Sam Cover is an educational and technical consultant. He has noticed the growing popularity of educational technology around the world, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. He presents his favorite platforms for digital learning from around the globe.
WhiteHat Jr. is an India-based company that teaches coding to kids. They offer one on one coding classes for kids 6-14. Children will learn different aspects of coding, and even build their own app in the class.
Tech is the future, and coding is a major part of that. Coding also teaches kids valuable skills, including logical thinking and problem solving.
Early classes use image-based coding and a drag and drop method to introduce coding concepts. As children get older and classes progress, text-based coding is used.
The Spokane Washington resident states that reading eggs started out as a platform to teach reading to young children. Now, they have several programs to help kids learn reading and math.
Reading eggs is the original program. It teaches reading skills to children who know the alphabet and are ready to progress to reading. Reading eggs junior supports younger children, and reading eggs eggspress for children 7-13. Mathseeds teaches math concepts to children 3-9 and gives them a good foundation in mathematics.
Digischool is popular in Europe. The learning platform has many users in France, Spain, and the UK. It has more than 5 million members and 3 million app downloads. The Digischool team has 50 members and over 200 partner organizations.
The platform includes more than 300,000 educational resources. The community offers homework help, courses, and presentations. Digischool was designed to be a global platform to provide better access to education.
Project NOAH is a global project for wildlife education and conservation. The community posts wildlife photographs. To date, there have been 1.5 million geo-tagged wildlife photos and over 800,000 wildlife sightings across 7 continents.
They also offer nature-based lessons. These feature text, photographs, and field guides. You’ll even find backyard-focused projects and experiments. They are a great way to make learning about nature fun.
Koolearn is the premier educational platform in China. It began as an online tutoring and test prep learning program. It has grown to address the three main segments of education. Preschool, k-12, and college education.
Brainly is a Polish company with its headquarters in Krakow, Poland. It’s a homework help site that connects kids with other students and experts. Students can post a question and get answers. They can also answer questions themselves, which can further their understanding and help others.
Khan Academy is a free learning platform. It’s used in 190 countries and is available in more than 40 languages. Khan Academy’s goal is to make quality education accessible to kids of all statuses, backgrounds, and nationalities.
Cover notes that there are no ads on the site. They don’t operate on a freemium model either. Instead, they are a nonprofit and rely on donations to keep the website going and to create new content.
Khan Academy is suitable for preK-12th grade. They also offer SAT test prep, so low-income students have a fair chance on the test.
Their courses include math, science, computing, reading and language arts, life skills, humanities, and art.
Google Classroom offers a way for teachers to manage their online curriculum. It can also be used for hybrid learning, giving students who can’t attend in-person notes, assignments, and lessons.
Sam Cover states that it uses the Google suite of tools, including Docs and Sheets. Teachers can also use the platform to video chat and stream lessons to their students.