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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History - The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.

How Parents and Educators Can Protect Children’s Online Privacy - For many children, the line between the physical and virtual worlds was already blurry. Then the coronavirus pandemic began, shifting even more of their daily activities online. Social distancing guidelines meant that education, entertainment and socialization all had to transition to virtual formats.

 

KIDS

Amazing Education Resourcesspreadsheet of tools/programs/services that usually cost money but are being offered for FREE, with info on subject and grade level. 

Bill Nye the Science Guy series – enjoy these fun and educational youtube videos of Scientist Bill. Learn how many different types of science experiments are creative and exciting. 

Bookshare - A free online library for qualifying students with dyslexia, blindness, and other reading barriers. 

Bubble Buster - This game helps students practice their skills with math. Just sign in with an email for Free! 

Building Social Skills for Children and Teens – Try these fun games and activities with your children and teens to help develop and progress their social skills. 

Coll Math Games - This site offers tons of games that incorporate math into the strategy, from virtual Chess to more videogame like math games. Search by skill or take a break with some math trivia.

Crash Course -  The Crash Course team has produced more than 32 courses on a wide variety of subjects, including organic chemistry, literature, world history, biology, philosophy, theater, ecology, and many more!

Dads Worksheets - Math can be a hard subject, however you can find great worksheets and tools to help you with those math problems and the best part is they are free to print. 

Dance Mat Typing - There is nothing all that exciting about learning how to type, however, Dance Mat Typing somehow manages to make this tedious task fun!!! There are four levels of play that will have you typing like a pro in no time. 

Wow in the World - Wow in the World is a podcast for curious kids and their grown-ups brought to you by the folks at Tinkercast. These 20-30 minute episodes investigate factual real-world stories. Great way for kids to understand some society norms. 

Aquarium of the Pacific, Aquarium Academy - Come learn about ocean life from the Aquarium of the Pacific

Build fun stuff with LEGOS - Find all newest LEGO sets, videos, characters, and games in one place. Browse around many activities and play fun web games.   

Cooking with kids – here are some more delicious recipes children can learn in the kitchen. Let your little chief get creative

Cabin Fever Science - For easy science experiments you can do at home with little kids, tune in to Cabin Fever Science on YouTube, where director Randy Scott Slavin and his adorable daughter, Zoe, conduct science experiments using everyday kitchen ingredients. The resulting one minute how-to videos are fun, educational, and sure to inspire your kids to start experimenting.

Disney Nature - Learn about all the wonderful things nature has to offer with Disney Nature!

Duolingo - Want to learn a new language, at any level. Now you can, it is a great way to build on your desired language of choice. 

Educational DIY Activities for Kids! - These educational videos explain different creative ways children can learn colors, letters and numbers. Fun for all families.

Educational Games - These games are for grades pre-K through 6th. This will allow the kids to be engaged with school subjects and have fun.  

Food Literacy Center - Printable Educational Lessons, including kid-friendly recipes. Great for kids and parents to have fun in the kitchen.

Grammar Games– Sharpen your syntax skills with these fun free grammar games!  Designed for ages starting as early as preschool and up to 7th grade!  

Harry Potter At Home - The Wizarding World presents Harry Potter At Home! This online portal features puzzles, video content, articles, and includes free access to the audio book of the first installment in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Lakeshore Activities & Lessons - Lakeshore has a huge selection of FREE printable worksheets for kids of all ages!

Kids Learning Tube - Explore different educational videos for kids. They get to learn about space, functions of math, states, countries, and telling time.

KidLit.tv - a collection of web series, podcasts, tutorials, videos, and other reading resources from popular children's authors and illustrators.  

Kids Fun with Miss Karen - Our very own Miss Karen, Play School Instructor, is bringing cheer to your kid’s day!  Miss Karen will be hosting Zoom activities for kids generally pre-school age, but all are welcome!  For Zoom meeting information, please email Miss Karen at Karenh92801@yahoo.com.

KidsQuestTired of being cooped up inside can be pretty hard, so with the help of KidQuest staff they offer virtual learning for children to keep you moving and learning.  

