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Online Learning Resources

Below is a list of resources for 0nline learning during COVID-19. This list will be routinely updated as resources are made available:

 

 

General Resources

Allegheny Intermediate Unit

Offers scheduled collective webinar meetings for exploring new virtual technologies and opportunities in remote teaching practices that also include introduction to useful programs.

https://www.aiu3.net/Page/4914

 

American Alliance for Theatre and Education

A facebook page providing a list of available online teaching resources for arts educators involved in theatre education.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/inciteinsight/resources-for-theatre-educators-teaching-onlinethe-latest/224300158956439/

 

Art Bar Blog

An artist blog page that includes how-to guides for visual arts projects that can be done at-home.

https://www.artbarblog.com/category/learning-at-home/

 

Arts Ed NJ

Provides an extensive list of virtual teaching sources and programs educators may utilize to host lesson meetings or sessions.

https://www.artsednj.org/arts-ed-virtual-teaching-resources/

 

The Art of Education University

An educational organization led by arts educators providing weekly webinars specifically catered towards arts educators transitioning to online teaching in addition to an extensive list of their free education-related resources.

https://theartofeducation.edu/coronavirus/

 

Culturally Responsive Education (CRE-HUB)

Downloadable information guides and resources for arts educators that emphasize guidance in culturally responsive forms of education through remote learning.

https://crehub.org/remote-learning

 

Doodles Academy

Provides a free online arts curriculum virtually available to arts educators. Curriculums included collective arts experiences that offer opportunities for students to individualize their works through their interests and experiences.

https://doodles-academy.org/

 

Education Reimagined

List of informative resources and tools for educators transitioning to online education.  

https://education-reimagined.org/distance-learning-resource-center/#educators

 

Global Educator Collective

Facebook group that acts as a collective support group for educators through helpful tip and tricks and discussion postings.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Temporaryschoolclosuresupport/

 

hundrED

Articles and resources for remaining educationally proactive during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

https://hundred.org/en/articles/proactive-measures-in-education-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

 

The Kennedy Center

Thought-provoking readings, videos, and resources connected to performing arts mediums such as music, dance, and theatre. 

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/resources-for-educators/classroom-resources/media-and-interactives

 

Mattress Factory

Toolkit prompts for arts educators that provide lesson plans and workshops for engaging students and/or individuals in critical thinking and practices within the lens of art and educational standards.

https://mattress.org/archive/index.php/Listing/objects

 

National Association for Music Education

Free registration for professional learning community webinars and listings of other resources involving music.

https://theartofeducation.edu/coronavirus/

 

Save The Music Foundation

Hub offering free websites, programs, and other resources encompassing education in music.

https://www.savethemusic.org/grants/teacher-resources/

 

State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE)

Provides downloadable Excel documents containing lists of available workshops, projects, lesson plans, and prompts for engaging in arts-related instruction and activities categorized by arts genre. 

https://www.seadae.org/arts-instructional-resources

 

OTHER ARTS AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

 

123 Homeschool Me

Free worksheets 1st – 8th grade

https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/

 

2Simple

Purple Mash is a website designed for children aged 3-11. It contains creative tools for coding, animation, publishing, art and also applications for math, spelling and grammar.

https://2simple.com/blog/using-purple-mash-when-school-closed/

 

All Kids Network

Free resources for parents and teachers, crafts, worksheets, coloring pages, printable mazes, dot to dot, hidden pictures and more.

https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/

 

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)

Short list of resources for individuals who wish to engage in arts education related projects and activities while at home. 

https://capechicago.org/blog/arts-resources-for-families-stuck-at-home/

 

Coloring Nature

Our coloring categories include serious science: biomes, anatomy, animals, plants and more, plus some pure whimsy – just for fun.

www.coloringnature.org/

 

Creating a Masterpiece

An award winning fine art training program for students 5 and up. First month of access to the Drawing Program is free with the code: Corona2020

creatingamasterpiece.com/product/drawing-program-2/

 

Black Box Education

Digital and interactive resources for drama, dance and theatre. 6 free resource packs for digital, online schooling.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jnDsvkKgLBAYSLJO7KrioOKpZj34JesJqneFrypGKo0/edit

 

Brave Writer

Free resources, ready-made lesson plans, master classes. Some resources are free due to pandemic.

https://blog.bravewriter.com/2020/03/13/needing-support-due-to-covid-19/

 

Busy Kids Do Piano

Free month of lessons with coupon code PIANOATHOM

https://busykidsdopiano.com/membership

 

