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DIY Learning: How Teens Are Teaching Themselves
No matter what they teach kids, the apps, games, and websites that we've reviewed can help young learners build a variety of skills. If you're interested in helping your tweens and teens follow their passions and interests on their own time, the following titles and tips support kids in learning through tutorials and mentorship, digital creation, and by sharing their own expertise with a community of like-minded peers.
- Break the mold. By the time kids are in their tweens and teens, they start to identify with certain labels ("artistic," "athletic," etc.) and might limit their experiences based on what they think they can and can't do. Encourage your kids to stretch themselves in risk-free learning spaces. Just because they haven't felt successful in art class doesn't mean they can't learn to draw with Art Academy. Or suggest they browse the hundreds of engaging "challenges" at DIY.
- Encourage hands-on learning. Many of us learn by doing. If your kids need hands-on practice to grasp new skills, suggest they try one of the many creation tools out there. They can learn programming at Codecademy or comic creation with Strip Designer.
- Learn through community. In many online spaces, tweens and teens can share their knowledge with peers and get valuable feedback on their own learning. Support them in locating kid-friendly networks, where they can share their talents with others and engage in discussions with like-minded peers. They can post their writing on a website like Teen Ink or share the games they create with the user-community on Gamestar Mechanic.
Have your kids learned anything through online resources or tutorials? Tell us about it in the comments below.