I did a series of posts on gaming Advent Calendars, but I haven’t yet included those for teachers and educators and home schooling, which are both useful and entertaining! I didn’t capture screenshots of every tweet that lead me to these, but please believe me, I did not make this up, I found every single one via Twitter! Here is a half-dozen plus a bonus.
An advent calendar for English as a Second Language includes tips and tricks and games for engaging learners in the language, often with inexpensive and easy resources. The example shown is on using Youtube music videos for language learning.
Little Wonders’ Days focuse on preschool education with a variety of teaching, learning, engaging activities and games.
EducationCity is a UK-based commercial education resource providing learning resources and games that seem to be targeting the grade school age child. They have both UK and US oriented websites, however the Twitter stream appears to be managed by the UK team, as does their main blog. The US team hasn’t posted to their separate blog in months. If you go to the US site you are unable to locate the Advent Calendar, and really need to get to it through the EducationCity Twitter stream. Some of the free activities provided have potential, while others are primarily a sale price on their other services.
“Join us each week day until the 16th December and open a door to reveal a special treat; from festive fun makes, to cultural fact sheets; competitions to offers, we’re bound to delight with our advent countdown.”
This is kind of a daisy chain of found items which I think spun off from the previous entry as one of the things to which they linked. I’m not sure about that, though. The blogpost here is just the beginning. At English Learning in Our World we see here the beginning of a series of posts on educational activities to use in a classroom. They are all pretty clever, and this first one is a real gem.
She was inspired by the Macmillan Education Advent Calendar shown below.
The Macmillan calendar has each day giving ideas for educational activities themed around the holidays, such as this one brainstorming how reindeer might fly to foster creativity. Sharon then took the idea and made a Powerpoint template to make her own version of the Advent calendar to use with her students.
Even better, she provides the Powerpoint template as a free download! Now that is quite generous. Check out some of her other ideas.
Stephany is a dyslexia trainer, and her remarkable advent calendar provides activities for working with students in this area, many of them quite creative. The example shown here, “Finish the Christmas tree,” is an exercise to build many needed skills – fine motor control, visual awareness, mirroring, the ability to reverse both simple and complex shapes, working with lines, and so forth. Impressive.
I think all of the rest of these came from @CoolCatTeacher, so I am going to combine them in one section. @CoolCatTeacher used Visibli to share the links. The example shown here is from Michelle Green, who used Livebinder to organize her collection cloud-based interactive e-learning tools and resources.