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ResLife Portal has helped our department go fully digital for Programming reports, floor budgets and calendars, Staff duty calendar, Student interactions, Daily duty logs and Staff weekly reports. The staff can submit and view their programming plans and reports in real time. This program has not only helped up "go green in these areas" but also save time and be better organized.

~Scott Forthofer, Director of Residence Life, MontanaTech

Digital resources and program ideas:

Activities for students and while maintaining "social distancing"

Launched on March 16 2020. Last updated: April 6 2020 10:44 am CDT

  1. Host a program over a video conference call, just like a webinar (they happen every day in the corporate world).
  2. Digital hall council, such as RHA, elections through online voting (aka a survey)
  3. Video / live-stream study groups
  4. Host a video game tournament
  5. Record and/or stream health and fitness (such as workout classes and/or yoga)
  6. Online trivia competition, similar to the triva tournaments at a restaurant
  7. Video lip-singing competition, record the video and post online
  8. Video stream "room-cribs," have students take turns showing of their room!
  9. Record and/or stream Poetry Reading
  10. Webinar about Stress Management
  11. Webinar about Mediation
  12. Webinar about Emotional Intelligence
  13. Webinar about study tips while taking online classes
  14. Webinar about being cautious of online and telephone scams
  15. Webinar about empathy in a global society
  16. Webinar about Maslow's hierarchy of needs
  17. Webinar about Women's History Month (March 2020)
  18. Webinar about Adult / Life skills
  19. Webinar about "Social distancing doesn't mean emotional distancing"
  20. Webinar about Hygiene and / or High-Touch Surfaces to disinfect daily (such as: doorknobs, table surfaces, dining chairs, kitchen counters, bathroom counters, faucets / faucet knobs, toilet seats/handles, light switches, tv remote control, game controlers, etc.)
  21. Door decorating contest
  22. Photo Challenge / Instagram challenge, (also take a look at our ResLife Engage Instagram photo challenge)
  23. Instagram Talent Show
  24. Crafting tutorials live stream / video recording
  25. Digital treasure hunt (similar to Let's Make a Deal "quickie deal" style)
  26. Meme (image) scavenger hunt
  27. Digital "meet-ups" for coffee, lunch, and/or dinner
  28. Digital scrabble competition
  29. "Favorite campus traditions" March-Madness bracket style, have students vote on each pairing to advance in the bracket
  30. Book club, and discuss the book over a conference phone call (if you don't have access to a tangible book, try using eBooks)
  31. Digital Pen-Pals
  32. Online journaling session, have RAs send out a prompt/topic (perhaps a "happiness" or "gratitude" journal)
  33. Digital museum tours
    1. Travel and Leisure - Virutal Tour of Ireland https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/festivals/st-patricks-day-virtual-tour-ireland
    2. Travel and Leisure - Virtual Museums travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
    3. Google Arts and Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en
    4. Louvre https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
    5. National Gallery of Art: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-gallery-of-art-washington-dc?hl=en
    6. Ellis Island: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/webcast.htm
    7. Condé Nast - Museum Exhibits, Symphonies, and Operas: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/all-the-museum-exhibits-symphonies-and-operas-you-can-enjoy-from-home
  34. Digital tour of:
    1. San Diego Zoo: https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos
    2. National Mall Cherry Trees blooming: http://www.nationalmall.org/bloomcam
    3. Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute: nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams
    4. Yellowstone National Park https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
    5. Mammoth Hot Springs https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/yell-mammoth-hot-springs-trails.htm
    6. Monterey Bay Aquarium https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams
    7. Mars: https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/
  35. Digital streams of performances:
    1. The Metropolitan Opera: https://www.metopera.org/season/on-demand/Learn-More/
