Virtual Edutainment

Social Distancing has meant a lot of school closures, which means a lot of parents and caregivers are finding themselves with an increased presence of children. Ew! Are we supposed to keep them in our house?

I’ve seen an outpouring of organizations and artists putting out everything from free eBooks to a Twitter workshop on comics writing. I thought it might be cool if some person who likes doing things and making lists could do a thing where she makes a list of all these neat-o things. So, here it is, along with some of my personal favorite podcasts. I’ve provided “clean” links where possible. I will update this list as I am able, so bookmark and check back!

Just an ordinary social-distancing chicken.


Educational Resources

Schoolhouse Rocks on YouTube
Liz Teachers Classical Myth on Facebook
Gail Simone teaches #ComicsSchool on Twitter
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Education companies offering free subscriptions
Have Fun Teaching — Online learning “relief packs” for Pre-K through 4th grade
ABC-ya — Pre-K learning

Virtual Tours/Livecams/Streaming

Broadway Livestreams
Met Opera Livestreams
Seattle Symphony Livestreams
Yo-Yo Ma on Facebook — Songs of Comfort
Monterey Bay Aquarium Livecams
Cincinnati Zoo At Home Safari and Fiona the Hippo
National Geographic Coronavirus Family Survival Guide
NASA’s Media Library — Over 140,000 images, videos, and sounds, searchable and copyright free

Podcasts (E = potential explicit language)

Escape Pod — Short story podcast (Sci-Fi) (E)
PodCastle — Short story podcast (Fantasy) (E)
PseudoPod — Short story podcast (Horror) (E)
Cast of Wonders — Young Adult Speculative Fiction short story podcast
(Note: Stories are also printed in full for all EA Podcasts, after each episode if you’d like to pre-screen for suitability.)
Ologies with Alie Ward — Science podcast asking smart people dumb questions (E, but bleeped episodes are available)
Flash Forward — Science podcast exploring the possible and not-so-possible future
Apocrypals — Comedic Biblical literacy podcast with two non-believers who aren’t jerks about it.

Free eBooks and Online Books

(Until 19 March) Unlucky by Zom Barber — Fantasy. A very unlucky boy is swept up in a quest with a murderous unicorn.
Storyline Online — The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website

Penguin Random House Open License — Videos and read-aloud of Penguin/RH books

Physical Activity

Headspace — meditation, mindfulness, and movement exercises
Alo Yoga — Yoga activities for all ages
Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube — Yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation for kids

Will update as needed.

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