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To help with the madness we are going through currently, we have collated a list of useful links, websites, free resources, money-saving offers and more to see us all through it.

Help yourselves and email us on learn@independentthinking.co.uk if you have anything you feel we can add.

Thank you.

Being frank, this advice from children's bereavement charity Winston's Wish will come in useful for you at some time soon. 'In the midst of life we are in death' at the best of times, let alone the worst of times.

This is a very recent report entitled Thinking About Pedagogy in an Unfolding Pandemic that might be of use. 

Thunks are a great way of getting young people talking and thinking - here are 20 free ones to get you going.

Go to the Independent Thinking Press website where, for the duration, you can get 30% off our all books using the code 'CPD30' or 40% for bulk buys by e-mailing books@independentthinking.com.

Fancy reliving NASA moon landings in real time? Then this is what you search.

'We take kids ages 4-18 on free, live and interactive safari experiences, transporting them from wherever they are onto the back of a virtual safari vehicle!' - grab your pith helmet and go here

Talking of books, this BorrowBox app lets you borrow e-books and audiobooks from your local library. Neat.

With so many working from home, here are seven tips for keeping your internet connection nice and healthy from Ofcom.

This is a short update from the OECD on education during - and after - global school closures and Coronavirus. 

Harvard's Project Zero has now made a great deal of their material free from their At Home with PZ homepage.

It's the 30th birthday of the Hubble space telescope this year - here are the NASA pages all about it with some stunning images.

For fans of Puffin books for children, Penguin have put out a website full of free resources and readings.

A free Beta version of Cards Against Humanity:Family Edition to download (read the smallprint with small children first!)

Here is news of the BBC offering the 'biggest online education push in its history' it says.

Information here about free access to Yale University's happiness course (with advice on how to avoid the Coursera platform trying to charge you).

Netflix documentaries for free on their YouTube page.

How about eight science experiments to keep kids busy for hours apparently?

25 educational projects to try during the shutdown out together by Teach Primary.

Our friends at Helicopter Stories have created a space for the voices of children 3- 18 to be heard as they experience this current madness. 

'Milieu cards are a set of 53 cards that support you to deliver Citizenship, PSHE, SMSC and Leadership development' - get them free here from Innovative Enterprise.

Ideas and resources for teachers working from home from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

This is Teach from Home by Google, a 'temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus crisis'.

Free learn at home resources from education charity The Hamilton Trust.

These are great - free to download Covid-19 time capsules for children.

A number of thoughtful activities for children and young people at home from the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

This England's DfE's very own list of home-learning resources  - make of it what you will.

A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

Photomath 'reads and solves mathematical problems instantly by using the camera of your mobile device'. Eek!

Caution: you could be lost for hours wandering the website Google Arts and Culture.

A new searchable 'learning hub' from those people at Lessonable.

Here is Wired Magazine's take on 9 Mess-Free Ways to Entertain Your Kids at Home.

The Edinburgh Science Festival is moving online - find out how to get involved here.

This is the website of the BBC's Christmas Lectures - so much here to keep the whole family quiet for a while at least!

Glasgow Science Centre brings 'a bit of science into your home every day at 10am'.

Some free primary-level resources from social enterprise Now Press Play

This is Wooclap for distance learning across all phases of education.

'Fun games and teaching resources about microbes and antibiotics' - might come in handy!

A 'free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding' from Tinkercad.

How to get Into Poetry from America's NPR, lesson one, 'Don't approach poetry like it's school'.

Free online lessons for KS2 children from Atom Learning in English, maths and both verbal and non-verbal reasoning.

A great list from the US entitled 45+ Free Online Resources to Keep Kids Busy, Happy, and Learning at Home.

The 15 Best Netflix Educational Shows for Kids - for those who have the magic subscription. 

Time magazine are making their digital children's editions free for the rest of the school year.

Get Body Smart offers free resources for children to learn about, well, themselves.

Here is the website of NASA at Home for 'kids and families' it says.

Dyson (don't mention Brexit) have put together science and technology challenge cards.

Free printable stories to practice grammar from Classroom Cereal.

