Kids are learning all the time. The real question is how they can continue learning outside school and be engaged in what you intended. How do you control what they learn outside school? The simple answer is, you can’t. That said, the beauty of learning is that not everything about it has to be school-related.
They can simply acknowledge that learning outside school continues subconsciously. It’s in the things that they love to do naturally. Then they can go out and play (play to learn, that is).
Learning outside school can happen many different ways. Encourage your pupils to take their experiences and experiment with the following:
- Watch a flipped lesson on Khan Academy. Whatever videos you assign, keep them short and incorporate interactive questions using Educanon or Edpuzzle. Using digital tools allows you to expand your classroom outside the school, transcending school hours.
- Get on your Google+ accounts in study groups. Have an upcoming summative assessment? It’s so easy these days to get a study group together. Do it online!
- Use social media to gather information. Interview someone or create a poll, and post in Twitter. Kids can do their social media apps in the comfort of their home and not know they’re still in class!
- Get into Minecraft and solve a problem. Use this ubiquitous gaming tool to create prototypes of structures, all while practicing math and physics.
- Use an app to monitor and organize your homework time. With all this social media available, stay focused by using online planning tools like MyStudyLife.
- Do an hour of code with Code.org or Code Avengers.
- Join after-school exploration programs. It doesn’t all have to be digital; join the Scouts or a sports team or a music group. There’s so much learning there.