Free Online Courses and Resources for Elementary Students and Parents Impacted by School Closures

I’ve been getting asked by friends for recommendations for good online courses and resources for their students as they are stuck at home. Here’s my round-up of some great online courses and educational activities being offered for free. This list is by no means not comprehensive. For a more comprehensive set of edtech products check out Common Sense Media’s site. Please also add additional great offerings to the comment section. I hope this is useful to parents during this challenging time.


Free?: Classes normally cost about $5 per class. Outschool announced that it is offering $100K worth of free classes to affected families. You can sign-up here.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy has also put together useful daily schedule templates that you can use with your children.

Free?: Khan Academy is always free. Sign-up here.

Prodigy Games

Free?: Prodigy’s basic offering is free. They also have a premium paid offering. Sign-up here.


Free?: Schools have access to the platform for free during la school day. Epic! also has a 30-day free trial for parents. Sign-up here.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Free?: Scholastic is offering this to free for parents and schools. You can access it here. Scholastic also has some fun story starters that you can access here.


Free?: TED-Ed is free. Sign-up here.

Novel Effect

Free?: Novel Effect is free. Sign-up here.


Free?: Beanstalk is offering its classes for free during this time.

Create and Learn

Free?: During this period of time, Create and Learn is offering their courses for free. Courses otherwise cost $95. You can enroll here.

GSV is an investor in Create and Learn.


Free?: The videos and apps are free.


Free?: Caribu normally costs $7/month. They are offering it to free during the pandemic.

Free?: is always free.

Dreambox Learning

Free?: Dreambox is offering 90 days free for parents during this period. More info here.

CLI Studios

Free?: CLI Studios is offering free live courses during this time. You can access them here.

GSV is an investor in CLI Studios.

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