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Summer Technology Ideas for Teens
It’s summer! And while the first few days our teens typically are excited, it’s often not long before summer boredom sets in with complaints of nothing to do. This can be a cause of frustration for many families.
If you are like most parents, you also don’t want your teens spending countless hours glued to their devices in unproductive ways.
We live in a world where everyone is technology obsessed. So, it can be hard to figure out how to help our teens balance their time and make certain they take advantage of their summer.
Technology isn’t bad. But, it’s important that we teach our kids to be content creators and not just content consumers when it comes to technology.
So, why not use the summer months to walk beside your teen and teach them HOW to balance technology? Your child doesn’t have to be glued to Netflix or Facebook. There are so many ways you can introduce technology to your teens this summer that will not only be fun but will also be a learning experience. The only limit is their imagination. And, they can even get their friends involved! Best of all, you won’t be frustrated by complaints of “I’m bored!”
Here are some of my favorite summer technology ideas for teens. This is not an exhaustive list by any means. It’s just a list of my favorites to get your creative ideas flowing.
Summer Technology Ideas for Teens
Tech in the summertime can be wonderful but one thing we don’t want is for our teens to stay inside all summer glued to a screen. It can be really difficult to get the teens out and on the go if they are serious tech lovers.
A great way to get them out of the house to meet new people, while still getting their geek on, is by attending a tech camp. At tech camp your teens can learn anything from how to code a website from scratch to making the next multi-million dollar app.
You can’t just put them in any tech camp though. Look for one that has a “NO CIT” policy. That means they are taught by industry leaders, graduate students, or senior level undergraduates. If you don’t mind your teen going away for camp then you may want to look into the biggest and best tech camp in North America, ID Tech Camps. They hire some of the best teachers in the tech industry.
Pro Tip: If Tech Camp is too costly or traveling is not an option for your family, consider hosting your own Tech Camp. Have your teen gather some of their friends for a week. They can work together to learn some new coding and tech skills using Tech Rocket.
Geocaching is great for teens. Not only does it get them out of the house but it is also a great group activity. Getting started is easy. You just download their free app, choose a cache that is close to you, and then use the GPS to find it. You can also trade the caches by taking one you find and leaving one in its place.
After they find the cache, your teen can upload a picture online with their friends. That may even cause more teens to get into the action! Also, if your teen is really adventurous they can create a cache for others to find. Just make sure they read all the rules and guidelines before doing so.
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Build A Game
No, not a digital game but an actual board game. Your child can design, create, and build their very own board game. And while I love Photoshop, your family won’t need to use this pricy software to create games. Instead you can use free programs like Gimp, Canva, PicMonkey, or good old Microsoft Paint. These programs are not only free, they are also easy to use for those just learning graphic design.
Not only will it be a fun activity, your teen will also learn computer design, critical thinking, logical thinking, organizational skills, and timeline skills. They can create the game concept, the rules, and actual gameplay. When the game is all finished, grab some snacks and have a family game night!
Make A Movie
If your teen is not interested in building a board game, maybe a movie will be more their speed. They can make it as long or as short as they want. They can write the script, assign the parts, and become the next Steven Spielberg. While making a movie, your teen will gain writing skills and learn how to sequence events. They’ll also gain both organizational and social skills.
There are several apps you can download to make movies using your computer, tablet, or even your phone. If you are an Apple user I highly recommend iMovie. For Windows users, you can’t go wrong with Powerdirector Mobile. If your teen is into Minecraft then you might want to encourage them to make a stop-action movie using the Minecraft Stop-Motion Movie Creator from Mattel. It’s a little over $3o but it is well worth the price. And, it’s fun for kids of all ages!
Pro Tip: When your teen has their movie created, have them share it with friends and family using Youtube or via email. See my tips on YouTube video sharing options.
Write A Book
If you have a reader or a teen who lives in their imagination, one of the best ideas for summer technology is writing a book. Gone are the days when you would just sit in front of Microsoft Word or even Google Docs and start typing. Today there are literally hundreds of apps that allow your teen to write and even publish their very own book. In fact, just searching for an app can be daunting–there are so many choices!
I’d recommend WritingChallenge. This app is for teens. I will warn you, some of the prompts you’ll find at WritingChallenge may deal with subject matter that parents find sensitive in nature. And teens are writing the stories. So, the content there is similar to what you might find with YA fiction. However, WritingChallenge is a great way to not only get your teens to write but open communication between you and your teen. WritingChallenge is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle.
If you have a teen who is serious about writing and about becoming an author, then an online video class might be fun. Award winning author, James Patterson, offers a Masterclass. The class is $90 but offers great insight into how to get started writing. The classes are clean, fun, and feedback on your writing is given by others in the class. It’s a great way for teens to explore their passion for writing.
Make A Diary
Remember when we were in school and the first week the teacher always had an assignment called “What I Did Over the Summer”? Well, now your teen can become the star of the class by making an online diary of their summer adventures. Not only will it foster creativity, but it will create some memories they can look back on when they are older.
If your child is traveling, you may want to look into Journi. Journi is an app where your teen can upload pictures, videos, and text snippets about their adventures. If you are looking for an easier solution you can use Google Assistant through Google Photos. Your child can upload videos and photos, then Google Assist will string them together into a movie. You can choose your own titles, music, effects, etc. You can also share your videos on social media or with friends!
You don’t need an app; you can do one right on your computer by going to Google Photos.
ProTip: Host an end-of-summer bash and let your kids share their video creations.
I hope these sparked some creative Summer Technology Ideas for Teens in your life. Do you have some fun technology ideas for teens? Share them with us in the comments section.
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