Summer typically means more time for outdoor activities, camps, classes, and other in-person events. Check out these six resources to engage in some fun summer virtual camps and learning experiences. Simply choosing one to begin with will provide many benefits for learning and promoting student curiosity and engagement in new learning experiences.
By providing different choices through the many digital tools and methods available, our students are empowered to drive their learning, determine their personal interests, and in the process, build essential skills, and develop empathy. We also create opportunities to help our students develop social-emotional learning (SEL) skills while at home during this time.
By understanding how Artificial Intelligence is being used in our daily lives and then providing some opportunities for students to explore one of these resources, we can build our knowledge together. There are many resources out there to try, we simply need to start with one and let students take the lead and teach us as well.
There are many digital tools that can be used in the classroom to build a variety of skills. To decide where to start, think about some of the tasks that might be taking up a lot of your time, or reflect on some issues or challenges you might be having. With so many options available, we can provide something for all students that can meet their interests and specific learning needs.
Each year I like to explore different digital tools in my classroom to see what kind of an impact they will make on students and learning. With so many options out there, finding the ones that will benefit our students can take some time, however there are enough which are easy to get started with and that offer ready-made lessons or activities, which is a plus for busy educators.
Professional development today is greatly changed compared to how it was in the past because we now have access to different resources. The power of learning whenever we connect with others and share our stories and our experiences, really serves to amplify the learning potential. When educators seize the opportunity to try new things and continue to grow, we can provide our best selves for those we lead and learn with.
By intentionally planning ways for students to collaborate in class, we help them to build their own learning networks. Through these learning networks, students will build confidence, broaden their perspectives, and connect with the content in a more meaningful way.
Trying some new strategies and using some of the many different digital tools to expand how, when, and where students learn can be a good example to set for students. Take some risks in the classroom and use a number of edtech tools to help build and foster positive relationships.