Updated: 353 free K-12 resources during coronavirus pandemic
As schools and districts continue to be affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, solution providers have stepped up by rolling out free teaching resources and education services that promote online learning, offer advice, improve communications and even provide nourishment. Here are 353 free education resources and teacher services for K-12 leaders to consider.
Editor’s note: Updated on April 29. Though some free resources had initial expiration dates, many organizations have extended them due to COVID. Please check with individual sites for further clarification on their policies.
Black Lives Matter
- BLM curriculum resource guide
The national Black Lives Matter At School coalition’s has created lessons for every grade level that relate to the 13 principles of Black Lives Matter. These free downloadable lessons challenge racism, oppression and build happy and health classrooms. Challenge racism.
Health and wellness
- Activity Works
This interactive physical activity video curriculum used by teachers (K-4) in thousands of classrooms is offering more than 50 free learning videos for parents and children to use at home to get kids moving quickly and effectively. Parents can sign up their children at activityworks.com for a free account.
- De-escalation in the Online Classroom Course
This guide helps educators adapt classroom skills for recognizing and de-escalating conflict or dissension online. The course was created by AllenComm and the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide. Manage online classes.
- Caring for Each Other and Ourselves During The Coronavirus
This free e-book helps frame the coronavirus in a way that young children can understand and serves as a guide for their parents. Download now.
- SEL support page
This page includes free on-demand teacher-led Second Step SEL lesson videos on emotion management for K-5, middle school remote learning advisory materials, online professional learning for educators including a free SEL Gratitude Journal, a new edutainment podcast The Imagination Neighborhood with research-based family-friendly activities for every day, and more. Check the page.
- 3D-printed respirator mask lessons and videos
Detailed lesson plans and videos on how to print the first NIH-approved open-source 3D printed respirator mask with materials readily available at the local hardware store are now available through a partnership between pi-top and Maker Mask. Masks. Printed masks have the lifetime equivalent use of 300 N95 masks. Educators and students can access the free lessons, created by pi-top. Start printing masks.
The student safety company will provide a free audit using its AI-powered service that monitors student wellness and mental health levels. Securly will first set schools up with product free trials to start monitoring and flagging activity districtwide for 30 days. After this, student safety analysts will compile a customized report showing up to 30 days of student safety risks found, including cyberbullying, self-harm, violence, and abuse. A safety expert will also schedule a call with the district to review the report and answer any questions. Email email@example.com to start the audit.
- SEL support program
Through June 30, schools can use this program for free to help students and staff grow more resilient in grades 4 through 12. EduGuide will also cover most costs for schools that choose to use the program for the 2020-21 academic year. Not available for individual use though parents can request their schools to join. Schedule a personal tour.
- SEL and SPED solutions
Rethink Ed, a K-12 social-emotional learning and mental health solution, is providing free daily distance learning training sessions, a parent resource center, a SEL toolkit and a SPED tookit.
- The Class That Can: Coronavirus
This e-book, which teaches elementary students about the coronavirus and COVID-19 through the zany character named Mrs. Can, can be downloaded for free. Download the e-book.
- Track Your COVID-19 Symptoms Daily app
This free application from ProcessMaker is for both confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases to register and track their symptoms daily. The site prompts participants to spend 15 seconds a day updating their health status, and infected individuals can compare their recovery with others around the globe. Anyone can search, filter, and view the data. Get started.
- Digital well-being guidelines
This resource from the Center for Humane Technology examines using technology in better ways for kids, including how to make trade-offs for convenience and connectivity, create better tech environments for developing brains and how all screen time is not equal. Access the guide.
- Social-Emotional Learning curriculum
The Free for Parents edition of this curriculum features a set of child-friendly curriculum videos and over 60 corresponding printable activities. Each short video presents a single concept or skill and printables allow teachers to practice what they learned about emotions and their own emotional responses. Other pieces of the Free Parent subscription include word searches, music clips, coloring pages, and playing cards. Learn more.
- Prevent the Spread
For grades 3 through 8, this project based learning unit teaches students about their power to stop the spread of COVID-19. The unit includes what teachers need to conduct the lesson remotely. Prevent the spread.
- USDA Meals for Kids Site Finder and National Hunger Hotline
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with states to continue providing meals to students. Meals can now be taken home, and parents or guardians can pick meals for their children if the state allows. Use the Meals for Kids Site Finder to find directions to nearby sites as well as hours of operation and contact information. The USDA National Hunger Hotline, operated by Hunger Free America, can be reached Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET. at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (for Spanish).
- Internet Safety course
Available for free until June 30, this six- to eight-hour course covers various topics, including cyberbullying, protecting oneself against predators, how to avoid viruses and malware, how to avoid harmful websites, social media safety, and an in-depth look at cheating and plagiarism. Fill out the form.
- Autism resources
Stages Learning Materials is providing free resources for children with autism, including a COVID-19 emergency resource kit that includes free lessons, behavior management tools and a basic overview of how to use the Language Builder ARIS curriculum system at home. Also available is the Autism Learning Line, a community forum created to facilitate discussions and provide resources. Access these resources.
- Education Lifeskills
Students can access a cognitive-behavioral curriculum to overcome self-defeating thoughts and behaviors and achieve higher levels academically and socially. Get free access.
- Real-time Emergency Response Flipchart App
This school-specific 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. Get the details.
- 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. Download the worksheet.
- 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. Access the resources.
- 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.
- 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. Download this free PBL unit.
- 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.
- 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.The menus can be accessed from MenuFreedom.com.
- OVID19Tracker™ apps
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.
- Aperture Education
Aperture Education’s collection of free social-emotional learning resources includes downloadable strategies that educators can send to their students; professional development resources for educators including the EdSERT Optimistic Thinking Guide; and additional resources such as white papers, videos, and blog posts. Aperture’s parent portal offers additional resources for families.
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. Connect with Copeify.
- Conscious Discipline
Conscious Discipline has released free online resources including simple emotional regulation exercises, child-friendly educational activities about current events, trauma-informed advice and how-to’s for staying positive. View the resources or sign up for e-mail notifications of new resources.
- 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. Download the app.
- 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. Access the guide.
- 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.
- Child Trends
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. Browse now.
- 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.
- 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.
- COVID-19 Course
This free course weaves together the scientific, social, and economic perspectives of the COVID-19 pandemic. The information presented in this course is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical or public health advice, or other advice for any particular issue or subject.
- Mindfulness app
This app from Inner Explorer offers an audio-guided mindfulness program to families for free. Download the app.
- Global Teletherapy
Homebound students can receive free Global Teletherapy services, such as speech-language, occupational, school counseling and mental health services. For more information, visit globalteletherapy.com/Train-Your-Therapists. Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contingency meals
Revolution Foods is offering reimbursable meals, including cold and hot breakfasts, lunches and suppers. Revolution Foods will adjust delivery services to comply with ever-changing policies, such as San Francisco’s shelter-in-place, and will make sure meals are federally compliant and maintain a high level of nutrition. Contact Revolution Foods.
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. Register here.
- 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.
- Amazing Me
Discovery Education and The Dove Self-Esteem Project have launched Amazing Me – a suite of classroom and family resources focused on building self-esteem, promoting positive body image, and countering bullying for 4th and 5th grade students. The Amazing Me site delivers social and emotional learning (SEL), health, and confidence-building content for educators.
- Mental health guidance: Natural disasters
From Public Health Degrees, this article discusses How Natural Disasters Affect Mental Health and offers guidance to help those who are trying to recover as well as support mechanisms for those who experience such disasters.
- Hygiene Heroes
This preventative healthcare project, based at UC Berkeley and run by a team of student researchers under Professor David Levine, has created a variety of exciting and interactive curricula for children to teach healthy habits. They have content on topics such as handwashing, safe water, and sanitation, and are currently developing new materials for COVID-19. All of their work can be seen here.
Curriculum and instruction—Remote learning platforms
- Distance Learning PD
Published by equip, Learning.com’s free professional development solution for educators, this resource features strategies from eLearning experts, tech integration specialists, and online educators to help manage the transition to distance learning environments equitably and effectively.Get Access Now
- U-M Center for Digital Curricula
The Center uses proprietary but free-to-use software that provides teachers with tools to create curricula and collaborative lessons. The free curricula allow students to collaborate with their teachers and peers in real time. All the curricula, which are stored in a searchable repository of online lessons, are developed and vetted by a core group of Michigan teachers that work with the Center. Watch free webinars or search digital curricula repository.
- Varsity Tutors
This learning platform is offering more than 100 free live K-12 classes that last all day. Classes range from Spanish and java programming to fairy tales and a course called “Coolest Women in History” We have received exceptional ratings from thousands of parents and students. The platform also provides live half-day summer camps that last for a week. Topics include foreign languages, chess, theater, coding and Minecraft.
- Remote learning management platform
Through June, schools will have free access to this analytic platform from K12 360°, an Innive solution. The platform is available as a cloud service with data integrated from preexisting learning management systems, digital textbook vendors, student information systems and others. The system supports single-sign-on and role-based access needs. Learn more or contact K12 360°.
