Free Resources for Schools

Free Resources for Schools

Educational App Store editors curate hundreds of free resources for schools worldwide, especially those affected by coronavirus/COVID-19 closures. Many schools are also providing lists of resources on a range of topics, to help parents navigate this difficult time.

There’s a real fear for a lot of parents that having the kids out of school for an extended period of time will put them behind the curve where education is concerned. Still, not everyone has the money or ability to homeschool. Luckily, there are a lot of great educational resources out there that can help you through this trying time. The following list will be updated regularly as announcements are made.

Check out the following free resources for schools worldwide during this time of extended remote learning. It’s will keep your kids learning while they are at home.


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Maths

Rocket Math

Rocket Math

In this time of stay at home and online learning we are offering teachers, parents and school districts access to the Rocket Math worksheep program and online game at no cost for 60 days.

The worksheet program is used by schools all over the country. Teachers normally print out the worksheets at school, but now parents can access the same virtual filing cabinet that teachers use and have your students use it. The fast-paced Online Game teaches children math facts in a way they enjoy passing the many milestones along the way.


BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize has lots of content divided into subject and age categories, with much new material added regularly. And the BBC has just announced it will show curriculum content on TV every weekday from Monday, 11 January: primary-school programming, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, from 09:00 to 12:00 on CBBC at least two hours of programming to support the GCSE curriculum on BBC Two.


English

Teach Your Monster to Read

Teach Your Monster to Read

As a result of school closures and disruption due to coronavirus, Teach Your Monster to Read is completely free (web version) across the world, in order to help children learn to read whilst at home. The Teach your Monster to Read is an award winning app that teaches children to read in a fun and simplistic manner. The app covers the first two years of reading, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying books.


Homer

HOMER

HOMER is offering educators at schools, tutoring centers and daycare programs three months of free access to its reading programs so children can continue their education. HOMER Reading, for kids ages two to eight, includes thousands of lessons on phonics, sight words and ABCs. HOMER Stories provides early learners with interactive stories from favorite books. Access is provided to the teacher or school to share, not the individual family.


EdPlace

EdPlace: English, Maths & Science worksheets

EdPlace have opened up their English, maths and science question and answer activities on their website. This means anyone can use their teacher-created content without an account. All their resources are aligned to the National Curriculum and appropriate for students in Year 1 all the way up to GCSE.

To help mitigate the effect of school closures on teachers and students, they are offering free access for up to 100 students to our KS1 - GCSE English, maths and science learning resources during their school's closure period.


News-O-Matic EDU

News-O-Matic EDU

Kids are turning to News-O-Matic's coronavirus coverage to help them understand what is happening — and to give them a global platform to share their experiences. Likewise, teachers are utilizing News-O-Matic as a tool for helping them talk about the pandemic with their students. News-O-Matic is providing a pilot free version for teachers and schools.

News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for kids. It provides an engaging nonfiction experience for children, complete with valuable literacy tools for the classroom. This application is a combination of interactive technology and games along with exciting news articles and creativity. The content within this software is engaging, plentiful and child safe.


Scholastic Learn at Home

Scholastic Learn at Home

Scholastic Learn at Home is a free website that provides PreK - 9+ students with 20* days’ worth of exciting learning journeys carefully created by our editors spanning the content areas, to keep students academically active during school closures. The site also provides free access to a variety of award-winning digital programs.

"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.


Narrator AR

Narrator AR

Narrator AR is an Augmented Reality app that supports pre-school writing in a fun and inspiring way. The application is suitable for ages 3 to 5 and encourages children to write words and letters with a pen and paper whilst linking this to an exciting AR experience.

It is a handwriting app that takes your child's handwritten name from pen and paper and launches it off the page using augmented reality (AR). The letters launch as a rocket or a rainbow unicorn trail and appear to levitate off the page. The app is safe for little users. It's ad free, offline and its simplicity ensures that inquisitive fingers have an easy and fun experience.


Games

Readlax

Readlax

The perfect game for younger kids who like a challenge, Readlax: Brain Games helps children to develop mental arithmetic and logic skills. Kids play mini-games that help to reinforce what they’ve just learned about numbers and words. Similarly, the other sections of the free kids game have various themes, challenging children to move pictures to assemble puzzles. The app hits the right balance between learning and fun, giving children the chance to develop their skills.


Age of Learning

Age of Learning

Age of Learning is offering families at affected schools free at-home access to ABCmouse, a learning resource for ages 2 to 8; Adventure Academy, is open for students ages 8 to 13; and ReadingIQ, a digital library and literacy platform is available for children 12 and under.


Videos

Youtube

Youtube's Free School

YouTube's Free School has a collection of videos on subjects as diverse as the US constitution, coral reefs and the solar system.


BrainPOP

BrainPOP

BrainPop is offering free, unlimited use of BrainPOP to any school closed due to the coronavirus during the period of their closure. BrainPOP offers animated movies, assessment resources, and creative tools for elearning, projects, homework and more.


Art

‎Pixton EDU

Pixton EDU

Use Pixton EDU for grades 3-12 to create stories and demonstrate learning in any subject through digital comics. Users can explore topics in Math, Science, Social Studies, History, English, Art or any other subject. Choose images from popular content, books and movies like The Hunger Games or The Outsiders, plus other topics like the solar system, black history or the environment – all Common Core aligned. Free, all-access to Pixton EDU for 30days.


Book Creator

Book Creator

Book Creator is offering a free 90-day upgrade to its premium service, which lets teachers allow their students to collaborate on creating books. The company is also providing daily webinars to help educators and parents work with the program.


Coding

‎Minecraft

Minecraft

Minecraft (Microsoft) is making Minecraft Education Edition available free to teachers. They need to have a valid Office 365 Education account. There's a brief educator quick-start guide that includes a set of "curriculum kits," projects that can be implemented with students working remotely. The Minecraft Education Challenge invites students to learn about sustainability and inclusion, and then to design projects using Minecraft.


‎Tynker

Tynker

Tynker is providing free access to its Tynker School Pre-K-12 coding curriculum to schools and individual families. That includes Tynker Junior for early learners, introductory and intermediate programming courses, and interest-based courses, such as micro:bit, LEGO WeDo and drone programming.


Languages

‎Busuu

Busuu

Busuu is providing access to FREE online language lessons for kids, taught by our qualified language teachers. Accessing these lessons won’t cost you anything. Busuu is covering all fees for the teachers involved.

You can choose the language your child would like to learn and select your child's age group (5-7, 8-10 and 11-14 years).


Productivity

Adobe

Adobe

Adobe has developed a resource hub for education with free templates, links to free software (including Adobe Acrobat, Scan, and tools for Google Drive) and videos with instructions for how to use the programs.


Will schools provide resources?

If your child's school already puts work online, via Google Classroom, for example, this will probably continue. But these sort of tools tend to be used more by secondary schools than primaries.

Some schools are asking older children to follow their existing timetables, with some active lessons, involving Google Hangouts and virtual classrooms, and some passive ones, in which children work independently. And depending on the individual school, there will probably be a system to allow children to submit work and have it marked.