The 2020 school year has been full of many rapid shifts, continuous changes, and challenges for so many educators. Although the end of semester Holiday celebrations may a look a little different this year, there are still some cool ways to have some virtual fun and bring the the joy factor to your classroom. We all deserve it! So, have a bit fun with your students, colleagues and/or staff before you leave for the winter break. Here are 3 fun Tech applications to end the 2020 school semester with your students despite their mode of learning!
Have a holly jolly time with PhotoFunia, a quick and easy application that will easily insert your images into interactive templates. You and your students can enjoy creating fun, virtual keepsakes that can be displayed and shared with family. Simply select a template, snap or upload a picture, and download to save. These keepsakes are a great way to bring the joy factor to your classroom. Create a gallery on a Google Site, setup a virtual display in your classroom via a PowerPoint or Google Slides, or even save photos for students to present to their parents.
Surprise your students with your stylish Holiday dance moves as an Elf! This a great way to virtually celebrate the Holiday Season before the winter break. Check out me and my fellow Ed Tech colleague as dancing Elves. This fun video took less than 1 minute to create and allows you to add up to 5 dancing elves. Elf Yourself is a currently a free tool on the web, but the shared link to the video is temporary and will expire with an option to purchase a downloaded copy. However, the mobile application is set up a bit different than the web version but it does have a free downloadable template available.
FlipGrid for Holiday Fun
Flipgrid is a great instructional tool to empower your student’s voice through video or audio. Many teachers use it with their students for various instructional reasons from lesson reflections to explaining an idea or concept. It’s also a great tool to have some Holiday Fun. Check out some of these Holiday Topics created by different teachers that can be found on the Discovery tab of the FlipGrid site: