- 30hands Learning - A user-friendly iOS app with video tutorials to help users create a video story by adding narration to images.
- Animaker Class - A drag-and-drop tool for students that also offers features such as group management, an in-app messenger, and task tracking.
- Book Creator - A mobile (iOS/Chrome) app for putting together stunning eBooks and digital stories with text, audio, images, and video.
- BoomWriter - A safe site for students (teachers create accounts, no student email required) to create digital stories. Once a story is published online, an actual book can be ordered.
- Buncee - A digital canvas that includes an educational portal that allows educators to track and monitor student progress, create assignments, share an "Ideas Lab," and more.
- Cloud Stop Motion - Create stop-motion video projects from any browser or device that can be used for digital storytelling or project-based learning.
- Comic Life - A fun and easy-to-use iOS app for telling a story by creating a customized digital comic.
- Elementari - Read, write, code, share, and remix interactive digital stories, portfolios, choose-your-own adventures, and more using professional illustrations and sounds.
- HeadUP - Allows students to create beautiful-looking stories in various subject areas in only a matter of seconds.
- Imagine Forest - Offers short writing activities and a story creator that comes with built-in story starters, artwork, and more to inspire students.
- Litehouse - Shape digital stories -- in four easy steps through a state-of-the-art text editor -- that can also be published on platforms such as WordPress or Drupal.
- Little Bird Tales - Students can create their own art and record their voice for stories. Also, offers interactive K-6 lessons and an iOS app for mobile learning.
- Make Beliefs Comix - Students can author digital comics in different languages, plus there are educational resources and lesson ideas.
- My Story - An iPad app in which a user can draw or upload a picture, add some text, and then record audio to tell their story.
- Nawmal - Students can create cool animated videos and build their communication, presentation, and conversation skills at the same time.
- Noisy Book - A fun iOS app that adds sound effects to stories that are read aloud and also allows users to fashion their own stories as well.
- Pixton for Schools - Offers an educational portal and more than 4,000 backgrounds, 3,000 props, and 1,000 subject-specific templates for creating digital comics.
- Plotagon - Users select characters, write a script, and Plotagon takes care of the rest to create an animated video.
- Speech Journal - An iPad app that pairs recorded audio with a digital picture from a user’s iPhoto library to create a story.
- Story Creator - Put together a digital story by syncing audio, text, video, and images. Users can also highlight text during narration to boost reading skills.
- Storybird - A story sharing site with an educational portal in which students can create art-inspired stories for embedding into sites or blogs.
- StoryJumper - Build a story from scratch or choose one of the story starters. Students then can add objects, text, and even upload their own art.
- Storyboard That - Offers a special education edition with more than 2,000 lesson plans and activities, cross-curriculum applications, and is also FERPA, CCPA, COPPA, and GDPR compliant.
- Strip Designer - An iOS digital comic app in which students can sketch, draw, mask, add warped 3D lettering and balloons, and combine everything with complex panel layouts.
- Tellagami - Tell a short story by building an avatar and then recording audio.
- UtellStory - Share a story through audio, images, and video, and even collaborate with others.
- VoiceThread - Users upload multimedia content and record a narration, then a finished VoiceThread can then be embedded into a site or blog.
- Wakelet - Wakelet lets educators bookmark any item on the web (i.e. article, blog, tweet, etc.) and then organize it into a digital story that can be shared with students or used for other communication, such as professional development.
- WriteComics - A simple-to-use site for building a digital comic.
- Zimmer Twins - A fun animated movie-making site with class management features.
Digital storytelling is a great way for teachers to encourage the creative use of technology in learning. The process can be used with almost any subject, and with the abundance of apps and tools available, there’s one that’s right for every classroom.
Seesaw for Schools is a digital app-based platform that allows students, teachers, and parents or guardians to complete and share classroom work. As the company itself says, Seesaw is a platform for student engagement.
Using the Seesaw app, students can show what they know using various media, from photos and videos to drawings, text, links, and PDFs. This is all on the Seesaw platform, meaning it can be seen and appraised by teachers and even shared with parents and guardians.
The student portfolio grows over time, allowing them to carry it through their academic career. This is a great way for other teachers to see how the student has progressed over time – even showing how they worked to get the final result.
So how does Seesaw for Schools work for students and teachers?
What is Seesaw for Schools?
Seesaw for Schools allows students to work on a tablet or smartphone to create content that is automatically saved online within a personal profile. This can then be accessed by the teacher, via app or browser, to assess work from any location.
The third stage is sharing in which teachers can allow parents and guardians to see the work of the students and share positive feedback, helping to provide encouragement in the classroom.
The Seesaw Family app is a separate app that parents and guardians can download and sign-up for and then have access to the child's progress from then on.
Family communications can be managed and shared by the teacher for a secure and controlled level of content, so parents and guardians don't need to worry about being overloaded.
Seesaw for School supports translation, allowing it to be used by ESL students and families who speak multiple languages. If the device language settings are different from the original message, for example, then the device will translate so the student receives the content in the language they're working with.
Seesaw does so much for free it's very impressive. Of course Seesaw for Schools, which is a paid solution, offers premium features such as monitoring students' progress toward a key skill, bulk creating and inviting, a district library, schoolwide announcements, admin support, SIS integration, and lots more.
Teachers can setup a class blog, allow peer-to-peer feedback, and enable likes, commenting, and editing on work and on the main blog itself. This can all be scaled as the teacher sees fit to ensure everyone is using the platform fairly and in a way that positively encourages progress for each student.
How does Seesaw for Schools work?
Students can use Seesaw for Schools to track the progress of their work in real-time. From recording a video of themselves working on a math problem to snapping a pic of a paragraph they wrote to recording a video of them reading aloud a poem, there are many uses in the real-world classroom or for remote learning.
The teacher is also able to build and view digital portfolios for each student, which will automatically grow over time as the students add more content. This can work the other way too, with teachers sending assignments to students with individual instructions tailored to each one.
