Common Sense Media launches Wide Open School, a free online resource

Common Sense Media just launched a brand-new, free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning as a result of the coronavirus: Wide Open School.

Why? There are so many online resources to support kids’ educational, emotional, and physical development that Common Sense editors are noticing yet another challenge for parents and educators: How can you find high-quality resources quickly, easily, and in one place?

Curated and coordinated by the experts at Common Sense, Wide Open School is the result of a collaboration among leading publishers, nonprofits and education and technology companies. Wide Open School features a free collection of the best learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade band and subject. You will also find daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time.

The site was built in a matter of days when a group of 25 organizations came together and raised their hands to help. Many more are joining on a daily basis. The plan is to continue building and growing the site until things get back to normal. Watch for new features and content partners to be added.

This crisis has reminded us all of our deep appreciation for the work teachers do every day in their classrooms. Wide Open School celebrates teachers – and parents – as they take on this new challenge.

Common Sense and their partners know that Wide Open School can only fulfill its mission if all kids and families can access it. The project is committed to ensuring connectivity and closing the digital divide. And, as always, you can expect offer guidance and support as you navigate privacy and safety in all you do online. Many of the resources can be completed offline and on smartphones. Bilingual and English-language learner resources are offered, too.

Please visit Wide Open School to take advantage of the best resources available for kids right now.