What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that StudyJams! is a free Scholastic site that provides engaging multimedia lessons on math and science, ranging from basic algebra problems to more complex concepts like scientific theory and evidence. The site is ad-free and doesn't collect any information from users. (There's nothing inappropriate for kids under 8, but the lessons may be too challenging for the average kid.)
What kids can learn
Engagement, Approach, Support
High-quality videos, songs, and karaoke will engage kids in learning key math and science concepts.
Educationally sound material provides a range of opportunities to explore the content. Concepts easily apply to real-world situations. Activities are engaging, but learning is a bit passive.
Kids get feedback as they complete quizzes, but feedback over time isn't available. Opportunities to extend learning include printable versions of lessons, songs, and lyrics to karaoke songs.
What's it about?
Kids in grades 3-6 who need homework help will find fun activities and useful tutorials on Scholastic's site StudyJams! Four animated characters walk kids through dozens of science and math lessons (or "Jams") that include multimedia content such as slideshows, quizzes, and even karaoke. Kids can earn points by reading content and doing activities; once they've earned enough points, they can head over to the Jam Studio to mix and record MP3 tracks using samples of rock, hip-hop, dance, and more. The site also includes an encyclopedia and a guide to state history.
Is it any good?
By offering lessons in different forms -- videos, quizzes, and even karaoke! -- StudyJams! accommodates kids with various learning styles and reinforces information. The math lessons are particularly helpful, guiding kids through each step of a problem with a detailed voiceover and virtual blackboard. (Parents who can't remember how to convert decimals to fractions will get an excellent refresher course.)
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why it's often better to go to a kid-safe site than to a general browser to find the best age-appropriate, reliable information. What are the benefits of having search engines and sites designed just for kids? What are safe sites to browse? How can you tell which sites you can trust?
Families can also talk about other educational sites that benefit learning and where to find reliable information online.