Access Digital Platforms

 

 

Resources to provide psychosocial support

Digital learning management systems

  • CenturyTech – Personal learning pathways with micro-lessons to address gaps in knowledge, challenge students and promote long-term memory retention.
  • ClassDojo – Connects teachers with students and parents to build classroom communities.
  • Edmodo – Tools and resources to manage classrooms and engage students remotely, offering a variety of languages.
  • Edraak – Arabic language online education with resources for school learners and teachers.
  • EkStep – Open learning platform with a collection of learning resources to support literacy and numeracy.
  • Google Classroom – Helps classes connect remotely, communicate and stay-organized.
  • Moodle – Community-driven and globally-supported open learning platform.
  • Nafham – Arabic language online learning platform hosting educational video lessons that correspond with Egyptian and Syrian curricula.
  • Paper Airplanes – Matches individuals with personal tutors for 12-16 week sessions conducted via video conferencing platforms, available in English and Turkish.
  • Schoology – Tools to support instruction, learning, grading, collaboration and assessment.
  • Seesaw – Enables the creation of collaborative and sharable digital learning portfolios and learning resources. 
  • Skooler – Tools to turn Microsoft Office software into an education platform.

 

Systems built for use on basic mobile phones

  • Cell-Ed – Learner-centered, skills-based learning platform with offline options.
  • Eneza Education - Revision and learning materials for basic feature phones.
  • Funzi – Mobile learning service that supports teaching and training for large groups.
  • KaiOS – Software that gives smartphone capabilities to inexpensive mobile phones and helps open portals to learning opportunities.
  • Ubongo – Uses entertainment, mass media, and the connectivity of mobile devices to deliver localized learning to African families at low cost and scale,available in Kiswahili and English.
  • Ustad Mobile – Access and share educational content offline.

Systems with strong offline functionality

  • Kolibri – Learning application to support universal education, available in more than 20 languages.
  • Rumie – Education tools and content to enable lifelong learning for underserved communities.
  • Ustad Mobile – Access and share educational content offline.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Platforms

  • Alison – Online courses from experts, available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
  • Canvas Network – Course catalogue accessible for free for teachers in order to support lifelong learning and professional development.
  • Coursera – Online courses taught by instructors from well-recognized universities and companies.
  • European Schoolnet Academy – Free online professional development courses for teachers in English, French, Italian and other European languages.
  • EdX – Online courses from leading educational institutions.
  • iCourse – Chinese and English language courses for university students.
  • Future Learn – Online courses to help learners’ study, build professional skills and connect with experts.
  • Icourses – Chinese language courses for university students.
  • TED-Ed Earth School – Online lessons about nature made available continuously during a 5-week period between Earth Day (April 22nd) and World Environment Day (June 5th).
  • Udemy – English, Spanish and Portuguese language courses on ICT skills and programming.
  • XuetangX – Online courses provided by a collection of universities on different subjects in Chinese and English.

 

Self-directed learning content

  • ABRA - Selection of 33 game-like activities in English and in French to promote reading comprehension and writing skills of early readers.
  • British Council – English language learning resources, including games, reading, writing and listening exercises.
  • Byju’s – Learning application with large repositories of educational content tailored for different grades and learning levels.
  • Code It – Helps children learn basic programming concepts through online courses, live webinars and other kid-friendly material. Available in English and German.
  • Code.org – Wide range of coding resources categorized by subject for K12 students offered for free by a non-profit.
  • Code Week – List of online resources to teach and learn computer coding, available in all EU languages.
  • Discovery Education – Free educational resources and lessons about viruses and outbreaks for different grade levels.
  • Duolingo – Application to support language learning. Supports numerous base and target languages.
  • Edraak -  A variety of resources for K-12 education in Arabic, targeting students, parents and teachers.
  • Facebook Get Digital - Lesson plans, conversation starters, activities, videos and other resources for students to stay connected
  • Feed the Monster – Android application in multiple languages to help teach children the fundamentals of reading, available in 48 languages.
  • History of Africa – A nine-part BBC documentary series on the history of Africa based on UNESCO’s General History of Africa book collection.
  • Geekie – Portuguese language web-based platform that provides personalized educational content using adaptive learning technology.
  • Khan Academy – Free online lessons and practice in math, sciences and humanities, as well as free tools for parents and teachers to track student progress. Available in 40+ languages, and aligned to national curriculum for over 10 countries.
  • KitKit School - Tablet-based learning suite with a comprehensive curriculum spanning early childhood through early primary levels.
  • LabXchange – Curated and user-created digital learning content delivered on an online platform that enables educational and research experiences.
  • Madrasa – Resources and online lessons for STEM subjects in Arabic
  • Mindspark – Adaptive online tutoring system that helps students practice and learn mathematics.
  • Mosoteach – Chinese language application hosting cloud classes.
  • Music Crab – Mobile application accessible for music education. 
  • OneCourse – Child-focused application to deliver reading, writing and numeracy education.
  • Profuturo – Resources in different subject areas for students in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
  • Polyup  – Learning content to build math and gaining computational thinking skills for students in primary and early secondary school.
  • Quizlet – Learning flashcards and games to support learning in multiple subjects, available in 15 languages. 
  • SDG Academy Library - A searchable library of more than 1,200 educational videos on sustainable development and related topics.
  • Siyavula – Mathematics and physical sciences education aligned with South African curriculum.
  • Smart History – Art history site with resources created by historians and academic contributors.
  • YouTube – Huge repository of educational videos and learning channels.

