Virtual Educational Resources

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During the outbreak of COVID-19, educators across the country moved quickly to create online content for those who are now “homeschooling” or having to entertain your children at home, while you yourself may or may not be working from home. The purpose of this page is to give you a “one-stop shop” for a wide variety of resources we have seen in the last few weeks. There has been A LOT and that can be overwhelming on its own! If you have anything to add to this list, please email the link to the resource to liz_peterson@ncsu.edu.

The following are links to resources that are available during this time of social distancing. These links are in no way sponsored by North Carolina State University or any of its affiliates or staff. PLEASE be aware that there may be content, particularly in some of the art museums, that may not be appropriate for young children. Please monitor your youth’s use of these sites. These are intended to be educational and cultural resources for teachers and parents at this time with no specific age group in mind. Use at your own discretion. With that said, there are a lot of great opportunities below! We encourage you to take advantage of those appropriate for your youth.

NC 4-H Daily Spark – 4-H Professionals from across North Carolina will be going LIVE on the NC 4-H Facebook page every weekday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Browse through their events to find programs you are interested in.

Pender County Library Online StorytimeJoin the library’s Facebook page for live online storytimes! Tuesday and Thursdays at 10 a.m. starting Tuesday, March 31st! Note: this will be live only and will not be recorded.

Food Safety Resources (NCSU) – These resources provide best practices for preparing for COVID-19 and managing risk for individuals at home and for food environments such as restaurants, grocery stores, food banks, gardens, and farms. These resources are based on guidance and best practices as outlined by the CDC, EPA, USDA, FDA, WHO and the best available science. All items are peer-reviewed by an expert panel, and many are translated into Spanish. Check back frequently for updates.

Resources to Help Parents Teaching At Home during COVID-19 School Closures (NCSU College of Education) – As schools, educators and parents continue to navigate what remote learning will look like for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many online resources parents can turn to to enrich their child’s at-home education. Here, several faculty members and instructors with the NC State College of Education share their tips and favorite resources to keep kids of all ages learning about math, literacy, technology, foreign languages and more.

Virtual Livestock Show (NC 4-H) – Open to youth in North Carolina that have market animals tagged for shows in March-June 2020. We will be working with County Agents and Agriculture Teachers to certify that animals submitted have been tagged for their prospective shows in Market Hogs, Market Lambs, Market Goats, and Market Steers. To participate, youth must complete the Google Document and answer questions about their project.

Resources for our Juntos 4-H Club Members – Resources in English and Spanish on COVID-19, education, food safety, pesticides, and more.

Boredom Busters (Liz Driscoll, NCSU) – Five project ideas to calm any boredom breakouts

Now What? (Liz Driscoll, NCSU) – 5 easy outdoor activities

Garbage Can Gardening (Liz Driscoll, NCSU) – After devouring a tasty pomegranate or pineapple, propagate them into a garden! Many common fruits and vegetables that we eat can be easily rooted and grown on a windowsill. Scraps from the kitchen are great opportunities to experiment and find out what will flourish. Try leftover lentils, garbage-bound garlic or a compostable carrot top. Use your imagination and observe what happens.

Combating Stress & Anxiety in Family Life During COVID-19 (Dr. Kim Allen, NCSU) – As we are all working towards a new normal, we hear things like “stressed”, “frustrating”, “difficult” – all forms of stress. Read about how stress impacts us and what we can do about it. 

COVID-19 Resources for Parents (Dr. Kim Allen, NCSU) – This is a compilation of resources for parents to help with transitions related to the coronavirus pandemic. You will find articles for talking with your children about COVID-19, activities for supporting schooling for your children, and additional resources for activities. 

Virtual Reality Campus Tours (UNC System) – take a 360-degree tour of each of the 16 universities either on your desktop, laptop, phone, or VR Headset.

Resources for Youth & Families (NCSU) – As communities across America experience the impact of school closures, it can be stressful for parents and families to find resources available to maintain a sense of normalcy and balance in their daily lives. Looking for ideas to help your children continue learning, exploring — and avoid feeling cooped up — when their schools or daycare centers close? We’ll help you make the most of this impromptu time off with learning resources, at-home activities and stress-relieving resources.

North Carolina 4-H YouTube Channel – Find videos on different topic areas, including embryology, microbiology, hand washing, origami, photography, and more!

Speak Up (Caldwell County, NC 4-H) – Speak Up is a three-session workshop on public speaking. Sessions will be at 3:15-5:15 p.m. on March 23, April 6 and April 20 (every other week). Up to 15 youth ages 10-18 are welcome to attend. RSVP to Sarah Moyer at sarah_moyer@ncsu.edu by March 20 to reserve spots. Each session will include hands-on activities/games, group discussion, and public speaking instructions. 

Got Science(Stanly County, NC 4-H)Hop onto the Stanly County 4-H page every day at 2:00 p.m. We will be doing some super fun science experiments for elementary and middle school students.

10 Minute Activities to Do with Kids (Carteret County, NC 4-H) – Rain Sticks, Window Greenhouses, & more!

Digital Resources for Learning (Craven County, NC 4-H) – Digital collections & libraries, e-learning, virtual tours, online exhibits, portals for learning, and cultural performances!

Virtual Learning Toolbox (UNCW) – One stop shop for virtual learning resources and professional development opportunities. Items are organized alphabetically by subject area and include a short description to help familiarize you with each resource. 

Inspire Kids To Do – Activity Guide (National 4-H)We took our favorite user-generated ideas, contest entries, and activities and created a 4‑H Inspire Kids to Do Activity Guide with 60 educational activities to help your child learn through hands-on doing. Download now and receive kid-friendly activities in STEM, healthy living, crafting and more.

Inspire Kids To Do – Mindfulness (National 4-H)Encourage your kids and the entire family to pay more attention to their emotional and mental well-being. These wellness activities are great ways to help inspire your kids how to be more aware of how they are feeling in any situation.

Inspire Kids To Do – Health Living Guide (National 4-H) – Eating healthy food, being physically active and taking time for yourself are all important parts of living a healthy lifestyle. That’s why we created the 4‑H Healthy Living Activity Guide with 30 hands-on, educational activities to help your child live a happy, healthy life.

4-H STEM Lab (National 4-H) – Looking for easy ways to get your kids interested in science? STEM Lab provides fun, hands-on STEM activities for kids of all ages to do anywhere! These hands-on activities are designed to instill curiosity and critical thinking, helping kids develop skills to be successful in life. They are also fun, easy to do, and feature a messy factor just for you!

My Name is Coronavirus Book – an interactive children’s book that is helpful for parents to explain coronavirus to their child in an age-appropriate way.

Living Room Learning (Nebraska 4-H) – Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. ET! Each day, youth will participate in a hands-on, virtually guided activity where they will learn about healthy living, science, technology, and more! Each session will focus on a new activity that can be done with most materials found at home. You do not need to be a 4-H member to participate.

Boredom Busters (Nebraska 4-H) – Tune in every Monday and Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET! Each week, youth will be given a problem to solve using materials that can be found in their home. The challenge will be introduced on Monday and on Wednesday, they will introduce exciting twists and turns! Through these hands-on, virtually guided challenges, youth will learn about entrepreneurship, healthy living, science, technology, and more! You do not need to be a 4-H member to participate.

Virtual 4-H STEM Space Camp (Texas 4-H) – FREE virtual 4-H STEM Space camp for 3rd-5th grade students. Each week they will release a new experiment with educational and how-to videos. 4-H membership is not required. They only ask you fill out the registration form. Experiments will be released every Monday morning at 11 a.m. ET on 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, and 4/20. 

Junior Master Gardener (Texas 4-H) – Junior Master Gardener folks in Texas are starting a Virtual National JMG Group for elementary-aged youth and their families. This will run for 7 weeks on Facebook Live beginning next Thursday, April 2nd @ 1 p.m. CT. Youth will earn a JMG Certification in Plant Growth and Development by participating in the activities. Check it out and register here: http://jmgkids.us/fblive/

Texas Virtual 4-H Experience – Check out the Texas 4-H Facebook at 11 a.m. ET for fun, interactive lessons and activities for youth of all ages via Facebook LIVE! Below are the dates and topics:

STEM – March 31, April 1, & April 2

Natural Resources – April 7, 8, & 9

Junior Master Gardeners – April 14, 15, & 16

4-H At Home Learning Resources (Iowa 4-H) – A collection of online educational resources for K-12 youth audiences, from aerospace to animal science. 

At-Home Activities for Kids (Purdue 4-H) – A list of at-home learning resources for families to utilize during social distancing related to COVID-19, including 4-H Animal Science Web Series, Wellness Bingo, Mindfulness, STEM and more!

How to Keep Young Children Engaged at Home (EdNC) – As child care facilities struggle to decide whether to close during the coronavirus pandemic, many parents might face a lot more time at home with their children. Here’s what you need to know about what child care centers face — and, if they close, the best ways to keep young children engaged and learning at home.

SciGirls Connect – Activities for girls to explore STEM at home

Science Mom – YouTube channel with science activities targeted for youth around 7-12 years old

Information about the Corona Virus – COVID-19