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Lockdown Learners Websites

16th April 2020

Lockdown learners

Dear all,

This brilliant list of websites was collated by Robert Massey of Bristol Grammar School - it’s a very comprehensive list of interesting, challenging learning opportunities and is shared with his permission. Please do take a look and explore some of these opportunities over the Easter break - enjoy trying something new and stretching and challenging yourself!

 

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Wellbeing

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Happiness and Wellbeing

Yale University's famous course is more relevant and necessary than ever.

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Top 10 stress busters for teens

Recommended tips to unwind and find 'me time'.

General Interest

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TED Ed

So much to explore: everything from Isis to Imposter Syndrome to why soap kills coronavirus…

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TED Talks

There are over 3,300 now. View, discuss, review. Brilliant insights into life, the universe and everything from experts.

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British Museum

11 different ways to benefit from the British Museum's collections:  use Google Street View inside the galleries, or learn to write cuneiform…

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Google/
UNESCO

Google, in collaboration with UNESCO, has set up a YouTube channel of international resources and links for children of different ages and interests.

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BBC Learning

BItesize is a classic, older site but there are recent additions on, for example, wellbeing while at home, fact or fake and the best of BBC iPlayer

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BBC Teach

This site is easy to navigate by age group and subject: you can explore short features on everything from Biology to Computing, RS to PE

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In Our Time

897 podcasts available on literally everything. An astonishing cultural achievement. Listen, discuss, review an episode.

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Open University Free Learn

The OU is the best thing ever. Hundreds of free courses are on offer, from Health, Sports and Psychology to Nature and the Environment to Languages to History and the Arts.

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MOOCS

Recommended for Sixth Form students: Massive Open Online Courses have been enjoyed by millions of learners worldwide. Self-directed home study is offered by a range of top international universities, all for free.

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Khan Academy

This is one of the best-known sites for a wide range of subjects. Find a unit which works and share your learning journey with me.

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The Kids Should See This

Videos on everything from music to animation to nature to Maths.  Are they fun and interesting?

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Audible Audio Books

Now, no sign up, no account needed – free audio books from Audible including many children's classics to re-read or try for the first time. Relax and enjoy. Classics are classics for a reason.

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National Geographic

A world of learning and information within one site.

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YouTube Learning

A wide range of channels on many subjects, from Art to Science, from home fitness to politics.

Knowledge

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TOK

120 TOK class activities – aimed at IB students but of general interest given their range of subjects and methodologies.

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Oxplore

A site to get you thinking about Big Questions: is it OK to ban books? Do we need a Royal Family? Discuss, write a paragraph and post it, suggest your own questions to the site.

Science and Technology

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STEM Learning

Free home resources and family activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths eg design a moon camp using online design software or recreate the Great Exhibition at home.

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NASA for students

Resources, links, inspiration from this world and beyond.

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iDEA Awards

Learn coding skills and gain bronze, silver and gold badges.

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Scratch

Learn to program stories, games and animations.

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How Stuff Works

Big sites, lots of ideas – what interested and inspired you?

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Planetarium

A free open-source planetarium for your computer.

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New Scientist

A wealth of topics to research and explore.

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Nobel Prizes

Why are there Prizes in some subjects and not others? Who has been successful in a subject that interests you, and what has been their contribution?

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Backyard Worlds: Planet 9

Discover brown dwarfs or low-mass stars or even the ninth planet!

Maths

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University of Cambridge

Rich resources for students interested in fundamental ideas underpinning Mathematics

English

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Writers Inspire

University of Oxford site containing a host of lectures, eBooks and essays on a range of great writers. Savour.

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Poetry by Heart

Can you learn and recite a poem?

Art and Creativity

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Pete McKee Cartoon Lessons

Sheffield artist and cartoonist Pete McKee helps you draw cartoons. Can you find other 'learn to draw' sites and share them with me if they work for you?

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Cooking and breadmaking

Does what it says on the baking tin. Bake bread for wellbeing.

Philosophy

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Philosophy for Children

Philosophy for Children is a non-profit cooperative but there is a charge for subscribing.  Free sample sources, ideas, thinking. Alternatively…

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Sapere: Philosophy for Children, Colleges, Communities

Sapere provides free resources on critical thinking, logic, music and much more as part of its commitment to Philosophy for Children.

Keep fit at home

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Joe Wicks Body Coach

Daily keep fit at home from the ubiquitous Joe Wicks.

Music and Art

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Berlin Philharmonic

Over 600 concerts from this world-renowned orchestra have now been made available free. Please try one and review it for me.

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National Gallery virtual tours

3D virtual reality tours of galleries for active viewing and responding.  Did any artists interest you?

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Vatican Museums and collections

Explore the Sistine Chapel  and the Vatican in this digital tour without the crowds.  Write me a TripAdviser review.

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Smithsonian Museums

You’ll have heard of the Smithsonian in Washington DC, not one museum but 19, including the stunning new National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Open Access allows you to download and share millions of 2D and 3D items free.

Learn a Language

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Duolingo

Free language learning via the website or app.

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Rosetta Stone

Language learning available free of charge for 3 months via the website or app.

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UK Linguistics Olympiad

Do you enjoy solving puzzles and cracking problems?  This is a brilliant site where you can access past papers, graded according to difficulty, and decode words and sentences in every language from Braille to Welsh, from Afrihili to Witsuwit’en.

Classics, History and Geography

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Big History Project

13.7 billion years: from the Big Bang to today and on to the future.  Explore and enjoy.

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Meanwhile, elsewhere

A brilliant new site which asks you to research what was going on in China or Africa in 1500 or 1800, for example.  Research and fill in a template and post it on Google Classroom.

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Meanwhile, nearby

What was going on in your local area at the same time as the national and international events you study at school?  Fill in the template and post on Google Classroom.

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Geographical Association

Resources on flooding, tropical rainforests and all other topics are now free of charge.

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Minimus

Free resources from an ex-BGS teacher and lots of useful links to Classics resources.

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Theoi Greek Mythology

Greek Gods from Aglaea to Zeus.  Write a short biography of your favourite, explaining what you admire.

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Discover Anthropology

So what is it – and what do anthropologists do? Write a defence of their discipline and post it on Google Classroom.

Politics, Human Rights

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United Nations

Learn about 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how you might respond to global challenges.

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Amnesty International

Positive, simple steps you can take to inform yourself about human rights issues today.

Games

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Learn to play chess

Basic moves for complete beginners.

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Learn to play Go

Always wondered about how to play this ancient game?  Learn the board and basics then move on to advanced moves.