All of it can be shared to parents and guardians via the app or added to a blog that can be private, in class, or more public, to those who are sent the link.
How to setup Seesaw for Schools
To get started a teacher simply creates an account, via app.seesaw.me. Then sign-in and at this point, it is possible to integrate with Google Classroom or to import a roster or make your own. Click the green check to move on.
Then add students by selecting the "+ Student" in the bottom right. Pick "No" if your students aren't signing in with email, then pick if the student has a device each or share, then add names or copy and paste a list.
To connect families, follow the same process as above only selecting the "+Families" from the bottom right, "Turn on Family Access," then print personalized paper invites to send home with students or send notification emails to families.
What does Seesaw for Schools offer over the free Seesaw version?
There are plenty of extras that justify the expense of getting Seesaw for Schools rather than simply using the free version.
All of those features are:
How much does Seesaw for Schools cost?
The Seesaw for Schools price isn't a listed amount. It is a quoted cost that will vary based on the individual school's needs.
As a rough guide, Seesaw is free, Seesaw Plus is $120 per year, then the Seesaw for Schools version jumps up again with a lot more features.
Padlet is a digital tool that can help teachers and students in class and beyond by offering a single place for a notice board. That's at its most basic.
This digital notice board is able to feature images, links, videos, and documents, all collated on a "wall" that can be made public or private. This means that not only can teachers post on the wall but so too can students.
Since the interactive space is easy to use and easily accessible from nearly any web browser-capable device, it's a great resource for teachers and students.
So how does Padlet work and is it a great tool for your school?
What is Padlet and How Does It Work?
Padlet is a place where you can create a single or multiple walls that are able to house all the posts you want to share. From videos and images to documents and audio, it is literally a blank slate. It's collaborative, too, allowing you to involve students, other teachers and even parents and guardians.
Who you share that with is up to you as a moderator. It can be public, open to all, or you can place a password on the wall. You can only allow invited members to use the wall, which is the ideal setup for education. Share the link and anyone invited can enter easily.
Once up and running, it's possible to post an update with your identity, or anonymously. Start off by creating an account on Padlet, or via the iOS or Android app. Then you can make your first board to share using a link or QR code, to name just two of the many sharing options.
How to Use PadletTo get posting, double click anywhere on the board. Then you can drag files, you can paste files, or even use the Save As bookmark with Padlet mini. Or simply click the plus icon in the lower right corner and add that way. This can be images, videos, audio files, links, or documents.
From a brainstorming board to a live questions bank, there are lots of ways to use Padlet, limited only by your imagination. Even that limit can be overcome by allowing the board to be collaborative so your students can use their imaginations to grow it in new directions.
Once ready, you can hit publish and the Padlet will be all set to share. You can also integrate it with apps such as Google Classroom and many LMS options too. These can also be embedded elsewhere like on a blog or the school website.
How Much Does Padlet Cost?
Padlet is free for its most basic plan, which limits users to three Padlets and caps file size uploads. You can always use one of those three, then delete and replace it with a new one. You just are not able to store more than three long term.
The Padlet Pro plan, designed for individuals, can be used by teachers and costs from $8 per month. This gives you unlimited padlets, 250MB file uploads (25 times more than the free plan), domain mapping, priority support, and folders.
Padlet Backpack is designed specifically for schools and starts at $2,000 but does include a 30-day free trial. It gives you user management access, enhanced privacy, extra security, branding, school-wide activity monitoring, larger 250MB file uploads, a control domain environment, extra support, student reports and portfolios, content filtering, and Google Apps and LMS integration. Depending on the size of the school or district, custom pricing is available.
District leaders consider cybersecurity their No. 1 technology priority, with 69% saying they are proactive or very proactive in this area. However, only 18% have a full-time staffer dedicated to cybersecurity according to CoSN’s latest edtech leadership report. Cyberattacks against education institutions continue to increase as student and school data present an attractive target for cyber criminals.
Less than half of K-12 students receive any education about cybersecurity, which is surprising since the issue is a priority for districts and the cybersecurity workforce shortage is considered a national security weakness by the U.S. government. Districts have an opportunity to raise the level of awareness about the need for strong cybersecurity with educators and students while teaching valuable and transferable skills.
“We need to invest in K-12 education and introduce students to the knowledge, skills, and capabilities around cybersecurity if we want to have a long-term, disciplined approach to closing the cybersecurity workforce gap,” said Kevin Nolten, academic outreach director for the nonprofit CYBER.ORG.
Working under a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, CYBER.ORG provides a no-cost professional development, curriculum, and resources for teachers who want to integrate cybersecurity lessons into their classrooms. By teaching cybersecurity concepts, teachers can help shape students’ confidence to succeed in the future workplace. Cybersecurity skills can also be integrated into content areas, such as math, science, and ELA, that are already aligned to learning standards.
“For example, there’s been a cyber-attack on the nation’s power grid. The lights are out and we need light to investigate the problem,” says Nolten. This scenario is the context for teaching a lesson on series circuits and parallel circuits–a concept required by academic standards. “By creating a real-world scenario, relevant to the content, we begin engaging students within their math, English, and/or science classroom.”
Even if students don’t move into cyber careers, what they learn and having awareness can create opportunities for employment as technology plays a role in all industries now.
CYBER.ORG partners with the Louisiana Tech University’s Science and Technology Center in the College of Education to offer an online Cyber Education Certificate program for K-12 educators and administrators.
The organization’s goal is not to supplant any district’s existing curriculum but to complement existing content with its free digital courses. Courses include cybersecurity, computer science, advanced math, physics, engineering, and robotics.
During the PD workshops, teachers are guided through the curriculum as if they were students. Teachers experience projects through hands-on activities such as programming a robot to navigate a maze using sensors, programming a device to send an encrypted message, and building an enigma machine out of a piece of paper and a round chip can, just to name a few.
