A school year is a whirlwind of many different energies. In September, there’s an air of newness, the feeling of a fresh start. November and December often feel like a race, focused on the goal of finishing the semester successfully, showing what you know on exams and with projects. March is long. Spring break is short but fun. And now it’s May. There’s plenty of work still left to be done, though the tantalizing promise of summer and freedom is already in the air. Teachers and students are not the only people thinking about summer. Here at CK-12 we’ve been thinking about it a lot, too.
Free time during the summer can be idyllic, restful, perhaps even full of adventure, but summers off are also one of the main causes of underachievement in our schools. Many of us have heard about the “summer slide”: a significant loss of learning caused by a lack of educational experiences during the summer months. In fact, most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computational skills over the summer (Cooper, 1996).
CK-12’s BrainFlex is a free program that students can use on their phone, tablet, or computer that will allow them to do three important things:
1. Pick – Choose from a variety of math and science topics (topics can be chosen by the student or by a teacher/parent).
2. Practice – Get reminders to answer questions everyday.
3. Progress – A personalized dashboard that shows their growth overtime.
It just got a lot easier to keep your students’ brains active and provide an answer to parents who ask, “What should my child do over the summer?”
All you need to do is log on to www.ck12.org/summer and click ‘invite students’ at the bottom. Go ahead and enjoy your summer while keeping your students’ brains happy, active, and engaged.