Alkwin – Student Websites & YouTube Videos
I compiled a list of websites and YouTube channels to support students making homework and practising for exams. Nowadays students are often more visual oriented and used to getting information watching videos and browsing the Internet. Often there is a need for an alternative source for learning explaining the theory in a different manner or accompanied with images, animations walking them through the complex matter using step-by-step instructions. Especially students with dyslexia are more comfortable working with a computer and online exams.
The list is far from complete and maybe better options are available. Students, parents and teachers are invited to make suggestions for improvements. Feel free to contact me with questions, help finding websites or using the YouTube video channels at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The websites, videos and programs are suggestions for students. I selected the websites and videos comparing them with the theory as presented in the books used at the Alkwin College. Try the websites and YouTube channels and videos, select the ones that fit your needs best and you like. Sometimes students may need some time to explore the websites to find the relevant information (theory or exercises about a certain topic). Each YouTube channel offers a standard menu with the helpful options:
- Videos - List of all videos with sometimes the LOAD MORE button at the bottom of the page.
- Playlists - Groups of videos with a common context, discussing one subject e.g. Cold War, Organic Chemistry, etc.
- Channels - Other YouTube channels with similar information.
- Looking glass (Vergrootglas) - Can be used to search for a video about a topic within this YouTube channel.
Some help finding websites or videos yourself using a search engine (Google or other):
- Don't use too many search arguments e.g. too many search arguments will give you no or limited, wrong results
- Specify the subject in Dutch e.g. Wiskunde, Natuurkunde, Nederlands, Frans, etc.
- Specify a topic in Dutch e.g. Electriciteit, Licht, Geluid, etc.
- For larger topics you can specify some keywords e.g. with Alkanen add the term 'naamgeving' to get more details on naming conventions
- Decide whether you want text results or a video e.g. Google has the option Web (text results) and Video (video results)
- Use terms like 'oefenen', 'opgaven', 'theorie'
- Create bookmark folders for different subjects, create bookmarks for interesting results before you continue searching
WARNING: The information made available on the websites and in videos is useful and can be used for assignments, but students should never use the information as-is. Of course you can gather information from different sources as background information, but students should always add their own views, ideas and comments. Next they can create a report by combining everything , rewrite the found text clippings in their own words, add own observations and draw their own conclusions. Understand teachers will check for plagiarism (plagiaat) and won't allow 1-1 copying of text from websites (Wikipedia or other). Best advise is to always list all the sources where information was found and used for an assignment e.g. list the website name and URL (Bronvermelding).
Learning words (languages) or terminology (geography, history, economy, others) is often a challenge.
Words and terminology can be practised using the WRTS website or the mobile app (iOS and Android versions are available). First create an account and then check the website for instructions for creating and using lists. WRTS offers different options to practise e.g. using the same list EN->NL or NL->EN, random or fixed order, repeat words until everything is correct, get suggestions e.g. first letter, etc.
You can create your own lists, import lists shared by friends or approved lists provided Approved Lists by Publishers (Malmberg, Noordhof, Thieme, etc.) e.g. the WRTS lists for New Interface can be found here too.
A lot of students share their lists on the WRTS website, but also at Woordjes Leren website. However check these lists as they may be outdated, contain typing errors or are for specific versions of textbooks.
For practising verbs in different languages (English, French, German and Dutch) use the Verbuga website.The website offers extensive options to configure your own tests e.g. select the Tenses (tijden), on for more irregular and regular verbs (Regelmatige & onregelmatige werkwoorden), random or in specific order. After choosing options select CONFIRM (besetting) to start the test.
For theory and practising both grammar and words in Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish and Italian use the Talen Wijzer website.
The DuoLingo website or DuoLingo mobile app (iOS, Android) is fun and useful to practise a language. The mobile app can be installed and used without a data connection (offline) e.g. during a long drive or during a holiday. For most language courses you need to use English as your own language and select the language you want to learn. Selecting Dutch as native language offers only English as language to learn.
Words can be practised using WRTS. Either use the website or mobile app to manage lists of words e.g. you can create your own lists, import lists shared by friends or approved lists provided Approved Lists by Publishers (Malmberg, Noordhof, Thieme, etc.) e.g. the WRTS lists for New Interface can be found here too. Again the mobile app allows students to download lists to the mobile device and practise offline e.g. in the train, car, plane and being abroad (holiday).
