For many kids throughout the world, summer vacations are just around the corner, if they haven’t already begun. For parents and teachers, summer break presents an age-old dilemma: how do we keep kids engaged in learning, especially with the lure of technology at their fingertips? Are there games and apps that can keep kids learning during the summer months, and that are also fun?
I’m pleased to say that YES, there are, and Microsoft offers the best apps available to keep your kids learning. Here are just a few of our favorites:
Khan Academy: A favorite of our readers, Khan Academy, has a simple premise: “Learn Almost Anything for Free.” The Windows 8 app is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,800 videos, covering a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, physics, and even the humanities, with tutorials on finance and history.
BrainPOP: With BrainPOP, kids can watch a different animated movie each day, then test their new knowledge with an interactive quiz. Featured Movie topics tie in to current events, historical milestones and figures, holidays, and more! This app is perfect for informal, exploratory learning at home or on the go.
Dragon Box: Dragon Box introduces fundamental topics in mathematics with an emphasis on algebra in a playful and colorful environment. DragonBox Algebra 5+ targets children from the ages of 5 to 12, but children (or adults) of all ages can enjoy it. Playing doesn’t require supervision, although parents can enjoy playing along with their children and maybe even freshen up their own math skills.
Corinth Micro Plant: With the Corinth Micro series, Corinth aims to make education of complex and abstract subjects more comprehensible. Corinth Micro Plant provides a complete three-dimensional immersion into the microbiology of a plant. It is an interactive educational tool for tablets, smartphones and desktops, and runs on Microsoft Windows 8 and Surface RT.
And if you’re interested discovering even more educational apps for Windows 8, take a look at the Win8 Apps in Education blog, created by Portuguese and Spanish Partners in Learning network members Luis Fernandes , João Cunha and Ovi Barceló. It’s available in English, Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese.
Stay tuned for more local language versions of this valuable resource, and be sure to let us know (in whatever language) if you have favorite Windows 8 apps that can keep students engaged all summer long.