Free Educational Resources In Times for Adjusting to the New Complicated Environment

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IBL News | New York

An educational community on Facebook has compiled a list of resources with more than 400 free offerings, especially useful in these troubling times in light of the Covid-19 impact and now that the U.S. economy is in recession.

It is hosted at this website amazingeducationalresources.com. These resources come from education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.

An example is the Adobe Connect web conferencing platform, which competes to Zoom, Webex, Big Blue Button, and Google Hangouts. Adobe Connect is providing free 90-day access, until July 1st, for individuals and businesses using virtual rooms with up to 25 participants.

Another interesting resource is the collection of over 110,000 digital files of television and radio programming contributed by more than 130 public media organizations and archives across the United States available at americanarchive.org.

In addition, the NewSchools Venture Fund national nonprofit philanthropy has also started a School Closure Resources – Public list.

These free offerings, which often entail just discounts from vendors, emerge when schools are moving online and educators are adjusting to a new environment.

Experts estimate that this is not the right time for marketing and commercial pitches but for being of service. Even research and exploration of tools, with almost all of the conferences suspended, has been put on hold.

 



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