Learn from home
The COVID-19 situation has us all adapting to a “new normal”. Staying home gives us time to reflect, but we also know that the brain gets restless and that we like a bit of intellectual stimulation – that's what this page is for!
We've gathered below a few links to our favourite learning resources for all ages. Share widely with fellow teachers, parents or to try some of them out yourself!
- Talking to children about COVID-19
- Child Mind Institute: Supporting families during COVID19
- Helpful videos by Nathan Wallis for parents and whānau
- The Parenting Guide – survival tips for home self-isolation
- Nanogirl podcasts for kids, updates weekly
- Science Learning Hub (a variety of topics)
- Curious Minds
- Phet – Free science and math simulations for teaching STEM topics, including physics, chemistry, biology, and math, from University of Colorado Boulder
- Science Experiments for kids
- Geoglossary Update your geological lexicon!
- GNS Science Learning Resources explore the amazing story our country and the earth have to tell!
- British Science Association Crest Awards (at-home science activities for all levels)
- BBC podcasts (free to download)
- Scratch – program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community
- Amazon Audible books (free whilst schools are closed)
- YouTube Learning - have partnered with Khan Academy and other learning creators to bring parents & families resources and activities to make the coming days as educational and fun as possible
- Audiobooks RNZ - Not for Children (Young Adult reading)
- Learn Coach - a range of resources to support students with NCEA
- Learning from Home (Ministry of Education)
- Khan Academy - a non-profit resource with the mission to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere
- TED ED snackable lessons for everyone
- MENSA daily brainteasers
- NZ Geo (updates daily)
- David Walliams (free audiobook every day)
- TIME kids – Digital Library, free for the rest of the school year
- Wheeler's Ebooks and audiobooks
- Oxford Owl E- library
The art and science of photography
Learn how to tell your story through pictures, and how to take photos that help identify specimens in the wild, with our how-to guide on scientific photography.
Make your own seismometer
Learn how you can make your own seismometer using materials commonly found in the home, with UC Geology PhD student Sam Davidson.