20 Online Learning Resources to Get You through Coronavirus School Closures

Swing EducationSwing Community27 Comments


The current wave of school closures across the United States are leading parents and teachers to search for quality educational activities and online resources for children and students of all ages to continue learning at home.

Whether you’re a parent, a teacher or a school district leader, the recent spike in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases in the US, along with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) designation of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, has certainly affected your daily routines at home and at work. Education Week’s map for coronavirus-related school closures reports “at least 57,000 schools are closed, are scheduled to close, or were closed and later reopened, affecting at least 25.8 million students.”

With so many school closures across the country, online learning or distance learning is becoming a key alternative in ensuring that students and teachers have access to online lessons and activities. Here are 20 online learning and educational websites that teachers and parents can offer as activities for students during the COVID-19 school closures. 

1. Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a great online learning website for students of all ages. The site offers short video lessons on thousands of topics, and their programs are personalized to allow children to learn at their own pace. To top it off, all videos and resources are free for all users. Check out their daily schedules for students ages 4-18. 

2. Code

Learn to code online! Code.org provides free K-12 computer science lessons and games to help students learn how to code at an earlier age. Code.org is supported by tech company donors, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and many more.

3. Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids features fun games, riddles and puzzles, to supplement any online learning for young children. 

4. Sesame Street

Who doesn’t love Sesame Street? Students have access to hundreds of video clips and games that help them with phonics, rhymes, colors and more. 

5. PBS Kids

PBS Kids is a great online learning option for K-12 students who love interactive content, including sing-along videos, TV series, games, virtual lessons and more. You can also download their PBS Kids Video app for live-tv streaming.

6. CoolMath

CoolMath.com offers online math games that help students ages 3+ with basic math lessons, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, money and more. CoolMath4Kids.com is appropriate for ages 3 through 12 and CoolMath-Games.com includes math games for pre-K students.

7. National Geographic Kids

What could be cooler than learning about animals? On National Geographic Kids, students of all ages can enjoy science experiments, animal watch cameras and a ton of activities to keep them busy for hours.

8. Starfall

Starfall.com is a great online resource that helps pre-K to 3rd grade students with language arts and math lessons. It also offers a parent-teacher resource center for free, downloadable worksheets and more. 

9. The KIDZ Page

TheKidzPage.com is the perfect online resource for parents and teachers who are looking for word games, coloring activities and puzzles to try with their students. Check out their printable section for off-line activity sheets as well.

10. How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works is a comprehensive articles-based site that introduces and informs on a variety of topics like culture, science, money, technology and more. Games, quizzes, and videos are also available to supplement the articles.

11. Scholastic

You can play games, create your own comics, and more. Most importantly, Scholastic features an online discussion board for your students to connect with friends online.

12. Fun Brain

Fun Brain is designed for pre-K to 8th grade students to explore topics in math and reading through fun videos and games.

13. Exploratorium

Exploratorium (yes, the same one as the museum in San Francisco) has a website that teaches students about science and art. Help your students go far into the galaxy or deep down to the bottom of the ocean on this site.   

14. BBC History for Kids

Students can walk through ancient history, or choose specific countries for more deep learning. BBC History for Kids is an adventure through time.

15. Nick Jr.

Beyond the television network, Nick Jr. offers many educational printables, games and other activities (yes, it includes Peppa Pig) for students to love.  

16. Learning Games for Kids

Learning Games for Kids is all about games that can teach students about a variety of topics and subjects. Game lovers will be thrilled. 

17. TIME for Kids

TIMEforKids.com offers interesting articles, photos and videos on topics like politics, the environment, entertainment, sports and health. 

18. Disney Jr.

Mickey Mouse and friends will keep your students busy for hours with games, coloring pages, videos and more. 

19. Duolingo

Looking for a language learning site with fun games and creative lesson plans? Duolingo offers a rewarding, personalized learning experience in more than 20 languages, including Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and more. 

