With the school gates closed, millions of children are now logging onto online learning courses to continue their studies from home.
But where to begin? The number of educational resources on the internet can be overwhelming. Should parents pay for a digital tutor? And are the free courses offered online any good?
From Tutorful and Seneca to BBC Bitesize and Kano, here are some of the best tools available online to challenge both children and adults.
Parents may remember BBC Bitesize, which launched in 1998 to provide free study support resources to all school aged children in the UK.
The service is proving invaluable during the coronavirus lockdown by offering free lessons, activities and videos tailored to the National Curriculum.
The BBC also provides a Bitesize app which provides 14-16 year olds with flashcards and revision material on their phones. Meanwhile, BBC Teach, provides a separate resource online for “live lessons” featuring BBC shows and presenters.
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Seneca's free education website is currently used by more than three million students. The company claims that it has adding users at a rate of 50,000 a day since Boris Johnson announced schools would close.
Seneca Learning specialises in homework help and gamifying the learning and revision process to help students learn faster
It uses what it describes as "dual coding" to help students learn. Essentially, this means combining pictures, images and and videos alongside words to help student process, understand and remember information.
Its backers include Lord Stanley Fink, the Tory peer and hedge fund investor.
“The site will always remain free to use and we’ve taken extra steps to ensure the platform can cope with increased demand in the coming days now that all schools are closed,” said Stephen Wilks, chief executive of Seneca Learning.
For those looking for something more tech-savvy, Kano Computing’s PC kits and coding tools allow children to learn about tech and how computers work. Its Kano Computer, for instance, enables children to build a computer from scratch.
Its software includes a coding school to let children build and play games using simplified coding language – with plenty for parents to learn along the way.
The company – launched by Alex Klein, son of Getty Images co-founder Jonathan Klein – also sells a £99 Harry Potter wand filled with electronics that connects with Kano’s app. The wand features a gyroscope to measure orientation and an accelerometer to measure speed.
Together, they allow it to be tracked in 3D space so children can cast "spells" using different lines of code. The code links actions with wand movements.
Tutorful’s website, which is recommended by Mumsnet, lets parents search through 10,000 student-rated tutors – as well as those that provide online-only tutoring.
Users can read reviews of past lessons, and the service also pays users to book a lesson with another tutor if they are not satisfied.
Ideal for parents or children who might want to find a purposeful past-time if they are stuck inside, Duolinguo is a language-learning app with 300 million users worldwide that offers more than 20 languages taught through games and quizzes
Using gamification, it offers rewards, new levels and new skills that are unlocked through a learning tree that adapts to a user’s ability levels.
Duolingo also offers Tinycards – an app for creating flash cards for revising anything. Its site includes a bank of ready-built card decks to get started.