Accessibyte is offering 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.
- Actively Learn
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.
Vonage has partnered with Insight Advance to offer this online video coaching and observation platform that allows for both synchronous and asynchronous observations and coaching sessions. Get started.
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.
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.
- Connections Academy
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.
- McGraw-Hill AP test prep
McGraw-Hill is offering free digital access to its “5 Steps to a 5” Advanced Placement test preparation guides for educators, students and parents. The online cross-platform courses will be available for 90 days for students who log in to get access prior to June 30.
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.
- Kaplan Test Prep
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.
- SMART Learning Suite Online
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.
- LanSchool Air
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.
- PebbleGo, Next and Spanish
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.
This platform allows educators to distribute teaching materials, collect worksheets, edit teaching content and enable group work. Sign up for free.
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. Signup for free schoolwide access and free PD resources.
Free subscriptions are available for myViewBoard software, which helps teachers record and share whiteboarding lessons with remote students. Learn more.
- Intelligent Education
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.
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.
- Native American videos
Everyday Native is a free 4th to 12th grade online teacher’s resource that offers uplifting stories of today’s Native American youth. Everyday Native has launched a series of new videos that allows students to better understand Native youth experiences and U.S. history from a Native perspective.
- Financial Literacy
Young and The Invested provides a number of options for understanding financial concepts, how to approach basic financial topics, and how to begin building the requisite skills for leading a financially-informed life.
- Rhyming Multi-Sensory Stories
Explore storytelling through the senses in a fun and engaging way with sensory ideas from this special needs education instructor based in the UK. Her Rhyming Multi-Sensory Stories for SEN, ASD, ADHD, PMLD, and EYFS are adapted to suit pre-schoolers to adolescent teens.
- Human Esources
Get home learning tips for elementary school-age children as well as scores of other resources including assessment tools. Users can create a free account on log onto their website.
Curriculum and instruction—E-books, reading, audio and podcasts, special education
- Age of Learning
Schools that are closed as a result of the coronavirus have free access to these programs for students in preK through grade 8: Adventure Academy and ReadingIQ. Get access.
- Reading Eggs
For 30 days, parents who have children ages 2 through 13 can access this reading program for free. Register now.
- Reading resources
Through June 30, ABDO is providing free access to its online digital libraries for grades preK-6 and grades 5 through 12. Also available are Zoom Online Databases that include various topics, such as animals, animales in Spanish, biographies and STEAM. Gain instant access.
- Beanstack Distance Learning Reading Challenge
For grades 2 through 5, this challenge promotes independent student reading through digital learning resources with free access to the Lerner Sports Database, which features athlete biographies using digital literacy tools that correlate with curriculum standards. Join the challenge.
- Morning Meet-Up and Story Time
These 15-minute sessions feature children’s book readings and topics about breath work and emotional health. Live sessions take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 am CST. Past guests include children’s book author Katie Jaffe and Taylor Ellison of CBS Austin. Watch live or view archived episodes.
- Heron Books
Heron Books is offering 10, free, downloadable courses covering math, grammar, geography, history and more for ages 4-12. All course materials, including the learning guide that gives students a path to learn a subject independently, can be downloaded and printed.
Through July, schools and districts have free access to the Classic subscription, which allows teachers to track student progress remotely. Schedule a demo.
- 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. Request Smarty Ants.
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.
- The 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.
- 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.
- 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. Log in.
- 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. Access the library.
- 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. Start a month free trial.
- 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. Sign up to receive texts.
- 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, visit: www.ChickenSoupForTheSoul.com/AH.
- Chicken Soup for the Soul e-books
Each e-book in this free three-book series contains 12 age-appropriate stories for K-12 students. The Chicken Soup for the Soul website includes supplemental photos and videos and worksheets. Download the free eBooks at chickensoup.com/ah.
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. To sign up for free access, click here.
- Museum coloring books
Many art museums are providing free printable coloring pages representing the works of famous artists. Read this blog for more information.
- 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 inclusive of LGBTQ identities. For its first week, HRC is offering a lesson plan and digital reading of Todd Parr’s The Family Book. HRC will provide a link to online readings of each book. View the current lesson plan and digital reading assignment.
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.
- Pinna podcasts, audio
Pinna, an audio-first platform for ages 3-12 with podcasts, audiobooks, and music, is offering a six-month trial for teachers who can get started with an email address—no credit card needed. All your of kids’ favorite podcasts, music and audiobooks are here, including dramas, mysteries, science, game shows, and comedies.
- Special ed resource: Reading
Bookshare: is a free, federally funded library of 900,000+ accessible ebooks for students with reading barriers such as dyslexia, blindness, and cerebral palsy. The collection includes textbooks, educational materials, bestsellers, young adult, and children’s titles. Students can read on virtually any device in formats including audio, audio + highlighted text, braille, and large font. Over 750,000 students use Bookshare to read and learn in ways that work for them. Read or watch how one student with dyslexia found a love of reading through Bookshare.
- Special ed resource: Math
Mathshare: Benetech Mathshare is a free online problem-solving tool that makes learning math easier. Freely available for anyone, with Mathshare, students can solve problems step-by-step and explain their reasoning with a note. This helps students stay focused and shows teachers how they got their answers. It is particularly helpful for students with special needs, including those who experience challenges focusing, challenges with penmanship, executive functioning, tracking, fine motor skills, and more. Read How one student with Cerebral Palsy uses Mathshare to work independently.
- 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. Start a free trial.
- Age of Learning
Curriculum and instruction—Arts
Created by high schoolers, these free 10- to 20-minute YouTube videos for elementary school students explore the arts with new additions added weekly. Art tutorials start with basics such as shapes and shading, and lead to drawing complex facial features. Music lessons discuss genres, notations and film scores. Writing exercises break down storytelling, characters, perspectives and the relationship between writers and readers. Theater videos talk about emotions, body language and how to perform dramatic writing. Start watching.
This literacy solution provider is offering free handwriting, reading and grammar resources for K-5 students. Alternatives to screen-time activities are also provided. View the resources.
- American Museum of Natural History Virtual Field Trips
These VR field trips allow students to engage with museum exhibits remotely and to complete activities to gain scientific knowledge, with materials to support teachers or parents in standards-aligned instruction. Take a virtual field trip.
- Yoto app
Free content on this screen-free interactive audio platform for children includes a curated selection of classical musical tracks, stories, riddles, jokes and podcasts. Start listening.
- TIME for Kids podcast
Starting in August, schools will have free 60-day access to this weekly podcast for students aged 3 through 12. Each episode will include TIME for Kids Reporters interviewing subjects and presenting the news. A special introductory episode is now available, which explores pandemics of the past to provide a better understanding of the who, what, when, where, why and how behind COVID-19. Begin free trial now.
- My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today
American Writers Museum is bringing this exhibit to viewers online. Viewers can hear personal stories about topics such as identity, community, language, storytelling and what it means to be an American from contemporary authors. Explore the exhibit.
- Symphony Spot
The League of American Orchestras has created this one-stop hub of orchestra livestreams, videos, and digital learning events from more than 100 members and friends of the League. The hub features various experiences, from performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Bedtime with Bach video series to the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s BSO Homeschool initiative featuring lesson plans, instrument demonstrations, and virtual lessons. Access the directory.
- Empowering Writers
Until June 30, K-8 writing assignments from Empowering Writers can be rolled out “as is” or can be used as a template for free. Assignments include Quick Writes, where students practice the mechanics, parts of speech, figurative language, vocabulary, and genre techniques using short answer responses and more. Access the hub.
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.
- 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. Download the app.
- COVID-19 Share Your Story Project
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. Submit your story or artwork.
- “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. Tune in.
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. Sign up.
- 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. Sign up.
- MVP Kids
MVP Kids and Becker’s School Supplies have launched a creative coloring contest. Kids can download and print free coloring books releasing weekly for the next five weeks. Entrants should submit their masterpieces and vote for their favorite entries. Submissions will be through May 8.
- 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. Sign up.
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 Soundtrap’s website and selecting “Start as a Teacher.”
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. Sign up.
- Martini plug-in license
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. Download the Martini license.
- 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.
- Canva for Education
Students can create presentations, infographics, websites, reports, worksheets, posters, flyers and signage for free using Canva for Education. The platform includes over 60,000 templates that can be filled with more than 2 million images and over 700 fonts. Canva for Education can be integrated with Google Classroom.
- Omni Calculator
The are more than 1,300 free calculators for teachers and students to use to do a variety of calculations – from chemistry and physics to math and statistics. Users can figure out percentages, circumferences, slope and scientific notation. Go to the OmniCalculator site and start problem-solving.
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. Learn more.
Curriculum and instruction—STEM
- Closing the Distance in Remote 3-D Science Learning
These free white papers from Carolina Biological contain strategies to help schools succeed and engage students with remote instruction. The articles provide common terminology adjusted for remote learning and teaching strategies, consider methods for effective remote hands-on science learning and examine advantages of teaching science standards remotely. Learn more.
