Classroom Dashboard

19 Aug

Tutorial:

Here is a tutorial about creating a Dashboard. You’ll need some experience in Powerpoint to understand the tutorial, but it also teaches a lot of simple tips that many regular Powerpoint users aren’t aware of. 

Create a Classroom Dashboard in Powerpoint from Vallarie Sevilla on Vimeo.

Examples & Shares

Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate image created by Val Sevilla

Since posting this, I have been asked about sharing my own dashboard. I’ve experimented with a few, so I am putting them in a folder to share, but many of my own have images related to our school as well. My favorite creation is the Yerba Mate that I added to my desk this year, so it is in the folder as well. I created an ending slide that shows the Mate finished up. All files are found here: Dashboards

What’s it about?

As my traditional students enter the room, they see something like this: 

SP2 Q3

And as my online students check the announcements, they see something like this: 

Slide8

In the classroom, the Dashboard is on the screen letting students know the objectives, warm-up, word-of-the-day, homework, and upcoming due dates.

Online, it presents a clear picture of what needs to be done each day and where to find things. I found that online students frequently skim the page so I wanted to make my announcements more “skimmable”.

And it’s quick and easy to update! I created an overall design, then saved it as an image, like this one, which was customized for a friend. :0)

dashboard

With the image as my background in Powerpoint, I just drag and drop, or modify text as needed before the next class session. For example, I move the homework from tonight to the box for what needs to be turned in, and the next quiz is dragged from the upcoming dates text. Then I add in any new homework and change the date. I have a full list of what needs to be turned in throughout the quarter, and then I just remove items from the list as they happen.

Please share your image in the comments if you make a Dashboard of your own! I’d love to see more designs. And feel free to ask if you run into any problems making it.

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13 Responses to “Classroom Dashboard”

  1. asherbody August 20, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

    Hi, Vallarie:

    This is awesome, thanks! A little glitch: I am sure I have the latest PowerPoint version but I do not have (or see) the option to insert online images or the option to make the background of those images transparent. Am I missing a step? Thanks,

    Angie

  2. Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell August 23, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    I love this setup – thanks for sharing, Val! I’m going to try it for tomorrow.
    -Sara-Elizabeth

  3. Crafting a French Blend August 24, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    Love this! Would this process work ok in Slides? Or do you recommend making it in PowerPoint first? Learned some neat new tricks too!

  4. SpanishPlans August 25, 2018 at 1:58 am #

    Great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing. A great way to post announcements

    • SpanishPlans August 25, 2018 at 2:06 am #

      Do you have the powerpoint or the image of your background available anywhere?

      • Val September 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm #

        I can make all of the ones pictured available. I’ll work on that and posta again here.

      • Val September 14, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

        I added a link in the post, under Examples and Shares.

  5. profe Giganti August 27, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

    I love the idea, I just wonder, if you use presentations later, during the day, how do you keep these contents available for the students through the class. (I am thinking “metas” my Admin would like to see available for the whole class period) Do you repeat this somewhere else?
    Thanks!

    • Val September 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm #

      I don’t have the Metas showing all class period. I have discussed this with my admin and they agreed that what mattered most was pointing them out at the beginning of class and making sure students understand the goals. But I know many say you have to have them displayed all period, so you might have to also have them on a board or something.

  6. SpanishPlans September 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

    I dont think the link is working to your examples. :-/

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