Duolingo

Learning with Duolingo is fun and addictive. Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock and level up. Always free (paid options, but base content always free)

https://www.duolingo.com/

 

English52

Free English course. Learn English online – at your own pace, in your own place, with fun and exciting E52! Quickly go from beginner to advanced, with your free video lessons and activities.

www.english52.com

 

ESL Library

We are offering Plus subscriptions to all Standard users, and our printable lessons on Pandemics and The Coronavirus are also currently free for non-members.

https://esllibrary.com/blog/coronavirus-support

 

FabuLingua

FabuLingua teaches Spanish through interactive stories on mobile phones and tablets. FabuLingua is suspending their subscription services and providing their entire platform for free to all families and schools while schools are closed. Simply download it from the App Store or Google play.

www.fabulingua.com

 

Felt With Love Designs

Lots of free sewing patterns and tips to learn to sew!

https://www.feltwithlovedesigns.com/category/free-patterns/

 

GoNoodle

GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free for school and home use.

https://family.gonoodle.com/

 

Heifer International

FREE resources (downloadable books, mazes, word searches, and more) from Heifer International’s school programs — with topics in social studies (geography, economics), science, language arts.

https://www.heifer.org/what-you-can-do/get-involved/schools/home-school-activities.html

 

HippoCampus

Explore over 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas. You can create a free account and create customized playlists too.Always free

www.hippocampus.org

 

Imagine Children’s Museum

Today I am passing along our YouTube channel if interested, we are adding educational and FUN videos daily! FREE educational videos

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSuuvrwdWSxSkSLN8X6bfiA

 

Joy Sun Bear

Joy Sun Bear promotes learning about the world’s diverse cultures through free stories, crafts, recipes, coloring and activity sheets, games and more! Our goal is to empower, encourage and educate children to be positive global citizens. Free stories, crafts, recipes, color and activity sheets, games, videos, reading comprehension and creative activities.

www.joysunbear.com

 

K12MovieGuides

A list of free movie guides for students of varying ages and abilities

https://k12movieguides.com/2020/03/15/school-closure-due-to-corona-virus-covid-19-free-resources/

 

Khan Academy Kids

Khan Academy Kids is a free, award-winning online education program for children ages 2 – 7. Our mobile app was designed by child development experts at Stanford University and engages kids in core subjects like early literacy, reading, writing, language, and math, while encouraging creativity and building social-emotional skills. It is age-appropriate, personalized based on where your child is at, and engaging. Always free, no ads, no subscriptions, with an offline version available for when internet access is difficult.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/khan-academy-kids/id137846721

 

PBS

As part of the public media mission to ensure all kids, regardless of their capabilities have access to continued free educational resources at home, PBS SoCal | KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning.

https://www.kcet.org/at-home-learning

 

School Band and Orchestra

Short article describing how to use the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic within the context of social emotional learning for reflection and growth. Specifically catered towards music education but may be appropriated into any arts education platform.

https://sbomagazine.com/6934-optimism-through-the-covid-19-disruption-utilizing-social-emotional-learning-for-reflection-and-growth.html#disqus_thread

 

TinkerLab

Arts projects and workshops catered towards younger audiences that are fun and provoke critical thinking and engagement educators can utilize for facilitating their own workshops. 

https://tinkerlab.com/

 

University of Pittsburgh – Pittwire

Useful article by the University of Pittsburgh that goes into depth about how arts educators can cope and/or understand new transitions into teaching remotely such as lab and studio class adaptations, accessibility to technologies, and managing lesson planning.

https://www.pittwire.pitt.edu/news/expert-offers-tips-teaching-online

 

 

INFORMATION AND RESEARCH RESOURCES

California Department of Education

An extensive guide, directly facilitated by the California Department of Education, on how to establish and transition to a distance learning format of education.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/appendix2.asp

 

CommonLit

CommonLit is a nonprofit edtech company with an online library of over 1,500 authentic reading passages, text sets, units, and digital learning tools.

https://www.commonlit.org/

 

Fractured Atlas

Blog post providing information and guidance for educators in successfully and confidently transitioning from an in-person classroom setting to a virtual classroom setting in a short amount of time.

https://blog.fracturedatlas.org/expedited-transition-virtual-workplace

 

Hanover Research

An extremely detailed and useful research report covering a larger spectrum of distance learning including tools, best practices, student satisfaction, funding, and much more.

https://www.imperial.edu/ivc/files/Distance_Education_Models_and_Best_Practices.pdf

 

International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD)

Provides useful articles and readings for teaching strategies and pedagogy adaptations coinciding with virtual and/or remote learning environments.

