Summer Digital Learning Playground

student playground
  • Learning Never Closes....especially over the summer. On this page you will find some engaging and fun activities that you can do by yourself or with your family members. The page is separated by departments within the Office of Academics. Go have some summer fun in our Summer Digital Playground!

  • Mindfulness Activities 

    Mindfulness promotes well-being, resiliency, agency, and the enhancement of performance.  The Mindfulness in BCPS Canvas portal is designed to ensure that all students, families, and staff have access to high quality online mindfulness-based education, support, and resources.

    https://browardschools.instructure.com/courses/868545

  • Bilingual/ESOL Resources (K-12)

    ESOL Resources

    Site Description Link
    Learning Chocolate Exercises and activities that use pictures, sounds, and games to make learning a new language as fun as enjoying a piece of chocolate! https://www.learningchocolate.com/
    The Literacy Center The Literacy Center is an education network dedicated to designing educational experiences for young children. The site has free literacy games and activities. https://www.literacycenter.net/
    ABCya! Free educational games and activities created by teachers in math and language arts https://www.abcya.com/
    Arcade Skill Builders Free and fun online multi-player educational math and language arts games. https://www.arcademics.com/
    BrainPOP ELL BrainPOP ELL is BrainPOP's English language instruction site for English Language Learners of all ages. The curriculum is comprised of short, animated movies https://ell.brainpop.com/
    FunBrain Funbrain, created for ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. http://www.funbrain.com
    Activities for ESL Students Thousands of quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help learn English as a second language. Over 50 languages represented. http://a4esl.org/
    English Page Learn English using in-depth English tutorials featuring dozens of interactive exercises. The site includes weekly lessons, vocabulary development, articles, mini-tutorials, reading room, games, and student forums https://www.englishpage.com/
    Fun English Games A wide range of free ESL activities for kids and fun classroom English ideas for teachers that covers reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, conversation and more. https://www.funenglishgames.com/activities.html
    Games to Learn English A resource for students to practice English in an engaging and fun way. https://www.gamestolearnenglish.com/
    Planeta 42 Planeta 42 Games are short online applications for desktop computers and laptops, which may be used to explore and study popular knowledge topics, articles and achievements, by interaction. They are suitable for entertainment and recreation, as useful for references and education. The collection consist of Fun arcade games with knowledge elements. Free education picture tests for valuation. Interactive puzzles with scientific data, made like movable objects. And other quzzies riddles, mosaics and conundrums. http://planeta42.com/language/
    PBS Kids Free learning games for kids with their favorite PBS Kids characters. https://pbskids.org/games/
    Starfall Starfall emphasizes exploration, play, and positive reinforcement—encouraging children to become confident and intrinsically motivated. Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children and is especially effective for special education, homeschooling, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). https://www.starfall.com/h/
    The Kidz Page Kidz Page has more than 5,000 pages of learning games and activities. Online coloring pages, jigsaw puzzles and word games are just a few categories on this massive site. http://thekidzpage.com/

    Dual Language Resources

    Site Description Link
    1,2,3 Andres This site provides educational music and Spanish "concerts" for kids https://mailchi.mp/123andres/7bl0o54pag-6125005?e=3c33b62d37 
    Online Free Spanish Provides games and interactive activities for kids https://onlinefreespanish.com/ 
    Duolingo Students can practice reading, listening, and speaking in many languages https://www.duolingo.com/ 
    Revista Literal A children's magazine in Spanish https://revistaliteral.com/  
    Story Place Digital Spanish library for K-2. Virtual storytime for kids a few times a week https://www.storyplace.org/es 
    Scholastic Story en Espanol You Tube Stories in Spanish for K-5 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwmYd6YIpBurEZB4_KXzWMkcJpSDhY_yR 
    Unite for Literacy Online Books for Kids https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/  
    Discovery an la Escuela Science videos in Spanish for all ages https://www.discoveryenlaescuela.com/ 
    Spanish TED Talks TED talks for grades 5-8 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLue1wFh718HRrVjwYx8G_DpQghSWU7DyV
    National Geographic Educational magazine for grades 4-8 https://www.ngenespanol.com/ 


