In an effort to help our state science teachers in this unprecedented situation we are listing some distance learning resources that were recommended by our members. Some may fit into your curriculum. They may not follow NGSS standards directly, but the content will be sound. Please keep in mind that this page will be updated regularly. If you have resources that you would like to share, please email us at email@example.com. We are all in this together, so we appreciate those who would like to share.
New Haven American Chemical Society Poetry Competition - For K-12 Connecticut students: Write and illustrate a poem using the theme Protecting our Planet through Chemistry. No more than 40 words. Due April 25, 2020
Various companies are lending their platforms for free access for educational uses. Here are links and their policies:
NSTA is offering a free 30-day membership, providing you with access to more than 12,000 digital professional learning resources and tools. This membership will open up many more resources in the Learning Center.
Edpuzzle - All levels - Store your own or use online videos for interactive video lessons. Free pricing allows you to create and add questions to 20 videos.
Google Cloud - All levels- we will begin rolling out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally including: Larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive
Screencastify - Record your lessons by screen casting - free upgrade to the unlimited version that will last until 4/30/2020 if you use the coupon code CAST_COVID at checkout
Socrative Pro and Showbie Pro - All levels - They are offering their Pro platforms for free until Jul 31.
WeVideo - All levels - WeVideo is offering free WeVideo for School accounts to those closed due to COVOD-19 concerns.
Inner Orbit - NGSS assessments for middle school - Free sign-up for teachers and students until August.
RocketLit - Elem, Middle - Science and other articles adapted to different reading levels. Free sign-up for teachers and students until August.
BSCS Science Learning - Mid, High - has organized some Open SciEd resources to use
Book Creator - Elem, Middle - Book creator is offering free use of the ability to create books collaboratively in real time for 90 days if closed for the COVOD-19 virus.Bozeman Science - Middle, High YouTube channel Paul Andersen - Moving Your Class Online
Brainpop - Elem, Middle - If your school is closed due to the COVOD-19 virus, you may receive free, unlimited use of the full BrainPop suite during the period of closure. You do need to fill out the form located at the link.
Career in STEM - Free STEM career scavenger hunt, downloads for teachers, hundreds of helpful articles for STEM career exploration and more.
Concord Consortium - All levels - OER resource database for STEM or you can use as a lesson platform
Earth Observatory for Kids - Elem - Lessons use images and data from NASA - try Peeking at Penguins: Poop from Space
ExploreLearning Gizmos - All levels - free 14 day trial.
HHMI BioInteractive - High - Short Life and Earth science videos and lessons
Generation Genius - Elem - Science lessons with videos linked to NGSS standards - one month free
iBiology - High - current videos
JASON Learning - All levels - JASON Learning offers free accounts to CT public school teachers and their students. They have many lessons and videos that support NGSS.
Kahoot - All levels - Kahoot! offers free access to all features to support distance learning in schools affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Education institutions can get free access to Kahoot! Premium to empower distance and online learning and engage students anywhere, anytime. Develop your own questions. You can also use Kahoots developed by other teachers but check the content first.
Mystery Science - Elem - Free membership, readings and activities for grades K-5
National Geographic Education - All levels - free resources with National Geographic's high quality. National Geographic Explorer Classroom is offering live video events every weekday at 2 pm EST to connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents. The schedule is updated daily.
Nearpod - platform that gives lessons and links, some free, some paid
Newsela - Elem, Middle - Provides news articles on various topics which can be read at four different reading levels. Many of the articles are available with a free account
NOVA - NOVA is sharing collections of many past NOVA films, organized by subject.
Ocean Tracks - High - Data sets modules based on ocean animal tracking
PhET - Middle, High - PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.
RazKids - Elem - Leveled reading program that offers science lessons and activities. Free 14 day trial
Scholastic - Elem - Scholastic has gathered lessons for elementary schools using their stories and videos
Science Buddies - Elem, Middle - Free lessons, projects and activities.
SEPUP - Middle, High - Many lessons and simulations from their programs. Click into the curriculum and course and you will find the lessons under student.
Spark101 - Free, 10 minute STEM challenges with video
SparkofScience - All levels - Franklin Institute Museum of Science videos on science concepts.
VisionLearning - High School - Science modules with readings, quizzes, and related resources.