Magic Tree House Adventures Join Jack and Annie on exciting adventures—come face to face with animals in strange lands, do battle with warriors across time, get swept up by nature’s force, and win big alongside famous sports heroes—all from the comfort of your home!

Mrs. Milch's READ WITH ME! -  Join Mrs. Leslee Milch as she reads some picture book favorites!  Leslee Milch, M.S., is a National Board Certified Teacher, Early Childhood Generalist and is a Reading Specialist for the Buena Park School District and on the Board of Directors for the BPSD Education Foundation.

NASA Stories - Enjoy and explore at least 35 different stories about findings and adventures across the Solar System.

National Geographic Kids - offers FREE online quizzes on topics ranging from animals 

National Geographic Kids Science Lab - Filled with science experiments, videos, articles and more. 

Notes from the Backpack – This PTA podcast is designed for parents by parents!  Engage in conversations that offer real-life advice and support towards your child’s learning and development.  All in parent-friendly language.

PBSkids.orgExplore various activities, tips, crafts and more for learning at home and find ways to build children's character. 

Pixar Instagram - Join the voice of Officer Giggle McDimples, Ally Maki, for a live storytime of selections from the "Toy Story: Storybook Collection."Giraffe looking at camera

ReadWorks - ReadWorks is a non-profit dedicated to providing tools and resources to help both teachers and students improve reading comprehension. They are currently providing some important online resources to help families transition into remote learning.

San Diego Zoo, Education Activities - Fun, educational activities for kids to learn about their favorite animals!

San Diego Zoo, Animal Stories -  Stories about all the wonderful animals!

Science Fun - Science experiments you can do at home! Have fun trying these experiments at home or use them for science fair project ideas!

Science Saturday! – beginning Saturday March 6, kids can learn about a new science topic every week with Mr. Joe via Buena Park Library Facebook page.

Smithsonian Zoo - Educational Activities for kids.

STEM for Kids - STEM — which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math — is a crucial piece of the educational experience. Biologist Judith Ramaley coined the acronym in 2001 for the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) as the organization began ramping up programs to promote STEM subjects in American schools.

The Kid’s Table – Just became more awesome!  Check out these delicious recipes in the video archive at The Kid’s Table!  Get the family together and have fun making eatable creations in the kitchen with your little chefs!  

The Space Foundation Discovery Center - The Space Foundation Discovery Center will be a community space and science education resource for visitors and the residents of the Pikes Peak region. On a state, national and international level, the Discovery Center will become a leader in the preservation, interpretation and display of space-related artifacts and exhibits.

Teacher Created Materials - A site offering free teacher-approved resources for at-home learning.

Teachers Pay Teachers - An online marketplace featuring free and paid educational resources, curated for different grade levels and subjects.

Teach Your Monsters to Read - Teach Your Monster to Read is the BAFTA-nominated series of games that helps millions of kids learn to read around the world. Here’s a little more about who funds the game, and the team behind it.

Time for Kids - For 23 years, TIME for Kids has published a weekly magazine for elementary school students.  This website features age-appropriate stories kids are excited about, information just for kids that explains the world around them, and instructional materials that are aligned to Common Core and state standards 

Virtual Story Time! - Story Time just got more fun and exciting. Enjoy Story Time read to you by astronauts.

WakeGOV Library - Click, watch and learn various story times online. This supports parents', caregivers with early literary development of their children. 

 

RESOURCES

5 Public Speaking Tips Is public speaking not your strongest area?  Do you get nervous and have no idea what to do with your hands while talking?  Watch this short video put together by speech coach, Amy Wolff, as she reviews 5 tips for being a better public speaker.

Be Internet Awesome - This website educates kids about literacy and online safety. The program offers FREE resources for educators and families to learn about these topics with a family guide and pledge, online safety coloring books, and simple online tips. The program features an interactive game, Interland, that reinforces internet safety concepts for kids in a fun and engaging way. its available globally in over 28 countries and 15 languages. 

College and Career Readiness– Students, It’s never too early to plan ahead for your future!  Check out these resources to help prep for college and careers!  Parents, view this content as well and learn how to better support your child’s college and career goals!

