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10 Awesome Learning Websites to Inspire Curiosity in Students

10 Awesome Learning Websites to Inspire Curiosity in Students

By Dominic Gibson

The right materials can turn a student who doesn’t love learning into one who who is quick to embrace a subject—and that’s where these free learning websites come in handy. Sometimes, a certain subject can seem to just switch student’s off, or in some cases, the student is frustrated and fed up with learning in general.

When a student feels like this, they need something to kick-start their mind and get them questioning again. Take a look at these 10 sites—they may be just what your apathetic students need.

1. Open Culture

This website is a treasure trove of resources, all of which are free to access. Not only does it acts as an aggregator, syndicating interesting educational content from all over the web, but it talks about all subjects and interests, from music and film to literature and even comic books!

It also has a long list of free courses students can take to supplement a lesson or expore their personal passions, making Open Culture a great way to show students how easy and interesting learning can be.

2. How Stuff Works

Simple in name and in nature, How Stuff Works is crammed with articles that cover a broad range of topics. These range from common questions to broader, more hypothetical queries, such as “how does a car engine work” and students will love reading fun articles like Why Can’t You Taste Your Tongue?

The articles here are a great resource for helping students find thorough answers to typical questions about the world around us. It also offers videos, games and quizzes and podcasts to accommodate different learning styles.

3. TEDEd

This is one of the many offspring of the successful non-profit made famous for its short, impactful talks and their tagline says it all: Lessons Worth Sharing. TedEd has a wide range of lessons lessons that are accompanied by narration from the educators who planned them, and even animations to increase visual engagement.

Lessons can be built around a TED or YouTube video all through use of the website, and students’ progress can be tracked thereafter. Students will love exploring challenging topics in ways that are relatable and interesting, by themselves, in a group or for homework.

More: 10 Ted Talks to Motivate Your Students

4. Dictionary.com

While this may seem like a boring choice at first glance, Dictionary.com and its sister site, Thesaurus.com, offer much more than just word definitions and synonyms. Dictionary.com also has another segment named Everything After Z, offering videos, quizzes, informational blog posts and word fact listicles. The goal is to teach etymology and history in clear, concise English.

This is a valuable resource for students who are thirsting to learn more. It’s also helpful for those students who may not like traditional learning outlets. Learning the complex histories between everyday words and the world around us can be the perfect gateway to linguistic intrigue.

5. Curiosity

This epic website is a product of Discovery Communication, the group behind brands such as Animal Planet, The Dodo and DMAX to name just a few. The visually engaging website offers an exciting combination of factual articles, and unusual news, along with high-quality video and sounds that’s sure to pique the curiosity of the most apathetic students.

They’ll love reading about the oldest message in a bottle ever to be discovered or watching what it’s like to be inside of a volcano. If you have a cable subscription, you can access all episodes and shows, otherwise, you’re limited to free clips, which are still interesting and valuable as supplements to lesson plans. Pro tip: You can access similar content for free at Discovery’s YouTube channel.

6. Forbes

While this is primarily a business magazine, there are some brilliant nuggets of wonder in various sections of Forbes. Articles addressing topics such as bacteria being engineered to create self-healing masonry make for ideal discussion prompts in lessons or tutor time, leading learners to query and dream up other ways the world around them could be changing in the near future.

Don’t miss their Unconventional Minds series, available for free. This 8-episode series highlights unique inventors, which may be just the spark the young entrepreneurs in your class need to start exploring their value to the world.

7. National Geographic Kids

This website covers more than just geography. Nat Geo Kids comprises articles and activities that education students on a wide range of topics, from cool experiments to space. This brand is known for their striking and high-quality photographs from around the world, which makes everything on the site engaging and bold. Struggling learners may find this content to be easier to digest, and more stimulating.

Don’t miss the Interactive World Map and Homework Help sections, both of which will be helpful and interesting to students.

8. Geoguessr

This website uses a simple yet ingenious premise, built on Google Maps technology. Quite plainly, it’s a game that drops students somewhere, often the middle of nowhere, and then asks them to guess where they are.

The gamification of learning has gained much traction in recent years, and can be the perfect way to engage students who struggle with a limited scope of interest for traditional teaching methods. The whole class can get involved and work together, using guiding questions from the teacher to help them deduce their answer and learn from mistakes.

More: 10 Virtual Field Trips to Explore the World

9. Starfall

This site is best for young learners in the early steps of their education, especially who may be frustrated with language and reading. Starfall has a wealth of structured, colorful resources to help readers along their educational journey, including games and puzzles. For example, if you celebrate the 100th day of school, students can learn to count to 100 first, with this simple and fun game.

10. Make Me Genius

This site is for students in grades 1 through 7, who thrive with audiovisual material. Make Me Genius hosts videos covering a wide range of scientific topics, categorized by grade and abilities. There are also educational slideshows, providing a ready-made classroom resource for teachers who need lesson plan materials. One fun way to use this site might be to have each student choose a “cool fact” from this section of the site and create a small report on it. This can help empower students to learn about what’s most interesting to them.

Students will also love ending a lesson with the Jokes for Kids section, keeping classroom time education and fun at the same time.

Bonus: Whooo’s Reading

This literacy website uses gamification to make reading authentic and fun for students. Unlike similar products, that make reading a chore, Whooo’s Reading encourages students to choose the books they love and share about them with their friends. As a teacher, you can also set individual reading goals, send real-time feedback to their open-ended responses (we don’t do the typical A, B, C, or D around here…), and track students’ progress specific to the reading standards your school uses.

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    April 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    A wonderful list of sites but all of these my favorite is Starfall it ci=ontains vast knowledge of a variety of subjects also the way of interacting with the user is also good.

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