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Free K-12 Educational Resources (online and for noncommercial broadcasting)

Author: Stacie Pierpoint

A message for K-12 teachers, students, parents and guardians: We hope that you are staying safe. While schools are closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), many of you will be looking for online materials so that your students can continue learning while at home. As many of you know, Annenberg Learner has free content resources you can use directly from www.learner.org. Search classroom resources by grade levels and subject areas. Some video resources also include coordinated online materials, such as user guides, downloadable textbooks, labs and interactives, and more. Or look at the full list of available content and professional development resources, under Series Availability in our FAQ. You can also find Annenberg Learner and other great resources through PBS Learning Media.

Please write [email protected] with any questions. We will also continue to share information about available resources from our partners below. We hope everyone stays healthy.

Attention Noncommercial Broadcasters: In addition to the free K-12 resources online, Annenberg Learner is providing temporary noncommercial broadcast licenses to local networks across the U.S. This programming for K-12 audiences includes 23 Annenberg Learner video series. Here is the list of what is available for a temporary broadcast license through July 31, 2020.  Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in licensing any or all of these series.

Information About Moving Teaching and Learning Online

From BAM! Radio: As schools rapidly move to online Learning, listen to educators, administrators, and IT managers talk about successes and challenges.

Free Resources from our partners and more!

Explore.org

We have compiled teacher lesson plans around our nature livecams created by researchers and animal experts. In addition to these incredible FREE lesson plans, explore.org is always available as an enriching educational experience through the use of our many livecams. Our volunteer moderators and camera operators are always available to answer any questions your child may have while diving deep into the world of nature. 

In addition to serving as educational resources for teachers and students, explore.org would like to offer its live streams and footage to help anyone looking to escape stress and find solace in the natural world. Continue to fall in love with the world and feel free to share our feeds with anyone who needs to escape and connect with the natural world.

Though this time is hard, we are here for each other and together. Nature can heal us and make us stronger! 

Civics Renewal Network Partner Resources

These resources cover grades K-12 and offer a variety of activities to keep students engaged in learning outside the classroom. Please check back often as we will continue to add resources.

Statistics in Schools (SIS)

SIS is a U.S. Census Bureau program that uses census data to create resources that can be used with students from pre-K through 12th grade. These free, online educational resources can easily be used at school or at home. The SIS website offers more than 200 free activities and resources, including interactive data tools, videos, and maps. Explore these materials at www.census.gov/schools.  SIS materials are easy to follow and do not require any special skills to use. This makes them a great resource for parents and guardians to use at home

Smithsonian Digital Learning Lab
Resources, training, and support to assist caregivers, teachers, and students as they face new learning challenges: The Smithsonian Learning Lab puts the treasures of the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex within reach. The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and sharing in the Smithsonian’s expansive community of knowledge and learning.

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