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29 Online Educational Activities Kids Will Love This Summer

Tech-infused classroom
Tech-infused classroom

What are we as parents and teachers most worried about over the summer? That kids will lose that education sharp edge. It will be dulled by sun and sand and something else.

Worry no more. Here’s your cure: learning disguised as play (inspired by the fascinating website, Playful Learning). Kids will think they’re playing games, but they’ll actually be participating in some of the leading [mostly] free simulations available in the education field. A note: some must be downloaded and a few purchased, so the link might take you to a website that provides access rather than play:


  • Admongo–explore, discover and learn about online ads while playing a game
  • Coffee Shop—run a coffee shop business
  • Lemonade Stand—run a lemonade stand business
  • Life (Insurance)—manage your life and see why insurance is important



Problem Solving

  • Cases–investigate (Boston Massacre, When Elvis met Nixon, and more)–MS–investigate and figure out what happened
  • CSI Online Adventure
  • Quandary–an ethics problem solving game from MIT



For more, visit Larry Ferlazzo’s great list of Choose your own adventure sites AND Cybraryman‘s comprehensive multi-subject list here (or just click his link and browse).

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How Minecraft Teaches Reading, Writing and Problem Solving

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of dozens of technology training books that integrate technology into education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a tech ed columnist for, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out next summer.

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