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Accessibyte

Free access to its entire platform of accessibility tools, which features assistive technology apps for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or have reading difficulties.

https://www.accessibyte.com/stay-safe

Actively 


This universal curriculum platform for grades 4 through 12 features collaboration and discussion tools, and can be accessed by any device. It also features integrated instruction for ELA, science, and social studies. Actively Learn can integrate with Google Classroom. Get Actively Learn.

https://www.activelylearn.com

Alexa Learning

Families with Alexa-enabled devices can take advantage of free educational programs from Bamboo learning, including math, history, music and stories. Just say, “Alexa, open Bamboo Books.” (See the link for more instruction.)

https://bamboolearning.com/books

ArgoPrep


ArgoPrep is offering a three-month free access plan to its online platform where students can watch video lessons taught by a licensed teacher, take practice quizzes, drills and more. Additionally, students studying for the Specialized High School Exam (SHSAT) will be given free access to online modules. ArgoPrep will also extend access to its online platform for families in need and upgrade the accounts from 3-month access to 12-month access. While online access applies regardless of your location, ArgoPrep’s free workbooks are only available for those in the New York City area. Fill out the short online application.

https://argoprep.com

Beanstalk

Online classes in art, science and more for preschoolers up to age 6 for free during the crisis

https://beanstalk.co

Billingual Eduation Courses 

Classcraft


Up until July 31, the Classcraft remote learning platform will be free to entire schools and districts. Teachers can communicate expected positive behaviors to students, award digital rewards, create student teams, allow parents to give students points for positive behavior at home and have access to real-time data and analytics. 

https://www.classcraft.com/coronavirus/

ClassFlow


Promethean’s cloud-based lesson planning and delivery software is now free. ClassFlow offers education resources across subject matters. Promethean is also developing new online training sessions and webinars. For more information, read this blog.

ConnectionsAcademy 


Connections Academy, which supports online schools, is making its education experts available via an email hotline to help any K-12 teacher with online teaching. It also offering access to its webinars and other teaching resources for teachers and parents.

https://www.connectionsacademy.com

Curiculum by Calvert Shool

Calvert Homeschool is offering three free months of curriculum during school shutdowns. 

https://www.calverthomeschool.com

Facebook Education Spreadsheet

The Facebook group Amazing Educational Resources gathered them into a public spreadsheet. It includes resources for readingmathhistoryChinesecodingmusic and more.

https://www.amazingeducationalresources.com

Hand2Mind

The education company Hand2Mind launched a new Learn at Home platform with streaming lessons for grades K-5 and downloadable STEM activities.

Impero 


To help teachers keep students on task while learning at home, Impero Software is making its Impero Education Pro web-based software free for the remainder of the school year to districts that do not already have remote monitoring software in place. The cross-platform product combines tools for online safety, teacher control, and real-time monitoring and session tracking for student devices. Teachers have access to key tools including live thumbnail view, broadcast screen, block list, live chat, and log viewer to ensure students receive continued access to education.  

https://www.imperosoftware.com/us/

IntelligentEducation


Teachers can build online courses using this free multimedia courseware site with only a smartphone and a well-lit, quiet room. Various visual aids from notes to images and videos can be added to lectures. Each account includes Google Cloud storage for videos. View Intelligent Education’s completed courses or start building courses for free.

https://intelligenteducation.com/ie-courses

KaplanTestPrep 


Kaplan offering a month of free access to the SAT® Prep On Demand course with over 50 instructional videos and more than 1,000 practice questions and quizzes through this self-service website opportunity.kaplan.com. Kaplan is also offering Digital Classroom Resources—including articles, videos, and webinars—aimed at helping students, parents, and teachers navigate this period of online learning and working.  Kaplan Professional is also offering its Rapidly Deployable Virtual Classroom, a cloud-based learning solution. 

https://opportunity.kaplan.com

LanSchool

 
Through July 1, schools can receive complimentary LanSchool Air licenses that allow teachers to integrate screen monitoring, messaging and hand-raising features into Google Classroom and Clever platforms. Teachers can see when students use the Raise Hand feature so they can quickly address student questions in remote settings. Fill out this form for more information.

https://lanschool.com/

myViewBoard


Free subscriptions are available for myViewBoard software, which helps teachers record and share whiteboarding lessons with remote students. Learn more.

https://myviewboard.com

Numerade 


This free online education platform supports asynchronous online instruction through the “Office Hours” feature, which allows teachers to create videos on any topic using the recording and whiteboard system, build playlists from the more than 200,000 existing videos, receive anonymous student questions and provide video answers, track student engagement, and more. Numerade also offers more than 6,000 hours of step-by-step video solutions to problems in the STEM textbooks and test prep books. Join for free.

https://www.numerade.com

Open Culture 

has free textbooks, movies and audiobooks and links to free online courses from professors. 

http://www.openculture.com

OTIS 


Any individual can sign OTIS professional development platform. Any district that wants an account for all of their teachers can fill out the form in the link and get a group code from Teq. However, Teq will need information from these teachers to generate the code. Tea has also set up an ask OTIS chat box to assist teachers and school leaders. 

PebbleGo

 
Schools have free access to these curricular content hubs for students in K-3 and grades 3 through 6 in addition to the optional Spanish addition. The offer also includes interactive e-books from Capstone Publishing. Get free access.

https://pebblego.com

Pearson 
Pearson is making a wide range of resources available to help K-12 teachers shift to online learning. Offerings include a webinar for special education teachers, sample schedules, wellness tips, guidance on virtual leadership and ideas for keeping students engaged in remote learning.

https://www.pearson.com

Put your child to work

Giving children house hold chores has many benefits:

https://www.verywellfamily.com/the-benefits-of-giving-kids-chores-620309

Scholastic Learn at home resources

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html?promo_code=6294&eml=CM/smd/20200312//txtl/sm/ed

Screen Time

With many parents working from home, it may be inevitable for students to need a little extra screen time.  The following link is a great resource when picking Netflix shows for your child to watch.  It has educational content listed by genre.

https://homeschoolhideout.com/educational-shows-on-netflix/?fbclid=IwAR3Jw_3pRtMR6Y7B1YfJRaJpw7BaL—xiqlaEPvCIn7hwU70IvWCEwIwRCM

SMARTLearningSuiteOnline 


For the rest of the school year, can access these cloud-based classrooms to connect remotely to live lessons and engage in-realtime with lesson  activities from any web-enabled computer, tablet or phone. Complete this form to access the suite for your school.

https://go.smarttech.com/en/slsanywhere

Teacher Approved  Education Apps

https://play.google.com/store/apps/category/FAMILY

Teamplace


This platform allows educators to distribute teaching materials, collect worksheets, edit teaching content and enable group work. 

https://account.teamplace.net/web/signup?Svc=webclient&Url=https%3A%2F%2Fweb.teamplace.net%2F&ForceDesktop=False&DisableLogin=False&LogOut=False

UNESCO

 on digital resources for remote learning

https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-emergencies/coronavirus-school-closures/solutions

myViewBoard


Free subscriptions are available for myViewBoard software, which helps teachers record and share whiteboarding lessons with remote students. Learn more.

Art projects 

80+ art projects that can be done at home using regular household supplies

https://babbledabbledo.com/80-easy-creative-projects-for-kids/

The Academy of Art University 

 hosting a free series of online events, including guest experts in art and design speaking through Zoom, movie afternoons and nights, and virtual workshops on sketching and the use of various software programs. 

https://www.academyart.edu/admissions/upcoming-events/

Adobe 

offering free access to Creative Cloud tools through May for home use by students attending schools that currently only provide lab access through May.

https://helpx.adobe.com/enterprise/kb/covid-19-education-labs.html

Adobe and Time Magazine 

have teamed up to provide a weekly art lesson online. The “Draw with Drew (and Rosie!)” sessions take place at 10 a.m. Pacific time on multiple websites. Drew Willis is the creative director of “Time for Kids” and a book illustrator; Rosie is his 10-year-old daughter; and both are “avid artists.” Each episode includes a new drawing assignment, and participants vote on what they’d like the next assignment to be. 

https://time.com/5820518/draw-with-us/

Annenberg Space for Photography 

 offering educational resources to teachers, including 10 documentaries from previous photographic exhibitions that educators can use for free. The films run between 20 and 25 minutes and cover climate change, refugees, Cuban history, wildlife and hip-hop. Each film comes with discussion questions, and museum experts are volunteering to visit classrooms virtually for remote discussions. https://annenbergphotospace.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Documentary-Licensing-Form-Agreement_FINAL.pdf

