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Free online education for kids

The websites referenced on this page are free. To see a list of websites that are subscription-based, see Subscription-Based Websites for Kids.

General:
  • Red Orbit - Educational Videos and articles in many different categories. 
  • Knowledge Adventure -- General games, The Typing of the Ghosts is great if your child has already finished a basic typing course.
  • E-Learning for Kids -- Free lessons and games on a variety of topics. From simple math games to a basic game-based grammar curriculum.
  • FunSchool
  • FunBrain.com
  • BBC Learning School
  • Up to Ten
  • eFieldTrips- electronic field trips to a variety of locations, including teacher guide and opportunity to ask questions by email and live chat
  • EdGames- a blog that reviews educational games and simulations available on the web
  • KidSites.com - Links to a huge number of sites for kids - beware that some of them are highly commercial
  • Zoeybot -- Kids' site which is like a combination of Wikipedia and Google.
  • Learning Games for Kids
  • Luminosity -- Free "brain games" to increase attention, memory, and verbal abilities.
  • Kidipede, History and Science for Kids -- A great compilation of short encyclopedia entries and suggested references for a variety of subjects.
  • Power my Learning -- Nicely curated site with free games for kids K-12 on all major academic subjects.
  • Kids.gov - This page has a well-maintained set of links to a variety of educational websites.
General - Advanced:
  • Academic Earth -- A site that links to free college-level video-taped courses in every subject from a variety of universities.
  • Hippocampus -- AP and college-level online courses with audio and visual support materials.
  • SCOUT from the University of California - Scout from University of California is a full-service online learning platform for high school students interested in Advanced Placement, Honors, credit recovery, or “a-g” college prep courses. Scout will help students on their road to graduation and provide them with a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for college. 
Art:
Language Arts:
Math:
  • AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts. A wide range of lessons (Kindergarten through Eighth grade level) enables learning or review to occur at each individual's current level.
  • Math Playground is an action-packed math site for elementary and middle school students. Practice your math skills, play a logic game and have some fun! Free, with Google ads.
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives has a large number of math problems using "manipulatives" programmed in Java. Aimed at K-12, with types of math separated into grade ranges.
  • MIT Blossoms has links to a variety of math and science websites that are recommended by MIT professors for K-16 students.
  • NRICH Welcome to the more of rich mathematics! Enriching math problems/puzzles to solve. 
Music:
Science:
Elementary through High School:
  • Ask A Biologist – From Arizona State University. A wonderful site with all sorts of info on biology of plants, animals, and humans. 
  • Windows to the Universe -- Brought to you by the National Earth Science Teachers Association: A seemingly endless website devoted to everything Earth and Space. Highly recommended.
  • String Theory 4 Kids -- An amazingly clear and understandable description of string theory for all.
  • The Tech Museum -- The museum is in San Jose, CA. This page on their site provides fun online learning about satellites, robotics, DNA, and more!
  • MathMol -- Math and Molecules, from NYU. For your STEM-loving kids—to provide K-12 students and teachers with basic concepts in mathematics and their connection to molecular modeling. Could be used with Zome tool very easily.
  • Kidshealth.org
  • Ology -- Archaeology, astronomy, biodiversity, earth, Einstein, genetics
  • National Geographic Little Kids -- online and printable activities for younger children
  • Science Fair Ideas
  • BrainyKids -- Online science resources from the Dana Foundation
  • Zoom Science -- Science projects kids can do at home
  • NASA Space Place -- Games, animations, facts
  • Dynamic Periodic Table
  • Exploratorium's Things to Make and Do
  • Quarked! -- THE QUARKED! PROJECT has a wide range of engaging multimedia and hands-on materials to introduce the exciting world of particle physics to kids ages 7 and up, and their families. We feel that kids of all ages, even adults, can learn about the subatomic world where the rules of quantum physics apply if they are presented in a fun and engaging way.
  • NASA Global Climate Change -- Climate Kids is produced by the Earth Science Communications Team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology
  • Periodic Table of Videos -- A chemistry lab in Britain explores all the elements through informative and sometimes funny videos. Lots of exciting reactions!
  • Edheads -- Edheads provides free, educational online games focused on science, math, and critical thinking.
  • National Geographic Science and Space -- Facts, photos, and video about science, human body, space, the prehistoric world, and archaeology.
  • WatchKnowLearn -- A world-class, online domain on which educators can store, categorize, and rate the best, K – 12 educational videos on the Internet today.
  • Science360 -- The Science360 Video Library immerses visitors in the latest wonders of science, engineering, technology and math. We gather the latest science videos provided by scientists, colleges and universities, science and engineering centers, the National Science Foundation and more.
Middle/High:
  • Sixty Symbols -- Videos about the symbols of physics and astronomy
  • Science for High School -- Are You Interested in Biology or Chemistry or Physical Science? This is the curriculum that can take your student from HAVING to do science to ENGAGING in the science experience!
  • Nobel Prize.org Educational Games -- Games based on Nobel prize-winning research
  • BillsClimateLab.org offers fun missions and activities that increase climate literacy and teach energy-saving strategies for many areas of daily life
  • The Futures Channel -- The Future Channel’s Web site features more than 100 educational and entertaining mini-documentaries covering everything from making stronger skateboard decks to the importance of indicator species in our environment … or their latest piece on building performance bicycle wheels. The videos not only show how interesting products are made, but also illustrate how important math and science are for some really cool jobs like Custom Guitar Fabricator or Toy Inventor, and other opportunities that students may have never known existed.
  • MIT Blossoms has links to a variety of math and science websites that are recommended by MIT professors for K-16 students.
  • Physics to Go -- This online physics magazine publishes monthly articles of interest to physics students, and all of its archives are available as well.
  • Academic Earth -- A site that links to free college-level video-taped courses in every subject from a variety of universities.
  • Periodic Table of Videos -- A chemistry lab in Britain explores all the elements through informative and sometimes funny videos. Lots of exciting reactions!
  • ChemGuy -- Videos and curriculum for high school and higher chemistry.
  • Science Simulations -- Free simulations from the University of Colorado. Includes physics, biology, chemistry, earth science, and math.
  • SCOUT from the University of California - Scout from University of California is a full-service online learning platform for high school students interested in Advanced Placement, Honors, credit recovery, or “a-g” college prep courses. Scout will help students on their road to graduation and provide them with a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for college. 
Computer Science/Programming/Keyboarding for younger children:
Computer Science/Programming for older children:
  • Alice -- A free 3d programming environment based on Java
  • Academic Earth Computer Science -- A site that links to free college-level video-taped courses in every subject from a variety of universities.
  • Udacity -- Free high level programming and engineering video courses.
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