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Online learning: Hot picks

Does your child need academic support, or just a little inspiration? Tutors, test prep, instructional videos, and learning communities are just a click away.

By Christina Tynan-Wood

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Cyber learning galore

Does your child need an academic boost or a spark to ignite her curiosity? Go online and you'll find a fabulous variety of websites in the mad, mad world of virtual learning.

Some of these websites offer live tutors who'll work with your child in real time, others use digital tutors that adapt to your child's learning level; still others feature video lessons, language instruction, cartoon teachers, test-prep, and social-media enhanced learning communities.

To give you an idea of what's out there, we've spotlighted a selection of online learning programs that are educational, engaging, and fun.

Christina Tynan-Wood has written for Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, PC World, PC Magazine, InfoWorld, and many others. She currently writes the "Family Tech" column in Family Circle and blogs at

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