After a school year dominated by technology, parents and caregivers may be ready for their kids to take a long break from devices. However, students may be eager to flex their tech skills with some interest-driven independent play and exploration. Help guide students' online time this summer by sharing a few well-chosen, high-quality apps and websites with parents and caregivers. Families can download or bookmark these on kids' devices to ensure any screen time kids do have is time well spent.\nThe apps and websites listed here offer a nice mix of absorbing gameplay and first-rate learning -- sure to please kids and adults alike. Plus, they're all free!\nInterest-driven reading\nDotopedia\nGood for: Reading, writing, creativity\n\tGrades: 1-5\n\tPlatforms: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android\nBased on the character from the Dot. TV show and book, Dotopedia is a collaboration app kids can use to read about everything from butterflies to grandparents, or to create articles of their own.\nGlobal Oneness Project\nGood for: Reading, cultural awareness, empathy\n\tGrades: 9-12\n\tPlatforms: Website\nThe stories on this website range from short videos and films to photo essays, articles, and virtual reality experiences. Each offers culturally diverse, inspiring content that helps build knowledge and empathy.\nLibby, by Overdrive\nGood for: Reading\n\tGrades: K-12\n\tPlatforms: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android\nThis app allows students to browse and borrow ebooks and audiobooks from public libraries for free. Families can set the audience preference to juvenile or young adult to put some limits on the content kids can access.\nMath games\nChessKid\nGood for: Critical thinking, math\n\tGrades: K-12\n\tPlatforms: Website\nChessKid teaches the game of chess with lessons and videos that cover topics including an introduction of each chess piece, opening offensive and defensive strategies, and common attacking patterns.\nKhan Academy Kids\nGood for: Math, literacy, social and emotional learning\n\tGrades: Pre-K-2\n\tPlatforms: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire\nThis collection of videos, songs, and activities covers a lot of ground in a creative, highly accessible format.\nMath Snacks\nGood for: Math, critical thinking\n\tGrades: 3-8\n\tPlatforms: Website\nThis fun site offers older elementary and middle schooler students online math games and animations that will keep them engaged with action-packed graphics, witty storylines, and upbeat music.\nPet Bingo by Duck Duck Moose\nGood for: Math\n\tGrades: K-4\n\tPlatforms: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android\nPet Bingo by Duck Duck Moose covers a broad range of math skills, from adding one-digit numbers to dividing double digits.\nMental health and emotional well-being\nSmiling Mind\nGood for: Social and emotional learning\n\tGrades: 8-12\n\tPlatforms: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android\nTeens can learn to focus on their breathing, body signals, and senses with hundreds of meditations for a wide variety of situations.\nGoNoodle\nGood for: Social and emotional learning\n\tGrades: PreK-6\n\tPlatforms: Website, iOS, Android, AppleTV, Roku\nGoNoodle's fun exercise program challenges kids to get moving, but their most interesting recent addition is entire section of videos focused on kids' mental health and wellbeing.\n \nSTEM and coding\nMade with Code\nGood for: Coding, creativity, STEM\n\tGrades: 4-12\n\tPlatforms: Website\nGoogle's Made with Code introduces students to the world of coding through resources including tutorials, videos, partner projects, and community connections.\nPeep Ciencias: Colores\nGood for: Science, Spanish\n\tGrades: Pre-K-2\n\tPlatforms: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android\nPart of a series of free bilingual learning apps, Peep Ciencias: Colores engages young kids with animated videos about colors. Plus, grown-ups get guidance on how to explore key concepts with kids through questions, conversations, exploration, and activities.\nScratch\nGood for: Coding, STEM\n\tGrades: 1-12\n\tPlatforms: Website\nThis free, downloadable application gives students a taste of programming as they combine graphics, photos, music, and sound to create simple, interactive animations and games.