What Are the Best Online Educational Websites?

By Sarah AndersonLast Updated Jun 24, 2020 7:18:35 PM ET
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Thanks to technology, getting an education is easier than ever these days. You no longer have to go to a school or another institution — instead, you can learn right from your own home. All you need is a computer, tablet or smartphone and an internet connection. There are hundreds of websites out there designed to teach both children and adults new skills and concepts. Here's a look at some of the best.


Coursera has become a leader in online education thanks to its partnership with some of the top colleges and universities in the world. The site offers a mix of free and inexpensive courses from schools like Duke University, Yale, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Emory and Rutgers as well as organizations like Google, IBM and the American Museum of Natural History. Choose from more than 4,000 topics like history, computer science, data science, foreign languages, public health and much more. Some specialized courses can even lead to official certification from the institution in question, while others can help get you started on a degree in a particular subject. Coursera is free to join, and most courses are fairly inexpensive, although you will pay more if you're working towards a certification or degree.

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Khan Academy

If you're looking for something that's 100 percent free, try Khan Academy. The nonprofit organization's website features hundreds of free educational resources for students of all ages. It's a great way to introduce yourself to a new subject, as the mix of video and text-based courses are designed for people who are just diving into a topic. Courses are broken down by topic and grade level, and you'll find a mix of classes on math, the arts, humanities, science, economics, computing and more. There's a special section for kids ages two to seven years old and a test prep section for students who plan to take the SAT, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, Praxis Core or other exams.

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LinkedIn Learning

Formerly known as Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning has been a great educational tool for years. You can sign up for a free month to see if the site is for you. If you like it, you'll pay an inexpensive monthly fee for access to tens of thousands of educational video tutorials and courses. Topics range from photography and web development to business and marketing. The results are so effective that many businesses use the courses to educate their employees.

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National Geographic

Many people are used to learning from National Geographic in magazine form. However, the company's website is also an excellent source for kids and adults alike. For a small fee, you can sign up for digital or digital and print access to tens of thousands of articles and videos about various topics, including geography, travel, zoology, history, environmental science, cultural studies, natural science and more. The National Geographic for Kids website has even more educational opportunities in the form of videos, games, quizzes and animal profiles.

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PBS Kids

If you're looking for a free educational site that your kids will love, look no further than PBS Kids. It uses the same beloved characters your kids watch on PBS — like Clifford, Arthur, Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger, Curious George and Martha Speaks — to provide a fun resource for preschoolers and young elementary students. Kids can watch videos and play games that teach them about topics like shapes, colors, letters, numbers, math, reading, spelling, engineering, creativity, music, nature and foreign languages.

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