Skillshare - Online Learning

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Creative and career-oriented lessons for curious older kids.

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Educational Value

Classes are taught by industry experts and have a clear progression. Many include projects, giving kids meaningful applications of the content they learn.

Ease of Play

Classes are easy to search and find by topic. Lessons pick up where kids left at their last session.

Violence
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Language

Users can leave feedback, so it's possible that some inappropriate language is unmoderated.

Consumerism

Some of the classes require expensive software or other materials.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Skillshare - Online Learning is a video lesson app for iOS and Android devices. Kids can search a library of classes, choose the class that interests them, and watch the lessons within that class directly from the app. They can also download classes to watch offline. The app will likely appeal more to older kids since classes focus primarily on professional development with topics like digital design, technology, marketing, entrepreneurship, and productivity. There are also plenty of art and music classes for more creative learners. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kid's information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

SKILLSHARE – ONLINE LEARNING has a large database of online lessons taught by industry experts. Kids can search for a class by topic or by manually entering key words. Each class contains a series of video lessons that are taught as a lecture with visual support. Some classes have only a few lessons, while others have 10 or more. In fact, one guitar class has more than 100 lessons. Many classes include projects, and most end with a brief Final Thoughts lesson to sum up the class content. There's an overview section that summarizes the class and a review tab where users can leave feedback. Kids can save classes to watch later, and any classes they begin are automatically saved to a watch list. This allows kids to learn at their own pace and pick up with a class where they left off. Many classes are offered in the free version of the app, and a paid version gives users access to a much more extensive class list -- more than 28,000 lessons, according to the developer.

Is it any good?

Most of the instructors in the app seem passionate about their work, so it's an excellent way to foster the same passion in kids, as long as there is a genuine interest in the content being offered. Kids will feel empowered to choose the classes they want and learn at their own pace. Since many of the classes in Skillshare - Online Learning require access to pricey programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, or access to instruments or art supplies, it's important to make sure that kids will have the resources they need to complete their classes. And the paid version isn't cheap, so taking a look at the free version first might be a worthwhile investment of time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how their kids will use Skillshare - Online Learning. Which topics interest kids? How often will they take classes? How can they find the classes they want? Do they have the materials and resources to take the class?

  • Talk about the value of learning professional skills that could help kids as they enter the career world. Which classes are relevant to their career interests?

  • Discuss the more creative classes and how they can help inspire and promote kids' creativity.

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