After receiving training:
More than 21,000 educators have received training or use resources from CYBER.ORG, and it has impacted 3 million students so far.
CYBER.ORG has also reached out to develop relationships with state departments of education to recognize the IT demands that districts have and to work together to solve those challenges through teacher PD.
Bottom line for Nolten and his colleagues is the belief that if we do not invest in quality education programs, our future—even our country—will be hurt. “It’s our responsibility to ensure our next generation workforce has the knowledge, skill, and ability to protect ourselves in cyberspace,” says Nolten.
As the leaves turn and schools are still scrambling to wrestle with the right balance of in-person and remote classes, many have shifted to what’s been referred to as a “hybrid” model. In this model, some students attend remotely while others attend in-person. Hybrids come in all shapes and sizes -- from weekly rotations to alternating half days to a more synchronous or “concurrent” model in which all students are “in class” at the same time, just in two different places.
No matter the learning model, each type comes with its own set of unique challenges in regard to managing the day-to-day classroom.
While every teaching and at-home environment is different, the strategies presented in this article should be useful in any situation, in particular a synchronous, or “concurrent,” hybrid learning environment.
Teaching in an environment in which you have students online in real-time with some students in the classroom can stretch a teacher’s capacity. Not only are they potentially dealing with troubleshooting technology issues at home, but also managing their in-person students.
Here is what teachers managing this situation should consider.
Have the same learning device in both locations Obviously, teachers have little control over this, but a district providing a uniform device to all students adds one less layer of complexity to what already is a challenging teaching environment. Having one uniform device means that students can help one another and the teacher can turn to one basic troubleshooting toolkit if something isn’t working. Since some students are in the classroom in a hybrid setting, the teacher can also observe the “student view” to a lesson or assignment to get a better picture of what the remote student might be dealing with.
Be consistent with applications and software This is something that many teachers can control. Have a core set of applications that all students in the class must use whether they are in-person or remote. Investing time in training students on the ins and outs of these platforms at the beginning of the year is a useful long-term strategy to avoid confusion later. Create step-sets or video instructions using a screen recording tool so that students in any location can understand how the application works and the desired outcomes.
Record your instructions ahead of time You might be thinking, “If I’m going to be doing this all live and in real-time, why would I record my instructions?” The reality is not all students will have success logging on to every synchronous lesson. They might have internet connectivity issues or you might be managing an in-person student meltdown in your classroom and forgot to let them in from the virtual waiting room. Having a recording of your lesson allows you to play the recording during the live portion and walk around the room providing assistance as needed (essentially cloning yourself). If a student misses the instructions, you can post the video on your preferred Learning Management System (LMS) of choice for later viewing. Remember: Due to FERPA regulations, recording a live video session with students and posting it on the web is not advisable.
Utilize the extend desktop feature on your laptop Another challenge of hybrid teaching is that if you mirror your desktop to the projector screen, students will be able to see the other students on the call and chat, which could lead to unnecessary distractions. If you are teaching with a laptop, you likely have a way to extend the desktop. This is particularly useful when you are showing students in your class a presentation and you want to still see the remote students on the video call.
Place the presentation you want to project on the extended desktop and select to share that window in the video call instead of the entire screen. Students in both locations will see the presentation in real-time and you’ll be able to monitor the video chat on your laptop screen rather than the projector. Note that Google Slides and Apple’s Keynote both allow for “Present in Window” view but Powerpoint forces you to go full screen, which takes away from this technique (unless you use Powerpoint online in a browser window)
Allow time to socialize As some students won’t be in person, they’ll miss out on some of the social interactions they would normally encounter while in class. In an elementary setting, this is particularly vital to building that classroom community. Set aside time each day for students to go into breakout rooms or small groups, mixing in-person with remote students. Allowing 5-10 minutes of playful banter on a topic helps those learning remotely to feel more included in the classroom. In a secondary setting, when doing group work, try and mix some of the remote students with the in-person students to help foster collaboration.
Use interactive online tools One way to help foster that collaboration and sense of classroom community is using interactive online tools such as Nearpod or Pear Deck, which can work with students in class and remote at the same time. An online brainstorm wall such as a Padlet can be a powerful way to have students share their work in a virtual gallery walk. Gamified quizzing software such as Kahoot!, Quizlet or Quizziz can add an element of competitiveness that can be done in either environment. Having students reflect using a blog, Google doc, or eportfolio such as bulb, is a great way to internalize learning and help the teacher better understand the thought processes of remote students.
Don’t reinvent the wheel
When you are designing the learning experiences for students in your hybrid classroom, don’t create two different lessons for each environment. Many of the strategies and tools you use in a physical classroom should be easily translatable to an online one as well. Employing the interactive online tools previously mentioned in your synchronous class and having space on your LMS for asynchronous work and instructional videos help students achieve the same goal regardless of what environment they might be in.
Checklist for hybrid teaching and learning
LEGO Education solutions are a perfect tool for today’s educators who are looking to boost student engagement and STEAM curiosity, while also improving learning outcomes. LEGO Education combines hands-on play with tangible STEAM lessons and curriculum in coding, robotics and other subjects, while also helping students develop tangible job-related skills that are critical for the 21st century.
In addition to providing instant, hands-on engagement, LEGO Education solutions come with lesson plans that are aligned to national curriculum standards, which ensures that educators are achieving their curriculum goals as well. Moreover, educators get easy-to-follow lesson plans, online support, and the option to extend the learning with after-school programs, competitions, and more.
There are three levels of the LEGO Education learning portfolio: Early Learning, Primary, and Secondary. Here’s a quick look at all three of them.
LEGO Education solutions for early learning encourage young learners to explore the world around them as they collaborate and play with others. These solutions use play to introduce students to early math, science, and language skills. LEGO Education early learning solutions foster a love of discovery and investigation to help the youngest students develop social and emotional skills that set them up for a lifetime of successful learning.
