Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. A group of more than 75 organizations came together and raised their hands to help, and many more are joining on a daily basis.
The pandemic has highlighted the invaluable role that teachers play in students’ lives. It has also made the connection between schools and families more essential than ever. Wide Open School has continued to improve the site so parents, caregivers, and teachers can find the advice and support they seek about distance and hybrid learning and so students in preschool through grade 12 can easily find engaging learning activities.
Wide Open School can only fulfill its mission if all kids and families can access it. Millions of kids are without home broadband internet access and devices, leaving them without access to critical learning and support services.
Wide Open School’s partners and supporters are stepping up to create access for all by offering free and low-cost broadband and devices, as well as free content and services that can be completed offline or on smartphones. As homes double as classrooms and after-school programs, Wide Open School knows there needs to be new and better ways to keep all families and educators connected and supported. That’s why there are many tools for social-emotional learning and digital citizenship, plus resources on racial justice and equity and for kids with learning and thinking differences, English-language learners, and Spanish-speaking families.
A note on privacy
While Wide Open School has tried to favor sites that don’t require a login, some do require registration. The provided resources include links to external websites or applications that are governed by their own privacy policies or information collection practices, which may be substantially different from those of Common Sense. It is encouraged for you to review the privacy policies and information collection practices of any external websites and apps before using them with children. Many organizations have stepped up and made their resources free for kids during this critical time.