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5 Websites That Make Stories and Learning Fun

StoryboardThat

Are you a teacher or a parent looking for online platforms that would make learning new stuff fun for the kids? This article introduces you to five websites to help children learn visually. These websites would also help to keep the child engaged.

  • StoryboardThat
  • Canva
  • Visuwords
  • BrainPOP
  • MindMup

StoryboardThat

Does your child also find it hard to concentrate during story times? If yes, then you definitely need to check this website out. StoryboardThat allows you to create fun and interactive storyboards that keep your child engaged throughout the story. There is also a feature on the website that lets your child make storyboards for their stories. Additionally, this website is a good resource for teachers, as it provides them with creative lesson plans. These lesson plans come with completed examples of the plan. Not only can the teachers use these finished plans, but they can also change them to meet the needs of their students. 

The website also contains educational articles that the teachers can use during classroom time to aid the students’ understanding of the topic they are teaching. Another interesting feature provided by StoryBoardThat is their educational poster templates. You can design these posters for your classroom and display them there. These posters would make your classroom look good and aid students’ learning processes.

Canva

Canva is a platform that both teachers and students can use. The website gives access to thousands of free templates for presentations. You can use these templates as they are, tweak them to fit your needs, or create a presentation from scratch. 

Moreover, you can incorporate many graphic elements, such as stickers and animations, into your presentations; this will help the kids remain focused throughout the class. This website can also be used to tell stories with the help of visual imagery. In addition, the website has a wide range of timetable and to-do list templates that one can use to make the child more punctual.

Visuwords

Visuwords is an online visual dictionary. If your child learns better when exposed to pictures, and you have felt that a dictionary full of words would not help them, Visuword should be your go-to website. This visual dictionary makes sure to meet your child’s needs by giving them a place to look at pictures that show them what to do. 

It color-codes the ideas and images related to any word. It uses link diagrams to increase the learning speed by drawing links between various things. This method helps your child memorize not only the word itself but also the phrases related to it and its usage as well. You can judge the authenticity of this source from the fact that Princeton University has provided the WordNet it uses for connections and definitions. So you can rest assured that your kid is learning the right stuff. 

Another plus of this website is that you do not need a membership to use this fantastic source to teach your kids.

BrainPOP

If your kid lacks skills in reading, writing, math, or general awareness, this is the website you should visit. This website helps your kid turn their screen time into learning time. The website is customized to meet the needs of children in grades K–3 to 8. 

BrainPOP makes sure that the learning from their content is interactive by using two animated hosts. These animated hosts, like Moby and Tim, do an excellent job of breaking down complicated ideas into something simple, attractive, and easy to understand. In addition to teaching, the website also tests the students’ knowledge of the taught topics via various quizzes. A study on BrainPOP’s effectiveness compared the subscribers’ performance with that of the non-subscribers, finding that the kids using BrainPOP achieved more excellent scores on standardized tests.

MindMup

MindMup is a website that allows you to enjoy all the benefits of mind mapping online. Mind mapping is an effective technique. It helps the kid brainstorm and learn new ideas and concepts in an interactive and fun way. 

The secret to its effectiveness lies in its resemblance to people’s natural thinking process as opposed to the one taught at educational institutions. It makes learning fun by allowing the kids to grasp ideas and understand the content without a set order while using multiple senses. These senses are visual, kinesthetic, and spatial. Therefore, this website not only helps kids to learn but also to organize their ideas.


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