ONLINE RESOURCES

AI4ALL

AI4ALL Open Learning is a free, project-based artificial intelligence education program, facilitated by community members, that gives students the tools to solve problems they care about using AI. Their newest module provides high school teachers with a free online lesson to engage students around AI’s role in the current crisis.

Amplify

Amplify provides educators and families top-rated programs to create a series of remote learning experiences that are high-quality, easy to use at home, and totally free.

Black Rocket

Black Rocket offers cutting-edge creative technology and STEM courses for summer camps and enrichment youth programs and offers a variety of services for educators, including: universal game-based learning software, customized maker spaces, professional development, modular STEAM curricula & workshops, and 20 STEAM-centric curricula.

BrainPOP

Rigorous learning experiences made accessible and engaging for all. BrainPOP is a trusted learning resource supporting core and supplemental subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide.

Brookings Institution

Brookings Institute provides many resources on education including reports, blogs, books, webinars, and more.

California Department of Education Distance Learning

Guidance and resources for teachers and families in K–12 schools regarding high-quality distance learning, including webinars.

California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative

The California Community Colleges have developed a series of videos that address the real challenges experienced by online students while pursuing success in online classes. The site includes resources for students, educators, and low-cost and free Internet access options.

Canva

Distance education with Canva provides free creative learning tools and templates to support remote learning. Teach remotely easy with access to design tips, ideas, and online communities to help you build a creative virtual classroom.

Canvas

Canvas is a learning management platform, that provides access to course creation and importing, personalized learning with MasteryPaths, standards-based gradebooks, a quizzing platform, and more.

Code

Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. The site provides resources for students, parents, and teachers – including videos, fun tutorials, and projects!

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), provides workshops, training and webinars to help educators learn how to successfully support adult students in reaching their educational goals.

Coursera Teaching Center

Whether you’re a novice or expert in online teaching, these free resources will help you gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need.

Curriculum Associates

Printable at-home activity packs for grades K-8 from Curriculum Associates are designed to provide students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade.

Distance Learning Resources

Santa Cruz County Office of Education provides a website that is frequently updated on distance learning resources.

Edmodo

Distance learning toolkit from Edmodo, an educational technology company offering a communication, collaboration, and coaching platform to K-12 schools and teachers. The Edmodo network enables teachers to share content, distribute quizzes, assignments, and manage communication with students, colleagues, and parents.

Educators for Excellence

Educators for Excellence is a teacher-led organization that ensures teachers have a leading voice in the policies that impact their students and profession.

EverFi

Free interactive online lessons teaching real-world skills like financial education, social-emotional learning, STEM, career readiness, health & wellness, and more.

Get Focused Stay Focused!

Get Focused Stay Focused is a classroom-based, comprehensive guidance curriculum designed to increase high school and college completion AND propel successful entry into the workforce with the skills required to succeed. Career exploration training and curriculum is available online.

Golden Poppy

Golden Poppy provides free science and technology-teaching games tailored to girls.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom makes teaching more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and fostering communication. Schools and nonprofits get Classroom as a core service of G Suite for Education and G Suite for Nonprofits, which are free, learn more here.

Educators can create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Classroom also seamlessly integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive.

iCivics

iCivics works to ensure every student in America receives a quality and engaging civic education and graduates from high school well prepared and enthusiastic for citizenship. The site provides curriculum and games for teachers.

Junior Achievement Virtual Learning Experiences 

Junior Achievement NorCal provides student learning experiences. Students can participate in JA NorCal programming and earn a badge!

Jobs For the Future

Jobs For the Future (JFF) drives change in the American workforce and education systems to promote economic advancement for all.  The website provides resources, reports, and research on their work.

K-12 Online Teaching Academy

San Jose State University offers a free K-12 Online Teaching Academy to support pre-service teacher candidates and current teachers to strengthen their online teaching skills and adapt to our current circumstances.  Each of the webinar recordings below features a 1-1.5 hour presentation and conversation on a different topic with a current educator along with links to their slides and additional resources.

Kahn Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

KQED

KQED provides free media literacy teaching and learning hub for educators and students. You’ll find professional development courses, classroom resources, and unique tools that allow students to practice critical thinking, media-making, and civil discourse.

Labster

Labster gives students access to a realistic lab experience that will let them perform experiments and practice their skills in a fun and risk-free learning environment.

LinkedIn for Students

Resources to let students know the benefits of a LinkedIn profile and presence, and to help them get started. The site includes videos, handbooks, and tip sheets on creating a profile, networking, personal branding, job hunting, and more!

