Tech for Schools & Families
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With Zoom, users can work or complete schooling safely through remote options–requesting free accounts for administrators, staff, teachers, and students to quickly spin up virtual classrooms. Microsoft Teams is available for free to educational institutions through the Office 365 A1 offer providing a completely free customized hub for class teamwork with Teams that includes video meetings.
San José Unified School District has a COVID-19 Information & Resources page for students and families.
Rocketship Public Schools has launched the Distance Learning Launchpad – a fully open source portal of original content, teacher produced videos, guides, tutorials, and third party resources for distance learning. Watch this video to take a tour of the Distance Learning Launchpad in less than 60 seconds.
To help children stay entertained, families can take advantage of free library cards and access to a free digital online library. UNESCO provides a list of educational applications, platforms and resources to help parents, teachers, schools and school administrators facilitate student learning and provide social care and interaction during periods of school closure.
Parents and guardians can leverage remote mentoring and studying solutions like Khan Academy, Scholastic Learn at Home, or PBS Kids Online for virtual lessons and activities. San José’s Tech Interactive also provides free online lessons and activities for different grade levels and subjects — with a key focus on supporting problem-solving skills.
See an evolving list of remote educational resources below:
- Codeacademy offers free access to basic lessons in computer programming and related STEM topics, with the option to pay for more advanced courses.
- Coursera allows learners to build skills with courses from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM. Many courses are available for free
- Khan Academy provides free classes in a variety of subjects for students of all ages. They also provide weekday live streams for students, parents & teachers navigating closures.
- PBS Kids is a great online learning option for K-12 students who love interactive content, including sing-along videos, TV series, games, virtual lessons and more. You can also download their PBS Kids Video app for live-tv streaming.
- Prodigy Math is a free, online math program that uses a fun video game‐style interface to engage learners. Users create their characters and conquer challenges while doing math along the way, tied to their skill level and aligned with core competencies.
- MysteryScience offers popular science lessons to kids for free to encourage remote learning. Content ranges from kindergarten to fifth grade with activities designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home.
- National Geographic Kids helps students of all ages enjoy science experiments, animal watch cameras, and activities to keep them engaged during down time.
- Scholastic Learn at Home website offers day to day courses for children in Pre-K to Grades 6 or higher. Each section features a week’s worth of content with 15 additional days coming soon. Each day’s content includes a video, a book and an activity. All content on the website is free with website registration and the content can be accessed on any device.