For all you kids, young adults, and adults that are home for an unexpected amount of time, I’ve compiled a list of free learning resources. Many lists out there are nothing more than free promos to get schools to sign up and request access, so I’ve gone through every link posted to save the average parent time and hassle, so you can click on a link and start accessing free content.
That said, lesson content is worth it’s weight in gold and costs a pretty penny to develop. Buying curriculum content for schools is one of the most expensive purchases. Some charter/public elementary schools use content created on Teachers Pay Teachers for elementary-age students because they give you great value for the money. Experienced teachers on that website create robust plans from experience in a live classroom, which is valuable for effective pedagogy. Having developed my own lesson content for k-5 STEM, Middle School Graphic Design, Coding, & Game Development, it’s no easy task. Enjoy all the free info and support the free resource(s) you like the best as much as you can – by sharing their links in your social channels and sharing your experience with it.
I’m also busy working on free lessons to go with my STEAM-infused story and coloring book: “Oquirrh Mountain Fairies Mineral Magic”. Anyone that purchases a gift pack through April will get free lessons that involve creativity, fantasy, art, and science.
Here’s the list, compiled from my own teaching experience, plus a variety of other links from multiple sources…
My personal favorite: Hour of Code – A great intro to Computer Science
Learn at Home with Scholastic:
PBS Kids – great sources of learning games and videos for every subject
BrainPop, interactive Coronavirus lesson with free lesson plan
Coronavirus Explained: Just for Kids
Breakout Edu, lessons for K-12
NearPod scroll to the bottom of page for video lessons about coronavirus
Art Museum Tours with Google.
Everything’s connected, integrate art into every lesson with some sort of art media activity or art tour. One challenge for older kids, is to try and paint like our ancient masters:
This responsive intro for the British museum is a feast for the eyes!!!!!
A favorite: Van Gogh Museum Tour
kids.nationalgeographic.com (great free content)
typingclub.com (great keyboarding practice)
storylineonline.net (fun, animation of elementary books that are read to you)
historyforkids.net (flash card style info for elementary age kids, comes with games, quizzes and worksheets; just have to watch out for the grade-level ad that looks like part of the website…don’t click on it)
Free College Courses:
Coding, Data, Art & Design, the Humanities, tons of resources! They will try to sell you on official certification, but the actual courses are free.
Make Your Own Crossword Puzzles:
STEM Lesson Library
Make Your Own Video Games – fun platform, rigorous, plan on taking a week or two in order to build a playable game.
Learn To Code (Article)
Still Free, but School/Teacher Access Only:
Pronto, communication hub for teams and teachers
Pear Deck, remote learning resources for teachers
Kami, remote learning tools for teachers
Mystery Science, for teachers, by teachers
Age of Learning (ABCMouse, Adventure Academy, ReadingIQ) https://www.ageoflearning.com/schools
Google Teacher Tips for Distance Learning