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Digital Content Resources

For lists of resources, please click on the headings below.  The sites are provided as options and sources for ideas and inspiration only.  The lists are also not exhaustive; there are many quality resources and learning activities available online.

In addition, many local, national, and international educational organizations are actively working to gather resources for educators, and are publishing the information online in attempts to be of service to schools and districts.  ISTE, CCSSO, SETDA, CoSN, and others have begun working together towards this effort.  Their website, Learning Keeps Going, provides a comprehensive and ever-growing list of technology resources available for schools.

Multiple Content Areas PreK-12
  1. Brain Pop, BrainPop Jr.  (Grades K-12)
    • BrainPop offers over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12, together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music. Materials are available in Spanish. BrainPOP is currently offering free access to schools closed due to COVID-19.
  2. Castle Learning (K-12)
    • Castle includes ELA Curricula from elementary through high school, aligned to New York State standards, including units for literature, reading, language and grammar, and foundational skills. Castle also has ELA Regents review courses.
  3. Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)
    • CILC, established in 1994 as a nonprofit, specializes in the access to applications and the utilization of video conferencing for live interactive content and professional development, as well as web based collaborative learning environments for K-20 education.  CILC and its content providers have come together to provide core curriculum every day of the week for homebound students in grades K-6th. Beginning March 23rd they will offer, free of charge, interactive, live-streamed programs from 9:30am to 3:30pm Eastern time.
  4. CK-12
    • CK-12 has free resources such as lessons and videos for students, parents, teachers, schools, and districts that can support prior learning (Grades K-12)
  5. FindNYCulture.org
    • Findnyculture.org connects teachers, parents, and students to New York’s cultural education community. It is a searchable directory of New York’s 4600+ museums, libraries, historical societies, science centers, parks, zoos, university art galleries, planetariums, and more. Discover exciting educational programs; engage with content experts; access learning resources; and inspire your students. Check the events calendar for new online and regional programs.
  6. Khan Academy and Khan Academy Kids
    • Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that has a library of video lessons, learning activities and challenges, and resources for multiple subjects K-12.  Teachers with accounts can set up courses that address specific needs of their learners and can easily assign students an entire course. 
  7. National Geographic Kids (K-5)
    • National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us for 132 years through groundbreaking storytelling from the best and brightest scientists, explorers, photographers, and filmmakers in the world. Free educational games and videos.
  8. New York State Museum: Facebook Live Field Trips to the Museum
    • While the public may not be able to come to the New York State Museum, the Museum is coming to them with Facebook Live Field Trips every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Join scientists, historians and educators behind the scenes of the Museum's exhibitions and collections to highlight interesting finds and facts about New York State history, science and culture. Just a few of the topics viewers can learn about are Ice Age exploration, Adirondack animals and the centennial of the 19th Amendment for women's suffrage. Virtual tours begin at 1:00 p.m. on the State Museum’s Facebook page and are saved on the Museum’s Facebook page for viewing after the live stream.
  9. NYC DOE Learn at Home
    • The materials on the Learn at Home pages are designed to provide supplementary learning resources to students aligned to the content of the learning standards for mathematics.
  10. PBS LearningMedia: Resources for Emergency Closure (PreK-12)
    • As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Featured lesson plans in this collection contain full contextualization for the media they include. Plan and adapt our lessons in creative ways, using the Lesson Builder tool, Google Classroom, Remind, and more.
Full Online Learning Courses
  1. AccelerateU
    • AccelerateU, run by EduTech RIC/Wayne Fingerlakes BOCES, offers offers 200 online courses for New York State students in grades 6-12 students for credit accrual, credit recovery, and advanced coursework 
  2. Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES
    • OHM BOCES offers a variety of 9-12 courses. Through their partnership with Agilix Buzz, the BOCES is offering free access to online core curricula.
  3. Edgenuity
    • Edgenuity provides K-12 online learning support and content, including core curricula, virtual learning, credit recovery, personalized learning, and test readiness.
  4. Apex
    • Apex is a leading digital curriculum company for students in grades 6-12 to take courses online for original credit or for credit recovery.
  5. Edmentum
    • Edmentum is an online learning content and course provider that offers many resources for K-12 students, including full curricula, 6-12 courses, and assessments.
  6. Pearson Gradpoint
    • Pearson Gradpoint offers a variety of resources for online and blended learning, including customization options for personalized learning.
  7. Odysseyware
    • Odysseyware offers a fully online, customizable curriculum library consisting of over 300 courses for grades 3-12.
Special Education
  1. Center on Technology and Disability
    • This website includes an extensive collection of evidence-based resources and learning opportunities related to assistive technology.  There are portals with information (including best practices regarding the instruction of students with disabilities) geared specifically toward state and local leaders, families, teachers, and service providers.
  2. Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
    • CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Users have access to free learning tools across content areas that utilize the principles of UDL, and educators can sign up to design and share accessible learning tools designed to support all learners.
  3. National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)
    • The center provides resources and technical assistance regarding AEM and information and considerations related to making print and tech-based material usable to the greatest range of learner variability and in accordance with the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). 
  4. Bookshare
    • Ebook library with the most extensive collection of accessible ebooks in the world.
  5. Learning Ally
    • Multi-sensory reading accommodation that levels the playing field for students who struggle to read due to a reading deficit.
  6. NYSED Webpage on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
    • Provides information on accessing AIM throughout the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC), as requested by a school district.
  7. Described and Captioned Media Program (DMCP)
    • ​​Accessible, educational videos across content areas for students who are deaf or blind in grades K through 12.  Videos can be searched by state standards, subject, and grade, and many are available without membership.  Families and school personnel with at least one student who is deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deafblind qualify for a free, full membership.
  8. American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)
    • ​​Resources are available to assist educators of deaf children in the classroom and help empower families in understanding the possibilities for their children’s futures.  Many resources, including a collection of free videos of children’s stories in ASL for children aged 1 to 8 years, are available for free.
  9. Practical Access Podcast
    • ​​A set of podcasts created to help teachers with the shift to online learning for students with disabilities.  Drs. Lisa Dieker and Rebecca Hines, professors at the University of Central Florida in the College of Community Innovation and Education, provide practical knowledge using fast, flexible thinking about “real life” problems.
  10. Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM)
    • ​​AFIRM’s COVID-19 toolkit, Supporting Individuals with Autism through Difficult Times, includes seven support strategies designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with autism during periods of uncertainty. The toolkit includes a downloadable packet with resources developed for parents/caregivers to use quickly and easily with their children with autism spectrum disorders to support understanding, communication, coping and calming, and maintaining and developing routines.
English Language Learners (ELLs) or Multilingual Learners (MLLs)
  1. Letter from Associate Commissioner – OBEWL, Ms. Elisa Alvarez regarding continuity of learning for English Language Learners during COVID-19 school closures
  2. Resource Collection compiled by OBEWL for English Language Learners and World Language Students, with links to Resources compiled by the NYS RBERNs
  3. ESL/ELL Education: Interactive Websites for Learning     
    • A website full of interactive websites that can be used to support ELLs.
  4. Khan Academy
    • Accessible in multiple languages
  5. Nearpod
    • Scaffolded grade-level learning experiences and language instruction. Free subscriptions offered for COVID-19.
  6. NewsELA
    • Web-based resource to support reading in both English and Spanish.
  7. NYPL English Resources: Free ESOL websites
    • These general ESOL websites offer many types of activities (grammar, listening, pronunciation, vocabulary, reading, etc.) for language learners of all levels.
  8. PBS LearningMedia: Resources for Emergency Closure – Spanish Edition (Grades PreK-12)
    • As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Featured lesson plans in this collection contain full contextualization for the media they include. Plan and adapt our lessons in creative ways, using the Lesson Builder tool, Google Classroom, Remind, and more.
  9. Unite for Literacy  (P-5)
    • Read alouds of books and stories. Users can choose the language of both the text and the narration (English or Spanish).
  10. Brainpop ELL
    • Movies, quizzes, activities, and games, for English Language Learners of all ages. Curriculum organized in three levels of varying difficulty, each building upon the grammar and vocabulary of the last. 6 units and multiple lessons in each level.
  11. Global Storybooks (2-12)
    • Global storybook includes digital stories narrated in fifty available languages, including open-licensed books for over 40 countries and regions on five continents
  12. Learning Chocolate (2-12)
    • Online vocabulary building resource for ELLs. Users pick topics and themes and can click on images to hear the word. Topics include such things as colors, numbers, action words, routines, food, months, etc.
  13. Lingo Hut (2-12)
    • A free resource for learning a language. Lessons begin with common words and phrases written and pronounced, and grow in difficulty.
  14. Literacy Center
    • Pre-reading materials focusing on letters, numbers, shapes, and colors.
    • The materials are available in Spanish, French, German, and English.
  15. The Fable Cottage
    • Classic fairy tales and fables told in Stories told in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.
  16. New York Times English Language Learner My Learning Network
    • ​​A plethora of varied texts, podcasts, videos, and lesson plans to engage and instruct ELL/MLL students in reading and writing. Aligned to Common Core.
  17. Common Sense Media
    • A site for Spanish-speaking families containing videos, texts, and digital applications instructing children and sharing information for parents.
  18. Languages Other Than English Activities
    • ​​Students can practice math and build English vocabulary while referencing their home language. Languages include French, Turkey, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. 
  19. Long Island Regional Bilingual Education Regional Network (L.I. RBERN) Videos
    • A collection of professional development videos on how to support distance learning for ELLs 
PBS Resources

