At Yours Humanly, we have already begun to see the damaging effects of school closures as a result of COVID-19. Our existing partners have come to us with a wide variety of requests, from asking for funds for day-time meals for students, to inquiring about online resources that would extend distance learning to underserved school districts and communities.
As we navigate these difficult times, Yours Humanly’s goal is to help in any way we can. We are honored to be connected with creative, innovative, and like-minded partners. Our relationships with aid organizations, government agencies, school districts, teacher associations, and parent clubs have allowed us to compile a far reaching list of tools and resources that will help our communities cope with the unprecedented challenges and overcome the major obstacles we are facing.
Our hope is to curate some of the best ideas, strategies, reports, and online resources for the benefit of all, presented in one easy-to-navigate space. This initial resource list focuses on distance learning and strategies in light of shelter in place and social distancing. We will update this list as new information and innovative resources become available, and will continue to grow the list beyond the current medical, social, and economic crisis.
Because we know we are stronger together, we would like to hear from you and incorporate some of your ideas and strategies into our resource list. Feel free to e-mail us with ideas, successes, strategies, and struggles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Teachers/Educators
Usable Knowledge—Ideas from teachers for teachers in light of COVID-19.
Distance Learning Tools
Blackboard—Resources and tools to transition and deliver quality teaching and learning online.
Classdojo—Connects teachers with students and parents to build classroom communities.
Ekstep—Open learning platform with a collection of learning resources to support literacy and numeracy.
Google Classroom—Helps classes connect remotely, communicate and stay-organized.
Moodle—Community-driven and globally-supported open learning platform.
Schoology—Tools to support instruction, learning, grading, collaboration and assessment.
Seesaw—Enables the creation of collaborative and sharable digital learning portfolios and learning resources.
Skooler—Tools to turn Microsoft Office software into an education platform.
Self-Directed Learning Content
Byju’s—Learning application with large repositories of educational content tailored for different grades and learning levels.
Discovery Education—Free educational resources and lessons about viruses and outbreaks for different grade levels.
Khan Academy—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 national curriculum for over 10 countries.
Kitkit School—Tablet-based learning suite with a comprehensive curriculum spanning early childhood through early primary levels.
LabXChange—Curated and user-created digital learning content delivered on an online platform that enables educational and research experiences.
Mindspark—Adaptive online tutoring system that helps students practice and learn mathematics.
Quizlet—Learning flashcards and games to support learning in multiple subjects.
Mobile Reading Applications
Digital Library—Digital storybooks and other reading materials easily accessible from mobile phones or computers.
Storyweaver—Digital repository of multilingual stories for children.
Worldreader—Digital books and stories accessible from mobile devices and functionality to support reading instruction.
Collaboration Platforms That Support Live-Video Communication
Dingtalk—Communication platform that supports video conferencing, task and calendar management, attendance tracking and instant messaging.
Hangouts—Video calls integrated with other Google’s G-Suite tools.
Microsoft Teams—Chat, meet, call and collaboration features integrated with Microsoft Office software.
Skype—Video and audio calls with talk, chat and collaboration features.
Zoom—Cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat and webinars.
Tools to Create Digital Learning Content
Thinglink—Tools to create interactive images, videos and other multimedia resources.
Buncee—Supports the creation and sharing visual representations of learning content, including media-rich lessons, reports, newsletters and presentations.
Edpuzzle—Video lesson creation software.
Kaltura—Video management and creation tools with integration options for various learning management systems.
Nearpod—Software to create lessons with informative and interactive assessment activities.
Pear Deck—Facilitates the design of engaging instructional content with various integration features.
Squigl—Content creation platform that transforms speech or text into animated videos.