Virtual School Locker Templates for Middle School Students
Are your middle school students disappointed in not having lockers for back to school due to distance learning? Having a school locker teaches kids about respect for personal space and the responsibility. It’s also a safe space for them to express their individuality and creativity. Additionally, secondary students learn important like skills such as how to organize their books, notebooks, and binders. Why not begin the school year by designing a virtual school locker so students can start the year off right?
These digital locker templates include 263 moveable graphics for your students to design their own unique digital space. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the Google Slides document for students. Teacher directions are also given in the PDF download.
Organize your students lesson materials into one digital space and have them ready to go. Schools will likely start requiring teachers to not only have in-person lessons ready, but plans in place for at home learning. Help your students feel prepared and ready to go at a moment’s notice.
- NOTE: For personal, classroom use only. Not for commercial use.
- REMINDER: Each license is for one user only. Please inquire about purchasing team and district licenses.
How to Use These Virtual School Locker Templates
There are few ways you can use this resource. I would consider your unique situation to determine which works best for you. Additionally, you can try it one way this year and another way next year as you gain confidence in your technology abilities.
All About Me Project Idea
First, it can simply be a wonderful “All About Me” activity for the first day of school. You can use it as an opportunity to get to know your students likes and dislikes. And the space can be used primarily by students to express their individuality by adding new stickers, images, etc. from their own Drive.
Moreover, students can even share their lockers with one another in the same way they would if they were inside their own school building. One idea might be to do a virtual locker gallery walk with your class via a Zoom meeting. In this format, you may choose to skip using the binders altogether with.
Secondly, another more practical way would be to use the templates as a hub for all their assignments. In this scenario, students will decorate and label the books and binders in their locker. Then, they can link the binders in their locker to the same colored binder page further down in the document. Essentially, making a hyperlink to it so they can access it quickly. This will be a big timesaver as they add to their binders!
Students can use the college-lined writing paper pages in the binders to make a running list of their assignments and other “to do’s.” Then, they can link to assignments in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. right from page in their binder.
Additionally, you can assign a writing piece that could be typed out on those same writing pages. This would help students who have difficulty keeping track of things. With everything in one place, they’ll have a better chance at being successful in this virtual learning format.
I created pre-formatted text boxes with the correct spacing for students ease of use. Just keep in mind these binder pages are designed to be 100% virtual. The pages were formatted on an 11” square slide and therefore won’t print out on standard printing paper and fill the page as you’re normally accustomed to.
Video Preview of Virtual School Locker Templates
Overview of Creating Digital Lockers
First, your students will select a locker color. There are 8 different colors to choose from. Next, they will decorate the inside of the door. They can include stickers, mirrors, borders, wallpaper, pennants, school jerseys, text message speech bubbles, and even picture frames. There are many different color and design options to choose from. Also, students can personalize items by overlapping text boxes on top!
Write a message on the markerboard. Make notes and reminders on the text message bubbles. Or, design a jersey with team numbers and your school’s mascot. The possibilities are endless.
Then, your students will use the books, binders, and any other decorative pieces to create the inside of their virtual school locker. Have them label the spines of their binders with the name of each of their subjects. There are pom poms, borders, and even fuzzy shag rugs to lay down on the bottom of the locker.
Lastly, they will label and decorate the front covers of their binders. They can use the stickers and borders to spice them up. This is also where they can link to assignments they’ve completed. This will help them keep track of their virtual assignments.
If I was doing this with my students, I would also allow them to import their own pictures. I think it’s important that students have a space that’s uniquely their own, even if only virtually. However, it’s equally vital you stress with them the importance of appropriate images and text as you would in school.
Why Use Google Slides for Virtual Student Lockers?
- FAMILIARITY: A lot of the features of Google Slides are similar to PowerPoint and will get your student’s digital lockers up super quick. No need to edit a PowerPoint and figure out how to upload it to Slides.
- USER-FRIENDLY: Students are likely already familiar with storing files in Google Drive.
- INSANT SAVE AS: All changes in Google Slides are instantly saved in Google Drive. Ever accidentally close down an app or other online software and changes weren’t saved? Eliminate the frustration and disappointment of lost presentations!
- ACCESSIBILITY: Parents, students, and admins can use an iPad, desktop or laptop computer, and even a Chrome book to access your virtual lockers to view assignments.
- SHAREABILITY: Simply share student virtual lockers the same way you’ve been sharing assignments with students via Google Drive or Google Classroom.
The download contains a five-page PDF with directions on how to access the virtual school locker templates. I’ve included step-by-step picture directions for some basics like copy/pasting graphics, adding text boxes, rotating and ordering images, and linking. The linking section talks about linking from one slide to another as well as linking to outside content. I think it’s important that you understand how to use some of the basic of Google Slides so you can be successful. However, your students are likely very familiar with it already.
And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF (Teacher directions with step-by-step pictures on how to use some of the features on Google Slides; student directions are in the Google Slides doc)
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the virtual school locker templates located on page 2 and 3 of the PDF.)
- 40 Student Useable Background Slides – These include images of school lockers and binders on the outside/front and inside/back. These images are inserted into the background and can not move.
- 263 Moveable Objects – All of the objects on the slides labeled, “The Locker Zone” are items that can be copied and pasted into the background slides mentioned above. They will use these items to decorate their locker and binders. All graphics are saved in low-resolution which will appear great on screen but are not meant for print. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- Each template page is designed on roughly 11″ square slides. As such, they are not meant to print out on 8.5×11″ paper.
Frequently Asked Questions for Virtual School Locker Templates
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Google Slides can be shared with students. I give directions on the last page of the PDF.
- Do students need their own Google account to use this? No. Because of the method I show you, students will receive an interactive web link they can see regardless if they have their own Google account.
- Can I use these virtual school locker templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Google Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file in Slides. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can I add/remove graphics/slides from the deck? You sure can! I recommend crafting this resource to fit your own needs. Some teachers are even having students add their own Bitmoji to them.
- How do I get the virtual school locker templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Very easy! Click through to my help page to find the links.
- Can I add my own links to Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.? Yes! As a result, I’ve included step-by-step picture instructions on how to use all the basics of Google Slides so you can feel successful using and sharing it with your students.
Love, love, love this resource! Thank you for having everything the students needed to create their virtual lockers in one document. It made it super fun and easy for my students to complete with just a simple copy and paste. Many of my students were having inserting documents in Google, so this worked out great that everything, once again, was there! I really appreciate the time you put into creating this amazing product! 🙂 – H.B.
My students loved creating their own virtual locker on the first day of high school. Unfortunately they couldn’t spend their first day in person so this was a fun activity to pretend they were there doing what high schoolers normally would. – Erika P.
Fun resource! Since our 5th graders cannot use their new lockers due to COVID, they enjoyed making their own and hanging them on their (unused) lockers. – B.C.