Distance Learning Resources for PreK-12

PBS is committed to supporting teachers and students with free, at-home learning tools to inspire and inform.

  1. PBS Learning Media and PBS Kids (Grades P-12)
    • PBS LearningMedia [“PBSLM”] is a free online tool for teachers, parents, and others to use PBS content anywhere, anytime. PBS has organized webinars for teachers to learn how to incorporate PBSLM into their distance learning plans. Station staff are also creating and updating collections of videos, source documents, lesson plans, and more into easily-accessible posts and webpages so that educators and parents have a place to find resources.
  2. PBS LearningMedia: Resources for Emergency Closure (PreK-12)
    • As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Featured lesson plans in this collection contain full contextualization for the media they include. Plan and adapt our lessons in creative ways, using the Lesson Builder tool, Google Classroom, Remind, and more.
  3. WNET Educator Resources
  4. WCNY Connected Regents Review 2.0, the New York State Regents examination preparation site
    • For each Regents exam there is a one-hour long exam review video. Some of the videos are also broken into shorter clips for those looking for help with a particular topic. The teachers involved in creating these videos formulated lists of recommended online resources for further study.
  5. WCNY’s TV Classroom Network
    • WCNY’s TV Classroom network is for students in grades K-12 and provide curriculum on the subjects of ELA, math, science, health and physical education, history, and social studies. With schools closed and many children without internet access, WCNY is committed to providing educational opportunities to audiences of all ages. WCNY’S “TV Classroom” allows children to continue to connect with real teachers and have the continuity of a classroom experience at home in Syracuse and across the 19 counties in Central New York.
  6. Integrating Technology with Molly of Denali
    • Teaching with Molly of Denali” celebrates the fact that Molly loves her technology, and uses it responsibly! Join PBS Kids as we consider the important role real-world tech use plays in our students' lives, and their understanding and engagement with informational text.
  7. Mondays with Michelle Obama

Resources, Games, and Activities all about Nature! 

Check out this list of activities focused on the natural world and ecology to help you and your learner engage with the outdoors while at-home learning continues.

  1. Nature Nuggets – Early Learners
    NATURE Nuggets brings science and animals from NATURE on PBS to kids and their caregivers. Watch the Nature Nuggets videos and try out these Nature Nuggets activities for a fun way to engage with nature both inside and out!
  2. NATURE – Grades K-12
    Check out these PBS NATURE resources for children of all ages with hands-on activities, online resources, and video getting kids thinking and interacting with nature!
  3. Citizen Science Month – Grades 6-12
    April is Citizen Science Month! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite projects and resources for partaking in citizen science at home. If you’re interested in keeping up with Nature’s citizen science community, you can join our Citizen Science Facebook Group
  4. Featured Partner: ReadWorks – Resources for Spring
    The nonprofit ReadWorks offers content, curriculum, and tools to power reading comprehension teaching and learning from kindergarten to 12th Grade. Check out ReadWorks collection of resources for spring!

