Digital Literacy: Holiday Learning, Summer Apps

Illustration from Grace and the Double Life by Marty Hobbs. Illustrated by Lorenzo Sabbatini.

Illustration from Grace and the Double Life by Martyn Hobbs. Illustrated by Lorenzo Sabbatini.

Are you teaching in a summer school? Do you have children you would like to motivate to learn during the holidays? Wonder how you should approach holiday learning? Holiday learning programmes  should be built upon very simple principles: fun, interactive, playful, easy and creative.

It’s a good idea to take advantage of children’s natural curiosity and let them explore the world around us in their own rhythm. However, we can make this world more colourful and fun around them, providing more opportunities and tools for discovery.

Instead of focussing on a strictly structured course, try out creative arts & crafts projects, road trips, city walk days, nature days. Do your students or children always carry their smartphones or tablets around? Take advantage of this habit and get some apps for them that can help them learn new things. For kids and teens smartphones and tablets are primarily fun devices, but we can and should share fun educational apps with them. Plus they also function as mp3 players. We often forget about how much fun audiobooks can be. Helbling Readers offers a great selection of audio books that can be fun companions during your travels, walks or just on a lazy afternoon. Check out this website for titles and downloads:

Illustration from The Time Capsule by Robert Campbell. © Helbling Langauges

Illustration by Arianna Operamolla from The Time Capsule by Robert Campbell. © Helbling Langauges

Choose some of the following collection of apps and have fun with them during the holidays!

TRAVEL

MUSEUMS

  • MOMA – Musem of Modern Arts: iTunes
  • TATE Britain Mobile Guide: iTunes

NATURE

READING

Check out these collections of summer learning iPad apps:

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