- Pioneer Open Summer Study
This free program for high school students allows students to participate in independent studies about COVID-19 through a scientistic lens. Students will learn about medicine, society and epidemics; how pandemics affect globalization; the societal impacts and strategic responses to pandemics; and the forces driving socio-cultural evolution. Register free by August 1.
- Tech Scholars Online
- Bocadillos científicos
This collection of free Spanish-language general science activities are for elementary-aged learners that utilize inexpensive, readily available materials. Click here.
- Dad’s Worksheets
Dad’s Worksheets has a collection of more than 9,000 printable worksheets, online calculators, games, puzzles and tools such as a timer and converter for free. View the resources.
- Virtual STEM summer camps
As soon as June 1, students in grades 6 through 12 can enroll in these camps from Numerade with ongoing enrollment available afterwards. Course offerings include SET prep, calculus, chemistry, and physics, all taught by college professors. Enroll now.
The website has added free games and puzzle for K-12. The site also offers worksheets, mobile apps, tutorials and teaching tools, as well as math stations and learning materials easily accessed by teachers and parents alike. View the website.
- Mastercam University
From now until June 30, users can sign up to take a full set of Mastercam core classes, including principles of machining, 2-D mill, 3-D mill and lathe. Free project-based learning tutorials are also available. Enroll in Mastercam University or view the tutorials.
- AI4ALL Open Learning
This free adaptable AI curriculum empowers high school teachers of all subjects to bring AI education to their classrooms. Get the free curriculum.
- PhD Science
This K-2 science curriculum from Great Minds PBC is now an open educational resource that will be available to pilot in the fall of the 2020-21 school year. Start the pilot.
- Virtual summer camp guide
This guide provides a list of free camps that teach various topics such as coding, robotics, mathematics, art, reading, and writing. View the list.
- Funexpected Math
For kids aged 3 through 7, this app features math-related games that can be accessed on any device with the Chrome browser free during the pandemic. Packs of math-related printable are also available. Play at home.
- Popfizz Computer Science
Until July 1, schools can access this education and PD platform for grades 6 through 12. Free courses include an intro to computer science with Python,
- The National Math and Science Initiative
NMSI has free YouTube lessons which feature topics ranging from rational and irrational numbers to species and physics. Also, a three-part Facebook live series focuses on teacher, student and parent needs during sheltering-in-place.
- H2O: The Molecule That Made Us
WGBH Education launched this collection of digital resources, which tells the human story through our relationship to water. For grades 6 through 12, the media focus on water-related phenomena, including the Amazon rainforest’s “river in the sky,” the dynamic and delicate feedbacks between Earth’s systems, disappearing groundwater, and the impacts of water management strategies. View the collection.
- Great Minds
Great Minds’ newly developed Grades K–2 of the PhD Science curriculum will be an open educational resource, giving students in the earliest grades a high-quality science curriculum for free. The curriculum will be available to pilot in fall of the 2020–2021 school year.
- YWIB Online platform
Young Women In Bio has launched a new platform to provide young girls who are curious about STEM but may not live near one of YWIB’s 13 chapter cities in the United States and Montreal with STEM opportunities for free. Access the platform.
This math tool 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 through 11 are available. Get started for free.
- Extraction to E-waste: The Lithium-ion Battery Supply Chain
This digital learning module follows a lithium-ion battery on its journey from extraction of natural resources to its life as a battery and then examines what happens when the battery is discarded. Get started.
The Scratch website introduces students to creative coding activities. They can program interactive stories, games, and animations.
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. Start their journey.
- 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.
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. Teachers and schools can create a free-for-life account.
- JumpStart Academy Math
Until August 31, this math program for K-6 is free. Students learn math concepts through parent assigned lessons or by independently progressing through a series of practice levels across four math domains: operations, measurements and data, fractions and geometry. Get a jump start.
This math tutoring program for grades 6 through 12 connects students with experts who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Subjects range from middle school math to AP chemistry and physics. Download the app.
- 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. View the page.
- LEGO’s 10 tips and must-haves
From creating a scary monster to creating a chain reaction and seeing what happens, this list helps bring STEAM learning from the classroom to their living room with free lessons and activity starters. View the list.
- 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. Watch the videos or learn more.
- 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. View the list.
- Disney Codeillusion
- ORIGO at Home
These free weekly math learning resources contain activities for each day, along with digitally accessible or downloadable resources. Teachers or caregivers choose a grade level and start at Week 1. Students can engage in the work on a device or resources can be downloaded for printing. Most of the student resources are available in Spanish. Enter ORIGO At Home.
This K-5 math curriculum features games and assessments that can be accessed at home from laptops, iPads and smartphones. Enable home access.
- ST Math
Through June 30, this web-based visual instructional program for K-8 will be available for free. Get school or family access.
- “No KIBO? No Problem!”
This free booklet from KinderLab Robotics contains a collection STEAM activities for 3- to 7-year-olds. Download the PDF booklet.
- Flinn Scientific
Flinn Scientific is making available a robust collection of resources for science education, including WhiteBox Learning, FlinnPREP, and Digital Dissection to facilitate seamless science and engineering learning at home. Also available are video labs, more than 40 easy-to-implement activities that use commonly available materials, and video-based lab experiments conducted by Flinn’s scientific staff and broadcast online. During the broadcasts, Flinn’s scientists will answer questions from teachers and students.
- 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.
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.
Matific is offering all schools 60 days complimentary access to its Common Core-aligned activities, worksheets and word problems. Matific combines gamified activities with various real-world problem-solving tasks and a rigorous pedagogy to keep students engaged.
MetaCoders is offering a variety of daily coding lessons for beginner through intermediate coding students of all ages. View the free lessons on the MetaCoders Youtube channel.
These free teacher accounts for Minecraft Modding software allows teachers to create and organize free student accounts into classes as well as spin up Minecraft servers. For students without accounts, there is an in-browser Minecraft simulator that students are able to mod. Sign up for a free teacher account.
- Amazon Future Engineer courses
Amazon Future Engineer is offering various free courses for a range of students. A virtual robot teaches younger students about block-based coding and more advanced coding in about text-based coding in this fully sequenced course by CoderZ about the fundamentals of coding. Students learn to code by remixing music provided by Grammy-award winning artists Ciara and Common or their own in EarSketch. Students can also enter their remixes into weekly challenges managed by Georgia Tech. Read the blog.
- VEXcode VR
VEX Robotics has created free STEM activities for VEXcode VR that allow students to code and see virtual robots respond in real time on their desktop or tablet screens. View the activities.
- STEM Sports
For grades 3 through 8, these free STEM lessons by STEM Sports use basketball, football, soccer, volleyball and BMX to teach students STEM principles while encouraging and engaging children in physical activity. Request a sample lesson.
- DreamBox Learning Math
Through April 30, DreamBox Learning is offering a free 90-day trial of its K-8 math program designed to complement classroom instruction. Start your free trial.
- Code Break episodes
Code.org is hosting new “Code Break” episodes with special celebrity guests every Wednesday to teach students about computer science. Tune in.
Penjee.com, a site which teaches Python programming language, will be free with no signup codes through July. Some features that support remote instruction include Virtual Classrooms, Student Collaboration and the Differentiated Curriculum.
- STEM guide
This preK-12 STEM program guide includes standards-aligned activities designed for at-home use and stories from National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees. Access the guide.
- MOS at Home
The Museum of Science, Boston has launched this digital museum experience that features new live presentations, engineering projects, podcasts, kid-friendly activities and more every day. Parents and educators can participate in live webinars with museum educators to learn how to support STEM education. Closed captioning will be available for live and recorded content. Most content will be available in multiple languages, including Spanish. Start exploring.
- Marine Mammal Center activities
This series of online learning resources for grades 3 through 8 provides information about marine mammal health, science and conservation. Download the learning activities.
- Carolina Biological
Free science resources for K-5 are available from Carolina Biological. Printable PDFs are available for literacy articles and take-home science activities. Users can also access online learning platform and Carolina Science Online. Start here: carolina.com/learningfromhome
- MEL Academy and app
For the next three months, MEL Science will release a series of webinars called MEL Academy delivered by science teachers giving online science lessons and hands-on demonstrations for students aged 5-16 years. The MEL Science subscription kit offers additional experiments that can be carried out during the webinar. Preview more than 200 experiments. To register for MEL Academy, please see the online schedule.
- National Geographic Learning
All K-12 teachers now have free access to National Geographic Learning platforms and e-books. National Geographic Learning is also extending access for current digital users and providing training and support for educators transitioning to online teaching. Learn more.
- Tennessee Aquarium webcam streams
Anyone can virtually drop into the Tennessee Aquarium at any time via a collection of live webcam streams. All these streams are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Viewers can gamify their experience by counting the number of times sharks swim past the Secret Reef cam or identifying species using a dichotomous key for the Reef or crafting one of their own for Penguins’ Rock. Downloadable activity sheets and links to Aquarium video series are available on the “Aquarium at Home” landing page. MacGillivray Freeman productions are also available via streaming services and many of these selections have accompanying educator guides available to download.