https://www.icfad.org/covid-19

 

Manula – Rachael Juliano

A manual for designing a classroom or pedagogical practice that emphasizes utilizing instructional design models and how they can be applied through a remote-learning context.

https://www.manula.com/manuals/rachael-juliano/best-practices-guide-to-converting-face-to-face-courses-to-a-distance-learning-format/1/en/topic/introduction

 

National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS)

A brief and easy how-to for setting up temporary distance learning at institutions.

https://www.nais.org/articles/pages/tips-for-setting-up-temporary-distance-learning-at-your-school/

 

Ohio State University – College of Arts and Sciences

Provides a comparative syllabus model that implicates additive or subtractive aspects for transitioning to distance-learning.

https://asctech.osu.edu/sites/asctech.osu.edu/files/Recommended_Syllabus_Elements.pdf

 

Teaching Artists Guild (TAG)

Provides extensive resources to teaching artists by teaching artists for managing new and developing conditions caused by the COIVD-19 pandemic throughout a multitude of spectrums.

https://teachingartistsguild.org/

 

UCLA – Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences

Offers a critical guide to designing a successful learning environment and includes a multitude of subsections that can be explored as reference for developing a distance learning classroom. 

https://ceils.ucla.edu/resources/teaching-guides/

 

UCLA – Extension

Descriptive syllabus model for a remote-learning classroom.

https://unexonline.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360003002592-Building-your-Syllabus

 

 

USEFUL APPS, PROGRAMS, AND TOOLS

Adobe Lightroom

A popular photo editing and retouching software now available for free.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/adobe-lightroom-cc/id878783582

 

Bomomo

Interactive website/canvas utilizing line, shapes, and time for making artworks.

http://bomomo.com/

 

ClassDojo

A free interactive community communication platform for connecting the classroom, students, and educators.

https://www.classdojo.com/

 

Chrome Music Lab

Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

 

Edmodo

An application that makes distance learning and managing distance learning easy and accessible. Connects the classroom in manageable ways. The site also includes a Distance Learning Toolkit designed specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://new.edmodo.com/?go2url=%2Fhome

 

Educreations

Designed for educators utilizing on-the-go methods of virtual lessons by recording screen actions and movements of the device using the program. Educreations is currently offering free Pro Upgrades for teacher accounts.

https://www.educreations.com/

 

Google Duo/Skype/Facetime 

For artists who just want to stay connected, see a familiar face, or casually show what you’re up to in your studio, these are all great (and free!) options for video chat on your smartphone or computer.

 

Google Hangouts Meet

Easy-to-join video calls, you can meet face to face while still adhering to the social distancing guidelines. Meet is fully integrated with G Suite, so you can join meetings directly from a calendar event or email invite.

https://gsuite.google.com/products/meet/

 

Live Streaming

Live streaming is the best way to interact with students, artists, and any other art interested individuals in real time. Host a workshop, demo a new skill, host a giveaway, field their burning questions about your art—and most importantly begin to develop and stay connected with your audience. Some free live streaming platforms to consider include: Youtube Live, Twitch.tv, Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Periscope, and LinkedIn Live to name a few.

 

Live Streaming Broadcasting Software

For a more in depth customization of your dedicated live stream, utilize free broadcasting software for your live streams. Some free broadcasting softwares to consider include: OBS Studio, Streamlabs, and XSplit.

 

Live Streaming How-To and Tips and Tricks

For in depth and general understanding of how to live stream check out these links: BoxCast, Resident Advisor, UScreen, and Epiphan.

 

Loom

With Loom, you can capture your screen, voice, and face and instantly share your video in less time than it would take to type an email. COVID-19 Response: Cutting prices, removing limits, FREE for education.

https://www.loom.com/

 

Screencastify

Great screen recording tool for educators that gives you access to easy recording, editing, and sharing of videos. This program is perfect for pre-recorded lectures, demos, and workshop tutorials.

https://www.screencastify.com/

 

Seesaw

Create activities and lessons to share with students.

https://web.seesaw.me/

 

Snapseed

A free in depth photo editing application holding capabilities similar to popular programs like Photoshop.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/snapseed/id439438619

 

Weavesilk

Interactive website and app that allows individuals to generate virtual abstract artworks.

http://weavesilk.com/

 

Zoom

For art organizations or art teachers that don’t want meetings or classes to go on hold for weeks, Zoom’s video conferencing (perfect for small or large groups) still lets you get creative! The free plan can host up to 100 participants for 40 minutes.

https://zoom.us/ent?zcid=3172

 



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