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  • kawrou
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    • March 14, 2017, 04:03:51 am
    • London
Winter Camp 2020 - Online Zoom
« on: November 18, 2020, 12:16:30 pm »
Hi, it's winter camp season soon and I was wondering if any of you have tried doing a summer camp online?
Even though I've been here for 3 years, I've only had to do one camp which was manageable. But doing it online whilst keeping it interesting is a whole other thing.
Was hoping to get some advice from those of you that have already done it.
Thanks :-[


  • eeancira
  • Newgookin

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    • July 21, 2020, 06:11:47 am
    • South Korea
Re: Winter Camp 2020 - Online Zoom
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2020, 02:47:34 pm »
Online Camp can be difficult. Out of my 3 days of summer camp this year, I had to do 1 online, through Zoom. The expectations were to have the students talking and using English. My co-teacher wanted the students to take this chance to speak and ask questions, sort of like a conversation. It can be difficult when the students are lower level, but I recommend choosing activities or a theme that you can build with them. For example, with my boys school I did Avatar: The Last Airbender theme. During the online portion we started with some vocabulary and I gave them two questions that we would be talking about, then I showed a 20 minute episode of the show which I created the questions from. After watching the clip, we talked about the clip, what did they see, what did they understand, and what are their answers to the questions. Then I did a Kahoot! game with them, I had 8 students so two groups of 4 online for about 45 minutes. The kahoot! was done using their phones or having them write down their answers. For camp I was not strict or pressuring, I made sure to have a list of back ups if the students weren't engaged or answering. Online can be difficult, but your energy as a teacher greatly sets the tone of the camp. Try to stay positive and move on to another activity if the students are not enjoying it. For online camp it's okay to do ZOOM games (i.e. hangman, guess the word? which you show a picture and students guess what it is, mentimeter app, padlet, find the letter-you give students a letter and they find something in their room that starts with that letter), as long as you're involving students in English and giving students time to understand and participate.
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Re: Winter Camp 2020 - Online Zoom
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2020, 03:28:32 pm »
Hi
I did 4 online camps for each grade (3-6) at elementary school this last summer.
Yes it was a bit of work.
I did have them do some writing (a poem!) (usually after class as we ran out of time during the zoom).  They had to read it the next day - and show their illustrations.
We also played board games - each student had a copy of the board and threw their own dice (or spinner) and interacted in that way.
I also used mini whiteboards for them to write on and hold up (laminated sheet would also work)
To monitor and record their talking  I had a print out of their names and I used that to mark when they spoke, what kind of response it was.  Each day I used a different color.

Yes, there were a few technical glitches but my co-teacher dealt with those by talking to students (and parents) online until they were resolved.

Online using zoom was much better than a pre-recorded version of camp which is one option that I was given!


  • kawrou
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    • March 14, 2017, 04:03:51 am
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Re: Winter Camp 2020 - Online Zoom
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2020, 02:47:57 pm »
Thanks for the replies!
I'm teaching middle school and it will be 5 days online. 2 periods per grade. Not sure how many students will be participating yet.
During the normal school online lessons, it was quite tedious to do games as there are at least  30+ students per class and it took a long time for them to get up and find things in their house for example.
I was considering an animation/movie camp as it might easier than some other ideas.
But am also thinking of preparing some art/craft things for them to do as well. Something that they can produce for a portion of the lesson. 


  • Ericwesch
  • Newgookin

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    • February 07, 2012, 08:42:51 pm
    • Changwon, South Korea
Re: Winter Camp 2020 - Online Zoom
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2020, 09:18:04 am »
Hi,
Here are 10 games you can play online with them using Baamboozle.
https://youtu.be/vBmzTbl87Sk