Region 16 Resources and Supports for Instructional Continuity
This site was developed in an effort to best support the educators in Region 16. Below, is the opportunity for resources, collaboration and professional development. We also included some free resources for students to utilize independently and for teachers to utilize to teach remotely. Region 16 recommends that you reference your District Acceptable Use Policy and adhere to any local policies when utilizing technology with students.
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Instructional Support staff has created Google Classrooms for most content divided by grade level. After signing up, our team will model ways to use digital tools to teach your students from a digital platform. Google Classrooms will provide a place for teachers to support other teachers, share resources, and collaborate with teachers and ESC staff.
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25 Fun Math Activities And Games For Kids To Do At Home For Free
Elementary Relief Packs
FREE Coronavirus Relief Packs are now available for Preschool through 5th Grade. Each download includes worksheets, activities, songs, and videos for all subjects: https://www.havefunteaching.com/resources/relief-packs/
Special Education Resources
Learning A-Z is also offering free subscriptions until the end of this school year. They have wonderful readers in Spanish for different levels https://bit.ly/2xv2Nvt
Update: Make sure to subscribe to Raz-Kids for the trial until June 13th.
Elementary (Grades K-5) Online Learning Resources
These sites have ready-to-use lesson plans and activities for a vast amount of subjects for younger students.
What It Is: This comprehensive program covers a wide variety of subjects for students aged 2-8 (Pre-K through second grade). It offers more than 850 self-guided lessons across 10 levels. A companion program focuses on teaching English as a second language for this age group.
What They’re Offering: ABCmouse for Teachers and ABCmouse for Schools are always free for all schools and teachers in the U.S. In another country? Contact them here to see what they offer if you’re closed due to COVID-19/coronavirus.
What It Is: This MMO game gives kids something other online learning resources may lack: a sense of community. Students up to age 13 play games to learn across a range of topics (math, reading, social studies, science, and more), while also creating their own online persona and interacting with others in the game.
What They’re Offering: In addition to their usual 30-day free trial, Age of Learning is offering Adventure Academy free to schools closed due to the outbreak. Contact them here for more information.
What It Is: BrainPop offers in-depth learning on topics across the curriculum for upper elementary and middle school students. Each topic includes videos, quizzes, related reading, and even coding activities. Teachers have access to planning and tracking resources too. They also offer BrainPop Jr., specially designed for younger kids.
What They’re Offering: All schools get free access to their COVID-19/coronavirus online learning resources for talking to students about the topic. Any school closed due to the outbreak can receive free unlimited use of BrainPOP during their closure. Contact them here.
What It Is: Breakout EDU uses online games to bring the fun of escape rooms to learning across the elementary curriculum.
What They’re Offering: They’ve put together a list of free online games kids can play at home. Click here to see them.
What It Is: Turn writing assignments into something amazing with the illustrations, animations, and sound effects available. Kids can even write their own choose-your-own-adventure story!
What They’re Offering: Schools affected by COVID-19/coronavirus can get free access until May 2020 or the school reopens. Contact them here.
What It Is: These online learning resources for younger students are easily differentiated for students of different ability levels.
What They’re Offering: Adaptive math and ELA courses are always available for free for teachers and students. Sign up here.
What It Is: This program is designed to teach elementary-aged kids the computer skills they need. It’s specifically aligned to learning standards in the UK, but the skills apply to students everywhere.
What They’re Offering: iCompute is offering free access to their programs for schools anywhere that are closed due to COVID-19/coronavirus. Contact them here.
What It Is: This library of science and social studies articles allows differentiation by reading level, so you can use these articles for various age and skill levels.
What They’re Offering: Schools and districts closed due to the outbreak can request free unlimited access to Kids Discover Online here.
What It Is: This popular differentiated learning site provides instruction across a wide array of elementary subjects. Teachers and districts can receive online training on effectively using the site.
What They’re Offering: All K-8 schools closed due to COVID-19/coronavirus can receive free access to a comprehensive curriculum through MobyMax. Learn more here.
What It Is: Mystery Science offers digital video mini-lessons for science subjects K-5.
What They’re Offering: Mystery Science is always free, but they’ve put together a special list of lessons grade-by-grade that are perfect for tackling remotely. Find it here.
What It Is: Authentic news content turned into learning materials that are classroom-ready.
What They’re Offering: Newsela has put together content for teachers to prepare for distance learning.
What It Is: PebbleGo offers safe, interactive online research resources on topics selected by their teachers for students K-3.
What They’re Offering: Schools can get free access to PebbleGo during closures. Learn more here.
