I am NOT a big fan of using technology for technologies sake. Instead, I am a fan of infusing technology with sound pedagogy. If you have been on social media lately, you have read a lot about the Sketch and Tell strategy developed by Eduprotocols. I really love this protocol for several reasons!
First, sketching and telling can be used on any device and with almost any application. Some of the most popular applications are PearDeck, Google Slides, Google Drawings, PowerPoint, and Keynote.
Secondly, students have options for expressing their knowledge with different mediums, such as text, diagrams, and illustrations.
The Sketch and Tell Bumper Sticker
Vocabulary is an important aspect of learning in any classroom. Although it may sound like common sense, research has demonstrated that academic performance and vocabulary knowledge are linked. With this idea in mind, I developed the following template in Google Drawings for students to use different methods to define vocabulary.
How Does This Work?
The bumper sticker template contains two different tasks.
First, students need to create a bumper sticker containing the vocabulary term, slogan, and an image or illustration of their term. Much like a Frayer model, this provides students with different ways of sharing the meaning of the word.
Secondly, the "Tell Us..." section provides students with an opportunity to briefly explain why they chose to do what they did. Reflection is an important aspect of learning because it helps us make deeper connections with learning.
How Could I Make This Even More Accessible?
How can we design this in a way for more students to have access? Although students have the ability to draw and add text, have you ever considered adding an audio explanation option? You could easily download the template and upload it to a program like Seesaw or Classkick, where students can add an audio explanation of their idea.