7 ways to keep your teen's brain active during school holidays

The start of next term is closer than the end of the last one - time to start getting teens ready to learn again. Try them with these...

1. Watch some inspiring TED Talks

Ken Robinson delivering TED Talk

Try Ken Robinson's 'Do schools kill creativity?', encouraging us to think outside the box when it comes to education; William Kamkwamba's 'How I harnessed the wind', the story of how a 14-year-old Malawian boy living in poverty built a windmill to power his family's home, or Raffaello D'Andrea's 'The outstanding athletic power of quadcopters' - about robots that think like athletes.

2. Discover your ideal career path

Plotr is a fun website with lots of tools to help teens choose GCSE options, via a questionnaire that identifies whether you're more of, for example, a scientist or an artist - or both!

3. Take part in a global quiz

General knowledge fiends can take quizzing to the next level with Quizlet, an app that sees players all over the world compete against each other. Pretty much every educational subject and syllabus imaginable is covered - just search for your topic. You can play the scatter option to connect questions and answers against the clock, or use flashcards to learn new material.


4. Make an app - on an app

Codea offers a super-slick way to write and run programs on your iPad in the Lua programming language. Free game Cargo-Bot was developed using Codea - so who knows what you could create.

5. Train your ears

Teen listening to headphones from tablet

Sound Uncovered enables you to make a recording on your iPad, understand how your brain interprets it, and fiddle around until everything makes sense. The 'how old are your ears?' tool, which tests how hearing changes with age, might just persuade you to turn the volume down on your headphones!


6. Become a digital artist

For older teens thinking of getting into graphic design, the Sketchbook Express app provides access to professional sketching tools in an easy-to-use interface that enables you to express your creativity with impressive results.

7. Boost your brainpower

Luminosity is the ultimate in brain trainer apps. Challenging, interactive games will give your brain a really intensive workout - from mental arithmetic to logical decoding via thinking outside the box. These fun tests improve your ability to recall facts and manipulate information against the clock.


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