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Useful Online Resources

I asked the teachers at Oxford House to share their favourite Online resources. The list below has been split into three categories to make it easier to navigate. Please add your own favourite websites below. Try to include a brief description, thanks!

Useful online resourses for teaching:

Websites for teaching kids

Cool Tools for Schools: a large compliation of websites for kids and teens of all levels.

DLTK’s Crafts for Kids printable activities.

Kiz Club: Thousands of FREE teaching resources. Get worksheets, flashcards, story props and much more!

English for Kids: A lot of learning resorces for kids.

Using emojis in the classroom: A collection of articles about the use of emojis in the classroom for kids.

Fun games that help build the language and skills young learners need at Pre-A1, A1 and A2 levels. Use them in online lessons, in the classroom, or set them for independent study.

The Learning Network
For children 3 and older, The Learning Network is a New York Times daily blog run by five Times editors, all of whom have worked as teachers. Each day, at least one Lesson of the Day, one Student Opinion prompt, and one Picture Prompt is posted. News literacy and critical thinking is embedded in the writing prompts, and students are encouraged to join in the national conversation through the moderated comments site.

From livestreaming of a bald eagle nest located in Iowa to looking in on animals at a watering hole in Kenya, this enchanting live nature cam network and documentary film channel also includes free lesson plans for students.

This site presents a vast collection of fascinating, child-friendly videos on such topics as how a Steinway piano is built, and how to make beeswax wrap as an alternative to single-use plastic wraps.

Websites for teaching teens

Arloon Chemistry
For older teenagers who love chemistry and science, the app allows students to create virtual 3D structures of chemical compounds, with augmented-reality tools that are enabled through the camera on your teen’s device.

IXL Math
The go-to math-learning tool for parents and students, IXL provides online math practice with tutorial help. Students can skip between grade levels and math topics, and parents can receive daily or weekly email reports on their student’s progress.

Khan Academy
The Khan Academy is the gold standard for virtual lessons in the STEM subjects for all ages, and is officially recognized by the College Board SAT study site. Started by Salman Khan, a young hedge-fund analyst with a master’s in computer science from MIT, the YouTube channel has exceptional educators who use electronic tools to illustrate concepts as they teach in an informal and friendly manner. The Khan Academy has partnered with Pixar for its tutorials on computer graphics.

Skype a Scientist
Since the coronavirus threat appeared, this well-known platform that connects classrooms with scientists has opened up to allow individual students to reach specialists. Sessions take the form of half-hour Q&A sessions, through Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, or another video conferencing tool. Participants have included anthropologist Julie Lesnik, who studies edible bugs, and NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi, who was instrumental in the Curiosity mission to Mars.

Websites for teaching adults

TED Talks – for video. Wide range of interesting talks with subtitles. Good for higher levels.

Breaking News English: a lot of free lessons for 6 levels.

Learning English BBC: As part of the BBC World Service, BBC Learning English has been teaching English to global audiences since 1943, offering free audio, video and text materials to learners around the world

Civilisations AR
A BBC app that covers human art throughout history, this was designed to accompany the BBC Civilisations television documentary. Easy and fun to use, it includes more than 40 different artifacts, including sculptures, masks, and paintings. When the viewer makes a choice, the artwork appears in 3D on the screen, and can be rotated and increased or decreased in size.

Smithsonian Education
This website is stuffed with resources for children on a diverse range of topics, from history and science to culture and literature, with games, experiments, and a searchable resource library. Activities such as Prehistoric Climate Change enable kids to learn how to use fossils as a thermometer to read temperatures 55 million years ago.

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