    World Languages Resources

    Site Description Link
    ESL at Home Fun activities for grades K-12 in different languages https://eslathome.edublogs.org/?fbclid=IwAR3dlonOwp26KJ-Q2MZ-jGUy57l4kTZ3S0x7cWKOrSgID37-chdMyvLnirs
    ThoughtCo. Basic vocabulary, conversation activities and games for grades K-12 https://www.thoughtco.com/languages-4133094
    International Children's Digital Library Books in 59 languages for grades K-8 http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
    Cultural Services French Embassy Learn French, grades K -12 https://frenchculture.org/find?s=learn+french

  • CTACE

    Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

    Website Description
    Microsoft MakeCode Microsoft MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels.
    Ruby Warrior A triumphant quest of adventure, love, and destiny, while learning how to code.
    W3Shools A web developers’ site, with tutorials and references on web development languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, Python, jQuery, Java, C++, C#, React, and many more.
    CS50's Introduction to Computer Science An introduction to the intellectual creativity of computer science and the art of programming.
    Codecademy An online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in different programming languages.
    Scratch A free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.
    Udemy Learn on your schedule. Study any topic, anytime. Choose from thousands of expert-led courses now.
    Over 40 Amazing STEM Resources and Activities STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 40 Amazing STEM Resources

    Early Childhood

    Website Description
    PBS LearningMedia Resources in Cognitive Development encourage the growth of language, math, science, and social studies skills in young learners. Play Spectacular Sounds Bingo to practice rhyming sounds to develop language skills. Children will develop math skills as they practice measuring with Sid the Science Kid. Experiments such as "Gas in a Bag" and "Rainbow Gel" can be previewed to encourage science exploration
    WIDEOPENSCHOOL Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for children by the editors at Common Sense.  Activities are organized so teachers and families can find it easy to plan each day.
    United States Census Entertain and educate young children with a storybook, song, and interactive activities that involve counting and learning about their community. These resources—available in both English and Spanish—explain the 2020 Census and introduce children to the concept of data and the importance of numbers in a fun and simple ways.
    Strategies for Social and Emotional Learning: Preschool and Elementary Grade Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an essential component of keeping children and youth safe and healthy. SEL programming delivered in schools helps students succeed in school and in life.
    The Importance of Early Childhood Activity Early childhood education focuses on children’s development during ages three to five. While this developmental period should ideally focus equally on mental and physical development, in recent decades an emphasis has been placed on mental development, creating a concurrent de-emphasis on physical development.
    Preschool Games Try out these games to jump start your child's love of learning with our professionally designed preschool games. Perfectly tailored for your littlest learners' needs, these preschool games will begin introducing your child to the letters of the alphabet, counting, shapes, measurement tools, and number sense.
    Preschool Series These episodes focus on making classrooms more culturally and linguistically responsive. Discover how to build curricula and instructional decision-making around preschool children's knowledge, skills, and interests.

    Health Science

    Website Description
    PBS LearningMedia The Human Body and Life Cycle examines the systems of the human body, human development, and the characteristics that make every human unique. Crash Course summarizes the body's anatomy and physiology in a fun and engaging series. Students can better understand adolescent development by analyzing the high school start time debate. Even examine how students struggle with gender dysphoria in a video, discussion questions, vocabulary, and additional support materials. Genetics are also examined in The Human Body and Life Cycle.
    Viruses and Outbreaks Explore resources and instructional materials about viruses and outbreaks. Learn about these sciences behind viruses and understand individual measures that can be taken to limit exposure and spread.
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) The mission of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is to reduce the burden of neurological disorders through research. Hundreds of disorders, both common and rare, affect the nervous system.
    The major systems of the human body (flashcards)

    Medical Terminology List (flashcards)

    Engaging games that help you study by adding images.  Learning modes calculate the most efficient time to study using spaced repetition.
    vHealthCare Portal Award-Winning Developer of Numerous Real-Time Strategy Games and Technologically Advanced Desktop Development Software uses entertainment game technology to create virtual experiences for solving real-world problems.