LEGO Education Coding Express
Coding Express, LEGO Education's newest early learning solution, introduces young learners to early STEAM and coding skills, while also building their confidence, collaboration and creativity skills. Coding Express uses a classic toy train set to teach children early coding concepts such as sequencing, looping and conditional coding. Students learn problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and collaboration, social and emotional skills, all while learning through play.
As students continue their learning journey, LEGO Education solutions grow with them. LEGO Education solutions for primary school spark students' natural curiosity, helping them develop essential communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills in an engaging, hands-on way. Tactile, flexible solutions grow with students as they problem-solve and discover how science, technology, engineering, and math affect their everyday lives.
Take LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 for example, which includes LEGO bricks, sensors and motors, and block-based coding software. WeDo 2.0 offers primary students endless possibilities for making abstract STEAM concepts come to life in a tangible way. Designed with collaboration in mind, each set supports two students, introducing them to science, computational thinking, and engineering principles in a fun and engaging way.
LEGO Education WeDo 2.0
Continuing to support students as they grow, LEGO Education solutions for secondary school provide hands-on experiences that allow students to develop their scientific inquiry, engineering design, and data analysis skills. This allows secondary school students to succeed in their STEAM classes today and realize their full potential in the digital workplaces of tomorrow.
With LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3, for example, students can build and code robots, learn about space, and expand their creative confidence with software and physical bricks. This solution helps students learn coding, critical thinking, and math and science skills to prepare them for the 21st century. The solution also comes with standards-aligned activities, and lesson plans to boost student engagement.
LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3
When it comes to engaging your students in STEAM learning, LEGO Education has you covered every step of the way, providing you with solutions that grow with your students. Get your students hands on with the LEGO® Education learning portfolio today.
A Continuum of Learning with LEGO Education
Boston K-8 robotics teacher Huijing Wu talks about her positive experiences with LEGO Education solutions.
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Dr. Allison Pilley, Director of Learning Support with Springfield Public Schools, explains how LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 and LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 are helping her schools teach STEM skills.
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Free printable worksheets and educational activities, arranged by grade or subject.
Purple Mash, designed for children aged 3-11, offers tools for coding, animation, publishing, art and also applications for math, spelling and grammar, e-books and more. Now offering 30 days extended free trials.
3P Learning provides learning resources for schools and families, with topics such as mathematics, spelling, literacy, and science.
In response to live public events being postponed to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), ACMI is running virtual programs for screen lovers and providing free online talks, workshops and education resources.
ActivEd, Inc. offers Walkabouts, standards-aligned web-based lessons for pre-K to second-grade students that integrate movement with language arts, math, and reading content. The Walkabouts platform is temporarily available at no cost to any classrooms impacted by school closures and remote learning needs.
This web-based reading platform aims to help students read deeply and think critically, offering thousands of texts and instructional aids in ELA, Science, and Social Studies.
AdmitHub developed the first student communication platform powered by artificial intelligence, designed for higher education. To support the educational community and government institutions during the coronavirus pandemic, they are offering free access to the AdmitHub platform.
Adobe Creative Cloud, Portfolio, Distance Learning Hub
Adobe is offering Creative Cloud application access at no additional charge to all students and teachers from August 24, 2020 through January 31, 2021 for current U.S. K-12 volume license customers. For higher education and 2020 college graduates, Adobe is granting free access to Adobe Portfolio for one year. Adobe’s Distance Learning Hub provides practical teaching and learning resources.
Albert offers ELA, math and science learning resources for middle and high school, including advanced test preparation. Schools forced to shut down can apply for a free, extended pilot.
AMAZE is a free online resource that teaches about puberty, reproduction, relationships, sex and sexuality.
Amazing Educational Resources
Amazing Educational Resources facilitates access to and sharing of free high-quality resources among teachers, parents and students.
American Chemistry Society
The American Chemical Society offers its ChemMatters magazine articles for high schoolers online. Biographies of chemists and historical articles are also available.
This free digital atlas of America uses online GIS to explore and visualize data with maps.
Aperture Education is offering a collection of free resources to support SEL, including downloadable strategies that educators can send to their students while they are out of school, professional development resources (such as the EdSERT Optimistic Thinking Guide), and additional resources for families.
Boost student engagement & fact fluency with this free multiplayer educational games, math games, language arts games, and more.
Free online safety education for families.
Bark for Schools
Student and school safety product that detects potential problems across G Suite, Office 365, and Chrome to help protect students — at no cost. Bark looks for potentially harmful activities that may indicate online predators, adult content, sexting, cyberbullying, drug use, depression, suicidal ideation, and more.
Bedtime Math helps families introduce math as a fun part of their daily routine, like a beloved bedtime story.
BeED is a Finnish certified platform that provides curricular and teaching needs. Features include a mobile experiential learning app, multi-blocking Curriculum Builder and interactive mapping. BeED will extend its services to schools affected by Covid-19 with a complimentary free six months' subscription to the mobile learning platform.
BeeLine Reader helps students read on screen more effectively. It is used both by skilled readers (including high school and college students) and readers with dyslexia, ADHD and autism. The technology is backed by educational research and has won social impact awards from the United Nations and Stanford University. Free access to the BeeLine Reader Browser plugin for Chrome has been added.
Belouga is a digital platform providing K-12 teachers and students with a personalized learning journey through connection, communication and collaboration with peers around the world. Teachers can sign up for a free account.
Better Chinese, publisher of Mandarin curricula for students from pre-kindergarten to college, is offering free online materials for schools and families with lesson plans and COVID-19 worksheet. Better Chinese materials have been officially adopted by nine states in the United States and are used in 1400+ schools worldwide.
Big History Project
Big History Project is a free, online social studies course that emphasizes skill development such as writing and critical thinking, as students draw connections between past, present and future.