Professional Development Opportunities

Check out the PBS TeachersLounge for more information and to share sign up links with your local educators. 

  1. Teaching Informational Text
    For Elementary Educators: Teaching Informational Text with Molly of Denali - April 23 and 30th at 7:00 PM ET
  2. American Portrait
    For Middle and High School Teachers: American Portrait - April 28th at 7:00 PM ET
  3. PBS Teachers Lounge
    Visit the PBS Teachers Lounge for info on virtual PD opportunities, blogs, trending topics, and ideas to support your virtual teaching.
  4. KQED Teach
    KQED Teach offers a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on Digital Media. Educators can build skills in digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use to support all curriculum areas. These materials are available here: KQED Teach.

Learning Blogs

  1. Parenting Minutes
    For Autism Awareness Month check out our Parenting Minute about leaning into interests and the blog post April Showers Bring Action, Not Fear, with Autism Awareness from PBS Kids for Parents about ways to be active about your child's development.
  2. Recursos En Español Para Familias
    Consulte estos recursos de PBS en español, organizados por grado y materia. Encontrará videos, programas de estudio y actividades que apoyan la educación en casa para niños en grados K-12. Eche un vistazo aquí a PBS Resources en español para familias.
  3. WNET Blogs
    Our At-Home Learning blogs for educators and families are being updated all the time. Check out our list of resources for families and resources for educators.
Library Resources
  1. New York State Library
    • Individuals qualifying for a NYSL Borrower's Card or a New York State Resident Borrower's Card can access online journals, online newspapers and other online resources 24/7 from work or home. The library's collection of full text eJournals and eBooks remote access is available to registered borrowers with a valid Borrower Card (beginning with "P") and PIN.
    • NY State Library Digital Collections
      • The Library’s Digital Collections consist of over 75,000 documents relating primarily to New York State. There are State publications, including past Regents Exams, and primary source documents such as letters, journals, maps and posters.
  2. NOVEL New York
    • Free online access for New Yorkers to the full text of hundreds of journals, newspapers, and other educational resources.
      • Britannica Academic: Includes Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools. High school.​
      • Britannica Escolar: Accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students and students learning Spanish. Primary and secondary levels. 
      • Britannica School: A source for all grades and all reading abilities. Available at elementary, middle, and high school levels. Pre-K-12.   
      • Kids InfoBits: Contains over 550 age-appropriate magazines and other sources. Also includes Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs. Grades K-5.   
      • Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints: Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 21,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more. High school.   
      • Gale in Context: Middle School: Contains magazines, newspapers, primary sources and videos. Grades 6-8.  
  3. Summer Reading at New York Libraries
    • An updated list of online and E-Resources for families, students, and schools is now available here with recommendations for resources by age group or grade level. 
  4. GALE Comprehensive Online Toolkit
    • This toolkit provides additional support materials to help find and optimize existing resources already available to you through your library or consortia partners, as well as content and tools to help you enhance instruction, go virtual, share credible health information, and more. This page will be continually updated as we learn more.
  5. Find e-books through your public library system (listed by county)
    E-books and other e-resources are well established in NY public libraries. E-books are currently available to New Yorkers through 98% of New York’s 756 public libraries, which have some 1000 outlets. Generally, access to e-books and databases and other e-resources available from a public library are accessed with a library card number or pin code provided to a qualified member of that library or public library system by the library or system. Contact your public library or system if you require a library card or code to access their e-resources.
  6. Some libraries or library systems may provide services that allows patrons/ library card holders to stream movies and download audiobooks, comics, magazines and movies on a mobile device or desktop computers. What might be available would be specific to each library or system. Individuals with devices and card numbers should be able to view any media available through their library from logging in to their online library catalog.

School Library Systems in New York provide the online library catalog that provides access to the books and other materials in the school library. School Library Systems manage the collection of all of their member school libraries via a Union Catalog which is a requirement for School Library System membership. Contact your school library in your district for the login data to access e-resources available from your school library or system.

  • How to access online resources and e-books provided by school libraries
    • Most school libraries in New York provide a broad range of library resources, including e-books and online databases, from a single search. In New York this access is supported in component districts and schools with the support of NYS School Library Systems. Student access to electronic materials is provided by the school librarian. Contact your school library to get credentials required to access the e-resources their school and system provides for them.
  1.  Authors Everywhere!
    • A YouTube channel created and run by children’s books writers and illustrators. Users will find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, and writing advice that will offer fun and creative distractions during potential school closures and quarantines.
  2. Audible Stories
    • Audible Stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible audio titles across six different languages—English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese.
  3. Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
    • To read free e-books, download the SimplyE app for iOS or Android (from your app store) and add Digital Public Library of America as your library to access the DPLA Collection. It provides access to more than 5,000 free ebook titles. DPLA also provides access to Primary Source Sets that explore topics in history, literature, and culture developed by educators, complete with teaching guides. 
  4. Jarrett J. Krosoczka—author & illustrator
    • New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka offers an expansive list of tutorials, activities, webcasts, etc. on his YouTube channel.
  5. Kate Messner
    • Children’s author Kate Messner has compiled an extensive list of storytime and activity videos to her main website, each one starring a different children’s book author and illustrator.
  6. Renaissance myOn Digital Reading Resources
    • Renaissance offering free access to myON for students and families during the current COVID-19 school closures. Students may log in through a single, shared account, to access this collection of curated resources, which includes thousands of digital books, both fiction and nonfiction, covering a variety of topics and themes, as well as five daily myON News articles, written for students by journalists and reviewed by a child psychologist for age appropriateness.
    • To log into myON click the login button at the top of the screen and enter the following information on the login page
      • School name: New York Reads
      • Username: read
      • Password: books
  7. Scholastic Learn at Home
    1. ​“Day-by-day projects to keep kids learning, thinking and growing.” New learning experiences are built around a story or video daily. Activities are divided into four grade levels: pre-K and kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-5, and grades 6-9. 
  8. Storyline Online
    • An award-winning children’s literacy website that features videos of celebrated actors reading from children’s books, including Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White, and more. Each curriculum was designed by a certified elementary educator that focuses on strengthening reading comprehension, and verbal and writing skills.

