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.

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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!

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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.

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OVERALL, ACROSS SUBJECTS: The online learning initiative of the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development. Commonwealth of Learning’s open educational resources (OER) for open learning and home schooling. Full of resources for reading programs at all levels of learning, in English, some Indian Languages and French, relevant to South Asian Communities too. Make sense of timely topics and find general science support for your virtual classroom or learning together at home. full of resources for teaching and curriculum mapped videos invaluable for math teaching, manipulables, math apps, content and tests. FREE, US standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more. Find resources for all kinds of topics on Biology Discovery Channel’s venture into education. Solutions for teaching and learning. online simulations in Math and Science that power enquiry and learning A rich compendium of teaching learning resources searchable across subjects and grade levels A huge compendium of publications, tools, data, resources and multimedia on science related topics from the United States Geological Survey Numerous quizzes, videos, science experiments, and even at-home classroom resources. Resources on the theory and practice of History from the Institute of Historical Research, U.K. The BBC’s links to their programmes on History 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. Doordarshan’s landmark documentary series “Bharat Ek Khoj” Directed by the eminent Shyam Benegal Wonderful downloadable podcasts from BBC Radio of the book by Sunil Khilnani – Incarnations: India in 50 Lives


 Physical Structure of Living Beings lots of information on organs, muscles, skeleton and nervous system with great interactive games hundreds of images animations and descriptions of all the systems of the human body.  Great site! about health and nutrition, illness and disease. 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 All about reproduction, genetics and heredity. Full of resources. information on the changes that are experienced with adolescence

Digestion a simple cartoon on intestinal gas find out about bile and fat digestion from this great animation information and a game on the stomach

Respiration & Circulation all about lungs with a game construction and function of the heart. Great animation of heart and heart beat

Balance & Equilibrium information on organs of balance, the inner ear.  A great game on the ear with a balance animation

 Disease common diseases of children most common vaccines and inoculations healthy habits for children

Microorganisms A world without microbes. What would it be like? An animated video on 17th-century citizen-scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, whose discoveries of microbes changed our view of the biological world.

Diet/Nutrition about the food you eat and what’s good for you

Human & other livings beings simple information on scientific classification

 Evolution & adaptation 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. table of geological periods starting 570 million years ago all about dinosaurs! more dinosaurs Learn biology terms by a drag and drop game to show category relationships. Includes terms from a growing list of biology topics.


Photosynthesis photosynthesis explained. What is photosynthesis and about Chlorophyll Simulation to study photosynthesis in a variety of conditions. A game!  Help detective Leplant and his detectives Bud and Sprout unlock the secrets of plants.


 Atomic structure a game-like atomic builder simple intro to atomic structure what are atoms, what is smaller than atoms? the simplest description of atomic structure with a diagram

 Properties of matter what is matter.  Easy information about solids, liquids and gases

 Chemical symbols and formulae an interactive picture table of all the chemical elements table of chemical elements and their basic information basics about the periodic table

Mixtures and compounds basic information on what  mixtures are information on solutes, solvents and concentration

 Acids alkalis salts well written information on acids and alkalis, thermodynamics and reactions


Heat an good description of how thermoses (Vacuum Flasks) work. an index page for lots of information relating to heat transfer topics such as conduction and convection

 Electricity a short illustrated description of the phenomena of static electricity.

 Magnetism numerous science activities in electricity and magnetism about Michael Faraday, who did groundbreaking work in electricity &magnetism

 Light light and mirrors – a game! on colours & properties of light.


 Air 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 types of rocks

 Properties of Water about the molecular structure of ice and water

Impure Water and Water Pollution learn about water treatment process and what causes water pollution

 Farming and Agriculture lots of links on soils and agriculture, soil fertility, looking at the soil close up, soils quality and more resources precision farming in Indian agriculture, crop production, crop pattern, crop yield, irrigation and soil management

Animal Husbandry information on goat keeping


Rational numbers all about numbers including information on rational and irrational numbers, integers & prime numbers the encyclopedia definition of rational numbers,,sid9_gci283997,00.html bit advanced but concise description of rational numbers

Real numbers for advanced learners simple lesson on properties of real numbers the encyclopedia description of real numbers

