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Want to know how to easily make interactive activities for online lessons for your students? Digitizing your lessons and creating interactive activities can feel like a daunting task — but it doesn’t need to be! With the right digital tools, creating digital activities can be simple and straightforward. 

In this post, you’ll find three videos that show you how easy it is to digitize your lessons and make them interactive with Easel by TpT™’s suite of digital tools. Trust us — Easel is simple to use, but we know not every educator is ready to dive into a new tool like Easel without all the details first. So in these videos — originally recorded as a webinar in March of 2021 — you’ll learn how to use the tools available in Easel Activities (previously known as TpT Digital Activities) to make custom, interactive activities using resources on TpT or your own original materials. You’ll find out how to prepare an activity with Easel’s intuitive annotation tools, how to use Easel’s tools as a “digital whiteboard” during instruction, how to assign and review Easel Activities, and more, including answers to frequently asked questions about Easel.

Creating interactive activities for online learning

Check out all three Easel tutorial videos below to learn how to make your lessons interactive from start to finish, or tune into the video that best suits your needs.

Part 1: Finding, Creating, and Previewing Easel Activities

How can you find and create interactive digital resources on TpT? In this first video, Will from team TpT, Chandra Martin from Teacher Gameroom, and Deborah Hayes from HappyEdugator walk through the first steps of making your online lessons interactive — finding and creating Easel Activities. They also show you how you can use Easel’s preview mode to help you instruct during a live online lesson.

Part 2: Assigning Easel Activities and Reviewing Student Work

Once you know how to create interactive online activities with Easel’s digital tools, it’s time to get them in front of your students! In this video, Will and Teacher-Author Brenda Kovich walk through how to assign Easel Activities to students through Google Classroom or with a direct link you can share via email or your LMS. Brenda also demonstrates how you can review student work right from Easel, so you can provide timely and effective feedback to your students.

Part 3: Frequently Asked Questions about Easel Activities

The TpT community is asking all the right questions about Easel Activities. In this video, Chandra, Deborah, Brenda, and Will take on some of the most frequently asked questions about using Easel to create interactive digital worksheets and activities. Get answers to questions like “How do I assign Easel Activities if I don’t use Google Classroom?”, “Can Easel Activities be used in high school?”, and more.

Now that you know the ins and outs of using Easel to create interactive activities, it’s time to add them to your online lessons! Check out these free, interactive Easel Activities from Deborah, Chandra, and Brenda…

…or browse even more Easel Activities on TpT to find the right digital activities for your students. Remember, digitizing your lessons doesn’t have to be a daunting task with a no fuss solution like Easel!

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