| Entry Point | Knowledge Harvest | New! | Step 2: Creating Avatars | Step 3: Brainstorm and First Steps | Step 4: Looking for Pictures | Step 5: Creating Word and Phrase Clouds | Step 6: Creating a Word Search | Step 8 The Final Hangout and Sharing the Projects

Entry Point

You will be working in groups for this project. Your groups will be made up of 3-4 students in total including students from the other school(s).
The project will be done by creating a Google Presentation about a typical day in your lives. The presentation will include text as well as pictures that represent important ideas you are to include. It is very important that you are careful not to include information that is very personal, including photos, as these presentations will be posted online when they are done. Please see the teacher example and student outline below.

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New Lesson Templates!

Knowledge Harvest

Pair and Share

What do you know about Brazil and the United States? What might the students in Brazil and the United States know about El Salvador?
Use the KWL chart your teacher has shared with you either through Google Drive or Google classroom, to record your ideas with your partner.

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Fill in this form with your ideas for the Google Hangout Web Conference.
(It will be turned off until needed.)

Step 2: Creating Avatars

1. Create a new folder titled "Collaborative" in the appropriate Google Drive folder. You will save all images for this project in this folder.
2. You'll want to create an avatar to represent yourselves.
3. You'll want to download or take a screenshot of your avatar.
4. Save your Avatar to your Collaboration Folder in your Pictures Folder.
5. Add your Avatar to your title screen of your Google Presentation.

Choose from the following sites below to create an avatar.
Face Your Manga You can have your avatar sent to you or take a screen shot of it.
Voki - Take a screen shot of a your voki and save it to your Collaborative Folder.
Build your wild self Create a complete wildlife version of yourself
DoppelMe Create a complete avatar.
Mini-mizer Make your avatar into a plastic-lego type character.
Iconmaker Portrait Icon Maker
Illustrationmaker Create a complete avatar.
Avatarmaker Create a portrait or head shot of an avatar.
Moeruavatar Create a complete avatar.

Step 3: Brainstorm and First Steps

15. Go to your Google Classroom or Google Drive and click on the template link your teacher has shared with you. Take a look at the information they have added so far. Think about your own lives, and discuss as a group. Begin adding pictures and/text that represents your ideas.

*Remember that the content you add should represent the different members of your group. You do not have to agree on everything. It is important that each individual's ideas and viewpoints are represented here.

Step 4: Looking for Pictures

During the project you will need to use pictures that represent the ideas you are trying to express. You should look for pictures that are licensed for reuse and possibly for modification as well. There are different ways to find these sorts of pictures.

1. Flickr CC
Flickr is a good starting place for pictures that are licensed under Creative Commons for reuse.

Click on the link to the photo to see a large version as well as double check the license which is at the bottom right of the image.

You will see that the Some Rights Reserved Warning is hyperlinked. Click on it.
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Read the license to see what you can and cannot do with the image.
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2. **Creative Commons Search**
This site allows you to easily search for pictures, videos and music online which are licensed under Creative Commons.

3. **Google Advanced Search**
Using Google Advanced Search you can narrow down your search and decide which license type to look for.

Step 5: Creating Word and Phrase Clouds

There are different websites that will allow you to create a word cloud. Wordle is one of them that is easy to use and gives you lots of options to customise your work.
Below is an example of one that was done for this project. Click on the smaller version to see the original.
      • Use Firefox not Chrome for the Wordle work and make sure you copy your text to the clipboard before clicking the GO button.

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While you are creating your Wordle, you can modify the colour schemes, layout and font.

When you are finished you can take download the image or take a screen-shot of your work either using shift/command/4 on a Mac or Snipping Tool on Windows. Insert your picture file into the presentation.


Step 6: Creating a Word Search

Go to Discovery Education and add your keywords to the box.

Then Click on Create Puzzle to generate your word search.

Another great site for generating word searches is AtoZTeacherStuff
It allows you to really customise your puzzle. Just fill in the information and create the puzzle.

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Step 7
Add any remaining items to enhance your section of each slide. Use the outline in the Student Template at the top of this page.

Step 8 The Final Hangout and Sharing the Projects

Your projects will be shared online and with the world. We will also take part in one final Google Hangout with our partner school(s).

Please use this Google Form to prepare. (It will be turned off until it is needed.)