PowerMyLearning Connect

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Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Strong educational content from many sources in one spot.

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Educational Value

Kids learn about K-12 math, language arts, science, social studies concepts via games, videos, other content. They get experience reading, following directions; some activities offer spelling, grammar practice. Kids can also hone their listening skills; parents setting time targets for kids using the site can help them learn time management and working toward achieving a goal. Because items are available for different grade levels and tie into Common Core State Standards, kids can focus on age-appropriate exercises -- which helps make the site a truly strong resource.

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Kids can complete quest activities to earn power, which can be used to unlock new chapters of a story, earn a spot on a Powerboard among friends they invite. Kids well-supported, encouraged to participate in learning process.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PowerMyLearning Connect is a free website that contains educational activities and more for kids in grades K-12. A fee-based version is also available for school communities. Once accounts are linked, parents can set a goal for the amount of time kids spend on the site or view a report of their child's activity. The site doesn't create its own content; rather, it has education experts search other websites to find the best material, which they make accessible by putting it on PowerMyLearning Connect.

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What's it about?

POWERMYLEARNING CONNECT is a website that brings together free, curated educational content and activities from all over the web. You can find academic games, videos, and interactive content aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and across a range of subjects such as language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology. Activities are tagged by subject, grade, CCSS, and type (such as video or interactive). Click on the "more info" link, and the intended grade level, category and subcategory, technical requirements, and other helpful information will appear, along with a brief description. Parents and kids can also access predetermined playlists.

Is it any good?

The site has done an excellent job of picking and choosing stellar educational content from all over the web, including interactive activities, reading selections, videos, and other items. PowerMyLearning Connect says that its content is culled from more than 1,000 publishers. Sources like TedEd, Annenberg, and PBS (among others) truly are the cream of the crop, and it's handy to have them all together. The available items are well-organized, and the design is both kid-friendly and detailed enough for adults to navigate. Although it's ultimately a content aggregator, this is one of those sites that feels like a gift from the heavens: It's great, it's free, and it makes everyone's life a bit easier. One note: Once you click on a link, you may be taken to another site, where the full range of content isn't guaranteed to be as high-quality as the original item you wanted to view.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about study plans. What are some of the benefits of putting in extra time after school?

  • The activities on the site were vetted by teachers. Does your child know what that means? Talk about the difference between curated and original content, and ask if your child can think of an example of both.

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