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Classroom Dashboard

19 Aug


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: 


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)


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.


Site Share: Digital Collaboration Board

10 Jan

Picture1Padlet.com is a site I’ve started using for collaboration. Imagine a big poster on the wall and everyone is throwing sticky notes onto it. This site uses the same concept, but digitally. Many sites share this concept, but I prefer padlet.com because it’s easy to use and doesn’t require logins from anyone. We can all operate this site from whatever tech I can get my hands on that day – in a lab, on laptops, personal smartphones, iPads, or iPads. (In my school, it’s easiest to let them use phones, but have a school set of iPods on hand for anyone who needs it).

Open the site and create a board. Copy the link (or click the share button to get a QR code) and share it with the class. They go to the link, click anywhere on the board, and write.

With no login required, you can opt to let students post anonymously or tell them to title each post with their name, initials, or numbers you’ve assigned. Alternatively, if you have a class that may post unwanted material, you can create an account and require each participant to sign in with a name.

Uses I’ve enjoyed in class: 

  • Group or class brainstorming: The group throws their posts on the board then reads all of them to get idea of what to write. There can be a class board or small groups can each have their own board.
  • Feedback: During skits and performances, the audience submits positive feedback for the performers or general statements about the characters (Marcos es muy consentido).
  • FAQ’s: I particularly like using this one when I am explaining a project. When I stop to answer questions as I am explaining, it takes so much longer and I lose their attention. I tell them to post questions as I go along, then I address the questions at the end. By the time I get to the questions, they’ve usually already deleted their question if I answered it in my explanation or if they see someone else already asked it.
  • Predictions: During a movie in class, stop it periodically to ask a prediction question and allow time for them to post before moving on.
  • Comprehension check: After introducing a new concept, ask them to try it on their own and read the responses. If they’re anonymous, this gives them opportunity to find out if they are getting it right without exposing their possible errors to the class.
  • Redaction: 

padletMy most recent use, allowing me to correct their statements in real time before they have to say them out loud for an activity. We were about to conduct celebrity interviews and they had to create questions using “ser” and “estar”. I wanted their questions to be correct beforehand – I didn’t want to correct them during the interviews. One option was to have them turn their questions in and make corrections during my abundant free time. I chose instead to create a board and had them post their questions for redaction. We created a system in which I would move it to the right once it was correct so they could copy it on paper and delete it.

The interviews went very well. Four people had to come to the front of the room (join the panel), acting as the celebrities and answering questions from the “audience”. We then switched the celebrities out two more times during the activity, giving more students opportunity to do the answering. We used Enrique Iglesias, Manny Ramirez, Jennifer Lopez, and Sofia Vergara (because there is a page in our text that starts the activity out with brief bios of these people). We followed up the next class with 3-5 minutes (real) interviews of these four people. The students said they like the “real-time” feedback and knowing the questions were correct before starting the interviews.

Post a comment with other ideas you can think of for a digital collaboration board.

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