Times have changed. Gone were the days when teachers deliver the same old lectures day after day. Now, everyone expects teachers to integrate technology in the classroom. Why not, technology has become the best learning tool in the classroom making more students engaged in the lesson, improving collaboration and making learning more fun!

The good thing is that the Internet is loaded with tools that can enable teachers to bring a sense of fun and engagement to their lessons. However, it is important to seamlessly incorporate these activities into the lesson and not to force to use them for the sake of using technology.

Here are some ideas for leveraging technology to kick those lessons up a notch!



Kahoot and Quizlet

Kahoot is a student-response gamifying tool that lets teachers create multiple-choice quizzes and polls and is a great way to incorporate fun and games in the classroom! It provides quick, real-time results and gives students instant feedback on their devices without anyone being called out individually.

I use this platform mainly to review concepts and vocabulary. My students always ask to play Kahoot again and again so I decided to establish a Kahoot day for quick revision and informal assessments. You can also challenge your students to create their own Kahoot quiz to allow higher order learning.

2. Photo Scavenger Hunt

Students are handed a list of things that can be found within school grounds ranging from very easy (ex: a world map) to moderate (ex: a student reading a book) to difficult (ex: a lizard). Vary the amount of points for each level of difficulty.

Then, students are instructed to take photos on their smartphones or tablets and cross off the items they have found.  They can form teams or work individually. Each team should decide who’s phone or camera will be used to take scavenger hunt photos. It should be the same phone for all of the team photos.

The winner is the player or team that find the most items on the list.

Optional: I try to combine this activity with the elements of the Treasure Hunt game. For example, I give clues or unlock new challenges when a team has successfully emailed their photo to me.

3. WebQuests

Webquest is an inquiry-based approach to learning and a perfect way for teachers to begin integrating Internet searches into their curriculum.  It provides an authentic, technology-rich environment for problem solving and information processing.

A web quest guides students to search the Internet for specific information. For example, in a webquest called What Is the Most Serious Problem Facing Earth?, student teams vie for funding from the fictional Help Our World (HOW) Foundation. Each team builds a case for a critical environmental concern. Which threat is the most critical? Which team should be awarded the foundation’s $1 million grant? (see more here).

There are tons of already-constructed webquests out there like these ones from Zunal.com or you can create your own based on your lessons. A well-designed webquest lets you turn your students loose on the web for a specific project and get results that both you and your students will love.

4. QR Code Hunt

This game is similar to the classic treasure hunt game except that students have to search the school for QR codes which contain questions or clues to the game.

Playing this fun activity is easy. First, I prepare a list of questions from the topics that I want my students to learn or revise. Then I create and print the QR code for each question and place them across the school.



Students are put into small teams or pairs with one person owning a mobile device. They need to download a QR code reader first which is free on App Store or Google Play. Internet connection is not required once they have the app since the QR codes decode as text files.

Now, students need to search the school for these clues and scan each QR Code to get each question. They must then work together to find the answer to this question. The team that brings the most number of answers wins the game

You can create QR Codes online using Classtools QR Treasure Hunt Generator.

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5. Word Cloud

A word cloud is a list of words arranged randomly and forms into a shape. It is a great way for students to summarize information, increase vocabulary and make connections between concepts. I love creating word cloud with my students because they are fun and easy to make!

There many word cloud generators online but the ones that I like the most are ABCYa and Word It Out.

6. Lyrics Training

Lyrics Training is a fantastic website to learn a language with music! Students will watch and listen to a music video and fill in the missing lyrics of the song. The website has a huge collection of songs in all genres and caters to different proficiency levels such as beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert.

7. Infographics 

Incorporating infographics in the classrooms is one of the best ways to engage students in the lesson while having fun at the same time.

Allow your students to digest complex information they have learned by creating eye-catching infographics. It can help students learn to interpret data, organize ideas, and make important connections. There are different free web-based applications that students can use to create infographics such as Piktochart and Venngage, but my students find Easel.ly very user-friendly.

8. Storyboard 

We are all familiar to this classic learning activity where students write and draw a story in a comic format but did you know that they can do it easily online? Storyboard That is an online storyboard creator that offers hundreds of scenes and characters organized by time period, as well as a variety of styles of text bubbles to fill the storyboard frames. Students can print their saved storyboards or download them in a PowerPoint version.


How do you use technology in the classroom? Let us know in the comments!


Author: Melchor Bernardo

Students call me Teacher Mel. After quitting law school, I moved to Vietnam to be with my first love – teaching English! This website is a bit of a copy of my teaching styles and philosophy. I live by the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

17 comments on “Fun Classroom Activities Using Technology

  1. Great activities! I am excited to do the Qr code hunting with my middle school students. Thank you for sharing!

  2. greg_faraldo on said:

    Kahoot is always a class favourite! I also let my students use online dictionary that doesn’t need an internet connection (to avoid cheating when writing essays, etc). Have you tried Wordle? It’s also a good app for making word cloud.

  3. Michelle R on said:

    The digital age challenges us to use technology in ways that facilitate language learning. When teachers use technology responsibly, both teachers and students will benefit from technology in its supporting role not only in the ESL/EFL classroom but in other subjects as well.

  4. ghoskins on said:

    Thanks for this post because for some strange reason I had not been able to locate a working site that did not ask me for a lot of information about myself just to use the “word cloud” app.

    • You’re welcome @ghoskins I know the struggle! Sometimes its hard for students to get into or save the word cloud because some apps require too much info from the user. Word It Out is one of best and easiest app to use!

  5. fozia on said:

    lots and lots of web 2.0 tools…truly amazing

  6. Firmansyah Kusasi on said:

    Hi
    Amazing, and full of inspiring activities
    I’ll try the web quest, qr code hunt and infogrphics which are more suitable to my class.
    Just suggestion..Why dont’t you give a try to video projects, and prezi presentation, and let’s see the students anthusiasm.

    Regards

    • Thanks for the suggestion! Actually I have some videos but putting them together for a presentation takes a lot of time. I will definitely do that in the future!

      And I’m glad you love the activities! Let us know how it worked for you 🙂

  7. OSOMAT on said:

    La caza de codigos QR me parecen interesante los empezare usar. Pero necesito mas sugerencias

  8. Bertha Sillas on said:

    I may be teaching ESL in middle school and I appreciate the information, ideas, and resources you provide on the website.

  9. I will try Piktochart with my students

  10. Genevive on said:

    Wonderful suggestions! I’d love to try Lyrics Training with my music class. Thanks for your ideas 💡 ❤️

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