Internet Safety - Learn when to be safe when using the internet 

ONGuard ONLINE - Check out the FTC’s free online security tips and resources, and share with your friends, family, coworkers, and community.

GCF Global: Internet Safety -  
In order to be safe online, it's important for you and your kids to be aware of the dangers.  Be sure to read through this for information!

Kid Power: Cyberbullying -  Here are 10 Actions we can take to protect young people from cyberbullying.

Learn How to Become - At Learn How To Become, their mission is to help individuals find the best career, from the new graduate trying to land their first job to the seasoned professional climbing the company ladder. They are there to support you every step of the way with content on how to write the perfect resume, nail the interview, and more.  Check out their Job Search Guide and their Career Specific Search Guide.  

LGBTQ Students Guide to Getting Hired -  Job hunting has always been a major challenge for non-conforming gender students but with this resource, you can review ways to interview and get hired!

LGBTQ Youth Resources – Want to learn more about supporting positive environments for LGBTQ youth, their families, allies, educators, and more?  Check out these helpful resources that address LGBTQ youth bullying prevention, unity, and creating a safe space; put together by the CDC, other government agencies, and community organizations. 

Personal Finance Curriculum For Teens – The High School Financial Planning Program has created a free financial literacy program focused on basic personal finance skills for teens.  Explore the modules, teach your teen’s financial management skills early, and even brush up on your own with this user friendly database.

Stop Bullying: Preventing Cyberbullying - Read from StopBullying.com on how to prevent cyberbullying.

 The Parent's Guide to Teaching Your Teen Online Safety - Keeping your teen safe online is near the top of the worry list for parents today. Kids do everything online, from learning to socialising, gaming to shopping. For teens, learning how to recognise the risks and protect themselves is a life skill they’ll need for years to come.

Wonderschool Learn at Home Ideas - Use various guides/activities to support learning at home while making it fun at the same time. 

 

AQUARIUMS AND ZOOS

Aquarium of the Pacific, Live Cams - Come watch your favorite sea life!

Brookfield Zoo - Watch and learn different videos of all animals at the zoo. 

Explore Live Nature Cams - EXPLORE.org is the largest live nature cam network on the planet. We bring nature to you, raw, unscripted, and unedited. Enjoy the natural world as it unfolds in real time in front of our cameras. EXPLORE.org takes you to the most remote places around the globe, from the plains of Kenya, Africa to the riverbanks of Katmai, Alaska.

Gorilla Webcam -  Here is one fun experience of watching GRACE Gorillas in their natural habitats from the Forest Corridor Live Cam powered by Explore.org. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Come watch your favorite sea life!

New England Zoo - Explore another country's zoo and exhibitions. 

San Diego Zoo, Live Cams -  Come watch your favorite animals live!

Smithsonian Zoo, Live Cams - Come watch your favorite animals live!

Wolf Cams - They have a collection of webcams that allow viewers to see the 7 different types of wolfs that are critically endangered! You can see them if you look closely or while they are sleeping in their den

 

LEARNING TOOLS 

Buena Park Library District - The Buena Park Library is providing E-resources for everyone!

British Library Turning the Pages - You’ll find plenty to peruse the British Library’s flippable site, where you can examine illuminated manuscripts and rare illustrated books, including Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook and the original Alice in Wonderland (called Alice’s Adventures Under Ground), illustrated by Lewis Carroll himself.

Code.org - Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented youth.  Learn how to make games, computer drawings, and more with Code.org!

Columbia University Classes - For more than 250 years, Columbia has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world. At the core of our wide range of academic inquiry is the commitment to attract and engage the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding, pioneering new discoveries and service to society.

Goodreads - Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love.  Join for free and see what recommendations they have based on your interests!

Harvard University Classes - Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. Browse free online courses in a variety of subjects. Harvard University courses found below can be audited free. 

Person Holding Book_smallKhan Academy - A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Memrise - Memrise is a language learning app that is the opposite of textbook learning: it’s enjoyable and effective.

NASA at Home - Let NASA bring the universe to your home.

Orange County Public Library - OC Public Libraries’ robust digital services give library card holders 24/7 free access to ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, resources and more.