BrainVentures

an initiative of the University of Michigan Center for Digital Curricula, is making daily learning adventures free. These are crafted by classroom teachers to give students choices of learning activities; they accommodate different learning preferences and engage the learner in constructing animations, videos, photo albums and stories while taking them on field trips and having them play games and run simulations. 

https://cdc.engin.umich.edu/daily-brain-venture/

Clipchamp
For the next 30 days, teachers and students can create and share video content for free as they work remotely. This cloud-based platform features drag-and-drop templates with easy to use graphics that can be shared on Dropbox. Clipchamp also has integrated stock footage and music. 

https://clipchamp.com/en/blog/2020/clipchamp-covid-19-free-offer/

Canva for Education 

is offering teachers forever-free access to its online design platform. The program, which is optimized for Chromebook, includes drag-and-drop tools to simplify visual communication. Students can create and co-create presentations, infographics, websites, reports, worksheets, posters, flyers and signage. The program includes access to 60,000 templates, two million images, 800,000 icons and illustrations and 700 fonts. Once teachers fill out the form, the company will verify the application. 

https://support.canva.com/account-basics/canva-for-education/apply-canva-for-education/

COVID-19 
Students can create and submit their own personal stories or artwork for publication consideration by Rosen Classroom, a division of Rosen Publishing. Each month, staff from will select, edit, and publish a collection in e-book format that will be available via Rosen LevelUp for grades preK-2 and Rosen-LightSail for grades 3 through 12. 

https://rosenshareyourstory.com

Cooking with Jamie Oliver 

Recipes from Jamie’s TV show, Keep Cooking and Carry On.

Celebrate freezer faves and big up the store cupboard with recipe tips and ingredient swaps to inspire you to get creative with whatever you have to hand.

https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/category/books/keep-cooking-and-carry-on/

Craft in America 

is sharing its library of free content, including education guides for K-12 teachers, a decade’s worth of free online video content and playlists, virtual exhibitions and at-home activities.

https://www.craftinamerica.org/blog/for-educators

Free Music by the City of Brussels 

https://agenda.brussels/en/article/brussels-music-scene-invites-itself-into-your-home?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=covid2020&utm_term=music&utm_content=link&fbclid=IwAR2CyVreliX_9t_JgbFiw6RgWUr8ppr7UT4gXNDS9C__8K-IvrlvUuZG-Do

Hallo app 
Students can practice English on the Hallo app, which connects students to a live-streaming community of native speakers for English learners and teachers. 

https://hallo.tv/athomelearning/

LEGO 

sharing design simple challenges. The company has assembled LEGO designers, creatives and play experts to come up with new ways to help families “stay creative, curious and connected” while at home. Daily play challenges, new play ideas and live build-a-longs are being shared in photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #LetsBuildTogether 

 www.lego.com/letsbuildtogether

Martiniplug-inlicense


PowerProduction Software is providing the Martini video editor plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Magix VEGAS Pro as a perpetual license that never expires. Martini’s interface guides editors through the quick creation of composite shots from style section to the implementation of characters, photos and props. 

https://www.martiniquickshot.com

#MetKids


This Metropolitan Museum of Art website, created for kids age 7-12, allows users to explore the museum’s interactive map, watch behind-the-scenes videos featuring kids, travel through more than 5,000 years of art in a time machine, and try out creative projects for at home.

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/

Mazaam 

is making its classical music app for children ages four to six free until Jun. 30, 2020. The music is intended to promote the development of emotional, cognitive and psychomotor skills. The app is available in English and French. There are versions for iOS and Android.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.analekta.mazaam

Pantone 

 offering free access through July 2020 to Pantone Connect. The tool enables designers and artists to build and share color palettes, convert and cross-reference colors and match Pantone colors through Adobe Creative Cloud.

https://www.pantone.com/products/digital-apps/pantone-connect-for-adobe-creative-cloud

Soundtrap


Soundtrap for Education is extending its free trial for any school that signs up for this semester. Free access is available to support distance learning initiatives for 120 days and up to 500 seats per school. Teachers and students can create, communicate, and collaborate to explore creative sound-making through audio stories, music creation, podcasting, literacy training, and more. The cloud-based studio offers a safe learning environment that can be accessed via any device, at any time, from any location. Educators can create a free school trial account by visiting 

https://www.soundtrap.com/edu/

STEM Education Works 

26 3D printing lessons for K-12 available free. Although the lessons were developed to work with the Sindoh 3D printer, the company said they’re universal and can be used with any 3D printer. Some lessons offer exercises that students can start at home and finish when they return to school.

https://go.stemeducationworks.com/free-3d-printing-success-pack

“Tunetopia” on Kids Place Live 


This daily series provides music content for children ages 10 and under, including interviews, games, and in-studio performances in family-friendly music. “Tunetopia” also incorporates a special learning segment that introduces students to instruments and teaches how to make drum beats, beat box, and keep rhythm. 

https://www.siriusxm.com/offers/free-listen?utm_campaign=SXM_FL_BAU&utm_medium=Press-Release&utm_source=2020-04_NA_streamfree-vanity2

Unity Technologies  

providing free access to Unity Learn Premium, a 3D development platform, through Jun. 20, 2020. Registration provides access to live sessions with Unity experts and 350-plus hours of tutorials, hands-on projects, and courses for game developers, covering topics from “Game Mechanic Design Fundamentals” to “Getting Started with Post-Processing Stack for VR.” Unity is also delivering virtual classes through “Create with Code Live,” free for students, instructors and anyone else interested in learning to code; those sessions kick off on Mar. 23 at 9 a.m. Pacific time or 5 p.m. Pacific time. 

https://unity.com/products/learn-premium

We are Knitters 

teaching students how to knit, short video by short video.

https://www.weareknitters.com/learn-knit?type=1#homeschool

WeVideo for School 


Schools can access this video creation platform for free to capture, edit, view and share videos that are securely stored in the Cloud. The platform can be accessed from any device inside or outside of the classroom. 

https://www.wevideo.com/blog/for-schools/wevideo-offering-support-to-schools-affected-by-covid-19

Wild, Free & Crafty

an online arts and crafts business, has launched daily online art lessons for students. The initial set of lessons uses supplies that many homes have (such as printer paper and markers). After the lessons are streamed, they’re posted for viewing afterwards on YouTube. 

https://www.youtube.com/c/wildfreeandcrafty

WURRLYedu


A free web-based version of this music education program is available for 30 days. Students can select a song, customize the key and speed, start from scratch, record themselves, add one-touch audio and video filters and share. Any student can access WURRLYedu on a web browser including a Chromebook. 

https://portal.wurrlyedu.com/signup

English Language Arts

Author Peterson read his book

 The Wingfeather Saga on Facebook for 30minutes each day

https://www.facebook.com/andrewpetersonmusic/?__tn__=%2CdkC-R&eid=ARB8H6ipwog4s_AbSViD_skhIiFUswEdHb1RNWDlDa-w7c9m5jYRQ_Bekjg5xADHXdB4pbijT9ujJjzB&hc_ref=ARSRSQJluSLJg_hmSUtAELFR12IprztixJovvSikoHEaO8knFW6p3L4K6rWC2_WQxUI

Achieve3000


Achieve3000 is offering free remote learning resources. Achieve3000 Literacy at Home Digital provides access to non-fiction articles at three reading levels. Topics range from science and social studies to current events. Literacy printable packets contain comprehension questions that add up to one month’s worth of content that have been differentiated for students who are at-, below-, and above-grade-level readers.

https://remotesupport.achieve3000.com/at-home-digital/

EduBirdie essay editing


Schools that have assigned essays about the coronavirus can have students use the EduBirdie platform for free. EduBirdie checks submitted academic writing for grammar and punctuation errors.

Free audible books for the whole family 

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Humane Heroes e-books


This series of free e-books for elementary, middle and high school students tells stories of animal rescue, rehabilitation and humane conservation and includes lesson plans that teach English Language Arts and social-emotional learning skills  To download free copies of the Humane Heroes book series and their companion curricula

 www.ChickenSoupForTheSoul.com/AH.

