This Summer, Turn That Tablet Into a Teaching Machine

  • Apr 28, 2015

Summer Learning Guide

However your kids spend their precious free time this summer—whether indoors, outdoors, away from home or in their own backyard—it’s safe to assume that a good deal of that time will be spent looking at screens. The little screens we all carry around in our hands, I mean.

But rather than lament what would have seemed like bizarre behavior during our adventure-filled summers back in the day, the smart folks at Common Sense Media have taken the proactive step of compiling a handy guide to apps and websites that can turn your child’s smartphone, tablet or other device into educational tools to enhance whatever activities they do get up to.

The guide offers something for every kid, age 2 through 17, broken into various categories taking-in science, nature, tech, art, geography and more. There are even apps for learning to code! That’s free time well spent.

So, do you want to help your kids learn while having fun this summer? Well, there’s an app for that! Actually, there are dozens, and Common Sense Media wants to tell you about the best of them.

Check out their Summer Learning Guide for yourself.

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—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio

Turn the page with Discovery Education Techbooks

  • Jan 29, 2015


Early in 2012, the Obama administration called for an e-textbook in every student’s hand by 2017, citing cost, efficiency and the advantage of real-time student progress data as incentives.

But judging from what I’ve been reading, the transition from paper to pixels may take a bit longer. After all, bound books work. Always have. And who’s got time for (more) change, anyway?

Wherever you stand on the issue, you have to admit the transition seems inevitable. Let’s face it, your students are digital natives. And with the President himself now pushing for e-textbooks… well.

Why not learn more about this emerging medium? Check out Discovery Education Techbooks, an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks from a company with an exemplary educational track record.  Currently covering math, science and social studies, Techbooks can be used on any digital device or platform, and promise to substantially lower district costs. They even include ongoing professional development for teachers.

Check out the video below, and learn more on the company’s web site.

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NOTE: Discovery is channel 278 in your DIRECTV SCHOOL CHOICE channel lineup.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio

Math Techbook Classroom Experience from Discovery Education on Vimeo.