Overdrive - E-library that connects with the brick and mortar library.  Find your library and check out books today!

Road Scholar Virtual Learning - From early Viking settlements in Northern France to the evolution of Native American cuisine in Santa Fe, New Mexico, their online lectures will allow participants to explore topics featured on popular Road Scholar programs right from the comfort of home.

Yale University Classes - For more than 300 years, Yale University has inspired the minds that inspire the world. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale brings people and ideas together for positive impact around the globe. A research university that focuses on students and encourages learning as an essential way of life, Yale is a place for connection, creativity, and innovation among cultures and across disciplines.

 

VIRTUAL TRAVEL

Fly over Italy - Experience and watch the magical sights and sounds of Italy's famous Clinque Terre Coast for a full hour by drone.   

Galapagos Islands Tour by Nation Geographic! Visit the Galapagos Island with the "Our Awesome Planet" team!  These islands are a part of Ecuador and located about 1000 km outside of South America. Darwin made the Galapagos famous when he stepped foot onto its shores and developed his theory of natural selection, changing the way we understand evolution.

Google Earth - Travel virtually around the world and look at all the great places

The Hidden Worlds of National Parks - Explore 5 of he greatest National Park Rangers who will be your virtual guides and show the beautiful adventures of these large parks! Great for all ages! 

The Grand Canyon - Tour the Grand Canyon's trails with Google Earth!

Explore the Endeavour 2 - While you're staying safe at home, you can virtually stand on Endeavour's wings and explore the aft compartment through this unique tour.

Mars - Explore the planet Mars through NASA's images and interactive elements!

National Museum of Natural History - This Museum is based in Washington, D.C, and is offering virtual tours of the past exhibits no longer on display, as well as current ones. This includes Fossil Hall, the Butterfly Pavilion and Mammal Hall. 

The National Museum of Computing - The National Museum of Computing contains the world’s largest collection of working historic computers. The museum features a fantastic, intuitive, virtual 3D tour. You can zoom in on each exhibit’s details, and find out more about every aspect of computing history, such as the world’s oldest working digital computer.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - Think physical distancing with dinosaurs and mammoths, and connecting with nature and community science right outside your own door. The Museums want to know: what blows your mind? Connect with inspiring educators, scientists, and each other for virtual adventures. Access rich curriculum and activities to do with your family at home. Participate in exciting crowd-sourced science and social media campaigns.

Norway Northern LightsThrough the Island of Senja in Arctic Norway, view this spectacular, 14 minute, virtual time lapse of the Northern Lights in the comfort of your own home!  

Taipei 101 360˚ Virtual Tour – Check out one of Taiwan’s most amazing structures!  The Taipei 101 tower is exactly that, a tower consisting of 101 floors!  Follow Mandy’s short virtual tour that lets you click on the screen and drag the curser to look around!  Learn the secret to how this 1,667 foot structure stays standing tall against harsh winds.

Tembe Elephant Park – This area once referred to as the ancient “Ivory Route,” links Mozambique and Zululand and is renowned for having the largest elephants in Africa!  Come see these magnificent beings, and spot some of Africa’s other famous creatures on Tembe Elephant Park’s Live Cams!

Virtual Field Trip: Colosseum and Capitoline MuseumEngage in a captivating two-part venture through a step-by-step, virtual field trip into ancient Rome’s famous Colosseum and Capitoline Museum! Don’t forget to challenge your minds with the guided activities!

Virtual Tour of Great Wall of China - This wall is China's most famous attraction. Take a tour and oversee this 3,000 mile long wall. 

Virtual Disney World - Visit Disney World virtually and hop on rides with these 360 videos.

Virtual Machu Picchu - Come see one of the great wonders of the world!

Virtual National Parks - Visit our National Parks and see all they have to offer.

Virtual NYCThere are still plenty of ways to explore the five boroughs while socially distancing. We’ve rounded up online resources from museums, galleries, comedy clubs, theaters and other venues so that you can experience the best of New York City virtually. Read on for dozens of ways to connect with your favorite NYC attractions—or discover new ones—from home or wherever you are right now.

Virtual Zoos and Parks - Visit all the biggest and best zoos with Google Earth!

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