May 1, 2020

Digital E-learning Resources

On April 13th Chicago Public Schools began E-Learning for students. As we're all adapting to this new norm, 826CHI recognizes that school closures have drastically transformed daily life for many of our community members. In an effort to support our many community members who are at home with young people, we’ve compiled our favorite resources and services that will help parents and caretakers engage students in remote learning.

826 Digital | Sparks Archive

For grades 1-12: Straight from the source! The 826Digital Sparks archive has 39 writing prompts to spark your student’s creative brain. Send us your favorite writing inspired by 826 Digital prompts at info@826chi.org or tag @826CHI on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

Big Universe: K12 Digital Literacy Solution

For grades K-12: This digital reading platform for students in grades K–12 takes reading to new heights. Students can access more than 17,000 leveled eBooks from more than 40 publishers covering a wide variety of topics from science and math to social studies, language arts, and more.

Coursera Together: Free Online Learning During COVID-19

Free online courses from fashion to cooking to mental health (structured just like online college course)

National Geographic: Explorer Classroom

For grades K-12: Providing Explorer Classroom every weekday at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Explorer Classroom’s live video events connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life.

Arizona State University: Virtual Field Trips

Free virtual field trips all around the world with 360 views (I liked the Red Rocks one)

DIY MFA: Writer Igniter

For grades 9-12: Get a randomly generated writing prompt!

College Board AP

For grades 9-12: For High school students taking AP exams, College Board is offering free remote exam prep from their website and YouTube Channel.

Common Sense Media | Free Online Events and Activities for Kids at Home

For grades K-8:  A crowdsourced list of virtual entertainment for the family, offering free lessons, tours, and concerts that you can check out from the safety of your home.

IXL Math

For grade K-12: IXL Math helps students master essential skills at their own pace through fun and interactive questions, built-in support, and motivating awards.  

E-Learning for Kids

For grades K-6: Free high-quality digital primary education, based on grade level curriculum goals, for children around the world.


For grades PreK-6: ABCya provides 400 fun and educational games. Their activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun. Games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. 

PreK-12 Comprehensive Resource Kit

For grades Prek–12: Comprehensive educational resource packets for families. These packets include a range of activities that students can work on at home independently, with family members, or with other adults.

National Geographic Kids

For grades K-8: Find amazing facts about animals, science, history, and geography, along with fun competitions games, and more!

Teaching Remotely for Grades K - 12 | Free Resources and Strategies

For grades K-12: Scholastic is providing free cross-curricular learning journeys for elementary and middle school students. From fruit and veggie vocabulary to an exercise about the K-Pop boom, professionals have collected resources to support students and their families and make sure that school from home can still foster creativity and wonder. MI Teacher Lit News has also shared Online Educational Resources for Grades K-12, including a sample daily schedule for students learning remotely!

How Parents Can Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) in Quarantine

For grades K-12. This article from The Atlantic features suggestions on turning your home into a classroom from Michelle Martin, a professor at the University of Washington’s Information School and the founder of a youth literacy program, and Allyssa McCabe, a psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell who specializes in youth language development.

Make Beliefs Comix

For grades K-8: A fun classroom resource to teach students about the news. Students can create their own comics, greeting cards, and read free e-books!

Myer Briggs: Virtual Advising

For grades K-12: platform helps students envision their future possibilities and connect to post-secondary education and the world of work based on their unique strengths, interests, and values—with unlimited, lifetime access.

Amazon: Future Engineer

For grades 2-12: Free computer science/robotics courses for grades 2-12


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