- Knowre Math
This online core supplement can be used on any internet-connected device via a web browser or iPad app. Walk Me Through support and Targeted 10 assignments promote independent student learning as if a teacher were working one-on-one with that student. Student learning data is delivered to teachers via a Teacher Dashboard. Sign up for full access through the end of the school year at www.knowre.com/school_closure_support/
MathTutor Educational Software is making its Grades 6-12 math tutorial software available to schools at no cost through June 30, 2021. The series is available in online and desktop versions. A new math learning portal with expanded resources and enhanced student recordkeeping will be available February 1, 2021. Go to https://www.mathtutor.com
- 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.
Curriculum and instruction—Other
- ABCMouse.com for Teachers
Free for teachers, this preK-2 curriculum covers various subjects, including literacy, math, science and health, social studies, art and music. Get started.
Middle and high schools are invited to apply for 30-day free access to these ELA, math and science learning resources. Pilot spots are limited, so schools are encouraged to take their time in completing the application. Start a pilot.
- Wide Open Schools
This free platform now features a slate of programming from NBC News, including a digest of today’s news delivered specifically for a kid audience. They can also tune in for exclusive lessons from the journalists of NBC News. Other new features include online and offline summer activities. Get started.
- Walkabouts and Walksheets
Through September 1, students in pre-K through grade 2 can have free access to these online tools that teach math and language content through physical activity. Lessons are standards-based. Learn more.
- SoftMaker Office NX Home
For six months, students have free access to this office software that provides word processing, spreadsheet, presentation graphics and database software for Windows, Mac and Linux. School licenses give schools the right to install the software on all of its computers. Teacher licenses are also available. Request free license.
- Virtual summer contests for Jewish students
EdJewCorp is hosting two summer online competitions for middle and high school students: a Jewish history tournament, and a stock-picking challenge focused on publicly traded Israeli companies. Both contests are free. Register now.
- SiriusXM’s Camp KPL
This series of summer camp activities and projects can be available free for four months with a new subscription. Starting on June 1 and running throughout the summer, Camp KPL on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live channel will air weekdays from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET. Each show will be available On Demand for two weeks. Get a free subscription.
- Highlights @ Home
This free resource for K-5 students is delivered every Tuesday and Thursday via the Highlights for Children website or email. These themed content bundles include stories, puzzles, videos, games, physical activities and suggested acts of kindness. Every bundle includes a video message for parents, offering tips, guidance and inspiration. Soar into summer.
- PDF kits
Get Brainy Box is offering free downloadable PDF kits that cover various subjects, such as sharks, ancient civilizations and physics. Kits still have a suggested price listed in the shop but visitors can enter ‘0’ to receive their PDF kits free of charge. View the shop.
- Train Your Brain Tuesday videos
These 30-minute, prerecorded videos show kids how to conduct brain training exercises. Episodes focus on strengthening one or two brain skills at a time—from attention and reading skills, to math, memory and processing speed Each episode includes free downloadable activities, including the book, “Unlock the Einstein Inside: Applying New Brain Science to Wake Up the Smart in Your Child.” Watch the videos.
- GreatSchools Worksheets
GreatSchools offers hundreds of free printable worksheets for K-2. View the worksheets.
- Color by Number
For K-2, schools can access free color by number printable worksheets that teach colors, numbers and fine motor skills. View the worksheets.
- Educational Insights
A team of scientists, teachers, and artists has created these printable lessons that span across multiple subject areas for students up through grade 6. View the printable activities.
- MetaMetrics: Lexile Find a Book and Quantile Math@Home
MetaMetrics is offering free premium access to various tools, including Lexile Find a Book and Quantile Math@Home. Find a Book matches a student’s reading ability and personal interests with book search results. The Math@Home tool allows parents and students to access free math resources that are tailored to a student’s individual state, grade, math topic and Quantile measure or math level. Resources include activities, online games, tutorial videos and worksheets. Learn more.
Schools have free access to this online driver education course that features games, simulations and videos. Administrators can create virtual office hours, generate their own courses or choose from any of the available lesson plans. Request information.
- ASL Literacy Activities
These free activities support deaf children and their families with daily educational activities and live storytelling, all in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. The resource was created by the Motion Light Lab at Gallaudet University. Get free access.
- 2020 rankings guides
Optimal has three guides that help students find the online colleges and degrees that provide the best value and ROI, identify the most affordable online colleges, search for top majors at specific universities, compare different majors’ projected first year salary, contrast school tuition and student debt figures, mitigate and avoid unnecessary student debt and read verified reviews for both online and campus colleges and programs. View the rankings.
- Educating All Learners Alliance
To help ensure the continuity of special education services during remote instruction and to spotlight best practice approaches for schools and educators, an alliance of national education organizations is offering free instructional resources, ideas and case studies of bright spots in special education during school closures.
- Financial Avenue
Inceptia has extended the free offering of its Financial Avenue K-12 financial education coursework to June 30. The program offers ten individual courses that cover everything from saving and budgeting, to planning for college and a career, to spending wisely and tackling debt.
- Remark Test Grading Cloud
Gravic is offering its Remark Test Grading Cloud for free. The platform’s new online testing feature lets K-12 teachers assess how students are learning remotely.
- Little Rookies+
For 30 days, this online baseball activity program will offer free access to 12- to 20-minute classes and five-minute skill lessons for children aged 2 to 6 with physical fitness challenges at the end of each session. Video classes are currently offered in English and Spanish. Start a free trial.
- Learning Without Tears
The early childhood education company are offering learning packets organized by subject and grade level, which will be updated with new material monthly, and learning solutions for preK-5 students. Free materials and family resources are available in both English and Spanish. Learn more.
- Online career development resources
Through June 30, Kuder is offering free online career development resources, including Kuder Galaxy, an early career awareness system for preK-5 and Kuder Navigator, a career planning system for grades 6 through 12. Also available is free access to the 10-hour, self-paced, online Kuder Career Advisor Training: Essentials professional development course. Learn more.
- Delphian School
This Oregon school has partnered with Heron Books Publishing to offer free online classes for children and teens. The 30- to 45-minute classes include science, history, poetry, music, manners and etiquette, writing and more. View the schedule.
- Veritas Press
Schools have 60-day access to Self-Paced History, Bible and Omnibus Courses; VeritasBible.com; and the Phonics Museum App for iOs devices. Get started.
#Press4Education videos, a collaboration between the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association, the #Press4Education project aims to bring more journalism education to K-12 schools across the nation. The videos can be found on the Society of Professional Journalist’s YouTube channel.
- 5 Steps to a 5 Advanced Placement
Students who sign up to receive this AP guide from McGraw-Hill prior to June 30 will also gain access to online Cross-Platform Prep Courses for 90 days. Redeem your codes.
This curated directory has hand-selected and aggregated free videos and websites for over 50 high school topics. There are separate Top 20 directories for literature, philosophy, chemistry, calculus, computer science, art history, and more than 50 other courses. Top20Kids.com is a directory of free resources for children. View the directory.
- Everyday Native
For grades 4 through 12, this program bridges the gap of understanding about Native Americans by non-Indians and can be used in various subject areas, including language arts, Native American history, U.S. history, social studies, current events, photography, poetry and art. Sign up for full access.
- AP testing and supports
The College Board is offering virtual supports for educators and students at no cost and at-home Advanced Placement testing for its 2019-20 exam administration in May. Learn more.
- Savvas Learning Company (formerly Pearson K12 Learning)
Free downloadable preK-12 videos, lesson plans and print-on-demand worksheets for math, science, social studies, reading and writing are available on enVision Mathematics, Elevate Science, myWorld Interactive, myPerspectives and SuccessMaker. Get started.
- Innovate curriculum
The Henry Ford is waiving all standard fees for this curriculum that connects STEAM and humanities together through digital content and activities. This four-course program for middle and high schoolers joins the Model i primer and Invention Convention Curriculum, which are also free. Explore now.
- Frog Tutoring
Held one to three times per week on Zoom, these more than 290 K-12 classes in math, ELA and science will be part of a structured curriculum from CK-12.org Education Foundation. Classes are scheduled to run through May. Register here.
- Printable and scannable templates
Rocketbook has made free downloadable templates that students can scan and share using the free Pocketbook app. These PDFs range from blank art pages and music sheets, to graph paper and dot grids. These assignments can be scanned and shared using the free Rocketbook app. Download the free PDF templates.
- Summer Math Challenge and Lexile WordLists
MetaMetrics is providing Summer Math Challenge for grades 1 through 8 and Lexile WordLists for grades 1 through 12 at no cost. Summer Math Challenge is a self-paced program that helps students practice math skills. WordLists addresses vocabulary gaps and prepares students for academic words in science, math, social studies and ELA.
- Khan Academy
Free interactive practice exercises, quizzes and instructional videos are available that covers many core academic subjects, including math, science, arts, and humanities. Khan Academy has been translated into more than 40 languages. Get started.
During the week of April 20, this college and career readiness platform will be available free of charge to all high schools. The free plan is currently accepting registrations. Students can join virtual college visits, informational webinars and online college fairs. The portal also provides access to a college search database to research schools, discover tuition fees and plan applications. Register for an account.
