StudyJams!

 
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Learning(i)

Lively math, science site caters to various learning styles.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site's creative approach to sometimes-dry topics encourages kids to view learning as fun.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The Scholastic logo appears on the bottom of the page.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No privacy concerns. There's no registration -- the site doesn't collect any information.

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

Subjects

Math

  • algebra
  • fractions
  • multiplication

Science

  • astronomy
  • plants

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

High-quality videos, songs, and karaoke will engage kids in learning key math and science concepts.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • algebra
  • fractions
  • multiplication

Science

  • astronomy
  • plants

Kids can learn simple and complex math and science concepts on StudyJams! In the math section, they learn to read number lines and make estimations; older kids learn about statistics. Science topics range from chemistry and the human body to weather. Most activities require a mix of content knowledge, which kids are introduced to through animated demos and quizzing. They also require an element of critical thinking and reasoning. The site's good for an introduction, but largely passive video lessons may not help struggling students.

This Learning Rating review was written by Deborah Fields

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?

QUALITY
 

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.)

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Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old March 8, 2011
 

great for everyone

love it so much because when my kids come home saying that they have a big sicence test tomorrow and that they need to study i know just where to go ... HERE!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 17 years old Written byMMART16 April 16, 2011
 
i lov it well its kinda boring but...... youll get youst to it!!! :)
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008

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