- Over 30,000 learning materials
- Covers Common Core Standards
- Progress tracker
- Guided lessons
- No mobile app
- Lack of privacy settings
- Limited free version
As its name suggests, Education.com is a comprehensive educational platform that helps parents and teachers support children’s academic development. The app offers over 30,000 learning resources for preschoolers to 8th-grade students, including worksheets, games, workbooks, and even lesson plans.
Additionally, Education.com’s material is aligned with reading, writing, and math Common Core Standards, so it’s excellent for parents who homeschool their kids or are just looking for classroom material to complement their kids’ regular academic learning.
The platform has a free version that gives access to three of the varied learning resources each month, but users can only thoroughly explore all its resources with a paid subscription. For as little as $5 per month, parents and educators can track kids’ progress, assign lessons, and more.
Education.com’s Learning Library is exceptionally diverse, providing worksheets and games, hands-on activities, interactive stories, science projects, and more. In addition to Common Core Standards, these resources cover other topics like coding, fine arts, social-emotional skills, and typing. A Premium subscription is required to fully access all materials, like the progress tracker and guided lessons.
The progress tracker is excellent for assessing kids’ successes and areas for improvement. Parents can track games and exercises assigned to kids to understand whether they’re struggling or succeeding in specific areas. The tracker makes it easy to interpret each student’s level of proficiency in the subject, correct answers, and time spent on each activity.
What’s terrific about the progress tracker is that it highlights skills that need attention and recommends games and exercises that parents can assign to help kids with their struggles. Teachers can also take advantage of this feature to have an overview of the whole classroom’s performance and find out which students need additional support.
The extra sparkle is the guided lessons, which are carefully designed sequences of games, songs, stories, and exercises to help children thrive in a specific skill. The lessons provide step-by-step instructions that start with a song or story to captivate kids’ attention and engage them in the learning journey.
Overall, learning through play is at Education.com’s core. Its many resources are highly engaging, and the interactivity isn’t limited to games, as there are many interactive activities and printable worksheets.
The worksheets are designed so that kids can fill in the blanks, highlight texts, match images, and more. Once students submit an interactive worksheet, they view the correctly answered questions and receive the results as a 3-star score.
This immediate feedback is essential, as it allows kids to act on the topics that require improvement. Plus, when kids don’t ace the worksheet, they can redo it and achieve the three stars, which keeps them motivated. Moreover, teachers and parents can create their own customized worksheets using the platform’s worksheet generator, and all of them are available as printable PDFs.
While it provides so much to do, we found browsing through the infinity of activities easy as pie. It’s possible to filter them by grade, subject matter, and type of lesson. Parents and teachers can quickly find appropriate activities and games that are fun and interactive, helping kids to understand concepts better without even realizing they’re studying.
Privacy and Security
Education.com may collect users’ information from registration, plan purchases, and other data provided through the platform’s services. Unfortunately, no security settings are available for data management or privacy preferences control.
However, the learning platform earns extra points for not displaying ads served by third-party companies in its free version, so parents and guardians can be at peace knowing their kids won’t be distracted or led to inappropriate content.
The cherry on top is that Education.com meets the kidSAFE Seal Program’s specific online safety and privacy standards, which adds an important security layer. This, combined with a COPPA certification, shows how trustworthy and safe the Education.com app is for kids to use with autonomy.
Education.com only works as a web browser platform, so there isn’t a desktop or mobile app. Still, it’s optimized for smaller screens, so users can access it from mobile device browsers. The sleek and clean interface allows users to navigate easily and intuitively through its resources.
Even so, the layout could be more visually appealing to kids. We would have preferred to see an interface with more vibrant colors, bigger headings, and kid-friendly fonts. However, it’s worth highlighting that the games and interactive activities do feature these elements, attracting kids’ attention and providing them with a fun experience.
It’s also important to note that we didn’t experience any crashes or bugs during our testing on both the web and mobile browser versions. Our navigation was fast and stable throughout the whole testing process.
Considering the numerous resources it offers, you get a lot for your money with Education.com. Although it’s possible to access the platform without paying anything, its free resources are too limited. The free version (Basic) only allows up to three downloads per month, of which there are worksheets, activities, games, lesson plans, and other materials to chose from.
Parents and teachers can only enjoy the progress tracker, guided lessons, worksheet generator, and more with a Premium subscription. For $5 per month in the first year, billed annually, users get unlimited access to all content.
The annual plan provides a generous 40% discount on the monthly subscription. Plus, a 7-day money-back guarantee allows you to get a refund if you cancel your subscription within a week of purchase.
Education.com also has a dedicated plan for schools – Premium for Schools – which offers unlimited access to Education.com’s resources. The prices vary according to how many teachers are added to the plan, and schools can contact the company to get a custom quote.
Education.com offers support through email, live chat, and Facebook. Unfortunately, there isn’t phone support, and live chat isn’t always available. However, support via email works well, as we got a response in less than 24 hours when we contacted the company.
Still, a support page with a useful FAQ includes helpful answers regarding subscriptions, features, account settings, and anything in the between. There’s also a blog with thorough and valuable articles that update users about the platform’s new resources and provide ideas on how parents and teachers can use Education.com to boost kids’ educational development.