30 Virtual School Activities That Students & Educators Love (2023)

As a teacher, you know better than anyone how much the past year has transformed learning. And although our circumstances will continue to change, virtual learning is still a reality for many students and teachers.

No matter what teaching looks like this year, building a sense of community is so important for you and your students, especially if they’re learning at home.

But with hundreds of virtual teaching platforms to choose from, how do you make sure your students are getting the best resources to learn and grow — and have fun while doing it?

We’ll help you narrow it down with a complete list of 30 virtual school activities for students of all ages. Whether you teach elementary school, middle school or high school, this list has your remote learning needs covered!

Try these virtual learning games & apps for online learning

Learning outside of the classroom can be easy and fun with these virtual school must-haves. Use these free virtual resources to engage students online and make your virtual classroom feel like home.

1. Prodigy Math Game

Price: Free. The optional Premium Membership provides extra in-game features for students and additional tools for parents, starting at $4.99 USD per student, per month.

In or out of the classroom, math games are a great way to keep students excited about learning math — even when it comes down to tricky concepts.

With Prodigy Math Game, you can keep math class fun wherever students are!

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As your students create unique characters, explore virtual worlds, collect pets and enjoy all the fun in-game adventures Prodigy offers, they’ll also answer curriculum-aligned math questions. Plus, Prodigy’s adaptive algorithm is built to meet students where they are, so they’ll receive questions that match their progress level.

Use your free teacher account to create a classroom and:

  • View in-depth data on student and class progress
  • Create Assessments that align with your lesson plans
  • Differentiate in-game content based on individual student needs

Parents can also sign up for their own account to view and support their child’s progress and motivate them even more!

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P.S. Check out these free resources to help you use Prodigy in your virtual classroom!

  • How to use Prodigy to fight summer learning loss
  • How to use Prodigy in your everyday virtual teaching strategies
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2. Zoom

Price: Free or paid versions, with education plans for schools and classrooms.

In the past year, Zoom has become a close friend to many of us. And it’s no wonder!

Zoom is a reliable and accessible way to engage your class with virtual teaching. Use it to:

  • Host online classes with video and screen sharing
  • Engage your classroom with online polls, breakout rooms and virtual chats
  • Host zoom games where students can join the fun from home or at school!

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3. Flipgrid

Price: Free

Come up with discussions that really get your class talking! Flipgrid offers over 35,000 conversation starters to spark student creativity. Students can respond to each prompt with their own videos, which are displayed on the response board for the rest of the class to see.

The best part? It’s filled with fun editing resources so students can add animations, emojis and text to create fun videos they can be proud of.

4. TEDEd

Price: Free

TEDEd was specifically designed to celebrate student and teacher ideas.

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You’ll find free online lessons in tons of subjects — including Earth School, where students watch videos, answer quizzes and complete quests to learn more about the natural world.

Plus, the TEDEd program lets students create their very own TED talks to share what they’re passionate about with the rest of the class!

5. Google Classroom

Price: Free

Encourage virtual teamwork with your one-stop-shop for lessons, assignments and class discussions.

Google Classroom provides access to:

  • Google Meet — Host video lessons and presentations online.
  • Google Forms — Host surveys and quizzes for your class to fill out.
  • Google Calendar — Keep track of lessons and give students insight into the structure of their day.
  • Google Slides — Present lessons in a presentation format and include visuals to keep your class engaged.

And more!

6. Seesaw

Price: Free for the basic plan, with optional paid teacher or school plans starting at $10 USD per month.

Start meaningful conversations and encourage student engagement with the online platform that “creates a powerful learning loop between students, teachers, and families.”

With Seesaw, students have a digital space to share their thoughts and give you insight on how they’re learning. Plus, you can keep families in the loop with an exclusive space for home-to-school connections.

7. YouTube Kids

Price: Free

The good old days of TV stands on wheels are long behind us. Now, students can watch fun, educational videos no matter where they are!

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YouTube Kids was built with kids in mind. This means the video content you choose to share with your class will always be safe and appropriate for their age group.

Have students download the app or watch directly on their browsers, then assign them videos on art, science and everything in between!

