Online learning resources for school


My work scope covers advisory and consulting in strategy and design for human learning, talent growth and organisation development. Technology enhanced/enabled learning (TEL) has been my professional design practice and research orientation at international level, for over three decades. (See more at the link About)

Suddenly, by a stunning force of circumstance, we find our lives mediated through technology. I’m sure at your school too, technology & learning have come centre stage, with force and urgency.

For educational content, the Internet holds phenomenal resources, more than ever before! Here below, are hundreds of internet resources I’ve searched and curated for schools, students and teachers, across subjects, relevant to middle and senior school curriculum.  This is a public spirited and free effort. It’s not meant to be the ‘most comprehensive’ list, but there’s enough high quality material to get you started. 

In the nature of this medium, published material can be quickly taken off, or taken elsewhere. Therefore, some links may be rendered redundant suddenly. Updating this is a continuous and huge personal effort and I will try as far as I can. I’d appreciate if you’d let me know of non-working links. I certainly look forward to hearing from you!

(email parimalainamdar@yahoo.co.in. Click here to read More about my work)

That said, the core of your institution’s philosophy and pedagogical methods must continue to hold in these times.  This is the biggest challenge. It is not merely about tools like Skype or Webex or Zoom or Google Meet. In this, perhaps temporary and largely technological paradigm, there will be human and pedagogical challenges for schools that need creative solutions. For one, technology has its distressing aspects too.  Additionally, students may be learning from home environs and devoid of ‘real’ peer groups. Moreover, students and teachers will change in their relationship – to technology and to each other.

The pity with my field of technology enabled learning, is that many organisations, and teachers too, simply deploy technology as a more efficient ‘delivery’ mechanism for ‘content’, without pedagogical context.  To treat students as receptacles of information is an old problem, that quietly sidesteps the fundamentals – pedagogy, hierarchy and thinking. So tech or no tech, the old problems may remain, and new ones created.

Write to me at: parimalainamdar@yahoo.co.in. More about my work

OVERALL, ACROSS SUBJECTS:  

https://swayam.gov.in The online learning initiative of the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development.

https://www.britannica.com Encyclopedia Brittanica .

https://www.col.org/programmes/open-schooling/oer-open-schooling-oer4os Commonwealth of Learning’s open educational resources (OER) for open learning and home schooling.

https://storyweaver.org.in Resources for reading programs at all levels of learning, in English, some Indian Languages and French, relevant to South Asian Communities too.

https://www.exploratorium.edu/learn Make sense of timely topics and find general science support for your virtual classroom or learning together at home.

https://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfmThe site claims it is world’s largest library of online simulations and gizmos for Math and Science. Home page includes Gizmo of the week and focus on gizmos to build deep conceptual understanding.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach full of resources for teaching and curriculum mapped videos

https://www.geogebra.org/?lang=en invaluable for math teaching, manipulables, math apps, content and tests.

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org FREE, US standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more.

https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources Find resources for all kinds of topics on Biology

https://www.discoveryeducation.com Discovery Channel’s venture into education. Solutions for teaching and learning.

https://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm online simulations in Math and Science that power enquiry and learning

https://www.learner.org/classroom-resources/ A rich compendium of teaching learning resources searchable across subjects and grade levels

https://www.usgs.gov/science/science-explorer A huge compendium of publications, tools, data, resources and multimedia on science related topics from the United States Geological Survey

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/family/at-home-education-resources/ Numerous quizzes, videos, science experiments, and even at-home classroom resources.

https://kids.nationalgeographic.comWhat a rich resource for kids! Games, videos, all about animals and so much more cool stuff. You can lose yourself here.

https://archives.history.ac.uk/history-in-focus/Whatishistory/index.html Resources on the theory and practice of History from the Institute of Historical Research, U.K.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/factual/history The BBC’s links to their programmes on History

https://sai.columbia.edu/links-teachers The South Asia Institute’s links to resources for History teachers. The South Asia Institute (SAI) is at Columbia University and works on questions that relate to study Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f6vdW91hLA&list=PL1EG23oYcaFu6SNAiofd0uco0sD0JeVji Doordarshan’s landmark documentary series “Bharat Ek Khoj” Directed by the eminent Shyam Benegal

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05rptbv/episodes/downloads Wonderful downloadable podcasts from BBC Radio of the book by Sunil Khilnani – Incarnations: India in 50 Lives

SCIENCE > HUMANS

 Physical Structure of Living Beings

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody lots of information on organs, muscles, skeleton and nervous system with great interactive games

http://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html hundreds of images animations and descriptions of all the systems of the human body.  Great site!

https://www.factmonster.com/math-science/health about health and nutrition, illness and disease.

http://www.biologyinmotion.com/cardio/index.html This tutorial uses 3D animations to explain the basic design of the heart and blood circulation of mammals.  How does the heart and blood flow work?

