StudyJams!

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Lively math, science site caters to various learning styles.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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

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What 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.)

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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!
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008

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.)

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  • Families can also talk about other educational sites that benefit learning and where to find reliable information online.

Website details

  • Subjects: Math: algebra, fractions, multiplication
    Science: astronomy, plants
  • Genre: Educational
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love math and science

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