Free Technology-Focused Learning Opportunities and Resources During School Closures
Don’t let your tech-loving student lose their drive to learn during school closures. Below is a list of free, technology-focused learning opportunities for students of all ages.
BlocksCAD builds math and computer science skills by using a specialized 3D CAD (computer-aided drafting) software. A block-based coding platform allows students to create and manipulate 3D objects while using geometry and computational thinking skills.
CompuScholar publishes online computer science and digital literacy courses aligned to state standards.
Students can learn Java, C#, Python, HTML and more through a comprehensive online learning platform.
Create & Learn
Create & Learn is a Silicon Valley-based company focusing on online computer science education. Our professionally trained instructors teach live classes using video conferencing on a wide range of topics such as coding (Scratch, Minecraft modding, Python), robotics, and AI. All curriculum was created by Stanford, Harvard graduates, and former tech leaders from Google, with collaborations with experts in top tech companies.
EduCode™ makes coding and computer science education accessible for kids of all learning styles and backgrounds, on a large scale, without the need for guidance from a teacher. Self-directed courses empower kids to learn coding independently. EduCode’s key difference resides in our video micro-lessons, which break down complex computer science concepts into fun and engaging exercises. Rich storylines provide context and motivation throughout the learning journey.
GameSalad teaches STEM and STEAM with a game design focus. Students learn programming concepts and computer science through project-based lessons, building their own video games on a syntax-free visual programming interface. Detailed instructions for students and full lesson plans for teachers make a great introduction to coding for 5th grade through post-secondary. The web-based interface is set up for either self-paced or teacher-led instruction.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
Makers Empire is an Australian EdTech Company helping K-8 educators harness the power of 3D technology to teach STEM, Design Thinking and Project-Based Learning. Makers Empire makes the world’s easiest to use 3D design software, Makers Empire 3D, which is the cornerstone of our solutions for elementary, primary and middle schools.
Mouse Open Projects
Creative STEM, CS and technology activities for students in grades 5-12 learning from home. Free, no account required.
MIT Edgerton Center – Instructables Page
These lessons are great ways for kids in grades 3 -8 to be introduced to and practice 3D modeling, coding, and hand fabrication. All projects have opportunities to learn skills and customize the final product. The Edgerton Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a home for experiential learning for students of all ages. We support the MIT community, K-12 schools, and STEAM education organizations seeking to learn by doing and have fun along the way.
Python with Penjee
Teach kids python. Penjee was made to help kids transition from block coding to their first programming language-Python. It offers virtual classroom so teachers follow student progress and provide feedback along the way. Free through July 2020.