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How do we encourage continuing engagement with learning when schools and colleges are shut?

In this first in a series of blog posts, Dr Verity Jones, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education and Childhood at UWE, and Online Project Lead has identified some brilliant online learning opportunities – all completely free.

Don’t panic … help is at hand!

With the world feeling more than a little topsy turvey at the moment, and children having to adapt to isolated living and learning, it is a huge relief to see the online community coming together to support teachers and parents. While we frantically try to plan innovative ways of enabling engagement and learning under movement and resource restrictions creative juices may be running dry. This blog is here to help.

Having scoured the ether it’s not hard to find some incredible learning opportunities becoming available – free – for learners of all ages. Here’s this week’s collection that caught my eye …

Encounter Education is fantastic for your young scientists. Free resources now available, and amazing free live lessons to book onto for the budding marine biologist from 23-27th March. Submarine STEM 2020 offers pupils a new way to learn about the deep ocean and life around it while exploring the physics of submersible exploration and inspiring STEM careers. The lessons will be hosted from the expedition research vessel, with potential links to the DSV Limiting Factor, the first and only manned-submersible certified to dive to the deepest point in the ocean. So Exciting! Encounter Education

The British Library are providing a plethora of exciting activities to support reading and a love of books. Activities to explore belonging, animal tales and beautiful illustrators are all available. Nonsense dictionaries, poetry prompts – it’s all there to open up and explore. British Library

With home isolation it is perhaps inevitable that we will have more children watching more television than usual. Let this be a positive learning experience and draw on the fantastic work of Into Film who are offering their amazing resources for free. Dive into activities that get the creative juices flowing with hair, makeup and costume design activities, as well as film review templates and viewing maps. Into Film

For quite a comprehensive list of many free online resources now available to parents and teachers please check out: Kids Activities Blog

Next week I will be sharing more great learning opportunities to do from the comfort of the home. Watch this space, as I explore how to motivate our home learners.

Dr Verity Jones is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Online Learning Project Lead and Acting Associate Head of Department for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience.

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