APPsolutely Fun Solutions for Summertime Academic Regression

Posted by Matt Berringer on June 18, 2014
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Ahhh … summer. The sunny season is right around the corner, offering a chance to recharge, revitalize, and reenergize kids, teachers, and maybe even some parents. While school-aged children should fully enjoy their long break at camp, the beach, and BBQs, they should not toss aside all they’ve learned during the academic year.

While required reading provides a peppering of academia over the summer, the age-old problem of keeping kids from academic regression persists. Fortunately, mobile devices with accompanying apps can help keep kids energized and on track at home. They can be downloaded free or for a nominal fee via Google PlayTM, the iTunes® Store, and more.

While apps like Edmodo are great for the school year, here are a few at home app recommendations from SunGard K-12 Education to help keep kids’ minds sharp:

  • BrainPOP: Learning at home is easy for secondary students across all subject areas, including science, social studies, English, math, engineering and tech, health, and arts and music. Kids can keep a record of learning milestones through quizzes, game play and other fun activities. There is also a BrainPOP Jr. for children K-3.
  • VideoScience: Designed for both iPhone® and iPad®, this science app has a growing library of more than 80 hands-on science lessons, offering short videos that demonstrate inexpensive and easy-to-recreate experiments that are “designed to excite and inspire kids of all ages.”
  • iBooks®: At the same time, everyone in your school district is going to try to check out the same summer reading books at your local library. Instead, download a book in no time flat via this app, making summer reading hassle free.
  • Numbler Math Game: Designed for both iPhone® and iPad®, this game challenges how well you can form equations from numbers on a crossword-style board. It provides a fun and educational way to keep those math skills sharp over the long, hot summer.
  • My Story: This app for primary/elementary school-aged children allows them to create and share ebooks and stories. They can even add drawings, photos, and stickers and add their voice to narrate their work.

There are thousands more apps to choose from online, some of which your kids may already be using. Why not explore the wide world of apps together? The eSchoolPLUS Family App is coming in the fall of 2014, so be sure to check it out when it’s released!

Did you like this post? If so, please check out Best Practices in Engaging Students in Summer Reading Programs.


Topics: technology, eschoolplus, K-12