15 Cool Websites That Make Summer Learning Fun
You can keep learning alive and well for your kids this summer with a little bit of commitment, a few bright ideas and some help from the excellent resources available at these enriching, experience-based learning websites:
One: Austin History Center: library.austintexas.gov/ahc/about-us
Two: Code: code.org/learn
This popular coding and app writing site features high-quality online courses and other intriguing learning options for kids. It’s especially perfect for young people (and adults) who have a strong interest in technology.
Three: College Prep Websites: http://goo.gl/zknc7W
This aggregated collection lists out 50 parent or teen-focused websites dedicated to college admission, college financial aid, college life and more.
Four: Fun Brain: funbrain.com
Focused on math and reading, Fun Brain is an engaging destination for kids who enjoy learning through games and puzzles.
Five: Khan Academy: khanacademy.org
Khan Academy offers impressive depth on a wide range of subjects. The site’s motto is: “The only thing you need to know is that you can learn anything.” We like the sound of that!
Six: iTunesU: apple.com/education/itunes-u
iTunesU boasts a robust blend of media-based learning materials that are organized by genre and topic. Dive in and let your imagination soar.
Seven: National Geographic Kids: kids.nationalgeographic.com
This highly visual site makes learning extra exciting via a series of puzzles, games, videos, photo collections and more.
Eight: NASA for Students: nasa.gov/audience/forstudents
Your child can unleash his or her inner astronaut and explore the heavens with this fascinating material straight from NASA headquarters.
Nine: Open Culture Online Courses: openculture.com/freeonline
Open Culture highlights a staggering collection of 1,000 lectures, videos and podcasts from universities around the world. Guaranteed to blow your mind…
Ten: ReadWriteThink: readwritethink.org
This site offers a plethora of top notch education resources for parents, teachers, and kids, including the Printing Press program that allows kids to create their own booklets, brochures, business cards, and so forth.
Eleven: Science Bob: sciencebob.com
Science Bob is a delightfully quirky and engaging learning destination featuring science experiments and experiences—plus it’s the home of the mysterious “Whatever you do, don’t click here” button. You know you want to find out more…
Twelve: StoryJumper: storyjumper.com
Kids can discover the joys of storytelling and authorship with this clever create-your-own-booklet application. A suite of intuitive tools, images and “props” are also included.
Thirteen: TED-Ed: http://ed.ted
Not only is TED-Ed a great destination for all kinds of learning, it’s also one of the best places on the planet to find motivational and inspirational content for parents, kids and educators.
Fourteen: Vocab Head: www.vocabahead.com
A collection of short videos that offers definitions, usage and pictures associated with interesting vocabulary words. Users can also subscribe to receive a “Vocab Video of the Day” via email.
Fifteen: Whyville: http://www.whyville.net/smmk/nice
Whyville is a very cool destination for preteen online learning featuring “safe” social media, games, virtual worlds and more.
Wishing you a fun summer and happy learning!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Kaye Rogers received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a minor in Statistics from the University of North Texas. She earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Tarleton State University. A life-long Texan, she has taught math and science in public schools and also in Spain. She has worked in public education for over 18 years, where she is committed to innovation and choice for families. She has opened three choice schools and is currently the Director of Virtual Learning at Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, where she oversees their state-wide virtual school and blended schools program.
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