During a virtual gallery walk, students explore multiple texts or images that are placed in an interactive slideshow. You can use this strategy to offer students a way to share their work with each other and build class community, or you can use it to introduce students to new sources that they can analyze.
Select the sources (e.g., quotations, images, documents, and/or student work) that you will be using for the gallery walk. You can also have students select the sources, working individually or in small groups.
Decide if you would like students to be able to comment directly on the sources or take notes in their own document. Then, create a slideshow of the sources. If you would like students to be able to comment directly on the sources, create your slideshow using an interactive application such as Google Jamboard or VoiceThread.
You can share the slideshow with students during a synchronous session or ask them to look through the slideshow asynchronously. Viewing instructions will depend on your goals for the activity. If the purpose of the gallery walk is to introduce students to new material, you might want them to take informal notes as they view the sources. If the purpose is for students to take away particular information, you can create a graphic organizer for them to complete as they view the slideshow, or compile a list of questions for them to answer based on the texts on display. Sometimes teachers ask students to identify similarities and differences among texts. If you are using an interactive application, such as Google Jamboard or VoiceThread, you can also ask students to leave comments on the sources.
Once students have finished viewing the sources, debrief the activity together. You can ask students to share their impressions or what they learned in small group breakout rooms or with the whole class.
If you are teaching in a face-to-face setting, use our original Gallery Walk strategy.