EdTech Resources To Assist During Coronavirus


As the Coronavirus spreads and the impact on our lives and our schooling is affected.

We could see this as an opportunity to truly change the way we see and do schooling and education.

Working from home, as parents and children may be at home together. Allows for an opportunity to take time to engage, and learn from each other.

As schools, we could be trying different ways of collaborating and engaging with our learners, and not losing teaching time.

Encouraging learners to take ownership of their learning. Developing responsibility for their own learning

Coping with managing their own time. Increasing their digital skills, using online resources to learn, engage, interact and participate.

As schools we need to ensure all learners have the same, equal opportunities to access these digital resources, so as to ensure that the digital divide does not widen.

Have you worked through logistics and implications?

3p learning has a checklist to consider when closing your school.

Both for preparing parents and learners, see the link here: School Closure checklist

Great ideas from from 2Simple - 5 Top Tips for School Closure and Home learning activities

Online Internet safety

Let’s begin by ensuring our learners are safe online, encourage learners to play, watch or participate in the following internet safety resources

Source: Being Safe on the Internet by Amaze.org (Jun 22, 2017)

Source: 5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids by Common Sense Media (Feb 2, 2016)

Google - Be Internet Legends

Learners play the game, learning about being safe and confident explorers of the online, digital world. Learn more about the game here.

Go to the Be Internet Legends online game link here.

Cybersmart Challenge

The Teacher-led activities from the Australian government, using animated videos to introduce primary school students to key online safety issues including cyberbullying, protecting personal information and sharing images. Here is the link to the cybersmart challenge classroom resources

Digital Responsibility

Incorporating online safety is vital to helping learners become safe and responsible users of technologies, especially if they are taught how to manage, rather than avoid, risks online. Two interactive games are here to be explored, for younger grades “Digital Passport” and for older grades “Digital compass”.

Digital Passport.

Introduce grades 3–5 learners to Digital Passport™ by Common Sense Education. The six interactive games addresses key issues learners face in today's digital world (Password Protect, Twalkers, Share jumper, E-volve, Search Shark, Mix-n-mash). Each game teaches critical digital citizenship skills that help students learn to use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate. Share games to Google classroom. Link to games

Digital compass

Introduce grades 6–8 learners to Digital Compass™ by Common Sense Education. Learners are given the freedom to explore how decisions made in their digital lives, and the affect their decisions have on relationships and futures, as they play the choose-your-own-path games, and see the perspective of one of eight main characters, each of whom is facing a different digital citizenship dilemma. The varied story paths and multiple decision points encourage students to play repeatedly in order to explore alternative courses of action

Link to the information about the games and link to the game

Below is a list of resources that could assist you as teachers, your learners and even parents, in the complex difficult time. The resources include video conferencing, online platforms, resources to create interactive presentations, multi-subject resources, language resources incorporating all 11 South African languages, Maths, STEM and interactive response resources.

Video Conferencing For Face-to-Face Online Learning

Google Hangouts Meet

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Hangouts Meet, is a video and audio conferencing call platform, either from the web

and as an application on a mobile device. Hangouts Meet hardware connects any meeting room or space into a video meeting with a single click via your phone, tablet or computer. Simple to use and designed for deploying at scale. Hangout meet can also be accessed via a calendar meeting request, where the “add conferencing” section is opened and added.

Google is providing all existing customers free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities. This allows for larger meetings (up to 250 participants), live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers, and the ability to record meetings and save them in Drive.

Resource link: Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

Link - Enabling hangouts meet premium features

Link - Helping schools and business stay connected in response to coronavirus

Link - Hangouts meet training

Zoom

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Zoom is a video conferencing platform that allows for both video and audio conferencing. For learners who don’t have access to computers at home, but do have a phone or they could use a parent's, they can call in to join the meeting. Zoom’s free license allows you to have an unlimited number of video meetings that up to 100 learners can join. There is also a chat feature that would allow your learners to ask you questions while you are presenting.