Resources Organized by Subject Areas:

Arts: Visual and Media Arts, Dance, Theatre, and Music
  1. Google Arts and Culture (Grades PK-12), Free
    • Google Arts and Culture offers free access to visual artwork, musical, dance and theatre performances. In addition, students can virtually visit museums, performance spaces and theatres or search by theme, and zoom in on arts work.
  2. Music, Performing Arts, Art and Architecture Online Collections (6-12), Free
  3. Arts for Kids Hub (Grades PK-12), Free
    • Students of all ages can follow along with these directed drawing videos of an artists and one of his children drawing various subjects. Appropriate for younger artists and more advanced artists.
  4. Visual Coding with Scratch (Grades 8-12)
    • Students can create animation, games, interactive stories online. Students can also upload their own artwork/music to manipulate with scratch. Teachers can also create classes online where student accounts can be linked so that teachers can provide feedback to students.
  5. Possible Platforms for online art creation (High School): 
    • Gimp, Free
      • Open source image manipulation software
    • Sketchpad 5.1, Free online, Cost for downloading and using offline
  6. NYS Arts Go Online: Virtual Events for All Ages
    • Although doors to our cultural institutions have closed, across all regions of the state, many are offering streaming movies and performances, hands-on activities for kids and families, and virtual galleries.
    • From family art projects to theater, independent film, opera, streaming house concerts and centuries of incredible painting and sculpture, as we practice social distancing, we can still connect through the arts
  7. State Education Agency Directors of Art Education (SEADAE) - Arts Resources available by discipline and grade level (PK-12)
    • The State Education Agency Directors of Art Education (SEADAE) has compiled a list of resources for arts education for students and educators. Resources are listed by arts discipline and grade level and continue to be updated.
  8. New York State Museum
    • The New York State Museum offers standards-based lessons inspired by the research, collections, and exhibits of the museum, developed by cultural educators, and vetted by classroom educators. Enjoy lessons that support Science, Social Studies, and Art subjects for a variety of grade levels at the Education Page.
    • Education
      • The New York State Museum offers standards-based lessons inspired by the research, collections, and exhibits of the museum and developed by cultural educators and vetted by classroom educators. Enjoy lessons that support Science, Social Studies, and Art subjects for a variety of grade levels at the Education Page. 
    • Research and Collections
      • To learn more about the collections and research of the Scientists, Historians, and Collections Technicians of the New York State Museum, visit the Research & Collections Page of the museum. Access to additional research, publications, and online collections are available as well as contact information for the Museum’s Scientists, Historians, and Collections Technicians. 
    • Exhibitions
      • For content specific interests based on exhibits, enjoy a listing of the Art, Science, and History-based exhibits along with additional resources and educational activities on the New York State Museum’s Exhibitions Page.
  9. Studio in a School ArtsBluePrint (Grades 2-8)
    • ​​New York  Arts Standard aligned and field tested visual arts lessons and resources developed by Studio in a School.
  10. Theatre Educator Pro
    • ​​Standards-based theatre education tools and lessons for educators. Site includes resources for creating online learning, models of assessment, and lessons for student online learning. Resources are currently free of charge to support the field.
  11. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Grades 6-12)
    • Direct links to musical performances and suggested assignments after listening for students. Weekly playlists with activities. Resources available in Spanish and Chinese.
  12. Rock Hall EDU (Grades K-12)
    • Free music education lessons, activities, and resources for educators and students from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Resources include a wide range of musical artists and methods of engaging with and responding to music. Active listening activities, writing prompts and responses, and art activities are available for download. Resources are searchable by grade level or time period. Teachers can generate a temporary link to give students access to lessons and accompanying resources without students needing to log-in.
  13. Lincoln Center at Home
    • ​​Daily pop-up classrooms for students and families focusing on the performing arts. Regularly updated performance videos from Lincoln Center organizations such as the New York Philharmonic, The Met Opera, and the School of American Ballet.  
Computer Science

General

  1. Common Sense Education (Grades PreK-12)
    • A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.
  2. CS4All (Grades K-12)
    • The Computer Science for All (CS4All) Blueprint is an academic and implementation guide for teaching computer science in New York City public schools.
  3. Amazon: Future Engineer (Grades 2-12)
    • Amazon supports free computer science during COVID-19, this is a growing list of free CS courses and resources.
  4. CSTA Resources (Grades K-12)
    • Computer Science Teachers Association compiled resources to support seaching during COVID-19. Teaching CS is already difficult, and moving to a virtual environment can be challenging, so we have compiled this list to help teachers support their students during this trying time.
  5. PBS Learning Media (Grades K-12)
    • Engineering & Technology. Discover resources and projects that connect students to engineering design practices and future careers.