A free, full-length PSAT practice exam is available. Each question answered will provide a detailed explanation of the answer choices to help students actively learn and retain concepts. Take the exam.
For 30 days, the PRO version of this content-integration platform will be free. Teachers can create their own content or access open-source education resources that are searchable by grade level and subject. Register now.
A new website offers a series of free daily lessons and activities for K-5. Each week, the website will provide a schedule by grade level, in addition to 10-minute video lessons and worksheets for math, literacy, social-emotional learning, and more. View the website.
Renaissance is offering free programs including myON, myON News, and Freckle that enable students to access literacy and math activities and to complete assignments remotely. Additional free resources that include implementation guides are available. Request free access.
- Gettysburg: A Nation Divided
For a limited time, the beta version of this new mixed reality app from QuantumERA envelopes users in the battle as it unfolds around them through 360-degree views and avatars of soldiers. After downloading the app, visit PerspectivesXR.org to find activities and free resources. Download the app.
- Waggle, Writable, Amira Learning
HMH is offering district administrators temporary use of three personalized learning solutions. Waggle provides math and literacy instruction for grades 3 through 8. Writable offers writing skills instruction for grades 3 through 12. Amira Learning features early literacy assessments and instruction for K-3. View other free resources.
Up until the start of summer vacation, schools can have free access to these online learning tools that provide personalized math, spelling and grammar instruction using games and rewards. Sumdog is also providing online video guidance and daily 15-minute teacher webinars, email, live chat and telephone support. Sign up for Sumdog.
- VE Tech Apps
This course provide hands-on, relevant learning experiences to all students in academic or CTE courses and includes orientation resources to get started. Fill out the form to access the course or view all resources.
- TCI curricula
Until the end of the school year, qualified schools have free digital access to TCI’s social studies and science curricula. Teachers can deliver interactive lessons from a laptop or tablet. TCI has also developed a resource page to support teachers with free videos, guides and FAQs.
- Renzulli Learning
For the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, Renzulli Learning is providing free access to its online learning platform that features more than 50,000 differentiated activities. Renzulli Learning supports personalized distance learning in all subjects and collaborative project-based learning. Start your free trial.
Weekly sets of free brainteasers are available via PDF from MindAntix. Click here to sign up. The collection for the week of March 23 can be downloaded here.
Ringbeller is releasing five episodes of its “edutainment” video content, designed for K-5 students over the next two weeks on the Ringbeller Youtube channel. The first two episodes are available now.
- Math and foreign language collections
Carnegie Learning is providing two curriculum resources for free. LONG + LIVE + MATH At Home is a curated collection of math lessons and videos for grades 6 through 12. This offer includes access to 1:1 math learning software and virtual support. iCulture for At-Home Language Learning is a cultural immersion resource for Spanish, French and German language teachers and students.
- Student Leadership Program
The Lead4Change Student Leadership Program gives middle and high schoolers the opportunity to lead and help meet the needs of the local community. The program includes free lessons, videos and resources. Join now.
- Symbaloo PRO version
Symbaloo is offering its PRO version to all educators at no cost for the duration of the school closings caused by the coronavirus. Teachers can create board game-style online lesson plans and “Webmixes,” or collections of links to websites, videos, documents, and articles that function as a homepage for educators.
- LaunchPacks Science and Social Studies
These collections of articles, images, videos and primary information sources are now free from Encyclopaedia Britannica. To access the platform, schools can register here. A team member will promptly help users set up free access to LaunchPacks and share remote learning information and resources.
- Cowgirl resources
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has new online educational handouts and other resources for grades 3 through 6. Students can learn how to measure a horse, design their own brand, find out how horses see the world, unscramble Western words and find some new books on the museum booklist. Online resources can be found at cowgirl.net/education/resources
- Character Does Matter
Each weekday at 1 pm ET, a Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) veteran mentor will host a Facebook Live video around character development for elementary and middle school students as part of TMF’s updated Character Does Matter Program. The Character Does Matter program empowers veterans and family members of fallen heroes who volunteer with TMF to develop character and leadership skills in young adults by sharing stories of real people who exemplify these traits.
- Critical Thinking books
The Critical Thinking Co. is offering a level-one coloring book for PreK-1, a puzzle book for K-5 and a math activity book for grades 1 through 5. Schools can sign up for free weekly puzzles delivered via email to their inbox. Criticalthinking.com also offers free printable activities, interactive games and several free quizzes.
Through the end of March and until further notice, schools have free access to the ad-free version of KneeBouncers.com, an online learning and entertainment platform that offers games, videos, and other challenges for toddlers and preschoolers.
- Actively Learn
Now free for the rest of the summer, this online curriculum platform for middle and high school students features ELA, science and social studies assignments. Premium features such as unlimited content uploads and extra help for struggling students are also offered at no extra charge. Register for a free upcoming web seminar.
- Daily workbooks
edHelper.com is publishing free daily math and writing workbooks for elementary students. Additional free resources are available, such as free math worksheets, also for elementary students.
- Studies Weekly Online
This K-6 online curriculum platform for social studies and science is free for all teachers and students whether or not they are current customers. The online platform includes all student and teacher editions, lesson plans, ELA integrations and customizable assessments. Teachers can start their free membership with Studies Weekly Online by visiting studiesweekly.com.
- Mango Classroom app
The Mango Classroom app teaches 70 world languages and cultures on mobile and desktop platforms with features that support offline learning. Students and teachers have full accessibility to online resources that include staff and student video tutorials and webinars. Administrator features include progress and usage tracking, and automatically graded assessments. To apply for free access through the end of the 2019-20 school year, please visit mangolanguages.com/covid19-response.
- Word Search Wizard
This website allows visitors to find, print, and create traditional word search puzzles. Over a thousand puzzles are available, covering a variety of subjects including math, science, history and geography. Teachers can create custom puzzles which can be turned into lessons that can be saved and updated at wordsearchwizard.com
Free for 60 days to schools and parents, this online, research-based, foundational literacy program helps PreK-5 students strengthen skills in pre-literacy areas such as following directions, sequencing, auditory memory and phonological awareness. It features self-directed activities, short and targeted tasks, and monitoring of student progress and complies with state and Common Core standards. To subscribe visit www.hearbuilder.com.
- Virtual Field Trip: Manufacturing
Allegion has made its Manufacturing Day virtual field trip available online for students interested in learning about a career in manufacturing. This one-hour series can be accessed from any device or location at Allegion’s YouTube channel and as a part of the 2020 MFG Day Virtual Field Trips playlist.
- Holocaust Curriculum
ZACHOR Holocaust Curriculum is the first-ever curriculum fully developed and facilitated by a living Holocaust survivor, Ben Lesser. The free curriculum and interactive teaching tool includes six turnkey lesson plans along with videos, historical photography, personal anecdotes, a historical interactive timeline and various student activities and dialogue prompts that will provide a lasting impact on participants and ensure ease of use for teachers. School districts, schools, teachers, students and history enthusiasts can go to zachorlearn.org
- MSL futureS (new)
This free 10-month fellowship program from mindSpark Learning will help educators prepare to accept and embrace ambiguities. Educators can apply in teams of three to form their fellow group. The trimester kicks off July 15. Learn more.
- OTIS PD
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. Get started.
- Winsor Learning PD
Winsor Learning is releasing free online professional development opportunities for teachers, as well as a new Parent Empowerment Pack, which includes three weeks’ worth of K-5 lesson plans. To access the menu of professional development opportunities for teachers, click here.
- BootUp PD
BootUp PD is offering free access to lesson plans and coding resources in the Scratch and ScratchJr applications for K-12. View the online resources.
- Microsoft Mondays
This weekly PD workshop series is delivered through Microsoft Teams, which will allow participants to interact directly with the facilitator, ask questions and collaborate. The series is provided through a partnership between Florida Polytechnic University and Microsoft. Register now.
The PD provider has created a resource site that includes ideas, examples, and tools to facilitate PBL remotely. Projects can be adapted for remote learning across grade levels and feature technology solutions for collaboration and connection. View the site.
- Distance Learning Online Toolkit
mindSpark Learning has launched the free distance learning online toolkit that provides online PD courses covering AI and social emotional learning, live courses on online teaching and remote leadership, support chatrooms and distance learning FAQs.
This hub provides a free collection of professional learning resources for educators and video interviews with education thought leaders including Elena Aguilar, Deborah Ball, Joellen Killion, Bob Lenz, and Amy Tepper and Patrick Flynn. The interviews are split into bite-sized clips focusing on the challenges of teaching during COVID-19 and providing tactical “what now” advice for educators. Access the hub.
- IBM AI Education
mindSpark Learning and IBM partnered to create this free, interactive professional learning suite of online experiences to guide educators through AI’s foundational concepts and K-12 classroom connections. Participants will learn how to infuse their content and curriculum with the knowledge, skills and values driving innovation in AI today. Learn more.
