Choice boards give students the freedom to decide on learning activities that interest them and they’re perfect for learning in-class or at a distance.
“When remote learning started, I began making choice boards every week around a certain topic of a book, or tying into what they were doing in class or in the community,” says Librarian, Shannon McClintock Miller about using choice boards for remote learning.
There are a lot of ways to set up a choice board for remote learning, depending on how creative you want to be and how much time you have.
Below are 7 choice board examples ranging from short and simple to ultimate creativity.
Bitmoji Virtual Classroom
“Most teachers I know use Google Slides to make choice boards. There are lots of fun templates out there”, says Carrie Willis, Technology/STEAM Director from Redlands, CA., “plus, it is fun to add bitmojis to the boards!”
Google Slides are a great option when you want to get creative. If you’re not familiar with Google Slides, they work just like Powerpoint, but are all online, so you can easily share it with your class. Google Slides allow complete freedom to get creative with your theme and add your own backgrounds, images, and add links to anywhere.
Virtual Makerspace Choice Board
“I like Google Slides because it’s directed while also giving students freedom. It’s very contained and students can’t click out to something else,” said Ms. Miller. Read Ms. Miller’s tips for creating a virtual makerspace choice board here.
Tic Tac Toe Choice Board
How to make a choice board with Google Slides
Step 1. Outline your ideas
Get started by mapping your ideas on paper. Think about what theme or learning goals you want your board to center on.
Step 2. Decide what activities you want to include.
Try to include a mix of activities that your kids are familiar with, but also some new items too. You can always change it up later.
Step 3. Sketch it on paper
Think about the way you want to organize information. The way your board is organized helps students find an activity to meet their learning goals quickly. Here are some ideas:
- Activity type – robotics, coding, drawing, building
- Learning concept – counting, reading, science
- Theme – outside, animals, oceans, space, family
- “Virtual classroom” with activities are organized like they would be in a real room
Step 4. Make the Choice Board Slide
When you’re ready, set up a slide with the same layout that you sketched on paper. Add text boxes to label each of the areas or activities. To add a text box, go to “Insert” then “Text box”. I used a table to make my tic-tac-toe board.
Give your students direction by adding images they’re used to seeing. They’ll know what to expect when they click on the activity if they see the app icon, character, or book cover they already know.
PRO TIP! You can search for images to add to your choice board directly inside Google Slides.
Finally, add links to each of your activities by selecting the images, then clicking the insert link button on the menu.
When you’re finished, you can share the link to your slides with your class, or you can save the slide as a PDF and all the links will be clickable.
All About Dinosaurs Seesaw Choice Board
Seesaw is a great place to add your choice board so that you can easily collect student responses and your kids can easily interact with the activities.
Seesaw’s Community library has tons of choice board examples for you to choose from. The example above focuses on dinosaurs and allows students to decide what part of the dinosaur they want to learn about, as well as what activity they want to do. Then, students are required to label each part of the dinosaur to demonstrate their knowledge, all within the Seesaw activity.
How to embed links in a Seesaw activity
In my tic-tac-toe example from Google Slides, I could export the final design as a PDF, then upload it to Seesaw and all the links would still work for my students to click on. See how here. See more Seesaw choice bard examples that include links here.
Kodable Bingo Seesaw Choice Board
Bingo is another style of choice board that is easy to use with your students. Samantha Selikoff, technology teacher in New Jersey shared her design for Kodable Bingo earlier this summer. Using the Seesaw activity creator, it is easy to create the bingo design for kids to complete on their own.
Step 1. Create the bingo board in Word, Google Docs, or any editing tool you’re comfortable with. Perhaps give Google Slides a try!
Step 2 Take a screenshot and add it to your Seesaw activity using the image upload option.
Step 3 Add dauber shapes for students to add to their completed board.
Change the color and transparency by using the styling tools below the shape. Duplicate the shape 10-15 times.
Symbaloo Choice Board
If you’re looking for a simple solution to direct student learning. Symbaloo is a fast and easy way to set up choice boards for remote learning this school year.
The no-frills interface uses a simple grid, but also allows customizations like backgrounds and custom colors. You can add links to all your relevant activities as bookmarks or shortcuts for your class.
It is important to think about how you want to organize the information on your choice board so that it is easy for a student to figure out where to go. Both teachers chose to include sections for each of their classes in the above examples, while also including a section that links to the “approved” activities directly.
Learn more about using Symbaloo for your remote learning choice boards in their instructional video here.