Programming/Coding

  1. Code.org
    • Code.org includes “unplugged” activities, as well as smartphone-compatible activities for students who may not have immediate access to reliable internet or laptops.
  2. Tynker (Grades K-12)
    • Tynker offers self-paced online visual programming courses for children to learn coding at home, as well as specially designed curriculum for schools and camps. Tynker makes it fun to learn computer programming for kids ages 5+.
  3. Code Academy (Grades 9-12)
    • Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, JavaScript (jQuery, AngularJS, React.js), Ruby, SQL, C++, Swift, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.
  4. CodeSpark Academy (Grades K-3)
    • CodeSpark’s mission is to make computer science education accessible to kids everywhere by having no reading requirements, closing the gender gap and being free for schools. It is a learn-to-code platform for kids ages 5-9.
  5. Vidcode, (Grades 3-12)
    • Vidcode offers research-backed standards-aligned computer science courses, focused on open-ended projects for teens. Vidcode courses teach computer science, object oriented programming, web programming, design, & JavaScript.
  6. Codesters (Grades 6-8)
    • Codesters combines a fun online coding platform for students, a powerful learning management system for teachers, and built-out coding lessons so you can start teaching kids to code in your school today.
  1. Scratch (Grades 3-11)
    • Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games.
    • Scratch Jr. also available (Grades K-2)
  2. Alice - Alice 2 (Grades K-5); Alice 3 (Grades 6-12)
    • Alice is an innovative block-based programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D. Alice is used by teachers at all levels from middle schools (and sometimes even younger) to universities, in school classrooms and in after school programming, and in subjects ranging from visual arts and language arts to the fundamentals of programming and introduction to java courses.
  3. Kodable (Grades K-5)
    • Kodable teaches kids core programming concepts through engaging games developed with real teachers and kids at home or at school and gives teachers a complete K-5 coding curriculum for the classroom.
  4. Daisy the Dinosaur (Grades K-3)
    • This free, fun iPad and iPhone app has an easy drag & drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy and make her dance on their screen. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app's challenges.
  5. CodeMonkey (Grades K-3)
    • CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where kids learn to code without any prior experience.