- Kids Internet Defense Shield
Until September 30, districts can sign up for a free six-month trial of this internet filtering technology from CyberReef, but there is a one-time setup fee. This technology allows schools to give access to only age-appropriate websites, while blocking others on school-provided devices. The filter does not require a special app and is placed on cellular networks as a buffer between the internet and the mobile device being used by the student. All of the encrypted information is housed on the cloud and not the device. Learn more or contact CyberReef.
For three months, new users can get free access to this ad- and tracking-blocker program for three devices. Schools just need to register and confirm registration. Register now.
- CrisisGo’s COVID-19 Return-to-School Kit
This kit includes the necessary software tools, technical assistance, and support schools need to reopen safely. Sign up.
- SmartDeploy Premium
Through July 15, IT departments can use this unlimited-access subscription for free to prevision student and faculty Windows devices, safely refresh computer labs to prepare for returning students and manage remote user devices over the cloud. IT technicians can request a SmartDeploy Premium subscription using their school email address. Request a subscription.
- CIESC Compliance Training
Through July 1, Central Indiana Educational Service Center is providing free access to this library of compliance training safety videos. Topics include bloodborne pathogens, internal controls, child Abuse and neglect, bullying prevention, behavior issues, substitute training, school bus driver safety, the FERPA law and more. Access training videos.
- ADM107: Coping With Crises and Traumatic Events
Through May 31, the early care and education workforce can access this three-hour course and earn 0.3 IACET CEU upon successful completion. From ChildCare Education Institute, the course teaches recommended practices for emergency and disaster planning and preparedness, policies for responding to various types of disasters and security threats and strategies for helping children and adults cope with a variety of misfortunes. Access the free course.
- Xfinity WiFi Free
Xfinity WiFi hotspots in school and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. View Xfinity WiFi hotspot map.
For 30 days, schools have free access to this scheduling software for campus safety officials. Officers can see up-to-the-minute schedules, and administrators can review staffing needs anytime, from any location. The software also has time-off management in addition to texting and email features. Try it free.
- Pre-Trip Training and Evaluation Software App
For 90 days, Advanced Training Systems is providing this app at no charge. Schools can use this app to help prospective new drivers learn how to evaluate the condition and roadworthiness of their rig’s engine compartment, driver door fuel area, coupling area, trailer, light, cab, and brakes. Learn more.
- The Web Security course
IT officials can take this free course to learn about the most common attacks and fundamental countermeasures that every web application should implement. The course features real cases from pentesting practice and resources such as HackerOne, OWASP. Each lesson includes identification and exploitation tasks as well as code correction tasks evaluated by the virtual mentor. Try for free.
This app features two-way digital messaging so teachers can chat directly with individual students and parents. Interactive video content showcasing allows schools to share preexisting promotional videos, and provide a welcome message from teachers, principals and superintendents every time a student or parent opens the app. Users can also submit news, pictures and video content that administrators approve to post on apps, social media, website, voice dial, text and email. Schedule a demo.
- Behavioral Threat Assessment Technology
Through July 30, Navigate360 is opening free access to this technology which allows schools to keep their cases organized and sensitive student information secure. Get the details.
- Let’s Talk!
For three months, schools can use this platform from K-12 Insight that unifies various modes of communication into one place, including email, phone, social media and in-person. Request a demo.
- Digital Town Hall
For 90 days, districts have free access to this solution, which provides real-time interaction capabilities for school board, administrator, and parent/teacher meetings. Request access by emailing ClientCare@cherryroad.com.
- Taskade Pro
Schools can access the Pro version of Taskade’s unified workspace where teams can manage tasks, write notes and video chat on the same page at no cost for six months. Sign upor download the app.
Bloomz is opening their premium version for free through the semester to all schools. The Bloomz communication platform enables schools to communicate updates in real-time to parents and students.Keep parents informed of health alerts, request for necessary items like hand sanitizer and wipes, reward students for healthy habits, send weekly lessons, assignments and create portfolios for assignment submissions. Request a free pilot.
Educators can access this digital platform to create virtual graduations for the class of 2020. Users can build a media portfolio that visually documents each student’s journey to graduation. Vidigami is helping schools enforce policy related to student data privacy and security while engaging students, faculty, and families in an all-digital school experience. Create virtual graduations.
- Review of school safety plans
The National Behavioral Intervention Team (NaBITA) is offering a mini review of your school safety plan to include bullet pointed recommendations for improvement and a complimentary consultation with a NaBITA team member. This offer also includes a free 30-day trial membership to NaBITA. For your school safety plan review and free trial membership, email: email@example.com.
- Emergency management
Now available for free, this app from Raptor syncs with a school’s SIS so faculty and staff can track when a student is “reunifying” with a parent or guardian, receiving a meal or delivering a homework assignment. One user selects the student and “initiates the reunification” on the program when a parent or guardian arrives on school property. This alerts another faculty or staff member on the app that the student has arrived and can bring the student, meal or homework to the car without the parent having to get out of the car. Schools also use the app to manage emergency evacuations and lockdowns. Request more information on how Raptor works.
Schools have three free months of premium access to this solution that lets administrators work on enrollment applications, exam forms, student satisfaction surveys, alumni membership forms; digitize registrar and administrative paperwork; host fillable forms; send parent consent forms; capture data and manage student-teacher interactions. Fill out a short form to get a pdfFiller account set up.
- OurPact app
For three months, parents can receive free access to this screen time management app’s Premium features, including web filters, device-usage schedules and allowances, and the ability to whitelist educational apps during school hours. OurPact controls device access automatically after establishing management preferences. Parents can block children’s tech access on-demand emotely within the app. Sign up for free.
Schools can get a free six-month subscription to this employee engagement platform that features easy-to-deploy pulse surveys and advanced insights. Unit4 will help institutions get up and running in 24 hours with no additional IT support required. Go live today.
- Remote Control
For three months, schools can sign up for free access to NetSupport Manager’s secure remote control tools on up to 2o0 devices. These tools allow IT teams to quickly respond to IT issues across multiple sites in any location and provide remote workers with safe and easy access to their work desktop. Get set up.
- CirQlive MEETS
For 90 days, K-12 schools can gain free access to the CirQlive MEETS integration tool, which plugs the security gaps and interactivity hole between web conferencing platforms, LMS and single sign-on systems. Schools will receive free consulting services on how to quickly deploy or scale online learning. Book a demo or contact CirQlive with questions.
- Facility management and scheduling
Districts can enter all of their buildings and grounds on Facilitron’s critical activity scheduling and tracking platform at no cost to receive information for every event taking place during coronavirus mitigation orders. Entering all facility use in the system allows districts to see who is and was in what sites during specific days and hours. Learn more.
- Abre Hub
Abre Hub is now available at no charge for schools and districts to post news and announcements for the community as well as provide access to school software tools. Announcements can include images, videos and links to documents. Visit abre.io or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Willo Labs LMS
Willo Labs will provide its LMS integration platform to schools at no cost for open access content and courseware. A “Willo Uno” delivery button is the digital learning equivalent of ROKU or Fire TV for streaming content channels. As always Willo Labs provides free digital learning consultation services. Email Willo Labs for more information. Sign up for a webinar. Watch a 40-second overview video.
- Ocelot chatbot
Create a free artificial intelligence-powered chatbot to answer general and school-specific questions related to COVID-19. Chatbots can support students 24/7 with information and campus-specific procedures as well as understand the questions and needs of communities through personalized analytics. Create your chatbot.
For 90 days, CherryRoad is offering two services for free. SHARK UTM Remote Workplace provides secure, remote access to servers and workstations. No hardware installation required. Cloud Digital Asset Management Service allows schools to store and share documents and digital media in the cloud.
- signNow Enterprise
signNow is offering its free Enterprise subscription that features a e-signature tool and fillable fields functionality for registrar offices and administrative functions, enrollment forms and applications, research grant applications, campus policy forms, alumni membership forms, and test, exams and student surveys. Fill out a short form to get set up.
- TechSolutions tech support
For 30 days, Support.com’s TechSolutions tech support subscription will be free to help institutions with computer setup, to troubleshoot video conference calls and to ensure that students, professors and colleagues can connect. Create or sign in to an account.
- Microsoft Teams
For six months, Microsoft Teams will be free for K-12 staff, faculty and students to chat, meet online, collaborate in real-time on documents and integrate the platform with education apps. Learn how to get started.
- Edge Foundation coaching
Free and reduced-price sliding scale fees for individual coaching is available for students who are at home. Edge Foundation specializes in coaching struggling students and non-traditional learners with executive function challenges, from trauma to ADHD. Edge Foundation coaches work virtually with individuals using online tools such as Zoom, Skype and Facetime. Find a coach.
Up to 10 staff and faculty members per higher ed institution can sign up for two free months of Otter for Teams by May 1. Otter uses AI to generate searchable notes for business meetings, presentations and distance learning. The Otter app works on the web and mobile devices, and can be used with video collaboration systems, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and Google Hangouts. Sign up for two free months of Otter for Teams.
- Cyber Dive
This free service enables parents to view their child’s social media activity across social media sites including Instagram, Snapchat and VSCO. This summer, parents will be able to monitor their activity on TikTok, Discord, Google and YouTube. Sign up for Cyber Dive.
