Resources for Parents

Helping You Stay Connected Beyond the Classroom

We’re pulling together a list of resources recommended by our friends, teachers, principals and yes, even our children! Below are some great educational websites, products and other sources of information to help you stay connected and support your child at home. Have a suggestion for our Resources page? Email us at connect@schoolbzz.com.

Primary School (PK-5)

The 3DuxDesign Architectural Modeling System and Project-based Learning Programs blend hands-on creative play with STEM fundamentals. A wide range of web-based design challenges focus on Sustainable Development Goals to unleash the imagination, inspire the innovator, and empower the change-maker in every child. 

The 3DuxDesign connecting system is engineered to work with any corrugated cardboard so students both in the classroom and at home have endless raw material to work with, can make any shapes they need and learn about creative repurposing as they build. 3Dux is currently offering interactive web-based  programs for small group and full classroom hands-on STEM learning.

www.3duxdesign.com

Beetbox is a unique STEAM based program with a seed to table twist. Our mission is twofold: arm children with skills for their 21st century world and increase academic performance, while positively impacting eating habits. We do so by getting back to the basics. With our hands-on, sensory based activities; children can quite literally “get their hands dirty” and explore their natural environment. Explore our two simple membership options: our easy to use learning kits, and our instant access digital membership.

Boddle is a math platform for 1-6th grade that makes learning fun and personalized. Teachers and parents are able to track student progress remotely and quickly identify learning gaps. To help conquer summer learning loss, Boddle is offering the platform for free through July 2020 to parents and teachers.

www.boddlelearning.com

BrainPop is a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12, together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.

www.brainpop.com

DreamBox is an award-winning, online K-8 math program created by educators with every learning style in mind. Special pricing available now to beat the Summer Slide—up to 40% off through July 31!  

DreamBox Math dynamically adapts based on how students are solving problems, for the ultimate personalized learning experience. It’s meaningful screen-time, your child will love. Our programs are proven effective by multiple independent research studies, including Harvard University. Just 60 minutes a week can lead to 60% gains in math proficiency. Your child is completely independent on our programs so you’ll get a break from homeschooling and they’ll have fun! 

DreamBox was awarded Best Math Learning Solution in 2019 by EdTech, and has the highest privacy and security rating by Common Sense Media. With lessons your children love, DreamBox is both engaging and effective. Learn more on our parent website.

Healthy Hip Hop infuses education, positive attributes and cutting-edge technology within the hip-hop culture to improve focus, engagement and encourage physical activity. Download the Healthy Hip Hop app to stream our exclusive music, dance along with our characters and create your dance challenge videos in a safe environment for children and families.

www.healthy.hiphop

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

www.khanacademy.org

The Piper Computer Kit is the ultimate D.I.Y. computer-building experience to engage kids ages 8+ in hands-on STEAM learning and build digital fluency by introducing computer science, electronics, and coding. It includes all of the hardware needed to build a fully functioning computer by following visuals on its engineering blueprint. Once built, the Piper Computer Kit’s immersive software teaches kids how to bridge electronics with code while playing in narrative-based StoryMode, Piper’s Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft. In PiperCode, kids complete physical computing projects in a programming environment that uses the drag and drop visual coding language of Google Blockly. The Piper Computer Kit provides countless opportunities for self-directed exploration. By demystifying technology through learning about computers from the inside out, kids practice healthy screen time. With confidence-building project-based learning, kids are encouraged to unleash their curiosity and unlock the potential of STEAM, inspiring the inventors of tomorrow. 

Use promo code SCHOOLBZZ50 for $50 off the Piper Computer Kit or purchase the Piper Enrichment Bundle now $150 off.

Named by TIME Magazine as one of The Best Inventions of 2019, Roybi Robot provides children 3+ with a personalized education based on their individual learning pace and interests, setting the foundation for a successful future. With over 500 lessons, including language learning, basic STEM, stories, games, and songs, Roybi Robot uses the power of AI to create a fun and interactive learning experience for children.

We also have a $20 coupon LEARN20 to redeem on our site www.roybirobot.com.

SayKid is looking to change how young kids learn. Most technology wasn’t designed for early learners. Touch interfaces aren’t natural, rigid form factors aren’t playful, and screens often only passively engage kids. By combining voice technology with tangible play, SayKid has developed the world’s 1st screenless, play-based platform to help kids learn in a safe, natural, and engaging way – kids learn by playing the role of teacher! In doing so, we engage young kids that are hard to reach, building skills that are difficult to teach (SEL, literacy, etc.), and replace screen time with speech. SayKid recently won the Grand Prize in the Alexa EdTech Competition and was recognized by Harvard as one of the organizations with greatest potential to transform early education. 

www.saykid.com

Expert advice on children’s books & reading, arts & crafts, activities & school achievement.

www.scholastic.com/parents

The Handwork Studio is where kids learn by making! This summer, your child can explore over 30 workshops from Robotics, Crafts, Architecture, Fashion and Tech Theatre through their new virtual platform Handwork at Home. These award-winning workshops include INCREDIBLE supply kits and 100% live instruction. From building a city, designing a jacket to experiencing space, each program allows kids to embrace their inner creator and discover their capabilities. Kids will stretch their imaginations while socializing with other creators, engaging with expert instructors and learning new skills.

