Back-To-School: Craig’s Must-Have Picks for School
Duolingo promises users they can “learn a language for free forever.” Duolingo has more than 10 million users worldwide, and now the popular language-learning platform is available for the classroom.
Duolingo for Schools, teachers can create digital classrooms, distribute assignments and track student progress and it’s all for free. Students get interested when they earn points from beginner lessons to unlock more content as they answer questions correctly. Duolingo uses multiple choice questions, listening and speaking and images to teach languages in a fun, interactive way.
Karen has been using this, quite effectively, to learn French.
Epic – Unlimited Books for Kids is a subscription-based ebook service for kids age 2–12. Kids and parents can choose from more than 10,000 books, and they can read the books online or offline, on the Web, or on mobile devices. Many selections are by well-known authors or from major publishers, and the collection includes 500 Spanish/English bilingual books. Books can be searched for by subject, genre, and age, and some are audio or read-to-me versions. On a Reading Stats page, time spent reading, number of pages flipped, and books read are tracked, and kids can earn badges and rewards based on certain milestones.
Grammarly.com is advertised as the world’s most accurate grammar checker, and is a tool my kids and I use every day. The full set of features offered by Grammarly includes a contextual spelling checker, a grammar checker, a punctuation checker, a sentence structure checker, automatic bibliography generation (for high school+) and a plagiarism checker.
Study.com provides tutors who can help with any subject, and can even provide college credit.
DadsWorksheets.com provides math worksheet from the simpliest addition, through pre-algebra there are worksheets to help any student hone their math skills through high school.
MathTutorDVD.com #1 Best Selling video tutorials in their respective subjects. We’ve used it to help our kids from high school math through college differential equations.
FIRST.org helps kids learn STEM from grade 1 through high school. Absolute must-do! Consider volunteering.