What It Is: Get game-based learning in math for kids from first to eighth grade. The site offers lots of how-to articles to make your distance learning effective and fun.
What They’re Offering: The basic Prodigy site is always free. Sign up here.
What It Is: This British company’s site hosts games and creative learning opportunities for elementary level math, spelling, and writing. Teachers can set daily tasks for students, create a blog, and find other ways to communicate.
What They’re Offering: Purple Mash is offering free access for schools closed due to the outbreak for the duration of their closure. Find out more about using Purple Mash When School is Closed.
What It Is: ReadingIQ is a comprehensive digital library offering books, magazines, comics, and more for kids from ages 2-12. It’s a smart replacement for library time right now and makes it possible for teachers to monitor what and how much their students are reading.
What They’re Offering: Age of Learning is offering ReadingIQ free to schools closed due to the outbreak. Contact them here for more information.
What It Is: Scholastic created the Scholastic Learn at Home website to provide students with approximately 20 days worth of learning journeys that span various content areas. Students get approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, including projects based on articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges, and more.
What They’re Offering: This service is free and limits printing materials for those who don’t have adequate access. Learn more here.
What It Is: Tynker offers a complete online computer coding curriculum for students K-8. Teachers can get free lessons, projects, and more on the site.
What They’re Offering: Schools impacted by COVID-19/coronavirus can get free access to Tynker’s complete curriculum, including online professional development courses for teachers. Learn more here.
What It Is: Missing storytime already? Vooks is a kid-safe online streaming library of read-aloud animated storybooks.
What They’re Offering: Vooks is offering a free one-year membership to all teachers. Find out more here.
Junior High and High School (Grades 6-12) Online Learning Resources
Use these ready-to-implement resources in your virtual classrooms for older learners.
What It Is: Albert is an online practice and assessment resource for core topics grades 6-12. Teachers can assign modules and track student progress. Albert’s online learning resources include practice questions for a wide variety of AP programs too. It’s best used as a companion to other online teaching methods like web conferencing since it’s meant to review information students have already been learning.
What They’re Offering: In addition to their 30-day free pilot program, schools closed due to the outbreak can get a free extended pilot for as long as the closure lasts. Contact them here.
What It Is: This is a terrific resource for middle school and high school science teachers. Each issue provides a new collection of articles on chemistry topics that students will find engaging and relatable. The back-issue online library offers interesting downloadable articles on all sorts of chemistry-related topics, while the Teacher’s Guides help you direct your students as they learn from their reading.
What They’re Offering: These online learning resources are always free for everyone. Learn more here.
What It Is: DeltaMath is a website that allows teachers to assign math practice content to their students from middle school through AP calculus. Students get immediate feedback as they complete the problems.
What They’re Offering: DeltaMath is always free. Check it out here.
What It Is: Find more than 7,000 videos in 13 subject areas to share with your students. Teachers can set up playlists for their students too.
What They’re Offering: HippoCampus is always free to use. Sign up here.
What It Is: Mangahigh is a popular game-based site for math online learning resources. It covers algebra, geometry, statistics, and more.
What They’re Offering: Mangahigh is offering free full access to any school shut down during the outbreak. Learn more here.
What They’re Offering: Schools can get access to VidCode’s course for free until at least May 2020. Contact them here.
K-12 Online Learning Resources
These sites have lesson plans and activities ready to go on a variety of subjects for any grade.
The right tool for this difficult time
Educators have told us they need a tool that promotes classroom-style learning, is easy for everyone to use, and will be supported with real people, not chatbots!
What It Is: Century was designed as an intervention tool to identify and remedy gaps in a student’s education. It uses artificial intelligence to tailor the learning experience to the learner, much like an actual teacher in the classroom would.
What They’re Offering: Schools closed due to the outbreak can get free access to Century’s online learning resources. Click here to learn more.
What It Is: This collection of online learning resources covers pretty much every topic. Lessons include reading, activities, videos, and more to engage students. They also have free online textbooks.
What They’re Offering: CK-12 is always free for all users. Teachers can check it out here.
What It Is: ClassHook offers quality media clips on every conceivable topic. Pre-curated playlists make it easier to find what you need for the subject at hand.
What They’re Offering: Basic access is always free. Schools closed due to COVID-19/coronavirus can also get free access to ClassHook Premium. Learn how here.
What It Is: This site offers literary and non-fiction reading passages for grades 3-12. Teachers can assign reading and follow-up questions, and track student progress.
What They’re Offering: CommonLit always offers free accounts for teachers to use with their students. Sign up here.