Link about resource: Forbes - Zoom CEO Eric Yuan Is Giving K-12 Schools His Videoconferencing Tools For Free

Service Offered: Zoom commitment to support during the coronavirus outbreak

Resource explanation: How to use zoom for online learning

Resource Link: Visit Zoom’s website and register for a free account

Online Platforms To Use Even When Engaging At A Distance

Google for Education - G Suite

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G Suite for Education allows educators to facilitate learning, keep track of tasks, and create opportunities for critical thinking.

Combining collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and online learning, using Google Classroom and the other G Suite tools.

Explore the video enabling Distance Learning with G Suite and Chrome

Register your school: G Suite for Education (always free)

To register your school with Google for education here is the form

Google Classroom, part of the G Suite applications for education.

Google Classroom, explore information

In the classwork section, you add the lessons announcements, lesson resources and assignments. Information can be added such as Google productivity suite documents, links, files or YouTube videos, and / or images and links.

Assessment can be built into the assignment

In the Google Classroom Stream section students can post comments and ask questions. It allows the educator to communicate to all or select individual students. It is similar to a chatroom

2Simple

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Purple Mash contains thousands of opportunities to inspire creativity and developing

digital skills, for learning in the form of open ended tools (publishing, story creation, game design), spelling & grammar (complete spelling scheme, set weekly spelling quizzes, grammar games), math (math-based tools and resources), and cross-curricular project work (themed writing templates, slide shows, stories, quizzes). You will receive unlimited pupil logins on a cloud-based platform that can be accessed anytime.

How

Serial Mash gives you access to over 100 books in the ever-growing library that you can adjust the text size, background color, and font to make reading easier.

Service Offered: Full Access to Purple Mash and Serial Mash for the duration of your closure. 2Simple – Purple Mash

Resource access: Fill out the form on their sign-up page to receive access.

A range of digital resources to be used across all subjects and all Grade Gr R - 9. Teachers customise resources to suit the learning.

To support schools affected by closures, we’re making Purple Mash & Serial Mash freely accessible during this time. 2Simple are offering free access to both Purple Mash and Serial Mash for the duration of your closure.

Also a Purple Mash School Closure Pack to download for additional information.

Resource link: 2Simple are offering free access to both Purple Mash and Serial Mash for the duration of your closure.

Purple Mash School closure pack link

Link to blog: Using Purple Mash when school is closed

Flipgrid

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Flipgrid is a social learning communications platform.

Educators create grids, which are the meeting place for your class, and then discuss

the topics you have uploaded. Learners share their ideas, stories, and work by recording short videos based on the assigned topics and share them within the app. If you have never used flipgrid, here is a getting started link

Resource link: Visit Flipgrid signup and register for your educator’s account.

Edmodo

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Edmodo helps teachers manage, communicate and engage with their learners and parents

Edmodo distance learning toolkit

Edmodo teacher signup

Kami

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Kami is a remote learning platform that integrates with Google Classroom, Schoology, and Canvas. Providing interactive tools

(such as the ability to provide text, voice, or video feedback to your learners), real-time interventions, in-app assignment submission, and a built-in grading feature.

Kami can even be used offline! Once a file has been opened you can work on it knowing that Kami will save your pending changes and upload them once you are back online. PDF & document annotation app for schools.

Resource link: School-wide license activated until April 30th (with the option to extend as long as your school is closed)

Resource access: Send an email to support@kamiapp.com to sign up.

Platforms to Create Interactive Presentations

Explain Everything

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Explain Everything is offering extended free access to Explain Everything Whiteboard. interactive whiteboard platform

This virtual tool can be utilized for online scenarios by helping you create explanation videos. Within the platform you get infinite space to create, annotation tools to mark everything you have put on your canvas (including videos), all-in-one recording and editing features.

Service Offered: Extended Free Access to Explain Everything Whiteboard

Resource access: Fill out this form on the website.

Nearpod

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Nearpod is an online platform that allows you to create interactive lessons. You can import existing lessons, add virtual field trips, create quizzes and polls, and use

matching pairs activities. Nearpod features is also a Google Slides add-on. As the teacher, you can synchronize and control the lessons across all learner devices, evaluate learner responses (individually or as a class), generate post-session reports, and even create game-based learning opportunities for your learners!

