Making remote learning fun around the holidays
11th December 2020
Millions of students worldwide are still in a remote learning environment and their social interactions are happening strictly online. As we draw closer to the holidays, a favourite time for many, we know the festive mood of both learners and teachers will be impacted this year. What can you do to bring some festive joy into remote learning? 2020 has been a hard year for all and we want to help you enjoy the last days of the year, despite the online classes.
Four ways to make December fun during remote learning
Host a Virtual Holiday Party
First and foremost, the holidays won’t be the same without a party. Remote learning keeps students and teachers from meeting in person, however, it gives endless possibilities for an exciting virtual celebration. Here’s just some fun ideas you can do with your class:
- Encourage your students to dress in Christmas jumpers and choose the best one at the end of the class
- Bring treats such as cookies and hot chocolate to class
- Have some downtime with your students, chat, listen to music, or even play a video game. We, at Impero, recommend Among us!
Professional – but fun – remote learning lesson
Another great activity for students can be to organise a professional lesson in arts and crafts, cooking, or even making TikTok videos. Ideally this would be best led by someone who is experienced in the area, but even if it is not – students will like it. Let your students be as creative as possible. Grab some scissors and paper and make Christmas decorations and gifts, or learn how to make gingerbread man cookies at home, together. Students will have fun and learn something new at the same time.
A holiday ‘Teams’ scavenger hunt
A virtual scavenger hunt works in the same way as a normal scavenger hunt, students try to find items, do tasks or find places (on Google Maps, of course) before their time runs out – just remotely. By doing so they earn points, the fastest to complete and those with the most points win. This is a great exercise that will not only make students laugh, but it will help them work on their teamwork skills. The challenges that students need to fulfil can be very diverse and be related to many subject matters. You can find some example lists and ideas here.
Watch a movie together
Remote learning makes it easy for a whole class to watch a movie together, if it’s a Christmas one even better! Simply use screen share as provided in Microsoft Teams, there’s also websites that allows you to join as a group and watch the same content such as Watch2Gether.
Most importantly, schedule some down time with your students, talk and have fun whilst remote learning!
From all of us here at Impero, we’d like to wish you a joyful holiday.