November's EdTech Educator Spotlight: Rachael Givens

EdTech Educator Spotlight: Rachael Givens

 Rachael Givens teaches 5th Grade at Elsie Rogers Elementary School in Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.

Rachael Givens teaches 5th Grade at Elsie Rogers Elementary School in Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.

Rachael and I consider ourselves to be “Teacher Besties”, as well best friends in real life and share a huge love of educational technology and how it can change your productivity and your students’ engagement in the classroom. We became Google Certified Educators together and Marco Polo almost daily about edtech and how we can use it best with students and other teachers. Thanks for sharing your AWESOME idea, Rachael!

Current Position:

5th Grade Teacher

How techie is your school:

1:1 Chromebooks


Apps or EdTech Tools Used:

I utilized Google Slides, Google My Maps, and Google Classroom for this lesson.


Content Area:

This was a culminating activity in our Social Studies unit that covered different explorers of the New World.


What Happened:

Using Google Slides, I created Master Slides that looked like a smart phone. Students were given a template that had a home screen, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Maps, and Messages. After their research of an explorer, they created what they thought their smart phone would look like. Students created a Facebook profile with updates about the explorer's life. They wrote tweets (with hashtags) about the journey the explorer took to the New World. They found pictures they felt were important to that explorer's life and wrote captions for Instagram. They used Google My Maps to plot points that the explorer visited or places that were important to that explorer's journey. Finally, they included messages that the sponsor and the explorer would have exchanged had a smart phone been invented.

Here is YOUR Free force copy of her slides:

Explorers social media project copy
Thanks so much for being an open resource for other educators!

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Students Use Google My Maps in Their Explorers Social Media Project

They used Google My Maps to plot points that the explorer visited or places that were important to that explorer's journey.

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