Learning Keeps Going: This new site includes free tools, tips, and best practices for distance learning. Understood is proud to be part of this coalition effort brought together by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
Students who have trouble with reading may have an especially tough time adjusting to new tools and platforms for distance learning. These reading resources are free while schools are closed:
Bookshare: Have dyslexia? Students with a qualifying reading barrier can get free access to over 800,000 e-books in easy-to-read formats like audio and “karaoke-style” text highlighting.
Scholastic Learn at Home: This free resource hub includes daily projects for kids and access to Scholastic’s ScienceFlix and TrueFlix libraries, which have read-aloud features.
BeeLine Reader: Use this color gradient on web pages and Google Docs to guide your eyes from one line of text to the next. Educators can
sign up students for free access through September 1. Families can
sign up kids for free access through May 1.
Celebrate Small Successes
It’s not easy learning how to do things like stick to a new schedule or log on to a new tool. Make an “accomplishment box” to help kids and adults see these accomplishments—and watch them grow.