As we are preparing to return to school remotely for at least the first quarter, I’m taking a fresh look at several resources that I use regularly in class to see how they might work in our current environment. I’ve had students maintain a spreadsheet of topics for the cultural comparison task before, but students either loved it or hated it. As a result, it’s been in the back of my mind to revamp it. I wanted to keep the positives and address the complaints and reservations that students had about the document. I also wanted to make stronger connections between the essential questions and the things we are learning in class. Finally, I wanted something that could be done remotely and still be organized and streamlined.
Enter one of my favorite productivity and design sites: SlidesMania. SlidesMania offers dozens of free templates for PowerPoint and Google Slides, including interactive slide decks that allow me to edit rather than start from scratch. It is a total gold mine! Using one of their templates, I created a digital notebook for AP to bring this whole project together. You can check it out here. As always feedback is helpful, especially before I roll it out to classes in a couple weeks.