As the coronavirus pandemic has forced widespread school and work closures, students and workers alike are being forced to modify schedules and projects. Having the right tools can help maintain productivity and learning during this time of uncertainty, so we’re sharing some free resources to help.
Productivity Resources for Adults
Practically overnight, many adults have found themselves thrust into working from home. Larger companies typically have systems set in place to maintain productivity, but for other businesses and organizations, resources may be slim. Here are a few companies offering free tools to help keep business running smoothly:
Google Hangouts Meet
For those who already use Google’s G Suite, they are offering their advanced Hangouts Meet video conferencing platform for free until July 1st, 2020. Normally reserved for their Enterprise package customers, this feature enables meetings for up to 250 participants, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive.
A part of their Office 365 platform, Microsoft is offering a “freemium” version of their Teams tools, including unlimited chat, built-in group and one-on-one audio or video calling, 10 GB of team file storage, and 2 GB of personal file storage per user.
A comprehensive suite of remote productivity tools, Remotely is being offered for free until July 1, 2020. Users can access tools for communication and collaboration, along with content creation, task management, and customer assistance.
Learning Resources for Kids
Just because school systems are closed doesn’t mean children have to stop learning. In fact, continuing academic studies could help students cope with any fears they may have about the coronavirus by giving their minds something to focus on. Here are a few free resources to keep your child’s mind growing and engaged.
Scholastic Learn at Home
This free resource from Scholastic offers four separate learning experiences each day, corresponding with an engaging story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Modules are available for grades Pre K – 6+.
Zoom Video Conferencing
If you’re a schoolteacher, Zoom is removing the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by coronavirus closures. Sign up and verification is required, but easy upon filling out a simple form.
With free educational videos and projects, students of all ages can continue learning and remain engaged with academic development while at home with YouTube Learning. Subjects range from simple and fun experiments to physics, so there’s something for everyone.
Feel-Good Resources for Everyone
Being socially isolated can trigger stress and depression, so it’s important to include activities that keep bodies active and moods light. Incorporate these online tools to stay happy, healthy and humorous!
Yoga with Adrienne
With free yoga videos for even the most novice of levels, you can find a therapeutic stretch session that’s right for you. Even if it’s just a 15-minute break, focusing on breathing and stretching will help your body feel strong and your mind less stressed. As a bonus: Many of her videos feature her dog Benji!
Virtual Safaris with the Cincinnati Zoo
Do your kids love the zoo? Tune in for a daily virtual safari with the Cincinnati Zoo, featuring a different animal each day with corresponding activities. The live tours are streamed on the zoo’s Facebook page, but for parents who don’t have social media, they also post the videos to their website.
Sometimes, you just need a good laugh! In fact, studies show that laughter is a powerful tool against stress and depression. Keep your feel-good juices flowing with some good old-fashioned YouTube videos of funny animals. It’s the perfect way for you and your family to unwind and find a bit of much-needed comic relief.