E-Learning Resources for Parents and Teachers
It’s a very scary time right now, and e-learning resources are vital to make things easier for everyone. While as adults we have to deal with our own fears, we know that our primary job is to focus on our children and students. So the best thing we can do is to keep them engaged and learning. Whether that means academic lessons or creative activities, there are so many ways kids can learn even when stuck at home. As a mom of 2 and a teacher, I get how hard it is to juggle these 2 hats. Therefore, to help, I am compiling a list of e-learning resources that I hope will help during this difficult time. Further, I will add resources as I find them, so please check back often. Finally, if you have e-learning resources to share please leave the link in a comment. We are all in this together and we will come out stronger than ever!
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First, be sure to check out this collection of e-learning resources that Scholastic has prepared!
Additionally, here is a list of some more e-learning resources by category:
- ABCmouse.com – $5 for 2 Months!
- AdventureAcademy.com – 2 Months for $5 – Click here!
- Brains On is a podcast with episodes that are full of curiosity and exploration of science and history, and current events.
- 200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More. Perfect e-learning resource!
- Edpuzzle: A big booster for flipped learning teachers. Customize regular videos with engaging interactive learning tools. You can even track students’ actions and progress with this tool.
- Focus Booster: This is a time tracking and productivity app. It works off the Pomodoro technique. It features instant timesheet recording and visual progress graphs.
- Formative: This is an amazing formative assessment app. Create an assignment and get live results from students. Present them with real-time feedback in an instant, too.
- Homeroom Mom: A unique online support community. They share tips and tools for working with parents and teachers. They’ve also got ideas for all sorts of class projects.
- PearDeck: A wonderful interactive presentation tool. Engage your whole class with presentations you control from your computer. Students respond to your built-in questions using a wide range of tools.
- Socrative: Socrative lets you engage and assess your students as learning happens. There are tools for real-time quizzing, generating results, and visualizing progress.
- Khan Academy: Originally a math education go-to, Khan now offers support ranging from science to grammar to history and more.
- ABC Ya! includes games and activities that are so fun, kids won’t even realize they are learning! Practice the alphabet with the Alphabats, go on a Multiplication Space Race, or choose activities based on topics of interest, like cats, food or cars.
- NeoK12. A solid collection of learning activities including educational videos, games, quizzes, puzzles, and more. Click on one of dozens of categories like World War II, laws of motion, allergies, or arts & crafts for tons of learning modules to choose from.
- BrainPOP: Designed with fun, kid-friendly animation, this favorite offers learning within traditional academic subjects and provides endless e-learning resources.
- Simple Preschool Activities to do at Home
- Lightsail: An e-reading program that helps teachers support independent reading in students. You can monitor progress and give assessment and feedback in real-time.
- Storyline Online: Created to instill a love of reading in young people, this website has a collection of children’s stories read aloud by actors and actresses from the Screen Actors Guild.
- Biblionasium: A great (safe!) space for online reading for kids, and a way for kids to discover books and share reviews and recommendations with each other.
- Newsela: Another great website for practicing language arts skills. This one features news and non-fiction comprehension.
- ReadWorks: Thousands of fiction and nonfiction reading passages under a wide range of topics including Arts & Culture, Earth & Space Science, Geography & Societies, and more. Use the audiobook function, answer questions after reading, do vocabulary activities to test knowledge and more.
- Free ELA games from Education.com
First, if you are a museum lover, take some virtual museum tours of these 12 world-famous museums! This video gives an overview:
- Brain Pop – Social Studies Activities
- Kids Discover – Social Studies Resources
- iCivics: “iCivics gives students the necessary tools to learn about and participate in civic life, and teachers the materials and support to achieve this goal. Our free resources include print-and-go lesson plans, interactive digital tools, and award-winning games.”
- Teaching Tolerance: “Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation’s children. We provide free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners in the U.S. and Canada.”
- Great list of social studies and history resources from We are Teachers
- Blog post: The Best Online Interactive Math Games for Every Grade Level
- Prodigy Math is an adventure focused math program that feels like a video game. To progress through worlds and battles, students answer math questions.
- Math Playground: Huge collection of math games for all subjects and levels.
- Free math games from education.com
- MathGameTime: a large variety organized by grade
- Wow in the World is a podcast focused on science, technology, and innovation. Great for children PreK through elementary school who will stay engaged because of the deep level of info and wacky facts!
- SciStarter: Not a traditional learning practice tool, but this website offers “citizen science” projects that kids and families can contribute to from home.
- NASA Kids’ Club: There’s so much science to discover here, it will keep kids busy for hours! Try the Space Place, where kids can play games, do online crafts, and more, all relating to NASA.
- My TpT Store features many printable Spanish resources, including flashcards, task cards, color by number, games, and more. You can check them all out here.
- Basho and Friends (a personal fav!) uses original music videos to teach children Spanish, French and Mandarin. Super fun and kids LOVE them (I speak from lots of experience)! 🙂
- Marshmallow Coding: A fun unique way for younger students to learn the power of code.
- Scratch: An introductory programming website, where kids can learn to create interactive stories, games, and animations through coding, and then share them with others.
- Tinkercad: This is an awesome website for 3-D design, electronics, and coding. Minecraft fans will get a kick out of the Minecraft Modeler! There’s something here for every aspiring engineer/designer.
- Free coding games from Education.com
You may also find these previous posts useful, as they contain many free e-learning resources!
- Minecraft Teaching Resources
- Dr. Seuss Lesson Plans
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities and Lesson Plans
- Fortnite Teaching Resources
- 5 Ways to Teach Kids the Spanish Alphabet
- Frozen Teaching & Learning Resources
- Cinco de Mayo Lessons & Activities for Kids
- 5 Ways to Teach Kids Spanish Animal Names
- Disney Pixar Lesson Plans & Learning Resources
- Spanish Colors for Kids
Above all, stay safe, for that is all that matters. While all of this is inconvenient, the silver lining is that we get some extra time to spend with our families and maybe even get some of that stuff done around the house that we never seem to have the time to do. This too shall pass. <3