Amazon launches free online learning resources to help during cost of living crisis – FE News

  • Research released today reveals that while 45% of parents and guardians enjoy being involved in their children’s learning, 29% find it stressful and 20% find it difficult
  • Just over one in three parents (35%) who are involved in their child’s learning cite math as the subject they struggle with the most, and 42% say that changing teaching methods made participation more difficult.
  • Working with leading educational content providers, Amazon Study provides free, curriculum-linked learning resources to support children’s learning.

Working with some of the UK’s leading educational content providers, Amazon is today launching Amazon Study, giving parents, guardians and teachers access to a wide range of free and curriculum-linked maths and science resources to support children’s learning.

Reinforcing Amazon’s long-term commitment to helping young people, regardless of background, develop the skills and knowledge necessary for exciting and fulfilling future careers, Amazon Study helps support learners from age of five years. It features free content from education providers including White Rose Maths, The Open University, NRICH, Dr Frost Maths, and Primary Leap, as well as exclusive content from Times Tables Rockstars.

A new study by YouGov which polled 1,000 UK parents and carers (who are involved in their child’s learning) on ​​behalf of Amazon, found that while 45% enjoy being involved in their child’s learning, 29 % find it stressful and 20% find it difficult. .

Just over one in three parents or guardians (35%) said they find math the hardest subject to study at home, and one in 10 finds it difficult to help with science. Of those surveyed, 42% said the change in teaching methods since they were in school is making it more difficult to help their children with homework, and 29% fear confusing them if they try. to help. Just over one in 10 respondents (11%) said that the cost of educational resources was a barrier to their participation.

Parental involvement has been shown to have a significant and positive effect on children’s learning. Professor John Hattie’s 2008 basic science study of factors that enhance student learning concluded that the effect of consistent parental involvement in a child’s learning is equivalent to adding two or three years to education of this child. Amazon Study aims to bridge the gap between home and school, giving parents and guardians free and easy access to math and science resources that will help them easily connect with their child’s learning.

“It’s undeniable that involving parents has a positive impact on children’s education, but our research shows that many parents and carers in the UK don’t know where to find the right resources to support their child’s learning. With Amazon Study, we provide easy access to free curriculum-related resources from some of the UK’s leading educational content providers to help break down some of the barriers to STEM learning,” said John Boumphrey, UK Country Manager at Amazon. “We are committed to supporting the education and skills development of learners from all backgrounds, and hope to foster a long-term interest in math and science, preparing children and young people for fulfilling future careers.”

Dr Ems Lord FCCT, Director of NRICH, University of Cambridge, said:

“NRICH was delighted to share its expertise in developing activities that foster mathematical thinking and problem solving during the development of Amazon Study, and we look forward to future opportunities for collaboration to ensure that all learners can freely access stimulating, inspiring and engaging mathematical activities.

Amazon Study uses Amazon’s existing search, recommendation, and optimization engine to provide users with access to high-quality learning resources in a single, trusted location. Parents and learners can easily browse learning resources by age, subject and topic, read customer reviews, then select and download them to work at their own pace. Learning resources can be saved and easily accessed in a library on the Amazon Study homepage.

As a major employer and innovator with employees working in areas such as robotics, machine learning and AI, Amazon is uniquely positioned to use its scale and expertise to create programs to unlock the potential future of the workforce. Amazon has created STEM programs like Amazon Future Engineer – a comprehensive childhood-to-career program that inspires, educates, and empowers children and young adults to realize their potential in computing through scholarship programs and coding tutorials on line ; AWS GetIT, which encourages girls aged 12-13 to consider careers in technology through a competition to build apps to solve real-world problems in their school or community; AWS Educate which offers free, self-paced online training resources for new cloud learners.

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