Google drive- at first glance, it seems like maybe it’s just Microsoft Office in a cloud based format. Well, some of the tools are like Microsoft Office until you dig a little deeper. The thing about Google Drive is that you can go SO MUCH DEEPER.
The great thing about them being like Microsoft Office is that there is a shorter learning curve to getting started with the basics. However, Google, as usual, has made some really amazing upgrades. I’m working on becoming a Google Certified Educator and I have to be honest, I’m not sure that I could handle completing that if I wasn’t splitting my work hours between teaching and blogging/ writing. And a few years ago, I completed a MS degree in Adaptive Special Education, K-12 with 2 kids under the age of 3 at home. It’s THAT in-Depth.
So my philosophy on integrating technology and new teaching practices into the classroom is always to start small and build up as you feel comfortable. Do one thing until you feel like you have it mastered and then do one more thing until both of those things are mastered.
Don’t feel obligated to go “all-in” or you will feel burned out, tired and you won’t remember what “work-life balance” could possibly look like. I know this because I’ve been there. It’s not pretty.
I want to help so I created this fun Solar System Activity in Google Slides.
How cool is Google? This is just the beginning, my friends! I’m in love!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Outer Space Bingo // Playdough to Plato
Rocket Name Puzzle// Teach Me Mommy
Space Theme Sensory Bin // Pre-K Pages
Space Counting Mats: Addition and Subtraction // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Solar System Scavenger Hunt // Mom Inspired Life
Space Themed Matching Cards // Powerful Mothering
Outer Space Pattern Block Mats // The STEM Laboratory
Google Drive Space Facts Activity // DIY Farm Wife
Stars in Space Sticky Wall // Modern Preschool
Space Theme Grid Games // Stay at Home Educator
Counting On Planet Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Aliens in Underpants Save the World // Adventures of Adam
Play Dough Constellations // Play & Learn Everyday
Solar System Bracelet // Still Playing School
Space Sensory Bin // Sugar Spice and Glitter
Space Syllables // Fairy Poppins
Space Themed Number Writing Practice // Preschool Inspirations