Last week we shared a few different ideas for some activities to keep your classroom of digital natives engaged – like encouraging them to take control with their own lesson plan or challenging them to work together to build a game. Here are a few more ideas to inspire your lesson plans with material to keep learning active.

  1. Crowdsource Your Quiz. Quizzes are considered a great way to get a quick measurement of what your students are getting from your lessons – but an even better way may be to get them to write the quiz themselves! Have your students get linked into Collaborate and ask them to work together to ask what questions they think they should be quizzed on. This kind of activity is an excellent way to build critical thinking skills while also moving them towards seeing the importance of self-assessment and analytics.
  2. Visual Concept Mapping. With so many virtual art tools out there for students why not engage your active learners on a creative level by encouraging them to engage in some visual concept mapping. Give them a topic to focus on and then get them to work in pairs or small groups and encourage them to explore a variety of digital content outlets while creating their pieces.  Once they are done create an online photo album and encourage them to provide constructive feedback on one another’s work.
  3. Online Debate. Students are likely to hear about debates with the election season coming up – so why not get them working on some debates of their own? Debate is a great way to get students thinking about how to present both big picture issues and small details. How about ditching the podiums and letting technology be the stage! See if you can find another class that would be willing to work with you and connect over Blackboard Mobile so you can get a real diversity of opinion.
  4. Get them Blogging. Just like a journal lets students reflect on what they’ve learned and gives them the chance to think through the take-aways – a blog can do all that, while also giving them the opportunity to share some of their opinions with their peers. Set up a system where students can have the opportunity to blog about whatever they want – and can choose when or when not to share their writing. An activity like this can get students thinking about what kind of digital content they prefer as well as encouraging them to make learning a social activity.
  5. Virtual Field Trip. While it’s easy to get lost in thinking about all the ways that technology has revolutionized the classroom – we shouldn’t forget about all the ways it has changed the real world, too. Take advantage of all the internet has to offer and bring your students on a field trip to the British Museum in London or the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Get them started with an orientation – and then let them browse at their own pace.

If our list isn’t enough, check out this great resource from Collaborate, for 10 more cool ways to engage and please let us know what you’re going to test out this school year.

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