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Online Teaching Resources You Can Use - A List Compiled by NSTA Collection


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Due to the coronavirus pandemic many school districts across the country have decided to close schools and teach online full time. NSTA has compiled a list of resources to assist teachers with this challenge. The external resources in this collection have been shared by educators, but have not been reviewed by NSTA. Additional resources from NSTA are also included to provide on-going professional learning experiences. We will continue to add to resources to this collection to support your distance learning needs. Please continue to share with us!

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Amazon Future Engineer Program

"Recognizing the enormous impact this situation has on a school community, Amazon Future Engineer is offering free online computer science classes for any student or teacher affected by school closures due to COVID-19 in the US."

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American Association of Chemistry Teachers: Unlocked Resources Through April 17 Web Page
American Society of Microbiology: Undergraduate Biology resources from ASM Web Page
ASCD: Transitioning to Online Learning: Pro Tips on What You Need to Know Web Page
BSCS Science Learning: A Medical Mystery Web Page
BSCS Science Learning: Online Resources During COVID-19

"BSCS Science Learning is here to help teachers during these unsure times. We have consolidated our online resources below to help you easily find programs, units, and more!"

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CDC: Considerations for School Closure Web Page
CDC: Interim Guidance for Admins of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs Web Page
Cincinnati Zoo is Bringing the Zoo to You!

"The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden closed to the public yesterday to do its part to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). During the closure, the Zoo plans to offer Home Safari Facebook Lives seven days a week!"

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Collection of Resources from NSTA Past President Christine Royce Web Page
Connecticut Science Teachers Association Distance Learning Resources

"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."

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Cricket Media - Pandemics Web Page
Crowdsourced Google Doc of Resources

Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings.

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DOE: Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability Web Page
ecoXPT - ecolearn

"EcoXPT is an immersive simulation in which students use inquiry to learn how ecosystems work."

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Everglades Literacy - Everglades Education Web Page
FERPA & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Web Page
Grammar Check (Website) Web Page

"Search over 3,500 of the very best science and math activities on the web. Find handpicked activities from your favorite science museums, public television stations, universities, and other educational organizations."

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I'm A Scientist, Get Me Out of Here Web Page
Infiniscope Online Science Resources K-12 (Google Sheet) Web Page
ISTE: 10 strategies for online learning during a coronavirus outbreak Web Page
ITEEA - COVID-19 Teacher Resources Web Page

" ... To address this rapidly emerging need, JoVE has announced that it will provide free access to all its educational video content through June 15, 2020."


To support families during the COVID-19 outbreak, all of our ebooks and audiobooks are free. We guarantee that you'll be able to open these on the device of your choice.

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Mystery Science School Closure Planning

To help educators during this time of coronavirus, we have pulled our most popular science lessons and are offering them for anyone to use for free. No account or login is needed.

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NASA EPDC: Upcoming Educator Professional Development events Web Page
NASA STEM @ Home for Students Grades K-4 Web Page
National After School Association STEM GEMS

STEM Gems are short discovery-based experiences. They involve little or no materials and may be easily implemented by educators who are not STEM specialists. Each STEM Gem is designed to engage young people in active experiential learning.

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National Association of School Psychologists: Health Crisis Resources Web Page
New York Times Lesson of the Day: How Coronavirus Hijacks Your Cells

In this lesson, students will learn about the science behind the coronavirus.

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New York Times: Dangerous Numbers? Teaching About Data and Statistics Using the

In this guest lesson, the math teacher Patrick Honner helps students practice looking critically at data in the news.

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NPR: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus Web Page
NSTA Blog: Coronavirus Meets…Physics? by Stephanie Duke

I just completed a unit of study about the novel coronavirus in (drumroll please) PHYSICS.

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NSTA Blog: Coronavirus: What’s the Real Story? Lesson Plan by Will Reed

In this lesson, students will generate and prioritize questions about the coronavirus and evaluate scientific and/or technical information from multiple authoritative sources, assessing the evidence and usefulness of each source for answering their prioritized questions.

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NSTA Blog: Leveraging Science in the News, by Will Reed

What better way to drive student interest than by drawing from current news headlines?

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NSTA Forum discussion about the coronavirus Web Page
NSTA Learning Center

Create a free account in the NSTA Learning Center (available to members and non-members) to engage with teachers from around the country about additional ideas for strategies and resources during this period. Visit the public forums, build a library of resources, and share your collections with others.

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NSTA Press Sample Chapters

NSTA Press publishes science activities for teachers of kindergarten through college on a wide range of topics. We've posted sample chapters and activities from our books for free download so you can look inside.

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NSTA Web Seminars (free)

Continue your professional learning online with these free offerings from the National Science Teaching Association.

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OCR Coronavirus Statement Web Page
OpenSciEd Simulation Library

"The simulations in this library are used as part of the OpenSciEd units."

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PBS and LAUSD Partnership Resources

PBS SoCal | KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations, are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources to provide continued at-home learning.

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PBS NewsHour Extra

News for Students and Teacher Resources 6–12 Grade Level.

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PBS NewsHour Extra: News for Students and Teacher Resources 6–12 Grade Level Web Page
Pearson: Working and Learning Online During a Pandemic

"In this uncertain environment, it’s important that learning continues, even if it can’t happen in person. That’s why we’re providing access to expert faculty, best practices, and other online learning resources for people who are studying, teaching or working remotely. We’ll be updating this site regularly with even more helpful resources."

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Resources for home learning - Norecopa Web Page
Resources for Online Science Teaching (Google Sheet)

Multiple resources broken down by grade level

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Rhode Island Department of Education eLearning Resources Document Web Page
Science Education Resource Center: Teaching Geoscience Online

"Join a new community of geoscience educators focused on teaching their students in online environments. Ask questions, share experiences, and find resources that meet the needs unique to educators teaching geoscience online."

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Smithsonian Distance Learning Resources

"Distance Learning Resources from the Smithsonian"

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Smithsonian Learning Lab Web Page
Stanford University Teach Anywhere

"A variety of circumstances might require you to temporarily deliver your class online with minimal notice, such as a viral or infectious disease outbreak, a family emergency requiring your presence elsewhere, or a natural disaster. This guide provides you suggested actions to take quickly when making the shift from teaching in a classroom to teaching anywhere."

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Stanford University Tomorrow's Professors Postings: Time for a 360 Web Page
STEM Teacher Leadership Network COVID-19 Groups

"Share what is happening in your district and state related to the Corona virus and school closures."

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Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption, for SIS and PWR Web Page
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where Web Page
TryEngineering Web Page
Wiley: COVID-19 Online Teaching Resources Web Page