Using Google Classroom for Building-Wide Student Led Conferences

Student Led Conferences (SLCs) can be a powerful tool for increasing student ownership of their learning and communicating with families, but some students struggle to put together a showcase of their learning, even with teacher guidance.

To provide guidance and consistency for the students at my middle school, I decided that this year I would try setting up team-wide Google Classrooms to house a Google Slides template that all students could use to guide their collection of evidence.

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Screen Shot 2016-03-06 at 6.10.04 AMMy middle school has 4 teams. I set up 4 Google Classrooms, and added each core teacher as a teacher in their team’s Google Classroom. I also added our administrators, counselor, and elective teachers as teachers in all four Google Classrooms. That way, each teacher has access to all of their students, should they want to discuss the students’ SLC Slideshow.

We had the students join their team’s Google Classroom during our Advisement (similar to homeroom) using the class code. The students then had 30 minutes on 3 consecutive days to add to and customize their SLC slideshow. These Google Slideshows will now guide the discussions during our upcoming SLC nights.

 

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