Learning Resources

Starfall

Starfall.com® opened in September 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read. Since then it has expanded to include language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.

The program emphasizes exploration, play, and positive reinforcement—encouraging children to become confident and intrinsically motivated. Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children and is especially effective for special education, homeschooling, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). It is widely used in schools that serve children with special needs and learning difficulties.

Our low-cost membership program expands the free content to include animated songs, mathematics, and reading activities spanning K-3. Membership also supports the production of new books, songs, educational games, and movies.

The program, provided by the Starfall Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was conceived by Dr. Stephen Schutz. As a child, Stephen had difficulty learning to read due to dyslexia. He wanted to create a website with untimed, multisensory interactive games that allow children to see, hear, and touch as they learn.

https://www.starfall.com/h/


Khan Academy

A personalized learning resource for all ages

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

Free tools for parents and teachers

We’re working hard to ensure that Khan Academy empowers coaches of all kinds to better understand what their children or students are up to and how best to help them. See at a glance whether a child or student is struggling or if she hit a streak and is now far ahead of the class. Our teacher dashboard provides a summary of class performance as a whole as well as detailed student profiles.

https://www.khanacademy.org/


CK-12 Foundation

“The CK-12 Foundation, where Khosla is executive director, creates both customizable content and tools – from textbooks to videos to interactive simulations – and gives them away for free to millions of students. The organization hires teachers to develop materials that fit state standards, and districts can also use the platform to produce their own digital resources.” – Forbes Magazine

http://www.ck12.org/student/


Studyladder

Studyladder is a web-based program built by teachers to help students of all abilities have fun while learning.

https://www.studyladder.co.nz/


Science Awards Trust

Activity sheets, Badges and Certificates for Science From Year 3- Year 10

http://www.sciencebadges.co.nz/index.html


Computer Sciences / Coding

Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world, and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. Code.org is supported by generous donors including Microsoft, Facebook, the Infosys Foundation, Google, Omidyar Network, and many more.

Code.org


Department of Conservation

Find resources to support conservation teaching and learning, or DOC supported education programmes you can get involved in.

http://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/conservation-education/


TedEd

Build a lesson around any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube video

https://ed.ted.com/lessons


A Mighty Girl

Girls do not have to be relegated to the role of sidekick or damsel in distress; they can be the leaders, the heroes, the champions that save the day, find the cure, and go on the adventure. It is our hope that these high-quality children’s products will help a new generation of girls to grow and pursue whatever dreams they choose — to truly be Mighty Girls!

http://www.amightygirl.com/

https://www.facebook.com/amightygirl/


Amazing Educator Resources

An educator community to share the good, bad, and ugly about the many teacher resources on the internet

https://www.facebook.com/groups/445786889466638/


Duolingo

Universally accessible.

There are over 1.2 billion people learning a language and the majority are doing so to gain access to better opportunities. Unfortunately, learning a language is expensive and inaccessible to most.

We created Duolingo so that everyone could have a chance. Free language education – no hidden fees, no premium content, just free.

Duolingo is used by the richest man in the world and many Hollywood stars, and at the same time by public schools students in developing countries. We believe true equality is when spending more can’t buy you a better education.

https://www.duolingo.com/