TechCrunch: Wide Open School organizes free educational resources to help parents and teachers homeschool

TechCrunch: Wide Open School organizes free educational resources to help parents and teachers homeschool. “Nearly 300 million kids are missing school worldwide because of the coronavirus outbreak, including some 54 million in the U.S. alone. That’s left parents scrambling for resources to help continue their children’s education, often while also working from home themselves — an almost insurmountable challenge. Today, the nonprofit media organization Common Sense is launching a site to help parents.”

Coronavirus outbreak: Teddy bear hunt helps distract kids under lockdown (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus outbreak: Teddy bear hunt helps distract kids under lockdown. “A mass teddy bear hunt is under way around the world to help distract the millions of children locked down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Stuffed toys are being placed in windows to give children a fun and safe activity while walking around their neighbourhood with parents.”

WCYB: Dolly Parton will read children’s books at bedtime on social media

WCYB: Dolly Parton will read children’s books at bedtime on social media. “Beginning on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m., Dolly Parton will be reading a children’s book for bedtime in a series entitled ‘Goodnight with Dolly.’ Dolly will welcome the viewers and introduces the title, author and illustrator. She will be reading it on her social channels.”

Chicago Tribune: Bored and on a budget? Here’s how to read for free while social distancing

Chicago Tribune: Bored and on a budget? Here’s how to read for free while social distancing. “In the past week, publishers and audio entertainment companies have offered a deluge of free e-books and audiobooks to keep readers of all ages engaged while they’re hunkered down at home. Parents, teachers and kids can choose from electronic editions of beloved stories such as Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein,’ Ann McGovern’s ‘Stone Soup,’ Jack London’s ‘The Call of the Wild’ and Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre.'”

KTVL: My NeighbOR initiative helps over 200 foster families during COVID-19

KTVL: My NeighbOR initiative helps over 200 foster families during COVID-19. “According to Lynette Hasse, Every Child Director of Jackson County, ‘As of Friday, there have been 650 Oregonians that have stepped up to say they would like to help the foster care crisis and 207 foster families have stepped up to say “we need help.”‘ My NeighbOR was created to help foster children and foster families during the COVID-19 spread throughout Oregon.”

Carol Voderman’s The Maths Factor: What you need to know about new educational website (Glasgow Times)

Glasgow Times: Carol Voderman’s The Maths Factor: What you need to know about new educational website. “The Maths Factor site is designed to help teach maths skills through a variety of resources, with Vorderman featured in a number of educational videos, and has now been made available for free after schools were forced to shut their doors. The website is normally subscription based, costing users £2 per week to access content, but is currently available to use free of charge during the school closure period.”

NTV: UNL launches educational program that helps families from home

NTV: UNL launches educational program that helps families from home. “In a world where schools and families with young children continue to adapt to staying at home, more help is always needed. Inspired by Fred Rogers and the ‘Mister Rogers Neighborhood’ TV show, educators at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln launched “A Beautiful Day” — a new website that helps teachers, children, and families from home during this challenging time.”