Summer lessons and activities for High School students.

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There has been a lot written about the importance of continuing learning over the summer months. Many decades of research shows that students often lose a large portion of what they have learned the previous year. This, however, can be circumvented by extending learning over the summer. Summer classes and lessons can also aid in getting a student head of the next school year, thus giving them an edge on the rest of their peers. We have gathered some great resources to help you prevent a “lazy summer” for your child.

3 Tips for Parents to Engage Teens in Summer Learning – Summer learning loss is not a new or complicated phenomenon. After students spend most of the year cooped up in classrooms and studying for tests, most of them are ready for a break when May and June come along. But this drop-off in learning can hurt students. Taking summer courses is an option that can give students an edge.

There are a variety of free courses available for all areas and abilities. There are 1000’s of free courses designed to provide educational opportunities to help students progress during the summer months, when traditional schools observe summer break. Some of our favorite options are Udacity, Coursea and Saylor.

Easy way to to archive your Gmail for easy retrieval.

One of my favorite aspects of Gmail is the ability to archive. Archive allows you to clean up your inbox by transferring old messages to the All Mail section of your account, without needing to delete or organize your emails. Once you send a message, all you have to do is click on the archive button. Archive works like an online filing cabinet for your email. If you ever need to access an old email, you just have to use Search to find your archived email.

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While clicking on send then archive is pretty efficient, there is a faster way. If you edit your settings (click on the gear in the upper right hand corner) and select the “Send & Archive” option under the General settings tab, you can now send and archive in a single click.

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Use Adobe Reader to Annotate a PDF.

This tutorial walks you through how to complete a PDF worksheet online. This will allow you to save your pdf and send it by email. First make sure that you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. For this tutorial, I am using Adobe Reader X. Next, download the PDF. As an example, I will be using a worksheet that I downloaded from Tlsbooks. If the PDF is locked you can use PDFunlock to unlock it.

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Now you just need to open the PDF with Adobe Reader. Once the worksheet is open, click on the Comment button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. You now should have options to add text, highlight text, circle text, etc. Just click and type to add text, or drag-select text to add a highlight, strikethough or underline to the selected text..

Here is a quick video tutorial to show to fill out a PDF worksheet.

Moodle – How to use the lesson tool.

Here are a series of videos by National Trail Local Schools that show how to create a lesson in Moodle.

The first is What is a Moodle Lesson (Lessons – Part 1)

The second video is Setting Up a Moodle Lesson (Lessons – Part 2)

The third video covers Moodle Lesson Flow (Lesson – Part 3)

Visit their YouTube channel for more great videos.

If you prefer text/images over videos you might want to check out these links:

Summer lessons and activities for Elementary students.

 

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There has been a lot written about the importance of continuing learning over the summer months. Many decades of research shows that students often lose a large portion of what they have learned the previous year. This, however, can be circumvented by extending learning over the summer. Summer classes and lessons can also aid in getting a student head of the next school year, thus giving them an edge on the rest of their peers. We have gathered some great resources to help you prevent a “lazy summer” for your child.

An 8-Week Summer Home Learning Program for Early Elementary Kids – Follow this eight-week summer home learning plan for a structured program of Reading, Math, Writing/Spelling/Vocabulary, and Science/Social Studies activities. Geared to grades kindergarten to second, this plan focuses heavily on key areas of early elementary skill development.

The Great Schools website has a wide variety of lessons and activities for your elementary age children. The Worksheets and Activities section has wide variety of lessons for students Preschool – 5th grade. Print out a Math, Reading, Writing and Science activities each week to keep their minds sharp over the summer. They also have a section just for Summer Activities.

Summer Reading Tips For Parents – Summer shouldn’t mean taking a break from learning, especially when it comes to reading. Studies show that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read actually gain skills. During the summer parents can help children sustain (and even bolster) reading skills, strengthen their vocabulary and reinforce the benefits of reading for enjoyment.

BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. have a collection of educational Web pages with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12 (ages 6 to 18), together with quizzes, supplemental information and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, mathematics, engineering & technology, health, and arts and music.

LEARNERSTV

LearnersTV offers free online streaming video lecture courses on various subject categories. Science Animations provide students with fun and innovative ways of learning. Free live timed online tests with instant feedback and explanations will help you refine your test taking skills. Most of the materials offered are licensed by the respective institutes under a Creative Commons License.

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Grovo

Grovo is a website designed to help individuals and businesses discover and learn to use today’s leading websites. Through a mix of video, quizzes, takeaways and other media, we provide instruction and guidance geared toward saving time, reducing confusion, and driving real results.

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