Bored at home? Here are awesome resources for fun, learning, work and everything in between

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We’ll be updating the list as we discover more awesome resources for you.

Learning resources

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

Work tools

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

A collection of educational resources and tools for teachers and parents
Resources for families during the coronavirus pandemic
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
Board Game Arena – Free online board games

Mental health resources

CAMH (Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
WHO guidance to support mental health during this time
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

The Assiniboine Park and Zoo has Creature Feature and other activities on Facebook Live every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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

Literature

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 online resources to suggest? Let us know in the comments below!

 
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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