The pressure to address learning loss this summer is starting to heat up much like the weather outside. While it will be difficult to make up for everything that was lost during the pandemic during one summer, this upcoming period will be crucial for teachers to at least get a jump on getting students back on track.
However, while a priority on addressing learning loss will be crucial this summer, so will addressing the social and emotional well being of students after experiencing a year unlike any other.
“Summer presents a key opportunity for school districts and community partners to accelerate learning and provide new avenues for students to safely engage with each other in fun activities,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “Let’s use this moment to reimagine what fun, engaging summer programming can look like, make it accessible for all students, and work together to make sure our communities recover and rebuild stronger than they were before the pandemic.”
When you add the fact that summer school can also feel like a punishment for students, creating a fun and engaging learning environment will be key for teachers. Integrating fun tech education projects rooted in coding offers students a fun outlet that also provides them with real-world skills.
BSD Education’s Vice President of Education Mark Barnett recently outlined why making learning fun means much more than having a good time. In fact, it can have a significant impact on comprehension and whether or not students leave the classroom with practical skills in hand. Because children often seek games and excel during playful discovery, integrating tech education can bring the enjoyment that helps your summer learning programs excel.
“At BSD Education, like LEGO, we know that children are inherently tuned for play, which is why our curriculum is project-focused and is centered around creating and making digital artifacts such as web pages, games, and interactive elements,” said Barnett. “By engaging in the process of making something like a webpage or video game, our students are experiencing the same characteristics of play that are described in the Pedagogy of Play: iteration, meaningful contexts, joyful experiences, and social interactions.”
BSD is here to help you teach 21st century digital skills while creating a learning environment that’s enjoyable for students using a variety of coding projects, including building a website or developing a personalized game. Contact us today to see how you can partner with BSD for your summer learning programs.