Ilys

This subscription-based writing tool is free until at least the end of 2020. Writers can tell ilys how many words they want to write, then begin writing without having to delete or edit. The platform will only start deleting until the word goal has been met. The tracks progress over time and hides everything that has been written. 

https://www.ilys.com/welcome

InferCabulary


InferCabulary is providing two months of free access to its online visual vocabulary tool that helps learners infer deep meanings of nuanced words by analyzing and interpreting the common thread among carefully chosen images and provided captions. The approach, which mimics avid readership, is designed to teach the many contexts of new words in a fraction of the time, which in turn, accelerates student comprehension
across the curriculum. 

https://infercabulary.com/covid-free-two-months/

Journaling

Writing down what your grateful for can benefit both mental and physical health. Perhaps this could be a great activity to do as a family each day: https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/52762/how-writing-down-what-youre-thankful-for-can-be-good-for-mental-and-physical-health

What your children are experiencing will (hopefully) be something that only happens once in a lifetime.  I encourage each student to keep a daily journal about what is going on.  Students can write about how they are interpreting these events, their emotions and what their lives look like day to day.  This is not only a great way to remember this unique time period, but also great for helping students to understand the events, interpret their emotions and  deal with stress and anxiety during what can be a difficult period.

Journals and Reflective Writing 

Reflective writing helps you make personal sense out of the rich, complex, and confusing information you are learning, ideas you are confronting, and people you are meeting. As the term implies, this writing is like a mirror, giving you an opportunity to look at your developing self. This personal connection increases your motivation, purpose, and involvement by help­ ing you define what you want to learn and say. This chapter encourages you to explore both traditional forms of reflective writing and the new op­portunities opened up by electronic communication. 

QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT 

What people, ideas, courses, readings, or other experiences have made you think new thoughts or wonder about new ideas? When and where do you think about these new experiences? 

What experiences have you had writing a journal? In what ways was the journal useful? In what ways did it seem forced or unnatural? What 

Learning Network 


The New York Times and Verizon have granted 14 million high school students, and every high school in America, with free access to Times journalism, including all archived materials. These resources will help high school students identify and combat the spread of fake news. Additionally, millions of students and teachers will be provided with the resources and tools they need to teach and learn through The Learning Network.

https://www.nytimes.com/section/learning

Learning Ally 


Through August 1, districts can receive complimentary access to this platform that helps students with reading deficits succeed. The program includes a library of human-read audiobooks,  a collection of literacy-based activities and professional learning opportunities and a multi-sensory literacy system for PreK-1 learners that uses adaptive phonics instruction. Learn more.

https://learningally.org

Literal


Through July, schools and districts have free access to the Classic subscription, which allows teachers to track student progress remotely. 

https://literalapp.com/literal-for-education/#CovidClassics

LeVar Burton Kids e-books


Skybrary is offering free 30-day access to nearly 1,000 LeVar Burton Kids e-books for children ages 2 through 9. 

https://www.levarburtonkids.com/get-started/sign-up?autoplay=0%3F&s_src=/READ-WITH-SKYBRARY

Michelle Obama Reads

Michelle Obama is kicking off a four-part Mondays with Michelle Obama reading on April 20 on the PBS KIDS’ Facebook and YouTube channel & Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/PenguinRandomHouse/

ReadingPlus 


Reading Plus is offering free instant access to over 200 teaching resources for teachers and parents. Printable packages help develop reading comprehension in essential comprehension skills, including close reading, main idea and themes, interaction of ideas, use of language, structure, point of view, imaging scaffolds, reasoning and rhetoric, and comparative reading.

https://www.readingplus.com

Read to Know 


Available for the rest of the school year, this weekly current events-based program presents stories from around the world in a newsmagazine format. Students learn geography, history, civics, arts and culture, and science in the context of the news stories. Enter brain for the username and spring for the password. 

https://www.knowledgeunlimited.com/newscurrents/index.php

Reading Horizons 


Reading Horizons is offering a library of virtual webinars and lessons for free. Past webinars such as Best Practices for Virtual Reading Instruction will be available on-demand on YouTube, as well as upcoming webinars revolving around student progress monitoring in a virtual setting and how to best support children during school closures. 

https://www.readinghorizons.com/reading-curriculum/covid-19-virtual-classroom-support

Smarty Ants


For grades preK-2, this digital solution provides personalized instruction in foundational literacy, from phonics and fluency instruction to sight-word vocabulary activities. 

https://www.achieve3000.com/community-resources/remote-learning-2020/#smarty-ants

Sora app


Schools that are not OverDrive partners can sign up for a 60-day free trial to access over 100 ebooks and audiobooks on the Sora app. Teachers can use the app to assign ebooks and audiobooks to students who then download them onto tablets, smartphones or desktops. Students can read these titles on or offline. 

https://meet.soraapp.com

Texting program


Reading Partners has created a free family texting program and a variety of other resources. The texting program, available in English and Spanish, sends literacy-focused text messages to all students. 

https://readingpartners.org/take-action/resources-for-families/bright-by-text/

Top Score Writing


Every week, those who sign up for free remote access to this writing learning portal ​​​​for grades 2 through 8 will receive video lessons with downloadable resources. Students will learn various writing styles, including informative, explanatory, opinion and narrative. 

https://topscorewriting.com/online-learning/

Weekly Welcoming Schools lessons


Each week, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools will offer a book and a related activity.  The featured books will focus on embracing all families, and being an ally and respecting differences. HRC will provide a link to online readings of each book. 

https://www.hrc.org/blog/welcoming-schools-wednesdays-activities-and-resources-for-inclusive-learnin

429 Big History Lessons 

https://www.pinterest.ca/moniquebdesigns/homeschool-geography-ideas/

Big History Project

Big History Project is a free online social studies course that emphasizes skill development as students draw mind-blowing connections between past, present and future. This multidisciplinary approach is focused on high school students, yet designed for anyone seeking answers to the big questions about the history of our Universe.

https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive

Crash Course World History 

This fantastic YouTube channel provides an engaging glimpse into some of the most notable events and developments in history. With sequences of videos on the World Wars, the history of science, U.S. History and more, it’s a great first introduction or review. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse/search?query=social+studies

 

 

 

Crash Course Kids

The creators of Crash Course have also created a second channel geared towards younger students. This bi-weekly show is meant for elementary school kids and covers topics ranging from Earth science to chemical reactions.

https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids/featured

EdTechTeacher

Need a list of some great history websites? EdTechTeacher has done the hard work and compiled them all for you!

http://besthistorysites.net

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

A nonprofit organization that has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents.

https://www.gilderlehrman.org

Hippocampus

This free, core academic website delivers videos, animations, and simulations for middle-school and high-school students.

https://www.hippocampus.org

Horrible Histories BBC

This pick for best social studies websites allows students to “watch episodes, play games, and sing along to your favorite Horrible Histories songs!”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories

iCivics 

iCivics provides tools to help students learn about civic life. Teachers and students can access printable lesson plans, interactive digital tools, and award-winning games.

https://www.icivics.org

Facing History

Collection of resources based on family history 

https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/support-teachers-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Kids Discover Online

Choose articles based on reading level, so you can use these articles for various age and skillsets. Schools and districts closed due to the outbreak can request free unlimited access to Kids Discover Online.

https://www.kidsdiscover.com/kids-discover-online/

Library of Congress

It’s hard to beat the National Library of Congress. It’s one of the best social studies websites

https://www.loc.gov

National Constitution Center

Established by Congress, this interactive website provides free online resources for remote students of all ages who are learning more about the Constitution.

https://constitutioncenter.org

National Archives

Use the online tool to access countless primary source documents to enhance learning. Find lesson plans and more on the Educator Resources page.

