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Virtual End of Year Student Celebrations

  • 1.  Virtual End of Year Student Celebrations

    Posted 05-05-2020 13:43
    Our students love their end of the year picnics, Field Day, etc.  Most of all, they love the big send off on the last day of school.

    This community is great for idea sharing and crowdsourcing!  What ideas do you have for virtual end of the year celebrations for students?

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    Kara McFarlin
    Instructional Technology Coach
    @mrstechfarlin
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 2.  RE: Virtual End of Year Student Celebrations

    PLN Leader
    Posted 05-13-2020 13:49
    I am the Tech Director at a Catholic school in Lansing, MI. We are having an all-school mass that will be streamed on our school Facebook page. We have a school song and we will use this at the close of Mass. We assigned a word to each of our teachers and they were to make a sign with that word and have their picture taken holding that sign. Then, we'll put the pictures into a slides presentation with our song going.
    Additionally, we are collecting artifacts from teachers and students of the work they have done in a virtual environment. We will be putting all these video clips and photos together to make a video to share with our school community at the end of the year.

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    Allison Thompson
    Director of Technology
    St. Gerard School
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 3.  RE: Virtual End of Year Student Celebrations

    PLN Leader
    Posted 05-13-2020 13:53
    Hi Kara,
    What a great question!
    We can't do anything face-to-face so we are using the Webinar Tool in Zoom for some celebrations.
    We also hired a video professional for graduation and will do that virtually.
    Open house for kindergarten and moving up ceremonies are important this time of year, too.
    These events are being scheduled for parents and kids to attend as Zoom webinars in many instances.
    One thing that was interesting to me is a school that is using Minecraft for tours.  That sounded pretty cool, but of course, I play Minecraft with my kid on our LAN during COVID-19.
    Promoting schools in a positive way is essential as families struggle while supporting student remote learning at home.

    Patricia



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    Patricia Aigner
    Director Of Instructional Technology
    Rutland City Public Schools
    patricia.aigner@rcpsvt.org
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 4.  RE: Virtual End of Year Student Celebrations

    ISTE Board Member
    Posted 05-13-2020 15:34
    Edited by Ed Snow 05-13-2020 19:46
    Hi Kara
       Great for all of you out there looking for ways to celebrate virtually.  Events like this is much needed right now.  With my state hat on, here are some considerations we put forward around student privacy for such events.   Hope this is helpful

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    Ed Snow
    Assistant Director of Instructional Technology Services
    Wisconsin Department of Instruction
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 5.  RE: Virtual End of Year Student Celebrations

    Posted 05-14-2020 09:50
    The gym teachers in our district organized a digital field day. Students are going to join in a Zoom call at different time to do station activities that can be done at home, like a paper flying competition. I hope this idea helps!

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    Mia Gutsell
    Instructional Technology Coach
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 6.  RE: Virtual End of Year Student Celebrations

    PLN Leader
    Posted 05-14-2020 12:29
    I am seeing lots of video compilations (and some are hosting "watch parties" of these video compilations on Zoom, for example, to make it more a live semi-interactive event). I have heard of some schools bringing a mobile "bridge" from graduate-to-graduate to videotape them walking across the bridge to accept their diplomas (which will be placed in a location on the other side with relevant school admins in social distance) and putting together a graduation video.

    One of our schools is also hosting a Zoom-based field day too!


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    Kristin Edwards
    Distance Learning Specialist
    CiTiBOCES
    kedwards@citiboces.org
    @CiTiKristin
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


  • 7.  RE: Virtual End of Year Student Celebrations

    PLN Leader
    Posted 05-14-2020 19:30
    End-of-year virtual celebrations are much needed for student closure. Give students a theme (maybe surrounding a completed unit of study you completed during the year or a math science concept you studied) and ask teachers to work key words or ideas into their show. Just like everything else that we've done these past few months, we're going to have to think outside the box.

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    David Lockett
    STEM Teacher
    Bok Academy
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    The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences


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