4 Key EdTech Activities for The First Day of School

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The first day of school is always special. It is a time when we get to meet our new students and help them get ready for a successful start of a lifelong learning experience. There are a number of practical activities. that you can use with students during this particular day. Below are four key examples of learning activities to try out using technology in your class. For more ideas and tips on what you can do on the first day of school check the sources at the bottom of this post.

EdTech activities for the first day of school
1- Time capsule
Get students to create individual time capsules where they outline their goals for the whole school year. Students can add images and other multimedia materials to their time capsules using tools such as Google Docs, Sheets, Pages, Book Creator, Word., among others. Collect finalized capsules from students and save them in a folder till the last day of school and reopen the folder and allow students to reflect on their goals. 

2- Learn students names and pronounce them correctly
Learning to pronounce students names correctly is the first important step towards creating lasting bonds with students, bonds that foster a sense of community in class and subsequently enhance students engagement in the learning process. One of the best ways to learn students names and pronounce them correctly is by having them say their names outloud using tools such as  Mote  and Edpuzzle. For instance, students can use the new audio response feature in Edupuzzle to speak their names. There are also several other audio feedback tools they can use in this regard. Alternatively, they can  use tools such as Flipgrid (Matthew Hains tip )or Wevideo to record videos introducing themselves. Students share their individual audio/video responses with the whole class.

3- Classroom agreement
Another practical activity to do in the first day of school is to work with students  to brainstorm ideas. for a classroom agreement. I like the notion of classroom agreement instead of classroom rules as the earlier involves a participatory and student-centred approach. Basically, the agreement outlines clearly the dos and don'ts you and your students agree upon  to help create an optimal learning environment in class.The final draft can be designed in the form of a classroom poster to be printed and hang up on the classroom wall or uploaded to the class website or blog. Tools to use for this purpose include Canva, PiktoChart, Google Draw, Adobe Spark, among others. 

4- Read a book
You can start off your first day of school by assigning students books designed specifically for this event. I have curated this list of excellent first day-of-school books that you can use with your students in class. Check it out.