March 20th, 2020

New Ideas and Resources from NYLearns in Response to COVID-19

Attractive young dark skinned woman working at desk at home using laptop, holding baby on her lap. Portrait of smiling mother writing post on moms blog while her infant son playing with toyIn a matter of a days, COVID-19 has changed the way in which we teach, learn, and communicate with one another. At NYLearns, we are committed to supporting you during this time of uncertainty. In order to help educators face the challenges ahead, we will be sharing resources to help guide you as a teacher and support your students’ parents and guardians who are assisting in their children’s learning and comprehension.

In the coming weeks, look for new articles, emails, fun activities, and information from NYLearns. You can also follow PLS Classes, which is a division of PLS 3rd Learning, our parent company, for even more resources. (Follow PLS Classes on Facebook, their blog, Instagram, or subscribe to their email list.)

Today, we’re sharing a list of free online educational resources from PLS Classes. This list contains educational grade-level appropriate games, PD, remote learning tools, assessment resources, e-books, videos and more. We hope that this list is helpful to you. Please feel free to share with your colleagues.

We know that this is a challenging time, so if there is anything we can do to ease the coming days, do not hesitate to reach out.

Free Online Distance Learning Resources for Teachers, Students and Parents

Age of Learning
Age of Learning provides schools closed due to the coronavirus with free home access for all affected families to leading digital education programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ. Programs serve students in preschool / pre-k, elementary school, and middle school.

Alchemie Mechanisms App
Mechanisms is the first app for organic chemistry that allows you to practice and learn reaction mechanisms by moving and manipulating electrons! Mechanisms also provides you with real-time assessment, giving you a measure of your performance and comprehension every step of the way. All content in the Mechanisms App will be free for “the coming months”.

Albert Academy
Albert’s self-paced professional development provides educators with best practices and pedagogy to improve student outcomes. From case studies to tutorial videos, these resources help educators hone their craft inside and outside of the Albert classroom. Albert supports grades 6-12 and is providing educators with an extended pilot subscription available as long as schools are impacted.

Book Creator
Book Creator can be used in any subject, with any grade level. They’ve pulled together a list of ideas for using Book Creator for remote learning – ideas that you can put in place today to help keep kids engaged whilst unable to attend school.

This company is offering free, unlimited use of BrainPOP to any school, anywhere, that is closed due to the coronavirus during the period of their closure. BrainPOP’s hosts plenty of animated movies, assessment resources, and creative tools for distance learning,  support for projects and homework, and keeping students on track with their studies.

BreakOut Edu — Fun@Home
Follow the link above for a collection of digital games that students can play at home. Students can click on any game and start playing!

With Buncee’s assortment of media options, creating a virtual lesson is quick and easy. Teachers can include text, video, audio, or even links to additional resources. Record your lesson using the video feature, or create an activity template for your student to complete at home.

Discovery Education
For U.S. schools or school systems that are not currently using Discovery Education resources, but are experiencing closures due to the Coronavirus, Discovery Education is offering free access through the remainder of the school year.

Fluency Matters
Fluency Matters is offering 21 days of free access to e-books and more.

iCompute is offering free access to their online Learn Programming and Computational Thinking resources for any school (anywhere) that is closed due to coronavirus (COVID-19) during the period of closure.

Kahoot! offers free access to all features to support distance learning in schools affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Kami is the leading PDF & document annotation app for schools. Improve engagement and interaction in the classroom with Kami as your digital pen and paper.

Kognity aims to support schools by enabling students to continue to learn effectively even outside the classroom; they allow teachers to easily assign homework and organize class assignments – and thus continue and perhaps even enhance the rhythm of teaching and learning.

The Listenwise platform supports distance learning by allowing you to roster your students, make online customized written assignments, and assign multiple-choice autos-cored listening quizzes.

The comprehensive software curriculum spans Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies for students in grades K-8 and meets the needs of struggling students as well as those working on grade level and beyond. This company will provide its award-winning educational software free to all schools and school districts forced to close to protect against COVID-19.

Mystery Science
To help educators during this time of coronavirus, Mystery Science has pulled their most popular science lessons and are offering them for anyone to use for free.

Equip every teacher with ready-to-run K-12 lessons and an easy-to-use instructional platform to drive 100% student engagement. NearPod is offering free access to all impacted schools.

Pronto is a frictionless communication hub that connects people via chat and video so that they can work effectively from anywhere.

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

SMART Learning Suite Online enables students to connect remotely to live lessons delivered by teachers and engage in real-time with lesson activities. They are offering free accounts for the rest of the school year.

SmartMusic offers an unrivaled repertoire library, game-changing practice tools and helps teachers track student progress.

Get access to Vidcode’s full computer science curriculum and coding platform at no cost. Teachers and students will have access to courses, lesson plans, and virtual PD resources until May 2020.

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