- CT Cloud Meeting and Cisco Webex Meetings
Upon request, CallTower can deploy CT Cloud Meeting powered by Zoom for free as well as free Cisco Webex Meetings in less than 24-hours through June 30. Access the Free Video Conferencing Center to get started. CallTower previously announced 90-days free Microsoft Teams Direct Routing.
- Stopfinder Communication
This two-way communication tool is available to all school districts in North America free of charge for the remainder of the school year. The app provides a secure platform for school district officials, parents and guardians to communicate with each other, including sharing documents and photos. A district does not have to be using routing software to utilize this tool. The app allows districts to blast notifications districtwide as well as to specific groups based on grade, region and other criteria. To learn more, visit stopfinder.com.
For 60 days, K-12 school districts can have free access to this Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 data security and student safety platform. ManagedMethods monitors G Suite, Office 365, and its email apps for cybersecurity threats and student safety risks.
- Schoolwide platform
ClassTag has launched the free Schoolwide platform that administrators can use to communicate with staff and teachers, and to send families messages in over 55 languages via SMS text, email, apps and the web. The platform also holds virtual lessons with a preferred video conferencing tool and can be used to post videos and other resources for parents. Schools can request access today for their school or district at https://www.classtag.com/schoolwide-demo
- Free 60-day internet service
Hargray will offer free internet service for 60 days to families with K-12 students in its service area who do not already have a Hargray Internet subscription. Hargray will also offer discounted internet speed upgrades to existing customers. Current customers interested in increasing their internet speeds can call 877-427-4729. To enroll for free 60-day internet service, please visit www.hargray.com/freeinternet.
The platform, which offers deliver straight to mobile devices, has launched a Let’s Kick Covid-19 course that gives educators reliable information on the pandemic at their fingertips as well as best practices, such as workplace guidance and debunking myths.
- Mathematics learning
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has partnered with NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics Education to offer a guide on how to ensure equitable access to learning by not isolating or labeling students, and to create looping and co-teaching models to support teachers. Readers will learn why and how to determine essential learning practices, student strengths, what students know now and what should be taught next.
- Return to Learn Program
Stanford Professor Jo Boaler and 13 education experts have combined with Knowledgehook, an instructional guidance system for math teachers in grades 1-10 report, on a curriculum analysis and leadership series to help schools return to learning and improve education overall. It offers recommendations to improve technology, assessments, curricula and pedagogies plus how to implement them effectively.
- Unfinished learning
The Council of the Great City Schools along with the Center for Mathematics Excellence and Equity at the University of California, Berkeley, and a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, are offering the free Addressing Unfinished Learning After COVID-19 School Closures. The document provides six strategies targeting essential skills and content to improve access to learning when students transition to higher grades and newer topics in mathematics as well as English language arts.
- Lumos Learning
An open-source knowledge repository for distance learning created by volunteer school leaders to help educators across the country. The distance learning information kit contains 300+ frequently asked questions and more being added every day on topics such as Social Emotional Learning, COVID Relief Funds, School Reopening, and Curriculum & Instructions.
- Financial guidance
Annuity.org, a web finance resource, has created a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide in hopes of educating first-time investors. It covers topics such as choosing the right investments, investment timing, 401(k)s and retirement plans that might be helpful to educators either as a personal guide or in instruction.
- Gale resource center
Gale recently launched a COVID-19 resource center for librarians and educators that features interdisciplinary, curriculum-aligned material; live and on-demand training materials; PD ebooks; and white papers on health-related topics and global issues. Read the blog and visit the resource center.
Communications, operations and security
This free website helps students get their school yearbooks signed virtually. After creating an online profile, students can invite friends, family, teachers, and coaches to write comments on their virtual yearbooks. Information is stored on secure commercial servers, and students under the age of 13 can only access the service from a parent or guardian account under their supervision. Get your yearbook signed.
- K12 resources
The curriculum and support service provider is offering free activities for students, including game-based projects, literary solutions and summer camps; resources on coping with COVID-19; tools to help schools transition online; and solutions for adult learners. View the offerings.
- ACS Efforts and Resources
Opportunities to aid in effective chemistry and chemistry-related education as well as webinars covering teaching methods are available from American Chemical Society, a scientific society and publisher of scientific research and information.
- Outdoor safety tips
This guide from Review.com includes information on how to create a safe outdoor place to play, effectively monitor kids from a distance and identify potential risks. View the guide.
The Connected Learning Era: Mitigating the COVID-19 Learning Loss
This research-based guide from HMH includes ways to prepare for interrupted schooling and learning loss, focus on student well-being and growth, empower educators, prioritize social-emotional learning, assess individual learner needs, use data to inform decision-making, leverage curricula and learning sciences, plan for a connected learning environment, and engage students, educators, families, and communities. Request free digital download.
- COVID internet access guide
This resource shares the financial difficulties associated with the novel coronavirus pandemic, internet service providers that are offering crisis assistance and how to keep online during the crisis. Access the guide.
- Kitchen Table Coaching
Instructional coaches have on-demand access to this four-part webinar series to help teachers with timely and much-needed support during online learning. Watch the series.
Now free, this AI solution provides insights into class performances, and autogrades homework and tests. The solution also gives students instant feedback. Learn more.
- Virtual Teaching Academy
This program will be delivered through a series of online, interactive events to help administrators and teachers create a virtual teaching and learning environment, from infrastructure to curriculum planning and training. The series will lead to the inaugural Virtual Teaching Academy on June 26 – July 1. Register here.
- The Power of Data Analytics for Remote Learning
This free report compares actual data usage from 500,000 users in school districts nationwide from the beginning of February, prior to school closings, through mid-April. CatchOn’s report reveals how and when students and teachers across the nation are using their EdTech applications and school devices, both inside and outside the classroom. Download the report.
- 19 Free Homeschooling Resources & Tips to Help the Entire Family
Romper, a digital destination for millennial moms, has compiled a list of nearly 20 free educational resources that are available online, from TeachStarter.com to TED-Ed. Read the blog.
- 30-minute online consultation
K-12 educators are invited to reach out to project coaches—experts in inquiry-based learning—who can assist with the current transition and provide crucial feedback for free. Find a consultant.
- Learning with Digital Games Guide
The nearly 40 games and 10 learning hubs showcased in this guide are free or relatively affordable players, and have been vetted for educational content and player experience. These games explore various subject areas, age levels and gaming platforms. Access the guide.
Google has made advanced features in Google Meet available to schools using G Suite for Education at no additional cost. This includes the ability to record meetings, livestream up to 100,000 people, and add 250 people to a Hangout. Google has also launched Teach from Home, a central hub of information, tips, and training tools to help educators keep teaching during school closures. Educators and IT administrators can also explore ideas and resources for remote teaching to help save time and engage students. The company is also offering its portfolio of Google Cloud learning resources—including training courses, hands-on labs and interactive Cloud OnAir webinars at no cost. Users can gain cloud experience through hands-on labs and on-demand courses on Pluralsight and Coursera. Our most popular learning paths are now available for all.
- White House Historical Association
This nonprofit’s mission is to protect, preserve, and provide public access to the rich history of The White House. Its website offers free educational resources, including resource packets, short education videos, a children’s book list, weekly at-home activity series, a digital library, a mobile app, and a historical podcast.
- Educator Mobilization Initiative
These free resources from Amazon Web Services Education help teachers and faculty transition to online learning. Resources include webinars on remote learning, virtual office hours, learning sessions on Amazon technologies and student-specific virtual events. View the resources.
- The Online Student’s Guide: Tips for Academic Success
This guide from EducationDegree.com includes information on what happens in an online classroom, the pros and cons of online learning, tips for succeeding in online learning and other resources. Read the guide.
Through the end of June, the technology-centric teacher preparation and degree-granting institution is offering free webinars for educators to learn about teaching online. Courses include “Online Learning for Diverse Learners” and “Managing the Online Learning Environment.” Register now.
- MeTEOR Connect
Available for free, this library includes virtual education best practice videos, performance tasks for students at home and in traditional classrooms, and other resources for teachers and leaders making the adjustment to virtual education. Get connected.
- Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic magazine is offering free learning resources for families, including reading and writing quests, math exercises and crafting ideas.
- “Humane Heroes Storytime”
A series of free books created by American Humane and the publishers of the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books tells inspirational stories of animal rescue, rehabilitation, and species preservation. The first 12 stories in the video series are drawn from volume I for elementary school students. Stories from volume II and III for older students will also be available.
Through, June 30, Rev.com is providing free access to its new live captioning Zoom integration to all K-12 educators to support the transition to virtual classrooms. Captioning helps schools to remain compliant with federal accessibility laws and assist the nearly 5 million ESL students in the U.S.
- Bright by Text
Bright by Text offers free early childhood education tools and community resources through parents’ and caregivers’ smartphones. The service includes two to four text messages per week with links to tips, videos and related developmental resources based on a child’s age. Bright by Text partners with resources like PBS, Vroom, Sesame Street, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to deliver expert-approved child development content. Sign up by texting BRIGHT to 274448 or by filling out this form.
