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Resources from Teachers College

Community College Research Center Mixed Methods Blog
Insights and research on the impact of COVID-19 on community colleges and more

Center for the Professional Development of Teachers (CPET)
Support for teachers during COVID-19

Media and Social Change Lab’s “Research for Solutions”
Podcasts for critical thinking and class discussions

Center for the Professional Development of Teachers (CPET)
Support for teachers during COVID-19

Center for Sustainable Futures
Webinars on sustainability in curriculum for educators

Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy
COVID-19 update and NYC resources 

Gottesman Libraries 
Blog with tips for navigating K-12 distance learning and other issues

Harlem Renaissance 100: Collaborative Drawing App
Come together at library’s newly launched online drawing platform in celebration of the 100 years of Harlem Renaissance

External Resources

Youth Remote Learning
With traditional classroom learning currently on hold, Columbia University Professor of Sociology Shamus Khan and Teachers College Associate Professor of Arts Administration Jennifer C. Lena have launched the new website Youth Remote Learning to connect students with online courses that will help to promote intellectual curiosity in an online platform.

New York City Department of Education Learning at Home
The NYC Department of Education’s official page for information about learning from home.

Museums with Virtual Tours through Google Arts & Culture - You can tour the collections of more than 1,200 museums online through the Google Arts and Culture catalog. Start with its top 10 virtual museum tour list, or just browse through the online catalog for top children's museums, or favorite periods or artist.  

Good Housekeeping has compiled a list of museums, zoos and theme parks offering free virtual tours 

Travel+Leisure has compiled its own, shorter version as well.

Metropolitan Opera - encore presentations from the award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions on the company website for the duration of Met’s closure.

Jazz at Lincoln Center - We could all use a little music to soothe our souls. So, for the next several weeks, Jazz at Lincoln Center is rolling out live music, playlists and full concert videos from past seasons at no cost. 

Burpee Museum of Natural History - Live Facebook events daily at 10:30 am 

The New Victory Theater - offering a week of percussion-based activities 

Daily Doodling with Author Mo Willems - Every day at 1:00 pm

Free EdTech Resources for Schools
The Journal reports that education technology companies have come forward to help educators reach students in virtual ways during the COVID pandemic. In many cases, the companies are making their paid services free through the rest of the school year; in other cases, they're lifting limits to services and/or adding premium features to what's free. The following list is current as of March 25, 2020. 

Clinton Foundation - "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" Indoor Activities Resources Kit
These resources provide families with ways to talk , read, sing, and play with children through the day—using things that individuals might already have indoors.

Scholastic Learn From Home 

The K-12 education powerhouse that is Scholastic just released 20 days of online lessons for kids from pre-K through sixth grade and up. Kids can dive into topics like the future of zoos and life science. It's all divided by age and grade level.
Since 2013, has been providing free online coding classes for students of all ages. Learn how to think like a programmer while completing online modules. FREE
Kids can watch videos and learn how to make something all on their own with Older kids will love creating their own videos to upload and share on the platform. A free 14-day trial is available.

PBS Learning Media
These interactive lesson plans are curricular-aligned to meet standards from preschool all the way through high school. FREE 

Wow in the World
Wow in the World is a podcast for curious kids and their grown-ups brought to you by the folks at Tinkercast. These 20-30 minute episodes investigate factual real-world stories. FREE

Mystery Science
Mystery Science has opened up its most popular science lessons for FREE and easy for remote learning during the coronavirus crisis. Topics range from weather to who invented pizza. Head to your child's grade level for age-appropriate learning. FREE (for now)

Cool Math Games
This site offers tons of games that incorporate math into the strategy, from virtual Chess to more video-game like math games. Search by skill or take a break with some math trivia. FREE

National Geographic Kids
Explore the world through games and videos on National Geographic Kids. Take a quiz about Mars or explore current topics like Kids vs. Plastic. FREE

Rivet is a free reading app that has over 3500 leveled books for kids. FREE 

Online Learning Games

A list of free online educational games compiled by Filament Games. Includes Beats Empire, co-developed by Nathan Holbert, TC Assistant Professor of Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design, a game which positions young users as decision-makers in the music business.

Google for Education Resources

We are grateful to alumna Amanda Rosenburg, Senior Researcher, Google for Education, for providing the following Google Classroom resources for teachers and families.

EDU in 90: A quick round-up of all things happening with Google tools and Distance Learning which includes Teach from home, Hangouts Meet, Chromebook App Hub, and others.

Edu OnAir: Education OnAir offers a curriculum of webinars and digital events to help you get the most out of Google for Education tools and solutions. Whether you are a teacher, IT Admin, or superintendent, our Google for Education experts, partners and your peers are here to share their knowledge to help you bring transformative tools to your classroom.

Explore Distance Learning Resources for Schools Affected by COVID-19: For educators and IT Admins preparing for potential school closures - or currently facing them- here are a few ways to engage students through distance learning. 

Teach from Home: A temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. From Google and UNESCO. This hub helps you navigate through the following questions with tutorials.

  • How do I teach remotely with video calls?
  • How do I teach remotely without video calls?
  • How do I make lessons accessible to all?
  • How do I keep students engaged?
  • How do I keep in touch with other teachers?

Chromebook App Hub Technology Partner Resources for Distance Learning During COVID-19: Google for Education partners have created resources to support schools during this time.

Explore Chromebook Accessibility Features: tutorials on using Google distance learning tools for students with visual impairments, motor and dexterity challenges, hearing loss, reading and comprehension challenges, and general accessibility and organization tips. 

Google Classroom Tutorials

Learn at Home: A resource for families with children of different ages and areas of interest. As schools around the world close their building and families find themselves at home, we want to ensure that learning together continues. Google is partnering with learning creators to bring parents and families resources and activities. These resources ARE NOT meant to replace homework assigned by teachers, but meant to complement that work.

Use Your School Issued Chromebook at Home: You can use most of your Chromebook at home.

Signing into Google Classroom for the first time

Accessibility Training on Google Distance Learning Tools: 12 videos that help you navigate Google tools to make them accessible for users. Videos include using Closed Captions, Collaborating, Content, Shortcuts, Select to Speak, Screen Reader, Voice Typing and more.

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