Service Offered: Free Access to Nearpod

Resource access: Fill out the form on the website by clicking the ‘Request Support’ button in the middle of the page.

Join one of the weekly, live webinars specifically focused on helping you prepare for home-based learning, by clicking on “see schedule”

Edpuzzle

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Edpuzzle is a platform that allows any video to be made interactive. As the teacher, you can track if your learners are watching the videos you assign and how many times they’ve watched it. You can add voice narration and questions to any video (you can use videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course, and more). You can record your own video and upload it.

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EdPuzzle a core tool during coronavirus closures blog link

Resource access: only one teacher per school needs to complete the form.

If you don’t have an Edpuzzle account:

  • Go to https://edpuzzle.com/ and sign up as a teacher.

  • Select your school.

  • Verify your email address.

  • Fill out this form

If you already have an Edpuzzle account:

Fill out this form using the same email address associated with your Edpuzzle account: https://go.Edpuzzle.com/covid-pro.html

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at support@edpuzzle.com

Create an Edupuzzle account here and then fill out this form (or just fill out the form if you already have an account!)

Pear Deck

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Pear Deck was founded by educators as a Google Slides add-on create interactive

questions and prompts for slideshows. Once you have created your presentation, you can either control the speed at which you present the material or allow learners to move through at their own pace. Pear Deck able to publish a notes document showing information about session

Service Offered: Complimentary Access to Pear Deck Premium - Pear Desck staying connected

Request resource: Request Individual Access complete form

or District-Wide Access complete form on the website.

Slido for Education

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Slido for Education increases interaction during lessons, lectures and virtual classes. It

integrates with PowerPoint, Google Slides, Zoom. Create Slido Quizzes interactive polls, quizzes, and audience Q&A in your presentation.

Services Offered: Provides a free upgrade to our teacher plan to all teachers and learners globally until July 1, 2020.

To claim it, simply sign up with your academic email address and verify your email. Anyone signed up with their academic or educational email domain can now claim our Teacher plan for free until July 1.Free for teachers & learners globally until July 1.

Sign-up for Slido for Education here

Queries email to support@slido.com and to juraj@slido.com to acquire access

TechSmith

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TechSmith is offering two tools for free – TechSmith Snagit and TechSmith Video

Review.

Snagit is a screen capture and recording tool that lets you quickly create and share images/videos.

Video Review allows online video collaboration for discussions and conversations around the content you have uploaded and shared.

Resources Offered: Snagit and Video Review

Resource access: Fill out the short form on the website; you will receive an email with further instructions and onboarding resources

Gaining access to Snagit and Video Review until June 30th, 2020

Video Creation

Screencastify

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Screencastify is an online platform that helps with blended learning. You can add the

Google Chrome Add-on to record full or partial lessons, recording assignment solutions, explanations, and provides verbal learner feedback.

Screencastify helps learners make their voices heard. Useful for speech and language practice! Save time by recording Professional Development sessions, lesson plans, and parent communication. Screencastify integrates with Google Drive and Google Classroom.

Resources Offered: Free Chrome Extension, other services upon request

Distance learning resources and ideas

Support: Email sales@screecastify.com

Moovly for Education

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Create your own video lessons, presentations or explainer videos with ​MimioMoovly, the education version of Moovly.

An easy video creation tool for teachers, faculty, students and education staff.

Edu Free: a free version of Moovly for everyone with an educational email

There are paid for options as well

Wideo

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Create educational videos online. Wideo is a great video presentation tool for educators and students alike to convey their ideas in a creative and captivating way. It can be used for distance learning.

Pricing option: Free and paid for versions

Multi-Subject Resources

Google Arts & Culture

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Video overview of Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts & Culture features content from over 1200 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's

Google Expeditions

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Introduce your learners to a new way of learning with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Even if learners can’t view the VR at home, they could view the 360 images, and engage with the content.

Expeditions app (Android and iOS)

Spreadsheet of expeditions link

YouTube

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Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube

Search the resources you want to share with your learners. Check the video before sharing.