8. Miro

Price: Free for the basic plan, with optional subscription plans starting at $8 USD per member, per month.

See new ideas spark and virtual collaboration happen right in front of your eyes — and add a pop of color to make the day a little brighter.

Miro is an online whiteboard that lets your class collaborate through tables, flowcharts, sticky notes and more. Perfect for brainstorms or team projects!

9. Prezi

Price: Free

Virtual learning can never be dull when you have this many fun effects and templates to choose from!

Whether you’re using it for lessons or encouraging students to create their own, Prezi makes online presentations easy and fun with plenty of design resources and a user-friendly interface.

Create presentation decks, videos, infographics, maps and more. Let student creativity take over and see the amazing results!

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6 Traditional learning activities to bring online

In today’s digital world, virtual learning is more prevalent than ever. But that doesn’t mean we should say goodbye to our favorite in-class activities!

Here’s how to transform classic school activities into online activities that are perfect for distance learning.

1. Digital escape rooms

No room needed! Bring this classic team-building activity online and transform your classroom or students' homes into haunted houses, pirate ships or even the North Pole!

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2. Two Truths and a Lie

Put a spin on this classic icebreaker game through online polls, presentation decks, or quiz platforms like Kahoot!. Compile student submissions into a quiz format. Then have them vote on each other’s options and see the submissions on-screen right away.

You can also use this game to supplement lessons. For example, add two truths and a lie questions during activities that review science concepts or historical figures.

3. Virtual journal writing

Instead of daily journal entries on paper, encourage virtual journal submissions through an online platform like Google Docs.

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Or, take it to the next level and start a classroom blog. Students can compile their entries and reflect on each others’ submissions, then look back on their great work at the end of the year.

4. Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Create a checklist to bring your scavenger hunt online. Then have your students submit pictures to check items off the list.

Your list can include:

  • Items they can find around their home (find 3 items that have stripes)
  • Information they can find online (when was the telephone invented?)
  • Information about one another (find a classmate who is left handed)

Host one big scavenger hunt, or provide one daily checklist item for them to find by the end of the day.

5. Read aloud videos

Record yourself reading a book out loud, then send the video to your students and have them listen during class time. Or find author read alouds that introduce students to the authors of their favorite books, so they can hear the stories straight from the source.

6. Virtual brain breaks

Brain breaks are an effective way to keep kids energized and ready to learn more. And there are so many options for online brain breaks!

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  • Videos that encourage activity (like an action song or yoga video)
  • Online games (try assigning five minutes of Prodigy time between class tasks)
  • Fun discussion topics that prompt online chats (Ex. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?)

Take one of these exciting virtual field trips

Even if they don’t happen in person, field trips can still be informative, exciting and hands-on! In fact, virtual field trips may be even better, because you can visit places that are hundreds or even thousands of miles away!

Here’s how to encourage classroom community building and bring your students to brand new places, without ever leaving your home or classroom.

1. Virtual zoo or aquarium

Lions and tigers and bears … and penguins and sharks and monkeys! Oh my!

A virtual zoo visit is super fun for younger students, or a great way for students of any age to learn more about animals and their habitats.

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2. Virtual national park tours

Your class can visit some of the most famous parks and learn more about nature without even stepping outside! Use Parks Through Your Screen to explore different parks and see them from a brand new perspective.

3. Virtual walking trails

Let your class explore mountains, trails, forests or even the pyramids! These virtual walking tours from across the globe provide an exciting online escape along with plenty of learning opportunities.

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4. Ellis Island tour

Provide students with a hands-on history lesson through this interactive online tour of the historic Ellis Island. They’ll find stories, photos and notable facts at each stop.

4. Museums and art galleries

Some of the most well-known galleries in the world offer amazing online exhibits anyone can enjoy.

Try these:

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6 Virtual back to school activities for the first day of the school year

Back to school is the best time of year! And there are so many ways to make your first day of school activities welcoming and fun, whether they’re online or in person.

1. Play virtual ice breaker games

On the first day of school, it’s important for classmates to get to know one another, and for you to get to know them!

