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Back To School Online Learning Resources For Students


Virtual learning has exploded over the last few years, with abundant online learning resources available to help your kids increase their knowledge and improve their skills. From exciting YouTube videos to free online tutoring, the internet offers a wide and varied collection of educational aids. Such aids — including online teaching resources — are valuable tools for ensuring your child’s academic success. 

Virtual learning resources are especially important for homeschooled children, whose education is delivered by parents, tutors, or online teachers. Below is a list of online teaching resources to help keep kids stay engaged and informed when learning at home. 

Learn in Real-Time vs Pre-Recordings

Virtual learning makes full use of pre-recorded lessons and videos. While such learning tools can be helpful, they’re no substitute for real-time learning. The guidance of a real-time instructor, as well as the opportunities to ask questions, receive feedback, and interact with other students makes real-time virtual learning highly effective. 

A number of online teaching resources support real-time learning, including Google Hangouts and Zoom. Even Facebook Messanger’s video chat can be used to deliver real-time instruction to individual students or small groups. 

Outschool offers many examples of real-time virtual learning. The site offers thousands of small-group K-12 realtime classes for $10.00/class.

Online Experiments

Science classes often require students to complete lab work or view demonstrations of scientific principles in action. While some lab work is possible at home, such as learning to use a microscope, more complicated (and potentially more explosive) experiments commonly seen in school science classes may not be possible to duplicate in a home setting.

For science demonstrations, you need to look no further than YouTube Learning, YouTube’s extensive collection of educational videos. Playlists such as the Experiments at Home series will expose your kids to the wonders of science without the equipment, risks, and occasional bad smells!

YouTube Learning isn’t just for science experiments. This free collection of online learning resources covers a wide range of topics, including computer coding, history, social studies, English, and second languages. 

Online Tutors

All students hit roadblocks at some point in their education and need a little help. Online tutors and mentors can help your children overcome educational obstacles or challenge them to think about problems in new ways. While a few sites offer free online tutoring, there are many sites that provide tutoring at reasonable rates, including:

  • Chegg, an online provider of textbooks and educational flashcards, which offers virtual tutors for as little as $6.95a lesson and up.
  • eTutorWorld offers tutoring services by grade level, as well as test prep and summer school tutoring.
  • Skooli offers pay-as-you-go virtual tutoring, charged by the minute.

If you need free online tutoring, consider the non-profit tutoring site Learn to Be. Learn to Be offers one-to-one tutoring for grades K-12, and is truly free online tutoring: You only pay if you choose to do so.

Extra resources that can help

Looking for other online learning resources? Digital Promise has a comprehensive list of virtual learning courses and online teaching resources you can search by grade and subject matter. You might also want to consider downloading some of the top educational tablet apps for kids

Virtual learning requires your child to be able to access the internet efficiently and safely, and today’s kids are more likely to go online with a table of phones than a laptop or desktop computer. Check out our article on choosing a cell phone for your kids to find out how to pick an appropriate phone for your child.