This review is based on E-Learning for Kids being used as part of a learning and teaching structure and not as a stand alone system.
This is a free website targeted at children between the ages of 4 and 12 years old, although this is just a guideline.
It is possible to use the program online and offline.
E-Learning For Kids has offices in the Netherlands and USA and is used in more than 190 countries.
The design of this site is targeted more to the adult teacher rather than the child learner.
Each course gives the age range of the child and the learning intention.
I found it difficult to navigate the site especially once in the courses. Also, it seemed rather slow although this could easily be my internet connection!
E-Learning For Kids doesn’t have the same visual appeal as ABCmouse.com and so far, I haven’t found an activity I would like to revisit.
After each course is completed the children can receive a certificate. These need to be printed if presentation to the child is required.
Some of the introductions to activities are too long but there is an option to skip the introduction if necessary.
There doesn’t appear to be the option of customisation for each child but maybe I couldn’t find how to do this.
E-Learning for Kids appears to be geared to school age children up to about 11 years old although there are some courses and activities for older children.
It consists of a series of activities to practice skills already learnt. This isn’t a bad thing as children enjoy using the computer and, if nothing else, they will be gaining computer skills.
As I’ve mentioned before, E-Learning For Kids is a program for teachers wishing to give their students some computer time and for them to brush up on some skills that have already been learnt.
Subjects covered by E-Learning For Kids are:
For older children there are 8 extra subjects:
Internet safety and Google Search
Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7.
There are more than 700 courses spread over all the subjects.
All the courses are for use on the computer. There are no downloads or printables.
Most of the courses have spoken instructions with the words on the screen.
The text is rather small and I couldn’t find a way to increase them to make them easier to read.
All information about the learning objectives and implementation is in adult speak.
The ethos behind E-Learning for Kids is commendable and many children all over the world are obviously enjoying using the program.
The biggest advantage is the cost – FREE!
Most of the courses can be translated into English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Indian English (Voice Over).
Some of the spoken parts are hard to understand.
This isn’t a research facility and I can’t say it was particularly inspirational.
There isn’t a Search facilty or Help Screen although there is a page of F.A.Qs.
I found the site hard to navigate but I suppose after a few visits it would become easier.
As I mentioned, this review is based on E-Learning for kids being used to supplement learning and not the sole education provider.
To be honest, apart from the fact it is FREE to use it isn’t a program that I would use on a regular basis for supplementing learning.
As a resource to provide a quick practice session that children could do independently it would work well. Initially the children would enjoy the novelty but I’m not convinced this would las long.
Click here to visit E-learning for Kids
I’d be interested to hear what you think E-Learning For Kids especially as it is a free resource.
What would you look for in an online learning program for your children?