Reproduction & Growth

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/subjects/science/life-science/genetics-and-heredity/ All about reproduction, genetics and heredity. Full of resources.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/index.shtml?lifecycle information on the changes that are experienced with adolescence

Digestion

http://www.biologyinmotion.com/minilec/gas.html a simple cartoon on intestinal gas

http://www.biologyinmotion.com/bile/index.html find out about bile and fat digestion from this great animation

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/factfiles/stomach/stomach.shtml information and a game on the stomach

Respiration & Circulation

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/factfiles/lungs/lungs.shtml all about lungs with a game

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/factfiles/heart/heart.shtml construction and function of the heart. Great animation of heart and heart beat

Balance & Equilibrium

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/factfiles/balance/balance.shtml information on organs of balance, the inner ear.  A great game on the ear with a balance animation

 Disease

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0768645.html common diseases of children

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0876007.html most common vaccines and inoculations

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0768634.html healthy habits for children

Microorganisms

https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources/world-without-microbes A world without microbes. What would it be like?

https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources/animated-life-seeing-invisible An animated video on 17th-century citizen-scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, whose discoveries of microbes changed our view of the biological world.

Diet/Nutrition

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0882305.html about the food you eat and what’s good for you

Human & other livings beings

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0193009.html simple information on scientific classification

 Evolution & adaptation

http://www.biologyinmotion.com/evol/index.html Do-it-yourself evolution! Use this humorous but powerful tool to test the effects of selection, mutation and chance on the evolution of a trait.

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0001822.html table of geological periods starting 570 million years ago

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0776511.html all about dinosaurs!

http://www.factmonster.com/spot/dinopage1.html more dinosaurs

http://www.biologyinmotion.com/organize-it/index.html Learn biology terms by a drag and drop game to show category relationships. Includes terms from a growing list of biology topics.

SCIENCE > PLANTS

Photosynthesis

http://www.ftexploring.com/photosyn/photosynth.html photosynthesis explained.

http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/chlorophyll/chlorophyll_h.htm What is photosynthesis and about Chlorophyll

https://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm?method=cResource.dspDetail&ResourceID=395 Simulation to study photosynthesis in a variety of conditions.

http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/ A game!  Help detective Leplant and his detectives Bud and Sprout unlock the secrets of plants.

SCIENCE > MATTER

 Atomic structure

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/tryit/atom/ a game-like atomic builder

http://education.jlab.org/atomtour/index.html simple intro to atomic structure

http://www.chem4kids.com/files/atom_intro.html what are atoms, what is smaller than atoms?

http://www.chem4kids.com/files/atom_structure.html the simplest description of atomic structure with a diagram

 Properties of matter

http://www.chem4kids.com/files/matter_intro.html what is matter.  Easy information about solids, liquids and gases

 Chemical symbols and formulae

http://chemicalelements.com an interactive picture table of all the chemical elements

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0001826.html table of chemical elements and their basic information

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0905215.html basics about the periodic table

Mixtures and compounds

http://www.chem4kids.com/files/matter_mixture.html basic information on what  mixtures are

http://www.chem4kids.com/files/matter_solution.html information on solutes, solvents and concentration

 Acids alkalis salts

http://www.chem4kids.com/files/react_intro.html well written information on acids and alkalis, thermodynamics and reactions

 SCIENCE > ENERGY

Heat

http://www.howstuffworks.com/thermos.htm an good description of how thermoses (Vacuum Flasks) work.

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/thermo/heatra.html#c1 an index page for lots of information relating to heat transfer topics such as conduction and convection

 Electricity

http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/static.html a short illustrated description of the phenomena of static electricity.

