Saturday, July 31, 2010

20 Free Online Education Resources for Middle School Students

It seems like many of the educational sites around the web were created with either the elementary student or the college student in mind. But there are a number of sites that would be of interest to students in the middle school grades. Here are 20 to explore throughout the summer.

Shmoop - Shmoop offers an excellent collection of fun and lively study guides created by teachers and education experts. The site provides guides to literature, bestselling books, poetry, Shakespeare, U.S. history, civics, music, economics, and more.

BJ Pinchbeck Homework Helper - Created in the 1990s by nine-year-old BJ Pinchbeck, this small online reference has evolved into a comprehensive research site with hundreds of homework help links. Some of the topics covered on BJ Pinchbeck Homework Helper include art, computer science, English, foreign languages, health, math, music, science, and social studies.

Learn Out Loud - Learn Out Loud provides an extensive directory of free audio books, lectures, speeches, interviews, and other educational audio and video resources. All of the materials within the directory can be downloaded as mp3 files or streamed online.

Whyville - Whyville helps middle schoolers learn about art history, science, journalism, civics, and economics through exploration and communication. As Whyville citizens, students can play games, chat with friends, and much more.

FreeRice.com - This UN World Food Program site teaches civic responsibility while quizzing visitors on everything from English grammar and vocabulary to chemical symbols and pre-algebra. For every multiple choice trivia question that site visitors answer correctly, the UN donates ten grains of rice to help feed the hungry.

Book Adventure - Book Adventure is a free online reading program that welcomes children in grades K-8. The goal of the program is to get kids to read more and improve reading comprehension. Site visitors can use the site to create their own book lists, get reading recommendations, take quizzes on books they have read, and earn points and prizes for reading efforts.

Bookwink - Created for students in grades three through eight, Bookwink publishes short audio podcasts and videos designed to get kids excited about reading. The site offers book recommendations by subject, grade level, author, or title.

Read Print - Read Print is a free online library that contains thousands of novels, poems, plays, and stories in the public domain. Site visitors can search for books by author, title, or genre.

Book Builder - Middle schoolers who visit this site can create, publish, and share their own digital books online. They can also read free digital books created by other people.

WritingFix - Sponsored by the Northern Nevada Writing Project, Writing Fix provides a place for young writers to improve their craft. Site resources include free prompts, lessons, articles, and other writing resources.

Math Playground - This site is intended for elementary and middle school students. Site visitors can play math games, solve logic problems, watch math videos, and much more.

Lure of the Labyrinth - Created specifically for middle school students, this free online math game guides students through a digital labyrinth of math-based puzzles. Players must solve pre-algebra problems to save their missing pet and win the game.

GeoEdu - GeoEdu is an atlas and an educational game that helps players learn geography. The game contains more than 100,000 questions and allows players to choose from multiple levels of play.

ARKive - ARKive is a lively science site devoted to the conservation of endangered species around the world. Educational resources include news, photos, videos, article, reference materials, and more.

Artopia - Designed for middle school students with an interest in visual and performing arts, this site displays important works of art and allows users to build their own portfolio of artwork. Artopia users can also critique art, watch movies, and view student art.

Stage'D - Stage'D is a free online tool that can be used to create animated comics. New backgrounds and animations are constantly being added.

iLike - iLike has combined music with social media to create an application that connects music fans with their favorite artists. iLike can also be used to share music and learn about new artists.

Glogster - Glogster makes it easy for middle school students to get creative and express themselves through posters. Site users can create their own online posters using text, images, music, and video.

Twrivia - Twrivia combines trivia with Twitter. A new trivia question is posted each day. Twitter users who answer the question correctly and quickly can earn a place on the site's leader board.

FreeDocumentaries.org - This site streams popular full-length documentaries and educational films. No download or registration is required.

Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about pharmacy technician training for PharmacyTechnicianCertification.com.

10 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I adore the Northern Nevada Writing Project.

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Web-based teaching and participating in the university is that there is no real need for any specific place to explore. This means that much of the social side of going to college is deleted e-learning experiences. But depending on your perspective, this really could be a very good thing. E 'can skip a lot of peer pressure and "popularity contest" that connects many cultures are lost.

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I’m amazed with all the collaborative learning resources popping up everyday. Social networks and other resources like this dedicated to developing individuals in various areas will greatly accelerate, if not re-define the way we learn I believe. Going to check out these sites. I’ve gone ahead and bookmarked this post on Digg and several others, thanks for the excellent list!

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