Square and square-root table of squares and square roots a simple lesson on square roots with exercises

Cube & cube root of cube root explanations with activity, links to cube root table and cube root rule

Distance rate & time simple lesson and exercises explanations of the formula with problems

Time & work some word problems with their solutions more problems and answers

Percentage a simple lesson on percentages with test simple lesson on percentages with a 3 way percent calculator and a percentage online solver discover relationships between fractions, percents, and decimals through this interactive puzzle

Ratio lesson and exercises in ratio and proportion

Simple interest & compound interest the compound interest equation


Algebra words common words and their definitions with examples

Equations terms used in equations lesson in writing simple equations and exercises lessons and practice about equations and inequalities. great stuff on simple equations

Linear & Single Linear equations great interactive games on lines and linear equations

Division of polynomials polynomial identities, step-by-step and with worked examples, how to do long division of polynomials

Fractions reducing, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.  Lessons and practice great puzzles and manipulatives to visually understand fractions, parts, wholes, adding and subtracting fractions.  Cool

Reading graphs graphing equations and inequalities interactive puzzles for graphs and pie charts about functions and graphs.  detailed

Similarity lessons and practice similar  figures

Statistics introductory lesson with some simple exercises explore mean, median and mode through a game-like gizmo


Geometry words common terms and their explanations with examples

Triangles types of triangles congruent triangles explained. manipulate triangles and learn about them simple lesson and practice

Circle you can do everything you want to do with circles here.  Great fun simple lesson and practice circles, definitions and formulas

Square simple lesson and practice

Area formulas for finding area fantastic game like approach to understanding quadrilaterals and conservation of area formulas for area of square circle and triangle on Circumference and areas of circles. circle calculator

Volume & surface area finding volumes for different shapes. Clear illustrations volume formulas surface area formulas

Parallel lines simple lesson and exercises about pairs of lines exciting problems of angles and parallel lines.  Fantastic stuff.  Do it yourself!

Pythagoras theorem an exciting and simple way to learn it! simple lesson and practice,,NAV2-21_SAP700,00.shtml great game – combine the areas of the two smaller squares to get the area of the larger square,


About the Earth & its revolution all the basic facts about the earth…size, orbit, mass, density, axis, temperature, atmosphere etc spheres of the earth nicely explained offers over 200 images/ all about earth’s weather all sorts of amazing stories on the earths environment inside the layers of the earth. Great colourful diagrams

 Earthquakes and Volcanoes info on latest quakes, science project ideas, lots and lots of pictures, games and earthquake topics claims to be the best source for volcano information on the web. Movie clips, pictures and useful information useful information about earth tectonics and plate movement volcanoes of Hawaii with a 3D flypast of the islands information on earthquake mapping with an tool to map earthquake’s depth and magnitude

Calamities & Disasters about earthquake, volcano and tsunami disasters about droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis!


 Role of flowing water world atlas maps showing bays, channels, gulfs, lakes, seas, straits and some rivers main rivers of the world ranked by size where is earths water, how much water is there, rainfall runoff, rivers and more

 Water Table ground water and surface water

 Ocean Waves simple information about tides and how they are caused more about what makes tides and water level measurement thirteen great Frequently Asked Questions about aspects of tides the highest tides on earth!

 The Oceans undersea life a wonderful section entirely on oceans sea news, aquarium resources, the ocean realm, ocean exploration, sea lab, sea gallery, sea links and sea games! Can it get better than this? quick facts about oceans oceans ranked by size from the largest to the smallest

 Glaciers mount Kilimanjaro’s glacier is crumbling! artificial glaciers help farmers in Himalayas what are glaciers and icecaps and where do they exist


 Winds winds, hurricanes, storms and Beaufort wind scale about winds and wind chill

 Atmospheric Pressure and Winds the reasons for seasons.  Nicely illustrated how air pressure brings changes in weather and how weather affects air pressure.


The Moon 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. an explanation on why we see the phases of the moon lots of simple information on stars,         planets, the universe! 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 a wonderful site. Rockets and airplanes, astronauts living in space, creation station and games!