Ask icebreaker questions through online chats, play virtual games (like two truths and a lie) or have students create quick online profiles that feature fun or important facts about them.

2. Set expectations

Whether learning is remote, hybrid or in-person, it’s important that students know your classroom expectations and where to find everything they need.

Make sure to:

  • Share your digital class schedule
  • Let students know the best way to ask questions online
  • Communicate classroom rules (try using Bitmojis to keep things light and fun!)

3. Send fun virtual questionnaires

Give students fun questions that will help them find out what they have in common and build community for the rest of the school year.

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Ask questions like:

  • What’s your favorite movie?
  • What’s your favorite thing about school?
  • What’s one thing you want to try this year?

Send them through fun online questionnaires through Google Forms, or create storyboards in Miro to display responses. Don’t forget to share your answers too!

4. Design virtual lockers

Use a fun Bitmoji template and have students create virtual lockers to display their personal style or show off their favorite things. To take it a step further, create a whole virtual classroom where students can customize their own space.

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5. Share summer stories

Encourage your class to get creative and talk about what they did during the summer in whatever way they’d like.

This could be:

  • Videos
  • Essays
  • Podcasts
  • Digital art
  • Presentations

Or anything else they can think of!

6. Send out student learning surveys

Once you’ve shared your expectations for them, let students share theirs, too!

Send an online survey to each student asking questions like:

  • How do you learn best?
  • What’s your favorite way to learn?
  • What questions do you have for me?
  • What do you want to learn the most this year?

More ways to make virtual school fun

We couldn’t forget these activities! Here are a few more ways to make your online classroom awesome.

1. Encourage socialization

Social emotional learning is critical for student success.

And the best way to help students practice their social emotional skills? Provide them with plenty of opportunities to socialize and collaborate in fun, easy ways.

Try these:

  • Assign social emotional learning activities online
  • Have frequent breakout rooms for students to socialize in small groups
  • Create a collaborative class playlist on Spotify or listen to music as a class
  • Hold regular discussions with the whole class and allow students to use chat functions or speak out loud

2. Hold virtual morning meetings

Have a daily check-in with morning meetings where you and your students can share feelings, thoughts and ideas for the day. Then go through your schedule and make sure everyone has all the online resources they’ll need.

3. Host theme days

Have regular theme days where the class wears a certain color or accessory, or dresses as a specific character.

For example, create a “color of the week” where every Friday, students wear as much of a specific color as they can find. Then let them show off their outfits in your online classroom!

Get the most out of your virtual classroom

Online teaching can be a tough balance. But with such a wide range of virtual school activities to choose from, there’s no shortage of fun your class can have while they learn!

Add a few of these activities to your online lesson plans to help students learn, play and collaborate — no matter where they are!

Looking for an online activity to supplement your math lessons?

Prodigy can help make learning math fun!

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Assign curriculum-aligned math questions that match learning progress and grade levels, easily track student data, and provide your students with a fun way to practice math online — all while they embark on new adventures and battle friends to win rewards!

Create an Assessment for your Prodigy classroom today to keep students on track and differentiate for individual learning needs.

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FAQs

What are some fun online activities for students? ›

List of online classroom games
  • Digital Scavenger Hunt. Digital Scavenger Hunt is a game where the teacher compiles a list of items and activities that students complete by a given time. ...
  • Virtual Pictionary. ...
  • Virtual Trivia. ...
  • Virtual Musical Chairs. ...
  • Ambassadors. ...
  • Summer Book Club. ...
  • Geography Puzzles. ...
  • Virtual Game Show.
1 Aug 2022

How do you keep students attention in a virtual classroom? ›

FEEL FREE TO GO BIG AND READ THEM ALL IF CURIOSITY AND TIME PERMIT!
  1. Read. Read one or more article.
  2. Watch. Watch one or more video.
  3. Listen. Listen to one of more recording/podcast.
  4. Reflect. Reflect on the following question.

What are the most engaging activities that happen in an online class? ›

Encourage students to collaborate and work together with each other. It's especially crucial in online learning. Offer a wide range of group activities: Fun sessions to get to know each other, breakout rooms for discussions, group projects, “study buddy” programs, and more.