Black Box Education
Digital and interactive resources for drama, dance and theatre, with six free resource packs for digital, online schooling.
Boardmaker is a collection of standardized picture symbols used for communication with students who are strong visual learners, including those with autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, speech and language disorders, and behavioral disorders. A thematic series of units called Boardmaker Activities to Go are free, and ready to download, print, or copy.
Boor Creator is now offering 90 days free use of real-time collaboration feature, a premium feature usually only available with a paid subscription. Additionally, it provides a list of ideas for using Book Creator for remote learning.
BrainPop is offering free, single-class use of BrainPOP to schools closed due to the coronavirus during the period of their closure. BrainPOP offers animated movies, assessment resources, and creative tools for elearning, projects, homework and more.
Britannica Digital Learning
Britannica is offering consultations with local education experts to guide district and school leaders in planning and implementing online learning curricula.
Digital archive of a variety of media produced about current events, public history and government. Bunk shows connection both spatially and across historic eras. Thoughtful articles explore the current Covid-19 pandemic in a historical context.
Provides free resources for Spanish teachers. With a free account, students and teachers can access selected videos, online activities, and training resources.
Always free for teachers to sign up and run an online course. Offers an online community of K12 and higher education teachers who share course templates and resources in a common repository.
Casio America, Inc.
Free resources to help with distance learning, including Downloadable Math Activities, Technology support and lesson videos. Free access to ClassPad.net, and Emulator Calculator Software has been extended to December 31, 2020.
CENTURY is offering free support to all schools closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, with access to thousands of CENTURY's learning resources in English, math and science.
Game-based interventions that focus on improving social and emotional skills in K-8 students. Educators can get a free 30-day trial and have as many students as they'd like to play the programs at school or at home. Free SEL lessons/activities and printables.
Offer multilingual, Chinese and Korean learning resources.
Beta site offering feedback on user-supplied math problems. Free iOS app available
Chrome Music Lab
Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
Early childhood development site to help parents learn and bond with their kids. Follow and interact with an expert instructor. Offering 15-day free trial.
Cisco Webex offers a free video/meeting software plan.
Offers free lessons in math, science, English, social studies and more. Each lesson has a reading passage, videos, optional review questions, and self-graded practice questions. The lessons can be assigned to Google Classroom. Free School closure webinar: How to teach online and learn from home with CK-12
ClassDojo is a free tool for parent communication, sharing information, and portfolios, provide a platform for teachers to assign and students to complete and submit work online.
Grammar practice in free, printable short stories.
Teachers use Classtag to communicate with parents and send lessons/assignments home
Classtime helps teachers make home-based learning effective with its interactive assessment solution. The company offers free access to Premium features for individual teachers and schools during the period of school closures due to Coronavirus / COVID-19. Classtime also offers a comprehensive free account that does not require any application.
Cloud Stop Motion
Cloud Stop Motion is free for individuals, schools and organizations. For schools closed due to the virus outbreak, the company offers extra cloud storage for the duration of the disruption. Sign up for a free school account and contact the company to request more storage.
CMU CS Academy
Provides a free, online, interactive textbook for high school and middle school teachers to use to teach computer science in their classrooms.
The CommonLit Literacy Model is built on a foundation of over 2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades 3-12, complemented by aligned interim assessments, growth-oriented data, and expert-led teacher development.
The Compassion Project is a national initiative to provide compassion education to elementary school students across the US. This year's Compassion Project Challenge will take place in November.
"Use without account" option has vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin. Free student account offers unlimited access to public games, activities and printables and more.
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Free study guides provided for a range of subjects. Each core topic is broken down into smaller sections which contain videos, infographics, vocab words, reading recommendations, and practice problems.
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Available at no cost to any university impacted by coronavirus pandemic.
Cube for Teachers
Cube For Teachers is a free global community for educators to share OERs.
Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish) and guidance for teachers and families to support learning at home.
Curriki offers digital learning content—curriculum, lessons and on-demand content —that is free, open, and accessible to all.
DataClassroom is a web app that allows students in grades 6-12 to make graphs (line, bar, box plots, dot plots, etc.) and do basic statistical analysis. This activity uses data from the 1918 influenza pandemic to illustrate why schools are closing in an attempt to flatten the curve. Start a free 90-day trial to create classes with student accounts. Company CEO Aaron Reedy says that teachers can email him directly to extend a trial longer than 90-days.
Data Nuggets are free educational resources, co-designed by scientists and educators. When using Data Nuggets, students learn about authentic science research projects, and work through an activity featuring real data from a real scientist, providing practice developing explanations about natural phenomena using data from the study.
Interactive lesson creation site, offering a free account for up to two classrooms, three private decks and up to 100 public decks.
Hands-on projects are based on situations in STEM careers to help learners discover their passions and choose a pathway to a promising future.
Delta Math is a free website for teachers and students covering a wide range of math content from middle school through AP Calculus.
A non-profit site for left-leaning activism
A digital coach that supports parents to help their children grow in the early years. Devie recommends daily research-based activities parents can do at home with their little ones to keep them occupied, and support their learning. Free access in beta.
Discovery K12 provides a complete online curriculum for pre-k to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses. Curriculum is free to use and available worldwide.
Ditch That Textbook
Provides 50 elearning activities, templates and tutorials
Reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game.
Dr. Roger's Math Neighborhood
This is a free online video series with detailed solutions to more than a thousand publicly-released College Board SAT Math, Subject Test Math Level 1, and Subject Test Math Level 2 problems.
Provides foreign language instruction. Free basic content
Free basic account provides dyslexia teaching and learning resources.
Scholastico is offering free Ecoballot election software to help educators do remote paperless elections.
EdConnect is a video messaging tool that brings the classroom environment online.
Edmentum is offering schools and districts subscriptions to its online academy and subscriptions to its online practice program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and watch the recorded webinar to learn more.
