Using itslearning as an advent calendar
Counting down the days until Christmas or another holiday or event can be a lot of fun, but have you thought about using itslearning as an online countdown calendar? In addition to being fun for students, a countdown calendar can also increase user adoption.
Experience shows that daily postings with small assignments inspire students to log in daily to see what’s new. You can use news bulletins to post daily assignments or quizzes, use pages to create a story with a new chapter each day or create a course where a folder filled with fun is made available daily. Another option is giving away one letter each day that students use to create a word and submit the answer in a test. The winner is drawn from the students who answered correctly. Your only limit is your imagination.
One way to create a countdown calendar:
- Create a course for the countdown calendar and make it available to all students at a school or a class.
- Create a link to the calendar on the school or course dashboard. This makes it easy for the students to access it.
- Post the questions, stories or assignments in daily news bulletins.
Tip: itslearning allows you to prepare content in advance, and the system automatically publishes it for the students at a predefined date and time.
Prizes increase interest
Small prizes are guaranteed to increase interest. Some draw the prizes from the users who have logged on to the countdown calendar that day, or from students who have answered a question correctly. Some schools even have reversed calendars where the students win a job and the pay is donated to charity.
Note: Though advent calendars are religious in origin, they should be secular when used in a school context to avoid offending people of different religious groups.
Posted on Thu, November 22, 2012
by Øyvind Flatnes