The sun is out, sandals are on, the watermelon is ripe, and students are out of school (well, almost). While all of these things can be cause for celebration and rich opportunities to make new memories, that last one can create some sour experiences come the new school year if learning also comes to a halt during the summer months. No matter how your students plan to spend their vacation from the classroom, with the right technology tools in place, learning doesn’t have to stop.
Edmentum’s elementary classroom solution EducationCity offers a rich variety of academic tools to connect teaching and learning, even when you’re not there to guide the learning experience. Here, we’ll take a look at five ways you can apply EducationCity during the summer break.
1. Individualize Learning
As the academic year comes to a close and your students’ final scores are still fresh in your mind, pull together some targeted pieces of content to build individualized learning paths, known as MyCities. Whether you want to use this focused content to review specific skills from the prior year or as an opportunity to help students preview content that lies ahead, having the ability to scaffold learning experiences outside of the classroom helps all learners stay sharp over the summer.
2. Let Learning Run Wild
While learning is often much more sequenced and organized during the school year, the summer months can offer an opposite, but equally valuable, experience—an opportunity to revisit favorite subjects or discover concepts that are interesting to your students. EducationCity is truly unique in that it offers a “Pick and Play” option, where students can select and explore content from any grade level and subject within their school subscription. Simply unlock this option in your teacher preferences, and let your students loose on a rich bank of resources. They can launch their favorite activities, try their hand at Topic Tools, and even use Learn Screens as an instructional guide to more advanced concepts.
3. Build Grit Through Games
Often, the best way to get students thinking is through a spirited challenge. EducationCity offers two different areas incorporating competition and gaming while delivering effective learning experiences. Topic Tools, such as “Letter Tiles,” offer multiplayer options that allow students to practice spelling and vocabulary skills against other players but still let them control the difficulty level of the game. The ever-popular PlayLive area is another great option to engage students in new material over the summer months. Here, they can select between Math and Language Arts modules to challenge the computer, a friend, or any EducationCity user across the world to a friendly timed competition.
4. Set Academic Goals
Students who track their own goals are more likely to reach them, and this certainly holds true when summer rolls around. In EducationCity, students can access the MySuccess area to view their own progress on MyCities and Pick and Play content. While reflecting on their own performance, students have the opportunity to view their best scores and reattempt activities to improve their outcomes. This area even becomes a point of pride when sharing their progress with parents and other family members, as well as a source of motivation to keep learning on track.
5. Offer Offline Options
For some students, regular access to technology isn’t always a reality. In those instances, you can provide a series of printable activities and worksheets that students can complete using no technology at all. Before the school year lets out, spend some time sorting through standards and activities in EducationCity that you want students to brush up on during the summer months. Most interactive Activities include accompanying materials that practice the same skill but in an offline format. These could include math problems, science experiments, or writing prompts that keep students engaged in the learning process.
Want to help students build critical-thinking skills as well? Access ThinkIts in EducationCity, all of which can be printed and used as an offline activity. These are perfect journaling opportunities for students to complete individually. They can also be used as a conversation starter with an adult to inspire an academic dialogue.
However you choose to encourage use of EducationCity over the summer months, make sure that students know how to log on from home. You can print out your student logins at any time straight from your teacher portal. Select “Manage Users,” check the students you want to print, then click the orange “Actions” button, and select “Print Logins” from the dropdown menu. Want to learn more about our other elementary classroom solutions? Check out this summer learning flyer!