We’ll be continuously updating the list as we discover more awesome resources for you.
- Wide Open School from Common Sense Media is a free online resource for parents and educators to support kids who are learning remotely.
- Nextvista for learning (webinars and videos on various topics for teachers and students)
- Open Learn free courses
- Skillshare free online courses
- Roman Fort (learning resources for teachers)
- Free online course of Rome: A virtual tour of the ancient city
- BBC Languages – Learn languages for free
- FrenchTeacher.net – Free French study packs
- 10 creative courses you can learn online
- FutureLearn free short courses
- Seterra – World geography and quizzes
- Language learning resources recommended by Live&Learn
- English Self-study packs: English Exercises, Canadian idioms, iEnglish
- Free work collaboration communication tools (aside from Skype):
- Trello, Asana and Google Keep – For note taking, work lists and projects
- Google Drive, Google Docs or Google Online Office Tools – For file sharing and collaboration
- Resources for educators during the Coronavirus Pandemic
- 100 Blended learning resources for teachers
Resources for parents
- My Learning at Home – Online resources offered by the Manitoba Government for parents home schooling their children. It’s available in English and French.
- ToyBox Initiative – Resources made by Manitoban educators to support parents. Materials will be sent three times a week with tips. Parents can email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
- A collection of educational resources and tools for teachers and parents (Chatterpack)
- Parent Trapped – A weekly podcast featuring authors, educators, and celebrities talking about parenting in the time of COVID-19.
- Britannica for Parents – A website with accurate, research-based articles and resources on timely topics.
- Resources for families during the coronavirus pandemic (Commonsense Media)
- Harry Potter at Home – Features a free download of the first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” on audible. The book is available in six languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese.
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- At Home: A Click Away Winnipeg Public Library’s page for info on free activities and entertainment resources for all ages.
- 17 Apps to help kids stay focused
- Apps that act like math and science tutors for homework help
- Education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings
- Top time-management apps
- Free educational apps, games, and websites
- Telus World of Science – Fun Science at Home
- 150 Educational shows on Netflix
- Board Game Arena – Free online board games.
Mental health resources
- Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program from Morneau Shepell. Offered for free by the Manitoba Government
- Canadian Immigrant 2020 Podcast series (Practising wellness during COVID-19). Features inspirational stories, valuable resources, connections and tips to support newcomers as they settle in Canada.
- CAMH (Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
- WHO guidance to support mental health during this time
- Jack.org’s COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub
- Wellness Together Canada – Mental Health and Substance Use Support
- MIND coronavirus and your wellbeing
- 9 ways to stay positive during this period
- Dealing with coronavirus anxiety (Anna Mathur)
- Meditation apps for kids and families
Entertainment and the arts
- Virtual Manitoba – Travel Manitoba’s collection of videos and virtual tours to help you discover the beauty of the province without leaving your couch.
- The Assiniboine Park and Zoo has Creature Feature and other activities on Facebook Live Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
- 12 Famous museums and galleries you can visit virtually from your own couch.
- Virtual tours of 12 US National Parks
- Virtual tours of zoos, landmarks and foreign countries
- Georgia Aquarium live cameras
- Environmental Film Festival – Free to view films.
- Concerts Online (Live streaming)
- 5 full-length performances to stream for free
- ‘Duet Yourself’ – a virtual community choir you can sing with (request to join to see posts and participate)
- Google Arts and culture
- Free to download Podcasts
- Netflix Party (watch movies with friends remotely)
- Apps, websites, and video games that inspire running, jumping, and more to stay active.
- Gutenberg – download free books.
- Read Great Literature – Free ebooks, poetry and classic literature.
- Bibliomania – Free online literature with study guides.
- 50,000 free ebooks arranged by genre.
- Open Library
Prayer and spiritual guidance
- Daily TV Mass (Catholic)
- 20 Prayers to pray during this pandemic (Christian)
- Tools for worship during COVID-19 (United Church of Canada)
Have other online resources to suggest? Let us know in the comments below!
Article updated May 7, 2020.
Sources: A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources, Chatter Pack; Commonsense Media resources, Jim Steyer; and Working from home because of COVID-19? Here are some free tools and software to maximize your productivity, Ali Pardiwala, Gadgets 360. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
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