An 'entire primary science curriculum by topic' posted on Twitter by @primary_sci.

The Great Bug Hunt from the Association for Science Education is now on.

Free to download, a resource to help with school communication during the pandmeic. 

Nature activities for children to do at home from The Woodland Trust part one and part two.

Leeds Beckett University's Carnegie School of Education Working Paper Series CollectivED from The Centre for Mentoring, Coaching and Professional Learning.

A dedicated EYFS website 'for all those looking after 3-5 year-olds and their siblings'. 

16 Everyday Activities That Count as Learning from the website We Are Teachers.

Free literacy teaching resources for primary-age children from The Literacy Shed.

A 'best of the best' Padlet list from school principal @DWearing1972 on Twitter with so many useful learning resources.

And here's another from the same great source but looking at well-being for young people during the pandemic.

Here is a Tweet from writer and actor David Walliams letting teachers know they can record his stories for their children copyright free at the moment.

'Astérix publie un hebdomadaire gratuit 100% numérique pendant le confinement' - if you can read that then you can check this out.

Free comic-related resources from Jarrett Lerner who writes and illustrate books 'about farting robots, superheroic taco ingredients, and other very serious matters'. he says. 

Free full-length plays from the National Theatre on YouTube every Thursday.

And here is their on-demand service for schools.

The Getty Museums' How to Explore Art While the Getty Galleries Are Closed includes their new Michelangelo: Mind of a Master exhibition.

Free e-books for younger readers from Oxford Owl.

A list from The Guardian of 'the best free online experiences to stave off boredom' they say.

And here's a list from the TES of what their url is referring to as 'coronavirus free resources'. 

He might have made his fortune exploiting his workers and fixing prices but his museums make up for it, a bit. Explore Carnegie Museums from Home here.

These free research-informed Keywords apps are to support EAL learners and struggling readers with the academic language of both subjects. Keywords Biology for iOS and for Android and Keywords Geography for iOS and for Android.

LA's Museum of Contemporary Art is offering a lot of online material now.

UK's Geographical Association have made all their resources available for free online.

If you're on Twitter, how about a Sonnet A Day read by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart.

Aimed for parents as well as teachers, check out BBC Teach for the sort of quality resources you'd expect (and here is their with Five ways to keep your children occupied (and learning!) at home to kick you off).

The Grammy Museum has put a number of videos online for free now in their new Museum at Home section.

Explore More 'creates imaginary scenarios that allow learners to be anyone, anywhere, at anytime, doing anything' - the power of story.

The godfather of online learning, Khan Academy. What do you mean, you've never heard of it?!

This is the education version of Kialo, the 'world's largest argument mapping and debate site' apparently.

There's free access for teachers and for parents to resources from Century here for the duration, an app that claims to be 'the tried and tested intelligent intervention tool that combines learning science, AI and neuroscience'.

Free educational content from Minecraft.

For the duration, Countdown's Susie Dent's clever spelling app Sir Linkalot is making itself available for free.

A great list of tech-related ideas and freebies from our friends at EdTech Impact.

A morning radio show for children and parents learning at home with the amazing Russell Prue, Pie Corbett, Deputy Mitchell and head teacher Ian Rockey - it's RadioBlogging

A list of cultural events you can watch for free from London Theatre 1.

Full-length concerts from the world-renowned London Symphony Orchestra.

'Creative Quarantine is a daily email of creative activities and adventures for people young and old to do in their own home' - sign up here.

Ever wanted to learn how to stop-motion shorts? Now's your chance, for free with these apps.

Here is a great webinar on teaching online from someone who's already eight weeks in and going strong.

Free resources from Parrot Learning to support KS3 and 4 English.

Free film-related activities for young people to do at home from IntoFilm.

A list from the US of global businesses offering for free useful learning resources that would otherwise be paid for.

Fascinating website on Big History, examining our past, explaining our present, and imagining our future.

Free courses for young people to develop their digital (and employability) skills from iDEA.

TEdTalks for young people, teachers and parents from TEDEd.

'Smart videos for curious minds' apparently, from The Kids Should See This.

