Free resources for use while teaching and learning at home.

Several of these are not usually free or widely available.

Distance Learning

Technical Help (How-to for Distance Learning)

  • Zoom - New to Working from Home? Here Are Some Tips to Help You Meet Like a Pro article

  • Zoom - Joining and Participating in a Zoom Webinar

General Interest​
  • At Home with PZ -  Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Toolbox for the activities targeted at enriching the at-home learning experience;  Has an easy-to-use search function  organized by age range

  • Easy PZ - Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero and the Smithsonian explain and demonstrate easy-to-use approaches to improve student thinking How-to videos

  • Edmentum - K-12 standards-based practice and preparation or virtual learning

 

 

  • Milanote - A CASIE favorite! An easy-to-use tool to organize your ideas and projects into visual boards.

  • PBS Learning Media - Pre-K -12 core subject areas (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies) learning resources

  • Smithsonian - Millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, and library archives curated into lessons and activities by thousands of educators

  • TEDEd - Video-based lessons designed to spark curiosity and organized by subjects, animations, lesson creation capability, and TED Student Talks Program platform

  • Wide Open School - New free online resource to support families and educators with remote learning featuring curated items from Common Sense as a result of a collaboration among leading publishers, non-profits, education, and technology companies;  Learning activities and experiences organized by grade bands, daily schedules, and creative breaks and engagement ideas​.

Global Citizenship & Service Projects
 

  • Kid World Citizen - Ideas, resources, service project, articles, and activities to teach your people about world cultures

  • PenPal Schools - Connects students from around the world to collaborate through online projects

  • Save the Rain - Resources to learn about the global water crisis, specifically in East Africa, and for options to get involved in helping with educating communities to harvest the rain, reforestation, sanitation, hygiene, and sustainable agriculture through permaculture design

International Baccalaureate

  • DP Pandemic Teaching Resources - Resources assembled by the IB to help you navigate learning with Diploma Programme (DP) students outside of the school setting.

  • IB Source - Teacher Sample Center for PYP, MYP and DP and Approaches to Learning

​​Math

  • HOODA Math - K-12 math games organized by grade level; includes tutorials and timed tests

  • Khan Academy - Free lessons in math, science, and humanities from kindergarten through the early years of college

Science
  • EPA Students - Resources for K-12 students for project ideas, lesson planning, community service, science fair project ideas, and homework assistance for learning and teaching about the environment

  • Exploratorium - COVID-19 Science:  Learning Toolbox with resources for learning about current topics in science

 

  • Nova - PBS science show’s website with videos, articles, full show episodes, and STEM topics

STEM
 

  • CoderZ - Virtual robotics and coding classes for elementary, middle school (English, Spanish, and Hebrew) and high school students and resources to help students learn computer science at home

  • Engineering, Go for It! - Provides information on engineering careers, lesson plans by grade level K-12, activities for classrooms and outreach, videos, at-home activities, an online magazine, and scholarship opportunities

  • How to Identify Effective STEM Activities for Children -- published by Baylor University's online EdD program. The resource includes information on how starting STEM education at a young age can impact critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Guidelines are provided for educators regarding what makes an effective STEM lesson and how to use real-world applications to tie the lesson together. The resource also highlights trusted online STEM resources where teachers and parents can learn more about this topic. 

  • Master's In Data Science's STEM Guide - STEM Guide that lists over 239 summer camps, websites, competitions, apps, and career resources for students in elementary school to high school

Reading & Writing 

  • CommonLit - Reading program with a free digital lesson library that can be searched by Lexile level, grade, theme, genre, literary device of Common Core Standard in English and Spanish

  • Readworks - Reading instruction content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from Kindergarten to 12th Grade

  • Scholastic Home Base - Access books to watch trailers for, read, and engage in similarly themed games

  • Storyline Online - Streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations

Second Languages 

  • Duolingo - Language learning for Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Italian, Arabic, Dutch

  • Encantos - World exploration using social studies resources to learn about geography, language, history, and culture for both elementary and preschool kids in English and Spanish

  • Unite for Learning - Provide children access to an abundance of short and easy reader books that celebrate their cultures and languages with a choice to listen to the narrations in more than 40 languages.

Humanities & Social Sciences 

  • HISTORY - Original articles, photos, and videos realated to a broad range of history topics can be found for research projects and additional learning; topics are aligned to middle and high school curriculum

  • HISTORY This Week - Podcasts that share a big moment in history that occurred during this week

  • iCivics - Engages students in meaningful civic engagement

  • Smithsonian Education Guides - Social Studies and History guides for PK-12 organized by themes, topics, and grade bands; includes lesson plans and resources

​The​ Arts 

  • British MuseumVirtual tour of works of artworks and their historical background from around the world organized on a unique grid that allows the viewer to select by location and by time period

  • Carlos Museum - Puzzles created from painting accompanied by the stories that are depicted.

  • Google Arts and Culture - Explore high-definition artworks, experience cultures through 360 degree videos, and tour famous sites

English Language Learners

  • Activities for ESL Students - Thousands of teachers have contributed to provide quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to with learning English; Project of The Internet TESL Journal

  • English Media Lab - Free English Exercises for English language learners at all levels, including older learners; Games, puzzles, English TV, animated videos, vocabulary, listening, pronunciation, spelling, and SAT practice activities

  • Google Translate - Translating a text, Snap feature instantly translates an image using a camera and the Talk feature enables users to have live bilingual conversations

  • Microsoft Immersive Reader - Tool that can be used to increase fluency for English Language Learners by offering text decoding solutions and translation of words or the entire text

Social-Emotional Learning 

  • Centervention - Game-based behavior interventions help students in elementary and middle school practice and improve social and emotional skills

  • Discovery Education Discover Your Happy - Virtual experience and information on the Six Sustainable Happiness Skills—mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity, and gratitude 

Virtual Fieldtrips 

  • The Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits