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Last Modified: April 19, 2020 9:25 pm

During this time, several companies have either made their products free for educators or heavily discounted. The information for how to access each tool is listed below. Remember to pay attention to the length of trial/free period.

Tools

Zoom

Zoom is a widely used and stable video and audio conferencing platform. Importantly, you can access Zoom either by a computer or via phone. Zoom’s free license will allow an unlimited number of video meetings that up to 100 students can join. There is also a chat feature that students can use while a teacher is presenting.

What’s free?

Zoom is lifting the 40-minute time limit on free accounts for school-based staff. The email address must be on the school’s domain and personal email addresses are not eligible.

How to access?

Click here.

Loom

A screen recording tool now free for educators at a K-12 school, university, or educational institution using Loom for classroom work. 

How to access? Click here.

All Subjects

BrainPOP

BrainPOP is a playful, educators focused platform that has learning games, animated movies, and activities that cover universal topics.  There are three platforms: BrainPOP Jr (K-3, encourages young learners to ask questions and form their own ideas in STEM, Social Studies, Reading/Writing, Health, and arts); BrainPOP (Upper Elementary and Middle School, STEM, Social Studies, English, Health, Arts & Music); and BrainPOP ELL (proficiency-based English language learning program appropriate for all ages with vocabulary, grammar, listening and reading & writing activities).

What’s free?

Free unlimited during closure

How to access?

Click here.

MobyMax

MobyMax helps struggling learners quickly catch up to grade level and closes learning gaps for all students.  The comprehensive software curriculum spans Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies in grades K-8. MobyMax features adaptive differentiation through diagnostic testing, adaptive lessons, IEP goals, progress monitoring, assessments, an daily goals.  

What’s free?

Free access for the year if you’re closed for Parents and Teachers

How to access?

Call 888-793-8331 to get started.

EverFI

With a network of 20,000+ schools, EVERFI delivers digital resources that help teachers equip students with critical skills. Thanks to hundreds of partners who share our mission, we deliver these critical skills to K-12 schools and students free of charge.

What’s free?

Free for now

How to access?

Click here.

Purple Mash

Purple Mash contains thousands of opportunities for learning in the form of open ended tools (publishing, story creation, game design), spelling & grammar (complete spelling scheme, set weekly spelling quizzes, grammar games), math (math-based tools and resources), and cross-curricular project work (themed writing templates, slide shows, stories, quizzes).  You will receive unlimited pupil logins on a cloud-based platform that can be accessed anytime. Serial Mash gives you access to over 100 books in the ever-growing library that you can adjust the text size, background color, and font to make reading easier.

What’s free?

Full access until your school re-opens

How to access?

Click here.

Kahoot!

Kahoot! Self-paced challenge mode is a free feature that’s already available for all educators.  Students can complete self-paced games by themselves at home, on a mobile device, or computer.  Teachers can use advanced reports to facilitate formative assessment and adjust instruction based on student performance – even then they cannot attend school.  Kahoot! Premium also lets teachers put together a bank of school-wide educational games and collaborate with other teachers in their school.

What’s free?

Kahoot! Premium for the rest of the school year.

How to access?

Click here.

Breakout EDU

Breakout EDU is an immersive learning games platform that brings the challenge of an escape room to the classroom.  All Breakout EDU games require players to use critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. The purchase of each Breakout EDU kit includes a unique collection of boxes, re-settable locks, and access to a digital platform with over 1,500 games.

What’s free?

Free games

How to access?

Click here.

Scholastic

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys.  Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each build 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!  This resource offers 5 days of cross-curricular journeys for the following age groups: Pre-K and K, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6+.

What’s free?

Full access for 5 days worth of activities for each age range

How to access?

Click here.

Shmoop

With a laser focus on easing the stress of the learning environment, Shmoop aims to improve the approach to teaching and learning through engaging content and a personalized approach.  Students and teachers can tap into over 10,000 educational videos, 400 digital learning courses, personalized test prep, and thousands of study guides. Shmoop focuses on high school and middle school students.

What’s free?

Free thru May 2020

How to access?

Send an email to [email protected] to get started.

Discovery Ed

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources for K–12 classrooms worldwide. We are the home to award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, and the largest professional development community of its kind.

What’s free?

Free access to Discovery Education Experience through the remainder of the school year.

How to access?

Principals and Superintendents email [email protected] to gain access.

Literacy

CommonLit

CommonLit is a non-profit education technology organization working to support all studeints with reading, writing, communication, and problem solving-skills. The CommonLit Literacy Model is built on a foundation of over 2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades 3-12, compliment by aligned interim assessments, growth oriented goals, and expert led teacher development. Teachers can assign Mini Units (short, self-paced thematic units for grades 5-12) and TExt Sets (relevant reading passages from a variety of genres).

What’s free?

Free accounts for teachers and students, school leaders can get digital resource packs to support. They are also now offering accounts for parents!

