Free Online Resources for Schools Shifting Online During Coronavirus Pandemic
As the new coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads throughout the country, more and more schools are canceling classes and shifting their in-person instructional time online. Many classroom teachers are now trying to understand the ins-and-outs of distance learning for the first time and looking for free online resources for schools. What does instruction look like? How do I ensure my students are still receiving high-quality education? Will I be able to track the learning that is taking place?
The good news is: help is available! Many companies are offering teachers and schools access to their online platforms for free for the duration of their closure. In the short term, a new education landscape is forming, and we have put together a list of free online resources for schools, educators, and administrators to help them navigate these unfamiliar waters.
Whenever you are looking at utilizing a new platform, it’s a good idea to check with your school and/or district to make sure it meets security and confidentiality guidelines. The NYC Department of Education recently reviewed the platforms being used by their educators and has decided to no longer permit the use of Zoom, instead offering training on Microsoft Teams. Zoombombing, where uninvited participants interrupt meetings, is prompting many schools and districts to take a closer look at how to protect students information. The University of Southern California has put together a list of setting changes that can help prevent zoombombing. If the resources on our list meet confidentiality requirements (FERPA, COPPA, etc.) we have listed that information in the description!
We will continue to monitor and update the resources listed here as new ones become available. Know of a resource we missed? Reach out to us at email@example.com to let us know!