free resources for schools closing due to coronavirus

16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Blended learning (having a face to face and an online classroom) is best. We have one more reason– when you already have an online space for your classroom, it is a smaller step to teaching totally online when necessary. Whether you want to or not, go ahead and set up now. 

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I'll also be sharing more resources this week on my blog, podcast, and social media accounts and in my newsletter.

free resources for schools closing due to coronavirus

Learn about 16 Free Resources for Schools Who Are Closing Due to Coronavirus

Get prepared now. I hope these resources can take you to the educator communities that are collecting and sharing. This is bigger than any of us so we need to work together and help each other.

Note: This doesn't discuss the policy issues involving meals, access, and equity but is meant to get you started and prepared.

  1. Take the course, which is free. Today it is free. The course that starts today is full but they’ll teach it again starting next Monday. It will take 45 minutes a day, so don’t sign up unless you mean it.
  2. Join the Facebook group – many helpful conversations are in there.
  3. Google has given Google Hangouts meet premium through July 1 which gives you a way to meet with your students and add video. .
  4. Edpuzzle Pro is available for schools closed due to the virus. .
  5. Book Creator is so you can collaborate together writing books.
  6. is available to schools that are closed.
  7. If you’re using the free version of zoom, you can lifted so you can extend your time using zoom with your students.
  8. is a free writing app but of course, you can use Google Docs too.
  9. If your school is closed due to the virus, you can to the BrainPop videos to use at your school.
  10. Buncee Classroom is free for schools closed due to the coronavirus if you email
  11. If you are in the US and closed due to the outbreak, your school to Discovery’s Education resources by emailing and they also have a special channel to help explain what is happening to students that you can access .
  12. Peardeck also allows you to if you’re impacted by closures.
  13. Tynker will their entire curriculum free if you’re impacted by closures.
  14. I’ve also just posted a full to teach photography using Adobe Spark (which is free) that can be easily adapted to use at home and online. They are here on the Adobe Education Exchange. Adobe sponsored the development of these but they are being released at an ideal time for you to benefit and take these plans and use them.
  15. – This list is being updated continually.

The Week Ahead

This week on the podcast and my YouTube channel, I’m going to be sharing resources to help you prepare to teach virtually if necessary. This is a very difficult issue and many are impacted. We all have those with compromised immune systems that we love and want to protect, so let’s do what is necessary to keep everyone safe. Meanwhile, I’ll be sharing resources out via social media, the podcast, and

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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4 comments

Sandy Kendell March 10, 2020 - 8:53 pm

Thank you for sharing this Vicki! I have added your post to a Wakelet I’m keeping updated for coronavirus closure remote learning. If you or others are interested, the Wakelet can be found here on my blog: http://edtechsandyk.blogspot.com/2020/03/covid19-coronavirus-school-closure.html

I love seeing how so many educators and education organizations are coming together online to support each other in this challenging time. Best wishes and prayers for all!!

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Vicki Davis March 12, 2020 - 9:56 pm

Hi Sandy! Awesome! Thanks for the link. I’ll follow. You’re an amazing sharer as well. Lots of work to do!

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Meghaa AHuja March 12, 2020 - 9:06 am

Hello, You may like to add another Math learning Tool by Educational Initiatives which is Mindspark. Mindspark is providing 60 days free access to students for Math Practice. Parents can register using this link: http://www.mindspark.in.

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Paula Brazell March 12, 2020 - 8:03 pm

Common Lit useful source, and it is always free! ELA, history, science texts.

commonlit.org

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