Coronavirus – Activities for online learning and development

Because of the coronavirus epidemic, many of us are now spending most of our time at home, and with schools and businesses closed, our opportunities to engage in interesting, creative activities are more limited. Fortunately many companies and businesses around the world have made resources available online for free, that help keep up our learning and development, and maintain social contact.  See some of the choices below!

Updated 1 May 2020

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If you are a parent who does not speak Hungarian well, and your children are struggling with their school assignments, you can apply for Next Step’s new Online Homework Tutoring programme. A group of enthusiastic volunteers is available to help children manage their schoolwork during these unusual times. To apply, please fill out the application form, which will help the tutors better understand the needs of the children.

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Museums and Galleries
Zoos and Aquariums
Books and Stories
Art and Creativity
Virtual Tourism
Online Learning
More Resources

Museums and Galleries

Many, many museums around the world have created “virtual visits” allowing people to view parts of their collections online. Some examples.

  • The Google Arts and Culture site/app contains virtual tours of hundreds of museums around the world. For example, The British Museum (London, UK) has an extensive collection of online exhibits on the Google platform, covering the globe from indigenous ruins in Mexico, textile design form across Africa, traditional dress in the Balkans, the history and design of currency around the world, and many others.
    https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-british-museum
  • The Museum Island of Berlin also has a large number of collections that are available on the Google site.
    https://artsandculture.google.com/project/museum-island-berlin?hl=en
  • Go directly to the Google Arts and Culture site to find many, many more virtual tours of museums around the world, as well as Google “Street View” visits of sights around the world, and nature, technology, and cultural presentations,
    https://artsandculture.google.com

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Zoos and Aquariums

Many zoos and aquariums around the world are offering daily live online events, usually on Facebook live, where you can learn about different animals in their care. For example:

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Books and Stories

  • Astronauts on the International Space Station have been reading children’s books aloud – you can find many of them at Story Time from Space
    https://storytimefromspace.com/library/
  • Audiobook producer Audible.com has made available a large collection of audiobooks for children and adults in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German on their Audible Stories page
    https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
  • StorylineOnline is another resource for children’s stories, with videos of children’s books ready online by famous actors.
    https://www.storylineonline.net
  • For more books and stories for children, we recommend exploring the websites and Facebook pages of public libraries — for different languages, visit different countries! For example, story books being read aloud to children via video by librarians from the public library of Philadelphia, in the US. You can find one collection of stories for young children in English, read aloud by Ms. Liz, a librarian at a public library in Philadelphia, on YouTube.

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Art and Creativity

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Virtual Tourism

The internet allows us to visit sites and locales around the globe with free videos and virtual reality tours. Check out a few of these!

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Online Learning

Both children and adults can take advantage of numerous free online classes in hundreds of subjects

  • Khan Academy is a well-known, trusted resource for many years, with many, many learning modules available for free online. suitable for all ages
    https://www.khanacademy.org/
  • Adults can take advantage of Class Central, an centralized listing of online courses available from a number of providers, such as Coursera, EdX, Udacity, and Future Learn
    https://www.classcentral.com/

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More Resources

Find many more resources online!

  • The Open Culture website, which contains hundreds of links to educational and learning resources, form online courses, to ebooks, to music, and more, can be a good place to start a search for free learning and entertainment online
    http://www.openculture.com/

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