Updated: 3/19/20 at 3:30pm PST
The recent announcements that many school districts will be closed for extended periods of time due to coronavirus has led teachers everywhere to scurry around finding the best way to manage distance learning. We’ve collected a list of over 30 online learning tools that have offered free or reduced services to teachers and schools during this trying time. Read below to see which companies are offering free teaching resources. Comment below if you know of any others!
There is also a support FaceBook group that has been set up to help teachers transition to online teaching during these times.
1. Discovery Ed
Discovery created a special Viruses and Outbreak channel to help educators discuss the coronavirus outbreak with students. Additionally, they are offering free access to Discovery Education Experience through the remainder of the school year.
Main Website: https://www.discoveryeducation.com/
COVID-19 Offering: https://www.discoveryeducation.com/coronavirus-response/
BrainPop is offering free, unlimited use of their platform for any schools that are impacted by the coronavirus. This includes animated movies, assessment resources, and creative tools for distance learning.
Main Website: https://brainpop.com
COVID-19 Offering: https://educators.brainpop.com/2020/02/19/free-brainpop-access-for-schools-affected-by-the-corona-virus/
Kahoot! is a great distance learning tool. It offers self-paced games for students. In response to coronavirus, Kahoot! Is offering their premium service for free where educators can create their own games for students.
Main Website: https://kahoot.com
COVID-19 Offering: https://kahoot.com/blog/2020/02/27/kahoot-free-access-schools-higher-education-coronavirus/
Pronto is a communication platform that lets people communicate via chat and video. It is available for free to teachers and teams during this time.
5. BookCreater App
Book Creator lets educators create books for classrooms. This includes interactive stories, digital portfolios, poetry books, instruction manuals, and more. They have offered a free collaboration upgrade for educators affected by the coronavirus.
Main Website: https://bookcreator.com/
COVID-19 Offering: https://bookcreator.com/2020/03/support-for-schools-affected-by-coronavirus/
6. Google for Edu
Google is offering advanced Hangouts Meet for free and they’re recommending Google Classroom for distance learning. They also list out some great ways to leverage these tools in these trying times.
Main Website: https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/
COVID-19 Offering: https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/distancelearning-covid19
Tynker is a great tool for teaching kids how to code. It leverages Minecraft and other games to teach kids how to code in an interactive way. They are giving away access to their entire platform to teachers who are affected by coronavirua at no cost.
Main Website: https://www.tynker.com/
COVID-19 Offering: https://mailchi.mp/tynker/in-support-of-schools-facing-health-related-closure
Buncee gives creation and communication tools to students and teachers through their all-in-one technology that empowers all users to easily create, and share visual representations of content, across grade, age and learning levels. They are giving away free Buncee Classroom accounts to teachers through any closures due to coronavirus.
Main Website: https://buncee.com/
COVID-19 Offering: https://blog.buncee.com/supporting-remote-student-learning/
9. Pear Deck
Pear Deck makes it easy for teachers to stay connected with students. It connects with existing videoconferencing software by Google, Microsoft, and Zoom. Due to COVID-19, they are giving away free Pear Deck Premium access to educators.
Kami is a document and PDF annotation app that lets teachers engage their students in new ways. They are giving away free access to teachers and students affected by coronavirus.
Main Website: https://kamiapp.com/
COVID-19 Offering: https://blog.kamiapp.com/remote-learning-with-kami-during-school-shutdowns/
Parlay is an app that lets students have their own voice. They can participate anonymously in classroom discussions and respond to prompts from the teacher. Parlay will be free for everyone until May 15th 2020
Elementario.io is giving away free access to their entire platform to teachers and parents affected by Coronavirus. Elementari allows students in K-12 to create, write, and code interactive stories. It’s a great platform to help students learn how to read, write, program, and more.
Main Website: https://elementario.io
COVID-19 Offering: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJ1LAywQdwvNKN_SpsypVA48XOaoCTQoGhuaP7e12fgwPnWA/viewform
Turn videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course or others into engaging courses. Teachers can make sure their students actually watch the videos and inject quizzes to test students’ comprehension. They are offering some relief for teachers affected by coronavirus.
Main Website: https://edpuzzle.com/
COVID-19 Offering: https://support.edpuzzle.com/hc/en-us/articles/360039805612-Help-for-schools-affected-by-Covid-19
Wakelet allows educators to save, organize, and curate information they find across the web. They have curated some tips for educators to make the most of distance learning.
Main Website: https://wakelet.com/
COVID-19 Offering: https://wakelet.com/wake/3af73ea4-a652-4e38-934d-765aefe0f35b
Educators can get a free month of Twinkl now. Twinkl has tons of U.S. teaching resources for use in the classroom covering key topics aligned with state standards. Educators can download these resources and share with their students.
