We recently sat down with three of our Performance & Events travel experts to find out why music, theatre and dance groups should take their show on the road. Between them, Bryan, David and Shilo have over 40 years of experience in the performance and student travel industries, and they're ready to share their top benefits of performance travel.
Science, engineering, technology, and math can be daunting subjects for some students, but we know many educators use creative, innovative STEM activities to tie these lessons to everyday life. From LEGO® blocks to making your own butter, STEM can help kids build skills in problem solving and teamwork, while building work ethic and self-esteem.
At Brightspark, we offer seven new custom STEM tours to some of our top destinations, including hands-on workshops and project-based experiential learning opportunities at many attractions.
Here are just a few of our favorite stops by subject:
Sure, Disney World and Disneyland are a lot of fun. But that’s not the only reason why they’re some of our most popular student tour destinations. During tours, groups participate in an array Disney Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) programs that introduce students to the educational components of these information-rich parks. Led by knowledgeable Disney professionals, these accredited, standards-based programs are filled with hands-on lessons that will reinforce what is taught in the classroom.
If you’ve experienced student travel, you know that it has a significant impact on kids. But did you know that some of the benefits stay with students throughout their lives? By adding a hands-on element to lessons and introducing students to new places, the influence of educational tours can be long-lasting. Here are just a few examples of the long-term benefits:
As educators recognize the importance of student learning styles and the differences between linear and non-linear thinking, a “sketchnote revolution” is emerging. Gone are the days of teachers scolding students for drawing in the back of the classroom — now experts know that doodlers gain a 29 percent increase in information retention.
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The emotions of the civil rights struggle are impossible to capture, but imagine this: A 54-year-old African American woman, Annie Lee Cooper, clubbed by a local sheriff as she waits outside a courthouse, registering to vote. Now imagine Ms. Cooper portrayed by Oprah Winfrey.
The Apple Watch is making quite a splash in the education world! While student usage of wearable technology in the classroom can be questionable, we believe that teacher usage can be beneficial. As strong supporters of education technology (read a blog post from our EdTech expert), we wanted to highlight the ways in which teachers can use the Apple Watch to teach smarter.
Flipped classrooms remain a controversial subject, but the results are quite compelling. For those unfamiliar with the terminology, in essence, students absorb the content (videos of lectures, reading, etc.) at home and do what would otherwise be considered “homework” in school. EdTech expert Steve Ryan explores the process for flipping the classroom, both in the classroom itself and at home.
Our travel experts have identified the most influential student travel trends of 2015, and from ecology tours to travel selfies, these travel industry trends are sure to inspire out-of-the-box learning.