New American History

Offering history materials tailored for grades 4 upward, New American History is a sophisticated offering aimed at history teachers. It’s not all that easy to navigate as a parent unless you’re quite dedicated, but the material is extremely well-thought-out for committed parents.

https://www.archives.gov/education

Rozzy Learning

This colorful site contains lessons that meet national and state standards as well as STEM and College and Career Readiness goals. They’ve even got lessons on coronaviruses!

https://www.rozzycareeradventures.com

Smithsonian Education

This site empowers learners to explore their own interests and collaborate with others to bring ideas to life.

http://smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/history_culture.html

Stanford History Education Group

The Reading Like a Historian curriculum promotes historical inquiry while engaging students. The lessons are designed to explore a central historical question and include a set of primary documents for students of various reading skills.

https://sheg.stanford.edu/history-lessons

Studies Weekly Online

It’s easy to see why we’ve included this on our list of the best social studies websites. Studies Weekly Online allows you to create customized, standards-based curriculum for social studies and offers a free trial.

https://www.studiesweekly.com

TCI

TCI offers the full package! You’ll find resources to help you better prepare, present, assign, grade and teach—even through distance learning!

https://www.teachtci.com

Teaching American History

The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University worked with the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop web-based lesson plans for U.S. history and American government teachers.

https://teachingamericanhistory.org/resources/teacher-resources/lesson-plans/neh/

Teaching History

This site is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom and through distance learning.

https://teachinghistory.org

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation’s children. There is even a special module specifically designed for the racism surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.tolerance.org

Together When Apart

A free inquiry-based distance learning curriculum created by inquirED. The 20-minute social studies lessons can be done at home and address questions like How can I capture where I am in time and place?How can we communicate with others to share our thoughts and ideas?, and How can we celebrate our everyday heroes?. New inquiries are being released weekly.

https://www.inquired.org/inquiry-based-social-studies

World History Matters

A portal to world history websites including Women in World History, World History Sources and more.

http://worldhistorymatters.org

 

Duolingo 

Free, affective and fun language learning app

https://www.duolingo.com

 FluentU

FluentU has interactive captions that let you tap on any word to see an image, definition, audio and useful examples. Now native language content is within reach with interactive transcripts.

https://www.fluentu.com

 Innovative Language

Innovative Language is a massive system of free video and audio lessons in 34 languages. It’s updated with new lessons every week, with material geared towards absolute beginners all the way up to advanced learners nearing fluency. You may recognize it from its podcast sites (for example, Portuguesepod101) These are the language-specific sites you’ll be directed to once you enter your email and pick a language. 

https://www.spanishpod101.com/member/go.php?r=642852&l=%2F

 

 

 

 

 Internet Polyglot

Internet Polyglot offers many of the same kinds of resources as the sites listed above, with the awesome added advantage of its “quick start menu,” which allows you to choose not only what language you’re learning but also what language you’re learning it in. Do you already speak Spanish and want to get started on Portuguese? Just select “Spanish” for the language you speak, and get started with a composite mental exercise to strengthen one language while building another.

https://www.internetpolyglot.com

Headstart2 Defense Language Institute

The Defense Language Institute (DLI), like the Foreign Service Institute, is a government service that makes high-quality language learning programs available for free. Headstart2 is one of the best and most easily navigable services hosting complete DLI courses. After quickly registering for an account, you’ll be launched straight into interactive lessons with maps, images, sound, cultural notes and more.

https://www.dliflc.edu/home/about/languages-at-dliflc/

Fable Cottage  

Perfect for the French bilingual students who love L’oiseau Et La Baleine and Petit Poulet and more for these stories are translated from English to French. Students will also find an option to translate in English, and there is also slow audio of a French narrator. The Fable cottage also has stories in Spanish, Italian and German languages.

https://www.thefablecottage.com/french

Live Lingua

Internet’s largest collection of free public domain language learning materials, according to the site itself. It’s not hard to believe. There are thousands of free e-books, audio recordings and foreign language video materials available in over 130 different languages.

https://www.livelingua.com

 

 

 

LearnaLanguage.com

Learnalanguage.com is a website with links to extensive resources on and in 19 different languages. You can learn over 1400 words in your target language for free with their vocabulary lists and verb conjugation charts, and there’s plenty more free learning to be done in the nine languages in which Learnalanguage.com maintains its own Web-based courses.

https://www.learnalanguage.com

MIT Open Courseware

MIT was one of the university hipsters making their course content available online before it was cool. Under the amazing Global Studies and Languages section of their Open Courseware website, you’ll find courses ranging from Chinese II to Contemporary French 

https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/global-studies-and-languages/

Open Culture

Open Culture is an e-learning website that hosts “the best free cultural and educational media on the web,” and when it comes to languages, they’re not bluffing. Open Culture maintains a list of free courses in 48 languages across the Web, from Amharic to Yiddish. With these collected resources from governments, universities and respected private 

http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons

 Surface Languages

Surface Languages maintains an extensive database of free online learning resources, as well as its own beginner audio courses in Italian, Portuguese, French and Polish. Additionally, there’s a handy section with audio and flashcards in Afrikaans and 

https://www.surfacelanguages.com

 

 

 

 

Streema

Tube-loving language learners out there, Streema’s hard to beat. Although it’s not necessarily designed as a language learning tool, it offers free TV streaming from over 100 countries around the world in nearly as many languages.

https://streema.com/tv/

Walkabouts

This is a wonderful platform emphasizing on enhancing children’s math and language knowledge, their activities are targeted toward pre-K to second-grade students. Walkabouts created general login credentials for new users. 

https://getwalkabouts.com

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ASSISTments 

 The program allows them to assign homework or classwork and provide students with immediate feedback as they complete their assignments; teachers get a report showing individual student and class progress. There’s a library of content that includes open textbooks, lessons and state test practice and skill-building problem sets. Now, the nonprofit is scheduling on-going sessions for helping teachers get ASSISTments set up for remote instruction. 

https://new.assistments.org/distance-learning

Carnegie Learning’s LONG + LIVE + MATH 

 free blend of textbook and software resources to help with math classes. These include math lessons, skills practice and learning videos for students in grades 6-12. The company is also offering free access to its math coaching software, MATHia, until the end of the school year. 

https://www.carnegielearning.com/help-center/at-home-resources/at-home-resources-for-teachers/long-live-math-at-home/

Casio

 The company is providing free access to ClassPad.net, a web-based calculator for calculations, graphing, geometry and statistics. There’s also software to emulate Casio’s most popular scientific and graphing calculators as well as downloadable calculator activities that teachers can assign for elementary, middle and high schools.

https://www.casioeducation.com/remote-learning

Hand2mind 

Learning resource for K-5 students. The “Learning at Home” program includes videos on math and literacy content taught by teachers and activities to reinforce the lessons and downloadable worksheets. The company has committed to posting new content daily.

https://www.hand2mindathome.com/

I Know It

 Free access to its online math practice lessons for students in grades K-5. The site features over 500 graphical math activities. Animated characters guide students through math lessons, and hints and graphical explanations help them along when they need it. This tool tracks progress and scores for teachers and parents. Parents and teachers can request unlimited access in a form online. 

https://www.iknowit.com/access.html

JumpStart Academy

 is making JumpStart Academy Math free for users until Aug. 31, 2020. Domains include operations, measurements and data, fractions and geometry. Parents can play with children in team-based multiplayer games, students can design their avatars and children can “show their thinking,” which can be accessed in the teacher dashboard to understand where gaps are surfacing. The content is available in Spanish. 

https://www.jumpstart.com/academy/math

Knowre 

Knowre Math is an online core supplement for grades 1-12 that needs only a browser to view or an iPad app. Features include “walk me through” support and targeted assignments to help the student work independently. Teachers receive access to student progress via a dashboard

https://www.knowre.com/school_closure_support/

Legends of Learning

 Access to its 2,000 standards-aligned math and science games for free for the rest of the school year to schools and parents. The company is also providing its premium-level custom assessments, scheduling features, data and analytics and training and support for all schools affected by closures.

https://www.legendsoflearning.com

Mathchops 

Helps students build core skills for standardized tests through adaptive games. Teachers can view high-level stats for their students, see individual questions and create and assign quizzes. All questions have explanations and are graded automatically. Versions for SAT, ACT, ISEE, and grades 4-11 are being made available free during the COVID-19 school closures.

https://www.mathchops.com/signup/free-trial

Maths Chase

 Provides online learning games to help students practice their math skills. Games include times tables and problems for addition, subtraction, division, odd and even, sequences, prime numbers and place values.

https://www.mathschase.com/

MathTutor Educational Software

 Making its math tutorial software for grades 6-12 available to schools at no cost through Jun. 30, 2020. The series is available in online and desktop versions. The programs feature interactive, self-paced tutorials that help students build proficiency in math concepts and problem solving. 

https://www.mathtutor.com/coronavirus.html

Matific

 Making its math software free for 60 days. The program’s Common Core learning standards-aligned activities, worksheets and word problems combine gamified activities with real-world problems, to help students see the relevance of what they’re learning. Teachers can assign activities, assess results with the real-time reporting system and email progress reports home to parents. Access is provided through a school account.

https://www.matific.com/us/en-us/home/onboarding/

MIND Research Institute 

ST Math to parents, schools and districts for grades K-8, free through Jun. 30, 2020. The company has also compiled resources to help parents and teachers get their students up and running on the lessons.

