Parents and teachers , in the face of the virtual learning that will need to happen over the next week or weeks due to Covid-19, I’ve compiled some of my most highly recommended online learning resources for students to help ensure that students are actively learning, engaged and not bored or running out of quality learning experiences during this time.
Most of these online learning resources for students have been kind enough to waive their normal subscription packages to ensure that parents and teachers have access to quality online learning sites for students.
I will continue to add to this list as time permits and as I recall others that may prove valuable as an online learning resource for students. I must point out that these online learning resources should be used in addition to what has been provided by their teachers or schools.
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First up on the list is :
Google Classroom is an online learning resource for students that functions as an online classroom . This online learning resource for students was created by Google and allows teachers, students and parents to communicate quickly about academic information. It is an online learning resources where teachers share resources and where students can turn in and communicate with their teachers and peers on assignments.
During this time, parents can allow students to work in this online learning resource to complete assignments, to ask their teacher questions and to share what they are working on with their classmates to reduce the feeling of isolation. This will help to make learning feel a bit more normal.
If your child’s or children's teacher uses this online learning resource for students (Google Classroom), they will have a login and password, normally the same as what they use to log into computers at their school to get into their online class.
They will need to go to Google Classroom and log in to get into the online learning resource and work in their classes.
Newsela is an online learning resource for students that I love. It provides current events non-fiction reading passages and questions that are written at your child’s or children's level (look at the Lexile reading level next to the title of the article.
Newsela also is available in Spanish if needed. One of the great things about this online learning resource that will be helpful to parents and children is that each non-fiction current even article comes with a key, so parents can check their children’s work with ease.
Newsela is one of the online learning resources that has waived their subscription fees to ensure students have access to great learning experiences during this time.
ReadWorks is another online learning resource for students that provides reading materials and comprehension questions for students. Unlike Newsela, this online learning site provides fiction and non-fictions passages. Each passage or poem comes along with comprehension questions and a key so that parents can easily check the understanding of their child.
Noredink is easily one of my favorite online learning resources for students, as any of my students will tell you. It provides explicit grammar and writing instruction that is personalized to each individual student. In my class, students login and practice on Noredink for the first 10-15 minutes of class on their lowest grammar skill, as assessed by a pretest. By using Noredink,your child will be able to learn about and practice grammar and writing skills through their favorite series, movies, football players and even pets, to name a few..
Your child’s or children’s teacher may already have a classroom set up and in that case they will just sign in as they would normally do. If they don’t use it already, you can create a profile for them that will allow them to practice on the grammar and writing skills aligned to their state and grade level.
Quizlet is another of my favorite online learning resources to use with children. It gives them access to a wide variety of quizzes, tests, games in many subject areas like science, math and reading.
Your child’s or children’s school may already use Quizlet and in that case they will sign in like they do at school. If they have not used this online learning resource for students before, then they would sign up with their school email and then search for quizzes, games or tests on the specific subjects or topics they want help in.
Quizlet is not just a teacher favorite, it is a student favorite because of a feature called Quizlet live, In Quizlet live children can form teams and work together in a fun game to master skills on specific topics. My students love Quizlet live and your child will definitely love it as a different method of online learning.
Kahoot is another prized online learning resource for students. It is similar to Quizlet because children get to show their mastery in specific subjects by playing fun quizzes set to high paced music. Kahoot has the added challenge of a timer that runs down. Children earn more points for responding correctly and quickly. They earn less points for responses that are slow and correct or incorrect.