Eclipses intro to solar eclipses, with simple explanation, table of years with solar eclipses, many links to images a great page on eclipses with animation and a simulation of a solar eclipse


 Countries about countries, the biggest, the smallest, basic facts all kinds of information about countries of the world

 Europe interactive game to identify continents and countries. facts about Europe explore the continents.  Lots of maps, flags and activities

 Great Britain facts about Great Britain very nice site with info about history, geography, people and society geography, people, government, economy and more

Germany facts about Germany more facts about Germany, it’s geography, economy, communications, transportation, population and more more facts about Germany

 Russia facts about Russia take a visual tour of Moscow. This site takes awhile to load, but the pictures are worth the wait! color images about the past, present and future of Russia

 North America explore the continents.  Lots of maps, flags and activities

 United States of America facts about USA geography, people, government, economy and more

 Polar Regions & Arctic Region possibly the largest source for Antarctic images and information another site about Antarctica check out expeditions by the U.S. Coast Guard aboard the Polar Star to historical sites in the Arctic Circle. Includes photos, audio, and video! this NOAA sight is chock-full of info on the Arctic! It has maps, climate data, facts from experts, pictures, essays, and tons of other cool stuff. join a group of men as they try to make a trip around the entire Arctic Circle. Catch their latest dispatches from the journey and learn about their boat, gear, and other details of the trip.

 Africa explore the continents.  Lots of maps, flags and activities take a multimedia tour of the African continent with this large collection from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Find pictures and sound clips by subject, country, or by using a map. take an online tour of Africa from the Sahara to the Serengeti. View photo essays, explore the continent’s regions, play thumb piano tunes, and much more. See how diverse Africa really is!

 Nigeria facts about Nigeria lots of pictures of Nigeria geography, people, government, economy and more

 Egypt facts about Egypt great news stories and information about ancient Egypt…pyramids, secret chambers, ruins…lots of photos how to make an Egyptian mummy at the tomb of Tutankhamen lots of images of Egypt

South Africa includes photos and some info about this special South African park. find powerful images that show the ways of the indigenous groups including the Ndebele, Ntwana, Xhosa, and Zulu.

 South America explore the continents.  Lots of maps, flags and activities follow photographer Pablo Corral Vega on his journey to the Andes. Check out his fabulous photos and read about his experiences. lots of amazing information about an expedition to the Galapagos

 Brazil facts about Brazil learn about life in Brazil today including the people, history, geography, and more. See photos too. geography, people, government, economy and more

Australia Facts about Australia some of the best photos of Australia with articles.  Fabulous section on the Great Barrier Reef with a game! explore the continents.  Lots of maps, flags and activities geography, people, government, economy and more


 Maps, Map Reading history of map-making, reading maps and the maths involved in map-making different maps of India Online World maps + interactive map-related activities. free blank outline maps. explore the continents, lots and lots of maps one of the best map sites on the Internet


Revolts against Unruly Monarchies a great timeline of the age of revolutions information from an online encyclopedia on the revolutions of 1848 the declaration of the rights of man from the French Revolution

Industrial revolution a very useful site including links to its origin, impact on society, women, technology and consequences.  Lots of maps links and a superb timeline information from this online encyclopedia about the Industrial revolution with many hyperlinks

The Modern Age this site shows some exceptional artifacts produced by advances in science and technology – the Eilean Gas Light, genetically modified mice, small biplane, popular cars from the 1950’s and 60’s and lots more lots of information on the cold war between USSR & USA a great timeline of the modern world a quick guide to the world history of globalization


 Parts of speech all about nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs & adverbs with fun activities and tests an anatomy of English sentences including an anatomy chart, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs the wonderful world of words, using a dictionary, vocabulary, synonyms and antonyms count and non count nouns

 Tenses an introduction and exercise on simple present tense an introduction and exercise on simple past tense an introduction and exercise on Future tense with ‘Will’ an introduction with exercise on Future tense with ‘Be Going To’ ways to talk about the future

 Opposites about synonyms and antonyms

 Degrees words indicating degree with examples

Singular/plural regular plurals of nouns with exercises irregular plurals of nouns

 Active/passive voice passive & active voice with examples

Negative an introduction and exercise in negatives in simple present tense an introduction and exercise in negatives in simple past tense

 Expressions & Meaning alphabetical listing of commom english expressions


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