With millions of students experiencing school disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both teachers and families are making plans to keep students on track and learning while at home. That means that students and their families are now in the position of driving that learning. But, teachers are still working around the clock to deliver content and curriculum to help with that at-home learning. That means the demand for e-learning and remote learning resources are at an all-time high.
To assist schools and teachers who are looking for free resources during this difficult time, we’ve compiled a list of them to help. We recognize that there are many sources who have already created quality lists of free educational resources, so we’ve taken the time to find and share them below.
Internet Access & Connectivity Resources
Through their low-income Connect2Compete program, Cox is providing new customers their first month of internet for free, as well as increased speeds for current customers. They are also providing resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through their association with PCs for People, and a Learn from Home toolkit for schools that includes instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access.
Announced by their parent company Charter, Spectrum is providing free internet for K-12 students for 60 days.
Comcast is providing two months of free internet for new customers, increased speeds for existing customers, and free internet hotspots.
Free Online & E-Learning Resources
Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic just recently launched Learn At Home, a free, open-access digital hub with content for students of all grade levels. The hub was created to help keep students learning while school schedules are disrupted, and has daily courses that teachers and families can utilize for their students. Read more about Learn At Home here.
Khan Academy is a free educational resource for students, families, and teachers. It offers exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material. Their library of standards-aligned lessons covers kindergarten through early college math, grammar, science, history, AP® courses, SAT® preparation, and more. It’s available in 40 languages and can be accessed on their website or through their smartphone apps. During the Coronavirus school disruptions, Khan Academy is hosting daily (weekdays) 9 am PST/12 EST live streams on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter for students, families, and teachers. Learn how it can be used for Remote Learning here.
Duolingo is a free language learning site that gamifies its language lessons. This is a fun and effective way for students of all ages to learn or practice other languages, and is also available on the Apple and Google Play app stores.
BrainPOP is a learning resource supporting hundreds of topics across all core and supplemental subject areas for K through 12 students. Their cleverly animated movies and primary sources build knowledge on topics across the curriculum, while concept-mapping and movie-making tools prompt students to think critically and creatively about what they are learning. During the COVID-19 pandemic, BrainPOP is offering free school-wide, teacher, and family accounts. Family accounts will receive free access to all BrainPOP products for 30 days, and will be extended as long as schools are closed.
Other Lists of Free Online & E-Learning Resources:
145+ Amazing Online Learning Resources from weareteachers.com: https://www.weareteachers.com/free-online-learning-resources/
Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings (Updated) from amazingeducationalresources.com: http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/
Free resources and subscriptions for remote learning and home schooling due to coronavirus from qns.com: https://qns.com/story/2020/03/16/free-resources-and-subscriptions-for-remote-learning-and-home-schooling-due-to-coronavirus/
Free primary home learning resources for parents during school closures from teaglo.com: https://www.teaglo.com/blog/free-home-learning-resources-for-parents-during-school-closures/
12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch from travelandleisure.com: https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
Coronavirus Resources for Students:
The resources below can be used by teachers and families to teach students about the Coronavirus. The resources were created to ease students’ fears and empower them with knowledge about what is being done to keep them safe and how to prevent germs from spreading.
Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus – Articles and resources for hard-to-teach topics, chosen by the editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines
Help Your Curious Learners Stay Calm and Informed
Fundraising for Schools:
A number of school fundraisers are still taking place, but are now shifting online. Some Spring sports and programs are still carrying out fundraisers in support of growing next year’s program, and other fundraisers are kicking off already for Fall of the 20-21 school year.
Some of the most critical fundraisers we’ve seen taking place right now are those supporting student meals for those who are in need. School districts across the country have been doing amazing work to ensure students receive meals during this unprecedented time, and many have fundraisers in place to allow community members to support students who are in need.
If you’re looking to take fundraising online for your classroom, team, program, booster, or parent organization, click here to sign up for a free Livingtree Give account and get started. If your district uses Livingtree Give, make sure to contact your administrator about setting up your account.
If you are a district administrator interested in learning more about how our platform can provide oversight, tracking, and reporting for fundraising in your district, visit the Livingtree Give page for more information.