Game Creator

  1. Kodu
    • Kodu lets kids create games on the PC via a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as  well as programming.
  2. GameStar Mechanic (Grades 2-12)
    • Gamestar Mechanic uses fun, game-based quests and courses to help you learn game design and make your own video games! Gamestar Mechanic is a game and community designed to teach kids the principles of game design and systems thinking in a highly engaging environment. It is designed for 7- to 14-year-olds but is open to everyone.
  3. Codea (Grades 6-12)
    • Codea for iPad lets you create games and simulations — or any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.
Early Learning
  1. ABCYa 
    • A free online website that covers Grades PreK – 3rd grade. Each grade is aligned to national standards and is split into 5 categories: letters, numbers, holiday, strategy, and skill.
  2. Starfall
    • A combination of free and paid content that covers ELA, Math, and Social Studies topics in grades PreK-3rd grade.
  3. Khan Academy
    • Allows students in grades Kindergarten – 3rd grade the opportunity to practice their math skills in a free online platform. Each grade level is aligned to Standards and covers a multitude of math concepts. 
  4. BrainPOP Jr.
    • Geared to helping kids from Kindergarten to 3rd Grade.
    • This site offers tons of educational games and videos on subjects like social studies, math, science, art and history. Full access to the site requires a subscription, but there’s plenty of free content to explore.
  5. Storynory
    • This website features a vast collection of audio stories where children can read along to the text. The website’s library includes original stories, fairy tales, and classics.
  6. DayByDayNY
    • This free early-literacy resource is available to families, students, schools, and day-care providers as part of Ready to Read at New York Libraries. The Family Literacy Calendar includes engaging daily activities, songs, educational games, and an online book via One More Story that changes daily. The site also provides a link to the TumbleBook online book of the day.
    • DayByDayNY is also available in Spanish. 
  7. Fordham University's Thirty-two resources for entertaining energetic preschoolers during daycare and preschool closures
  8. Vroom
    • Designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5
    • Vroom is a global program of the Bezos Family Foundation. It is their belief all parents have the potential to create a bright future for their children. Their free, science-based tips and tools help parents and caregivers give children a great start in life today—and an even better future.
  9. Pebble Go
    • Resources designed for parents in educators for students in Kindergarten – Grade 3. Currently their resources are free during school closures.
    • Pebble Go provides for read-alouds to appropriate texts for students in Kindergarten – 3rd Grade. Each read-aloud provides for extended learning opportunities. Some of the topics covered are animals, biographies, dinosaurs, science, and social studies.
  10. Early Childhood Advisory Council
English Language Arts
  1. Epic! (Grades K-5)
    • A digital library for ages 12 and under, Epic is like a Netflix for books. Resources include text-to-speech, quizzes, learning videos, and more. Books can be saved to the app to be accessed without internet. Parents and educators can track student progress. Epic is offering a free month.
  2. Raz-Kids (Grades K-5)
    • This is a leveled reading resource for students K-5. Resources include text-to-speech, Spanish translations, student recordings, quizzes for determining comprehension and instructional needs. Teachers can make online assessments. This is also subscription based but is offering free membership.
  3. National Council of Teachers of English ReadWriteThink (Gades P-12)
    • ELA resources for all grade levels for students, teachers, and parents. Includes lesson plans, activities and projects, etc. Resources are filterable by grade level, learning objective, theme, etc.
  4. New York Times Learning Network
    • Activities for students include writing, current articles and trends, crosswords, multimedia, and contests. Teachers resources are organized based on content areas.
  5. NewsELA (Grades 3-12)
    1. Immediate and free access is provided for teachers. District administrators can request access. Topics are organized according to content/subject and genre. Aligned to standards with reading passages adapted to meet the needs of the student.
  6. Authors Everywhere!
    • A YouTube channel created and run by children’s books writers and illustrators. Users will find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, and writing advice that will offer fun and creative distractions during potential school closures and quarantines.
  7. Readworks
    • Readworks offers free content and curriculum for grades K-12. It includes remote learning resources for educators, families, and students. Content includes reading passages, question sets, paired texts, vocabulary, ebooks, audio narrations, and lessons and units.
  8. Audible Stories (Grades K-12)
    • Offers free streaming on all devices where students and families can access a variety of books across educational levels. Books are available for listening in six different languages. No sign-in or subscription is required.
  9. Quill (Grades K-12)
    • Provides free writing and grammar activities for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Includes lessons, diagnostics, and assignments allowing teachers and students to work together.
  10. Poetry Foundation (Grades K-12)
    • This site offers a collection of over 40,000 poems for children, teens, and adults. The collection is organized by genre and includes, but is not limited to, historical time periods, culture, pastime, and humor. Students also have access to archived and current Poetry magazines, poems read aloud by poets, and Poetry magazine podcasts.
  11. Library of Congress (Grades K-12)
    • Students, families, and educators can discover the world of books. Available and free to the public, this site offers digital collections, resources and lesson plans for educators and parents, books for kids, teens, and adults, poetry, and archived historical images and documents.
Health
  1. SHAPE America (Grades K-8) 
    • SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) is the national organization that serves as the voice for 200,000+ health and physical education professionals across the nation. SHAPE has created a collection of resources from the field to help districts provide high-quality, standards-based lessons for physical and health education in the short-term. Districts may adapt, repurpose or use the resources provided to best meet the unique needs of their students.
  2. BAM! (Body and Mind) (Grades 4-8)
    • A resource for teachers that provides information and resources that helps students make healthier lifestyle choices for teachers.
  3. EverFI Wellness Matters (Grades K-8)
    • Clearing the VaporEverfi is a health wellness curriculum teaches students to make healthy choices in a safe environment.
  4. Kids Health (Grades PK-12)
    • Educators free health-related lesson plans for Prek through 12th grade. Each teacher’s guide includes discussion questions, classroom activities and extensions, printable handouts, and quizzes and answer keys—all aligned to National Health Education Standards.
  5. PBS Learning Media (Grades K-12)
    • A resource created by WMHT and PBS that has free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for K-12 New York State physical education and health education teachers.
  6. Sesame Street (Preschool - Grade 2)
    • Sesame Street has free health related videos, printables and learning-at-home resources for teachers and families.
  7. New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD)
    • ​​NYSAHPERD has gathered  ideas and resources that can be used by teachers, parents, and students at home to increase physical activity, stay fit and healthy. Resources are organized by Elementary, Middle and High School levels.
Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
  1. Gus on the Go! (K-6)
    • With the Gus on the Go app, explore a new language with the original Gus on the Go language app! With 10 interactive lessons, engaging vocabulary reviews and delightful games, learning a new language has never been this fun! Available now in 30 different languages in the App Store, Google Play and Amazon.
  2. Duolingo (7-12)
    • Duolingo is a platform that includes a language-learning website and mobile app, as well as a digital language-proficiency assessment exam. The app and the website are accessible without charge, although Duolingo also offers a premium service for a fee. With over 300 million users, this web-based platform is appropriate for most levels of learners (basic reading skills required). With a simple, easy-to-use interface, Duolingo’s main courses help students learn vocabulary and practice listening and speaking.
  3. Babbel (7-12)
    • Babbel is a subscription-based language learning app for the web that has both free and paid versions. There are about 40 classes in the free version.  Babbel takes a traditional approach to language learning. The classes are categorized into degrees of difficulty or types of learning. Also adding more depth to the lessons are the sections on culture, teaching students about the people and places where the language is indigenous.  Students can learn vocabulary that is most relevant to their lives by choosing courses specific to travel, business, or other scenarios.
  4. Memrise (7-12)
    • Memrise is a language platform that uses spaced repetition of flashcards to increase the rate of learning.  With courses in 16 languages, students can watch and learn real conversational language from native speakers and get a personalized learning experience that gives the learner just the right level of challenge to keep them motivated.