- Providing connectivity and improving internet
Connected Nation is offering a connectivity resource of free hotspots, what providers are promising to do and finding low-cost internet or phone service as well as internet-enabled devices. Another free resource includes simple tips and tricks for quickly fixing an internet connection and improving internet speed at no extra cost.
- EdisonLearning webinar series
Available for free through June 30, this series of nearly 20 educator training and PD webinars covers various topics, such as getting organized for remote learning, providing effective feedback in a virtual world, pursuing PBL through mastery projects, creating virtual PLCs, identifying skills of successful online students and more. Start watching.
- Virtual board meeting guide
This website resource helps school boards address the challenges of meeting virtually by highlighting the benefits of combining virtual meeting software, board management software, and video streaming services via social media platforms. The website, developed by eBOARDsolutions, also features resources shared from other state school board associations around the country. Access the guide.
- Building chatbots from scratch
Gupshup has created this YouTube crash course that covers a range of topics, from building bots for Slack to creating a voice bot for Google Home. Gupshup is also hosting free webinars on incorporating bots into the WhatsApp platform. Take the crash course or participate in webinars.
- COVID-19 language asset
United Language Group has created a centralized COVID-19 language asset that provides all previously translated content available for free to help schools provide greater support for their ELL communities. ULG has also removed all rush fees. Fill out this form to to schedule a call with a United Language Group consultant.
- UBTECH resources
This resource library includes weekly robotics design challenges with online and offline options, how to teach AI in K-12 for educators, and daily activity pro tips on how to use free resources. View the resource library.
- Community Allocation Response Team Services (CARTS)
Allovue’s Community Allocation Response Team Services is a free program that helps administrators track COVID-19 related spending. Services include a central repository for purchasing requests and approved expenses; 1-on-1 support from an education finance expert to plan for revenue changes; and a session with our budget director-in-residence that covers revising your budgeting process or repurposing underspent funds.
- Online Learning Resources Library
From Digital Promise, this library of free resources features a searchable interface that allows teachers to filter instruction tools by grade level and subject. Every resource meets criteria for student privacy—schools need to either sign the Student Privacy Pledge or not require student account creation in order to be included. Access the library.
- Pulse resources
Remote Educator Pulse is a free resource to help ensure faculty are prepared to deliver remote learning programs, while connecting institutions to their ongoing experiences so they can drive continuous impact. K-12 Remote Learning Pulse is a free resource to understand if students and families have what they need in this new remote learning environment, while also helping to pinpoint district-wide issues.
- Lucid for Education
Teachers can receive free consultations to help with designing their online lesson plans. Teachers can sign up via a link that has been added to the templates toolkit. Sign up.
- Early Learning Boost email newsletter
Parents who sign up for this newsletter will receive an activity and video in English and Spanish on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Waterford UPSTART is also offering resources. Sign up for the newsletter or access the resources.
Free until June 30, this curated video platform features videos covering K-12 curricula with lesson guides. Regular webinars, video tutorials, and video strategy guides are included. Teachers can sign up here.
- Education Elements
Education Elements is providing K-12 leaders with open-ended learning and sharing opportunities. This free, real-time support includes webinars, facilitated open dialogues, and 1-on-1 office hours to meet the diverse and unique needs of each community. Likely topics include leadership, equity, trauma, and virtual learning during school closures.
- Title IX Regulations help
To help you to prepare for the upcoming release of new Title IX regulations from the United States Department of Education, the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) is offering 10 tips for K-12 District Title IX Coordinators, 10 tips for K-12 District Title IX Investigators, and a free 30-day trial membership to ATIXA. Want to be kept in the loop once the new regulations are released? click here.
- Pathfinders Online Institute
The Infosys Foundation is featuring a variety of educational activities and resources from multiple providers and will host livestreamed lessons, such as virtual family code nights, in the coming weeks. Learn more.
Findcourses.com has compiled a list of resources for businesses. The list includes a free remote collaboration presentation, free courses available to help with staying ahead of the curve, and the latest health news from WHO, CDC and the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. View these resources.
Through the end of the school year, GoGuardian is offering free and full-functional access to its entire suite of tools, including at-home web filtering, classroom management, device management, and student safety tools. Current GoGuardian customers can receive free access to additional tools. GoGuardian can also expand license counts temporarily as needed. Learn more.
InfoMark has compiled links to free education activities for children and resources for parents. All of the the websites have been reviewed to ensure that the content is safe and reputable. Data will not be collected from devices that access these links. View the collection.
- Auxilia webinar series
A new webinar series is now available free online help educators and parents introduce traditional space-aligned STEM topics but also art, history, business, and more. New topics will be posted multiple times a week at discoverspace.org.
Common Sense has launched this free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning. Wide Open School features resources from publishers, nonprofits and education companies, including PBS, Scholastic and Sesame Workshop. Find the full site at WideOpenSchool.org.
Casio is offering three resources for free. ClassPad.net is a web-based platform that offers tools for calculation, graphing, geometry and statistics. Emulator calculator software recreates scientific and graphing calculators for Windows and Mac. Downloadable math activities for K-12 are also available.
- ABC databases
World Trade Press is offering six months of free and unlimited access to all six K-12 educational databases: ABC World Culture, ABC World Food, ABC Food America, ABC The USA, ABC Maps Online, and ABC Lingo Lite. This free suite of electronic education resources can be found at ABCDatabaseSuite.com.
- Curriculum Associates
Curriculum Associates is making a variety of free resources available to families and teachers including printable activity packs and guidance to support learning at home. Learn more.
- iQ4 virtual apprenticeships
iQ4 will provide schools with free access to its suite of apprenticeship tools, course offerings and mentorship program to prepare students for careers. The virtual apprenticeships will be offered in areas of cybersecurity, data science, cloud and SaaS programs, blockchain and healthcare. Browse available courses.
- NDPC videos
The National Dropout Prevention Center has created videos for faculty viewing and subsequent online discussions. The Trauma of Pandemic School Disruption explores the far-reaching implications of trauma related to school disruption for students, staffs, families, and the community at large. School Disruption as a Dropout Risk Factor discusses the short- and long-term effects of school disruption on the nation’s dropout rates. Virtual Learning in a Time of School Disruption explores the advantages of capitalizing on virtual learning.
McGraw-Hill is providing remote learning support for K-12 schools to help navigate digital products and platforms.
Follett has created a resource page containing Collections by Destiny, Follett Destiny Discover, WebPath Express, and more. Video tutorials, forums and instructions for accessing these solutions also are available. Additionally, Follett has waived the cost for current Destiny customers through June 30 for its Classroom Ready Collections of educator-curated Open Educational Resources (OER) that include lesson plans, activities, videos and worksheets.
- CSBA suite
The California School Boards Association has released a suite of tools designed to identify the impact of COVID-19 response on public education and inform its advocacy work. The resources are designed to provide local educational agencies with critical information on pressing issues while highlighting the challenges faced by schools, students, staff and communities.
- FAQ white paper
A new white paper that offers guidance on how to protect student privacy is available from the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and AASA, the School Superintendents Association. The white paper addresses a number of frequently asked questions, including what information K-12 leaders can share with their community if schools suspect that a student has COVID-19.
Free resources, activity guides, educator resources, author interviews, videos, health tips, and essential links acquired from Mackin can be accessed on the free MackinVIA platform. Schools and districts without MackinVIA can create an account by signing up here.
- PBS LearningMedia
PBS is offering numerous education resources through PBS LearningMedia for PreK-12 educators. Virus Information & Prevention Collection teaches the nature of viruses, including the coronavirus, how they are transmitted and the healthy habits to prevent their spread. Distance learning resources are searchable by grade level, curriculum area, and state and national standards. These free teaching resources can be integrated with Google Classroom and Remind. The “Distance Learning with PBS LearningMedia” webinar on Wednesday, March 18 at 7-8 pm ET will include tips and techniques to support distance instruction.
- Multiple partner resources
Hope and Wade King and ‘Get Your Teach On’ will provide free teaching resources to parents, students and teachers, including new curriculum, lesson plans and activities appropriate for K-8 students in ELA, art, mathematics, social studies, science and physical fitness. The site will be updated regularly to continue to provide more free resources as closures continue. All materials, including free access to traditionally paid services, can be found at getyourteachon.com/virus
- HMH resources
HMH is providing a list of numerous K-12 activities, lessons, downloadables and videos during extended school closures that will be continually updated as new resources are posted and shared. View now.
- Council of Chief State School Officers
The Council of Chief State School Officers is offering extensive Considerations for Teaching and Learning guidance free to school leaders. The documents cover three main areas: academics, wellbeing and mental health, and system-level considerations such as staffing.
- Understanding Screen Addiction and Responsible Digital Use
An informative free insight guide from Comparethemarket.com on increased screen use during COVID-19 (phone usage up by about 30% since last March), step-by-step guidance on how to take control of screen use and setting phone restrictions, plus deleting apps and turning off notifications. Quotes from experts and useful links for further reading on the topic.
Interested in edtech? Keep up with DA's Future of Education Technology Conference®.