DIY: Kids Learning Skills and Being Awesome
Your kids can learn anything! Kids can explore hundreds of skills, try challenges, get feedback, and earn badges.
Vancouver Island Regional Library
Find information about your local library branch, check out books by mail, or browse the collection. Go anywhere – learn anything – read every day.
An extensive library of educational content, with a focus on math and science. Watch lessons, complete interactive challenges, and earn badges.
TED Ed – Lessons Worth Sharing
Technology – Entertainment – Design. TED believes passionately that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately the world. Here you will find an excellent library of carefully curated educational videos designed to spark the curiosity of learners around the world.
Scratch – Imagine, Program, Share
Scratch is a programming language and online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Check out the Getting Started Guide inside Scratch, or download the guide here.
This site has a great collection of games and activities for preschool and primary aged children, featuring kids favourite characters from PBS shows like Sesame Street, Calliou, and Curious George.
LearnNowBC offers a variety of learning resources designed for students in B.C. Check out the Young Learning Centre for activities for young children, access learning resources for specific courses, or access live tutoring and practice exams.
3-D drawing for everyone. SketchUp is used by professional architects, engineers, designers, builders, and makers all over the world, yet it is simple enough that it can be used by students who are brand new to 3D modelling. SketchUp is free for educational use.
BCERAC has created a list of apps that have been recommended and reviewed by BC teachers. Please note, that there are both free and paid apps in this list.
WatchKnowLearn: Free educational videos. Organized
WatchKnowLearn has indexed over 50,000 educational videos for children ages 1 – 18. You can search by subject or age level.
An award-winning site featuring family science activities for all ages.
Nuuchahnulth Language and Culture
A collection of Nuuchahnulth language and cultural resources from the Nuuchahnulth Tribal Council.
Common Sense is dedicated to helped students thrive in a world of media and technology by helping families make smart media choices. Offering independent, age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, websites, TV shows, books, and music.
Off to a Good Start – Practicing Early Reading and Writing Skills at Home
The BC Teacher’s Federation has provided a list of practical ideas and games that parents can try with their young children to encourage reading and writing development.
A phonics-based, early reading site appropriate for primary grade students.
Science World’s Super Science Club has developed fun and engaging activities that help kids in grades K-7 develop critical thinking skills and have fun with science. You can search by age level or topic.
Take the world’s best courses, online, for free. Coursera empowers people to improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in with education
EdX offers interactive online classes for free from the world’s best universities, like Harvard, MIT, and Berkeley.
Stand out by learning in-demand tech skills from the top companies in Silicon Valley. Courseware is available for free, or pay to enroll and earn certificates from companies like Google and Facebook.
A Journey into Time Immemorial
Take an interactive, virtual tour through a traditional Sto:lo village. Explore traditional ways of life stretching back hundreds of years. This site was produced by SFU’s Museum of Anthrolpology and Ethnology.
Free online language learning. Take courses in one of 35 different languages and connect with fluent speakers. Practice your French by having a conversation with someone in Paris – maybe you can help them with their English too!