Resources for Students at Home

This spring, many schools have shut down because of the spread of COVID-19.  Whether you’re continuing to teach remotely or are simply giving your students assignments so they can learn on their own, here are a few resources we’d like to recommend.

Please note that these are honest recommendations; we are not sponsored by any of these companies.

Kahoot!

Kahoot! is an online service in which you can create (or find already-created) different types of quizzes and other activities, then present them to your class in a game format.  We’ve found that with its fun interface and friendly competition, students enjoy these learning or review sessions!  You can get students to log on with their smartphones or computers to play a game all together, or send these quizzes as assignments for students to complete in their own time.

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Audible

We at Insights love books.  People learn so much through reading, and it’s particularly helpful for foreign language learners.  Listening is just as beneficial, and right now Audible has free audio books available for kids!  Browse their selection to make a list of recommendations for your students (whether they’re educational non-fiction topics or delightful stories), and encourage them to find titles that appeal to them.

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Quill

With Quill, students learn more about grammar and constructing sentences, practice writing, and receive instant feedback.  Teachers can receive reports on their students’ performances and take part in the lesson management.  Right now, Quill is offering free premium access to their remote learning platform.

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Classcraft

Classcraft is both a video game and a learning management system.  In the ongoing game, students create characters and go on quests, and along the way they have a number of educational challenges to face.  Meanwhile, teachers can specify rules, track progress, foster community, offer incentives, and more.

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YouTube Channels

Here are a few channels we recommend that do an excellent job of presenting topics in fascinating ways and across many different subjects.  Get your students to view particular videos if you have a CLIL curriculum, or encourage them to find topics that they’d find interesting, like “Why Do We Laugh?” or “Why a cat always lands on its feet.”  Some of these are great for both adults and kids.

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