National Geographic for kids - as good as you'd expect it to be.

Free resources for use at home from STEM Learning.

Love this - The Great Indoors, ideas for inside adventures from Scouts.co.uk

A Wish List with tips and thoughts about getting outdoors during these challenging times from Outdoor learning expert and Independent Thinking Associate Juliet Robertson

J.K. Rowling has given teachers free rein from a copyright point of view to record themselves reading her stories aloud to children.

The Bristol Liberal Arts teaching team have out a huge list of online culture they are call Art in the Age of Corona.

Learning Through Landscapes are putting ideas up for home learning for younger children. Here is their web page for Early Years and this one is for Upper Primary.

Free resources for the teaching of RE across all key stages from the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education.

Free magazines including Teach Primary and Teach Secondary for as long as UK schools are closed.

Here are twelve word-class museums you can visit without leaving your house

If you are left wanting more, here is a list of the 75 best virtual museum tours from the team at Upgraded Points.

Free fitness videos for children from fitness and gym experts Les Mills. (Scroll past the 'Subscribe button).

And free Les Mills fitness videos for the grown-ups too.

Free online opera, stage shows and musicals online listed on this website - the Arts will help us get through this.

Talking of which, BBC Radio 3 is promoting the Twitter hashtag #bbcessentialculture where people are posting free concerts, poetry readings, theatre and more.

Sugata Mitra's School in the Cloud website, where you can explore Self-Organised Learning Environments centred around Big Questions.

Free stuff here for primary and secondary phases from educational juggernaut Pearson.

A new blog with a specially updated checklist from our friends at Fit2Communicate, specialists in helping school communicate well with their wider community.

Online music courses for school reduced from £99 to £10 from Music Education Solutions.

Resources, vidoes, podcasts and more on the website of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.

Online courses on education from global virtual university, Coursera.

Free online cpd for primary science with (in the news currently) Imperial College London.

(Talking of Imperial College, if you want to read the research that prompted a change of tack by the British government over its Covid-19 response, grab a stiff drink and click here. And here is a very good interactive map of the outbreak globally from John Hopkins University, as recommended by the BBC. And here is how to receive regular updates and info from the WHO via WhatsApp)

Online courses that many teachers seemed to be recommending on Twitter from FutureLearn.

A free e-learning course (if you don't need the certificate) all about Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs.

Stuck at home with young children - or know people who are? This 30-day LEGO Challenge might come in handy.

And here is UNICEF's guide to coping for families with children including the message, 'If you are a father, engage more with your child'.

An important online course that won't break the bank from the NSPCC Learning about keeping children safe when they are online.

OpenLearn is from our wonderful Open University - here is their extensive list of free courses.

And here are the OU's free courses for taking your teaching online.

This one on understanding autism has been proven to be very useful.

Free resources for both primary and secondary teachers from Teach Computing. Does what it says on the tin.

Free online education courses on a wide range of relevant topics for all teachers from Alison.com.

A free online course on speech, language and communication from The Communication Trust.

Want to buy books online, support your local bookshop and not give tax-averse Amazon any more of your money? Us too. Try Hive instead.

And, of course, no list like this would be complete without mentioning 50 Things to Do Before You're 11¾ from the National Trust. Their buildings may be closed for a while but many of their spaces are open and free to enjoy (just keep your distance).

But if that's not enough to be getting on with, here is an even bigger list of resources from those nice people at ChatterPack.

And here's an impressive list of education companies offering normally paid-for stuff for free at the moment from the US website Kids Activities.

First things first, part one of a blog from Associate Mark Anderson with ideas for teaching with school now closed.

And here's part two with more ideas, including the primary angle and also non-tech suggestions.

Taking Your School Online - lessons learned after week one from Rotterdam's international school, RISS.

The view from the headteacher of Hong Kong's prestigious Shrewsbury School, a school that has been shut for several weeks now.

We hope that is all useful and we'll keep adding to it until all this unpleasantness is over

Good luck, keep in touch, here's that link to NHS advice about Covid-19 and thank you for all you are doing.

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