20. Highlights Kids

Highlights Kids offers online ways to play, read and craft with animated stories and more. According to their website, they are on a mission to “help children become their best selves by publishing content and creating experiences that engage, delight and foster joyful learning.”

 

New Resources Added March 18,2020

21. Google Arts & Culture

Google has teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring everyone virtual tours and online exhibits. So while your students are at home, they can still take a virtual field trip to some of the most famous museums across the world.

22. Audible

Audible by Amazon has hundreds of titles available completely free for as long as schools are closed. The collection has been handpicked by editors and is a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18. These stories offer a screen-free option that may help break up the day for families with students home from school.

23. Lucid for Education

Lucid for Education is a collaborative platform that makes classroom activities resemble the real world. Enable critical thinking, creativity and communication in your school. Trial accounts for in-classroom use are available for free.

24. The New York Times

The Times is working with Verizon to provide high schools with three free months of digital access from April 6 to July 6 — helping students stay connected to the world, even as they learn remotely.

24. Atlas for Schools

Atlas is a mental health app specifically designed for students as they navigate the ups and downs of school and growing up. Atlas is offering their platform free for all schools with additional podcasts and guided journaling experiences that help students adjust to life in the age of COVID-19.

##

Do you recommend any other great online resources? Share in the comments below!

Do you work at a school or district? Check out our list of education companies offering free subscriptions and online content in response to the coronavirus.

Swing Education offers a staffing application to provide qualified substitute teachers for K-12 schools. We recruit, screen, and permit educators to fill teacher and support staff absences. Schools and substitutes are matched through Swing Education’s online marketplace, with substitute teachers selecting job opportunities via text or a mobile app. To date, Swing Education has helped more than 2,500 school partners and over 5 million students.

Share This Post

27 Comments on “20 Online Learning Resources to Get You through Coronavirus School Closures”

    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Ryan! And thanks to Mango Languages for offering this free access for teachers and students.

  1. Hi there,

    My name is Rudy Sharar and I am a Senior Content & Product Manager at Actively Learn and I am following up on behalf of my colleague Stein Setvik. In response to COVID-19, we have made our paid plan free for all teachers and would love to be shared as a resource on your “20 Online Learning Resources to Get You through Coronavirus School Closures” list.

    Here is a summary of Actively Learn that would be helpful for educators using your list:

    Actively Learn is a digital curriculum platform for grades 6-12 ELA, SS, and Science. Our catalog includes over 3,000 texts, videos, and simulations that include embedded questions, scaffolding notes, and multimedia to support all learners. We also seamlessly integrate with Google Classroom. All teachers using Actively Learn will be upgraded to our Prime plan through the end of the summer.

    Please let me know if I can provide any additional information that would be helpful.

    Best,
    Rudy

  2. Curriki.org
    Curriki is here for you as you explore ways to keep the learning going during this challenging time.

    We invite you to access our powerful library of free learning resources to support your efforts to deliver high-quality distance and online learning.

  3. In response to the interruption of classroom instruction, the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) is offering a free, completely digital, 3-week program of ELA instruction: Writing (3–12), Grammar (3–12), Vocabulary (3–12), and Poetry (K–12). https://iew.com/lessons2020

  4. Book Club for Kids which is a free, 20-minute podcast devoted to middle-grade books and readers. Each show features a trio of students discussing a favorite book, an interview with the author, and a celebrity reading. Kitty Felde is the host. There are also offer free lesson plans for some of the more popular lesson plans. Bookclubforkids.org

  5. Thank you for helping me find activities for my Pre K students. I had been searching and most companys want to have you start a membership; however you had a lot of free resources compiled that I could five to parents.

  6. Hi, I work for Sumdog and would like to let you know that during school closures we are offering free FULL access for schools to Sumdog to aid home learning.