What It Is: Curriki provides teacher-vetted, open-resource lesson plans and materials on a wide array of subjects. It’s a good place to find online learning resources for students to use at home.
What They’re Offering: Curriki is always free to use. Sign up here.
What It Is: Discovery Education provides online textbooks, multimedia content, and professional development support for virtual classrooms and teachers.
What They’re Offering: U.S. schools can receive free access to Discovery Education Experience through the end of the school year. Learn more here.
What It Is: EP Classroom provides a wide range of customizable online learning experiences. Their site notes that teachers in China and other affected areas have already been using their resources with great success for the last few weeks.
What They’re Offering: This platform is free for all users. Sign up here.
What It Is: EVERFI offers courses for K-12 on real-world topics like mental health, financial planning, career readiness, and more.
What They’re Offering: These courses are always free for educators and students. Learn more here.
What It Is: This no-frills site requires students to show their work on math problems, step-by-step. When it’s time to grade, you can take a look at their work to see exactly where things went wrong and correct problems quickly.
What They’re Offering: As the title says, this site is always free for teachers and students. Check it out here.
What It Is: Turn learning into a game when you create online quizzes and learning experiences. Use their extensive question bank, plus upload your own as needed.
What They’re Offering: Gamilab is always free for everyone. Sign up here.
What It Is: Watch a video on a subject, then use the teacher guide for discussion, take a quiz, or use the other online learning resources provided.
What They’re Offering: Izzit’s online courses are free. Teachers and students can sign up for a free account here.
What It Is: Do you Kahoot? Teachers have loved this fun online quiz game platform for years. Here’s why we’re into it.
What They’re Offering: Kahoot! Basic is free for educators and students, but they’re also currently offering their Premium distance learning tools for free. Learn more here.
What It Is: Kami is a PDF and document annotation app for schools. Think of it like digital pen and paper for interacting with your students.
What They’re Offering: Kami is offering free access to schools closed due to the outbreak. Contact them here.
What It Is: Khan Academy is well-known for providing an incredibly wide range of lessons for students at every level. Chances are you’ll find at least some of what you need for your virtual classroom here.
What They’re Offering: Khan Academy is always free for all users. Sign up here.
What It Is: Kognity has turned traditional textbooks into interactive online experiences with videos, animations, and automatically-corrected assessments.
What They’re Offering: Kognity is offering free access for all schools closed due to COVID-19/coronavirus. Contact them here.
What It Is: Listenwise teaches students to be better listeners, using podcasts and comprehension questions and quizzes.
What They’re Offering: Any school closed due to the outbreak can get access to Listenwise Premium for free. Learn more here.
What It Is: This is the only online learning management system for teaching music at all age levels. Band practice might be off the table for now, but students can still work on theory, notation, sight-reading and more.
What They’re Offering: If your school is closed due to COVID-19/coronavirus, you can receive free access to the entire MusicFirst system for the duration. Find out more.
What It Is: Choose from a wide range of prepared interactive lessons for all grade levels, or create your own if you can’t find what you need. Assess students on the spot and get real-time feedback from them too.
What They’re Offering: Schools closed due to the outbreak can request free access to Nearpod. Here’s how.
What It Is: This site uses curated PBS videos along with lesson plans, interactive materials, and more to cover lots of subjects in an engaging fashion.
What They’re Offering: PBS Learning Media is always free for teachers. Sign up here.
What It Is: Schools that have already closed for weeks note that students quickly become lonely outside the classroom. PenPal Schools not only lets you engage your own students, but those from around the world, on a wide variety of subjects.
What They’re Offering: PenPal Schools is free. Learn how to sign up here.
What It Is: Rozzy Learning has engaging lesson plans and other resources for science, social studies, math, and STEM for K-8th grade.
What They’re Offering: Free lessons for teachers during school closures. A specific list of lessons have been designated for virtual learning. Learn more.
What It Is: Seterra offers online geography quizzes. You can also create your own custom quizzes.
What They’re Offering: Seterra is free to use. Schools affected by COVID-19/coronavirus can get 6 months of Seterra bonus features for free. Find out how.
What It Is: This brand-new virtual classroom platform integrates PowerPoint, Zoom video webinars, and Slido quizzes into one streamlined package.
What They’re Offering: Slide is offering free access to its Advanced Education package for students and teachers until July 1, 2020. Contact them to find out more.
What It Is: SMART Learning Suite is a virtual classroom platform that easily integrates everything you already have on Google Drive or in Microsoft documents. You can add videos and other online resources as needed.
What They’re Offering: Teachers and students can access SMART Learning Suite for free for the rest of the school year. Learn how.
