EdTech Companies and Resource Offerings
Some additional EdTech companies that are supporting families affected by school closure due to the coronavirus in the US are Mind Research Institute and Outschool.
Mind Research Institute
- Schools across the United States are being closed temporarily due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
- In light of this new development, the Mind research institute is offering free ST Math classes to learners from grades K to 8, their parents, and schools.
- According to the Mind Research Institute, their mission is to equip all students with mathematical skills to help them solve the world's most challenging problems. The institute will, therefore, provide no-cost access to learning resources to help students to continue learning even if schools remain closed.
- ST Math is a "web-based visual instructional program that leads to deep conceptual understanding of math."
- Parents can access the program and its resources by registering for free on the ST Maths website.
- The only restrictions of use are that the program will be offered free until June 30, 2020, and the parents can choose to continue to paid subscription or cancel it altogether.
- In addition to no-cost access to math resources, parents, students, and teachers also get access to information and resources on coronavirus from the CDC and the US Department of Education.
- ST Math is promoting the offer on its website and its social media platforms.
- Mind Research Institute's no-cost access ST Math classes have been covered on The Journal, on its social media platforms, and on its blog.
- Outschool is also another EdTech company that "has opened up its online classrooms to deliver remote courses to K-12 students ages three to 18, affected by school closures."
- The classes are available for free to needy families and are run by donations from sponsors and well-wishers. The classes comprise of small-group video chats and are taught by vetted teachers who are paid by the donations.
- According to Outschool, they have enrolled more than 2,000 students in over 10,000 live classes so far.
- Outschool is still looking for donors to continue running the program. The free program is exclusively for families in need, so families that can afford to pay the usual price are advised not to apply for the free classes.
- The program has experienced a rise in demand, which has necessitated classes to be limited to $200 worth of free classes per family, and if the limit is reached, families will start paying the normal prices.
- Outschool's learning resources cover any subject of interest to the learner and are customized to serve the needs of every student.
- Students that want to take Outschool classes for free have to visit the organization's website, sign up and enter the details of their school, and the offer runs from March 10 to June 1.
- Outschool is promoting the offer on its website, blog, and social media pages.
- The program has been covered in the media by The New York Times, USA Today, Fast Company, Cheddar TV, ABC7 San Francisco, and SheKnows.
Other EdTech Companies
- Other EdTech companies offering online classes and resources to support families affected by the closure of schools due to COVID-19 include ClassTag, Curriculum Associates, Epic, Knowre, among others.
- Another list of education companies in the US that are offering free subscriptions due to school closure can be found here.
- Dreambox does not have a lot of offerings in terms of support for families affected by school closures due to coronavirus.
- The company is only offering a 90-day free trial for a limited time to help students affected by the school closure learn from home.
- Parents need to ensure that the students sign up before 30th April. Dreambox has over 2,000 math lessons for grades K-8.
- The company is promoting the offer on its Facebook page, Twitter handle, its LinkedIn profile, and through a banner on its website.
- There is no publicly available data on Dreambox's uptake of students through their 90-day trial program.
- The trial program has been covered on Games For Young Minds, Madison County Schools, and Parent Map.
- IXL's support resources are mostly tailored for teachers to communicate with students and parents to enable learning at home during school closures.
- IXL's learning resources are "built on four key components: comprehensive K-12 curriculum, a continuous diagnostic, personalized guidance, and real-time analytics."
- During this period of school closures due to the coronavirus, IXL offers teachers and learners free access for 90 days, "in addition to a free webinar series with strategies for at-home learning, plus implementation resources and videos to help plan for school closures."
- One restriction is that the free webinars that help students progress during school closures will only be available up to end of March.
- IXL's school closure support resources are being promoted through the company's website, its blog, and its social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
- There is no publicly available data on the uptake of IXL's resources.
- IXL has been covered in the media by Tech Learning and TNTP.
- Curriculum Associates offers "free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish) and guidance for teachers and families to support learning at home."
- The program includes i-Ready personalized online lessons to support at-home learning when schools are closed for an extended period of closure.
- There is no available data on the uptake of students to the Curriculum Associates' program.
- Parents can freely access the resources on the company's website. The company is promoting the program on its website and social media channels.
- Curriculum Associates' program has been featured on Tech Learning, The Journal, and ABC 11.