Menus for a Personalized Learning Experience

Three arrowsI was about to start this post, and had a totally different idea in mind. But then I couldn’t miss sharing with you such interesting, simple and effective idea for the classroom with all resources already there, a click away.

I’ve just come across this post “Interactive Learning Menus (Choice Boards) Using Google Docs” , which gives a practical idea of how to prepare a learning menu based on a Tic-Tac-Toe using Google Docs. The idea behind it, giving choice, control and autonomy to the learner is such a simple and effective way to let students take over their own educational experience that we might even doubt that it will work in our classrooms. However, I bumped into another great resource on the topic that might convince you to give it a try – the TeachingChannel with useful videos for teachers. In this specific video, you’ll see the learning menus at work in a history classroom.

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Now, how can you adapt it to your classroom?

Here’s an interesting Google Collaborative Bingo template on Google Docs that you could make a copy and adapt it to you own context. If you do it, share it here with us so that we can have a collection of choice boards for our English classes.

Carla Arena

Carla Arena is a social entrepreneur, educator by choice. She left a promising career in the public service to become an English teacher and got the chance to take roles she could have never imagined, such as site content manager at the Binational Center she worked for, Casa Thomas Jefferson. There, she was also the Supervisor of Educational Technology, and more recently Coordinator of Innovation and Technologies. Carla is a Google Innovator and educational technology consultant. Currently she innovates in her own business, AMPLIFICA (

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