    Business/Marketing & Entrepreneurship

    Website Description
    Financial Literacy Learn about creating a spending plan, building credit, school loans, and how continuing education after high school could fit into your financial future.
    Invest Quest Get a glimpse of your future as your investing intelligence is put to the test.
    Monetary Policy Learn how monetary policy works by taking charge of a simulated economy.
    Phishing Scams Phishers are looking to lure you with bogus emails and pop-ups that seem safe. Will you take the bait or live to swim another day?
    The Mint In a few years, you’ll get the opportunity to do all of things you’ve always dreamed about. You could go to college, sail the seas, launch your career, start a business or even start a family. No matter what you decide, you’ll need money smarts to make it happen.
    Getting and Using a Credit Card In this simulation, you will discover the secrets to developing a good credit rating and learn how long it can take to pay off a credit card balance.
    Financial Responsibility In this activity, you will have one month’s worth of income and one month’s worth of bills.  Your goal is to meet your monthly financial obligations on time without spending more than you have.
    Networking: Personal Marketing Learn how to make the most of your networking opportunities
    Consumer Jungle Clear your way through the financial jungle and learn how to master your money.
    Business Simulation Game Learn by doing!  Start up simulator for novice entrepreneurs and small businesses.  Save your money.  Learn from your failures in a simulator of a virtual company.


    Accounting Marketing Entrepreneurship

    Website Description
    Accounting = Opportunity Bank On It features more than 1,000 questions inspired by content in accounting textbooks. The game challenges students on accounting fundamentals and real-world workplace scenarios in the context of an online board game
    Break the Bank Website has games and strategies that inspire kids to take charge of their financial futures.
    Financial Soccer Test players' money management skills as they advance down the field and try to score.
    Coolmath Games This game teaches children the value of paying close attention to what people expect in order to give them what they want so that they value what you have to offer above your competition.

    Culinary

    Website Description
    Kids Food Games Website offers a collection of dozens of games to help familiarize children with food, farming, cooking, the culinary arts, the restaurant business and hospitality-related careers.

    Engineering

    Website Description
    I am an Architect YouTube Video
    Hands-on Activity: Discovering Phi: The Golden Ratio
    Higher and  Faster
    Engineering and EDP
    Greeks, Clocks and Rockets
    Intro to Vectors Physics and Augmented Reality Do you like Circuit Construction Kit: DC, but want to use only in-line ammeters? This is the sim for you! Experiment with an electronics kit. Build circuits with batteries, resistors, light bulbs, fuses, and switches.
    Ohm's Law Calculator Simple to use Ohm's Law Calculator. Calculate Power, Current, Voltage or Resistance.
    Wing Design and Forces of Flight

    Air Quality Eggs

    Learn to think

    Basics: Picking Resistors for LEDs

    Build Your Own Lightsaber

    Circuit Construction Kit: DC - Virtual Lab Do you like Circuit Construction Kit: DC, but want to use only in-line ammeters? This is the sim for you! Experiment with an electronics kit. Build circuits with batteries, resistors, light bulbs, fuses, and switches.
    SketchUp Learn to visualize your ideas on SketchUp through videos
    VEXcode Project VEX Robotics
    AutoDesk Design Academy
    Introduction to CAD: Learn Fusion 360 Are you new to CAD or Fusion 360?  If so, this short course is perfect for you. Learn the basics of parametric modeling, freeform design, assembly creation, rendering, 3D printing.
    Teach Engineering Online Activities for different grade levels


    Multi- subjects

    Website Description
    Step 1: Apply for a Broward County Library Card: https://www.broward.org/Library/Services/Pages/LibraryCard.aspx

    Step 2: Once you have a Broward Library Card, apply for the NSU Library E-Car. Agree to the terms and Complete the application. http://public.library.nova.edu/card/

    Step 3: On the Public Services Library page search by Database Name: Linkedin Learning

    Step 4: Log back in using your Broward Library Card Number, Last Name, and Last 4 of your Telephone number. - Broward.org

