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Reading Specialist from Hellertown, PA

I know summer is almost over

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I know summer is almost over as I write this. My children go back to school next week, but I love this idea of touching base in an educational and motivational way with your students during this season!

Along with being a mother, I’m a Reading teacher too. Currently, I teach at the Community College level, but can definitely say that I had a few students who did keep in touch over the summer and even asked my opinion of some of their written work for other classes. It is always a great thing when you can make a difference in someone’s life and motivate them to achieve! I like the summer blog idea, and may invite my students to continue to blog beyond their Final exams.

The sites you mention sound excellent. Thanks for sharing. I wanted to add one that I’ve explored with my kids this summer called Cubert’s Cube. It’s also a great one for English skills and a fun one for the young elementary school students. It is very user-friendly and colorful. The teacher can control the security of the online environment through her account settings to assure students privacy, and there are ready-made interactive story-starters the students can use. Since it is Wiki based, your class can do collaborative writing together. My kids liked that feature and played around with it when making a silly story this summer. There is also a “gallery” on the Cubert’s Cube website, where each student can draw illustrations or upload graphics to enhance their work, and there is also the option to publish finished works on the site when the students have completed them.

5th-grade teacher from Avon, Minnesota

Great Ideas

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I found this to be very informative as a 5th-grade teacher. Each year we return to school and consistently see MAP scores drop from the end of last school year. Storybird is a tool I used with my students on the SMART Board, and they absolutely loved it. Maintaining student contact throughout the summer through online programs like the ones you mentioned, I feel you are creating and maintaining positive working relationships with the students, and are continuing to push them to be successful outside of the classroom. For those students that embrace this side of technology, they will be making many educational gains during the summer months instead of losing it.

Third grade teacher from Dickinson, North Dakota

I really like the idea of

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I really like the idea of communicating with students over summer. I know that my students spend a lot of time on computers playing games. I think that making a blog where we could share things from summer would be very engaging for them. This is something I might try next summer.

#DigiFoot12

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Just wanted to add that #DigiFoot12 is also being offered. A free open online course for anyone in K-12 ( parents/youth teams, teachers, admin as participants learning together!!!) to learn about tracking your digital footprint through the use of social media and digital tools. You can participate for one week or the whole 6 weeks! Please check us out:
http://digifoot12.wikispaces.com/

Ontario

Great Idea!

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Would just like to add that for younger kids who may not have access to mobile devices, there are many web-based learning tools that are available. Our team has created a fun, interactive and adaptive learning game that kids love to play - seriously, they really do. This isn't like any other learning game out there - it uses principles present in adult games to keep children engaged longer. Check it out with a free 15-day trial.

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