Serving Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa 

Virtual Resources for Families

This list of resources will continue to be updated as information is received.  Please check back periodically for additional assistance available to you!

Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

 

ADD Resources

ADDitudeMag.com Parent Page
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FOCUS ON DEAF/HARD of HEARING

ASL (American Sign Language) Stories for Families

Georgia Center for Accessible Technology in Sign (CATS):  Sign dictionary and resources

Teaching Remotely to DHH Students--Council for Exceptional Children Division for Communication, Language, and DHH

Virtual activities for teachers and families from Texas Deaf/HH Services

FUN and EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES

ABC YA - Practice math and reading skills all while playing games.
 

CPALMS:  A source for every course taught in Florida.

FloridaStudents.org:  A free source for all basic courses (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) taught in Florida.

Fun Brain - Play games while practicing math and reading skills.     

Highlight Kids - Read, play games and conduct cool science experiments!

Into the Book - Go "into the book" to play games that practice reading strategies!                                                           

Nat Geo for Kids - Learn all about geography and fascinating animals.                                                                         

PBS Kids - Hang out with your favorite characters all while learning.

Star Fall - Practice your phonics skills with these read-along stories.

Storyline Online - Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars!

Switcheroo Zoo - Watch, listen and play games to learn all about amazing animals!

Suessville - Read, play games and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friend.

VROOM:  A free brain-builder app for children up to five years of age.  Tips of the day can be sent to your phone; lots of information on how to embed learning in everyday activities.  WELL WORTH your time if you have little ones at home!
 
We Are Teachers:  130+ free online learning resources to enhance virtual instruction
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WSRE-TV 23 will be airing educational programming for preK-grade 12 students, from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., during the Covid-19 shutdown.  Click this link to see what might be right for you!

 

GIFTED and TALENTED

Gifted and Talented Enrichment:  Includes listings by grade groupings for critical thinking, creativity, leadership, visual arts, drama, dance, music, language arts, math, science, and social studies.

 

INTERNET and COMMUNICATION PROVIDERS
 

We’ve expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. Additionally, we’re offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.

AT&T has expanded eligibility for its low-cost internet program & new customers get 2 months of free service. In addition to SNAP recipients, the expansion covers households participating in the National School Lunch Program & Head Start. Learn more - https://m.att.com/shopmobile/internet/access/

Unlimited AT&T Home Internet

All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, we’ll continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a montAdditionally, to help keep families connected during this uncertain time, AT&T is also funding 60 days of free access and unlimited usage of Caribu, a video-calling application that allows family members to read, draw, and play games with one another while in distant locations. The Caribu application, which integrates children's books, coloring activities, and games will be available to families across the country and around the world, free of cost, for the next two months.MicrosoftMicrosoft is offering a free 6-month Office 365 G1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams, is now available. Microsoft is making this special G1 Trial license available for the US government, in response to the increased need for employees to work from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Office 365 and Teams can help bridge the communication gap between educators, students, parents, and guardians by enabling virtual classes and access to assignments using at-home devices.Additionally, Microsoft Teams can enhance, augment and compliment any existing emergency learning plans so that districts can spend less time on the “how” and more time on the students, families and educators impacted by this challenging situation. Please see other helpful resources for Microsoft Teams below:

Comcast/Xfinity

Comcast is offering free Wi-Fi, postponing service cutoff for coronavirus crisis. A map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots is available at www.xfinity.com/wifi. For those with school-age students at home, Comcast created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Customers say “education” into their X1 or Flex voice remote to use. Xfinity will not be charging late fees to for customers that are unable to pay their bill due to impact from COVID-19. 
  • Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. View a map of available hotspots, here. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

Cox Communications

New customers will receive their first month of service free. Offer available through May 12, 2020. Remote customer service support at no charge between now and May 12, 2020. In-home modem included.
  • $9.95 per month (plus taxes)
  • 10 Mbps
  • No term commitment
  • No deposit
  • No installation fee

Spectrum/Charter

Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced Friday that beginning March 16, it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K–12 and/or college students who do not already have internet through the company. Optional in-home Wi-Fi service at $5/month.

T-Mobile

Within the next 60 days, current customers will have unlimited smartphone data (excluding roaming), an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service, and extra free data up to 5GB of data per month. Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month.

 

Sprint

Sprint made general announcements that for the next 60 days there will be no disconnects or late fees. Other deals available are:
  • Complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3
  • Metered data plans receive unlimited data for 60 days and an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days

Verizon

Verizon is not charging late fees and terminations of service until 5/13/20. All Activation and Upgrade Fees are being waived if they were purchased from My Verizon Online, Telesales, Customer Service, Chat, or Authorized Retailers. Free International Calling will be offered to countries identified by the CDC as Level 3.

 

Century Link

Century Link has waived late fees and terminations of services to residential or small businesses for the next 60 days. All data usage limits are being suspended for consumer customers as well.

 

MATHEMATICS

XtraMath.org (includes academics-reading-math)

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Occupational Therapy Activities for Home

Our 10 Favorite Occupational Therapy Activities

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Fun Physical Therapy Activities at Home

PREKINDERGARTEN STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

ABC Ya:  Preschool learning games

Early Learning Literacy Tip Sheet--English (link coming soon!)

Early Learning Literacy Tip Sheet--Spanish (link coming soon!)

Office of Early Learning

Parent Involvement from the Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS)

Parent Practice Guides for Developing Early Literacy in Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers:  These guides make it easier for young children with disabilities to participate in early literacy learning activities. Written for both parents and practitioners, the practice guides describe everyday home, community, and childcare learning opportunities that encourage early literacy learning.

Vanderbilt's Prekindergarten Social Emotional site

PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES

Council for Exceptional Children:  Free membership through May 31!

Florida Department of Education Resource List:  Includes free internet access options

LDOnline.org:  Learning Disabilities information

READING

Booksource Banter.com  A listing of remote teaching resources for educators at every grade.  

Dyslexia workshop for families:  Please see the "Training for Families" link under Family Resources tab.

Readworks.org

SPEECH THERAPY

AAC Use - Autism:  Using a device in the home

Mommy Speech Therapy.com

Speech and Language Development Tips for Parents

Speech Therapy Resources:  Twenty five-minute therapies that can easily be done at home.  

Stuttering Help:  Stuttering therapy

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL RESOURCES 

Do2Learn.com:  Social Skill/Behavior Management

PBSkids.org:  Social skills lessons

NIMH:  National Institutes of Mental Health resources

SUPPORTING VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION

Please see "Training for Families," under the Family Resources tab, for webinar opportunities to help you help your child. 

How to Display Closed Captions

Tips for Parents in Supporting Their Children with Disabilities in Virtual Formats

Virtual Field Trips