Written by Sarah Kemeness, Head of Upper Campus at PBDA
Ever since news broke about possible school closures, educational companies have been firing on all cylinder to push out resources for distance learning. Using Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, educators are sharing their best practices. Our private school neighbors in South Florida and across the country have shared daily schedules, grading policies, virtual graduation ideas and ideas to keep students engaged and challenged online.
In that vein, I wanted to share with you a few sites that you, as parents, may find helpful. Are you at a loss for family movie titles? Are you running out of creative ways to spend a few downtime hours? Or maybe you simply want to better understand the signs of increased anxiety and stress in a student working online.
No matter your motivation, keep reading for a list of my top 3 favorite online resources:
1. CommonSense Media
CommonSense is filled with resources for both parents and educators, providing topics ranging from movie and book reviews broken down by age to best math apps, games and websites for kids. CommonSense was first introduced to me at Harvard University’s Project Zero, a summer institute for educators. If you’re not sure where to start, I recommend creating a free account and signing up to receive their bi-weekly newsletter with suggested articles for the week. CommonSense is one of the best educational recourse on the internet.
2. TED Talk app
We all know about TED Talks, but what’s great about the TED app are the filters. Want to listen to something uplifting for 10 minutes? See something funny for 5 minutes? Be inspired for 20 minutes? No problem. With no shortage of categories to choose from and the ability to filter based on how much time you have on your hands, the TED app gives you the ability to expand your world in a matter of minutes from your phone.
3. Google Arts & Culture
Be warned! Once you start searching on Google Arts & Culture, you will look at your watch only to see you’ve been surfing this site for hours. During my first visit to the site, I quite literally traveled the world by virtually visiting the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, The Library of Trinity College Dublin, The Australian National Surfing Museum and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. For any artists out there, the site also inspires creative ways to show off your artistry.
What websites and apps have become your go-to during this time of distance learning? We’d love to hear from you and continue to add to our list. For a more extensive list of resources that PBDA has curated and compiled, please click here.