Stay connected: Digital Toolkit
We have gathered various lists and links to only FREE resources that will help you spend your time at home productively – be it learning, taking virtual tours, listening to the best performances or joining others in a sing along! For resources on improving your digital skills, click here
To stay connected:
- Video chat apps to turn social distancing to distant socializing (list from TechCrunch)
- A Comprehensive List curated by CMX of tips, tools, and examples for event organizers
How to keep going in the times of sudden changes and uncertainty:
- Self Help Survival Guide – You can find practical strategies to help to manage any anxiety or distress that Covid-19 is causing in this guide created by Glasgow Caledonian University (ALL DIGITAL member)
- Five amazing talks from Business of Software Conference on Mental Health, Avoiding Burnout, Running a Remote Team, Cultivating Team Trust, Lessons Learned as a Remote CEO
- How to Embrace Remote Work guide from Trello
- Science of Well-Being online course from Yale offered on Coursera now for free – starts on 22 March! (more about the course from Business Insider)
- Remote Work – collection of tools and resources from Grow With Google on remote working, teaching and learning to stay connected and productive
- Safe teleworking: tips and advice for employees from EC3 – European Cybercrime Centre of Europol (in pdf saved on our website)
To stay safe online:
- Public awareness and prevention guides from Europol – in various languages, easy to understand infographics, including Make your home a cyber safe stronghold and Safe teleworking tips and advice
Free online learning:
- The list of 7 websites with free online education from Forbes including
- Khan Academy – to support learners, teachers and parents
- edX from Harvard and MIT
- Stanford Online
- Babbel (language learning platform) offers 6 additional months for free
- Class Central – a search and access portal to free online courses offered by MOOCS
To support educators
- Collection of online platforms and learning resources from European Commission
- Handbook on Facilitating Flexible Learning in the Time of Educational Disruption from UNESCO
- Tools for remote classroom management and student engagement with Office 365 for Education
- Making the transition to remote learning – tools and resources from Microsoft
- Distance learning resources for schools affected by quarantine from Google
- Teach from Home – by Google and Unesco about how to use all kinds of Google tools for the purpose
- Estonian Digital Education solutions for free
- Coursera provides free access to Coursera for Campus for any college or university impacted by coronavirus
- I will survive – a song to support educators learning distance teaching 🙂
To support parents
- Best selling children’s author Mo Willems teaches kids on YouTube how to draw doodles – the sessions take place every weekday at 1 pm EST (New York time), but of course you can watch all the recorded videos
- Audible stories – for as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. You can find English stories in categories like Littlest Listeners, Tween, and Literary
Classics. All of our other content is grouped into categories by language.
- Five Minute Mum – five-minute fun activities for busy people to do with little kids
- YouTube yoga channel for kids
- Math Playground Makes Math Fun! Free, online math games and more. Problem solving, logic games and number puzzles kids love to play.
- Family-friendly online courses from artists and makers
- TheDadLab – kids science experiments – Inspiring kids science experiments, educational creative toys and fun activities.
To support your relatives:
- How can we stay in virtual touch with older relatives? – tips and guidelines from BBC
- Online Micro learning activities on non-pharmaceutical countermeasures in relation to COVID-19 from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
- Using the Internet to get ready for the coronavirus – how to help the most vulnerable people access information online from our partner in the UK Good Things Foundation (UK context, but can be easily adapted to other national contexts)
To pleasure your ears:
- New York’s Metropolitan Opera – New York’s Metropolitan Opera will feature free digital shows every day from March 16 through March 22. The “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin at 7:30 pm New York time each night on the Met’s homepage and will remain available for 20 hours. The performance will also be available on the Met Opera’s On-Demand apps. They do have quite a huge demand to watch the current shows, but you can watch the ones from the previous day.
- Vienna State Opera -full streams of some of their latest performances
- Berlin Philarmonic – Thirty-day free access to its entire library of performances. Just use the voucher code “BERLINPHIL” by March 31 at Digital Concert Hall.
- Seoul Philarmonic Orchestra live streamed its first concert on 12 March. Stay tuned to its YouTube channel for more online concerts.
- The Social Distancing Festival a grassroot initiative that gathers live streams and videos of all different types of performances in one place, on one calendar.
Something new to read
- Kindle offered two months free of charge
- Scribd offers one month free
- You can download over 300,000 books from New York Public Library for free
- 10 top museums that you can visit – virtual tours in partnership with Google include Musee d’Orsay in Paris, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museums in Amsterdam, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Guggenheim Museum in New York, National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, etc.
- 2,500 museums and galleries – online displays and virtual tours in the Google collection
- The British Museum
- Vatican museum virtual tours
- Versaille Palace
- Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC (and lots of dinosaurs for kids!)
- Buckingham Palace and the Royal Collection
- Russia’s State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
- Kusama’s Infinity mirrors
- Banksy’s murals around the world
Exploring the world
- The hidden worlds of American National parks – virtual tours, including Kenai Fjords in Alaska, Hawaii Volcanoes, Carslbad Cavers in New Mexico, Bryce Canyon in Utah, Dry Tortugas in Florida…
A bit of everything
- CNN list of what to do when you are stuck at home (repeating some of the links above)
Ok, we couldn’t have this list without DIGITAL, after all we are ALL DIGITAL:
- Certiport and its partners may provide FREE ACCESS to their web-based learning resources, including online practice exams and on-demand video-based courses to schools and businesses for this semester. Participating countries include Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Australia. To avail of this offer, please contact the Certiport partner in your country – find your provider here
- Digital Single Market’s playlist of Connect University sessions. Hear from experts on various topics like cybersecurity, disinformation, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, virtual reality, circular economy and climate change
- The Skills Toolkit – collection of digital and numeracy courses from the UK Government
Bookmark this page, we will keep adding to it. This list is to inspire your discovery of the online world, and if you would like to recommend us another resource to add to the list – please drop us a line!