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Help for Students Learning at Home

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 04:00

You’ve been reinventing your household routines. Students from pre-K to college are "remote learning.” Parents are working from home – every day. You’re videoconferencing with family and friends.

With all these changes in mind, CAP COM has started a list of online resources that can supplement your own and your school's curriculum in these unprecedented times. We invite you to share this blog on social media and add your own online learning ideas. Let's keep this rolling!

All Ages

WMHT “Meet the Helpers”
"Meet the Helpers" is a public media initiative designed to introduce children to community helpers and practice emergency preparedness. WMHT, the local PBS station based in Schenectady, will televise "Meet the Helpers" videos during the PBS KIDS block, the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, World and Create.
“Meet the Helpers” webpage

Audible – Kids listen for free
Audible, the audio book company owned by Amazon, is offering a collection of stories for kids. Titles are free to stream on desktop, laptop, phone, and tablet. Categories range from Littlest Listeners (such as "The Wheels on the Bus") to Literary Classics (such as "Moby Dick").
Audible's webpage 

Ages 3-15

Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic, the company that has brought us the book-buying program for generations, offers online resources in four age categories ranging from pre-K through grade 9. You'll find daily projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
Learn at Home website

Virtual Field Trips
A website called We Are Teachers compiled its favorite 25 virtual field trips, including trips to the zoo, farm, outer space, and The Louvre.
25 Best Field Trips

Ages 9-18

WMHT Home Classroom
WMHT Public Media supports students, educators, and families with on-air and online content. You'll also find a suite of tools and materials from PBS LearningMedia, PBS Kids, and PBS Kids for Parents.
Home Classroom webpage 

Biz Kid$
The objective of Biz Kid$ is to engage young people and help them develop life skills in the areas of money management and entrepreneurship. The initiative includes an Emmy award-winning television series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website. It was created by the same team that produced "Bill Nye the Science Guy."
Biz Kid$ website 
Biz Kid$ on YouTube 

Money Adventure app
Money Adventure is an interactive smartphone and tablet app that helps students learn about the security and design features of Federal Reserve notes, aka our paper money. This digital tool brings learning to students’ fingertips.
Visit your mobile device's app store or Money Adventure's website for info 

Ages 12-18

New York Fed’s Educational Comic Books
The Federal Reserve of New York offers an educational comic book series that teaches middle school and high school students about basic economic principles and the Federal Reserve’s role in the financial system. There are also lesson plans for teachers to download, too.
See the comic books.

Ages 17+

CAP COM Scholarships & Awards
Our scholarship application process is open to high school seniors, current college students, and adults planning to go back to school. We are awarding more than $80,000. Deadline for application is May 1.
See details and apply.