It's November 25th and the Christmas season is nearly upon us - a traditional time of chaos in classrooms with students counting down the days, preparations for school productions and fetes eating into teachers' time and the general fatigue of term setting in.
So this year we thought we'd give you a little present.
Something persistent that your students can engage with when you need a little brain break, something to get their Christmas creativity flowing whilst providing them with some fun and variety - the iPad Educators Appvent Calendar.
Ok so when we came up with the idea for an Appvent Calendar, we Googled it and of course other people have thought of this delightful little play on words before - but we're bringing you something we feel is a little different.
Our vehicle (or sleigh) for this festive adventure is Thinglink which we used this time last year for the App Wars project around the launch of the Force Awakens movie. This time we have designed our own advent calendar style on Thinglink and tagged 25 Christmas themed task so it.
Whilst there are a couple of dedicated Christmas apps on there, most are broader apps that can be used across the curriculum and you could easily transpose the concept to meet another topic.
There's also no rule that you need to do them one a day or even in order! After all, you won't be in school all 25 days of Advent (at least I hope you won't!) so feel free to use the Appvent Calendar in whichever way you like -
Perhaps deploy it for homework over the month of December and give students the choice of which task they complete each week?
Perhaps challenge them to select their own tasks during morning registration time and reward the person who can complete the most?
Perhaps do the task assigned to the actual day for those days you are in school and leave the others as optional?
Perhaps reward students who can complete a task using a different app than the one suggested?