COVID19

Free Additional Learning Materials during COVID-19

Due to the Covid 19 Crisis, many free resources have been made available for children all over the world. Some of these are always free, but have been expanded, such as the ABC Education website. Others are only free for a limited period while COVID-19 is affecting schooling.

Here is a list of resources and learning tools that can assist children and youth who are learning at home. They can also support learning generally.

ABC Australia has put together a collection with thousands of curriculum-aligned materials for primary and secondary students across many subject areas. Resource types include video, audio, interactive simulations and games and articles. Search the topics here: https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/topics

Audible has released a collection of free audio books for children of all ages.

You can see and listen to the collection at https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalised learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle maths, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their maths missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. They’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialised content.

https://www.khanacademy.org/about

StudyPad’s flagship product SplashLearn is transforming the way elementary school children in grades K-5 learn and study math through a highly engaging, and personalized program. SplashLearn is available across all digital platforms (iOS, Desktops, Android) and has been used by more than 30 Million students worldwide.

There is free access during the Covid-19 Period.

https://www.splashlearn.com/

James Dyson Foundation – Engineering Challenge Cards

Engineers from the company Dyson have designed challenges specifically for children to learn about engineering concepts using household items. Challenge examples include:

  • Balloon Car Race – make and race a balloon-powered car using just a balloon, plastic cup, straws, threat and rubber bands.
  • Making a chair out of only cardboard that is strong enough to hold a person
  • Making a boat out of cardboard that can hold a bag of sugar and still float.

 

The challenges can be accessed here: https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.com/resources/challenge-cards.html

You can download the challenges for offline use here:

Dyson Challenge Cards

During the COVID-19 Period Twinkl are providing a Home Learning Hub with daily activities and other resources available.

Access them here: https://www.twinkl.com.au/home-learning-hub

Sworkit Kids have variety of fun kids workouts to help get those wiggles and giggles out or use them as a warm-up/cooldown for more vigorous activity.

https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts

Freerice is an ad-supported, free-to-play website and mobile application that allows players to donate rice to families in need by playing a multiple-choice quiz game. For every question the user answers correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated via the World Food Programme.

Games are available in many different topic areas from https://freerice.com/categories

A range of resources for all year levels from the BBC in the UK.

BBC Bitesize is also currently adding three new lessons every week day for each year level.

Access here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

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