Teachers, students, and parents can use Edmodo to communicate and continue education— for free—even when in-person learning isn’t possible.
EdPuzzle, which lets teachers create lessons from any video, is offering help for schools affected by Covid-19.
Education Elements is providing K-12 leaders with open-ended learning and sharing opportunities, including free, real-time support that includes webinars, facilitated open dialogues, and 1:1 office hours to meet the diverse and unique needs of each community.
Eduflow allows users to run online courses with things such as peer review and other learning activities. Free accounts available
Edulastic is an online k-12 assessment tool that allows teachers to make their own assessments and assignments or choose from over 35,000 pre-made assessments. Edulastic continues to offer free-forever teacher accounts.
Elementari is a K-12 online platform to read, write, code, share, and remix interactive stories using professional illustrations and sounds offering free basic accounts.
Free access to Roman numeral and multiplication table games-based learning resources.
Empatico is a free all-in-one platform for educators of students ages 6-11 to connect their classrooms with others around the world.
Epic! provides online learning resources such as books, learning videos, quizzes & more. Free classroom access for all educators.
EVERFI’s no-cost digital resources cover topics such as social emotional learning, STEM, financial literacy, career readiness, and health & wellness. Its standards-aligned resources have assessments embedded into them, enabling teachers to see measurable outcomes from student work in real-time.
Collection of educator resources includes a wide range of flexible, multimedia materials, from primary sources and streaming videos to teaching strategies, lesson plans, and full units. All resources free with creation of online account
All higher education institutions can use FeedbackFruits tools for free until at least the 1st of January, 2021. Tools include activities for peer feedback, activating study material, interactive classrooms, and discussion.
Firefly is granting free access to its LMS platform for affected schools until the end of the year.
Free resources for AP students include live reviews, live trivia, and study guides.
Flipgrid Always-free site for video learning discussions.
Free Access to the E-Learning options for 21 days.
FluentKey helps language teachers make listening meaningful by turning real-life videos into an interactive game. They have hundreds of videos in Chinese, English, French, and Spanish. FluentKey Pro for one month using the code StaySafe on fluentkey.com/plans
Free resources for elearning include articles, lessons and activities.
Formative enables teachers to build their own assessments and assignments, or pull and customize “formatives” from its library of thousands of pre-made materials. Educators can always sign up for free accounts.
Freckle.com has a free level access where students in K-8 can access Freckle for free.
Free Math is free software that allows collecting digital assignments from students and enables quick grading by grouping similar student work on each question.
Gale, A Cengage Company
To support librarians and educators as they navigate a rapid shift to virtual learning, Gale has launched a COVID-19 resource center.
A platform where anyone can find or create their own simple learning games. Free for schools.
Create presentations, infographics, and more in seconds. Premium templates now available for free.
GoNoodle® offers movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home.
Handwriting Heroes is a multisensory handwriting curriculum that teaches children how to form their letters through animations, stories and song. Letter formation videos are always free.
hand2mind has launched a new website focused on K–5 students, which offers free daily lessons and activities created and delivered by teachers.
Over 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas. Users create a free account and create customized playlists.
iCivics, inc. is a non-profit organization in the United States that provides free educational online games and lesson plans to promote civics education and encourage students to become active citizens.
Free fun computing home learning activities for children aged 5-11
Free mini-courses in subjects such as research, blockchain, e-safety, virtual reality and more.
Always-free educational videos, quizzes, interactive courses and other teaching and learning resources.
Digital and Print technology lessons for grades k-5. Three weeks of free access to 18 technology lessons and activities plus a PDF download for printable tech activities.
Kahoot! offers free access to all features to support distance learning in schools affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Always free basic plan includes no-ad service, toolbar functions, view documents and images through Kami, autosave, and file conversion.
KET's PBS Learning Media
Videos, games, lesson plans and supplemental materials can be searched by grade level, subject area, keyword and standard. PBS Learning Media's Google Classroom integration makes it easy to share resources.
Khan Academy is a free resource for students, teachers, and parents offering free lessons in math, science, and humanities
Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Kids is a free online education program for children ages 2 - 7. The mobile app was designed by child development experts at Stanford University and engages kids in core subjects like early literacy, reading, writing, language, and math, while encouraging creativity and building social-emotional skills. Always free, no ads, no subscriptions, with an offline version available for when internet access is difficult.
Educators (or parents with kids at home) who want to teach building, engineering and design, and coding without an actual robot, KinderLab Robotics is offering its “No KIBO? No Problem!” booklet for free.
Knowledgehook has published "We're in this together: Supporting High-Quality Math Teaching in Uncertain Times," a practical report providing a narrative on research-based best practices across four categories: technology, assessment, curriculum, and pedagogy.
Lalilo is an online literacy program built by teachers for teachers and their students. Students work on adaptive exercises in phonics, word recognition, and comprehension. Free basic accounts.
Free interactive learning modules in subjects from arts to vocational Education.
LessonPix has many free sample resources including low tech communication boards, visual supports, articulation games, math, and books and activities to address literacy skills.
Free Overdrive app for digital books and audio books. Access through libraries.
Free teacher accounts and 30-day free trials for premium accounts.
Loom is work communication tool that helps users create instantly shareable video. Capture your screen, record your front-facing camera, and narrate it all at once, then share with a simple link. Loom Pro is now free for teachers and students at K-12 schools, universities, or educational institutions.
Featuring graphic organizing and mind mapping, Lucidchart is a cloud-based tool to make learning visual and collaborative. 10 free Lucidcharts
Lucidpress is a cloud-based tool for creating documents such as infographics, posters, magazines, and school newspapers. 10 free Lucidpress docs.
Lumen Learning uses free open educational resources (OER) to provide course materials that replace expensive textbooks in 50+ general education college courses. Lumen OER courseware includes Waymaker personalized learning course materials, OHM online homework system for math and other quantitative subjects.
