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School’s out — for an open-ended amount of time.
As the academic year has come to a screeching halt, a number of companies have stepped up to ensure the tens of millions of students now at home due to the coronavirus pandemic have educational opportunities from home.
Tell your school about free Adobe Photoshop through May 30.
Adobe has made its popular image software, Photoshop, free to students grades K-12. They’ve also thrown in document design program InDesign — now through May 30. The only catch is, your school’s IT admin has to make the request using Adobe’s request form. Tell them about it, and let your kids learn how to put their faces on Mt. Rushmore.
Get 20 days of free “Learn at Home” lessons and virtual field trips from Scholastic.
Educational publisher Scholastic has launched a free “Learn at Home” website with lessons, quizzes, videos, virtual field trips, and more for students. They’re releasing a new lesson package every day for each of the four age groups — Pre-K/Kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-5, and grades 6 and up — for 20 days. No sign-up required.
Let your principal know Discovery Education is free right now.
Discovery Education — a sister company of the Discovery Channel — is offering free access to its K-12 Discovery Education Experience curriculum to all schools and districts.
This offer can only be accessed by administrators, so pass along the sign-up link if you want to take advantage of the award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, and more.
Read more than 1 million ebooks and audiobooks for 30 days with Scribd.
Read digital books, magazines and more with Scribd. They’ve opened up their library for a free 30-day trial. Just sign up at their website and start listening. After 30 days, the subscription is just $8.99/month.
ABC Mouse is offering 30 days free, 62% off annual membership.
ABC Mouse is offering a free 30-day subscription to online curriculum for ages 2-8.
The membership includes:
- More than 9,000 individual learning activities
- More than 850 lesson plans
- Songs and music videos
- Games and puzzles
- Learning animations
- Art activities
- Additionally, the cost of a yearlong subscription has dropped to $45 (reg. $119.40).
Get free Audible Stories for as long as schools are closed.
Audible has introduced Audible Stories, which offers a number of classics, such as “Winnie the Pooh”, “The Jungle Book”, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, “The Call of the Wild” and more. Audible Stories can be accessed on your computer, tablet or smartphone. There is no log-in or personal information required; just visit stories.audible.com, click “start listening” and let the stories come alive.
Adventure Academy is free for an entire month.
From the creators of ABCMouse, Adventure Academy has countless learning games and videos for reading, math, science and more — geared for ages 8-13. Sign up for a free month trial, and if you want to keep the subscription, an annual membership has been discounted to $59.99/year (reg. $118/year).
Khan Academy helps you create an at-home learning schedule.
These free guides are organized by grade level, and establish class periods throughout the day, accompanied by links to Khan Academy lessons. It accounts for a full day, from wake-up to bedtime.
The free PBS Kids Daily newsletter provides educational activities.
Sign up for PBS Kids Daily and you’ll get a half-dozen educational activities for kids, falling into three categories: watch, play, and do.
PBS Kids also gives parents free access to its library of more than 2,100 educational activities, which can be filtered by age, topic, and activity type.
Elementari is offering free premium access to their content.
Elementari is an arts-based educational platform that lets K-12 students read, write, code, share, and remix interactive stories.
The platform is free for parents and educators affected by school closures in the wake of coronavirus. All you have to do is fill out their form to get access.
JumpStart is giving away free elementary school worksheets.
Educational website JumpStart offers free worksheets for grades Pre-K through 5, covering math, science, social studies, and more.
They’re also offering 15-day free trials on their JumpStart Academy learning programs, and 50% off an annual membership.
Prodigy offers free math games and home-learning resources for families.
Prodigy is a free, addictive, progressive math game for ages 5-14. The game is always free, but the website is adding even more educational value to families with its constantly-updated list of resources for families — which includes their own daily schedules.
Cool Math has free math lessons and games.
Students grades K-12 may access the free Cool Math websites. Coolmath.com offers math lessons for ages 13 and up, Coolmath4kids.com is designed for ages 12 and under, and Coolmathgames.com hosts hundreds of logic-based math games for all ages.
Take virtual field trips to museums, parks, and more.
Want to go somewhere while you’re stuck inside? Check out live cameras from the San Diego Zoo and Cincinnati Zoo, explore the country’s National Parks via video, virtually stroll hundreds of the world’s great art museums via Google, and get to know New York City’s Museum of Metropolitan Art with their multimedia page.