Tynker - Elem, Middle - Tynker, a coding program, will be available free to schools facing closures. They are also scheduling free webinars for teachers on how to use the Tynker coding program to support at-home learning.
Virtual Field Trips
Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants - EBSOYP is continuing their live free events with leading scientists, explorers, adventurers and conservationists around the world. Parents and students may join in live events and ask questions. All events are recorded on You-Tube for future viewing. More information on events
Google Earth - National Park tours
Cincinnati Zoo - The zoo will be uploading videos and activities each day at 3:00 on its Facebook and YouTube channel
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory - All levels - check schedule -One of the top Earth Science Labs will be streaming live webinars twice a week beginning April 6
NOAA Live Webinars - All levels - Live webinars geared towards gr. 2-8 will be presented at 11 am on Mon, Wed and Fri. with a Q & A session. The webinars will also be archived.
Zooniverse - Upper Elem, Mid, High - This website gathers citizen science projects that use crowd sourcing to review data. Projects range from classifying baby sounds to searching for exoplanets and galaxies.
Engineering is Elementary - Elem - Engineering problem solving booklets
ITEEA Big Book of STEM Challenges - Book 1 - all levels. Activities for classes and student projects.
ITEEA Big Book of STEM Classroom Activities - all levels. 125+ challenges and team designs
NASA STEM Engagement - All levels - List of free resources available through NASA.
Pitsco STEM at Home - Elem, Middle - Activities for elementary and STEM readings for Middle school
StopMotion for Beginners - Elem, Middle - How to explanation on creating stop-motion videos
TeachEngineering - all levels - includes at-home activities
Connecticut Nature Resources
Mystic Aquarium - Elem, Mid - Facebook live events and crafts
FuseSchool - GlobalEducation - UK channel offering video clips in all disciplines.
Earth Rocks! - video tutorials used in intro college level gen ed earth science courses at City College of San Francisco
FunScienceDemos - Elem, Mid - From Temple University, videos on many topics
GeoScience Videos - short videos on a variety of basic geoscience topics
IRIS Earthquake Science - animations and videos on geoscience
Debacco University - Biology YouTube videos on current topics
Marc Rober - In addition to his past science and engineering videos, Marc is developing "Science Class" where he delivers a problem - Why does Helium Make Your Voice Go Higher" and then does science demos to demonstrate the concepts.
ScienceOverEverything - Middle, High Videos and lessons including STEM careers
TMartScience - Earth Science teacher, explorer and artist
AP College Board updates - continually evolving
Distance Learning Tips from One Teacher to Another - PBS Teacher Lounge
What Teachers in China have Learned in the Past Month - good suggestions.
Resources for Teaching Online Due to School Closures - In addition to websites, this article explains various lesson models and platforms.
Edpuzzle: a Core Tool During the Coronavirus Closures - Promotes Edpuzzle but gives good advice about school lesson planning.
Ian Freedman (shared via NYS Physics listserv) - Physics Teacher, John Jay Senior HS, Hopewell Junction, NY
NYS Master Teacher, NYSED Education Specialist
“Let me share some materials that I use, in case they're helpful for distance learning. Here is a file of notes and problems, and links to YouTube lecture videos. I hand out packets for each unit, which include note sheets and activities. The notes are based on flipped classroom videos that I made. I don't actually run a flipped classroom anymore, and I don't often assign videos to students to watch, but I still find the videos very useful, especially when students are absent. I’m hopeful they will be useful for distance learning as well. The videos are pretty traditional lectures, typically 5-10 min long, but occasionally longer. They are based on the content in the Regents Physics curriculum (not the new NYS Science Standards). The lessons don't go into great depth or application of concepts (we do that in class), but they're good for a basic understanding of concepts. These days, I typically start most units with labs, and let the students figure out the concepts for themselves. Afterwards, I'll often ask them to fill in the notes sheets, and they can usually get about 2/3 of the notes themselves without any lecturing.
This link goes to a folder with the notes sheets in them. It includes YouTube URLs to the videos for each unit. I did not include the activity sheets or labs here.
Sarah English Chemistry YouTube Channel
Mr Palermo's Flipped Classroom - High School Chemistry
Explore science related to what you are currently learning from one of these websites
TRY AN EXPERIMENT AT HOME (with adult supervision) and make sure it is a controlled experiment/fair test. (independent/dependent variable). Keep track of your data and explain use
New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning - Free classroom lessons