Resources for schools affected by COVID-19
Explore distance learning resources for schools affected by COVID-19
For educators and IT administrators preparing for potential school closures — or currently facing them — here are a few ways to engage students through distance learning.
- Google – https://edu.google.com/latest-news/covid-19-support-resources/?modal_active=none
- Microsoft – https://support.office.com/en-us/article/distance-learning-with-office-365-guidance-for-parents-and-guardians-89d514f9-bf5e-4374-a731-a75d38ddd588
Zoom K-12 School Verification Form
Zoom is temporarily lifting the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by the Coronavirus. Here’s how to get access for your school.
Digital learning management systems
- Blackboard(link is external) – Resources and tools to transition and deliver quality teaching and learning online.
- CenturyTech(link is external) – Personal learning pathways with micro-lessons to address gaps in knowledge, challenge students and promote long-term memory retention.
- ClassDojo(link is external) – Connects teachers with students and parents to build classroom communities.
- Edmodo(link is external) – Tools and resources to manage classrooms and engage students remotely.
- Edraak(link is external) – Arabic language online education with resources for school learners and teachers.
- EkStep(link is external) – Open learning platform with a collection of learning resources to support literacy and numeracy.
- Google Classroom(link is external) – Helps classes connect remotely, communicate and stay organized.
- Moodle(link is external) – Community-driven and globally-supported open learning platform.
- Nafham(link is external) – Arabic language online learning platform hosting educational video lessons that correspond with Egyptian and Syrian curricula.
- Schoology(link is external) – Tools to support instruction, learning, grading, collaboration, and assessment.
- Seesaw(link is external) – Enables the creation of collaborative and sharable digital learning portfolios and learning resources.
- Skooler(link is external) – Tools to turn Microsoft Office software into an education platform.
- Study Sapuri(link is external) – Japanese language online learning platform for middle school students.
Systems purpose-built for mobile phones
- Cell-Ed(link is external) – Learner-centered, skills-based learning platform with offline options.
- Eneza Education(link is external) – Revision and learning materials for basic feature phones.
- Funzi(link is external) – Mobile learning service that supports teaching and training for large groups.
- KaiOS(link is external) – Software that gives smartphone capabilities to inexpensive mobile phones and helps open portals to learning opportunities.
- Ubongo(link is external) – Uses entertainment, mass media, and the connectivity of mobile devices to deliver localized learning to African families at low cost and scale.
- Ustad Mobile(link is external) – Access and share educational content offline.
Systems with strong offline functionality
- Can’t wait to Learn(link is external) – Gaming technology to deliver quality education to children, including those in conflict contexts.
- Kolibri(link is external) – Learning application to support universal education.
- Rumie(link is external) – Education tools and content to enable lifelong learning for underserved communities.
- Ustad Mobile(link is external) – Access and share educational content offline.
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Platforms
- Alison(link is external) – Online courses from experts.
- Canvas (link is external)– Lifelong learning and professional development for educators.
- Coursera(link is external) – Online courses taught by instructors from well-recognized universities and companies.
- EdX(link is external) – Online courses from leading educational institutions.
- University of the People(link is external) – Online university with open access to higher education.
- Icourses(link is external) – Chinese language courses for university students.
- Future Learn(link is external) – Online courses to help learners study, build professional skills and connect with experts.
Self-directed learning content
- Byju’s(link is external) – Learning application with large repositories of educational content tailored for different grades and learning levels.
- Discovery Education(link is external) – Free educational resources and lessons about viruses and outbreaks for different grade levels.
- Geekie(link is external) – Portuguese language web-based platform that provides personalized educational content using adaptive learning technology.
- Khan Academy(link is external) – Free online lessons and practice in math, sciences, and humanities, as well as free tools for parents and teachers to track student progress. Available in 40+ languages, and aligned to the national curriculum for over 10 countries.
- KitKit School(link is external) – Tablet-based learning suite with a comprehensive curriculum spanning early childhood through early primary levels.
- LabXchange(link is external) – Curated and user-created digital learning content delivered on an online platform that enables educational and research experiences.
- Mindspark(link is external) – Adaptive online tutoring system that helps students practice and learn mathematics.
- Mosoteach(link is external) – Chinese language application hosting cloud classes.
- OneCourse(link is external) – Child-focused application to deliver reading, writing and numeracy education.
- Quizlet(link is external) – Learning flashcards and games to support learning in multiple subjects.
- Siyavula(link is external) – Mathematics and physical sciences education aligned with South African curriculum.
- YouTube(link is external) – Huge repository of educational videos and learning channels.
Mobile reading applications
- African Storybook(link is external) – Open access to picture storybooks in African languages.
- Global Digital Library(link is external) – Digital storybooks and other reading materials easily accessible from mobile phones or computers.
- Lezioni sul sofà – A collection of Italian language books for children, complemented with read-aloud features as well as videos discussing books and art.
- StoryWeaver(link is external) – Digital repository of multilingual stories for children.
- Worldreader(link is external) – Digital books and stories accessible from mobile devices and functionality to support reading instruction.
Collaboration platforms that support live-video communication
- Dingtalk(link is external) – Communication platform that supports video conferencing, task and calendar management, attendance tracking and instant messaging.
- Lark(link is external) – Collaboration suite of interconnected tools, including chat, calendar, creation and cloud storage.
- Hangouts Meet(link is external) – Video calls integrated with other Google’s G-Suite tools.
- Teams(link is external) – Chat, meet, call and collaboration features integrated with Microsoft Office software.
- Skype(link is external) – Video and audio calls with talk, chat and collaboration features.
- Zoom(link is external) – Cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars.
Tools to create digital learning content
- Thinglink(link is external) – Tools to create interactive images, videos, and other multimedia resources.
- Buncee(link is external) – Supports the creation and sharing of visual representations of learning content, including media-rich lessons, reports, newsletters, and presentations.
- EdPuzzle(link is external) – Video lesson creation software.
- Kaltura(link is external) – Video management and creation tools with integration options for various learning management systems.
- Nearpod(link is external) – Software to create lessons with informative and interactive assessment activities.
- Pear Deck(link is external) – Facilitates the design of engaging instructional content with various integration features.
- Squigl(link is external) – Content creation platform that transforms speech or text into animated videos.