Today's digital world offers a wide array of options for free educational content. Regardless of subject or grade level, there are multiple benefits to be gained from incorporating these resources into your lesson plans. For this article, we have compiled a list of seven useful educational platforms to complement your curriculum to give both your teachers (and students) that extra edge.
TED's youth and education initiave. Its mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of students and teachers around the world. Over the years, they have produced (and continue to produce) original animated video lessons taught by teachers all around the globe. Topics of these video lessons range from Health to Social Studies and are completely free with no registration required.
2. Khan Academy
Offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy is especially useful for STEM fields such as Math and Physics.
3. MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)
A web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. The level of credibility brought about by MIT makes this resource useful for teachers looking to improve courses and curricula, as well as for students looking to take their learning to the next level.
A Video-sharing website similar to (and based on) YouTube. Designed to allow those in the educational industry to share resources such as video, audio, documents, photos, groups and blogs. Contains a mixture of classroom teaching resources and others designed to aid teacher training.
5. Big Think
Website containing a collection of interviews, presentations, and roundtable discussions with expert speakers from a range of fields. Individuals and interested companies can utilize filters and e-learning tools to find refined information. Their short and insightful videos make for good classroom ice-breakers.
A free, public website providing information and resources necessary to help meet the educational needs of students. All resources are available in printable document formats. Included are also hundreds of videos demonstrating best practices for the classroom.
A YouTube channel of Science and Engineering videos featuring experiments, expert interviews, unique demos, and hosts discussions related to Science.
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