Summer’s here and while it’s a good time for students to spend some time outdoors, it’s also the perfect opportunity for them to engage with fun ed tech programs that can help in preparation for the next academic year. Instead of having to complete assignments to a strict schedule, students have the time to get creative. Here are four tips to make learning a lot more interesting for educators and students during the summertime.
1.) Devise a project
Plenty of free time equates to the ideal time for students to start work on a project that can be used in the classroom in the fall semester. And now, there are some excellent tools available online to lend a professional appearance to just about any project or presentation you are planning. Check out the following four sites to get you on your way: Wikispaces, Glogster, Prezi and Google Docs.
2.) Create a real class website
Creating a class website isn’t the chore it once was thanks to some nifty resources that help users give a professional and polished appearance to websites. Students can customize their own class domain names, avail of a great selection of design templates and integrate various form of media with their websites using free tools such as Yola, Weebly or Wix.
3.) Create your own story
Teachers and students can work in tandem with Kerpoof - an online story and comic-creator – to create stories, comic scenes, animated movies, cards and pictures. Teachers can create a class account, allowing an entire class to log in simultaneously using a nickname and password assigned by a teacher. The artwork is never boring, and there are no ads or inappropriate content to get in the way of creating a great story.
4.) Get organized for the coming school year
Freeology is a fantastic resource primarily for teachers but also applicable to students who want to take preparation to the next level. There is a multitude of resources available to download, including pre-made and free graphic organizers, forms, calendars, certificates, worksheets and a whole lot more.
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