Just as kids prepare to go back to school after enjoying a long vacation, teachers too prepare for the lessons they intend to impart on the initial days after a break. They plan on various activities to get students back on the track of full-fledged classroom studies. Encouraging kids to be creative using technology-based ideas can be a good way to attract them toward studies. As students mostly spend their summer vacation using tech devices such as gaming consoles, media players, iPod or iPhone, tablet PCs, etc, introducing technology-based activities can surely help them to find common grounds when they return to school. Hence, teachers devise various types of back to school technology-based activities. If you are a teacher yourself, you may find the below mentioned activity plans interesting enough to be worked upon for your students.
One of the best web-based applications is Google Earth that can be used in classroom for various purposes. You can ask your students to use Google Earth to write down how they spent their summer vacation. You can also get your students to create a â€˜memories down-the-laneâ€™ by incorporating the city your students were born in, the first school they went to, and the city they subsequently moved to, etc., using Google Earth. They can also incorporate images, videos, text and audio input to make a virtual travelogue to share with the class.
Animoto is a free online application that lets kids create videos and a visually appealing story. You can ask your students to create Animoto video to speak about how and where they spent their entire vacation. This online video making application is also useful in science lessons as it enables students to learn from their observation, instead of theoretical concepts and assumptions. Thus, they can make corrections by watching and understanding where they got wrong.
Teachers also resort to Wordle, which is a website that provides free online services. Wordle allows kids to craft visually rich posts on â€˜all about meâ€™ that they can post on both electronic and ordinary boards. With Wordle, students can also upload and incorporate text to the graphic content that picks words from the text.
Finally with Audacity
If you are planning to have an introduction session with your students, once they return from their vacation, you can encourage them to be creative and use the free program called Audacity to introduce them. This software program lets your students create podcasts like a newscast and can make their introduction as big as an interview of a celebrity or a notable person. Your students can make each individual podcast on their own. Each podcast could be created to look like a professional podcast by adding audio and sound effects merged with the tracks of your studentsâ€™ voices.