Get Your Students Drawing Their Learning #antiworksheet

downloadby Sara Brosious, Downingtown East Instructional Coach

Google Drawing an impactful tool tucked away in the list of your GSuite products.  The collaborative drawing board is a space that students can create visual representations of learning.  The web-based graphic editor is a powerful tool that is simple enough for students to realize their graphic design potential.  And as with all things Google, the product is easily stored in the Google Drive, shares with co-collaborators, and integrates effortlessly with the other GSuite tools.

So let’s talk about EdTech integration with Google Drawing.  Here are 5 ideas that you could test out tomorrow using Google Drive:

  1. Graphic organizers
  2. Collaborative Post Its
  3. Visual Notes / Sketchnotes
  4. Annotations of screenshots
  5. Infographic Creator

For an extra layer of fun…students could screencast over the final Google draw product.

Ask your instructional coach for other implementation ideas!


Replace a Vocabulary Worksheet With Other Fun Activities #antiworksheet


by Jackie Longan, DASD K-5 Instructional Coach 

Time to study vocabulary for the upcoming test?  Instead of making flashcards or answering a matching/fill-in-the-blank/multiple choice worksheet to practice, why not try some of these engaging, hands-on alternatives?


  • Charades:  What fun it would be to see our students and classmates acting out the meaning of photosynthesis, or teams showing parallel and perpendicular lines!
  • Name That Tune:  Have students create original songs based on the definition of words.  Content, poetry, and music all in one!
  • Pictionary: form teams and have students take turns drawing pictures of the definitions of words.
  • Skit or Dialogue:  Using as many vocabulary words as possible, have groups create original skits.  
  • Real-World Experience:  Ask yourself if the vocabulary could better be taught/reviewed with a real-world experience, or a virtual experience!  Making authentic connections helps students solidify the understanding of the words, and will encourage them to make associations with other words and information.


The extension possibilities with all of these ideas are endless, and many of the resources suggested in previous Downingtown Tech Chat posts are a great place to start!



by Nicole Stulak, DASD K-5 Instructional Coach

Google Forms are most notably used for collecting survey information. However, there is a lot of power in the branching or “go to” feature which sends students to different questions, or pages of information, based on how they respond to each question.

The branching feature offers differentiation and a creative way for students to demonstrate and apply their understanding of a concept, lesson or unit of study.

One of my favorite ways to use Google Forms in the classroom is for students to create or complete an interactive Choose Your Own Adventure story. Bill Selak, from All That is EduAwesome, shared an example of how secondary students can Take A Trip to California and explore the state’s regions using Google Forms. Another example comes from Erin Klein, from ERINtegration, who used Google Forms to help students review multi-step math concepts. She created Pick A Path Math where elementary students read a story and make selections that change the outcome of their adventure while solving math problems that are integrated into the plot. Finally, Kasey Bell, from Shake Up Learning, wrote a fantastic blog post about Digital Differentiation with Google Forms that is definitely worth a read!

To learn more about how to create interactive Google Forms that offer differentiation, immediate feedback, active learning and built-in student engagement, contact your Instructional Coach to schedule a collaborative meeting.


Make a Vocabulary Game for Your Students #antiworksheet

vocab generatorby Kristie Burk, DASD Coordinator of Cyber and Blended Learning

Thank you to Dawn Hand, Downingtown East English teacher, for sharing this great antiworksheet resource to generate online vocabulary games.  Although it was originally developed as a tool for ELL teachers, it can help increase student engagement in any class. The tools are very user-friendly — you can make your games in just a few minutes!


by Nicole Stulak, DASD Elementary Instructional Coach

Instead of handing out a worksheet, an exit ticket paper or even a post-it note, try Padlet. Padlet is an easy way to have your students demonstrate and their understanding of key concepts and utilize 21st century skills.

Padlet is a web-based tool, and FREE app, which allows students to use text, video, photos and weblinks to contribute to collaborative “boards.” Teachers can design a question or post notes to the Padlet board for students to respond to. The Padlet board can be accessed by an auto-generated QR Code or custom URL.

In addition to its existing options, Padlet now has voting and grading features, that propels Padlet to be an all-encompassing, formative assessment tool. Richard Byrne from Free Technology for Teachers, has great resources and videos about Padlet to help you get started.

Take a look at this article from Matt Miller, 20 Useful Ways to Use Padlet in Class Now, to learn how you can use Padlet instead of a worksheet!

Have your students create an infographic to synthesize material #antiworksheet

by Khristina Hunt, Downingtown West Instructional Coach

Instead of having your students complete a worksheet, ask them to do research, synthesize multiple sources, summarize, and represent data visually in an infographic. 

For example, here is an infographic that gives the history of education. Notice how the use of visual images helps you to process the information.

Check out these options for creating an infographic below…

Canva makes it easy to create beautiful infographics

It is free and very easy to use!

  • Large library of clip art and photographs, or upload your own images
  • Download as PDF and PNG files
  • Collaborate with others

Video demo:


Infogram is an easy tool for making charts and infographics.

Video demo:


Piktochart also allows students to create and personalize their infographics:

Video demo:

If you’d like to learn more ways to utilize this platform or for more assistance, please contact your instructional coach.


Ask Students to Design Their Own Website #antiworksheet

by Kristie Burk, DASD Coordinator of Cyber and Blended Learning

If you want students to synthesize their learning and develop an important 21st-century skill, ask them to design their own website using Google Sites.  Google Sites is collaborative, so a group of students can also work on a website together.  Because Google Sites is intuitive and works similarly to other Google apps, students can spend more time focusing on the content of their sites and less time on learning how to design them.

Here is a great 8-minute tutorial on Google Sites.  Watch as Mr. Perreault walks some young students through a creation of a website.