Resources for Teachers

Learning Policy InstituteAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the education field is producing a growing body of useful resources to support student learning and well-being during school closures. This page is updated regularly and curates some of these resources based on the recommendations of our research teams and our partners.
Panorama EducationSEL and Self-Care Resources for Educators, Schools, and Parents Related to Distance Learning and COVID-19
The Academy of Art UniversityThe Academy of Art University is hosting a free series of online events, including guest experts in art and design speaking through Zoom, movie afternoons and nights, and virtual workshops on sketching and the use of various software programs.
Annenberg Space for PhotographyThe Annenberg Space for Photography is offering educational resources to teachers, including 10 documentaries from previous photographic exhibitions that educators can use for free. The films run between 20 and 25 minutes and cover climate change, refugees, Cuban history, wildlife and hip-hop. Each film comes with discussion questions, and museum experts are volunteering to visit classrooms virtually for remote discussions.
BrainVenturesBrainVentures, an initiative of the University of Michigan Center for Digital Curricula, is making daily learning adventures free. These are crafted by classroom teachers to give students choices of learning activities; they accommodate different learning preferences and engage the learner in constructing animations, videos, photo albums and stories while taking them on field trips and having them play games and run simulations.
Pencils and PlumsPencils and Plums, a drawing site, is offering a free 125-page ebook titled, “2,500+ Drawing Ideas,” with hundreds of printable drawing pages for elementary and older students.
Seattle SymphonyThe Seattle Symphony is livestreaming rebroadcasts of previous concerts, led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, as well as two “family-friendly” educational broadcasts: “Meet the Instrument” and “Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots.” Those are available through Facebook and the Symphony’s YouTube channel.
WURRLYeduWURRLYedu is offering 30 days of access to a web-based version of its teaching software and creation tools for students. According to the company, the program includes access to lessons on general music, modern band, vocal ensemble and jazz, along with non-music subjects; and a recording studio to let students and teachers adjust the key and speed of the track, select instruments, apply one-touch audio and video filters and perform remote duets. The students don’t require access to musical instruments.
AI4ALL Open Learning AI4ALL Open Learning produces a free, adaptable curriculum for high school teachers to infuse coverage of artificial intelligence into their lessons. The organization said its materials can be implemented in any subject and doesn’t require a technical background to use. Students will learn what AI and machine learning are, the benefits and risks of AI and how they can be involved in forging its use in the world.
Athletes for Computer ScienceAthletes for Computer Science has invited students 13 and older, their families and teachers to attend free weekly computer science training classes online through Zoom. The sessions, hosted by NFL Super Bowl Champion Ellis Wyms, take place every Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pacific time and are scheduled through the month of May.
Carnegie MellonCarnegie Mellon has reiterated availability of “Computer Science Academy,” a free, online, interactive high school CS curriculum. CS1 is the year-long flagship course, with 120 hours of instruction and a “robust introduction” to coding with Python through graphics and animations. This course is available to educators with teacher accounts. CS0 is a “lite” version, which includes about 40 hours of instruction and is intended for middle school, out-of-school programs and summer camp settings. This course is available for both mentor and teacher accounts.
DFRobotDFRobot is offering free access to its STEM-based education resources for teachers and students. The interactive resources include lesson plans and step-by-step project tutorials covering the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), among other subjects.
iRobotiRobot is making virtual and offline coding projects available for elementary and middle school students for home use, some of which require no particular technology. The company is also providing teachers with free access to a subscription program that comes with the company’s Root coding robot. To unlock the premium content, download the Root Coding app and enter the code, “LEARN” on the home screen.
KinderLab RoboticsKinderLab Robotics has developed a “No KIBO? No Problem!” booklet to help teachers and parents teach building, engineering and design and coding without technology. STEAM activities are intended for students three- to seven-years-old and come from KinderLab standards-aligned curriculum. Each activity includes guidance on learning objectives and the resources needed to complete the project.
LabsLandLabsLand is providing online access to actual laboratories (not simulations) through school closures. The program is typically used to teach engineering, electronics, physics and other lab courses. The labs are located in 24 universities around the world, and students access them through a browser, to experiment and manipulate the labs remotely. To gain access, contact the company at support@labsland.com with “COVID-19” in the subject line or visit the covid-19 page.
LearnToModLearnToMod is offering free teacher accounts for its Minecraft “modding” software. Teacher accounts give educators the ability to spin up Minecraft servers for students to explore and to create and organize free student accounts into classes. For students without accounts, there is an in-browser Minecraft simulator. However, for the full experience, students need a copy of the game.
Learning.comLearning.com is offering online open-source lesson plans for educators, students and parents, covering digital literacy and computational topics. The company is also providing free access to the EasyCode Foundations (CodeMonkey) curriculum and the EasyCode Pillars Python Suite (Codesters) curriculum.
UBTECHUBTECH is posting a free robotics-oriented challenge each week — no robot needed. A recent challenge asked students to design then sketch or build a robot that would help doctors, nurses and caretakers with their workload and help them stay healthy. The company is also hosting a free webinar series that take “deep dives” into artificial intelligence to help educators make the subject “relatable and practical” for their students.
VEX RoboticsVEX Robotics has launched VEXcode Virtual Robot (VR), a free web-based tool for delivering computer science lessons for those who don’t have access to a physical VEX Robot at home. There are no software installations required, and the program functions on all major devices.
Craft in AmericaCraft in America is sharing its library of free content, including education guides for K-12 teachers, a decade’s worth of free online video content and playlists, virtual exhibitions and at-home activities.
ASSISTments¬†ASSISTments is already free for use by middle school math teachers. The program allows them to assign homework or classwork and provide students with immediate feedback as they complete their assignments; teachers get a report showing individual student and class progress. There’s a library of content that includes open textbooks, lessons and state test practice and skill-building problem sets. Now, the nonprofit is scheduling on-going sessions for helping teachers get ASSISTments set up for remote instruction.