Resources On and Off Screen

Latest Updates - May 11, 2020

  • is a great way to help your student learn computer science at home. The site is free and offers training programs in multiple languages including prereaders. uses games, and courses to get your child coding. Students can learn to design and build apps with App Lab.
  • codeSpark is an award-winning learn-to-code app for kids ages 5-9. Solve puzzles and create games with The Foos while learning to code. Note: codeSpark is offering a free 3-month trial. Adult email address and credit card information are required at signup. (For pre-readers through 5th grade)
  • Box Island is a charming mobile coding game that takes learners on an exciting adventure while teaching the fundamentals of coding: algorithms, pattern recognition, sequences, loops, and conditionals. (For all ages)
  • Use Grasshopper to learn coding on your phone! This Code with Google program uses fun, quick lessons that teach you to write JavaScript. (For middle school and up)
  • Spending lots of time teaching from your screen? Instructables user Amos Blanton designed a simple sideview mirror for video calls that allows viewers to see your face and hands simultaneously!

External Resources We Like

  • Schack Art Center has many K-12 activities that encourage creativity.
  • Keep your child reading and engaged with Scholastic Learning at Home (For readers PK-9th grade)
  • Parenting Moments from the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute provides great resources for parents
  • Temporary hub of information and tools for teachers.
  • Learning from home resources from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) with many applications for ELA students. 
  • State of Michigan Distance Learning Guidelines.
  • Our neighbors at Cranbrook Art Museum put together a week of art activities so you can #CREATEwithCAM from home.
  • Feeling cabin feverish? Oakland County Moms gathered 10 ideas for an outdoor game break.
  • Audible is offering free streaming stories while classrooms are closed. The wide variety (popular new releases, fairy tales, classics, and more) means family members can listen together or independently.
  • Visit Michigan’s source of state, national, and world education news.
  • The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is offering free access to recordings of past concerts via DSO Replay.
  • There are lots of opportunities to explore science in the kitchen. (Raising agents! Emulsions! Maillard reactions!) Any fans of Samin Nosrat’s book (and bingeable Netflix series) Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat can #DrawTogether with the book’s illustrator, Wendy MacNaughton. She hosts weekday drawing classes live on Instagram, but you can catch up on past classes via YouTube.
  • Turn plastic bottles into a fermentation station. If that isn’t working for you, flip the setup into a decomposition study site instead.
  • Read more about bee hotels using this handy MSU Extension guide.
  • Bon Appetit’s popular Gourmet Makes YouTube series is a fascinating illustration of problem solving in action.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium hosts daily “MeditOceans” combining meditation and footage from tank cams.
  • Join volunteers from across the globe to analyze data and contribute to people-powered research projects with projects hosted by Zooniverse
  • The Exploratorium offers fun science “snacks” on their website.
  • Consider listening to an episode of Wow in the World on a walk or while doing dishes.
  • Did you know you could turn newspapers into a fort?
  • Dive into a project from
  • Big History Project is a free online course that covers almost 14 BILLION years of history through an engaging inter-disciplinary approach.