Start School Strong: Five Tech Tips for Online Students and Their Families

Alison CutlerAugust 31, 2020
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Online school isn’t always easy. According to a recent Gallup poll, 49 percent of parents are concerned that coronavirus could affect their child’s education, especially since so many have transitioned to an online module. Even though they can be isolating, your child’s high-tech classes don’t have to feel so lonely. There is an abundance of resources to help kids and their families navigate their digital instruction this year. It can be difficult to know where to start, but these five options are a step in the right direction.

1. At Home Learning – Arizona Public Education Partnership
Arizona PBS and Arizona Public Media have put together a comprehensive website with fun activities, resources and TV schedules for kids and their families during their time learning at home. Whether you’re looking for a diverse range of science experiments, grade-specific material or TV broadcast schedules, it’s all available for students at education.azpm.org/distancelearning.

2. Sun Devil Learning Labs
Arizona State University’s platform offers online curriculum and education from teacher candidates in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to help supplement students who have online learning or are homeschooling this semester. For more information, visit education.asu.edu/teaching-resources-k-12-families.

3. National Geographic Kids
If your child is wild at heart, this might be a fun additional educational tool for them this year. National Geographic’s site harbors information from exotic animals to women’s history and even has a coronavirus page tailored specifically for children. Learn more at kids.nationalgeographic.com.

4. 100+ Activities for Kids to Do at Home
We all need a break from academics sometimes. If you’re looking for a list of fun, meaningful ways to stay busy with your family, this list might be just the thing you need. Get started at justcaracarroll.com/100-activities-for-kids-to-do-at-home.

5. Expect More Arizona
One of the best things about this website is the extensive list of resources it has for families and students across Arizona regardless of age, location or situation. If you are looking for more options to keep your kids sharp and on their toes this fall, visit expectmorearizona.org.

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