What are some fun class activities? ›

These top 10 classroom games provide fun ways to engage your students in academic learning, without them even realizing it!
  • Charades. ...
  • Hangman. ...
  • Scatter-gories. ...
  • Bingo. ...
  • Puzzles. ...
  • Draw swords. ...
  • Hot potato. ...
  • Pictionary.
2 Mar 2018

What fun activities can be done online? ›

  • What Is Online Team Building?
  • Team Building Exercises. Two Truths and a Lie. Bucket List Challenge. ...
  • Online Challenges. Cinnamon Challenge. The Disney Challenge. ...
  • Chat Rooms.
  • Corporate Traditions. Quarterly Christmas. Regular Book Club Meet-ups. ...
  • Online Fitness Classes.
  • Online Lessons.
  • Multiplayer Video Games. Spaceteam. Overcooked.

What are the online activities? ›

Most Popular Internet Activities
Percent of Internet users who report this activity
View live images online of a remote location or person, using a webcam17
Use an online social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, or Friendster16
Sell something online15
Visit an adult website13
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How do you make virtual learning more fun? ›

Create a more engaging virtual classroom
  1. Present your best (online) self.
  2. Use technology to your advantage.
  3. Find what inspires your students.
  4. Set goals and help students stick to them.
  5. Keep it interactive.
  6. Break down the lessons and make it digestible.
  7. Make your students feel valued.
  8. Be patient with your students.

How can we create a positive online learning environment? ›

Here are a few tips to create a positive online learning environment.
  1. Tip 1: Ensure that your room is conducive to learning. ...
  2. Tip 2: Learn good time management skills. ...
  3. Tip 3: Complete the course requirements as outlined by your instructor in the course Syllabus. ...
  4. Tip 4: Be able to communicate through writing.

How do I make online learning positive? ›

PROVIDE COLLABORATIVE LEARNING:

By organising and conducting group projects for students, teachers can enable a positive learning environment even virtually. Additionally, teachers can hold small group sessions with students so that they can converse and work together in a more comfortable environment.

How do you attract students attention? ›

10 Ways to Secure Your Students' Attention
  1. Be clear. At the outset of class—or better yet, the school year—clearly communicate your expectations. ...
  2. Be patient. ...
  3. Pump up the volume. ...
  4. Play a game. ...
  5. Strike a chord. ...
  6. Fly like a butterfly, sit quietly like a bee. ...
  7. Narrate your count down. ...
  8. Use clever attention-grabbers.
6 Oct 2016

How do you engage students virtually? ›

The following tips provide recommendations on how to engage learners virtually and maximize the remote learning experience.
  1. Address challenges and set expectations. ...
  2. Incorporate engagement strategies. ...
  3. Leave room for breaks. ...
  4. Provide office hours online or in person. ...
  5. Use a surprise element. ...
  6. Communicate frequently.
18 Jul 2022

How can we engage students during online learning? ›

Provide the students with clear instructions and expectations, particularly if this is a new activity or mode of collaboration. Use asynchronous tools when possible: Having students participate asynchronously enables them to reflect more on their contributions while also working on their written communication skills.

What is the most popular online activity? ›

Email use is the most popular internet activity
2020
Watching video content from sharing services68
Social networking69
Seeking health related information66
Listening to music59
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What are the learning activities? ›

15 active learning activities to energize your next college class
  • Think-pair-repair. In this twist on think-pair-share, pose an open-ended question to your class and ask students to come up with their best answer. ...
  • Improv games. ...
  • Brainwriting. ...
  • Jigsaw. ...
  • Concept mapping. ...
  • The one-minute paper. ...
  • Real-time reactions. ...
  • Chain notes.
2 Apr 2020

What are engaging activities? ›

Here are 14 creative ways to engage students in discussions, problem-solving, critical thinking, and more:
  • Assumption Busting. ...
  • Brain-sketching. ...
  • Brainstorming. ...
  • Concept Mapping. ...
  • Exaggeration. ...
  • Fishbone. ...
  • Laddering. ...
  • Negative (or Reverse) Brainstorming.

