Episode 15: Take Home Tech (Summer Edition)

In Episode 15, Mike, Adam, and Amy share multiple technology resources that students can tap into during their summer vacation.  Many of these resources are free and allow the learning and exploration to continue into the summer months when inevitably sometime around May 24th, parents will hear the words “I’m bored” for the first time.  Encourage your children to stay engaged in learning while enjoying their time off.  We look forward to seeing them back in August!


Travel

Google Street View
Use Google’s 360 pictures and videos to explore places around the world.

Google Earth Voyager
Google’s web-based Earth app has pre-made Voyages that kids and adults can take to learn more about the world around them.


Science

Science Journal by Google
Kids and adults can use this Android and iPhone app to conduct experiments in light, sound, motion, and more using the built-in capabilities in their phone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb0u9doPdug (walkthrough)

iNaturalist (phone app)
This iPhone and Android app allows kids to contribute to world-wide science surveys by taking pictures of plants, insects, and animals and uploading them. They can also identify the plants and animals around them.

National Geographic Kids
This website is great for kids to explore science and nature in fun and creative ways.


Trivia

Google Assistant games – Just say “I’m feeling lucky”
Google Assistant is built in to Android phones, but is also available on iOS devices. With this app, folks can play trivia games, sports games, animal games and more.
List of Fun & Games on Google Assistant https://assistant.google.com/explore/c/5/


Reading

myon Elementary
myON offers digital books for elementary students with the login and password provided by their teacher.

Storyline Online
Storyline Online is a website that has popular children’s books read aloud by celebrities.

AudiobookSYNC
AudiobookSYNC is a free summer audiobook program from AudioFile Magazine for teens 13+ that gives away two paired audiobook downloads a week.


Music

Soundtrap
Soundtrap is a digital audio workstation (DAW) accessible directly in your browser from a variety of devices, such as Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Linux, Android phones and tablets and iPads. Use Soundtrap by yourself to create your next hit or collaborate in the music making with people from all over the world.

https://www.youtube.com/user/soundtrapsite (YouTube channel)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5XASCEgwkU (how to get started)

Anchor.fm
Anchor is the only app that lets you record a high-quality podcast, and distribute it everywhere (including Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music) – right from your phone.


Art

Google Arts and Culture
Google Arts and Culture is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums. The “walk-through” feature of the project uses Google’s Street View technology.


Video

Screencastify
Screencastify is a screencasting extension for Google Chrome. It allows you to record your screen activity for creating tutorials, etc, and runs entirely in Chrome.

WeVideo
WeVideo is the online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies at up to 4K resolution for stunning playback anywhere.


Coding

Codecademy
Codecademy is an online freemium interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.


Writing

Storybird
A platform for writers, readers, and artists of all ages. Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images. into fresh stories.


General Learning

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a free program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to practice skills they have learned in the past or try new skills.

IXL
IXL is a math program available for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Students use this in the classroom throughout the year, but it is available to use at home with their login and password.

Udemy
Udemy may be the largest educational “how-to” video producer out there. It currently offers 20,000 publicly available video instruction courses in categories ranging from “Lifestyle” to “Test Preparation.” With more than 10,000 instructors globally, over 1,000 new courses are added each month. The rapidly growing student base – currently four million – views more than 80,000 lectures daily, available in 10 different languages and 190 countries.

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