As a learning specialist and educational therapist, it is imperative to keep up with the best online sites for homework and learning. This blog offers a list of my favorite internet resources that can be used to assist all students - but particularly "out of the box learners" or those that have learning challenges. What's more, many of these sites offer multisensory options and tools that bring the fun factor into learning.
I have sorted the sites under a number of headings to help you sift through the online resources.
- Instruction: reteaches academic content
- Assistive Technology: adaptive devices that make learning easier
- Test Preparation: sites that help students prepare for tests
- Tools for Learning: a tool that assists with learning
- Strategies: ideas that help learners encode information
- Resources: texts and videos that help with the learning process
(IN = Instruction, AT = Assistive Tech, TP = Test Prep, TL = Tools, ST = Strategies, RE= Resources)
IN, TP, LT, RE
This website features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
This nonprofit organization offers recorded books for students with documented disabilities. With authorization, you can get this service at no cost if you are a US citizen and you are a student with a print-based learning disability. There is a small fee for others with proof of disability. All the books are read by a computerized voice.
This science teacher, Paul Anderson, offers wonderful multisensory videos in the areas of biology, chemistry, earth science, anatomy, physiology, statistics, physics and more. His free videos that have also been translated into many languages.
This website offers animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students. Their resources include movies, quizzes, experiments, timelines, activity pages, and much more covering hundreds of topics. All content is searchable by state standards.
This website is a cool website that offers video-based classes that are engaging and offer real world examples. They have classes for the SATs, AP courses, and basic math, English, history and science.
This website offers study guides, notes, online video classes and strategies for difficult high school and college courses. You can use the materials yourself, share your own study guides and create study groups with your friends or other students.
This website provides citations, note taking, and research tools that are easy-to-use. Google docs also provides a free add-on to EZ Bib.
This website offers a large selection of kid-friendly resources to help students with their homework. It also provides several other learning materials like an almanac, thesaurus, dictionary, games and more.
Google Calendar offers a free calendar that can be used on your computer, Ipad or even your cell phone. You can color code your classes and even get it to send you reminders.
Google Docs is a free Web-based application in which documents, presentations, and spreadsheets can be created, edited and stored online. Files can be accessed from any online computer, and documents can be shared with and worked on by others. They now offer a number of Apps that provide services such as a thesaurus and bibliography maker.
Kahoot is a free, game-based online system that allows teachers and students to create group discussions, tests or test preparation activities (assessments) and surveys. Questions are displayed on one screen and students can answer them through a web browser, smartphone or tablet. It’s really fun and students love it! You can create an account on getkahoot.com and access play at www.kahoot.it/ Click here to watch a great tutorial:
TP, RE, IN, TL, ST
This not-for-profit organization provides a free, high-quality education to students around the world. They offer a growing collection videos covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to physics, chemistry, history, SAT prep and more. To top it off, they offer a practice/lesson component that allows students to test their knowledge, and if they get stuck, the site will offer a video tutorial! They have built into this feature motivational tools such as avatars as well as feedback and progress summaries for parents and teachers.
Learning Ally is another nonprofit organization that offers recorded books for students with learning disabilities. For a small membership price, students with documented disabilities can get access to a large selection of audiobooks. All of the e-books are read by real people.
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This website offers over 30,000 free, public domain, electronic books to read on a computer or portable device in a number of formats. You can search by title and author and many of their titles are also available as audio editions.
Students can browse through and use millions of flashcards created by other students and teachers, or they can make their own. There are numerous study options: review flashcards electronically or in print form, play games that are created from the information entered, generate a multiple choice, true and false, or fill-in test, or type the answers to your questions. They also offer visuals and a new feature that reads the information aloud. Students can save their flashcards, share them, and even merge them for midterms or finals.
This is a free site that was created by a public school English Teacher. Rewordify.com simplifies difficult English. Enter hard sentences (or whole chapters) into the yellow box at the top of the page. You can also enter a website URL. Click Rewordify text and you'll instantly see an easier version, for fast comprehension.
This site, supported by the National Science Foundation, allows students to highlight online text, annotate pages, create citations, and organize color-coded text when doing online research. This online information can be saved in a student’s Scrible account where they can drag text into a text editor and send it to their favorite writing software.
This website offers all of Shakespeare's work with simplified translations. It also offers famous quotes.
This website features over 10,000 courses, test preparation resources, and learning guides that assist with learning.
This website offers some great interactive activities and games to help students learn maps, as well as math and language arts skills.
This site helps kids learn about topics in history, science, and social studies, and it provides learning materials in multiple formats: games, articles, experiments, and a searchable resource library.
Sweet Search searches only the 35,000 websites that the Sweet Search staff of research experts, librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved when creating the content. They use sites such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, PBS and university websites.
Within the TED-Ed video library, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED's, and easily create a customized lesson around the video.
Instead of searching the internet for answers, this service has its own engine that computes answers in many subject areas. The resources on this website are growing rapidly and it already has a massive collection of knowledge. It’s useful for calculating difficult math problems and is a great way to check homework.
If you know of any other amazing sites, please let us know so we can add them to the list.
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