New York Times: In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both.

New York Times: In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both.. “Let me say the quiet part loud: In the Covid-19 economy, you’re allowed only a kid or a job. Why isn’t anyone talking about this? Why are we not hearing a primal scream so deafening that no plodding policy can be implemented without addressing the people buried by it? Why am I, a food blogger best known for such hits as the All-Butter Really Flaky Pie Dough and The ‘I Want Chocolate Cake’ Cake, sounding the alarm on this? I think it’s because when you’re home schooling all day, and not performing the work you were hired to do until the wee hours of the morning, and do it on repeat for 106 days (not that anyone is counting), you might be a bit too fried to funnel your rage effectively.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Homeschooling Websites to Teach and Educate Children at Home

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Homeschooling Websites to Teach and Educate Children at Home. “With the internet, education comes to your home as you can teach kids through online classes. Where do you start? Try these best free websites and apps for homeschooling children. If homeschooling is a permanent plan for you, you’ll likely want to spend on premium apps and websites that offer robust packages. But if you are temporarily homeschooling or trying it out for the first time, the internet makes it easy to do it for free.”

TechRadar: Google launches a new Read Along app to help you with homeschooling

TechRadar: Google launches a new Read Along app to help you with homeschooling. “If you’re stuck at home trying to keep the kids entertained and educated, you’ve now got one more online resource to draw on – Google just launched a Read Along app for Android that helps kids over five with their reading. The app has previously been launched in India under the name Bolo, but is now available much more widely, across 180 countries and in nine languages.”

Remote Learning 101: Resources for Parents to Use While Homeschooling (Hoboken Girl)

Hoboken Girl: Remote Learning 101: Resources for Parents to Use While Homeschooling. “In what seems to have been an overnight shift, schools across the country were forced to close, turning dining room tables into desks and parents into teachers. And while that was no easy feat, parents and caregivers have fearlessly taken on this incredible task. Luckily, there is a never-ending supply of resources out there to help keep children occupied during these times inside {and hopefully provide some peace and quiet for parents}. We’ve rounded up a list of activities + resources for kids to engage in + utilize while staying home. Most of these resources are free, however, in the few activities that are paid subscriptions {like IXL} check with your school district to see if they already have a paid subscription to help save a few bucks.” Nice roundup, decent annotation.

The Southern Illinoisian: Illinois releases tool aimed at connecting students to internet

The Southern Illinoisian: Illinois releases tool aimed at connecting students to internet. “As students across Illinois get accustomed to remote learning, state agencies have released a new tool aimed at connecting those who need internet to drive-up Wi-Fi hotspots. The interactive map is searchable by ZIP code and municipality, and the hotspots contain information as to how internet service can be accessed. As of April 15, the map had 200 hotspots aimed at allowing students and parents or guardians to continue social distancing by remaining in their cars while using the internet.”

Digital Trends: Need online lessons for your kid? This site lets them Skype with a scientist

Digital Trends: Need online lessons for your kid? This site lets them Skype with a scientist. “Interested in ichthyology or curious about crustaceans? Skype a Scientist lets you bring experts into your home (virtually) to answer all your questions — for free. Dr. Sarah McAnulty is a squid biologist and executive director of Skype a Scientist. She started the program in 2017 as a way to connect classrooms with scientists, but with everyone now at home due to the coronavirus, it’s been expanded to allow families to chat with experts as well.”

T74: From Coding and Origami for Robots to Electrical Circuits and Animation, 9 Online Sources that Bring Hands-On Technical Learning Home

T74: From Coding and Origami for Robots to Electrical Circuits and Animation, 9 Online Sources that Bring Hands-On Technical Learning Home. “There’s a YouTube crash course on how to build bots for WhatsApp messaging, and entire websites devoted to student coding, and from learning about how origami can make a difference when building robots to helping kids craft animations. Here’s a list of suggested starting points, all meant to give a glimpse of what is available while showing a depth of variety.”

North Carolina State University: Free Math Mapper Tool Helps Parents, Teachers Advance Mathematical Learning for Middle Grades Students at Home During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

North Carolina State University: Free Math Mapper Tool Helps Parents, Teachers Advance Mathematical Learning for Middle Grades Students at Home During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic . “As schools in North Carolina have moved toward remote learning to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Jere Confrey, Ph.D., Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor of mathematics education at the NC State College of Education, and the Scaling Up Digital Design Studies (SUDDS) team are offering an online mathematics diagnostic tool for free to the public. The Math Mapper tool offers free diagnostic practice problems and assessments designed to evaluate middle school students’ mathematical progress on learning trajectories to determine what students know and what they still need to learn.”

Penobscot Bay Pilot: New website launched supporting teachers, families in community-based learning

Penobscot Bay Pilot: New website launched supporting teachers, families in community-based learning. “Rural Aspirations, in collaboration with many other cross-sector organizations, has developed a tool for teachers and families to support and highlight community-based learning opportunities in Maine.”

University of Arkansas: Webinar Series to Give Caregivers Tips for Teaching Children With Disabilities During Pandemic

University of Arkansas: Webinar Series to Give Caregivers Tips for Teaching Children With Disabilities During Pandemic. “University of Arkansas professor Peggy Schaefer-Whitby has teamed up with the state’s Center for Exceptional Families to support caregivers who are educating children with disabilities at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly a dozen special education experts across Arkansas — and two other states — have created a three-part webinar series to assist parents who may be struggling.”

EdSource: New website offers tips for teachers about virtual special education

EdSource: New website offers tips for teachers about virtual special education. “To help teachers better serve special education students during the school closures, a coalition of more than 30 disability and education groups has created a digital one-stop shop of teaching resources.”

Homeschool Help: New Online Program Gives Parents Free Daily Lesson Plans, Advice (Texas Scorecard)

Texas Scorecard: Homeschool Help: New Online Program Gives Parents Free Daily Lesson Plans, Advice. “During the coronavirus outbreak, countless new families are suddenly grappling with having to figure out school at home—and the Texas Home School Coalition has come to the rescue.”

SC Now: South Carolina Department of Education creates online resource website

SC Now: South Carolina Department of Education creates online resource website. “The website provides teachers with remote instruction information, website resources and learning resources that are broken down for elementary, middle and high school students. The website provides parents and students with instructional resources.”

Updated: Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak (T.H.E. Journal)

T.H.E. Journal: Updated: Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak. ” In many cases, the companies are making their paid services free through the rest of the school year; in other cases, they’re lifting limits to services and/or adding premium features to what’s free. The following list will be updated regularly as announcements are made.” This list was originally published March 13 and updated April 8.

CNET: K-12 online classes and activities to continue education at home during coronavirus

CNET: K-12 online classes and activities to continue education at home during coronavirus. “Here are several free or discounted online learning resources for pre-K-12 students to complete from home to keep up the learning (and to save you from yet another viewing of Frozen 2 on Disney Plus). If you’re looking for even more, this post also has an extensive list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.”