Loom

Loom is an effective way to provide video messages for online classrooms. Loom Pro is free teachers and students at K-12 schools, universities, or educational institutions.

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center provides educational resources for the classroom; a one-stop civic education destination. Explore the museum’s innovative, engaging lesson plans, activities, and other materials.

NASA at Home

Let NASA bring the universe to your home with e-books, virtual tours, podcasts, videos, and more!

Nepris

Nepris connects educators with a vast network of industry professionals to engage students in their learning and prepare them for their future. Professionals now have the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge with learners to inspire the next generation of the workforce.

OpenStax

OpenStax provides high-quality educational tools to give students access to the learning materials they need to succeed, at little to no cost, including free peer-reviewed and AP-aligned textbooks and lost cost learning technology.

Outschool

Outschool offers unique educational material for free! Outschool provides an incredible swath of unique courses for kids 3-18 from drawing and learning weather patterns to college prep writing and raising chickens. They also send a daily 4-minute-read newsletter with useful tips on how to deal with homeschooling.

Parent Guide to Distance Learning

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education has a Parent Guide to Distance Learning, in both English and Spanish, with guidance for parents and caregivers on how to best support their students.

PBS Education

PBS Education offers free resources for teachers including instructional resources, professional development, community connection, and innovative ideas.

Sector Snapshots

The Sector Snapshots reflects the breadth and depth of industry market intelligence, resources, and solutions  California Community Colleges State Directors and Regional Director Teams are offering colleges in these uncertain times, including interactive webinars, online instructional tools, employer insight and more.

Skills Commons

The US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program has created a free and open online library called Skills Commons, containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development. Explore free and open educational resources online.

SmashHigh

A non-profit initiative founded by a seventh-grader in Silicon-Valley, SmashHigh emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community with STEM curriculum.  Additionally, they offer in-person and virtual tutoring.

Smithsonian for Educators

The Smithsonian offers many resources to support educators, caregivers, and students in the classroom, at home, and at our museums, research centers, and zoo. This site provides informal education for students to lesson plans and professional development for teachers. A wealth of resources and digital tools support inquiry-based learning and active engagement to spark creativity and curiosity.

Springboard Collaborative

Springboard Collaborative’s teacher page features a two-week family engagement plan, complete with daily messages to parents, free virtual PDs and PLCs, weekly coaching plans, daily lessons, e-books, and virtual professional development.

STEM Activity Clearinghouse

In the STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find high quality, vetted STEM activities that are appropriate for library use. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Almost all the activities in the Clearinghouse have pictures or videos of real libraries doing these activities.

Study.com

Study.com’s collection of lessons and teaching resources to engage students with bite-sized, animated video lessons for every subject and level, from elementary through college. Their services include ready-to-use lesson plans, quizzes, and printable worksheets and allow teachers to differentiate students’ workload with custom courses, scheduling tools, transcripts, and other resources.

Teach for America

Teach For America is providing resources to support students and communities during the coronavirus outbreak, including online teaching support, curriculum and school management resources, and more.

TED-Ed

TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Their website provides a list of videos and lessons for at-home learning.

The Learning Network

The Learning Network site is dedicated to helping people teach and learn with Times content. They offer fresh classroom resources — from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more — all based on articles and images published on NYTimes.com.

UC Scout

UC Scout’s “Plus” program is offered free to CA public schools and at a nominal fee to CA private and out of state schools. This program provides schools and teachers a 100% virtual course which includes high-quality video lectures, assignments, quizzes, tests, and more. In Plus, the student’s school provides the facilitating teacher, and directly issues the credit to each student.

Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors provides live instruction for students of all ages with an innovative live learning platform, personalized approach, and highly credentialed instructors.  Additionally, there are free live online classes & camps and resources for better at-home learning.

Virtual Enterprises International

Virtual Enterprises International provides a solution for schools to offer all students meaningful skills-based career experiences. Through hands-on, task-based curricula, students test-drive potential careers and develop in-demand skills and competencies that post-secondary institutions and employers are seeking. By managing the day-to-day operations of a company, students not only develop business skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, they also identify career pathways that align with their interests, talents, and aspirations.

Wide Open School

Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.

YouCubed

YouCubed provides lesson plans, online courses, and other resources that help people develop positive relationships with mathematics and realize their potential as 21st-century mathematical thinkers.

Zoom for Education

Zoom helps universities and schools improve student outcomes with secure video communication services for hybrid classrooms, office hours, administrative meetings, and more.