Best Interactive Summer School Websites for 8-12 year old Students

Greetings from Hong Kong!

Thanks to freetech4teachers, I was able to conduct a highly successful and experimental three weeks of summer school learning with my 8-12 year old students. If you are having trouble finding cool things to do with your kid, check the following sites out. You will be glad that you did. All sites are kid tested:

Storybird.com

The kids loved this site. We would write in the morning then publish after recess.

Storybird is a service that uses collaborative storytelling to connect kids and families. Two (or more) people author a Storybird—one with words, one with pictures—and then share it with their network. The final product can be printed, watched on screen, played with like a toy, or shared through a worldwide library.”

Sumopaint

The students absolutely loved this site. We “painted” without getting paint on our hands. We worked in the morning and had an art show later. So much fun.

“Turn photos, create drawings or just fool around with images. In Sumo.Fm anybody can create – whether little inspiration or a work of art – and then publish it for friends or for the world to see.” 

http://labs.tineye.com/multicolor 

My personal favorite site. Instead of using google images, we chose images by color. The kids loved the possibilities.

“The Multicolor Search Lab allows you to browse through 10 million of Flickr’s Creative Commons images using ourMulticolorEngine to find images that share the same colors. Choose up to 5 colors from our palette of 120 different shades.”

Storystarter with Scholastic.com

Storystarter worked out better than I imagined. The kids were highly engaged throughout. Funny stories too.

Wonderopolis.org

This was a highlight for adult learners more than my students. Surprising since Wonderopolis is all the rage in my Twitterverse.

“Visit Wonderopolis®. It’s a place where wonder and learning are nurtured through the power of discovery, creativity and imagination. 

You see children not only for who they are but for all they can become, yet you may need a little help directing that passion and igniting that wonder. We can help you get there — together. You don’t have to travel far. Wonderopolis is a special place found in a curious question or an everyday adventure. Just let wonderment be your guide.

ZimmerTwins.com

I truly could not get the kids to go to recess after they played around with this site.

“The Zimmer Twins is a site devoted to kids and creative storytelling. Since 2005, the Zimmer Twins has invited children to create and share their own animated stories.”

Vi Hart via Khan Academy

Vi Hart is my girl. Her videos are addictive and inspirational to all lovers of mathematics. The kids were highly inspired by these videos.

“Recreational mathematics and inspirational videos by resident mathemusician, Vi Hart”

Poetry Foundation.org

We would choose our favorite poems for children then illustrate them before presenting to our audience. So much fun and highly creative.

“This area provides resources for parents and teachers to cultivate in children a lifelong love of poetry.”

Have fun and teach with passion!

I am shipping off to Boston.

 

 

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