Could be linked into Google slides, Google Classroom. Powerpoint or email the link, place hyperlink in a document

YouTube Kids

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YouTube Kids is a safer and simpler YouTube for little children to explore the world through online video - from their favorite shows and music to learning how to . YouTube Kids gives families an easy way to watch their favorite shows, or explore anything that captures their imagination. Made for curious little minds. It’s free, simple to use, and full of family-friendly videos.

YouTube Kids.

Age of Learning – ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, ReadingIQ

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ABCmouse.com

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Early Learning Academy is a comprehensive, research-validated curriculum for preschool through second grade, available on all major digital platforms and used by tens of millions of children to date.

Resources Offered - Fill out this form https://www.ageoflearning.com/schools on the website.

Adventure Academy

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Adventure Academy is a multiplayer online game, serving elementary and middle-school aged children with thousands of learning activities in a fun and safe virtual world. Variety of subject content, with a large range of educational activities, for subjects such as language (English), maths, science, social studies and more. Immersive virtual activities gaining knowledge and taking part in adventures.

Resource link: Fill out this form

ReadingIQ

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ReadingIQ is a digital library and literacy platform for children 12 and under designed by reading experts to improve literacy skills, with many thousands of expert-curated books from leading publishers. Thousands of books for all reading ages of learners, Growing readers are making strides in their learning and development with increases in both reading fluency and comprehension. Our collection includes books with simple language, early chapter books with engaging characters,picture books with light-hearted stories, and nonfiction texts that provide informational graphics to support understanding.

Resource link: Fill out this form

BrainPOP

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BrainPOP is a playful, educators focused platform that has learning games, animated movies, and activities that cover universal topics. There are three platforms: BrainPOP Jr (K-3, encourages young learners to ask questions and form their own ideas in STEM, Social Studies, Reading/Writing, Health, and arts); BrainPOP (Upper Elementary and Middle School, STEM, Social Studies, English, Health, Arts & Music); and BrainPOP ELL (proficiency-based English language learning program appropriate for all ages with vocabulary, grammar, listening and reading & writing activities).

Resources Offered link

Fill out this form on the website and watch for an email with instructions.

BrainPOP is currently offering free access to their new Coronavirus Topic and accompanying lesson plan.

Africa Games

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A range of easy to play online games, related to the African context.

Also physical games people, parents and learners, could play if at home, such as Morabaraba

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BreakoutEDU

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Breakout EDU is an immersive learning games platform that brings the challenge of an escape room to the classroom. All Breakout EDU games require players to use critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. The purchase of each Breakout EDU kit includes a unique collection of boxes, re-settable locks, and access to a digital platform with over 1,500 games.

Resources Offered: A collection of digital games that learners can play.

Visit the website and choose the game you want to play!

Discovery Education

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Discovery Education has digital curriculum resources for K–12 classrooms. Digital textbooks, multimedia content, and a large professional development community

Resources Offered: Discovery Education Experience and coronavirus

Principals and Departments of Education email educationpartnerships@discoveryed.com to gain access.

Seterra Online

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Seterra is the ultimate map quiz site, learn geography. Select the langauge you want to learn in, Afrikaans is an option. You can use already created geography and science quizzes to review learned information. Through these quizzes you can explore the world and learn about its countries, capitals, cities, rivers, lakes, and more. With your free account you can create custom quizzes, add custom locations to quizzes, and use a public leaderboard.

Explore: https://www.seterra.com/

Resources Offered: Free Level 1 Seterra Geography Membership

How to use: Create an account on Patreon.com. Then, email info@seterra.com with your name, school name, state/country, and email address associated with your Patreon account.

Education Perfect

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Library of curriculum-aligned lessons and assessments across the subject areas.

Content is carefully scaffolded to allow all learners to experience success, while providing rich opportunities for higher order thinking, across a wide range of subjects.

EP enables schools to deliver curriculum-aligned lessons and assessments remotely. By allowing teachers to monitor and measure how learners are engaging with their learning in real time, teachers can maximize their efficacy – even in a remote setting.

