A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
There's something for kids of all ages here, from basic numbers to trigonometry, and all academic subjects. The site includes an astounding range of videos and activities. Just with random surfing, kids will be surprised by the numerous items they may pause to watch or interact with just because they are fun, though they will also learn something in the process. Thirteen Ed Online offers lots of exciting activities to engage kids in learning, but kids might need some guidance to find content that best meets their learning needs.
Though most of the videos and activities are purely content oriented, some also carry messages of ethical behavior and friendship.
Products & Purchases
References on the site are made to PBS kids educational programs and links to paid tie-ins (like a subscription for a kids show online) are clearly labeled and optional. Links to other product tie-ins are there but they are subtle and are for related educational products.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
THIRTEEN ED ONLINE is a PBS-sponsored collection of some of the best educational web content around. Most of the links take visitors to other websites, all of which offer solid educational materials. Thirteen Ed Online divides the content for basic age groups from preschool to adults. While these broad categories can be hard to navigate, each is age appropriate and facilitates learning. The information for parents is helpful, especially for those with younger kids. For those kids who already watch PBS TV shows, the site offers supplemental material that will keep them tuned in. For middle school kids, there's nothing wrong with surfing and playing the video games, all of which have excellent educational content related to school work. And even if it's not directly related to what kids are doing in school at the time, there's still much learning to be had.
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