3 ways to engage students when your school is closed

Thomas Courtley, ex teacher and LessonUp education specialist

Thomas Courtley

Education Specialist

Blog cover image: offer students micro-learning during strike days

During teachers strike days schools may offer remote education, but it is not compulsory. Why don’t you help your learners and their parents cope better with the situation by preparing snackable, engaging activities? 👇

3 ways to engage students with playful micro-challenges

As a teacher, you probably know which parts of your lesson could use the support of microlearning material. It doesn’t necessarily imply transfer of knowledge. Challenging assignments, such as a drag & drop question, or quizzes following a short, snappy video, are also great microlearning material.

Hereunder 3 examples of what you can offer them in a LessonUp lesson:


1. Students can’t resist clicking on interactive hotspots

With interactive images you students can learn a lot about a certain topic in a relatively short amount of time, by means of hotspots and pictures. This is the LessonUp variation of an infographic, but interactive. Students just ‘have to’ click on the hotspot symbols. They hide a textual, visual, or vocal explanation concerning a ‘section’ of an interesting image, photograph, illustration, or map. Some examples?

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2. Short, snappy videos followed by quiz questions

Young people are used to looking at a lot of snappy video material. Why not use this to their ( and your) advantage? A YouTube video could help you deliver instructions on a new theme, or chapter. If you are up to it, and have the time, you could film your own instruction video on your mobile phone, and embed it in a LessonUp slide. Make it short and engaging, followed by 3 to 5 quiz questions. In the following video our colleague, Alice, tells you  👉 how to create a quiz question


3. It's the perfect time to implement drag & drop questions

The drag & drop question may offer the most unique interactivity as it physically requires students to drag and drop elements to the correct target/s. In addition, you can provide different variations of learning: reviewing event timelines, activating language vocabulary, or connecting themes and terms. It takes longer to create than a quiz or an open-ended question, but it’s worth your while. Students enjoy working with it - It engages and activates them on several levels. View this video to see 👉 how to create a drag and drop question.

Hereunder are some examples of engaging lessons with a drag & drop question:

👉 Our solar system

👉 Memory+ (history)