https://www.stmath.com/coronavirus

Omni Calculator

Continuing to make its thousand-plus free calculators available. Each one is targeted to help students and others handle any type of equation or conversion imaginable. As a home-schooling parent told us, each “is equipped with tips and detailed explanations of concepts to various scientific phenomena. They are fun, they are helpful and they can teach you a lot more than 2+2.”

https://www.omnicalculator.com/

Prodigy Math

Free video game style math learning.

https://www.prodigygame.com

Sparx

Math virtual classroom available free to schools affected by the coronavirus. Sparx Maths has been adapted to help teachers build online math lessons that can be delivered through a streaming channel of the teacher’s choice. The platform includes a “bank” of 2,000 learning objectives. As students complete their classroom online, it’s automatically marked. Teachers can monitor the progress of every student in real-time, including whether students have joined the lesson and who might be struggling.

https://learning.sparx.co.uk/virtualclassroom

Sumdog

Personalized math and spelling practice for grades K-8, uses games and rewards to encourage students in their studies. The company is offering full access free to all features and subjects for the duration of school closures until the start of the summer break. That includes online video guidance to support home learning, as well as one-on-one remote walkthroughs, daily teacher webinars and phone support.

https://pages.sumdog.com/home-learning-during-school-closures/

UPchieve

Free , online math tutoring to low-income high school students, traditionally asks schools with participating students to pay a small fee to keep its service running. In response to COVID-19 school closures, that fee has been waived through the end of the school year. And any student who creates an account during this period can keep using UPchieve for free, forever, the organization said. The service works on any device; students choose the subject they need help with, and UPchieve matches them with a volunteer tutor in a virtual classroom. Students can get as many free sessions as they want.

https://upchieve.org/school-closures

Voyager Sopris Learning 

 Free access to VmathLive, a math program that lets students master the content at their own pace while earning badges, trophies, and points. The program is intended for grades K–8 and is available through Jul. 31, 2020. The trial is set up for a single-student login, but teachers may request access for a whole class. The company has also put together a “Step Up to Writing” program, to help teachers develop various strategies for supporting the writing done by their K-12 students.  

https://www.voyagersopris.com/remote-learning

Zapzapmath

Visual Math Interactive, is providing free premium subscriptions to “Zapzapmath School,” through July 2020 for parents and teachers. This application for students in grades K-6 includes 180 math games, with a reward system, where students can redeem and personalize their own spaceship using coins they have earned from completing math games

https://www.zapzapmath.com/school

Zearn

 K-5 math curriculum available for free to teachers. The content includes 400 hours of digital lessons with on-screen teachers and “supportive remediation,” as well as paper-based materials that can be used device-free. The company is running continual webinars for district administrators, teachers and parents to help them get the service set up for their students

https://about.zearn.org/distance-learning

Z-kai 

booklets with math worksheets for students in grades 2-5, selected from the company’s Zoom-Up Workbook Math. According to the company, the worksheets contain “challenging problem sets and [are] tailored to develop students’ math skills.”

https://zkaibooks.com/free-resources/#

Body Coach 

 Exercise videos for kids. Each video is pretty short — five to eight minutes each — so kids won’t get bored. Several of the videos feature kids working out alongside The Body Coach, which is highly entertaining for kids and can help keep them engaged. They can complete the videos one at a time or choose a few to do in a row for a longer workout session.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

Gopher Sports

 PE teacher resources for you including lesson plans, professional development, skills cards and blogs to help you during this stressful time. Please enjoy! All of these at-home learning resources are completely free for you. 

https://www.gophersport.com/blog/at-home-learning-resources/

Just Dance

Dancing is one of the easiest ways to get your body moving … and grooving. As kids follow the moves on this YouTube-based dance challenge, they won’t even realize the’’re getting in a great cardio workout. Plus Just Dance features all their fave musical artists. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Vlhde7N5uGDIFXXWWEbFQ

Karate for Kids 

Abbey Manser on her YouTube channel to learn basic karate skills for kids. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRNQulicqo4&list=PLENtKuZxXbME57HhYcNpg64h3Kn8ueigA

Kids Coach 

A place for fitness, workouts, and wellness … just for kids. Need a simple way to get your kids moving? Simply choose the age category, press play and stream to any device. Find over 100 sessions categorized by age group.

https://thekidscoach.tv

Kids Bop Dance along 

Dance to the beat of rated-G versions of popular songs like Thank U, NextSeñoritaand Old Town Road

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMr-d2PLsO95ydptpBnsxdQNSKc9iUNU0

Little Sports

Fun, engaging, and easy for kids to follow along with on their own. Each video is approximately 15 minutes long and teaches kids a variety of exercises to do at home including stretches, standing exercises, cardio moves, and more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-8wW40jTzc

Little Twisters Yoga & Emotional Wellness

For kids ages 2 and up this resource with tips on how to engage kids through yoga. Fun printable lessons like Space Shape Yoga and Kids Yoga Cards are free for all during the COVID-19 school closure and quarantine. https://littletwistersyoga.com

Movelee

Get fit with a little monkey business! Moovelee is an animated monkey that leads 4-10 minutes workout videos for kids ages 3-5. With a focus on meditation, yoga, and cardio, Moovelee will get your kids moving.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsSS5kMpKCaJ_HhTM9-HKHg/featured

Popsugar 

Family fun Hit Style Cardio 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5if4cjO5nxo

Simple Soccer 

Soccer Drills you can do in doors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coQdgX1XbEM

American Museum of Natural History

Online content for teachers and families to use during virus days. That includes the “OLogy” science website with lessons on subjects from anthropology to zoology; online science curriculum collections; virtual visits to the museum through its YouTube channel; and massive open, online museum courses delivered through Coursera.

https://www.amnh.org/explore

Amplify 

K-8 remote learning experiences in reading and science that are free and easy to use at home.

https://freeresources.amplify.com/

Arizona State University 

Free  educational resources it operates for K-12. The first two are “Ask an Anthropologist” and “Ask a Biologist.” Activities include teacher toolkits with lesson ideas, podcasts with transcripts and videos showing the scientists in action, articles, puzzlers, experiments and the ability for students to ask experts questions. The third is “Virtual Field Trips,” which provides 18 virtual trips with photos, explanations, short videos and maps. While the trips can be viewed on a computer, they really come to life through a virtual reality headset that allows for 360-degree viewing.

https://askananthropologist.asu.edu

Carnegie Science Center

 Online  educator resources page for students in K-12. The page includes links to lesson plans for simple science experiments that early learners can do, videos of behind-the-scene sessions at the Center’s field station, do-it-yourself videos for maker science projects, an educator guide for engineering-themed lessons and a “STEM for Social Good” toolkit that can be used by middle and high schoolers who want to spark social change. The resources are being expanded weekly

https://carnegiesciencecenter.org/educators/online-educator-resources/

Carolina Biological Supply Company 

has curated a series of free science learning resources, grouped by grade bands (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12). In each group are grade-specific instructions, links to multimedia and cross-curricular activities that can provide “backyard” science projects using household materials.

https://www.carolina.com/xm/service-updates?intid=hp_hero_serviceupdates

Exploratorium

Online  learning toolbox with free science activities and materials addressing public health topics around COVID-19 and more general science support activities and materials for virtual classrooms and at-home learning, covering the nature of viruses, the effect of soap on viruses, how we test for and fight against viruses, as well as the science of personal and social behaviors and interactions. The organization has also posted 285 science activities, called “science snacks,” which use “cheap, readily available materials” and can be done at home. 

https://www.exploratorium.edu/learn

Flinn Scientific

 Numerous  resources for science education, including video labs with teacher and student guides and 40 at-home activities for middle and high school science students. The company is also offering broadcasts of lab experiments conducted by its own scientific staff, with scientists on hand to answer questions. 

https://www.flinnsci.com/athomescience/at-home-lab-series/

Generation Genius 

 K-5 science resources for a month. According to the company, the videos and lessons are being produced in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association. The content is aligned to educational standards in all 50 states and are “easy for parents to use.” Both teachers and parents can get access to their own accounts. https://www.generationgenius.com/

HERA Science

 Beta version of an adaptive learning system for helping develop critical thinking skills through a combination of gamified digital activities, scientific phenomena, interactive simulations, real-time feedback and scaffolding tools. To learn more and gain access, contact mailto:yigal.Rosen@act.org or mailto:actnext@act.org.

