Summer Literacy and Technology Roundup

It’s about 100 degrees in Dubai, which means that summer is right around the corner! As you plan for June, July and August, take a look at these literacy and technology tips and resources from around the web!

For the young ones—As always Reading Rockets has a fabulous list of summer learning ideas and activities. For example:

For tweens—The best way to encourage young teens to read is to provide them with books that peak their interest. Take a look at AdLit’s themed booklist for books that hit the spot!

For young adults—Since Facebook and YouTube are most certainly going to factor into your teen’s summer plans, why not encourage him/her to write and direct a short film to post on his/her social networks? Short Film Central is a nice resource for budding directors and/or young adults that are interested in global film developments.

For adults—Summer is a great time to brush up on your technology skills and to build your digital education portfolio. Take a look at Curriki’s latest blog post for links to free professional development opportunities and resources.

From sunny Dubai,


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5 Responses to “Summer Literacy and Technology Roundup”

  1. 1 John Connell May 11, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I assume you do not go outdoors too often, Anna 😉


  2. 2 readinggal May 11, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Actually, since moving to Dubai, I have become a beach gal! 100 degrees is nothing, 130 is when it starts to get hot!

  3. 3 John Connell May 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Some like it hot, as they say 🙂

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  5. 5 jen June 9, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Thanks for the great ideas – especially “Short Film Central”

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