As schools, educators and parents continue to navigate what remote learning will look like for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many online resources parents can turn to to enrich their child’s at-home education. Here, several faculty members and instructors with the NC State College of Education share their tips and favorite resources to keep kids of all ages learning about math, literacy, technology, foreign languages and more.
Explore STEM Careers at Home
The National Science Teacher Association is offering a free month’s membership, with access to thousands of digital tools and resources, as well as interactive e-books and free weekly web seminars that include interaction with nationally recognized science, engineering and education experts, The STEM Careers Awareness website also offers online videos and fact sheets about STEM careers. Additionally, IBM offers opportunities to earn badges in fields including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and data science. — Meg Blanchard, Ph.D.. Professor of Science Education
How to Talk About COVID-19 with Your Kids
Hollylynne Lee, Ph.D., a professor of mathematics and statistics education and senior faculty fellow at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, has worked with her Data Stories Project team to assemble a list of resources to help parents discuss the COVID-19 pandemic with their children.
Learn a New Language
Duolingo is a fun and easy-to-use application to help students learn new languages. As they engage in sequential, short modules that relate to various vocabulary and grammar topics, kids can earn points and badges through practice. The resource is available online or through a mobile app. — Hannah Bollinger, Lecturer and Foreign Language Education Advisor with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, which is part of the NC State College of Education
Practice Math Skills
Fun Brain features math-focused and problem solving games for grades K-8 and Figure This! features high-quality challenges focused on mathematics in grades 6-8. IXL Math includes hundreds of skills, organized by grade level, and includes algebra, geometry, pre-calculus and calculus. — Cyndi Edgington, Ph.D., Teaching Assistant Professor of STEM Education
Support Students with Learning Disabilities
The “Supporting Children with IEPs During eLearning Days” webinar can help both parents and educators support children with learning disabilities as they transition to online learning. In addition, the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education’s COVID-19 and Online Learning page offers activities, tools and tips to support remote learning. –– Jessica Hunt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Special Education
Explore the World from Home
Parents can help children explore the world around them and learn alongside them through virtual reality expeditions. Through online searches, children can “visit” a wide variety of places for free and can embark on a new “expedition” each week, chronicling each adventure in a journal.— Micha Jeffries, Ph.D, Teaching Assistant Professor of Social Studies and Diversity Education
Reimagine Education Through Literacy
Parents should encourage children to read and write daily and explore the world through text. The New York Times Learning Network is a great resource to inspire older students to read, write and think. Through this website, students can explore the world through daily writing prompts or documentary film clubs and engage with current events. The website’s multidisciplinary resources are updated daily. — Crystal Chen Lee, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of English Language Arts Education