Service Offered due to Covid19

Fill out this form on the website.

Listenwise

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Listenwise is a collection of daily current events and standards-aligned lessons, along with assessment tools to support distance learning. You can search 2000+ collection of Langauge, Social Studies, science, and current-event lessons to assign learners listening comprehension questions and/or listening organizers. As the teacher, you can assign listening comprehension quizzes and track learner progress in your Listenwise data dashboard and keep learners on track with their learning by asking them to listen to relevant, engaging, podcasts and participate in online discussions in Google classroom.

Resource Offered: Free premium account through April 30th (can extend if your school is still closed)

Fill out this form to get access.

MobyMax South Africa

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MobyMax helps learners who are struggling to catch up to grade level, closing learning gaps for all learners. The curriculum includes Maths, Language (English), Science, and Social Studies in grades R-8 (grades K-8).

MobyMax uses adaptive differentiation through diagnostic testing, adaptive lessons, IEP goals, progress monitoring, assessments and daily goals.

Resources Offered: Registration for free version with no obligation

Complete the form

Scholastic Learn at Home

Keep the learning going with the cross-curricular journeys offered by Scholatic Learn. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each build around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Learners can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers.

Select your grade level and let the learning begin!

Service Offered - Full access for 5 days worth of activities for each age range

Choose a Grade Level:

  • PreK and Kindergarten

  • Grade 1 and 2

  • Grades 3 to 5

  • Grades 6+

Visit the website to select the grade level you want to use. The directions will tell you how to create the relevant free account.

Language Resources

Nalibali

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Story resources in all eleven official languages of South Africa. A wonderful resource for language teachers and tio use at home with your children. Targeting ECD and Foundation Phase predominatly.

Multilingual supplements link

Multilingual rhymes link

Audio stories link

Taalkor

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This is not online, but uses CDs. Could be used as a great resource for learning building their language skills, with many of the South African languages included.

The following Language courses are available: IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, SeSotho, Sepedi, SeTswana, TshiVenda, Tsonga, German, Portuguese, Afrikaans, English

Request information

Afrikaans Pod 101.com

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Afrikaanspod101 Com is a YouTube channel to learn Afrikaans, with a large range of video resources‎

Create a free account here

Learn Zulu

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Online courses to learn Zulu, and tutoring.

Book Creator App

Book Creator is a simple way for your learners to make their own ebooks. This platform can be used to create for any subject across any grade level. The resources hub gives you a range of lesson ideas, or create your own assignment that lets your learners get creative to demonstrate their knowledge! There is also a list of ways that Book Creator can help with remote learning on the website.

Services Offered: Support for school affected by coronavirus

Free collaboration upgrade

To claim your free collaboration upgrade, you’ll need to:

  1. Start the collaboration trial on your account. Link

  2. Fill out this short form to let Book Creator know you’re affected.

  3. Don’t have a Book Creator account yet? Sign up here. You’ll get 1 library and 40 books for free.

Epic!

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Epic! is the leading digital library for kids 12 and under, and it is free for educators. With Epic! instantly get access to 35,000 of books, learning videos, quizzes, and much more. The books have a feature that will read aloud the story to your learners.

Resources Offered: Always Free for Teachers Visit the website and sign up!

Reading Egg

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Key features of the Reading Eggs homeschool reading programme

Designed for children aged 3-7, Reading Eggs consists of multiple learning areas, including:

  • My Lessons – 120 reading lessons each consisting of a variety of instructional activities. Learn more about the content of each lesson.

  • Storylands – features 20 lessons with a focus on developing reading, vocabulary and comprehension skills. Storylands also includes 20 wonderful books and lots of fun rewards. Learn more about the content and skills covered in Storylands.

  • Spelling – 96 carefully graded spelling lessons that develop a wide range of spelling strategies. Learn more about the content covered in Skills Bank Spelling.

  • The Story Factory – children can write their very own story books and choose full-colour illustrations to match their story.

  • My Programme – at the completion of a reading lesson children are recommended four e-books to read that match their reading level.