  5. Open Culture (7-12)
    • Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community, including many resources that are language-specific.
  6. Audible Stories
    • Audible Stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible audio titles across six different languages—English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese.
  7. DayByDayNY - Spanish Version (early learners)
    • This free early-literacy resource is available to families, students, schools, and day-care providers as part of Ready to Read at New York Libraries. The Family Literacy Calendar includes engaging daily activities, songs, educational games, and an online book via One More Story that changes daily.  The site also provides a link to the TumbleBook online book of the day.
  8. Britannica Escolar - via NOVELNY (primary and secondary levels)
    • Accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students and students learning Spanish.
Mathematics
  1. EngageNY Curriculum Modules
    • The EngageNY curriculum modules are a free, open education resource aligned to the CCLS for grades K through Pre-Calculus.  Additional supplemental materials, including parent tip sheets may be found at Great Minds (Eureka Math).
    • Great Minds (Eureka Math) Knowledge on the Go
      • Knowledge on the Go is a free collection of recorded math lessons aligned to the Eureka Math (EngageNY) modules for Grades K–Pre-Calculus. These lessons are delivered by Great Minds’ own teachers and will be viewable on any device.  New videos are being posted daily to help broaden the spectrum of lessons/topics covered. The sequence of the released videos align to curriculum maps found in the Story of Units, Story of Ratios and Story of Functions, and  will be available through August 31, 2020.
    • Math Studio Talks on EngageNY
      • Math Studio Talks: Common Core Instruction Video Series provides games, activities and models to help students develop flexible thinking and deep understanding of math concepts from kindergarten to Grade 5. These videos demonstrate key concepts that build students’ conceptual understanding and highlight the coherence in the standards from one grade to the next. These videos can be used to reinforce/review skills that have been learned.
  2. eMath Instruction
    • eMath Instruction offers an asynchronous online curriculum for the middle level grades 6-8, and the high school courses of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.  Each eMath Instruction course consists of video lessons and homework sets. These resources are available for free download (except for answer keys) on each course page.  For each lesson there is a full length (15-30 minute) YouTube video. The videos and homework sets can be used to support the teaching and learning of middle and high school mathematical content.
  3. JMAP
    • JMAP offers free instructional resources aligned to New York's Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and PreCalculus and AP Calculus AB. New York standards related resources include worksheets, lesson plans, and previous Regents examinations (with and without answers) for all mathematics curricula. JMAP's print based resources are available in docx format for easy customization and pdf formats for easy reproduction.
  4. Achieve the Core
    • Achieve the Core offers free, open-source resources to support the content of the CCLSM for grades/courses K-Algebra II.  Website contains a collection of standard aligned lessons, tasks (Illustrative Mathematics and Student Achieve Partners) and mini assessments.  All materials are downloadable.
    • Standard aligned tasks also can be found embedded in the available coherence map.
  5.  Delta Math
    • ​​Delta Math is a free on-line resource which provides practice problems aligned to the content of the CCLSM for grades 6-8, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus.  Solutions utilize visual tools, animation, and interactive hints. Platform allows for students to be able to graph functions, as well as apply various transformations.
  6. GeoGebra
    • ​​GeoGebra is a free open-source mathematics software/apps that can be used to support the teaching and learning of the CCLSM for elementary, middle and high school.   Available resources include activities, simulations, exercises, lessons and games that allow for students to be able to visualize and interact with mathematical concepts.
  7. Mathigon Polypad
    • ​​Mathigon Polypad is a collection of interactive digital manipulatives. These manipulatives can be used by teachers and individual students and are designed for use with tablets, desktop computers, as well as interactive smartboards. There are several manipulative options including polygons, number tiles, number bars, fraction bars, algebra tiles, pentominoes, and tangrams. A user-friendly set of instructions is also offered which provides guidance on how to use the manipulatives on the canvas.  Additional features include grid options for the canvas, share link, download images, and changing language.
Physical Education
  1. Go Noodle (K-12)
    • GoNoodle® has movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. It is available for free at school and home
  2. Jr NBA (K-12)
    • The Jr NBA Headspace mindfulness is a turnkey instructional curriculum designed for youth basketball experience for players, parents, and coaches. There are four levels for youth levels at four levels.
  3. NFLplay60 discovery education (6-12)
    • The Jr NBA Headspace mindfulness is a turnkey instructional curriculum designed for youth basketball experience for players, parents, and coaches. There are four levels for youth levels at four levels.
  4. Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America
    • SHAPE is dedicated to helping physical education and health education teachers across the country as many schools and school districts are moving to distance learning due to COVID-19. In response, SHAPE has created a collection of resources from SHAPE America and other K-12 health and physical educators to help continue providing high-quality, standards-based lessons despite the circumstances.
  5. PBS Learning Media Resources for Physical Education and Health
    • ​​PBS Learning media is a resource created by WMHT and PBS that has free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for K-12 New York State physical education and health education teachers
  6. Sesame Street Preschool-Grade 2 Physical Education and Movement Videos
    • Sesame Street has free physical education related videos for teachers and families that encourages movement and supports physical and mental health.
  7. New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD)
    • ​​ NYSAHPERD has gathered ideas and resources that can be used by teachers, parents, and students at home to increase physical activity, stay fit and healthy. Resources are organized by Elementary, Middle and High School levels.
Science
  1. National Science Teachers Association (Grades K-12) 
    • This site offers science K-12 Classroom lessons and other resources aligned to the NGSS standards that may be applicable to the New York State – P-12 Science Learning Standards These are free resources.
  2. NGSS Resources (Grade K-12)
    • Spotlight on Quality Science Lessons and Units – peer review process;
       * NYS P-12 Science learning Standards were developed based on two foundational documents: A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards; many of the free resources emerging and available are aligned to NGSS and is at the discretion of local level educators.
  3. NASA (Grades K-12)
    • NASA works collaboratively to promote education as an integral component of every major NASA research and development mission. These efforts result in innovative and informative educational materials that engage student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NASA makes these resources available in convenient ways.​
  4. ​ Mystery Science (Grades K-5)
    • This site houses lessons to rely on simple supplies. Parents might have many of the materials at home or can readily find them at local stores or on Amazon. If you’re planning to have parents do activities at home, you may want to send students home with the needed printouts. To make printing easier for multiple lessons at a time, we’ve created grade-level PDFs with all printouts.
  5. Smithsonian Science Education*
    • Various types of science resources are available to explore (video, games, e-books, curriculum) targeting for K-8 students by grade level and by different topics  
  6. Twig Science (Grades K-12)
    • An award-winning supplemental resource with short videos in English and Spanish, visuals, and hands-on investigative activities. Twig Science Tools allows you to sort ready-made resources by NGSS standard or grade level, ideal for extending or reviewing prior Performance Expectations and standards.
  7. Virtual Labs (Grades 8-12)
    • Helpful website that provides links to virtual science labs including Glencoe and Pearson.
  8. U.S. Dept. of Energy-Explore Online Learning Resources
    • STEM Rising is an initiative to inspire, educate, and spark an upwards trajectory to lifelong success in STEM through sharing the Department's National Labs, National Nuclear Security Administration, and program office's programs, resources, competitions, events, internship opportunities and more.
    • Additional resource from this site: Energy Kids
  9. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-Education (Grades 6 & Above)
    • These lesson plans show educators and students how to use real scientific data to explore some of Earth's dynamic processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale.
    • Videos
    • Data In The Classroom
  10. New York State Museum