https://actnext.org/research-and-projects/hera-science-adaptive-science-learning/

JumpStart Academy and Edmodo

Edmodo’s tutoring program AskMo for free. AskMo is a mobile app for Apple and Google devices to get live, personalized tutoring in math or science for students in grades 7-12.

https://askmo.com/

Labster

 Virtual laboratory simulations for high schoolers, has made its software free. Some 100 lab experiments cover biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and general sciences, which students can perform “at their own pace.” 

https://www.labster.com/covid-19/high-school/

LabXchange

Harvard University is an always- free resource that provides digital content compiled from multiple sources in the sciences, including lab simulations, which educators can mix into their own learning narratives and share with students. Among the functionality provided are social networking, class groupings, discussion forums and “mentorship” (to bring learners together with educators and researchers around the world). 

https://www.labxchange.org/

MEL Science 

Free online science lessons with “practical experiments” that students can carry out at home, such as creating a DIY hand sanitizer, showing how to cool a drink with salt and how to make a simple barometer. The company has also launched MEL Academy, a set of webinars delivered by science teachers giving online science lessons and hands-on demonstrations of experiments for students ages 5 to 16. 

https://melscience.com/US-en/articles/

NOVA 

 “NOVA marathons,” to provide educational and entertaining content for families at home. There are also free education resources available for each, including teaching tips, discussion questions and background essays. The sessions consist of multiple programs organized under content collections, covering space and the universe, the planets, black holesApollo,what the universe is made oflife beyond Earth and the fabric of the cosmos.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/nova-marathons-space-universe/

OpenSciEd

FREE  to teachers in face-to-face instruction, is promoting the use of functionality that works for online teaching. In particular, the organization’s simulations allow students to explore scientific concepts. Teachers are also sharing how they’re adapting the materials for online instruction through social sites, using the hashtag #OpenSciEd #Remote.

https://www.openscied.org/openscied-approach/

Science Buddies

STEM activities that can be done in an hour or less and use materials found around the house; STEM videos; and resources about COVID-19, including an interactive tool that helps students learn how the pandemic evolves. https://www.sciencebuddies.org/

Smart Sparrow 

 “inspark Smart Courses” available free at no cost to institutions and schools. These are replacements for textbooks, that use interactive activities for learning. Instructors get tools to track student outcomes and customize the content using the Smart Sparrow platform. Courseware topics include biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, astrobiology, astronomy, geology, science for citizens, science writing, Galapagos exploration, global challenges and English composition. 

https://landing.inspark.education/teach

 Space Foundation

 Free educational resources for students, parents and teachers. These include downloadable lesson plans, grant writing guidance, space expert podcasts and how-to videos, including a professional development series for teachers. 

https://www.discoverspace.org/

Space Station Explorers 

Free learning activities tied to the International Space Station. Those include online videos, a way to request access to the ISS camera, research opportunities and hands-on projects to understand the basics of the ISS.

https://www.spacestationexplorers.org/educational-programs/?_sft_program_package=free-programs

UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and TED-Ed

 along with 30 other collaborators including National Geographic, have launched “Earth School,” a freely accessible website for students ages 5-18. The site provides 30 “quests” for students to help them “celebrate, explore and connect with nature.” Videos, reading materials and activities, translated into 10 languages, focus on science and the environment.

https://ed.ted.com/earth-school

Vernier 

Rremote learning solutions to keep students engaged in STEM during school closures. That includes access to Vernier Video Analysis, which lets students use their mobile devices in video analysis work (through June 2020); Pivot Interactives for allowing students to vary experimental parameters one at a time (for 30 days); a free demo version of Logger Pro to allow students to collect and analyze data that is good until Oct. 1, 2020; as well 200-plus experiments with sample data covering numerous subjects.

https://www.vernier.com/remote-learning/

Aperture Education 

33-page “Educator Guide to Optimistic Thinking” available as a form of professional development, along with other “take-home” PD activities. The company has also curated a collection of free parent resources to help their kids (and them) develop social and emotional skills.

https://info.apertureed.com/archived-resources

Boston Children’s Hospital

 Professional development for educators on social-emotional learning and behavioral health in schools. Each course is self-paced and includes tools and strategies to be used in the classroom and overall school environment (because face-to-face school will be back in session at some point).

https://www.childrenshospital.org/taponline

Character Tree

Character education videos and downloadable resources with parents to use at home. Free access will last through Jun. 30, 2020. This program provides videos for first and second graders, with discussions, examples from history and role modeling to teach “character development” and emphasize positive character traits, including kindness, curiosity and integrity. All lessons are standards-aligned and come with printable resources. Parents can also sign up for their own free accounts. 

https://go.charactertree.com/free_home_access_for_students

CharacterStrong 

 K-12 social-emotional learning resources that can be used for remote instruction, including a virtual toolkit, digital student assemblies, a virtual Whole Child Summit(taking place Apr. 13-24, 2020) and a “30 Days of Kindness Journal.” Access to resources requires registration. 

https://characterstrong.com/

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Free  digital books for students, titled Humane Heroes, that share stories of animal rescue, rehabilitation and humane conservation undertaken at leading zoological institutions, as well as 18 literacy-based social-emotional learning lessons, targeting students in grades 4, 7 and 10.

https://www.chickensoup.com/ah

Children’s Psychological Health Center

102-page guided “first-aid” workbook, “My Pandemic Story,” for children and teenagers, to encourage mental health, creative expression, learning and coping. The book includes guidance for families and teachers. It’s available in English and six other languages.

http://www.childrenspsychologicalhealthcenter.org/resources/guided-activity-workbooks/

ChildTrends

 
Child Trends has released materials that provide research-based guidance and new data to inform decisions about how best to meet the needs of all children and their families in the midst of COVID-19. 

https://www.childtrends.org/publications/resources-for-supporting-childrens-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Committee for Children’s Second Step 

Free social-emotional learning resources for educators, students ages 5 to 13 and their families. Those include podcasts to help families cope with physical isolation and “Mine Yeti,” 15 mindfulness video sessions for families to work through together. 

https://www.secondstep.org/covid19support

Conscious Discipline 

Free  online tools for educators and parents on managing stress during the pandemic. “COVID-19: Resources for Families and Educators” includes free membership to SEL lesson libraries with videos, games, and audio downloads, focused on coping strategies and restoring a sense of normalcy. The company has also made weekly videosavailable on social-emotional learning topics and provided access through June to a three-session professional development webinar on working with children in trauma.

https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/premium-digital-toolkit-1-year-membership/

Copeify  


Patriapps is donating $5 million worth of software donations of Copeify, an app that uses AI-enhanced content and questions to help students and faculty improve their self-care, life-skills and coping capabilities. Issuance of the software as a service will be done on a first come, first serve basis. 

https://copeify.com/contact

COVID-19: 5 Tips to Face Your Anxiety


This free digital guide helps those who are suffering from anxiety due to the outbreak and can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection on their mobile device or computer. The guide addresses common concerns in five modules that identify helpful or harmful thoughts, how to take control of the stories we tell ourselves, putting things into perspective, educating on what to focus on, and occupying the mind and body with the right thoughts and actions. 

https://www.allencomm.com/courses/covid19_5_tips_to_face_your_anxiety/index.html

COVID19Tracker


Both free, the ARS app allows everyone to report COVID-19 cases and the IMS app allows staff to manage incoming COVID-19 cases for your school district. Download ARS at the Apple store. Download IMS at the Apple store.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kokomo247-ims-safety-cloud/id1456260599

Denise Albright Studio 

Free digital downloads for families, including a hand-washing checklist for kids and a “gratitude worksheet,” to help them remember what’s going right in their lives.

https://denisealbright.com/collections/free-printables

Discovery Education SEL activities


Discovery Education has partnered with numerous companies to create programs that promote social-emotional learning. The Discover Your Happy program equips communities with the skills necessary to reduce stress and create Sustainable Happiness. Ignite My Future in School program lets students explore computational thinking through the lens of critical questions such as “What does happening mean?” Students can practice self-management and responsible decision-making skills with Zen Zone Activity Guide, as part of the Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School & Life program.

https://www.wingsforkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Wings-Family_Activity-1_Allstate.pdf

Edge Foundation

 Life  coaches are available on a sliding scale — including free — to work with students virtually on non-academic challenges, including individuals who struggle with executive function challenges. 

https://edgefoundation.org/coronavirus/

Education Life skills 

Free access to “Positive Thinking Pack,” its course on social-emotional learning, which students can work on online. Subjects cover leadership, drug use and vaping prevention, positive thinking skills and media awareness, among others.

https://www.educationlifeskills.com/athomelearning/

EduMotion 

Movement  resources. Weekly SEL Journeys Learn@Homelessons, geared to K-5 students, explore SEL themes and guide students on a “global dance journey.” The lessons are designed for students to experience on their own, or they can invite family members to learn and move along with them. Each participating school will get a unique login code, which can be shared with students and families.

https://edumotion.com/learn-at-home/

Emotional ABCs

 Free for teachers, counselors and families. The “emotional skills” program is designed for children ages 4-11 and gives students practical tools for dealing with impulse control, frustration and acting out. Sign up for free at EmotionalABCs.com. 

