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Back to School with Cool Tech for Smarter Learning

Boy using computer at homeThere are some excellent choices in technology and websites that help children learn and offer support to parents and teachers. Whether it is a tablet specifically designed for a child or an app on a phone or iPad, the sky’s the limit as to what is out there to support traditional education.

Online reference sites:

  • britannica.com give you confidence that the materials you use have been properly researched and documented (you pay an annual subscription fee).
  • dictionary.com/thesaurus.com, writing references such as dictionary.com and thesaurus.com.
  • economist.com Style guides, for example, the Economist Style Guide, an interactive online tool
  • Apps that convert units of measure, calculate percentages, provide language translation as well as pronunciation.

Online education sites:
An online organization, Khan Academy, was created for students, teachers and parents – anyone who wants to learn. With a mission to provide free “world class” education for anyone, anywhere, the site is packed with exercises to help students learn and practice skills. Math is a big focus on the site. A comprehensive list of math specialists is listed, with their credentials.

Some schools are using this particular site in their classrooms so kids can work ahead on their own and teaching time can be spent helping kids with questions.

Access is free, although you do have to register to log in.  If you need any other encouragement, Bill Gates was even on the site with his kids!

  • billnye.com – The well-loved Bill Nye the Science Guy created a site as fun as the show itself, with demos, problem solving and show episodes.

information-technology-symbolsEducational websites recommended by the Toronto District School Board:

  • Homework Help! (Ontario Ministry of Education) edu.gov.on.ca/elearning/homework.html
  • yahoo.com – Yahoo for Kids, a kid friendly search engine.
  • howstuffworks.com – How Stuff Works explains thousands of topics, from engines to lock-picking to ESP, with videos and illustrations so you can learn how everything works.

Watch for notes in knapsacks once kids return to school in September. Many schools send home a list of suggested websites for references and learning.