    This includes: Free access to all of Sumdog Math, Spelling and Grammar for the duration of the closure (up until the start of the summer vacation), Online video guidance to support home learning and Daily 15 minute teacher webinars, email, live chat and telephone support.

    Please see this weblink to sign up for the offer:
    https://www.sumdog.com/landing/?gr_campaign=&utm_source=thirdparty&utm_medium=referral-link&utm_campaign=2020-schoolclosure&utm_content=resources_listing&next=https://pages.sumdog.com/home-learning-during-school-closures/

    It would be great if you could add us to your list of resources.

    Regards
    Catharine Jones

  7. Hi, Could Sumdog (an online learning tool for Math and Spelling) be added to the list of free resources for teachers please? We have FREE full acccess for all schools for the duration of school closures. There is a page on our website to sign up and this includes webinars, support etc. Thank you. Catharine

  8. Good afternoon,

    I am reaching out from the New-York Historical Society to share that we have recently launched History @ Home, our free online social studies program series for parents, teachers, and students of all grade levels. https://www.nyhistory.org/education/history-home

    New-York Historical educators are conducting free daily classes in real-time, allowing students and educators to interact online. Lessons are content-based and inquiry-driven, featuring images and historical documents from our collections. We are also hosting free weekly professional development workshops and releasing daily K-12 lesson plans for teachers and parents to use with their students while at home.

    Our goal is to ensure that teachers and parents have all of the support that they need to continue their social studies instruction during these times. I am writing to see if you might be able to include information about our programs with your network so that we can provide these services to as many people as possible.

    Please let me know what the procedure for this might be. Thank you for your consideration!

    Best,
    Josh
    joshua.feinberg@nyhistory.org

  9. I appreciate that this post assured us that the current situation does not have to hinder our children’s education and that we can make use of the internet by relying on online supplemental education for our children. I like that you shared children can learn history through online History BBC. I will look through the available platforms and plan a schedule for my kids with my wife.

  10. I’m contacting you to offer this Canadian math resource (free of charge) to the students and families you serve. Select titles were previously approved as resources for the Knowledge and Employability program of Alberta Learning when a designated approval process for supplemental resources existed.

    It will be a missed opportunity for action if students and their parents remain unaware of a resource designed specifically to foster communication and math learning at home during COVID-related school closures.

    Please feel free to share this link with your leadership team, and the families you serve. You will find the tutorials open-access and free of charge at http://www.thegetitguide.com

  11. Please consider adding Emotional ABCs to your list: Emotional ABCs is America’s #1 Awarded Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program and is now free to Parents & Teachers everywhere. The Common Sense Education “Top Pick for Learning” is used at more than 55,000 schools across the USA and by parents and teachers worldwide. The research-based emotional skills program is designed for children ages 4-11 and gives kids practical tools for dealing with impulse control, frustration, and acting out. Emotional ABCs teaches children how to figure out what they’re feeling, why they’re experiencing that emotion, and how to make better choices for lifetime emotional resilience. Sign up for Free at EmotionalABCs.com.

  12. Learning Ally, a nonprofit, is now offering free access to U.S. schools of The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution, a reading accommodation and access to the largest library of human-read audiobooks to benefit students with reading deficits. Teachers can easily implement and manage reading assignments and track individual reading progress from any Internet connection. Additional resources include a new Distance Learning Resource Site for teachers, families and students and the Square Panda Home Engagement Program for emergent readers in PreK and first grade.

  13. My colleague created a free online resource with early-learning content to introduce children to the global world and vocab through short stories.

  14. Hi,

    I wanted to flag my free educational game site, https://BeaDinosaur.com, for consideration here as well. I developed Be a Dinosaur for my two sons to give them a safe, educational space online and I want it to be a resource for all kids during this challenging period.

    It’s completely free and has no advertising — there are 40+ educational games and hundreds of free, printable worksheets. There are reading, math, and picture games, for Preschool and Elementary School children, organized by grade and skill. It’s available on desktop, mobile phones, and tablets.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *