the edges? Also your lines between blocks is thicker can you explain how to change that? Thanks so much

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  14. HI there! Yes, sorry about that. If you select the entire table, you can fill the background with whatever color you would like by going to the paint bucket (fill tool) in the tool bar and you can choose your color. You can even do each individual cell in a different color if you'd like. To adjust the line thickness, again, highlight the whole table and then 2 buttons to the right of the paint buckets you'll find an image with three lines, when you hover over it, it will say border weight. Click to choose the thickness you want. Hope that gets you rolling again :-)

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