Main Website: https://www.twinkl.com/
COVID-19 Offering: https://www.twinkl.com/blog/how-to-utilise-twinkl-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown-a-guide-for-schools?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=corona
Hapara is a leader in helping schools transition to digital learning. Teachers can create assignments and projects in the cloud that they can share with students who can then upload their work to the cloud as well. They are offering new schools/districts FREE access to Hapara until the end of June 2020.
Mangahigh is a great tool to teach students math and coding. Teachers can set up adaptive quizzes and innovative games for students to learn crucial math and coding skills. They are offering full access to Mangahigh during school closures for any schools who are impacted by COVID-19.
Main Website: https://www.mangahigh.com
COVID-19 Offering: https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/blog/2020-03-06-free-access-schools-online-maths-coronavirus
18. Scholastic Learn at Home
Primarily targetted at parents who will now have their kids at home for long periods of time, Scholastic Learn at Home gives kids one week of content for PreK and Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6+.
Main Website: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
COVID-19 Offering: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
ListenWire makes great podcast lessons from the best non-fiction storytellers. Feel good about having your students listen to educational content. They are offering free Listenwise Premium through April 30th for students affected by coronavirus.
Main Website: http://listenwise.com/
COVID-19 Offering: http://blog.listenwise.com/2020/03/listenwise-support-for-schools-affected-by-the-coronavirus/
MobyMax is an award winning online differentiated learning platform that helps students close learning gaps. They are offering their software for free to all schools and school districts forced to close to protect against COVID-19.
GoGuardian is a great digital learning platform that lets schools manage their classrooms and administrative needs.
Main Website: https://www.goguardian.com/
COVID-19 Offering: https://www.goguardian.com/blog/learning/goguardian-teacher-for-remote-learning/
22. Seterra Geography
Seterra offers map games to make learning geography easy. They are offering free Seterra memberships for schools affected by COVID-19.
23. We Video
We Video makes it easy for students to create fun, engaging videos and use the power of their voice to create them.
24. Education Perfect
Education Perfect provides a progressive teaching and learning toolkit for the modern classroom. EP is providing free and unlimited access to all schools until May 1st.
25. Slido Education
Interactive Q&A session software that lets you curate and manage audience questions. A great way to poll the classroom or let students ask anonymously.
26. Breakout Edu
Breakout Edu has over 1500 interactive learning games available that bring the challenges of an escape room to the classroom. Subjects range from language arts to math and science.
27. Microsoft Education
Zoom is a great videoconferencing software that makes it easy to do distance learning.
Main Website: https://www.screencastify.com/education/
COVID-19 Offering: https://twitter.com/Screencastify/status/1226934956930281472
31. Mystery Science
32. Age of Learning (ABCMouse, Adventure Academy, ReadingIQ)
Genially lets teachers create interactive learning resources from presentations to infographics. In response to COVID-19, they are offering many of their premium templates for free.
Main Website: https://www.genial.ly/en
COVID-19 Offering: https://doitgenially.com/en/premium-templates-now-available-for-free-for-everyone-forever-genially-aims-to-facilitate-remote-and-distance-learning/
Canva is a great tool to quickly create infographics, instructables, and other classroom activities. They have a free EDU offering.
Start.me makes it easy to build start pages with links to lesson plans, education apps, games, and other online resources. They are making PRO accounts for free for all teachers affected by coronavirus.
36. Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative
CMU is offering free fee waivers to institutions affected by COVID-19 by making all of their Open Learning Initiative (OLI) courseware free for affected institutions. OLI courses act as textbook replacements or as supplemental material.
Main Website: https://oli.cmu.edu/educators/
COVID019 Offering: https://oli.cmu.edu/fee-waivers-for-mid-semester-transition-in-spring-2020/
Kapwing is a collaborative online image and video editor with a cloud storage Workspace. It’s an excellent tool for teachers who are making video lessons to send to students for remote learning, for students working together on a group project, or a classroom looking for a digital space to share multimedia projects with each other. They are giving away Kapwing Pro to educators whose schools are affected by the CoVid-19 closures
Main Website: https://www.kapwing.com/
COVID-19 Offering: https://www.kapwing.com/resources/free-kapwing-pro-accounts-for-educators-affected-by-covid-19/
38. Pixton EDU
Pixton EDU is a web-app that gives teachers and students a unique way to create stories, demonstrate learning, and enhance writing assignments – in any subject – through digital comics. They are offering all-access for free for 30 days during the outbreak.
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And remember…you will survive