In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19), a lot of schools have been closing down. We've curated a list of resources that would be useful for teachers or parents while kids are out of school. Also included are a few entertainment resources that may be enjoyed for free online.
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ABCmouse is geared for children age 2-8 years to help them learn to read using phonics. Interactive lessons also focus on math, social studies, art, music, and more.
Learn about Texas History by taking a virtual tour of The Alamo.
Download Bamboo e-learning tool apps that pair with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, including Bamboo Books, Bamboo Luminaries, Bamboo Math, Bamboo Music, and Highlights Storybooks from Bamboo.
Free online self-paced classes are available on Codecademy to help with learning coding.
Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science. Great resource for grades K-12.
Milk Street Online Cooking School is providing free classes through April 30, 2020.
Tools for virtual and distance learning, free subscriptions from educational companies, picture-book read-alouds and more; resources collected by Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL) leadership.
If you have Netflix, this resource gives you several options for educational videos.
This is a comprehensive list of companies offering free online subscriptions due to school closings.
Wander through the chambers and passageways of the Great Pyramid, and learn about the pharaohs for whom these monumental tombs were built. You can also follow the 1997 field season of a team of archaeologists as they excavated the bakery that fed the pyramid builders.
More than 12 million immigrants made their first stop in America at Ellis Island Immigration Station between 1892 and 1954. Now you can learn about Ellis Island on this virtual tour.
Explore digital tools to learn science, art, and more.
All of the movies on this page are free to watch, but do include ads.
There’s a lot to know about running a virtual classroom, but this site put together a list of virtual classroom platforms, online quizzes and assessments, video lessons, and even complete curriculum plans to get you started.
Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.
Check in on the giant pandas at Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC. Learn more about pandas and the conservation efforts to protect this incredible species.
More than 2,500 spaces from around the world are accessible online. Many offer virtual tours of their holdings.
Discover the hidden worlds of the National Parks at Kenai Fjords in Alaska, Hawai'i Volcanoes in Hawai'i, Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, Bryce Canyon in Utah, or Dry Tortugas in Florida.
Explore over 7,000 free videos in 13 subjects areas, including math, science, social science, and the humanities. Videos are geared for middle school, high school, and college students.
iTunes U is a free app for your device which offers a wide range of online courses.
Kanopy is a digital streaming service that allows patrons to check out 10 titles per month. It includes documentaries, classic and indie films, the Great Courses, and many more. Available on desktop, mobile, and many smart TVs. Users will have to make an account connected to their library card number. At this time, they have made many of the movies available for free to the library, including all of Kanopy Kids.
Khan Academy is a nonprofit that aims to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Great for learners, teachers, and parents. This resource covers a wide array of topics: math, science, engineering, computing, arts and humanities, economics and finance, test prep, and more!
The KidLit TV team has created a virtual library of FREE read aloud, drawing & writing tutorials, podcasts, art activities + reading resources for kids!
A collection of interactive tutorials, practice tests, articles, flash cards and e-books patrons can use to improve academic skills in reading, writing, math and science as well as prepare for high-stakes exams.
An RB Digital resource accessible with your library card for a week at a time. Live and on-demand classes, quick tip videos, and virtual reality wellness.
This is a list of authors and illustrators that are doing live events online.
This site is filled with a variety of activities, crafts, and worksheets with free printables geared primarily for pre-K to first grade students.
Take an off-world trip and access Mars with this virtual tour created from imagery taken by NASA's Curiosity rover.
This site includes math lessons, games, worksheets, and more for Kindergarten through eighth grade math topics.
An RB Digital resource accessible with your library card for a week at a time. Comprehensive self-paced program proven to raise scores for the ACT and SAT.
Watch videos of the most famed shows from the Metropolitan Opera online for free. They'll have a different show scheduled each day for a week.
Explore Mount Rushmore in South Dakota's Black Hills where four of America's great leaders have been memorialized--George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers free online college classes with a variety of topics.
National Geographic has made games, videos, and other information available free online for kids.
Take a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and tour the museum's current and past exhibits.
This site features a range of at-home activities for toddlers through elementary school students. Information for teachers is also provided.
Students can learn a new language using Rosetta Stone. Subscriptions are currently free for three months to students.
Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
Try out experiments, engineering challenges and demonstrations with fun hands-on STEM activities. Science Buddies activities mostly feature materials that are easy to find and take and hour or less.
Stanford University offers a selection of free online classes.
This site features a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) challenges and activities for children and families.
TeachingBooks.net -- Bring to life childrens and YA books with video trailers, author interviews, discussion questions, and much more. Great for book clubs, choosing books, and homework help!
TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. This resource provides access to educational videos on a large variety of subjects.
This is a blog post with some fun and easy ideas for things to do with toddlers.
An RB Digital language learning resource. Transparent Language Online features a scientifically proven methodology, the widest variety of high-quality learning materials, and seamless integration of real-life language used by native speakers, all packaged together in an easy-to-use interface. Available as an app as well as on desktop.
Tumblebooks is an online library featuring children's e-books. The e-books are animated, talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, math stories, read-alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), videos (from National Geographics), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books and Tumble puzzles & games. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which have been licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format.
TISD has created a list of resources that are great for distance learning. We highly recommend this curated list of resources.
A library provided resource that allows users to create an account and take classes. Continue your education online and gain CE credits that may be transferable to some colleges. Universal Class contains classes on topics from Accounting to Yoga.
Take a virtual ride of various Disney roller-coasters using this resource.
There are 33 National Park tours available online for free!