When it comes to digital learning and practice resources, the STEM Village Content Team likes to stay “in the know” of all the resources out in the digital universe so we can provide the best learning experience for your kids or students. This is our newest list of “Top Picks” we love to use on our education platform – and it’s all about math! In this list, you will find resources that will help your student build on a particular skill, practice it, and master it. Of course we like to keep everything fun and gamified on STEM Village so you will find engaging videos, clear resources, and lots of engaging games. Enjoy!
Top Step-by-Step Resources
These resources don’t just tell your child what to do, they help them at their own pace and help them figure out what they are doing wrong. STEM Village will take your child to the best resources for their best learning style and we always include these top choices when it comes to initial maths skill learning and practice. When your child is starting a new skill from the beginning, we recommend these resources:
- Khan Academy – If you have experience with learning resources, odds are you’ve come across this site. Khan Academy has lessons created to match a wide range of curriculum guidelines for any level student. Each level is divided into units similar to a textbook and includes step-by-step examples and opportunities to practice before moving onto the next lesson.
- CK-12 – ck12 is a wonderful resource, however students may need some guidance to find a particular skill and the right resource if navigating the site alone. We are putting this resource so high on the list because each individual skill has lessons for students that want to either learn a skill from scratch or gain a deeper understanding. There is always a game or practice test that will help your child understand what they may be doing wrong. Finally, they have a special resource called PLIX in which students can visually interact with each concept.
- IXL – IXL is also a widely used resource on STEM Village as they cover all skill levels of math and are divided by skill ad curriculum guideline. It’s simple to search for a skill whether you’re a parent, a teacher, or even a student. This resource is not free and the time taken in the free trial is limited, however the step-by-step lessons are short if you are learning a new skill and you are able to use the practice tests and save your progress.
- Virtual Nerd – Virtual Nerd only covers maths for grade 6 and up, however the videos and lessons incorporate a very friendly face who clearly explains a step, allowing your student to pause the lesson at any time.
- Study Jams – Everyone has heard of Scholastic as they have been around for a very long time. Their learning resources are phenomenal and highly engaging for young students. I would only recommend this resource for students under the age of 13 as older students may find them a bit cheesy. Each lesson is divided by skill rather than grade level, making it much easier for parents and students to use.
- BBC Bitesize – BBC is also a widely used resource on STEM Village (as are all of these) however, BBC Bitesize may be difficult for US and Canadian parents and students to search through as the grade levels are divided by UK standards. If you can manage to find the right level, you will be amazed by the lessons and practice resources. What we love about BBC Bitesize are the amazing study guides and interactive games. If your child needs something that they can refer back to or they can use at their own pace without constant pausing – this is the place for them!
- Adapted Mind – Adapted Mind offers lessons for all grade and skill levels in a friendly and engaging interface. The lessons are divided by grade level and overall concept, however once you open it you will find over 500 resources which can be very overwhelming for someone (especially young ones) navigating on their own. However, each concept has a few games that you can sort through quite easily which allow your student to play and practise a concept in a gamified environment. You can only use the free-trial version of this resource which is limited.
- Shmoop – Shmoop has revamped their site quite recently and it is great! It only covers grades 5 – 12, but the lessons and practice games are clear and engaging. Note that this is also not free to use, however their trial version offers a lot of their resources free to use for students.
- Softschools – We love soft schools for the same reason we love BBC Bitesize. Although the interface isn’t spectacular, their step-by-step guides allow your child to slow down their learning at their own pace. Each skill offers more than one option to solve a problem and allows students to visualize concepts in a tactile way.
- Showme – When you can’t find a particular skill your student is struggling in, Show Me is a great resource. Most learning sites only cover the “bigger picture” concepts and may skip out on an alternative method to solve a particular problem.
If you want to get your kids or students engaged with STEM education in a fun and effective way, please visit STEM Village to learn more and start a free trial today.
This article was written by Erin Carmody, an experienced educator, consultant, and Content Manager at STEM Village.