FINAL UPDATE MARCH 19th 2020: obviously this is a pretty mammoth task now that more US and UK organisations have got involved (and the increase in HEIs closing). Overall, I would recommend looking at what you are due to cover from a learning perspective and working out best approaches from there. Obviously tools should come after topics/tasks/outcomes. Here’s hoping that the digital learning world gets some credit out of this and continues to evolve.
I could not find a definitive listing of these so below is my attempt. The primary source is an uber list being compiled by a Facebook group here but obviously not everyone wants to be on Facebook nor are Facebook groups very easy to find or moderate.
Yes, I know this would be better as a shared Google Doc, Google Sheet or Wiki but I was trying to avoid false advertising from opening up the editing to those pushing products.
Note these are where there there seem to be clear attempts at offering longer free trials than normal or specific, short term, free upgrades/accounts. This goes over and above ‘always free’ tools such as ft.com (via their schools programme) and YouTube (free to all). I will try to add to this over time:
- Kahoot – quizzing, games, etc.
- Century tech – one of the emergent AI assessment platforms that could break down the time spent on marking for teachers
- Google Hangouts/Google Education – largely irrelevant for Microsoft shops but I guess they are hoping to convert some work from homers
- Discovery Education – free access (for US schools) to the Discovery resource libraries
- Quizlet seems to have a 30 day trial for teachers, I think this is longer than normal (although the URL says it is the Black Friday deal) – quizzes and flashcards but the teacher version offers tracking of student progress and other tools
- Britannica School free during Covid closures – the long standing Britannica brand now in the form of eLearning resources around encyclopedia content
- Nearpod are offering additional support (webinars and staff development) as well as access changes (to get a trial you have to fill in what seems like a rather excessively long form)
- Twinkl Resources are apparently free if you contact them to upgrade existing accounts
- Minecraft EDU – extended access during Covid
- InThinking Distance Learning – resources for various subjects
- Gizmos simulations – 60 day free trials
- Bookcreator – upgrade to collaboration level use of the iPad tool
- BrainPOP – free access to their animated movies, assessment resources and creative tools
- Buncee – not familiar with this tool: seems to be a learning management system with some synchronous learning components
- Classwork Zoom – GoogleClassroom plugin (for student progress tracking)
- Education Perfect – lots of resources for K-12 subjects, currently available for free till May 1st. Powerful looking assessment engine, including proctored assessments.
- Elementari – “write and code interactive stories” (I might have to have a play with this one!
- Kami – “Kami is the leading PDF & document annotation app for schools”
- Lalilo – Phonics platform for early years
- Mangahigh – slightly confusingly (given the name) a maths platform with lots of resource based learning
- Mystery Doug – K-5 science video platform free till June 1st
- Parlay – discussion and chat tool, free till April 30th
- PearDeck – formative assessment including MCQ, etc.
- Sutori – social science content, history examples on home page
- Tynker – coding platform with free trial, current 30% off beyond
- WeVideo – online video editor
- Zoom – amendments to the always free version (some geographies only?)
- Pearson qualification schools have access to (60 day trial) resources here
Have I missed something? Send me a tweet.
Note this excludes eBook platforms as they often tweak their “free” models between educator, parent and other uses – such as Epic!, Story Time from Space and Storyline Online.
Not technically the kind of list I was trying to create but an interesting one has also been setup over on this page: https://covid19edresources.glideapp.io/
Another big list over here on Wakelet: https://wakelet.com/wake/ebca9f61-b708-4674-b1f8-f684df739cf9
Master tools list from the Facebook group here (more of what I thought I had originally missed):