Next students are required to read books on a regular basis and often need to finish these books in a short period. For students with dyslexia this is sometimes a challenge and they can benefit from audiobooks. Some websites offering audiobooks, some are mentioned for titles in English or other languages:
For some titles you may not be able to find an audiobook. In that case you can buy and download the eBook version (PDF or other) and use the capabilities of your iPad or other tablet computer, eReader e.g. they offer the possibility to 'read' the book for the student. Read the instructions for the iPad on the website iBook Voorlezen or for Android check the Voorlezen website. After configuring the mobile device and/or mobile app, just plug-in the earphones, the book is read for you and at the same time you can read the text on the tablet. Another advantage of using the iPad (or other reader) is the availability of a dictionary. The student can select a difficult word and get a description/explanation.
For book reviews you can check the Zoek Boekverslag website.
General grammar practise and exercises can be found at the following websites:
A lot of exercises per year can be found at the Bonhoeffer College website.
Students wanting to practise listening to English texts can use the English Second Language website.
General grammar practise and exercises can be found at the Hands On Experience website.
Another very good and extensive website for learning French is the Nu Frans Leren website. Check the menu for the correct schooltype (HAVO, VWO) and the year (1 - 6), but also check the grammar theory and exercises.
As example look at exercises about using the correct words for asking questions
Grammar (naamvallen, werkwoorden en veel andere oefeningen) Duits Online
Practise present tense for weak verbs
Practise past tense for weak verbs
Exercise grammatica case (naamvallen)
A bit more complex website, but very useful is Math 4 All:
- For theory select the menu option at the top of the page. Select Wiskunde HV and then the correct level for HAVO or VWO, the type of math (A, B, C or D)
- For practising use the options on the page e.g. Algebra, Vergelijkingen, Differentieren en Integreren.
Use the YouTube videos created by Corné de Boer (Alkwin) available at his YouTube Channel.
Also very nice are the videos at the WispelTube YouTube channel.
Next a lot of videos can be found at the Antonie Brand YouTube channel.
Last the Meneer Wietsma YouTube channel is good.
For all you can check the check the playlists (afspeellijsten) for specific topics (Electricity, Forces, Light, Energy, etc.)
- Moving and speed e.g. Eenparige Beweging and Versnelde Beweging
- Average speed e.g. Gemiddelde Snelheid Graphs e.g. and Snelheid en Afstandsgrafieken
- Constant speed and acceleration e.g. Verschillende Soorten Bewegingen
- Reducing speed e.g. Remmen and Versnelling and Valbeweging
- Waves (Frequency, Amplitude), Sound
Waves & Sound (Golven & Geluid)
- Waves and sound (Trilling en geluid) about waves, amplitude, frequency
- Pendulum (Slinger met slingertijd, uitwijking en lengte van de slinger)
- Sound (Geluid, frequentie, amplitude)
- Sound (Decibels)
Forces & Laws of Newton (Krachten & Wetten van Newton)
- First Law of Newton (Eerste Wet van Newton)
- Second Law of Newton (Tweede Wet van Newton - HAVO) of Second Law of Newton (Tweede Wet van Newton - VWO)
- Third Law of Newton (Derde Wet van Newton)
Combining forces in different directions & examples (Krachten optellen & rekenvoorbeelden):
- Characteristics of Forces (Krachten en Eigenschappen)
- Combining Forces (Krachten Samenstellen) or Combining Forces (Krachten Samenstellen)
- Breakdown Forces (Krachten Ontbinden)
- Forces In Balance (Krachten In Evenwicht)
A number of very useful Corné de Boer videos for starters:
However the best source for videos is the Scheikunde Lessen YouTube channel. Really any topic is presented in one or more videos and often several videos are offered discussing the subjects in the exact same order as the schoolbooks.
A serie on organic chemistry (Carbon) starts with Alkanen en Alkenen video. At the right you will find the next videos discussing the related topics. As an example some related videos:
- 58 groepen alkanen/alkenen
- 59 Structuurformules tekenen
- 60 alkanen/alkenen naamgeving
- 61 Isomeren
- 62 groepen alcohol/alkanolen
- 63 additiereactie
- 64 substitutiereactie
- 65 esters
- Extra naamgeving oefenen
The website Biologie Pagina is related to the Nectar books used at school. The website discusses the relevant topics and offers good exams to test your knowledge.
A very nice series of history videos matching the theory (different time periods) as discussed at the Alkwin College can be found at the Joost van Oort YouTube channel:
- Jagers & Boeren
- Grieken & Romeinen
- Monniken & Ridders
- Steden & Staten
- Ontdekkers & Hervormers
- Regenten & Vorsten
- Pruiken & Revoluties
- Burgers & Stoommachines
- Televisie & Computer
This YouTube channel discusses a lot of other topics in a lot of detail (French Revolution, Cold War, etc.).