    Learn in-demand skills with over 14,000+ online courses taught by real-world professionals. Autodesk, Adobe, Microsoft, Java, CompTIA

    Agriculture

    Website Description
    Welcome to the City Farm! Learn in-demand skills with over 14,000+ online courses taught by real-world professionals. Autodesk, Adobe, Microsoft, Java, CompTIA

    Construction

    Website Description
    Construction Trades | Careers in Demand

    Careers in Demand

    If you dream of building houses or skyscrapers or bridges, whether you want to draw and design them or get your hands on a hammer or drill, there’s work for you. The construction industry is booming, and demand is great for plumbers, electricians, civil engineers, architectural managers, and more. Small businesses that make everything from granite countertops to fire pits to stone fences are thriving. What’s it like in the world of Construction Trades? Find out in this video.
    Construction Industry Trends You Must Know For 2020 As the industry evolves, it’s important to stay ahead. We cover eleven important construction industry trends to help your business stay competitive in 2020.
    The Science of Demolishing a Building There’s more to demolition than swinging a wrecking ball. We go over the different methods of demolishing a building and the science that’s involved.
    How Earthquake-Proof Buildings Are Designed Earthquakes cause billions in damages and thousands of deaths a year. Here are the materials and technology used to design earthquake-proof buildings
    Skill Arcade Step into the action-virtually! With numerous games to introduce you to the construction industry, The Skill Arcade enables players to create a full profile of accomplishments.
    Ground Up Construction Ground Up Construction gives you a hands on introduction to commercial building, letting you put your skills to the test. See if you can master 100 puzzles where you’ll build everything from convenience stores to skyscraper


    Automotive Mechanics

    Website Description
    How Racecar Drivers Use Physics on the Track Learn how aerodynamics and grip affect a car’s performance in this video from SciTech Now. Automotive experts discuss how repeat testing is done to continually improve a car’s aerodynamics and increase its grip on the racetrack in order to raise the chances of winning a race
    Auto Body Repair Career Guide Explore careers in Auto Body Repair with the following links to job descriptions, which include information such as daily activities, skills.
    Under the Hood The Under the Hood Channel explores the systems that make your car function correctly.  Learn about car parts and systems and how to do routine maintenance.
    Auto Parts And Systems Auto parts and systems are the building blocks that come together to make automobiles function.  Understanding how auto parts work together to form automotive systems allows drivers to confidently discuss automotive problems with their mechanics.
    Top 10 Tips For Auto Technology Students ASE-certified master technicians were surveyed for their advice to students who want to become automotive service professionals. The following tips are a compilation of the responses.
    In the Garage Every week, the team at CarParts.com is sharing home project ideas and fun, crafty challenges with an automotive twist. Families who take the challenges can enter our Auto Crafts Sweepstakes for a chance to win a one-year subscription to Disney+ or Hulu, along with a 10% off coupon for orders of $100 or more on CarParts.com—a prize package with something for everyone in the family!
    How to change a tire

    How to replace brake pads

    Change transmission fluid

    Change oil
    Easy to read articles on how to do some basic maintenance for cars
    Real-Time Pvp Racing Action Race head to head online in real time.  Join together with friends to compete against others in high stakes leagues and events.  To you have what it takes to be the best?

  • Elementary Learning K-5

    A Digital Learning Playground tab has been added to the Supporting Young Learners site. Families can access elementary-related experiences, activities, and materials, including virtual vacations to exciting landmarks and sites throughout the world. Content will be available beginning Monday, June 8, 2020. The site can be accessed at https://bit.ly/ElemDigitalPlay

    FAU Coach Taggart’s Touchdown Readers

    Touchdown-Readers Tracker.png

    FAU recently launched an initiative to promote summer reading for grade students Kindergarten through eighth (K-8 based upon their grade for the 2020-21 school year). With summer around the corner, FAU Athletics is launching Coach Taggart’s Touchdown Readers, endorsed by FAU Head Football Coach Willie Taggart.