    • The New York State Museum offers standards-based lessons inspired by the research, collections, and exhibits of the museum, developed by cultural educators, and vetted by classroom educators. Enjoy lessons that support Science, Social Studies, and Art subjects for a variety of grade levels at the Education Page.
    • Education
      • The New York State Museum offers standards-based lessons inspired by the research, collections, and exhibits of the museum and developed by cultural educators and vetted by classroom educators. Enjoy lessons that support Science, Social Studies, and Art subjects for a variety of grade levels at the Education Page. 
    • Research and Collections
      • To learn more about the collections and research of the Scientists, Historians, and Collections Technicians of the New York State Museum, visit the Research & Collections Page of the museum. Access to additional research, publications, and online collections are available as well as contact information for the Museum’s Scientists, Historians, and Collections Technicians. 
    • Exhibitions
      • For content specific interests based on exhibits, enjoy a listing of the Art, Science, and History-based exhibits along with additional resources and educational activities on the New York State Museum’s Exhibitions Page.
  11.  STEM FOR ALL MULTIPLEX - COVID-19: Providing STEM Resources to Teachers and Families (Grades PK-12)
    • ​​STEM for all video clips – for families to use. This includes playlists of 3-minute video presentations created by federally funded projects. These projects have developed quality STEM resources for teachers, students, and parents. A list of appropriate grade-levels starting from Pre-K and continuing to High School are available. They may be useful to many during this time of school closures. The site provides
  12. NYSED DEC Resources (Grades PK-12)
    • While at home, educators, caregivers, and families, can engage students in activities at home. Explore lessons, popular sites to watch wildlife and other community science resources for all ages. Access Animal Cams links, zoo projects, and NY Botanical Gardens, and Education tools like to name a few.
  13. National Institute of Health – Science Education (High School)
    • Access free, easy-to-access, SEPA-funded resources that educators can use to engage their students in science. Explore, Images, videos and more like “Being a Scientist”  - Learn about different scientists and their research.
  14. Listening to Waves – The Science of Music (Middle School Grades 6-8)
    • Through sound exploration, students, families, and educators can engage in distance learning NGSS aligned lesson plans to inspire students and develop a deeper appreciation of both science and sound to transmit students sense of wonder to the sonic world. This is a NSF funded project with free Educator Access Lessons Plans.    
Social Studies
  1. New Visions (Grades 9-11):
    • New Visions for Public Schools has developed full scope and sequence curricular frameworks designed for the Global History and Geography I and II courses and the U.S. History course. The curriculum integrates rich primary and secondary texts, maps, images, videos, and other reputable online sources into materials that meet the New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework’s objectives and provide students an opportunity to improve literacy skills by focusing on thinking critically while reading, writing, and speaking like historians.
  2. World History for Us All (Grade 6, 9-10)
    • World History for Us All is a national collaboration of K-12 teachers, collegiate instructors, and educational technology specialists. It is a project of the National Center for History in the Schools, a division of the Public History Imitative, Department of History, UCLA. World History for Us All is a continuing project. Elements under development will appear on the site as they become available.
  3. Ducksters Education Site (Grade 4-12)
  4. Selma Online
    • The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University has launched of Selma Online – a free, downloadable teaching platform that aims to change how the civil rights movement is taught in the United States. Selma Online prompts students to seize upon the rights guaranteed to them in the Constitution to challenge injustice.  Selma Online uses twelve scenes from Ava DuVernay’s award-winning film “Selma” as a storyboard for exploring the events in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 and the complexities of the voting rights movement.
    • DPLA provides access to Primary Source Sets that explore topics in history, literature, and culture. These sets were developed by educators and include teaching guides. DPLA also provides access to a collection of free e-books.
  5. New York State Archives
    • The New York State Archives presents historical records (1630-present) and standards-based learning activities developed by New York teachers. Find learning activities by topic. Browse and search all digitized primary sources available from the New York State Archives from the Digital Collections page. 
  6. New York State Archives Partnership Trust
    • The Trust provides online access to primary source-based lessons, information about the annual Student Research Awards Program, and tools for teaching with historical records. The Student Research Award program will be held in 2020. The deadline for submitting entries is July 1, 2020. Entries must be emailed to: ARCHEDU@nysed.gov. Please consult the program guidelines for more information.
  7. New Netherland Institute
    • The Institute provides online resources for teachers and students to explore New York’s colonial Dutch heritage, including: digital exhibitions; a virtual tour of New Amsterdam; discovering, “What was New Netherland?”; and analyzing historical documents to discover what it was like to live in the Dutch Colony of New Netherland and participate in 17th century transatlantic trade.
  8. Icivics
    • Icivics is a non-profit organization in the United States that provides educational online games and lesson plans to promote civics education and encourage students to become active citizens.
  9. New York State Museum
    • The New York State Museum offers standards-based lessons inspired by the research, collections, and exhibits of the museum, developed by cultural educators, and vetted by classroom educators. Enjoy lessons that support Science, Social Studies, and Art subjects for a variety of grade levels at the Education Page.
    • Education
      • The New York State Museum offers standards-based lessons inspired by the research, collections, and exhibits of the museum and developed by cultural educators and vetted by classroom educators. Enjoy lessons that support Science, Social Studies, and Art subjects for a variety of grade levels at the Education Page. 
    • Research and Collections
      • To learn more about the collections and research of the Scientists, Historians, and Collections Technicians of the New York State Museum, visit the Research & Collections Page of the museum. Access to additional research, publications, and online collections are available as well as contact information for the Museum’s Scientists, Historians, and Collections Technicians. 
    • Exhibitions
      • For content specific interests based on exhibits, enjoy a listing of the Art, Science, and History-based exhibits along with additional resources and educational activities on the New York State Museum’s Exhibitions Page.
  10. Presidential Libraries and National Archives (Online student programs)
    • Free online interactive learning programs. Programs are available for preschool through 12th grade and are scheduled weekly through the end of May.  All programs, offered in partnership with the Presidential Primary Sources Project, will take place at 2pm ET.
  11. National Archives online tool
    • ​​An online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives.
  12. Primary Source Collection from the National Archives
    • ​​DocsTeach is a product of the National Archives education division.  Their mission is to engage, educate, and inspire all learners to discover and explore the records of the American people preserved by the National Archives. Parents, Teacher and Students can access thousands of primary sources – letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other document types – spanning the course of American history.
  13. New York Historical Society History at Home
    • History at Home is a comprehensive suite of online social studies programs and materials aligned to the NYS Social Studies Framework.  It provides live interactive Student Sessions every day, leading a session for every grade (K-8 and HS) each week.  It includes and adds one lesson plan per day that any teacher or parent (or self-motivated student) can pick up and use immediately without additional prep, but that they can go more deeply with via the NY Historical Society online curriculum library, featuring our Women & the American Story curriculum website that explores women's roles across all of US history.
  14. Covid-19 Module from The World History Digital Education Foundation and The National Council for Social Studies
    • ​​This is a new module on COVID-19 produced by the World History Digital Education Foundation, in partnership with the National Council for the Social Studies.  Focusing on history, geographic diffusion, economic globalization and government policy, the lessons are inquiry-based with students analyzing over thirty primary sources to develop claims based on evidence.  The lessons begin by linking past to present as students compare COVID-19 to the 1918 influenza pandemic. From there students analyze the geographic diffusion and economic impact of COVID-19 as well as government actions to understand the larger lessons unfolding in our contemporary world.

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