Maged - School App
Quickly, securely and from any PC send regular and urgent messages to Parent/Students for free via this app. Free extended trial with a No-Cost price plan after that. App demo here http://maged.cc/demo
ManagedMethods, a G Suite and Office 365 data security and student safety platform, monitors G Suite, Office 365, and email apps 24/7/365 for cybersecurity threats and student safety risk. ManagedMethods is offering free access to its platform for 30 days.
Mangahigh.com is a game-based learning sites, where students learn mathematics via casual games that balance fun and learning. The company offers full access to Mangahigh during school closures for any schools who are impacted by COVID-19, for at least 30 days.
Offering free access to free, virtual, live webcasts for art/drawing lessons for students needing to work from home during this period.
Automated online math tutor, like a Google for math. Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and it shows you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college.
Method Test Prep
Offers a free 60-day trial of its ACT and SAT prep courses for educators.
Unlimited chat, video calling, file sharing, storage, and more.
AdvertisementMindful Poetry Moments
Mindful Poetry Moments is a free program that offers a chance to pause and reflect on poetry's ability to encounter ourselves, the world, and the mystery of each other. Participating schools, individuals and organizations will be offered recordings of poets reading their work. The audio will be accompanied by mindful prompts and meaning-making questions like "Does this poem encourage gratitude? How?” and "What’s a line in this poem that brings a strong visual image to your mind?"
Minecraft: Education Edition
A game-based learning platform that aims to promote creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive digital environment. The company provides a free guide to using Minecraft in remote learning.
Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators. Free online content
Offering free, easy science for remote learning
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
In partnership with NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics Education, NCTM has released "Moving Forward: Mathematics Learning in the Era of COVID-19," a document for education leaders sharing best practices for equitable access to learning.
National Geographic Learning for K-12
National Geographic Learning (a Cengage company) is providing free resources and lessons for online learning and delayed payment terms for its paid products.
National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students, Public
Visit archive.org to sign up for free access.
NearPod's free plan allows up to 40 students per session, essential assessment and lesson creation tools and multimedia content.
A US-based company, that offers learning management systems for schools, universities, businesses, and entrepreneurs. Free for schools with up to 400 students.
New American History
Access to digital learning resources and tools developed by Dr Ed Ayer for American History/Geography/Current Events. Free
New Jersey Center for Teaching & Learning
NJCTL helps teachers to effectively teach K -12 mathematics and science to all students with the Progressive Science Initiative® (PSI®) and the Progressive Mathematics Initiative® (PMI®). The site provides free teaching resources for a variety of STEM subjects.
A Google extension that works similar to screencastify. Allows you to screen grab, record over presentations or record a "live" lesson. Many features are free but expanded features can be purchased as well for a modest price.
NoRedInk is a free online curriculum that includes diagnostic tools and assessments, targeted skills practice, a writing platform that guides students through the drafting and revision process, and instructional resources for teachers. Always free.
Novel Effect provides music, sound effects, and character voices as users read aloud from print books (or ebooks). Aways-free app.
Test prep for visual learners - no screen scribble, no tripod teachers, comprehensive content. Courses are free for students demonstrating need (eligibility for free reduced school lunch) and for teachers at Title I (under-resourced) public schools and their classes.
ORIGO Education At Home
Collection of free math learning resources featuring weekly digital plans with activities and digitally accessible or downloadable resources.
Osmo's new, free Projector App helps teachers project their real word notes onto a professional-looking, virtual blackboard.
Otus is a free LMS, Assessment Management, and Data Analytics platform designed for K-12 remote learning. The platform is free for an indefinite period of time for teachers, students, and families.
Offering free teacher training and webinars to share strategies for successful online/ remote learning.
Free teacher trial with no time limit.
PBS Learning Media
PBS LearningMedia is a free, PreK-12 digital media service available to educators nationwide, offering teachers access to more than 30,000 learning materials aligned to state and national standards, including 25,000+ videos, interactive lesson plans, media galleries and more to enrich classroom instruction. Always free.
Basic free accounts integrate with Google and Microsoft tools and allow users to create interactive lessons, polls, quizzes and formative assessments.
PechaKucha helps teachers, students, and researchers create short, powerful talks that are engaging, memorable, and easy to share. Basic free plan includes unlimited presentations.
Science Labs, always free.
An interactive, distance based learning software that allows instructors to imbed questions into videos. The basic account is free and it comes with access to a lesson library.
Positive Action, an evidence-based social-emotional learning (SEL) program, is recognized by organizations such as CASEL, the U.S. Department of Education, CASE, Blueprints, OJJDP, What Works Clearinghouse and others. 44 free sample lessons offered.
Math practice site offers free and premium accounts.
Free teacher access provided.
Quill.org offers online literacy, writing, grammar, and ESL/ELL resources for teachers and students. They are offering free access to 400 writing and grammar activities for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Always free for students and teachers.
Free fun gamified quizzes for math, language arts, history and more.
ReadWorks is an online resource of research-based reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12. Always free.
Remind offers communication solutions for teachers, students and parents. A free Remind account lets educators create up to 10 classes with up to 150 people each. Always free.
RiseUp! An American Curriculum
Rise Up! uses creative inquiry to explore Hamilton: An American Musical. Always free.
Music-based Spanish learning, with online free and premium content.
Rock Hall EDU
Free classroom resources such as videos, playlists, essays, lesson plans, writing prompts, and more. Teachers can sign up for a free account, download the resources, and use temporary authorization links to share materials directly with their students online. From the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Get five free interactive science ebooks. Students can use the online reader OR NODMA App to read the claimed title.
Schoology brings together a K-12 learning management system with assessment management to foster collaboration, and personalize learning. Offers free, basic version.
Free Chrome extension.
Offers free certified teaching resources with topics by subject and exam.
Free science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology. No log in required.
All quizzes and printables on the website are free to use.
