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Engaging Learning Through Disruptions

ILA Staff
 | Mar 16, 2020

Girl sitting on bed on computerTo slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), hundreds of K–12 school districts across the United States are closing for anywhere between two weeks and two months (or longer). This comes on the heels of similar closures of higher education institutions, many of which opted for early spring breaks and transitioning to online learning to finish out the semester.

The problem? Not all schools are equipped for distance learning.

This extends beyond the availability of devices and into communities where internet access isn’t guaranteed. Students who in the past have relied on the free Wi-Fi many public libraries offer may soon lose that resource, as more and more libraries temporarily halt operations.

Some challenges are addressed more easily than others; the Comcast Corporation, for example, is offering free Wi-Fi for low-income residents with increased speeds and removing restrictions on data plans temporarily. But that doesn’t lessen the burden for educators who have limited or no experience in teaching remotely.

In response, there’s been an outpouring of support from companies, organizations, and individual educators. Below you’ll find a list of resources now available to teachers, students, and their families and caregivers. We will update the list as more resources become available, so check back frequently. Help us grow the list by sharing new resources with us on Twitter, Facebook, or by email.

Resources from ILA

From the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and The Reading Teacher

These resources are always available online to subscribers; however, we’ve made them open access to all educators during these school closures.

From ILA E-ssentials

We have also made these members-only resources open access to all educators during the school closures:

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Additional resources

Resources for educators

Resources for families and caregivers

  • Free internet access—For those families and caregivers with no internet at home, this deal for two months of free access from Comcast can help students remain connected to educational materials during school closures.
  • Amazing Educational Resources—We mentioned this one under already as a resource for educators, but there are quite a few resources on this list that would be great for families and caregivers, like 123 Homeschool for ME, Age of Learning, Beanstalk, and Everydae SAT Prep.
  • Little Free Library—School closures disrupt students’ access to books. If you can’t get to a local public library, maybe you have a Little Free Library nearby.
  • This Facebook post has more links to kid-friendly resources than we had time to count.
  • Virtual Field Trips—This Google doc contains links to more than 30 virtual field trips to help keep students engaged with learning while away from school.
  • Virtual Museum Tours—Google Arts and Culture teamed up with museums from around the globe to offer ways to explore their exhibits virtually.
  • The Barbara Bush foundation has released a new toolkit for at-home learning, which features free online resources for young learners and adult learners alike.

Remote learning for educators

  • Starting on Monday, March 16, 3:00­–3:30 p.m. ET, Kylene Beers is running Facebook Live events each day for at least a week or two. Each day will include a special guest speaker. Connect with Kylene on Facebook for more details.

Coronavirus information

  • Children and Coronavirus: 4 Questions Answered”—With the incidence of the coronavirus on the rise, understanding the ramifications this virus has for educators' students is important.
  • nCoV2019.live—Want to keep up to date with the latest data about the coronavirus? Look no further than this site, created by a high school junior in Washington State.
  • The New York Times is providing free access to articles containing the most important news and guidelines about the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Washington Post has a created a free email newsletter that sends subscribers a compiled list of all breaking news stories about the coronavirus outbreak.

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