• Rob Austin

Our favourite online resources for children and young adults...

1. Khan Academy

A wonderful resource covering many subjects (by grade) which we've found particularly useful for STEM subjects. Their excellent videos are well put togther and easy to follow. You can work through an entire topic or dip in and out. Also useful for parents in need of a refresher!


This is about creating a lesson around any TED talk or YouTube video, or find an existing lesson on one of many topics.


For younger children. In their own words, "ABC Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities".

4. Exploratorium

Bursting with activities and videos, a sure way to engage young minds with science.

5. NASA for students

No surprises with what's on offer here. Find out what black holes are, how clouds are formed and everything else space related...

6. Project Guttenberg

A fantastic resource, thousands of free classic ebooks which don't require a particular e-reader, or even registration. Check out the children's bookshelf.

7. DuoLingo

Learning a language via an app is never going to make you fluent on it's own, but this is a great app and website to get you well along the way. Learn anything from Esperanto to Hebrew. And yes, even High Valyrian.

8. The Learning network

From lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more — all based on the articles, essays, photos, videos and graphics published on

9. HowToSmile

This site has over 3,500 "of the very best science and math activities on the web". These are hands on and most importantly, free.

10. BrainPop

Another site from the U.S. which is subscription based and charges an annual fee of $99 USD. For that you get engaging animated movies, quizzes and educational games available across a variety of platforms.

11. Code Club

Founded in the UK in 2012, code club is now in Australia. In addition to running voluntary lessons, their projects page provides the tools children will need to get their hands dirty with some coding.

12. Coursera

Incredibly, courses from world-class universities such as Harvard, Yale, and MIT are open to anyone, anywhere, in the most part for free. Great for for high school students and advanced learners to expand their horizons with college-level coursework.



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