Breaking News Headline Generator

Class Tools Breaking News Headline Generator is fun creative way for students to showcase understanding on a given concept. The tool has nine different background images (see choices below) or you can upload your own image. 

I love Will Farrell, so of course I had to choose his background for my breaking news headline. 

Think of an upcoming unit and incorporate this tool as a way for students to check their understanding. Students can create a headline on:

  • a story they wrote
  • a characters perspective or mood on a topic
  • an event in a historical figures life
  • a national event 
  • understanding of a given prompt
  • opposing headlines from different political parties over the same event
  • and so much more...
Here are the existing background choices:

Design Virtual Trips with Google Tour Builder

Tour Builder, a free Google tool, that allows users to build virtual trips showcasing text, images, and videos. Here is an example for the book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. 

Here are a few suggestions for using the tool:

  • their community
  • path taken by a historical figure or event
  • locations from a book
  • highlighting math in the world
  • various landforms or biomes 

Check out my tutorial for more information:

Google Classroom Tutorial with Teacher and Student Views

Here is my Google Classroom tutorial that has both a teacher and student view. I am constantly adding and changing the views based on Google updates, so check back regularly. 

Click here to view resource in full screen.

10 Ways Students Can Use Instagram in the Classroom (with templates)

Instagram is one of the fastest growing social media tools out there. Below is a chart from The Statistics Portal on the growth of users over the last few years. 

Many of the users are the students in our classrooms. I work at a high school and the two applications I see used the most by students are Snapchat and Instagram. Images are their world. They can tell full stories just with emojis alone. Below are 10 ways students can use Instagram (or a template) to showcase information: 

Text Included
Introduce self to the class, including likes and dislikes
Historical figure
His/her response to a modern day event/issue
Character from novel
Bio or his/her perspective on an issue
Math/Science concept in the world
How it feels about being used in the world
Cover of a book
Summary of a chapter or entire novel
Personal artwork
Artist statement showcasing written description of the work
Reenactment of historical event
Explanation of historical event depicted in image
Science experiment
Documenting the process taking place in an experiment
His/her opinion on a given topic, event, book, movie, etc.
Random image
Create a 6-10 word story about image

If you are using Instagram, make sure that you give them a classroom hashtag to tag their posts. This will make it easier for you to review their work. If you have students who don't have Instagram or don't want to use it for class, here are Google Slides Instagram templates you can use. You will need to be logged into your Google account to access and it will force you to make a copy.