Useful resources for students, parents and teachers to provide home learning.
Australian Curriculum sessions is a website dedicated to lesson plans for Australian school teachers. It may however be useful for you to get a quick idea if you have to teach your children. The site has lesson plans and exercises for the Australian curriculum for years 1 through 10 with references to what in the Australian curriculum the lesson plan is relevant for. It has the most lesson plans for English, Mathematics and Science classes. It also has lesson plans for Technology up to year 9, with a small number of Art, Geography, History, Language and Physical Education lessons. Best of all, it’s absolutely free!
Ardor Math adapts the practice and feedback to match a student’s readiness level. More challenging content only “unlocks” once a student has demonstrated proficiency on their own online learning software. Levels on Ardor follow the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. This is their own private education literacy scale that is used to prepare American students for college. Ardor only provides teaching for US grade 7 to 8 levels including an introductory algebra course.
Ardor math works slightly differently to others. Ardor is an all-encompassing maths online teaching package. Ardor Math can run in a web browser or be installed onto devices such as iPads, iPhones (iOS), Android tablets and phones, and Chromebooks. It provides classes, worksheets and interactive exercises. It can correct students as they are conducting exercises or provide lessons itself through its own online learning. You can sign up for free. Ardor only charges for the teaching package, ‘Ardor Unlimited’, which is 24.99 USD a month.
They currently have a COVID19 offer for teachers:
‘We are giving 7th and 8th Math teachers who teach in schools that have been impacted by COVID-19 a free Ardor Unlimited Subscription for the remainder of the school year’.
BBC teach covers five main areas: primary, secondary, skill wise, teacher support and English as a second language support. The primary and secondary sections refer to an enormous database of content created by the BBC and teacher contributors to help students and parents with the primary and secondary curriculums of the United Kingdom. The secondary school content only could be considered to reach year 10 level however. It has resources, teaching plans, lessons and exercises for a huge array of the British schooling curriculum. Skill wise on the other hand is aimed at adults.
FUSE is a Victorian Government website for teachers and parents to find free worksheets for children. It is mainly focussed on the younger year buts has resources from early childhood all the way until secondary school. These resources should be seen as work exercises or homework that would fit the Victorian curriculum specifically. It has resources for large proportion of the Victorian curriculum so if you’re child is studying something maybe more niche, then this website might help you out. Once again, it’s absolutely free.
A favourite of high school and undergraduate students alike, Khan Academy is non-stop shop of videos explaining high school concepts. Khan Academy was started by visionary educator, Sal Khan. Sal’s vision in the 2000s, realising the power of the internet, was to transform education and allow students to have more access to teaching resources online. It started out initially as playlists of Sal explaining content and going though practice problems for high school level science and math on YouTube. Sal created most of the original series on science or math by himself. The man has bachelor degrees of electrical engineering and mathematics as well as a masters degree in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then went on presumably to Harvard Business School to get a Masters of Business Administration to help him manage his educating empire. Subsequently, he also created the first content on the website about high school and undergraduate economics and finance concepts.
Now, the best way to access Khan content is on their website and not necessarily YouTube. Accessing through the website allows for an easier customer experience through tracking of a child’s progress, interactive problems, worksheets and quizzes that pop up between the videos. As per Sal’s vision, it’s all still completely free! Khan Academy has free content for the entire American school curriculum and many courses to help with undergraduate studies.
Twinkl is a paid service. It costs vary depending on the service you would like but is free for the first month. They are already preparing more content for the onset of the coronavirus. Twinkl creates content for primary school students. Given it has the largest database of primary teaching materials for Australia, it seems reasonable that they charge a fee. Parents and students are meant to use Twinkl and people can use the one payment plan but with different parent and child accounts. Twinkl aims to have holistic learning resources to aid student learning. This means they have extra exercises and notes but also interactive learning activities. Payment plans include purchasing ‘packs’ that can include various types of learning resources.
The WA department of education has resources on its website for content and learning techniques for pre-primary and primary school age kids. It follows the WA early learning and years 1 and 2 curriculums.