 Magnetism

http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/iconmagnetism.html numerous science activities in electricity and magnetism

http://www.phy.hr/~dpaar/fizicari/xfaraday.html about Michael Faraday, who did groundbreaking work in electricity &magnetism

 Light

http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/java/optics/mirrorgame_e.html light and mirrors – a game!

http://webexhibits.org/causesofcolor/ on colours & properties of light

 SCIENCE > ENVIRONMENT

 Air

http://www.epa.gov/kids/air.htm website for K-12 students and educators with homework resources, lesson plans and project ideas for learning and teaching about the environment.

 Properties of Soils

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0900642.html types of rocks

 Properties of Water

http://www.nyu.edu/pages/mathmol/modules/water/info_water.html about the molecular structure of ice and water

Impure Water and Water Pollution

http://www.epa.gov/kids/water.htm learn about water treatment process and what causes water pollution

 Farming and Agricultur

https://www.thebetterindia.com/189462/debal-deb-seed-bank-conserves-native-rice-variety-inspiring-india/ Meet the man rescuing India’s rice diversity from extinction

Animal Husbandry

http://www.indiaagronet.com/indiaagronet/Animal_husbandry/animalh_3.htm information on goat keeping

 MATH > ARITHMETIC

Rational numbers

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0769475.html all about numbers including information on rational and irrational numbers, integers & prime numbers

http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_number the encyclopedia definition of rational numbers

http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci283997,00.html bit advanced but concise description of rational numbers

Real numbers

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RealNumber.html for advanced learners

http://www.math.com/school/subject2/lessons/S2U2L1GL.html simple lesson on properties of real numbers

http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_number the encyclopedia description of real numbers

Square and square-root

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0875883.html table of squares and square roots

http://www.math.com/school/subject1/lessons/S1U1L9GL.html a simple lesson on square roots with exercises

Cube & cube root

http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cube_rootexplanation of cube root

http://www.learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Unit&WCU=3833 explanations with activity, links to cube root table and cube root rule

Distance rate & time

http://www.math.com/school/subject1/lessons/S1U2L3GL.html simple lesson and exercises

http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.distance.html explanations of the formula with problems

Time & work

http://www.purplemath.com/modules/workprob.htm some word problems with their solutions

Percentage

http://www.mathgoodies.com/lessons/vol4/meaning_percent.html a simple lesson on percentages with test

http://www.math.com/homeworkhelp/HotSubjects_percents.html simple lesson on percentages with a 3 way percent calculator and a percentage online solver

Ratio

http://www.math.com/school/subject1/lessons/S1U2L1GL.html lesson and exercises in ratio and proportion

Simple interest & compound interest

http://www.math.com/tables/general/interest.htm the compound interest equation

MATH > ALGEBRA

Algebra words

http://www.math.com/school/subject2/lessons/S2U1L1GL.html common words and their definitions with examples

Equations

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0881931.html terms used in equations

http://www.math.com/school/subject2/lessons/S2U1L3GL.html lesson in writing simple equations and exercises

http://www.math.com/homeworkhelp/Algebra.html lessons and practice about equations and inequalities.

Division of polynomials

http://www.math.com/tables/algebra/polynomials.htm polynomial identities

http://www.purplemath.com/modules/polydiv.htmDemonstrates, step-by-step and with worked examples, how to do long division of polynomials

Fractions

http://www.math.com/homeworkhelp/PreAlgebra.html reducing, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.  Lessons and practice

Reading graphs

http://www.math.com/homeworkhelp/Algebra.html graphing equations and inequalities

Similarity

http://www.math.com/school/subject1/lessons/S1U2L4GL.html lessons and practice

http://www.math.com/school/subject3/lessons/S3U3L2GL.html similar  figures

Statistics

http://www.explorelearning.com/GizmoList.cfm explore mean, median and mode through a game-like gizmo

MATH > GEOMETRY

Geometry words

http://www.math.com/school/subject3/lessons/S3U1L1GL.html common terms and their explanations with examples

Triangles

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0876325.html types of triangles

http://www.math.com/school/subject3/lessons/S3U2L2GL.html simple lesson and practice

Circle

http://www.math.com/school/subject3/lessons/S3U1L6GL.html simple lesson and practice

http://www.math.com/tables/geometry/circles.htm circles, definitions and formulas

Square

http://www.math.com/school/subject3/lessons/S3U2L3GL.html simple lesson and practice

Area

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0876858.html formulas for finding area

http://www.math.com/tables/geometry/areas.htm formulas for area of square circle and triangle

http://www.math.com/students/calculators/source/circle-solver.htm circle calculator