What are the creative activities of the school? ›

Creative Activities
  • Recitation/Story Telling.
  • Art & Craft.
  • Handwriting.
  • Mental Ability.
  • Field trips.
  • Choir.
  • Reading cards.
  • Activity based learning.

What are the five educational games? ›

Check out these five active educational games for kids:
  • Sylla-balls. ...
  • Letter Sound/Sight Word Road. ...
  • Letter Sound Hopscotch. ...
  • Sight Word/Letter Stomp. ...
  • Numbers Bowling.
16 Apr 2015

Which activity in school do you like the most? ›

Answer. Answer: we enjoy sports the most because we all play together with are friends and play many different type of sports game.

How do you make virtual learning more fun? ›

Create a more engaging virtual classroom
  1. Present your best (online) self.
  2. Use technology to your advantage.
  3. Find what inspires your students.
  4. Set goals and help students stick to them.
  5. Keep it interactive.
  6. Break down the lessons and make it digestible.
  7. Make your students feel valued.
  8. Be patient with your students.

What are some virtual activities for kids? ›

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  • 21 Educational (and Non-Lame) Virtual Activities for Kids. By Emma Singer. ...
  • Visit Your Local Zoo Or Aquarium. ...
  • Try a virtual yoga class. ...
  • Take a trip to the museum. ...
  • Draw With Mo Willems. ...
  • Watch a wildlife live-cam. ...
  • Have A Virtual Play Date. ...
  • Play an educational game.
5 Jan 2021

How do you make virtual classes more fun? ›

Here are five simple ways to engage your learners by making your online learning program more interactive.
  1. Ask for feedback. Any chance the learners have to leave feedback is a great opportunity for interaction. ...
  2. Let people choose the way. ...
  3. Make it social. ...
  4. Invite learners to contribute. ...
  5. Encourage peer evaluation.

How do you make a virtual learning interactive? ›

8 Ways To Make Online Classes More Interactive
  1. Incorporate Active Learning.
  2. Combine different media types into engaging learning scenarios.
  3. Try running a cohort-based course.
  4. Incorporate live lessons.
  5. Use Microlearning.
  6. Use storytelling methods of teaching.
  7. Use Gamification.
  8. Pause for questions and answer live chats.
8 Sept 2021

What activities do you do online? ›

Most Popular Internet Activities
Percent of Internet users who report this activity
Send or read email92%
Use a search engine to find information89
Search for a map or driving directions86
Look for info on a hobby or interest83
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What is exciting about online learning? ›

One of the great things about online courses is that assessment can become more of an ongoing process. This is good news for students as interspersing multimedia content and learning materials with regular short tests can improve student engagement.

What games can you play virtually with students? ›

Here are some easy Zoom games that can be played to get your class thinking, while having fun and getting to know their virtual classmates!
  • Go Find… ...
  • Pictionary. ...
  • Name, Place, Animal, or Thing. ...
  • Charades (Great to get the wiggles out!) ...
  • Zoom Out. ...
  • The Memory Game. ...
  • Simon Says (Great to get the wiggles out!) ...
  • 4 Corners.

How do you play 5 things on Zoom? ›

5. Five Things
  1. Name a topic and a person. That person has 15 seconds to name five specific items within the topic.
  2. That player then chooses another topic and player to continue.
5 days ago

How will you make your lessons fun and engaging? ›

How to Have More Fun Teaching
  1. Discover new things together. ...
  2. Incorporate mystery into your lessons. ...
  3. Be goofy; show you care. ...
  4. Participate in projects. ...
  5. Avoid “going through the motions.” ...
  6. Flip your lessons. ...
  7. Review–but don't repeat–material. ...
  8. Share your passions.
10 Oct 2015

How effective is virtual learning? ›

Online learning is not only more effective for students, but it is also better for the environment. Online courses consume 90% less energy and release 85% less CO2 per student than traditional in-person courses, according to the Open University in the United Kingdom.

How do you engage students in active learning? ›

Promoting student engagement through active learning

Strategies include, but are not limited to, question-and-answer sessions, discussion, interactive lecture (in which students respond to or ask questions), quick writing assignments, hands-on activities, and experiential learning.

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