Learning at home for the first time? Our young adviser Kaydence shares her top learning resources

For lots of you, this week will be your first experience learning from home.

But our young adviser Kaydence has been a home learner for years, so she knows all about the most interesting and engaging resources that are out there.

We asked her to share her favourite ones, but she said there were literally too many to put in a blog like this. So she’s shared her favourite resources that are free― as these should be accessible to everyone who can get online.

Kaydence’s top resources

Tynker

We really enjoy using Tynker. It’s coding and learning to design your own video game and websites. Once you’ve learnt some skills, Code studio builds on them.

Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs has learning materials for reading and for maths.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is really good and gives complete courses.

GamEd Academy

GamEd Academy is a fantastic program for Minecraft fans. Learning through play is brilliant. 

NASA for students

NASA’s website for children and young people has lots of activities you can do at home.

All things plants

All things plants explains how you can grow your own plants indoors at home.

Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is pretty neat. It has a lot of online teaching and learning resources to help people learning at home.

Duolingo

Duolingo makes it easy to practice languages.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a huge free online library of books that have gone out of copyright. 

Scholastic and Twinkl

Scholastic and Twinkl offer free use of their sites during this period of isolation and school closures and are great for primary school children. 

Kidztype

Kidztype has fun and quick typing practice lessons. 

Yousician

Yousician is a fab app for music lessons. 

The Art Hub

The Art hub has brilliant art lessons. 

Math Factor

Math factor is an easy to use and fun math site. 

Ted Talks

Ted talks are pretty good conversation starters.

YouTube

Don’t be put off by YouTube. Search for fun science experiments, magic school bus or horrible histories and you will find so many enjoyable and educational videos. 

A:

You still have the human right to education during the coronavirus pandemic, but keeping everyone safe means you might get it in different ways, and learn in different ways. A lot of these will be delivered online.

If you aren’t able to access online material – perhaps because you don’t have internet access at home – it’s important to let your school know. It’s their job and responsibility to do something different for you so you can keep up with your learning.

A:

The Scottish Government have confirmed that Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) will continue to be paid when schools and colleges are closed. They’ve also been advised to use their discretion about medical absence, as most GPs are no longer able to issue doctor’s notes.  


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