Thirteen Ed Online
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What's it about?
From the top navigation, visitors can access sections for Students, Educators, or Parents and Caregivers. The Students section of the site offers learning options for all ages, from educational games for young kids to GED and adult education information. Kids can also access The Homework Hotline, a section of informative videos for middle school kids. Tabs at the top of the page link to videos as well as activities with printable worksheets. The Parents and Caregivers section features links to guides and resources to help enhance kids' learning.
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.
Families can talk about...
Show your high school kids the test prep tips and guides. Ask them questions to get them thinking about their own test-taking strategies. How do you feel on test day? What strategies do you use to get ready for a big test? Are any of these tips new to you?
Use the parent information section to guide young kids in using the games and reinforcing the content. Suggest they look at a game that challenges a subject or skill that's challenging for your kids. Math may not seem so daunting when experienced in the context of a game.
|Subjects:||Science: animals, chemistry, energy, life cycle, measurement, physics, weather |
Math: algebra, arithmetic, counting, estimation, fractions, geometry, measurement, numbers, shapes
Social Studies: events, geography, government, historical figures, history
Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, storytelling, vocabulary
|Skills:||Self-Direction: academic development, effort |
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, investigation, logic, making conclusions, problem solving, strategy, thinking critically
Health & Fitness: exercise, fitness, preventing sickness