A free trial gives you access to: Reading Eggs Junior for ages 2–4, Reading Eggs for ages 3–7; Reading Eggspress for ages 7–13; and Mathseeds, our online maths programme for ages 3–9

For local South African or Sub-Saharan Africa support, contact customerservice@3plearning.coza

ReadingEggpress

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Reading Eggspress makes reading real books, improving spelling skills and building reading comprehension highly engaging for kids aged 7 to 13.

The online reading program is packed with 200+ interactive reading activities, online children’s books, and literacy games.

Reading Eggspress is designed to build children’s skills in reading, comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar.

Your kids can start learning now – just click the free trial button on the website

For local South African or Sub-Saharan Africa support, contact customerservice@3plearning.coza

CommonLit

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CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization working to support all learners with reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills.

The CommonLit Literacy Model is built on a foundation of over 2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades 3-12, complimented by aligned interim assessments, growth oriented goals, and expert led teacher development. Teachers can assign Mini Units (short, self-paced thematic units for grades 5-12) and Text Sets (relevant reading passages from a variety of genres).

Explore CommonLit for teachers

Resources Offered: Free account access for teachers, school leaders can pursue free virtual training and digital resource packs to support contingency plans.

Teachers can sign up here for free on the website; school/education department leaders can email partnerships@commonlit.org

Elementari

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Elementari engages learners to write their own story, working at their own pace.

The platform provides illustrations to inspire stories, develop analytical thinking, and provide a source of pride for learners in their personal writing and coding projects. Teachers can review and give feedback on learners’ stories remotely.

Resource Offered: Facebook entry: Elementari March 6 at 2:58 PM ·

Elementari is providing FREE premium access and curriculum for teachers, school, and parents affected by school closures.

Due to demand, the process is streamlined for teachers (and parents) with up to 90 students to gain access to the entire Elementari platform at no cost, until end of May 2020 or until your school reopens. Educators will just need to create an account on Elementari and fill out this form. Once we verify the information, we will upgrade your account directly.

Premium classroom features allow teachers to read student stories, give feedback, and see student analytics (time spent writing/coding, number of characters written, etc).

Elementari has been used in K-12 across subjects areas (English, Foreign Language, Coding, Science) to write and code interactive stories using professional illustrations and sounds.

Curriculum link

Elementario YouTube

Schedule a Help/Webinar

Upcoming Webinar with CS For All Teachers:

Literacy and Computer Science: Using CS Literacy Tools To Create Digital Stories

How to use: Fill out this form to receive access

Email query : nicole.kang@elementari.io

Math Resources

Mathletics

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Supporting mathematics learning for learners in the classroom and home, through interactive activities, games and challenges. Grade R - 12 aligned to the CAPS curriculum. For local South African or Sub-Saharan Africa support, contact customerservice@3plearning.co.za

Mathseeds

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Mathseeds teaches learners aged 3-9 core math and problem solving skills with fun online math games and activities.

Resource: Try a free 14 day trial for teachers

For local South African or Sub-Saharan Africa support, contact customerservice@3plearning.co.za

Mangahigh

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Mangahigh is a math and coding platform that uses collaboration, community, and competition. As a teacher, you will get access to a full reporting dashboard and a full account for each learner so they can continue their learning at home on any device available to them. Assign and assess learners’ performance online and exchange messages with your learners all within the virtual environment.

Services Offered: Full Access for Teachers and learners for 60 days (will extend if you are still closed.)

How to us: Register by using this link

Prodigy - Maths Learning Platform

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Prodigy is an engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform for learners and teachers from Grade 1 - 8.

The platform encourages self-paced math practice for both in and out of school that is leveled based on your learners progress. Learners can work through topics based on their levels or you can assign specific skills for them to complete; all while they think they are playing a game!

Resources Offered: Always Free

Sign up for an account here

STEM Resources

Python in Pieces by 2Simple

Article link by We grow South Africa and Python in Pieces website

Transition your learners from block-based coding to Python with guided lessons and open-ended activities for the specialist and non-specialist teacher.

Start a free trial here by clicking on the form link on the website.