    2. Broadway plays: https://www.playbill.com/article/15-broadway-plays-and-musicals-you-can-watch-on-stage-from-home
  36. Cirque du Soleil: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueconnect
  37. Share your hand washing song video competition
  38. Music dance party through video live stream
  39. "Masked Singer" competition through video live stream
  40. Crossword puzzles competition video live stream
  41. Sudoku challenge video live stream (or even try sudoku tetris)
  42. Charades game video live stream
  43. Pictionary game video live stream
  44. Speed draw competitions video live stream
  45. 21 questions game video live stream
  46. Bingo video live stream
  47. Puppet show video live stream (use socks for the puppets, the crazier the sock the better!)
  48. Song-in-the-round (aka "Zoom-Looping"), one person makes a noise and each person builds upon the song
  49. Rube Goldberg Challenge
  50. Online Playing Cards games: http://playingcards.io/
  51. CBS News "Kindness 101" on Monday, March 23rd 2 p.m. ET https://www.facebook.com/CBSEveningNews/photos/pb.340093714072.-2207520000../10158475873839073/?type=3&theater
  52. Social Distancing & Isolation advice from Astronauts
    1. Forbes: Former Astronauts Share Ways To Cope With Social Distancing & Isolation https://www.forbes.com/sites/valeriestimac/2020/03/20/former-astronauts-share-ways-to-cope-with-isolation--social-distancing/
    2. New York Times: I Spent a Year in Space, and I Have Tips on Isolation to Share https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/21/opinion/scott-kelly-coronavirus-isolation.html
  53. Learn how to draw:
    1. Disney Parks - Mickey Mouse 1920s style https://youtu.be/jF1iD-xuo0g
    2. Disney Parks - Mickey Mouse Contemporary style https://youtu.be/vKfb0pyI3ZA
    3. Walt Disney Animation - Olaf (Frozen) https://youtu.be/c1nyIFTUxfk
  54. Verizon's weekly series 'Pay It Forward Live' kicks off to support small businesses affected by COVID-19: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/dave-matthews-livestream-concert-verizon-pay-it-forward-live-234734706.html
  55. HD Webcams of Animals, Beaches, Resorts, Scenic, and more: https://hdontap.com/
  56. The Old Globe (San Diego) - Online Theatre Programs https://www.theoldglobe.org/edp-pages/2020/online-theatre-programs/
  57. Citizen science projects connect you to people studying our world in the hopes of making it better:
    1. Tracking giraffes and other wildlife to help conservationists in northern Kenya https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/sandiegozooglobal/wildwatch-kenya
    2. Finding kelp forests from space https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/zooniverse/floating-forests
    3. Editing and verifying built structures for the USGS' National Map https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/ngp/tnm-corps
  58. "NASA At Home" educational content: https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
  59. Social distancing doesn't mean we can't get to know about each other... 36 odd things about me (example list):
    1. Do you put ketchup on hot dogs?
    2. Choice of soda (or "pop")?
    3. Chocolate or vanilla?
    4. Can you swim?
    5. Hot dogs or cheeseburgers?
    6. Favorite type of food?
    7. Do you believe in ghosts?
    8. What do you drink in the morning?
    9. Can you do 100 push ups?
    10. Favorite time of year?
    11. Your favorite hobby?
    12. Tattoos?
    13. Do you wear glasses?
    14. Do you have a phobia?
    15. Do you have a nick name?
    16. What do you do when stressed?
    17. Rain or snow?
    18. Can you change a tire?
    19. Favorite flower?
    20. Can you drive a stick-shift vehicle?
    21. Ever gone skydiving?
    22. How many Siblings do you have?
    23. Favorite color?
    24. Dream career?
    25. Can you whistle?
    26. Favorite vacation?
    27. Best friends?
    28. Favorite ice cream?
    29. Shower or bath?
    30. Broken bones?
    31. How many TVs are in your house?
    32. Worst pain?
    33. Do you like to sing?
    34. Favorite way to exercise?
    35. What do you enjoy binge watching?
    36. Favorite dessert?
  60. Levar Burton (from PBS Reading Rainbow): https://twitter.com/levarburton
  61. St. Patrick's Day:
    1. Who wears the most green photo competition
    2. Travel and Leisure - Virutal Tour of Ireland https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/festivals/st-patricks-day-virtual-tour-ireland

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