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Remote Learning Resources for Teachers

Remote Learning Resources for Families

Remote Learning Resources from Education Departments in Key Partner States

Remote Learning Resources from Award-Winning Educators

Technology Tools Level Up to Help Schools and Families 

  • ISTE is keeping a running curation of ed tech providers offering support to closed schools.
  • Google rolled out free access to its advanced Hangouts Meet videoconferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally, including meetings for up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive. The features will be available at no additional cost to all customers until July 1, 2020.
  • The Microsoft Teams videoconferencing tool is available for free to educational institutions through the Office 365 A1 offer along with a six-month subscription of Office 365 A5.
  • Zoom is removing the 40-minute time limit on its basic free account for schools closed for the coronavirus that want to use 1:1 or group videoconferencing.
  • Cisco Webex Personal Account is offering free subscriptions in response to COVID-19, with unlimited usage and up to 100 participants.
  • Apple Education is offering free support to prepare teachers for remote learning.
  • Canva for Education is offering a "super-charged" version of Canva to classrooms for free. Educators and students − can access templates for presentations, infographics, posters, class schedules and more all optimized for Chromebooks and fully cross-platform.
  • Blackboard is offering free webinars to help teachers and professors make the transition to online learning.
  • Instructure has provided guides for using Canvas and MasteryConnect during school closures, as well as tips for making online learning engaging.
  • Many schools use Clever to safely log in students and teachers and complete work through various educational apps. Here's a guide for how to do this at home during school closures.
  • Khan Academy published a quick start guide to help parents and others who are going online to help students learn during school closures. Don't miss the academy's template for what a typical remote learning schedule can look like.
  • Coursera for Campus will be available globally for any community affected by COVID-19.

Data Providers Increase Broadband Availability for Remote Learning

  • AT&T is suspending data caps for home broadband internet use.
  • Comcast is making Internet Essentials, its low-cost internet service for families with low incomes, available free for 60 days to new customers and raising data cap limits on the service.
  • The California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) provides a 25% discount on select telephone services and 50% discounts on broadband services to schools, libraries, hospitals and about 7,000 Community Based Organizations (CBOs). The State Public Utility Commission could consider temporarily expanding eligible services to include mobile hotspots and home connectivity.
  • Altice USA is offering free broadband for 60 days to K-12 and college students.
  • Charter Communications is offering free access to Spectrum Broadband and WiFi For 60 Days for new K-12 and college student households.

Curricula Services

  • Age of Learning provides free access to schools closing due to COVID-19. It is prioritizing full district requests to ABC Mouse (pre-K), Adventure Academy (elementary and middle school), and ReadingIQ (digital library for children ages 12 and under).
  • Book Creator is offering 90 days of collaboration upgrade (integrates with Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle).
  • BrainPOP has free, unlimited instructional video use for closed schools (integrates with Canvas, Schoology, and other major management systems).
  • Discovery Education streaming video is making access free through the end of the school year and is offering a new content channel, "Viruses and Outbreak." 
  • Kami is offering free, premium access (integrates with Google Classroom, Canvas and Schoology).
  • Kahoot! is offering free, premium access (integrates with Microsoft Suite and Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Apple Schoolwork).
  • Lead4ward has a school@home resource with templates and tools to help districts and schools plan remote learning week by week.
  • LearnZillion offers over 1000 free standards-aligned instructional videos (integrates with Canvas, Schoology, D2L, Blackboard).
  • Nearpod is supporting schools with tools and webinars (integrates with Canvas, Schoology, Blackboard, Google Classroom, itsLearning).
  • Outschool is a collection of 10,000 online small group activities.
  • Pear Deck has complimentary access to Pear Deck Premium (integrates with Google Classroom, Microsoft 365, Immersive Reader).
  • Pronto is offering teachers free access to its video and chat services (integrates with all major learning management systems).