Did you see my story, “Tech that’s Anything But Old School” in the September issue? My husband Dan Tynan and I tried to calculate how much old school tools can be crammed into a bit of technology. It was fun. But there was so much more we could have said. Once your student has their hands on a connected device, the doors to learning just keep opening. (Of course it causes some headaches for Mom since doors to idle entertainment and gaming also open. But I think it’s worth it. Someday soon, I’ll share some of my favorite geeky tricks for managing screen time.)

As a follow-up to that story, here are a few of my favorite educational websites for kids. But since its still summer, I’ll stick to the fun ones that don’t

mention homework and save the more serious study aides for September.

Dictionary.com. It's not just for looking up words. There are some fun word games here, too, that boost vocabulary and make mastering a few writing skills more play than practice. Check out Word Dynamo. I just played it and learned a new word!

BrainPop.com. Cartoons that teach? This site is a great way to warm up for school. My kids have spent hours--and learned tons--watching cartoons here. This site is subscription (and so worth the $99 a year) but there is always some free stuff, too.

SciShow. Got a curious kid? Check out this YouTube channel from two smart brothers-- Hank and John Green--who tackle interesting topics, explain them hilariously, and poke fun at each other in short, informative videos. Smart and entertained? That’s how I like my kids.

Christina Tynan-Wood writes the Family Tech column for Family Circle, and is the author of “How to Be a Geek Goddess.”You can find her at GeekGirlfriends.com.