School Bus Edutainment
Children spend almost two or more hours inside the school bus each day on travel. More commonly students spend this time sleeping inside the bus when there are ways to make this free time productive.
Spent wisely, this amount of time could be used by the students to communicate with each other both socially and informational. Students are in a rush in the morning fighting to stay awake, in the evening they are trying their best to not fall asleep on the bus.
School authorities could make this free time adequate and worthwhile by adding entertainment by using the “In Bus Edutainment” system.
Edutainment means education through entertainment; edutainment focuses on drawing student’s attention to a center by using entertainment.
Recent studies conducted proved that around 68% of this generation students posses smart devices and by utilising these devices you can implement “In bus edutainment”. Here are few ways to implement Edutainment in school buses.
Educational games prove to be a treasure trove of learning opportunities. Educational games are commonly developed intentionally or incidentally in mind to educate children.
Games can be of different types Video games, Board games; Card games etc. using such playing techniques students can grasp concepts of certain subjects which they find hard to assess in the classroom.
Due to frequent interaction and inductive reasoning games are treated as informative engines. Here are a few games that students can play while on bus
- Card Games
- Online Chess
- Board Games
- Video Games
FILM AND TELEVISION
Movies and television shows that illustrate educational content have been around since 1943. Television and movies can be divided into three categories on the basis of how much educational content they portrait. They are,
- Content with primarily educational intentions
- Content with great quality of both education and entertainment
- Content with incidental or occasional educational value
Entertaining educational Television shows and movies can grab the attention of young students. The major televisions shows and movies that students follow these days are,
- Sesame Street
- Sid the Science Kid
- Go Diego Go: Animals Around the World
- Dora The Explorer
- School House Rock
- America the Story of Us Finding Nemo
AUDIO AND VIDEO
Unlike TV shows and movies, there are other shows which utilises music and video to convey educational content. These shows use music as an aid to memorise historic dates and compound equations.
There are Youtube channels that exist solely to give out educational content. These shows are very informative for young budding minds, the below listed are few shows that young students follow the most these days,
- Schoolhouse Rock
- CGP Grey
- Meet Arnold
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
- Crash Course
Radio and Podcasts
Especially in-vehicle radios and podcasts are the best way to implement edutainment. Radios for decades have been a medium for knowledge exchange. They have been the means of entertainment for people of all age groups.
Whether it may be home, office, gym or traveling we usually listen to radios. Introducing radio programs to school going students which is entertaining an educational is beneficial to them.
Podcasts are usually free of charge to listeners and creating them is of no cost, due to this reason the large measure of content is flowing through this medium and good amount of it is educational. Almost every school going student is carrying smart devices and students can follow such valuable podcasts.
During their regular bus trips, students can follow different radio channels and podcasts which are both educational and entertaining allowing them to expand their knowledge on both social and educational elements.
The following are the Radio shows and podcasts that young students should be introduced to,
- Short and Curly
- Y! Lil Kidz Tunes
- Radio Disney
- The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd
- Stuff You Missed in History Class
- Pandora Radio
- Ted Talks
Toys are possibly the earliest and easiest means of edutainment for students. Toys can be used to convey numerical, literacy, conceptual or motor skills. Even though all toys do not possess explicit educational value but with proper guidance, students can understand the proper use of the toys.
For young children, toys are the means for expressing their character or their natural instincts. No matter if the student is an introvert or extrovert toys can be beneficial to children of a different mindset. Few of the most useful toys are,
- Rubiks Cube
- Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game
- The Civil War For Kids
- RiddleCube the Game
- Little Big Planet 3 for PS4
Influence of Hip Hop in Edutainment
Don’t be mind boggled if you hear that edutainment was made popular by The Techa or commonly known as KRS One. There album “Edutainment” was a prime example in the transmission of historical and technical knowledge.
These days examples of edutainment are all around the world. As the name suggests the combination of education with entertainment is a valuable aspect. So why not imply this strategy on the school buses where children spend at least two hours a day, to improve their social and educational knowledge.