Merry Learning! 32 Activities and Resources for December

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. – Hamilton Wright Mabie

December is an exciting time for our learners. Around the world families gather and are encouraged to spread cheer by enjoying special dishes, decorating, exchanging gifts, and singing songs. Our students celebrate  Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other holidays. In our classes we can get students to use free web tools and apps to create digital gifts or share their traditions. Our students can learn how different cultures celebrate various holidays in December and experience how others around the world celebrate the holidays. Below, find activities, resources, and free web tools/apps to spread cheer. You can also download my slide presentation, Merry Learning Activities for December.

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Activities

Apps to Send Greetings

With the following web tools and apps students can create and send holiday greetings, books, slideshows and videos to friends and family. The following apps have templates, backgrounds, stickers, and fonts to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza!

  • Buncee (Web/iOS)- Create animated greetings, digital books, posters, and presentations. Buncee has a large library of stickers, backgrounds, audio, images, animation, and videos.
  • Magisto (Web/Android/iOS)- Upload images, pick a template, and choose a holiday soundtrack from their library to make a 1 minute video.
  • Kizoa (Web)- Create beautiful photo slideshows with music and holiday templates.
  • YakItforKids (iOS)- Add mouths and make your drawings or photos talk! You can create a slideshow of images and use their holiday stickers.
  • Chatterpix for Kids (iOS)- Add mouths and make your drawings or photos talk! Only one image but you can decorate with holiday stickers and animations.
  • Fotobabble– (Web/iOS)-Create and share photos with your audio narration.
  • RedStamp (Web/Android/iOS)- send free e-greeting cards with various free holiday templates and add your own photos.

Fun Holiday Apps

  • Christmas Fun HD (iOS)- Students get into the Christmas spirit with interactive sing alongs, dress up games, painting activities, peek-a-boo games, interactive stories and so much more!
  • Letters to Santa (iOS)- kids write unlimited letters to Santa Claus who responds.
  • Light My Fire (iOS)- Students learn about Hanukkah and get to light a virtual traditional Hanukkah lamp.
  • Jingle All the Way (iOS)- Interactive book with games, puzzles, and more for kids!
  • Piano Mi (iOS)- teach children how to play holiday songs on a virtual keyboard they get to interact with.
  • Talking Gingerbread Man (iOS)- talk to the Gingerbread Man and he repeats your words in a funny voice. Record a funny video to send to friends.

Challenge: Get students to celebrate the holidays with one of these resources.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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