Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2020. 8:53 am CST.
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By Mikaila Hudson (Teacher): With schools across Belize closed, and no confirmed re-opening date, learning from home is more important than ever. Even students who are guaranteed to be promoted to the next standard will benefit from learning during this time because they need background knowledge and skills from their current standard to be successful in the next year of their education. Well-designed resources can also help to keep your children busy while you get other things done! Luckily, all you need is an internet connection and a device to be able to access the following free online learning opportunities and help your children to get a quality education from home.
Khan Academy is a highly celebrated learning platform for kindergarten, primary school and high school students that lines up well with the national curriculum. Students can work at their own pace, with careful explanations of new concepts presented through videos and readings, followed by questions to make sure they’ve understood the content before moving on. Subjects include math, science and engineering, arts and humanities (including grammar), computing, economics and finance. Ideal for senior high school students.
This interactive language learning website provides engaging activities and challenges for all ages. Duolingo offers courses for 35 languages from across the globe, including Spanish, French and Mandarin. Completing the Spanish course would be great preparation for any high school students planning to take the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Spanish exam within the next couple of years.
Games galore, Seterra offers a great opportunity for primary school and high school students to familiarise themselves with the maps, capital cities and flags of the world, including countries in the Caribbean and Central America.
This virtual library provides books you can borrow to read on your device. The collection includes children’s books, novels, recipes, text books and biographies – there are options for everyone. Reading is one of the best ways you and your children can keep your brains engaged from home.
These 5-20 minute videos are informative and inspiring, covering almost every topic imaginable. Leading scientists, entrepreneurs, architects and musicians are among the thousands of speakers that have been recorded. While most of the videos are directed towards adults and older students, there’s a special TED-Ed section designed for younger students.
Participating in real research projects that contribute to human knowledge is a great way to get students of all ages interested in science. This website lists opportunities to get involved with projects ranging from bird monitoring, to identifying new planets and solar systems, to helping scientists map the brain. While this might sound intimidating, the research is broken down into simple activities that anyone can try.
Coursera is ideal for adults and older students who want to use the time they’re stuck at home to pursue professional development. Delivered by professors from accredited universities including Stanford and Yale, these courses and certificates will be great on your résumé. Subjects include business, arts and humanities, IT, health, physical sciences, engineering and social sciences, with relevant courses in construction, accounting, teaching, web design, law, and practically anything else you can imagine.
As you can see, as long as you have an internet connection and a device, quality education is within the reach of you and your children even during these challenging times. Have you found any other useful online learning resources? Share them in the comments below.
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