    The summer reading program is designed to encourage elementary and middle school-age students to continue reading over the summer. With the goal to read four (4) grade-level appropriate books over the summer, we hope to provide parents and teachers a way to incentivize more reading. Each student who completes the program will receive two (2) tickets to an FAU Football game.

    Touchdown Reading Flyer

    Touchdown Reading Tracker

    For more questions or information about the program, please visit fausports.com/read (Links to an external site.) or see the attached documents.


    At this time, the following programs will remain available to students throughout the summer months.  This list will continue to be added to as information becomes available.

    Programs Remaining Free Until
    Nearpod Clever Dashboard - Always available
    Newsela (Grades 2-5) Clever Dashboard - Always available
    ThinkCentral Math/PMT and ELA Clever Dashboard - Always available
    STEMscopes Clever Dashboard - Always available
    Science A-Z and Science A-Z Museum Tours Clever Dashboard - Always available
    Learning A-Z (all accounts with @browardschools.com) August 18, 2020 – External Site; Teacher should have already sent code
    Imagine Learning and Math August 1, 2020 - Clever
    iReady July 31, 2020 - Clever
    Brainpop July 16, 2020 - Clever
    Scholastic-At-Home June 30, 2020 – External Site
    myON May 29, 2020 – Already expired

  • EVERFI Course Offerings - Summer 2020

    The following courses are accessible to students and families.  Please see HERE for instructions on how to access via your student's LaunchPad."

    EVERFI Course Subject(s) Grade Level
    Compassion Project SEL, Anti Bullying 1-3
    Healthier Me - Jr Health - Nutrition/Fitness 1-3
    Healthier Me - Middle Health - Nutrition/Fitness 4-6
    Summer Slugger ELA/Math 3-6

  • Instructional Technology

    Canvas Self-Paced Student How-To Course

    🛫 Click here to access the Passport to Canvas course.

    Nearpod

    💻 Coding - Click on a course below to enroll.

    🎓 College & Career Exploration - Click on a course below to enroll.

    ⌨ Keyboarding - Click on a course below to enroll.

    📝 Microsoft Applications - Click on a course below to enroll.

    ☮ Social & Emotional Learning - Click on a course below to enroll.

    🏝 Summer Health - Click here to engage your mind and body with brain breaks.

    🌎 Virtual Field Trips - Click here to visit places all over the world.

    Newsela Self-Paced Articles

    📰 Click here for more information about Newsela Self-Paced Articles.

    Vocabulary.com (Grades 5-12) 

    📓 The heart of Vocabulary.com is The Challenge. It's an adaptive game students can play to help improve their vocabulary. To start playing students need to log into Vocabulary.com through their Single-Sign-On Clever LaunchPad and click Play at the top of the page.

    Student Resources

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  • Library Media Resources

    Axis 360

    Axis360

    Need a book to read this summer? Axis360 offers eBooks and audiobooks for K-12 through the Destiny Library Manager Platform (Destiny tile is on Clever Launchpad).  These books are available to our students through a partnership between BCPS and the Broward County Public Library.  The books are leveled by the school level (See flyer for step by step instructions on how to access this resource).

    Beanstack

    Beanstack

    Keep track of your reading this summer with Beanstack. Beanstack is a digital tracker for tracking independent reading. This resource can be located on the Clever  Launchpad  (For participating schools only).

    Britannica

    Britannica Fundamentals for PreK-2

    (On the Britannica elementary platform only)

    Britannica Fundamentals is part of Britannica School.  This kid-friendly site offers ebooks/readalouds, math games, puzzles, and shape matching.  It also offers exploration videos from around the world. Britannica Fundamentals can be accessed from the home page of Britannica School and is available in Canvas by selecting the resources link on the global navigation bar then selecting the Library Media Resources link. It does require a log-in when used from home.  Use the information on the link to “Home Access”.

    Tumblebooks

    Tumblebooks Library

    Tumblebook is a favorite among elementary school students.  This site offers storybooks, readalouds, games, and puzzles. These interactive story platforms will entertain students for hours on end.

    If you need more assistance accessing these resources, click here.

