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Teachers On Strike? Try These Learning Apps

More than 350,000 students are at loose ends this week as teachers of the nation’s third-largest school district go on strike. But while school’s out, technology could help them keep up with their homework or even get ahead.

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Chicago teachers are on strike and the conflict, which hinges in part on high-stakes testing, isn’t expected to be resolved quickly. Thousands of kids are tagging along to the office with parents or parked with babysitters at churches, community centers, and a few schools that are being kept open.

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The good news is that unlike in years past, kids who happen to have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone don’t have to waste this time when school is closed for any reason. A whole host of apps, online resources, and educational games are now available to kids–even ones without striking teachers. Click through the slide show above for a selection of educational programs, all best-in-industry award winners from Common Sense Media, the Codie Awards, Tech & Learning, the Bessie Awards, and more. Many are free or have free trials. So much for that extended summer vacation.

About the author

Anya Kamenetz is the author of Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006) and DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, (Chelsea Green, 2010). Her 2011 ebook The Edupunks’ Guide was funded by the Gates Foundation

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