Learning at home can be more fun than students and parents assume. There are many families that opt for homeschooling, but you don’t have to fall in that category in order to use effective learning tools. Every student can become more successful by expanding their base of knowledge and learning new skills through online tools. These are the best K-12 online tools for learning in 2015.
- Groiler Online – This comprehensive source of nonfiction content offers over 120,000 primary-sources articles targeted for grades 3 and up. In addition, Groiler Online also provides multimedia content from the areas of social studies and science. The timelines, atlases and interactive maps offered at the website can make learning fun for all students.
- Educents – At this website, you can find daily deals for different educational products. Some online educational resources are rather expensive, so keep your eye on Educents if you want to get valuable discounts.
- NinjaEssays – You can learn many things online, and academic writing is one of them! Students have always been struggling with essays, research papers and other types of academic content, but now they can finally get the help they need at NinjaEssays. This website offers personalized approach in academic research and content development.
- PowerMyLearning – This is a free online learning platform that offers resources for self-directed learning. You will find materials for all K-12 subjects, all of them being aligned to the Common Core. There are three sections of the website focused on different categories of users: Educators, Parents, and Students.
- BrainPOP – This website provides animated learning resources in the categories of English, social studies, science, arts and music, engineering and tech, math, and health. Although the yearly subscription is not cheap ($115 for the BrainPOP Family Access plan) the offered information is great and the programs are very engaging.
- Earth Rangers – At this website, young students can access multi-disciplinary educational resources that help them develop an interest for the natural world that surrounds them. The lessons featured at EarthRangers.com offer curricular benefits in mathematics, language, physical education, and the arts.
- IXL – At IXL.com, K-12 students can find practice materials in math and language arts. The resources are conveniently categorized by grade, and each category offers multiple resources that increase in difficulty as the learner makes progress through the program.
- Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page – This website offers a full range of resources, books, articles and links intended to be used by gifted children, their teachers and parents. HoagiesGifted.org offers different categories of resources, including Academic Acceleration, Testing and Assessment, Differentiation of Instruction, Gifted Programs, and more.
- SheppardSoftware – At this site, students can access hundreds of educational quizzes, games, articles, activities, and other types of free materials. There are different categories the users can choose from, including history quizzes, brain games, health games, animal articles and quizzes, U.S. geography games, math games, and more.
- The Well-Trained Mind – The motto of this website (and the book offered for purchase) is “Classical Education for the Next Generation”. This resource is recommended by many parents who have opted for homeschooling, but is also useful for all other students as supplemental material to classroom learning.
Discover the magic of learning through awesome online tools!
If you still haven’t started exploring online tools that make learning fun and enjoyable, 2015 will be your year. The 10 resources listed above offer various types of materials that can serve as an addition to the curriculum at school, but as standalone learning resources as well.
Online tools can open many doors that are not accessible with traditional learning methods. Through an engaging, interactive experience, students on different levels can discover new ways of learning and developing studying habits.
This article was written and researched by Robert Morris. Thank you Robert Morris for the great article!
Robert Morris is a homeschooling dad from New York, circle him on Google+.