  • Read at Home Resources

    Read at Home Resources

    read at home tips and resources Click here to find read at home tips and resources.

    open a world of possible books prek-2 Click here to learn more about the Title 1 Books Initiative - Open a World of Possible.

  • Supporting Secondary Learners: (6-12)

    Secondary ELA and Reading Summer Resources

    Learning How to Learn Course

    Learning How to Learn Course

    This interactive Canvas course will get you back into learning mode and teach you tips and tricks to learn more effectively in any subject area!  Topics include:  Mindset Matters, Read to Learn, Study Smarter, and eLearning Strategies.  

    Available July 6th – August 17th

    Register by clicking on the link below and receive an email when the course opens:   https://browardschools.instructure.com/enroll/BPRP6K

    Khan Academy

    KHAN Academy

    Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Available through SSO LaunchPad or https://www.khanacademy.org/

    Vocabulary.com

    Vocabulary.com

     In-depth knowledge of words and concepts helps increase reading comprehension in all subject areas!  Vocabulary.com is a fun, interactive site to build your word power.

    Newsela

    newsela

    Find articles on high-interest topics and current events at https://newsela.com/

    CommonLit

    COMMONLIT  

    CommonLit.org contains engaging reading passages compiled into text sets with questions and writing prompts that are aligned to the standards.  Available at https://www.commonlit.org/.

    FloridaStudents.org

     CPALMS

    Florida Students have access to this free resource provided by the Florida Department of Education through CPALMS. This is a website for students with hundreds of free original student tutorials. Available at https://www.floridastudents.org/.


    Math Summer Bridge Program: Grade 6 - Geometry

    Beginning June 8, 2020, through July 24, 2020, all students in grades 6 - 12 will have access to Imagine Math to work on a grade-level pathway or Algebra 1 or Geometry. Information for accessing this program can be found in the flyer below. Participation is voluntary.

    Science - EduSmart Science Summer Learning Modules (6-8)

    EduSmart Science 6–8 prepares students for the rigors of scientific education by expanding on the subject and on techniques proven to enhance learning.  

    If students would like access to EduSmart, they can self-enroll in this course using this URL: https://browardschools.instructure.com/enroll/FX49G8. Alternatively, they can sign up at https://browardschools.instructure.com/register and use the following join code: FX49G8

    Social Studies Resources

    Website Description
    iCivics iCivics exists to engage students in meaningful civic learning. We provide teachers well-written, inventive, and free resources that enhance their practice and inspire their classrooms. For me, civic education is the key to inspiring kids to want to stay involved in making a difference. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court.
    Civics360
    A Comprehensive Guide to Middle School Civics…  Available Anytime, Anywhere
    National Geographic Kids National Geographic Kids is a treasure trove of educational information. Parents can use the games, videos, and other resources to teach kids about animals, other countries, science, and related topics.
    National Constitution Center The National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia is America's most hands-on history museum. Located just two blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, it is the only museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution and the story of we, the people.

Contact Information

  • Innovative Learning

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-2620

    Fax: 754-321-2766

    TTL: --

    Phone: --

    Dr. Daryl Diamond

    Director

Highlighted Links

  • CLEVER FOR PARENTS / CLEVER PARA PADRES / CLEVER POU PARAN YO / CLEVER PARA OS PAIS / لأولياء الأمور CLEVER
    • A quick reference guide for parents in English. Learn how students log in to the Clever portal to access digital learning resources.
    • Una guía de referencia rápida para padres en español. Aprenda cómo los estudiantes inician sesión en el portal Clever para acceder a los recursos de aprendizaje digital.
    • Sa a se yon gid referans rapid pou paran nan lang Kreyòl Ayisyen. L'ap montre w kijan elèv yo konekte sou platfòm Clever a pou yo jwenn aksè nan resous aprantisaj dijital yo.
    • Um guia de referência rápida para os pais em português. Aprenda como os alunos tem acesso ao portal Clever para usufruir dos recursos de aprendizado digital.
    • دليل مرجعي سريع للوالدين باللغه العربيه. تعرف كيفيه تسجيل الطلاب للدخول الي clever للوصول لمصادر التعلم الرقمي