Holiday Writing Activity

Are you interested in something different that will add a little life to your student’s writing?

Whether your students are writing a story,  a poem or lyrics to a song have them jazz it up by making the text twinkle like Christmas lights. This activity is suited for students (and teachers) familiar with Google Docs and Google Slides.  It’s sure to capture their attention all the while encouraging students to write.  Check out my example of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Students begin by writing their story or poem in a Google Doc and add the Rainbow Maker add-on for changing the text color.  They’ll use Google Slides for creating the animated story.

Scroll to Activity #6 from the link titled
Template and Activity courtesy of Eric Curts, Google Expert
Other activities include Emoji Rebus Stories, Pixel Art Ornaments, Holiday Greeting Cards, Magnetic Poetry, and Build a Snowman.

Mark It Up With Kami

How can I get students to edit a pdf file?

To truly edit a PDF file, you need a program like Adobe Acrobat, however, if you are ok with edits being made over the top of a PDF, then Kami is for you!

Kami is a Google extension that gives users the ability to mark up a PDF file with text, underlines, strikethroughs, drawings, basic shapes and lines, and even leave comments to the side.  This tool would be a valuable addition to the Chromebook to use in conjunction with Schoology.

Go to the Chrome Web Store and search for PDF Markup. Install the Kami extension and you are in business.  Kami is also available as an app. Please note that XODO is also a pdf markup tool. I have looked at both and prefer Kami because saving was easier, however, the choice would be your own. One thing that XODO has that Kami didn’t have was the ability to apply a signature.

Memes With a Purpose

Have you ever thought about using memes as a fun and creative tool in education?

Memes are everywhere… in educational games, social media, and in advertising.  Most often, memes portrait a sense of humor that fits right in line with the image chosen.  Memes are pictures with text imposed to relay a message. Examples of how you could have your students create memes with a purpose are:

  • quote a person in history
  • define a vocabulary word
  • explain a science fact
  • prove a math concept
  • redesign a book cover
  • create a word wall
  • tie it into a QR code activity

Memes can be made in many ways such as with Word and Google Docs/Drawings or you can use websites like or  Having students create their own memes allows them to show what they have learned and how they chose to communicate their ideas.


Mystery Animal in 20 Questions

Mystery Animal is a new spin on the classic 20-questions game. The computer pretends to be an animal and you have to guess what it is using your voice. Ask any yes-or-no question you want, like “Do you have feathers?” or “Do you sleep at night?” Play it on a Google Home by saying “Hey Google, talk to Mystery Animal,” or try it on your PC or laptop with access to the microphone.