What It Is: These online learning resources are specifically for those who teach French, Spanish, and ESL. Students get audio and video, interactive writing and speaking exercises, and more.
What They’re Offering: Schools closed due to the outbreak can get free access to Voces Digital for their teachers and students until June 30, 2020. Contact them here.
Remote Learning and Virtual Classroom Platforms
These sites allow you to follow your existing lesson plans by creating your own online learning resources. Some also provide the platforms you need to host virtual interactive multimedia classrooms.
What It Is: Book Creator is an easy-to-use tool that helps you create fun and engaging online books. They have lots of suggestions for how you can create and use books with students at any level.
What They’re Offering: Teachers always receive one free library with 40 shareable books when they sign up. Schools impacted by COVID-19/coronavirus can also receive free access to the collaborative tools. Learn more here.
What It Is: This platform gives teachers the ability to create online lessons, boards for students to share their thoughts and work, and collaborative learning spaces. It provides teachers the ability to easily communicate with kids and parents, too.
What They’re Offering: Buncee offers free online access to any school closed due to the outbreak. Click here to learn more.
What It Is: Not using ClassDojo yet? Now’s the time to start! This school communication tool makes it easy to stay in touch and track student progress too.
What They’re Offering: ClassDojo is always free for teachers. Sign up here.
What It Is: This platform helps teachers create and share online lessons using their easy tools. The ability to offer differentiated paths within the same lesson is a nice feature.
What They’re Offering: This site is always free, but requires teachers and students to have Google or Microsoft accounts. Learn more.
What It Is: Communicate with students, share documents and assignments, and provide collaborative space with this platform. EdModo also offers good resources for helping you understand how to make distance learning work for your students.
What They’re Offering: EdModo is always free for teachers, parents, and students. Sign up here.
What It Is: This site lets you create interactive online lessons using a video clip of your choice. It provides accountability and tracking for student progress, too.
What They’re Offering: Basic plans are always free, and they’re offering additional resources to schools closed due to COVID-19/coronavirus. Contact them here.
What It Is: This platform allows teachers to create technology-enhanced online math assessments from a huge question bank.
What They’re Offering: Edulastic always offers Free-Forever Teacher accounts. They’re also offering free access to Premium features through July 1, 2020. Learn more here.
What It Is: Create interactive lessons and collaborative spaces for your virtual classroom with these real-time tools.
What They’re Offering: Schools closed due to the outbreak can get free extended access. Contact them here.
What It Is: Students and teachers record short videos to document and share their learning on a subject. It’s kind of like social media for learning, and it’s a great way to stay in touch.
What They’re Offering: FlipGrid is always free for educators with a Google or Microsoft account. Sign up here.
What It Is: Many teachers have already started using this readily-available resource for their classrooms. These tools are going to become even more valuable as schools convert to distance learning. There’s a lot to explore here, but most of it is easy to use, so don’t be afraid to dive in.
What They’re Offering: Google Classroom is always free, but if it’s new to you, we recommend this quick overview guide.
What It Is: Get the most out of Google Classroom and other Google tools with this platform. They offer webinars and other resources to help teachers create and manage the best virtual classrooms.
What They’re Offering: Hapara is providing free access to schools affected by COVID-19/coronavirus through June 2020. Contact them here.
What It Is: It’s hard to hold class discussions with no class, right? That’s where this site comes in. It provokes and encourages thoughtful conversations among students online.
What They’re Offering: Parlay is free for all schools through at least April 30. Existing paid users can get a code to make their accounts free until then too. Learn more here.
What It Is: Pronto is a communications hub that connects people via chat and video. It’s one option for hosting a virtual classroom.
What They’re Offering: Pronto is free for educators at this time. Request your free access here.
What It Is: Keep your music students practicing at home with this online music classroom. You can track student progress, and they’ll get instant feedback from the online tools.
What They’re Offering: SmartMusic is offering free access through June 30, 2020 for all schools impacted by the outbreak. Contact them here.
What It Is: Companies across the world use Webex to keep their teams in contact remotely. They offer lots of tools that are ideal for taking your classes online.
What They’re Offering: Webex is offering free access to all schools right now, along with resources and tips on using it as a virtual classroom. Learn more here.
What It Is: Project your lessons in group settings with zoom. You can even record the sessions for students who need to review later. This video and audio conferencing tool has a chat functionality where students can ask questions as you teach.
What They’re Offering: In certain countries affected by the virus, Zoom is lifting their 40-minute time limit for the free Basic accounts. Learn more here.
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