How to access? 

https://www.commonlit.org

Free parent accounts at [email protected] (this is new)

Email [email protected] for the virtual training & digital resource packs to support contingency plans

Book Creator

Book Creator is a simple way for your students to make their own e-books. This platform can be used to create for any subject across any grade level. The resources hub gives you a range of lesson ideas, or create your own assignment that lets your students get creative to demonstrate their knowledge. There is also a list of ways that Book Creator can help with remote learning on the website.

What’s free?

Book Creator is offering the premium real-time collaboration feature for free for 14 days.

How to access?

Click here.

Elementari

Elementari engages students to write their own story, working at their own pace. The platform provides illustrations to inspire stories, develop analytical thinking, and provide a source of pride for students in their personal writing and coding projects. Elementari is used around the world for writing in students native language and for second language learning. Teachers can review and give feedback on students’ stories remotely.

What’s free?

Premium version until May 2020 or until school re-opens

How to access?

Click here.

ABCmouse.com 

ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy is a comprehensive, research-validated curriculum for preschool through second grade, available on all major digital platforms and used by tens of millions of children to date.  Adventure Academy is a first-of-its-kind educational massive multiplayer online game, serving elementary and middle-school aged children with thousands of learning activities in a fun and safe virtual world. ReadingIQ is a digital library and literacy platform for children 12 and under designed by reading experts to improve literacy skills, with many thousands of expert-curated books from leading publishers.

What’s free?

Free access

How to access?

Click here.

Listenwise

Listenwise is a collection of daily current events and standards-aligned lessons, along with assessment tools to support distance learning.  You can search 2000+ collection of ELA, Social Studies, science, and current event lessons to assign students listening comprehension questions and/or listening organizers.  As the teacher, you can assign listening comprehension quizzes and track student progress in your Listenwise data dashboard and keep students on track with their learning by asking them to listen to relevant, engaging, podcasts and participate in online discussions in Google classroom.

What’s free?

Free through April 30th or until school opens back up

How to access?

Click here.

Audible

Audible is offering a collection of stories, free to stream, for kids of all ages.

How to access? Click here.

Epic

Access a digital library of 40,000 books, quizzes, learning videos and more. Free until June 30, 2020. 

How to access? Click here.

Science

Mystery Science

Mystery Science is the creator of the most popular science lessons in U.S. schools. We’ve curated this starter set of science lessons that you can use remotely or share with parents.

What’s free?

The entire site’s content.

How to access?

Click here.

CENTURY

CENTURY has been developed by an award-winning team of experienced teachers, neuroscientists and technologists. Together, we have combined the latest research in learning science, artificial intelligence and neuroscience to ensure CENTURY is underpinned by evidence-based scientific and pedagogical techniques.

What’s free?

Free for now

How to access?

Click here.

Other

TypingClub

TypingClub is the most effective way to learn how to type.

What’s free?

It’s always been free

How to access?

Click here.

SmartMusic

SmartMusic offers an unrivaled repertoire library, game-changing practice tools and helps teachers track student progress.

What’s free?

Free thru June 30, 2020

How to access?

Click here.

Seterra

Seterra is the ultimate map quiz site.  You can use already created geography and science quizzes to review learned information.  Through these quizzes you can explore the world and learn about its countries, capitals, cities, rivers, lakes, and more.  With your free account you can create custom quizzes, add custom locations to quizzes, and use a public leaderboard.

What’s free?

Free Level 1 Seterra Geography Membership

How to access?

Register for an account on Patreon.com.  Then, email [email protected] with your name, school name, state/country, and email address associated with your Patreon account.  

Foreign Language

Voces Digital

Voces Digital is a collection of world language titles covering Spanish levels 1-AP, French levels 1-3, and ESL levels 1-4.  The program incorporates grammar, vocabulary, and comprehensible input-based approaches to language learning. Each title in the Voces library contains audio and video, speaking exercises, interactive activities, authentic resources, presentations, assessments, stunning photographs, differentiation options, and customizable lessons.

What’s free?

The entire platform is free for teachers until June 30, 2020

How to access?

Click here.

Coding

Tynker

Tynker is the #1 coding platform for kids – Tynker fuels creativity in thousands of schools and powers the imagination of 60 million kids worldwide.  In the platform you can access 40+ aware winning block & text-based courses and over 3,700 learning modules. Tynker is broken down into three age groups: Ages 5-7 (voice instructions); Ages 7-13 (drag and drop coding); and Ages 13+ (real world coding).  For teachers looking to utilize this platform, webinars are available to help you use the features in a remote learning environment.

What’s free?

Free access to the entire platform until May 2020

How to access?

Click here.

Vidcode

Vidcode is a computer science curriculum and coding platform.  The courses teach computer science, object-oriented programming, web programming, design, & JavaScript.  Learners can upload photos, illustrations, videos, and audio – and manipulate them with code right away! This allows tweens and teens to connect computer programming to the media they interact with every day.  Webinars are available to help you get started.  

What’s free?

Free access to the entire platform until May 2020

How to access?

Click here.

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