2Simple help explore here

Coding with Chrome

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An offline coding environment with beginner (Block-coding) and advanced (range of computing languagaes) computing activities.

Google CS First

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Set up a online club and allow learnings to work through the CS activties at their own pace at home. Watch the videos and code on the MIT #Scratch platform

Wide range of topics and session to choose from.

Tynker

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Tynker is the #1 coding platform for learners. In the platform you can access 40+ block and text-based courses and over 3,700 learning modules.

Tynker has three age groups: Ages 5-7 (voice instructions); Ages 7-13 (drag and drop coding); and Ages 13+ (real world coding).

For teachers there is a PD platform, webinars are available to help you use the features in a remote learning environment.

Resources Offered: Free Access to the entire Platform until May 2020.

Fill out the form located here.

Vidcode

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Vidcode is a computer science curriculum and coding platform. The courses teach computer science, object-oriented programming, web programming, design, & JavaScript. Learners can upload photos, illustrations, videos, and audio – and manipulate them with code right away! This allows tweens and teens to connect computer programming to the media they interact with every day. Webinars are available to help you get started.

Resources Offered: Full platform and Curriculum for free until May 2020.

How to use: Fill out this form to gain access.

Cleo Circuit World - build electric circuits

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Build electrical circuits using Cleo Circuit World. This is an old but amazing resource when learning about electrical circuits, you can create the circuits with pictures of the compoents or using the symbols. There is even a fun monster version. It does use AdobeFlash.

Cleo Circuit World link

And http://www.cleo.net.uk/consultants_resources/science/circuitWorld/circuitworld.html

Interactive response systems

Kahoot

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There are thousands of Kahoot quizzes you could play. Due to school crisis self-paced challenge mode is a free feature that’s already available for all educators.

Learners can complete self-paced games by themselves at home, on a mobile device, or computer.

Teachers can use advanced reports to facilitate formative assessment and adjust instruction based on learner performance – even then they cannot attend school. Kahoot! Premium also lets teachers put together a bank of school-wide educational games and collaborate with other teachers in their school.

Resource Offered: Free access to Kahoot! Premium

How to utilize: Fill out the form on the website.

Showbie

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Showbie is a free educational app for teachers and students that makes creating and completing assignments, providing assessments, and storing grades easy. Showbie is a real-time application for communication and feedback with key features to support distance learning, including:

  • Communication and chat

  • Parent access

  • Staff curriculum development and co-teaching

  • School oversight

  • Assignment and curriculum distribution

  • Verbal feedback through voice notes (works cross-platform)

Showie distance resources

Socrative

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Socrative enables distance learning through formative and summative assessment:

  • Deliver self paced, practice, check for understanding assessments

  • Unit testing and exams

  • Asynchronous and synchronous room modes

  • Socrative integrates with Showbie

Socrative for K-12 link

Socrative for Higher Eduction

Socrative distance learning resources

Google forms

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With personal gmail or within your Google for education, Google forms are available. Create surveys, forms, and assessments for your learners. If you need to collect information, Google forms is an ideal tool to use. Select from multiple question types (for example: multiple choice, short answer, paragraph, checkbox, multiple choice grid and checkbox grid), drag-and-drop to reorder questions. Provide instant replies to automarked quizzes, Providing an answer key, add feedback for both correct and incorrect answers. Form reply information is placed into a Google spreadsheet from the form immediately.

Get started with Forms: What can you do with Forms?

Poll Everywhere

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Poll Everywhere slideware integrations, works in PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides. Ask multiple choice questions, collect live responses and see instant results. Would work well when using live and synchronous online sessions.

Sign up for free account

Other pricing options

Tailor-ED

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Tailor-ED provides holistic learning experiences tailored to the needs of the teacher, the classroom, and each and every learner. The Teacher Basic Plan is free and includes K-8 standard aligned math resources, smart differentiated lesson tools, and SEL-based exit tickets. You can create up to 4 units with the free teacher account.

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I've tried to provide a comprehensive range of tools to use with learners, even when face-to-face lessons are not possible.

Contact me if you want assistance, we could do an online video or whatsapp call as well.

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