Lesson Idea: Mapping
Tool: Awesome Screenshot - image can be saved to Google Drive.
Activity: Tell your students to find a map that details the middle east. Given the discussions around the current hotspots, have the students circle and label areas of conflict and in one sentence summarize what is happening in the given area.
This is a simple and very effective lesson. Students need to research particular areas, locate those areas on a map and quickly summarize the issue. We are building literacy skills and checking for understanding at the same time. Once done, these maps can lead to a class discussion of why it is important to understand these areas. Please note, just labeling a map makes Jack a dull boy. Have students liven it up by switching colors to represent different levels of conflict. For example orange could be low and red could be high. Once done, have students name it and save it to their Drive and have your students submit you their link either through their Google Drive or through Classroom.
Awesome Screenshot is an application that can be used with Chromebooks and a Google user account. See the icon on the above right. While the above lesson was used for a map, it can easily be adapted to an article, to have students proofread; an image, so that students identify the particular subject, or even to simply highlight certain sections of an online text for information students feel is important to understand.