The Elementary Curriculum, Grades PK–5, is available to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) that permits anyone to copy, revise, remix, and distribute the work, as long as SFUSD is credited for the original creation.
Free study guides, videos, Shakespeare in modern English, and quotes.
Free basic account allows unlimited classes & students, document annotations, voice and text notes, assignment scheduling and access on any device.
Sight Reading Factory
Free sight reading exercises for piano, guitar, woodwinds, strings, ensembles and more. No signup is required.
Free basic plan includes up to 100 participants, unlimited audience Q&A, and three polls per event.
Snapplify offers a library of 50 000+ free e-books. Teachers can sign up for free and also share their own resources on the platform. Integrates with Microsoft / Google for education.
Online music lesson plans. Free plan includes 20 free songs, unlimited students, lesson plans and more.
SplashLearn is a curriculum-aligned learning program that covers kindergarten to grade 5 math skills through engaging games. It’s available on iOS, Android and web Offering SplashLearn free-for-life teacher account. Assignments can be accessed at home for free through laptops, iPads or smartphones.
Starfall.com uses animation and sound to engage children in the learning process. Always free.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creative illustrations. Always free.
Free basic home plan for students with a school set up login and password and if parents register for an account. Studyladder offers learning that includes videos, interactive activities, worksheets and assessments.
Free account includes six games, standards alignment and personalization.
Sutori is a collaborative presentation tool for the classroom for all age groups and content areas. Free basic accounts provide the ability to create and share stories, collaborate, slideshow view and more.
Lets teachers create differentiated lesson plans. Free basic accounts.
TakeLessons TV provides students with a rotating schedule of various subjects each week; lessons are then uploaded to TakeLessons YouTube channel for users to view anytime.
Teach All About It
Free iGCSE Computer Science online course.
Math program for grades 3-12. First 16 lessons free with free trial.
The Choices Program
The Choices Program has a library of more than 1,700 free short videos (most are 1-4 minutes long) with leading scholars, journalists, practitioners, artists, activists, policy makers, and others addressing topics relevant to its curriculum units.
The Good and the Beautiful
Free homeschool curriculum with course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and thoroughly cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography. Always free.
The OT Toolbox
Free resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play.
Free starter account provides Strength Assessment, Career and Interest Exploration, Journals, Digital Portfolio, and Classroom Management.
Times Tables Rock Stars
Offering affected schools free full access to Times Tables Rock Stars, its platform for multiplication and division – throughout any school closure.
A free Top Hat Basic account allows users to host and record live classes, take attendance remotely, poll and quiz students, and facilitate live chats and discussions.
Free teachers accounts provide three free coding courses, over 35 hours of K-12 code activities, unlimited student accounts, and professional development.
Free edition allows unlimited students, three classes, two instructors and the ability to create and customize lessons.
Through storytelling, the arts, and serious games, Unsilence creates interactive, research-based learning experiences that help communities learn about social injustice, human rights, and genocide. Unsilence is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Unsilence's online interactive features are free to use and include choose-your-own-pathway stories, webquests, human rights poetry and stories, interactive exhibitions, and companion education resources.
Vernier Software & Technology is providing free remote learning solutions to keep students engaged in STEM during school closures. These free online resources include trials to Vernier Video Analysis™ and Pivot Interactives, the Vernier Physics with Video Analysis e-book and extended demo of the LoggerPro software needed to complete the experiments, Scratch coding activities, experiment content and access from ADInstruments and LabArchives, and more than 200 experiments with sample data covering a large range of subjects.
One year free trial for all teachers/one month free for parents.
Free educational tips and science explanation for parents of children 0 to 5 available by app, text, and printables. Always free.
A free tool that lets educators bookmark, organize, share and curate top educational content.
Free plan offers 1 gGB cloud storage, 22 songs from the music library, five minutes per month video time.
White House Historical Association
Free virtual education resources for learners of all ages, including classroom resource packets, reading lists, virtual tours of the White House, videos, historical essays, and a digital library of White House.
Short videos and readings that answers various intriguing questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions. Free
Helps kids master basic math. Free
Formative assessment service for schools in the UK, and for British International Schools. All Coronavirus-affected schools are entitled to a free, unrestricted account.
Youth Code Jam
Free bilingual, hands-on coding activities for K-8 that can be used in school or at home, teaching basic computational thinking and computer science concepts. Adventure Mode helps drive student-centered learning.
K-5 curriculum aims to build deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students. Always free.
Zoom is temporarily removing the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for primary and secondary schools affected by the Coronavirus.
There are dozens of Learning Management Systems in the K-12 market. Here are some of the best.
The best learning management systems, or LMS, for K-12 and higher ed can be the difference between a seamless learning experience and more hard work. These platforms can also help to make teaching from home far easier. The main goal of these online wonder tools is to streamline learning in schools so both students and teachers spend less energy on administrative tasks and more time focused on learning.
A learning management system is a software platform for educators to manage courses online, which allows them to provide students a single location for all course content. This is essentially comprised of a document management component and a communication part.
An LMS allows a teacher to upload assignments, calendars, gradebooks, learning resources, videos and more. The educator can also create chat rooms and forums to communicate with students or allow them to add to a thread.
Some LMS platforms also offer online assessments such as tests and quizzes that can also be graded online. Many also allow teachers and students to integrate video and images.
A fast-growing platform is Google G Suite for Education in the form of Google Classroom , which features 100 million users. Thanks to how easy it is to uptake, it's an ideal LMS for K-12, in which there may be less digital infrastructure in place than, say, a university. It's also free, which fits into every K-12 budget. Check out our full review of Google Classroom .
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PBS NewsHour Extra is a website that provides news for students and resources for teachers
Pros: Timely lessons, videos, and discussion questions.
Cons: PBS videos are trustworthy and well-reported, but not quite what students are used to.
Bottom Line: This isn't going to necessarily excite students, but the high-quality content is credible and timely and should support interesting discussions.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.