Free Tech for Learning

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and EdSurge are curating a list of free products offered by companies and organizations to support learning during extended school closures.  Search the directory organized into categories including grade levels, subject area, standards and length of free trial to explore what products will best support your needs.

The Learning Toolbox

The Exploratorium, a hands-on museum in San Francisco developed a new website, The Learning Toolbox, which features free science activities and materials addressing timely topics around the novel coronavirus, as well as general science support for virtual classrooms and at-home learning. The Covid-19 Science section answers questions about viruses and public health recommendations with supporting hands-on activities and videos. The Learning at Home section provides curated collections of Exploratorium online resources that support science learning wherever you are.  The Exploratorium believes that learning through evidence and experience can give people the tools to understand natural phenomena, whether it’s a viral…

Wide Open School

Launched last week, WideOpenSchool.org was created by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit known for rating education and entertainment content based on its suitability for kids, with help from dozens of partners. The site brings together content from a diverse group of companies to help students, teachers and families find free, reliable resources while school buildings are shuttered. On the site, students will see an interactive daily schedule customized to their age range, a list of live virtual events like story times and concerts, and links to materials for every school subject, all available for free and vetted for quality by…

NOAA Live! Webinars

While you are home, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Regional Collaboration Network in conjunction with Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is offering this series on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 EDT during school closures. Each webinar features a different NOAA expert/topic and a moderated question and answers session so that you can get a peek at what our NOAA scientists do in all the various NOAA offices. These webinars are geared toward grades 2-8 and allow students to connect with scientists. Webinars are between 45-60 minutes in length and are recorded. #NOAALive4Kids.

Educator Resource Directory

Looking for an organization or program or other opportunity to help get your students engaged in environmental learning? The Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) has compiled a comprehensive and diverse list of environmental education organizations and opportunities in the state that offer these services.

BioEd Online

Baylor College of Medicine is offering a set of hands-on K-12 activities, grouped by grade level, that will enable parents and children to remain engaged in STEM learning until school operations return to normal. We call this collection STEM @Home. The lessons were selected specifically because they are easy to use at home, and provide high-quality STEM content without the need for specialized training, equipment or materials. We welcome you to investigate our STEM @Home activities, and to explore the entire BioEd Online website for accurate, free STEM educational materials.

ITEEA Open Access At-Home Resources

In mid-March, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) began compiling these resources as a way to support educators through the unprecedented period of “social distancing” designed to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The list continues to grow and there is now functionality built in that allows educators to easily add new resources to share with colleagues.

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Rhode Island  Zoological Society brings the Roger Williams Park Zoo to YOU! Grab the kiddos for some wild educational fun with our favorite critters every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm EDT during our new Zoo School series. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our animals and explore a fun activity you can do at home.

Discovery Educator Network – Daily DE

Looking for meaningful and engaging learning activities for your children? The Daily DE features a grade-band appropriate learning activity for every day of the week. From digital interactives to virtual field trips to fun science experiments and more, these daily activities are great for keeping the learning going at home!  The new Daily DE from Discovery Education provides a suite of no-cost activities and resources for students and families to help continue learning while schools are closed.  

Liberty Science Center (LSC) Online Activities

Welcome to LSC in the House, the place where home scientists can conduct experiments, explore the world of LSC’s animals, find amazing movies to watch, and get inspired about science and technology without ever leaving the living room. Check out all the fun at the link, and be sure to come back often since experiences will be updated regularly.