Chad Everett Harris on Resources Available for Online Education During COVID-19

As the world navigates through these unprecedented times, daily life has come to a screeching halt. With many adults facing quarantine, students are in a similar situation with schools being closed in almost all states. Up to 50 million students in the U.S. and over 1 billion students worldwide are at home indefinitely with no access to traditional education says Chad Everett Harris. As an entrepreneur currently residing in New Orleans, Louisiana, he is seeing firsthand the devastating rise in cases in his city and understands the need for immediate closures. Since the announcements, multiple sites and resources have announced their contributions to education by announcing free resources for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Scholastic

Scholastic was one of the very first companies to make an announcement and roll out online learning tools for students while at home. Known for their publishing and book fairs, they have put together a 21-day schedule that encompasses science, social science, and mathematics, for those in Kindergarten up to Grade 9 says Chad Everett Harris. They have broken down their schedule into 3-hour days, providing reading material, videos, and activities that help students engage in education in a fun and informative manner. Families and students can take things at their own pace, either keeping up with a school format by completing tasks all at once or spreading them throughout the day.

Pearson

Pearson, another publishing service involved in education, has set up a section dedicated to working and learning online during a pandemic For students from K-12, they have provided resources to online virtual classes, and in Canada provide open access to some of their resources such as Mathology Little Books.

Khan Academy

The Khan Academy is known for always having provided free online education to students and parents around the world, and during this time, they have put together daily educational schedules. Within each lesson, students can find links to subject matter relevant to their grade level and can undertake various learning objectives. Khan Academy provides both an online learning resource and a practice component where they can apply these skills. They also provide “mastery points” to help students and families track their progress explains Chad Everett Harris. The Academy has also set up Khan Academy Kids, providing similar resources for children ages 2–5, available in-app form to help keep children engaged and educated.

National Geographic

National Geographic is helping to provide resources and learning material to families, students, and educators across areas that have been affected by school closures. With their myNGconnect, students from Grade 1 to 5 can access reading material on subjects such as science, world history, world cultures, and geography, and work through the provided assignments. National Geographic has also set up an online platform for AP-level practice examinations, providing Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages exams with answer keys.

E-Learning

Many states, counties, and education boards have put together online E-Learning websites and modules to help students stay educated while at home, says Chad Everett Harris. Although material varies depending on the school board, these resources are tailored to students as it allows direct access from their teachers and educators. E-Learning provides material that follows State Education standards, enabling students to take part in school, while in quarantine. With the uncertainty of when students will be back in the classroom, this form of remote education will help students stay on track and hopefully prevent an entire year from being lost for millions of students across the nation.

Britannica

Britannica, traditionally known for its encyclopedias, has set up Britannica Digital Learning, and is helping to ensure that virtual learning is provided to schools across the country, and around world. School districts can connect directly with Britannica for access to their LaunchPacks in Social Studies and Science. These are provided to students free of charge and help support virtual learning and remote assessments for students from K-12 says Chad Everett Harris.

Advantages of this system is that the content is curriculum appropriate, allows for independent study with support when needed, and helps provide translations for non-English speaking parents and families. Educators are also able to assign lessons to students through LaunchPacks and view their progress in real-time.

Online Museums

One non-traditional resource available to students at home is visiting virtual museums around the world. Museums such at The Louvre, the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Van Gogh Museum, and the Smithsonian National Museum of National History are all available online for virtual tours. Students can learn and engage in a fun way, helping them stay entertained while learning at the same time.

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