Note: Because our own site serves students 13 and up, this list focuses on those most suitable for learners from middle school through college.
Digital Public Library of America
PBS NewsHour Extra
Science News for Students
Smithsonian Learning Lab
Free Distance Learning Resources Available here free thru June 2020.
AUDIBLE's commitment to education and children: "For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids."
World Book is offering access to additional Pre-K to grade 12 learning resources through April 30, 2020.
This story comes from Billings, Montana where a medical doctor, a dentist, and the dentist's son designed the files to print 3-D Medical Masks. Students in the Billings School system are working on this. Do you want to be a part of it? The links to a video, directions for making the masks, STL files, and the 3-D Source files are listed below.
In order to encourage reading and classroom read-aloud experiences, and to support schools and public libraries forced to close by the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, Penguin Random House is permitting teachers, librarians and booksellers to create and share story time and read-aloud videos and live events, according to the following guidelines as stated in the hyperlink below.
Here is a link with a bunch of digital escape rooms in it plus step by step to making your own:
Here’s the Hogwarts (if you missed it before):
Here’s the Dogman with guest star Pete the Cat (if you missed it)
A bunch of escape games, more like stand-alone ‘get out of a trap’ scenario:
And to make your own escape rooms in the library, here is a free webinar link from ALA:
There are innumerable library escape room plans available for free online through blogs, posts, webpages, etc. from librarians and others.
Airs every Tuesday on JLGuide's Webcast
Because these resources are from another state, you may not have access to some of the materials.
Have any of you considered looking at the Library of Congress videos? They have over 5,000, Check them out at the link below
Craptree Publishers are making their eLibrary available for free until June 30. Here is the link, username, and password:
Username : read
Password : free
Share My Lesson | Remote Learning Community: Preparing for the Coronavirus
The Chronicle of Higher Education | Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start
Global Online Academy | COVID-19 and Online Learning
The Edublogger | Resources for Teaching Online Due to School Closures
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day | The Best Advice on Teaching K-12 Online (If We Have to Because of the Coronavirus)
Lakeshore Learning | More Than 1,000 Free Resources
The following pdfs were created by Mrs. Kourtney Johnson from Red Trail Elementary, Bismarck, ND. Thanks for sharing. :)
PLEASE Note: Please be careful with the first link posted. If you select the top icon of the Archive, it will take you to all of the other content, video, websites, etc... Remember this is a public - open site to archive. It is not all appropriate for young students.
Description by Open Library: There are millions of free books to read on the website which can be downloaded in other formats such as EPUB, DJVU, MOBI, and PDF. You can search for good reading material on varied subjects and genres such as Fantasy, Biographies, History, Medicine, Art, etc.
Open Library has an advanced search option as well that lets you search ebooks through titles or authors. In case you cannot remember either of them, you can search for a particular free book to read.
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With a huge archive of over 57,000 free books for downloading, this website offers a diversified reading collection for readers. As Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to make books available for free of cost, it neither charges any registration fee nor requires you to sign up. From Classics to Periodicals and History to Social Sciences, there are free books available on all types of subjects. You can search for specific titles or explore by genre and download books in EPUB, MOBI Kindle, HTML, and simple text format too. Description from: https://fossbytes.com/
This web portal lets you browse thousands of free books online as well as audiobooks in various genres like Art, Biography, Computers, Fiction, History and much more.
Bookyard has a pretty simple webpage where you can either publish or download books for free according to authors or categories you prefer. Downloading content from Bookyards is hassle-free and does not require registration.Visitors to this website can also choose to donate if they wish to and check out the educational links to more reference materials and documents. Description from: https://fossbytes.com/
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Please forward to any educator who needs resources to help learning continue while out of the physical classroom.
Common Sense Media has compiled a super list of resources for parents, educators, and students. The link to access these resources can be found below. Here is a list of the categories:
Virtual Drawing Lessons
Music Classes & Performances
Educational Activities & Lesson Plans
Arts, Film, and Music Lessons & Resources
Audiobooks & Virtual Storytime
Fun & Games
Important information from Kristen Northrup here at the State Library. Stay safe, everyone.
Following up on the recent discussion of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, I wanted to share a list of some of the other popular authors/titles available as group reads (listens) via the statewide RB Digital account:
- Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
- Brian Jacques’ Redwall series
- Dan Gutman’s My Weird School series
- Dan Gutman’s Baseball Card Adventures series
- Annie Barrows’ Ivy and Bean series
- Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series
- L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series
- Donald Sobol’s Encyclopedia Brown series
- Daniel Jose Older’s Dactyl Hill Squad series
- Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon
- Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy
- Esther Hoskins Forbes’ Johnny Tremain
- Irene Hunt’s Across Five Aprils
- Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s Bad News for Outlaws
- Rex Ogle’s Free Lunch
- Gary Paulsen
- Gordon Korman
- Will Hobbs
- Ursula K. LeGuin
- Diana Wynne Jones
- Margaret Peterson Haddix
- National Geographic Kids Chapters (these are nonfiction and are remarkably popular with our patrons)
There are about 950 total juvenile e-audiobooks with unlimited simultaneous usage on RB Digital. In addition, there are about 1,100 single use juvenile e-audiobooks and about 650 single-use juvenile e-books.