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Ten Tools to Create Projects

Summer is the perfect time to create projects related to hobbies, learning, friendship, vacations, and more. Explore and share these ten tools your students can use to create a variety of projects during summer break. 

Grades 6-12


Podbean offers free podcasting creation and publishing tools, including a free podcast website. Use the streaming features to broadcast live or record and edit your podcast. Share the free option with your students, which allows five hours total.

Grades K-4


Engage your young students in digital storytelling with this straightforward web tool. Choose from the included tools to spray paint, draw, add stickers, and more. Students can save their creations as a PNG file or print them when finished.

Grades K-12

Free Comic Strip Maker

What’s a better way to tell a story than by creating a comic strip? This free tool from Adobe includes several templates, backgrounds, and images. You can also upload your own pictures. Create comic strips and share them virtually using a URL.

Grades 2-12

Blogging is an excellent way for students to share stories, accomplishments, and memories. offers simple yet visually appealing blog posts. Click and type to fill in the title and your name, then add content (including images and videos).

Grades K-12

DesignCap Poster Creator

Create free posters in three easy steps without registration! Select one of the many templates, then use the tools to edit your poster's features, including text, images, and background. You can use their clipart or upload your pictures.

Grades 4-12

Family Tree Creator

Summer is the perfect time to create a family tree. Follow prompts to add family member names within the labeled boxes. This site is a no-frills way to see a detailed view of your family history—you can even include images, dates, and more.

Grades K-12


Want to try your hand at AI? Boomy uses artificial intelligence to help personalize and create original music, even if you’ve never created songs before. The more pieces you make, the more Boomy personalizes offerings based on your preferences.

Grades 3-12


Use Sway to create interactive presentations on any device. Drag and drop content from your device, social networks, and the web directly onto your Sway canvas. Add content to your storyline using links to add text, images, and media.

Grades K-12

Book Creator

Encourage your students to create a digital book about their summer adventures. Students can develop and easily share beautiful multimedia books with Book Creator. Not only can you add text, but you can also add images, video, audio, links, and more.

Grades K-12

Adobe Express Video Maker

This site allows you to add quite a bit to videos, like music, text, various slide templates, and links. Even your youngest students can quickly create engaging videos by adding voice narration. When finished, share the video's URL.

This Week at TeachersFirst

We invite you to join us for our bimonthly Twitter chat on Thursday. In addition, learn about a summer fitness opportunity for teens and two summer reading activities. We are also sharing a related blog post and kindly request your input in our weekly poll.      

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Thursday, 6/1, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: Integrating Technology with ELL

Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. We will discuss the need for technology that meets the diverse needs of our learners and share tech tools that can aid in differentiating the learning environment for ELL students.

Explore instructional tools and strategies that support language learners »

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Get fit this summer

Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass

Planet Fitness offers a free summer pass at many participating locations for teens ages 14–19. The pass is available from May 15–August 31 and provides free access to equipment, fitness classes, and online workouts.

Share this opportunity with your students and families »

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Read a book and earn fun prizes


Learn all about Camp BOOK IT!, a summer home reading program where students in grades K–6 earn monthly rewards for achieving reading goals. After enrolling in the program, parents use the digital dashboard to track their student's reading progress.

Tell your students about this engaging reading challenge »

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Reading activities for all grades

Bookopolis Summer Reading Headquarters

Share this site that offers several reading activities for all grades with your students. Between Read-O Bingo games, the summer reading challenge to read ten books or 10,000 pages, and summer book clubs for students, this site has something for everyone!

Discover many reading opportunities for your students »

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Tech Tool of the Month: Google Arts & Culture Paint with Music

In this blog post, you will find a complete tutorial related to Google Arts & Culture: Paint with Music, another great tool students can use to create summer projects. The blog post also includes ISTE standards, classroom use ideas, and more.

Read all about this musical drawing tool »

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Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks, “What kind of media creation tool are you most likely to encourage your students to try this summer?" Submit your reply and view the responses of other educators.

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