Although we are doing our best to support our community how we can, there are some things we currently cannot provide. Which is why we have created this list! Check out this great group of resources for you, your children, and your community:
A list compiled by the NDIA regarding free and low cost internet resources.
- Audible and Kindle
Audible has launched a free collection of audiobooks for children. Amazon’s Kindle is offering two free months to its unlimited ebook service for new users.
Scribd is offering its library of ebooks, audiobooks, magazine articles and more to anyone, for free, for the next 30 days. The online reading tool has millions of titles and programs available and can be accessed via online or through its app.
- Ivy League Courses
Ivy League schools have made nearly 500 online courses free to keep individuals occupied while stuck indoors. The online courses can be found on Class Central and include subjects in mathematics, programming, personal development, education and more.
Scholastic has launched a free, online learning hub to encourage students to keep learning while their regular school schedules are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. THe hub, Scholastic Learn At Home, features daily learning activities for students in Pre-K and up. The free service can be accessed on all devices with no sign-up required.
Headspace, a guided meditation service, is offering free meditations through its app. The free programs include meditations, sleep and movement exercises and can be found in the “Weathering the storm” collection on the app. Creating a Headspace account is also free.
- Adobe is offering free access to Creative Cloud tools through May for home use by students attending schools that currently only provide lab access through May.
- Encyclopedia Britannica is offering all schools and students free access to its "LaunchPacks" science and social studies learning content. The sets are intended for students in K-12 and provide articles, images, videos and primary sources of information, presented in an "engaging interface," optimized for smart devices. The resources are translated into multiple languages.
- Scholastic has made a "Learn at Home" digital hub available to support virtual learning plans that will remain open "indefinitely." "Learning journeys" are divided into four grade bands: pre-K-K, grades 1-2, grades 3-5 and grades 6-9-plus. Lessons cover English language arts, STEM, science, social studies and social-emotional learning. The program currently offers about three hours of programming per day, for up to four weeks of instruction. That includes activities such as writing and research projects based on nonfiction articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges and access to a digital community for kids. Teachers can plan virtual learning meetups to discuss and expand on any of the resources found on the site.