Mobile reading applications

  • African Storybook - Open access to picture storybooks in 189 African languages.  
  • Biblioteca Digital del Instituto Latinoamericano de la Comunicación Educativa – Offers free access to Spanish language works and book collections for students and teaching staff in schools and universities
  • Global Digital Library – Digital storybooks and other reading materials easily accessible from mobile phones or computers. Available in 43 languages.
  • Interactive Learning Program – Mobile app in Arabic to advance reading, writing and numeracy skills created by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
  • Reads – Digital stories with illustrations in multiple languages.
  • Room to Read – Resources to develop the literacy skills of children and youth with specialized content to support girls.
  • StoryWeaver – Digital repository of multilingual stories for children.
  • Worldreader – Digital books and stories accessible from mobile devices and functionality to support reading instruction. Available in 52 languages.

Collaboration platforms that support live-video communication

  • Dingtalk – Communication platform that supports video conferencing, task and calendar management, attendance tracking and instant messaging.
  • Lark – Collaboration suite of interconnected tools, including chat, calendar, creation and cloud storage, in Japanese, Korean, Italian and English
  • Hangouts Meet – Video calls integrated with other Google’s G-Suite tools.
  • Teams – Chat, meet, call and collaboration features integrated with Microsoft Office software.
  • Skype – Video and audio calls with talk, chat and collaboration features.
  • WeChat Work – Messaging, content sharing and video/audio-conferencing tool with the possibility of including max. 300 participants, available in English and Chinese.
  • WhatsApp – Video and audio calls, messaging and content sharing mobile application.
  • Zoom – Cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat and webinars.

Tools for teachers to create of digital learning content

  • Thinglink – Tools to create interactive images, videos and other multimedia resources.
  • Buncee – Supports the creation and sharing visual representations of learning content, including media-rich lessons, reports, newsletters and presentations.
  • EdPuzzle – Video lesson creation software.
  • EduCaixa - Courses in Spanish language to help teachers develop the skills and competencies of learners in areas such as communication, entrepreneurship, STEM and big data. 
  • Kaltura – Video management and creation tools with integration options for various learning management systems.
  • Nearpod – Software to create lessons with informative and interactive assessment activities.
  • Pear Deck – Facilitates the design of engaging instructional content with various integration features.
  • Squigl – Content creation platform that transforms speech or text into animated videos.
  • Trello - A visual collaboration tool used by teachers and professors for easier coursework planning, faculty collaboration, and classroom organization.

External repositories of distance learning solutions

  • Brookings – A catalogue of nearly 3,000 learning innovations. Not all of them are distance learning solutions, but many of them offer digital education content.
  • Common Sense Education – Tips and tools to support school closures and transitions to online and at-home learning.
  • Commonweatlh of Learning – List of resources for policymakers, school and college administrators, teachers, parents and learners that will assist with student learning during the closure of educational institutions.
  • Education Nation – Nordic countries have opened up their learning solutions for the world for free, supporting teachers and learners during the school closures.
  • EdSurge – Community-driven list of edtech products, including many distance learning resources for students, teachers and schools, covering primary to post-secondary education levels.
  • European Commission Resources – A collection of online platforms for teachers and educators, available in 23 EU languages. 
  • GDL Radio: a collection of radio and audio instruction resources.
  • Global Business Coalition for Education – List of e-learning platforms, information sharing platform  and communication platforms.
  • Keep Learning Going – Extensive collection free tools, strategies, tips and best practices for teaching online from a coalition of USA-based education organizations. Includes descriptions of over 600+ digital learning solutions.
  • Koulu.me – A collection of apps and pedagogical solutions curated by Finnish edtech companies to facilitate distance for pre-primary to upper secondary learners.
  • Organisation internationale de la Francophonie: Resources for primary and secondary school students and teachers for learning and teaching French.
  • Profuturo Resources: Spanish language resources in different subject areas for primary and secondary school students.
  • UNEVOC Resources – Tools, guides, MOOCS and other resources collected by UNESCO’s International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training for continued learning in the area of TVET.
  • UNHCR – An extensive list of over 600 distance learning solutions from the United Nations agency for refugees

 

 

 


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