How to send a digital word wall to students

In this post, you will learn exactly how to send a digital word wall to students. The steps are super simple. You will be able to edit your digital word wall and those edits will magically appear on the word wall shared with students. Cool! Here is a short video tutorial:

Over the years, I've written a lot about math word walls and how strongly I feel about them. My teaching changed with the addition of math vocabulary references to our classroom walls, and I have so enjoyed all the great feedback from teachers abut the same being true in their classrooms. 

With so many teachers and students now learning online, I needed to (quickly) figure out a way teachers and students could now access their math word walls digitally. The thought of teachers no longer having access to their classroom bulletin boards made me so sad! So after a lot of thought about the formatting, I worked over the summer and into the early fall to convert every one of my math word walls to also work digitally in Google Slides. They are clickable and interactive and the format *almost* feels like a real classroom. I decided to use photographs of the word walls to give students the feeling of being in a classroom. Here is me taking [what I thought was] the last photo. Turns out I needed to take more, but it was a good moment. My back was relieved:

With so many teachers and students now learning online, I needed to (quickly) figure out a way teachers and students could access their math word walls digitally. The thought of teachers no longer having access to their classroom bulletin boards made me so sad! So after a lot of thought about the formatting, I worked over the summer and into the early fall to convert every one of my math word walls to also work digitally in Google Slides. They are clickable and interactive and the format *almost* feels like a real classroom. I decided to use photographs of the word walls to give students the feeling of being in a classroom. Here is me taking [what I thought was] the last photo.

In this post, I explain the exact steps to take to send your digital word wall to students. You can send a digital word wall just as you would any other Google Slides file, but I like the method outlined in this post better. Here's a short video tutorial:


What I like about this method is that students cannot edit the digital word wall but you can. This makes the word wall a great reference for students and a way for you to deliver information. When you edit your version of the word wall, the edits magically show up on the word wall you shared with students. Cool!

How to send a digital word wall to students

Steps to send your digital word wall to students:


1: Open your digital word wall


2: Go to file>share and make sure its set to "anyone with the link can view"


3: Copy the share link


4: Paste the share link somewhere to edit it. I use Word but you can paste it anywhere. 


5: At the end of the URL, change /edit?usp=sharing to /present


6: Copy and share the entire URL (ending in /present) with students. That's it!

Digital Math Word Walls in Google Slides


If you are in Google Classroom:

If you'd like to post the /present word wall link to Google Classroom for your students:


7: Copy the entire link with /present at the end.


8: Paste the link on the Stream tab for your students with a note about it being their math vocabulary wall.



Now, whenever you add to your digital word wall (notes, video links, etc.), students will see your edits on their digital word wall!

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2 comments:

  1. Hi, I purchased the parallel lines escape room from Teachers Pay Teachers and all that I got was the pdf not the Escape Room. Can you tell me how to access it?

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    1. The link to make a copy of the digital math escape room is inside the PDF.

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