The parent sign-up is here: https://www.emotionalabcs.com/signup/free/ . 

Teacher:  https://www.emotionalabcs.com/signup/teacher/

Emotional check-in workshop


Centervention has created a simple worksheet that asks how your kids are feeling, what their favorite new activities are, what they miss and things they are looking forward to. 

https://www.centervention.com/emotional-check-in-worksheet/

ExQ Superpower Hour


The ExQ Superpower Hour activity that promotes Executive Function through self-reflection is now free. This exercise teaches the importance of practicing self-awareness so students can understand their Superpowers (strengths) and challenges to build confidence, empathy and develop a sense of purpose.

https://exqinfiniteknowhow.com/exq-superpower-hour/

Family Support Hotline

 If your family is in need of guidance, EPIC, Every Person Influences children, has a family support hotline.

https://www.epicforchildren.org

Gemiini Systems telehealth/distance learning 


Gemiini Systems is making its web-based special education services available with no upfront costs for three months, or longer if the crisis continues. The company’s learning program is designed for people with autism, Down syndrome, dyslexia, speech delay, stroke, and others. Gemiini System’s Discrete Video Modeling sessions teach speech, language, reading, social, and life skills.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/learning-lifeline-gemiini-systems-complete-123200228.html

George’s Dragon

300-page “child behavioral” guide available free. Parents will get support in dealing with child behavior, setting boundaries, motivating kids, adjusting expectations, improving family dynamics, gaining cooperation and other essentials for getting through the stress of having children at home more than full-time. Use “homehelp” as the promo code during download

https://georgesdragon.com/products/good-puppy-home-super-sidekick-printable-pdf’

Global Teletherapy


Homebound students can receive free Global Teletherapy services, such as speech-language, occupational, school counseling and mental health services. For more information, Questions can be emailed to info@globalteletherapy.com

globalteletherapy.com/Train-Your-Therapists

HLTH101


Through April 30, ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI)  is offering HLTH101: Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic as a free course. Based
on information from the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC, this online class includes  preemptive practices and processes to keep centers safe and teach students healthy habits. 

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/CCEI-Free-Course—HLTH101–Preparing-for-an-Influenza-Pandemic.html?soid=1101417615289&aid=Z1ECXflVJ6s

Mawi Learning and ACT Tessera

 are providing free social-emotional learning resources from ACT’s SEL Curricula and Assessment, including SEL home connections worksheets and skill building activities. Resources include hands-on-tools for stress management, goal setting and relationship building. 

https://www.mawilearning.com/covid-19-help-resources/

Mindfulness app


This app from Inner Explorer offers an audio-guided mindfulness program to families for free. 

https://innerexplorer.org/compass/family_onboarding

National Geographic Learning 


This Cengage Learning company is providing four lessons for elementary and middle school English language learners that teach about COVID-19, what they can do to protect themselves, and how they can make a difference. These lessons also provide language support to help students communicate about the virus in English. Science, social studies and reading lessons are included. 

https://exploreinside.ngl.cengage.com/index.php/interdisciplinary-k12-resources/

National Youth Violence Prevention Week


Sandy Hook Promise has adapted its National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) action kit to include activities students can participate in virtually for free. These online resources help keep young people engaged and safe while they spend more time at home and outside of school.  The kit maps out a week’s worth of activities.

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/promise/pages/3283/attachments/original/1585153236/2020_NYVPW_Action_Kit_Final.pdf?1585153236

NutriStudents free COVID-19 emergency menus 


The web-based foodservice support company is expanding its emergency menus to include an additional week of cold meals (for a total of four weeks) of menu options for programs operating under the Summer Food Service Program guidelines. NutriStudents is also offering two weeks of menus conforming to the the Seamless Summer Option.

https://nutristudentsk-12.com

Open Future Institute

 “COVID-19 QUESTion Project,” a stand-alone program to support educators as they strengthen the social-emotional wellbeing of their students. The organization said its teacher resources include online lesson plans and activities intended to help students process their changing experience, empower them with the self-reliance and strengthen their sense of purpose in life and their connections with others.

https://openfutureinstitute.org/covid-19-question-project/

Prevent the Spread 


Van Andel Institute for Education has launched a free virtual version of this project that teaches students how germs spread, how to stop the spread of the coronavirus and how to create their own public service announcements. 

https://www.blueappleteacher.org/lp-virtual-pts/

Sandy Hook Promise

Action kit to include activities students can participate in virtually for boosting social and emotional skills needed during times of social distancing

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/promise/pages/3471/attachmen

Social Express and Cool School 


Both free until June 1, the Social Express is a social learning program that teaches children how to develop meaningful relationships and successfully navigate the social world while Cool School helps create a safe, enjoyable learning environment, and helps reduce bullying and boredom in the classroom. 

https://socialexpress.com/sign-up/

Social Distancing Trainer app


Discovery Education and Afterschool Alliance have launched an app for iOS products that shares important educational information about safe and healthy social distancing for students and teachers through augmented reality. Download the app for free at the Apple App store.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/social-distance-training/id1503689217

Real-time Emergency Response Flipchart App


COVID-19 quick reference guides are designed to help organizations better coordinate their responses to the pandemic, in addition to access to mental health resources. The app enables leaders to put key, up-to-date information in the hands of their team members for quick access. 

https://navigate360.com/covid19-flipchart/k12-trial/

TAP Online


This free series of self-paced trainings for educators on social-emotional learning and behavioral health in schools features interviews with educators who share strategies and resources from their own professional practice. A certificate of completion is provided to all participants. Learn more and register now.

Zenpower app


For 90 days, higher ed students and staff can download the Zenpower app for free using access code 281270. It takes the app a maximum of seven minutes to deliver a unique response to stress anxiety directly into the home, workspace, or office. All information is kept confidential. 

https://zenpower.co.uk

Amazon Future Engineer

 Computer science courses in the United States, intended for independent learners in grades 6-12 and teachers who are remotely teaching this age group. Parents can also access the curriculum. The organization is also offering a virtual robotics program through partners CoderZ with a sequenced course that shows learners how to code; early learners use block-based coding; older learners use text-based coding. And Amazon Future Engineer is providing access to Georgia Tech’s EarSketch, a free program that helps students learn to code through music. Grammy-award winning artists Ciara and Common have both provided studio-quality music “stems” that students can remix from home using code. Everything will be available for free at least until fall 2020. 

https://www.amazonfutureengineer.com/free-courses

Athletes for Computer Science

Students 13 and older, their families and teachers to attend free weekly computer science training classes online through Zoom. The sessions, hosted by NFL Super Bowl Champion Ellis Wyms, take place every Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pacific time and are scheduled through the month of May. 

https://www.athletesforcomputerscience.org/afcslivecodingclass.html

At Home with The Bay 


For elementary and middle schoolers, This weekly video series covers a variety of conservation topics, such as wetlands, bay biodiversity and the microscopic ecosystem, and oysters and oyster reefs. Each video comes with an activity guide that includes educational assessment aspects such as diagram labeling, true/false statements, and quick writes. 

https://galvbay.org/at-home-with-the-bay-virtual-field-trip-series/

Boolean Girl 

Live online events to help teach students “to code, build, invent and animate.” The events, which are taking place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time, introduce new engineering and coding projects to increase interest and engagement around STEM. Each is being recorded so that students can watch the session afterwards if they miss the live presentation. 

https://booleangirl.org/full-stem-ahead/

Carnegie Science Center 


Teachers and administrators can find a wealth of educational activities, videos, and lesson plans on Carnegie Science Center’s new Online Educator Resources page. These K-12 STEM resources include lesson plans with simple science experiments for early learners; behind-the-scenes videos with the animal ambassadors in Carnegie Science Center’s field station; DIY demonstration videos that explain how to make Oobleck, rain gauges, and other fun and easy science projects; an educator guide with engineering-themed lesson plans; and A STEM for Social Good toolkit with activities for middle and high school students. Educators are also encouraged to check out STEMisphere, an online database packed with videos, lesson plans, games, and hands-on activities. Resources on STEMisphere® are submitted by museums, educators, schools, and educational organizations across the nation. Additionally, each day at 8 a.m. on Facebook and Twitter, the Science Center will post CSC’s Three Things, a curated list of something to read, something to watch and something to do.

http://carnegiesciencecenter.org/visit/science-activities-and-resources/?utm_source=links&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=CSC%20Slider

Carnegie Mellon 

Reiterated availability of “Computer Science Academy,” a free, online, interactive high school CS curriculum. CS1 is the year-long flagship course, with 120 hours of instruction and a “robust introduction” to coding with Python through graphics and animations. This course is available to educators with teacher accounts. CS0 is a “lite” version, which includes about 40 hours of instruction and is intended for middle school, out-of-school programs and summer camp settings. This course is available for both mentor and teacher accounts. 

https://academy.cs.cmu.edu/coronavirus2020

codeSpark Academy

 Path for students to get free access codes from their K-5 teachers to the program, which teaches coding fundamentals and creativity with computer science. According to the company, kids as young as five can design and code their own video games and interactive stories. codeSpark Academy is always free for public schools but home use normally requires a subscription. The offer lasts until May 31, 2020. 

https://blog.codespark.com/story/free-resources-for-closed-schools

Disney Codeillusion 


For 14 days, students can progress through 125 coding lessons with some of their favorite Disney friends for free. Lessons span from game and web design to HTML, CSS, Javascript and Processing. 

https://codeillusion.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/360007822173-Lesson-Only-Plan

MetaCoders 

Daily coding lessons on YouTube. Curriculum covers computer science concepts, how to think like a programmer and how to code more efficiently. Lessons run between five and 15 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJwcNVM9uG03zUbYrUYeW0g

Exploratorium toolbox and Science Snacks


This online learning toolbox features free science activities and materials that address public health topics around COVID-19 in addition to general science support activities and materials. Science Snacks are 285 teacher-tested science activities that focus on chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology, visual perception, environmental science and more.

https://www.exploratorium.edu/learn

FIRST @ Home


This newly published page provides STEM and robotics content in conjunction with sponsors and partners, such as Star Wars: Force for Change. The page also includes free professional development training from Ariel. 

https://www.firstinspires.org/community/home-learning

Minecraft (Microsoft) 

Minecraft Education Edition available free to teachers through June 2020. They need to have a valid Office 365 Education account. There’s a brief educator quick-start guide that includes a set of “curriculum kits,” projects that can be implemented with students working remotely. The Minecraft Education Challenge invites students to learn about sustainability and inclusion, and then to design projects using Minecraft. The company has also added a new education category within the Minecraft Marketplace, free of charge through June 30. Minecraft players can explore the International Space Station, wander through the inside of a human eye, learn what it’s like to be a marine biologist and more. The world will be free to download through Jun. 30, 2020. Just look for the “free” tag. 

https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/marketplace

Nepris 


Nepris offers free access to live discussions with experts and to a library of 9,000 archived videos of professionals talking about careers. Students can join live “industry chats” with STEM experts.

https://nepris.com/home/v4

No KIBO? No Problem!” 


This free booklet from KinderLab Robotics contains a collection STEAM activities for 3- to 7-year-olds. 

http://resources.kinderlabrobotics.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/03/No-KIBO-No-Problem-v3.pdf

PCS Edventures 

 Blocksmith 3D Coding & Design free through Jun. 15, 2020. This 3D coding and game design program helps students learn how to code while creating animated, interactive games. The company is also promoting a number of free STEM and STEAM activities, to help teachers challenge their learners; many of the activities can be done offline. The company has also made its multi-lesson drone courses available free through Jun. 1, 2020. That includes “Droneology,” for middle and high school students and “Droneology Jr.” for younger students.

https://edventures.com/pages/blocksmith-free-trial

RoboKind,

Virtual coding course from it robots4STEM Avatar Version for elementary and middle school students available through Jun. 30, 2020. The software uses an online avatar that students program rather than programming a physical robot.

https://www.robokind.com/robots4stem/home

Scratch


The Scratch website introduces students to creative coding activities. They can program interactive stories, games, and animations.

https://scratch.mit.edu

SiLAS 

Free resources for educators, to help students gain social-emotional skills. Freebies include animations, lessons and parent sheets. https://curriculum.silassolutions.com/elearning_resources/

SkillStruck 


Schools and districts have one month of free access to Voyage, a project-based learning platform where students learn, apply and reiterate computer science knowledge to cement their skills. 

https://skillstruck.com/free

Smekens Education

Always-free video “mini-lessons” for K-12 students on reading, writing and social-emotional learning. Now the company is ramping up production and releasing new lessons each week. The lessons are divided by grade bands, K-1, 2-3, 4-6 and 7-12. Videos are available on both YouTube and Vimeo

https://www.smekenseducation.com/literacy-lessons.html

Space Station Explorers 


These free International Space Station activities allow students team up with ISS scientists to make real-world research contributions, to request images of Earth from space using a camera on the ISS and more. 

https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Space+Station+Explorers&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

SplashLearn 


SplashLearn is a curriculum-aligned learning program that covers kindergarten to grade 5 math skills through engaging games. Students can access any assignment or assessment for free, from home, through laptops, iPads or smartphones. 

https://support.splashlearn.com/hc/en-us/articles/360044282794-How-SplashLearn-can-help-you-manage-your-class-effectively-during-Coronavirus-outbreak

Thrively 

Playlists of social-emotional learning content intended to help students boost their resilience free until Jun. 30, 2020. There are separate compilations for students in elementary and secondary grades. To access them, use the order code, “breathe20”. Each consists of four to five hours of activities.

https://www.thrively.com/classroom

Tynker 

Free access to its Tynker School Pre-K-12 coding curriculum until May 31, 2020 to schools and individual families. That includes Tynker Junior for early learners, introductory and intermediate programming courses, and interest-based courses, such as micro:bit, LEGO WeDo and drone programming.

https://www.tynker.com/blog/articles/ideas-and-tips/15-free-coding-resources-from-tynker/

UBTECH

 Free robotics-oriented challenge each week — no robot needed. A recent challenge asked students to design then sketch or build a robot that would help doctors, nurses and caretakers with their workload and help them stay healthy. The company is also hosting a free webinar series that take “deep dives” into artificial intelligence to help educators make the subject “relatable and practical” for their students.

https://ubtecheducation.com/homelearning/

Unity Technologies

Free access to Unity Learn Premium, a 3D development platform, through Jun. 20, 2020. Registration provides access to live sessions with Unity experts and 350-plus hours of tutorials, hands-on projects, and courses for game developers, covering topics from “Game Mechanic Design Fundamentals” to “Getting Started with Post-Processing Stack for VR.” Unity is also delivering virtual classes through “Create with Code Live,” free for students, instructors and anyone else interested in learning to code; those sessions kick off on Mar. 23 at 9 a.m. Pacific time or 5 p.m. Pacific time.

https://unity.com/products/learn-premium

Vernier Software & Technology 


Vernier is providing free, remote STEM learning solutions, including trials to Vernier Video Analysis; Pivot Interactives; the Physics with Video Analysis e-book, which features an extended demo of the LoggerPro software; and Scratch coding activities. Also available are experiment content and access from ADInstruments and LabArchives, with more than 200 experiments with sample data covering a large range of subjects.

https://www.vernier.com/remote-learning/

VEX Robotics 

 VEXcode Virtual Robot (VR), a free web-based tool for delivering computer science lessons for those who don’t have access to a physical VEX Robot at home. There are no software installations required, and the program functions on all major devices. 

https://www.vexrobotics.com/vexcode-vr

Sources: 

District Administration 

https://districtadministration.com/coronavirus-free-teaching-resources-free-education-services-covid-19/

Fluent U- Language learning

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/free-language-learning-websites/

The Journal 

https://thejournal.com/articles/2020/03/13/free-resources-ed-tech-companies-step-up-during-coronavirus-outbreak.aspx

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