Volume & surface area

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0876212.html finding volumes for different shapes. Clear illustrations

http://www.math.com/tables/geometry/volumes.htm volume formulas

http://www.math.com/tables/geometry/surfareas.htm surface area formulas

Parallel lines

http://www.math.com/school/subject3/lessons/S3U1L3GL.html simple lesson and exercises about pairs of lines

Pythagoras theorem

http://www.math.com/school/subject3/lessons/S3U3L4GL.html simple lesson and practice

GEOGRAPHY > EARTH

About the Earth & its revolution

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/planets/earth/index.shtml all the basic facts about the earth…size, orbit, mass, density, axis, temperature, atmosphere etc

http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/spheres.html spheres of the earth nicely explained

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0772916.html all about earth’s weather

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/planets/earth/Inside.shtml inside the layers of the earth. Great colourful diagrams. Printouts and worksheets pages.

 Earthquakes and Volcanoes

https://www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/earthquake-hazards/education Rich with info on latest quakes, science project ideas, and educational materials on earthquake topics.

http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/msese/earthsysflr/plates1.html useful information about earth tectonics and plate movement

GEOGRAPHY > WATER

 Role of flowing water

http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/infopage/watera.htm world atlas maps showing bays, channels, gulfs, lakes, seas, straits and some rivers

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0001779.html main rivers of the world ranked by size

 Ocean Waves

http://geography.about.com/library/weekly/aa012601a.htm About tides and how they are caused and lots of other geography links you can access from this page,

 The Oceans

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0854884.html undersea life

http://www.seasky.org/sea.html sea news, aquarium resources, the ocean realm, ocean exploration, sea lab, sea gallery, sea links and sea games! Can it get better than this?

http://school.discovery.com/curriculumcenter/oceans/peakinterest.html quick facts about oceans

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0001773.html oceans ranked by size from the largest to the smallest

 Glaciers

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/09/0923_030923_kilimanjaroglaciers.html mount Kilimanjaro’s glacier is crumbling!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/08/0830_artglacier.html artificial glaciers help farmers in Himalayas

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthglacier.html what are glaciers and icecaps and where do they exist

 GEOGRAPHY > WIND

 Winds

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0772916.html winds, hurricanes, storms and Beaufort wind scale

 Atmospheric Pressure and Winds

http://www.scienceu.com/observatory/articles/seasons/seasons.html the reasons for seasons.  Nicely illustrated

GEOGRAPHY> SOLAR SYSTEM

The Moon

http://www.scienceu.com/observatory/handson/index.html get pictures of the solar system, from any planet!  Make small animations of the movement of the planets. Get a picture of the sky, with the planets labeled! Get the positions of the planets in your sky, anytime.

http://www.scienceu.com/observatory/articles/phases/phases.html an explanation on why we see the phases of the moon

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0769132.html lots of simple information on stars,         planets, the universe!

http://www.seasky.org/sky.html the absolute wonder of what lies there.  Sky news, astronomy resources, the cosmos, space exploration, sky lab, sky links, sky games and lots and lots of pictures

Eclipses

http://www.mreclipse.com/Special/SEprimer.html intro to solar eclipses, with simple explanation, table of years with solar eclipses, many links to images

http://www.scienceu.com/observatory/articles/eclipses/eclipses.html a great page on eclipses with animation and a simulation of a solar eclipse

 Maps, Map Reading

http://mapsofindia.com/ different maps of India

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/ explore the continents, lots and lots of maps

www.maps.com one of the best map sites on the Internet with rich geography content for educators.

HISTORY > MODERN AGE

Revolts against Unruly Monarchies

https://www.britannica.com/topic/history-of-Europe/The-great-age-of-monarchy-1648-1789 The great age of monarchies in Europe.

Industrial revolution

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial+Revolution information from this online encyclopedia about the Industrial revolution with many hyperlinks

https://www.britannica.com/topic/history-of-Europe/Revolution-and-the-growth-of-industrial-society-1789-1914 Revolution and the growth if industrial society

The Modern Age

http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~dludden/global1.htm a quick guide to the world history of globalization

 ENGLISH

https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/ Resources form the English Language Centre at the University of Victoria

https://www.ef.com/wwen/english-resources/Plenty of resources for learning English Grammar, Idioms and usage.

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  1. This must have taken extraordinary effort and perseverance and the results are of incalculable value for students and teachers alike…

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