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Summer Packet Challenge: Using Technology to Keep Students Academically Fresh Over the Summer

June 4, 2018

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Jeff Hersh


The summer months can be an ideal time for students to socialize at camps, to discover new places on family vacations, and to take a well-deserved break playing outside, reading books for fun and seeing movies. Making sure students stay academically fresh doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are ways to engage students with technology all summer and keep them actively practicing their skills so they are ready for the new school year.


There are a multitude of apps to practice math and reading skills available on tablets that parents can download for their kids. There are also learning program sites that students can access through school or personal accounts. Once students have found the places they want to use, it’s up to them and the parents to set a schedule and make sure they’re spending part of their day working on skills.


Here are some tips to make sure students are learning all summer, as well as remaining engaged:


  • Schedule Daily Study Sessions: Keep the sessions short. Thirty minutes for math in the morning and thirty minutes for reading/writing in the afternoon/evening. This will make it less daunting of an undertaking in the summer months, when there are many other activities kids may want to participate in.
  • Set Goals: Have students determine their own benchmarks they hope to reach over their summer studies. It will help them feel they are making improvements and learning how to push themselves to reach their own personal learning goals.
  • Share the Learning: Encourage kids to have their friends join them for study sessions, or work with siblings or even have parents join in on the activities. This can help students find the summer practice to be more fun and it gives them an opportunity to share instantly what they’re learning.


With so many options to use technology to practice skills over the summer, it’s important to take advantage and find ways to engage students and make keeping themselves academically fresh a priority. With some careful scheduling and goal setting, students will find taking the time to study over the summer a valuable part of their time off from school.



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