Counting the days until Christmas or another holiday or happening can be a lot of fun, but have you thought about using itslearning as an online countdown calendar? As well as being fun for the students, a countdown calendar can also increase the user adoption.
Experiences show 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 in which a folder filled with fun is made available daily. Another option is to give away one letter each day with which the students create a word and submit the answer in a test. The winner is drawn from the students with correct answers. Your imagination is the limit.
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 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 the content in advance and the system automatically publishes it to the students at a predefined time and date.
Prizes increase interest
Small prizes are a guarantee to increase the 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 in which the students win a job and the pay is donated to charity.
Note: Although of religious origin, advent calendars used in a school context should be secular in order not to offend other religions.
Posted on November 22, 2012
by Elisabeth Vik filed under