Virtual workshops are offered in 1-week sessions from now until August 28th in the mornings (9:00AM-12:00PM) and afternoons (1:00PM-4:00PM) for kids ages 5-13. Browse all the ways your child can create this summer: www.thehandworkstudio.com/handwork-at-home

ZUNI Learning Tree’s platform was designed to support classroom instruction, build a love of learning in the home, and ignite learning movements. One of the features in ZUNI is that it links to thousands of free and open educational resources (OERs). ZUNI’s team searches the Internet and populates the platform with free OERs that have been created by caring and passionate individuals and organizations from all around the world.

Getting Started With ZUNI – Parents                       Getting Started With ZUNI – Teachers

Secondary School (middle/high school)

Brown Dog Gadgets creates all kinds of engaging STEM and STEAM resources and materials for both classrooms and kids at home. Our projects range from simple Bristlebots and Paper Circuits projects up to Arduino and Micro:Bit level programming. Our goal is to provide teachers and parents with the resources to foster excitement and learning for kids of all ages. Look over our free online resources and see what projects catch your eye!

www.BrownDogGadgets.com

Couragion provides virtual work-based learning experiences to bridge the nation’s education, skill, and labor gaps. Couragion unifies real-world context and relevance with school work, informs student choice and transitions around career and postsecondary readiness, builds student’s occupational and employability skills to ensure they are future ready, and advances student intention, motivation and confidence to pursue rewarding pathways.

www.couragion.com/resources

Build your own contraptions, chain reaction sequences and more with DazzLinks Shapes and Beams kits. These durable, versatile, open-ended kits connect with metal fasteners, pipe cleaners or wooden dowels. They are eco-friendly and designed to be used again and again. DazzLinks Building kits help families and educators explore hands-on engineering at home and in the classroom. Invented by Dazzling Discoveries, with 20 years in STEM education, DazzLinks empower creativity through an open-ended engineering experience.  

Visit us at www.dazzlinks.com. View projects on our Instagram.

Ecree has recently launched the Ecree Academy, an online Introduction to Writing Composition course aimed at helping high school and college-level students boost their academic resumes and keep their writing skills sharp over the summer.  This course was developed by Dr. Jamey Heit and is hosted on the popular Canvas platform.

Students get free access with a paid monthly or annual Ecree subscription and can earn digital credits if they complete the course by September 13, 2020.

www.ecree.com

Come travel at the speed of thought with Janet’s Planet! 

Currently offering Virtual Classes and Camps that launch a student’s curiosity about SPACE, SCIENCE, and more! Janet’s Planet exists to encourage students to stand in their inherent magnificence and Janet does this by providing the best in science education and connecting students with industry professionals who share with the student how to achieve their dream of being an aerospace engineer, astronaut, pilot, astrobiologist, astronomer, planetary scientist, sci-fi writer, great mathematician…and the list is endless! 

Jump into a virtual experience that creates connection and opportunities for out of this world engagement with Janet and her Team of Educators and Experts. Students who sign up for Janet’s Planet Online Astronaut Academy will receive a Janet’s Planet SPACE PACK, filled with daily activity materials, written guides and helpful hints in a JP Astronaut Journal. Each day will include live instruction, a challenge or experiment to test, an item to make, and a conversation with an astronaut, pilot, space experts, and other design and engineering professionals. Come get your daily dose of science, with Janet’s Planet.

Kaplan is offering tons of free resources for students, including a free month of SAT On Demand, which helps you master the exam in as little as 30 minutes a day. They’ve also added free live lessons for the AP exams including World History, U.S. History, and Biology. Check out their full resource hub, which also includes free ACT prep. Let’s make test prep one less stress during an uncertain time.

Space Time explores the outer reaches of space, the craziness of astrophysics, the possibilities of sci-fi, and anything else you can think of beyond Planet Earth with our astrophysicist host: Matthew O’Dowd.

Matt O’Dowd spends his time studying the universe, especially really far-away things like quasars, super-massive black holes, and evolving galaxies. He uses telescopes in space to do it. Matt completed his Ph.D. at NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute, followed by work at the University of Melbourne and Columbia University. He’s now a professor at the City University of New York’s Lehman College and an Associate at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium.

Episodes released every Wednesday afternoon. Visit PBS Space Time on YouTube!