By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
Worried about summer brain drain? Encouraging kids to continue learning so they stay on track when they return in the fall is a top priority. Here at Curriki, we wanted to ignite the learning spark by taking advantage of the out-of-classroom time to allow kids the freedom to direct their own learning. Here are some fun and creative ideas for students of all ages.
Read a book!
StorySnoops has many different recommended reading lists for students and you can search by age and topic ranging from “Girl Power” and “Feel Good Reads” to “Books for Reluctant Readers” and “Coming of Age” books.
Five Free Apps for Summer Fun and Learning
Curriki is featuring 5 apps that are both fun and educational.
Free online workshop to learn computer programming
“This is a part of truly inspirational course with great support both online and in the final two face to face days… it is a highly engaging tool for students … Did I mention that the ORACLE Fundamentals of Java course is free?” – Clifford F, Curriki Member
From Oracle Academy, Getting Started with Java Using Alice engages students with little or no programming experience to learn basic Java programming concepts. Participants use Carnegie Mellon’s Alice* platform to do something fun – create animated stories, movies and games.
Learn to create a podcasT
This highly rated Podcast Collection resource was created by Judy Scharf and includes ideas for podcast topics, tips to create a podcast, how to submit a podcast to iTunes and more.
Here are a few special science collections that include hand-selected engaging, open-source, interactive digital content created by Curriki teachers and partners such as NASA, PhET, and Khan Academy.
Choose from “Fish Mummy Project,” or “14 Experiments on Plant Life & Growth” to “Chemistry Video Project,” and more.