As we approach the summer months, many educators lament the “summer slide.” The months between June and September can vary between enriching camp or other learning experiences to days upon days spent playing video games or watching TV on the couch. Students often return to school having lost a reading level or a variety of math concepts.
So how do we engage students over the summer months so they return to school ready to jump back into the swing of things? For those of our students who are connected, it’s easier than you think. As an educator in an urban, low-income neighborhood, I am very sensitive to the effects of limited access to the Internet on my students. Yet most of my students have a cell phone, which is their primary avenue for accessing the web and various apps. As such, I hope to provide ways to engage learners no matter what their socio-economic status.