Here’s how to have the best summer ever

By Laura Devaney
June 18th, 2014

New Common Sense Media resource connects students with summer digital learning opportunities

summer-guideNow that school’s out for summer, many parents are wondering what they can do to prevent the ‘summer slide’ – the loss of learning that can happen during the summer months when most kids aren’t studying.

Luckily, in today’s digital world, learning happens outside the classroom, too! Whether kids spend summer vacation in back-to-back activities or enjoy days full of down time, they’ll likely have access to powerful learning tools – smartphones, tablets or other mobile technology – wherever they go.

That’s why Common Sense Media has pulled together a list of the best apps, games, and websites for kids and families to find engaging and educational content for whatever is happening this summer. And every platform on the Best Summer Ever guide has been rated, reviewed and found “best for learning” by our experts and educators at Common Sense Media.

Whether your kids’ summer days are jam-packed with activities or left wide open for leisurely exploration — or something in between — chances are some of those days will involve a smartphone, tablet, or other device. Now more than ever, you can use these powerful tools to enhance the activities that kids are already doing — or to help create brand-new experiences. We’ve chosen the best apps, games, and websites for learning while doing this summer. Get ready to have the Best. Summer. Ever!


About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura