With a national transition to distance learning amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, administrators, teachers, and therapists are working hard to understand the ins-and-outs of virtual instruction. This has led to a significant change in the education landscape, as pretty much every company in this space has stepped up to offer free access to tools, services, and resources to assist education professionals during this unprecedented and challenging time. In fact: there are currently SO many free resources out there, it can be tough to know where to start! To help, we’ve curated a list of our favorites.
- Through June 30, 2020, Epic is providing free access to its digital library — with more than 40,000 books, audiobooks, videos, and quizzes for students in grades K-5. In Epic, Teachers can assign books and track students’ progress. Get started here and download the Remote Student Access Toolkit for assistance with using the service.
- Numerade, a free online education platform, includes a feature called Office Hours that lets teachers create video lessons using its recording and whiteboard system. Teachers can also create a playlist from more than 200,000 existing videos, plus receive anonymous questions from students and answer them through video. Sign up here.
- Skype a Scientist lets teachers and students meet and talk with scientists from all over the world. Teachers can choose a scientist that fits their lesson needs and get teacher planning resources for the session. Families can also sign up for the service for free. Educators can sign up here.
- Symbaloo, a content integration system, is providing its PRO+ version free to all educators for an indefinite period of time. The platform has a gallery of 400,000 web mixes and 7,500 Learning Paths that are searchable by grade level and subject. Educators can sign up here.
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has created a hub offering a library of free resources to support learning and professional development. Find learning activities, webinars for school leaders, and more.
- Share My Lesson, designed for educators, by educators, offers collections of lesson plans and activities on different subject areas and topics, including teaching about the coronavirus outbreak. Educators can get free access to classroom activities, learning tools, and professional development resources.
- Happy Numbers – a website and app – has made its PK-5 math resources free through June 30, 2020. The platform personalizes the math learning experience, leading students through a progression of skills and concepts, designed to teach them how to “think math” and reach procedural fluency.
- Voyager Sopris is offering its VmathLive® online math practice solution free through July 31, 2020. VmathLive® empowers students to master math content at their own pace and includes the use of badges, trophies, and points.
- InferCabulary is providing two months of free access to its online visual vocabulary tool. Designed by SLPs, InferCabulary helps learners infer deep meanings of nuanced words by analyzing and interpreting the common thread among chosen images and provided captions.
- TumbleBooks online library is free to all school libraries through August 31, 2020. Reading material is available for K-5 readers.
- KinderLab Robotics has produced a booklet, No KIBO? No Problem!, available free to educators and parents. The booklet contains STEAM activities tailored to 3- to 7-year olds.
- BOKS, a non-profit organization focused on helping kids to establish a lifelong commitment to health and fitness, has put together an “at-home resources” page filled with free at-home physical activities for kids to do at home.
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