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Say goodbye to the era of heavy textbooks, worksheets and 3 ring binders. One of the hottest things in education right now is online learning. There are so many options within disciplines or across disciplines for apps, videos, tutorials, online courses, and online learning communities that you really can go crazy looking through them all. Here, I’ve listed some of the one’s that I have used personally with my children or have repeatedly heard others recommend. I tried to list them by subject, with the general education sites first. Good luck and if I’ve missed out on anything, please comment or email me and I will add it to the list!!
General Learning Opportunities (multi-subject)
- For younger kids, learn to read, math, etc. Free trial then subscription based.
ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) – www.aleks.com
- Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. All grades, all subjects.
Ambleside Online – www.amblesideonline.org
Brainpop – www.brainpop.com
- Subscription based, various ages, various courses. Homeschool plans and Family plans.
Center for Talent Development (gifted and talented)- www.ctd.northwestern.edu/courses
- Various online programs, tuition based and semester based.
- The Gifted LearningLinks (GLL) Family Program is a series of engaging online enrichment courses for bright children in kindergarten through grade 3 developed by the Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University.
- Gifted LearningLinks (GLL) Core Essentials courses at Center for Talent Development (CTD) allow students in grades 3 through 8 to master essential subject-area content that goes above and beyond what is traditionally offered at their grade levels.
- Center for Talent Development’s (CTD) Gifted LearningLinks (GLL) gifted enrichment courses allow students in grades 3 through 8, with occasional special programs offered for older students, to explore interesting and exciting topics beyond the core curriculum typically provided by schools.
- Also offers honors and AP Level courses
Coursera (13+) – www.coursera.com
- Various online courses by top level universities. From about $29-$99.
DIY.org – www.diy.org
- Skill-based lessons, portfolio based learning. Kids have their own portfolio and can share, receive peer feedback on projects.
- Career training and online classes.
Future Learn- https://www.futurelearn.com
- Free online courses designed by universities. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with peer supported guidance rather than teacher/ advisor supported.
Khan Academy – www.khanacademy.com
- Free online classes. Global learning, various languages. Countless subjects.
- Specifically designed for kids. Fee based.
Kids Discover- https://online.kidsdiscover.com
Moby Max- http://www.mobymax.com
OnlineG3 – http://www.onlineg3.com/OnlineG3/Home.html
- Small, online group classes by independent teachers. Fee based, various subjects.
Take Lessons- https://takelessons.com
- Tons of different subjects, rates vary depending on teacher. Can choose from a list of online academic mentors in different subject areas or find teacher by location.
Time 4 Learning – www.time4learning.com
- A monthly subscription based online curriculum for homeschoolers. Homeschool advice on website. Classes are by subject and completed as student-paced online work.
TIME for Kids (K-6) – timeforkids.com
Subject Specific Learning Opportunities
Dragonbox – www.dragonbox.com
Reflexmath – www.reflexmath.com
Dreambox Learning – www.dreambox.com
ProdigyMath – www.prodigygame.com
Math-U-See – http://mathusee.com/
Redbird Learning – http://redbirdlearning.com
Go Figure with Jen- www.gofigurewithjen.com
Duolingo – https://en.duolingo.com
Lifeprint (ASL) – www.lifeprint.com
Starfall (reading) – www.starfall.com
Biodigital (anatomy) – www.biodigital.com/education
Next Level Homeschool- http://www.nextlevelhomeschool.com
- Run by a homeschooling mom, courses are secular and very specific. She offers a few in marine biology such as Marine biology: A virtual tour of Costa Rica, and one in French history (also a virtual tour) and one in genetics called Harry Potter genetics.
History for Kids – www.historyforkids.net
Library of Congress – http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/
Dream Spires Home Learning (Literature and Classical History for teens).– http://www.dreamingspireshomelearning.com/p/literature.html
CODE – www.code.org
Scratch – https://scratch.mit.edu
Harvard Edx. www.edx.org
Shaw Academy- http://shawacademy.com
Educationally Themed Youtube Channels
Pixar in a Box (Khan Academy Labs)