As we enter into the uncharted waters of distance learning with our students, edtech companies across the country are offering resources and support galore! Given the short turn-around for most of us out there compiling lessons and packets for students, I thought I created a short-list of sorts to help you reduce the stress and plan for your kiddos.
Delivering Content at a Distance
Scholastic has tons of free resources for families and educators! Visit scholastic.com/learnathome for more info.
Nearpod is offering daily webinar support to all teachers, tons of free lessons, and extended trials for their more premium features! Visit Nearpod.com/coronavirus to request your 2-months free trial, sign up for a webinar, and get more info on the ready-to-run lessons they have in their library.
Flocabulary (now part of Nearpod) is providing the same amazing support to teachers. Visit flocabulary.com/coronavirus to request FREE access during school closures, sign up for a webinar to learn how to use flocabulary, and explore the videos/lessons they have available.
BrainPop is always great for introducing content and keeping students engaged and informed. In addition to their 2 free videos on Covid-19 and handwashing (geared toward elementary students), they are also giving educators FREE, UNLIMITED Access to their full student suite during closures. This allows you to not only assign videos to students, but also assign quizzes, make-a-movies, games and more (and with the educator account you can also track their progress and provide feedback!) Visit their brainpop.com/coronavirus-resources for more info and brainpop.com/accessrequest to get your free account going!
Epic! Books for Kids is offering free remote access for teachers and students! They boast more than 40,000 books in their digital library for every kind of reader. Learn more about setting up your account on their website.
Khan Academy is something I use often in math because their tutorial video make it easy for students (and families) to practice key skills at home. It’ a non-profit and their resources are always 100% free! Their at-home learning resources and getting started guide are posted here.
Student Response Alternatives
Seesaw is one of my favorites for empowering student voice in the classroom, but it’s just as easy to use at home. Check out their Remote Learning Guide to see how students can use the “Class” Seesaw app at home to share their thoughts using videos, audio, drawings, and file uploads.
FlipGrid is always free, but now is a great time to sign up. Students can respond to virtually any question or assignment you post with a quick video response. Visit https://auth.flipgrid.com/signup to sign up for an educator account.
Goose Chase is a super fun scavenger hunt app where students can complete challenges and respond to questions using pictures and text! Right now, they’re offering a FREE educator license upgrade to any teacher who fills out this form (just make sure you sign up for a regular free account first).
STEM Lesson Extensions –
Just because students are at home doesn’t mean they can’t still engage with coding/STEM! Below are a few great FREE resources you can share with families.
Code.org – always free! Check out their at-home resource page.
Scratch – always free!
Tynker is offering free access to its entire platform until May 2020! Click the link on their homepage to sign up for a free account.
Kodable is offering free access for teachers to ALL lessons through June 2020! Check out their blog post to learn more about getting started.
At Home Brain Breaks
GoNoodle has partnered with multiple companies and organizations to offer FREE content to families to keep kids up and moving at home. Families can sign up by visiting gonoodle.com/goodenergy!
Hoping you all stay well (mentally & physically!) through this tough time. I’m right there with you and will continue to update this post as I find more resources. Feel free to comment below with anything you think should be added to this list too. Just like they say in High School Musical, we’re all in this together!