• Freebies & Specials

  • Techie Techie

    Zencastr
    Ever want to start your own podcast? Zencastr is lifting the limits on its basic "Hobbyist" podcasting plan through July 1. Their web based software lets you interview guests remotely, add sounds and post your show all from your computer.

    Meerodrop
    Need to send a large file for work? Check out Meerodrop. They are unlocking advanced features you usually have to pay for, like the ability to send a file up to 10 gigabytes! Your link will good for 90 days.

    Adobe 
    Free access to Creative Cloud tools through May for home use by students attending schools that currently only provide lab access through May. 

  • Online Learning Online Learning

    There has never been a more opportune moment to explore the wealth of information available at our fingertips through the internet than now, when we’re stuck at home and running out of things to fill the void of what used to be our normal schedules. Online courses are a great way to expand your knowledge and even advance your career by earning certificates. Taking an online course is also a useful tool for exploring fields of study. By studying short courses in different fields, you can make better decisions when it comes to deciding what degree to pursue. And useful information doesn’t have to come at the expense of putting you in debt!

    To reduce the time spent digging for information, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best resources for learning new skills & subjects online, for free!

    MITOPENCOURSEWARE
    MIT Open Courseware is produced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They offer courses in Business, Engineering, Health & Medicine, Math, and even language courses! The courses in OCW are classes that were once offered as college classes. When you select a course, you’ll be provided the course description as well as what materials are available to you. These courses require self-discipline since you’ll be working through the course schedule without the assistance of a professor. OCW courses take some practice working through, but once you get the hang of working through a syllabus and downloading course materials, you’ll be learning in no time!

    COURSERA
    Coursera is another service that offers free online classes, as well as opportunities to earn a certificate or degree, as well as career training. Coursera offers classes in Arts & Humanities, Computer Science, Personal Development, Foreign Language, & Information Technology. They also offer degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science, Public Health, & more in both Bachelor’s and Mater’s degree. You can study & receive certificates in IBM Data Science, Construction & Engineering Management, Google IT Support, etc. All the courses offered through Coursera are created by national and internationally recognized organizations, such as University of Michigan, Imperial College London, IMB, & Yonsei University to name a few, so you know you’re getting all the right information. Coursera Allows you to work at your own pace & provides feedback as you work through the course material.

    ALISON
    Alison, similar to Coursera, works with recognized organizations around the world to produce high quality courses for free or reduced prices. Through Alison, you can receive certification in Foreign Languages, Media Studies, Health & Fitness, Networking, & more. You can also work through Diploma courses that offer skills training in Workplace Safety & Health, Business Management, Nursing & Patient Care, and many more! Another option offered through Alison is Learning Paths. Learning Paths combine courses in a related subject area to offer an in-depth learning experience. These paths combine courses in areas such as Hospitality & Food Safety, Tourism & Language Studies, and Project Management & Physics to name a few. You can also search for courses, certifications, & diplomas based on your career. Alison also offers Career Building and Guidance training based on where you’re at in your career, whether you’re trying to start, seek promotion, or re-enter the workforce.
     
    EDX
    Edx is yet another service that provides free courses, certificate programs, & degrees online from top institutions around the world. Take courses in Architecture, Biology, Economics, Literature, and a wide range of other fields. Earn a MicroBachelor’s in Computer Science or Information Technology. Or achieve your Mater’s in Accounting, Nutritional Sciences, Supply Chain Management, or Cybersecurity to name a few. Advance your career with a certificate in Python Programming, Corporate Finance, Business Science, Deep Learning, etc.
     
    OPEN CULTURE
    Open Culture is a free database for all the best free cultural & educational media available on the internet. Open Culture connects you to over 1,300 online courses, degree & certificate programs, movies, audio books, eBooks, textbooks, language lessons, business courses, and K-12 Educational resources. Open Culture is completely free to use and is a great place to go to explore that area that you’ve always wanted to learn more about. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about Digital Photography, this is a starting ground. If you or one of your children has always wanted to learn about space exploration, now’s their chance! Maybe you’ve been wanting to write a book, but want some creative writing lessons before you start, all your resources are available. Open Culture is also a great tool to help your kids’ study after being out of school for weeks.
     
    DRAWSPACE
    Drawspace is an online drawing course with free lessons covering all the bases of learning to draw. Start with an introduction then work your way through contouring, shading, composition & perspective, all the way to working with color.
     
    ASLU
    If you’ve ever wanted to learn sign language, lifeprint is a great place to start. Here, you can find a wealth of resources from the American Sign Language University. ASLU offers four levels of learning, starting with fingerspelling, introductions, and moving onto more advanced sentences until you can carry on a conversation in sign. Knowing Sign Language not only can provide new career opportunities, but connects you to millions of new people.

    MUSIC THEORY
    Many students will be joining or returning to the school band this coming fall, give them a head start or refresh their memory with MusicTheory.net. Music Theory offers basic lessons in reading sheet music, rhythm & meter, intervals, chords, and chord progressions. It’s a great tool for students just starting to learn an instrument or for those looking for a refresher. Even if you aren’t a student and are looking to get into an instrument, it’s a good place to start.

    There’s a wealth of information available to us all through these resources. And there’s never a better time than now to start learning something new. Every bit of information gained & skills developed is a door to opportunity that has opened. Your knowledge is your power. In the words of B.B. King, “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.”
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  • Kids & Students Kids & Students

    Age of Learning 
    Families at affected schools free at-home access to ABCmouse, a learning resource for ages 2 to 8; Adventure Academy, is open for students ages 8 to 13; and ReadingIQ, a digital library and literacy platform is available for children 12 and under.

    Caribu
    Connect the kids on a virtual playdate with Caribu. Think FaceTime but with on screen activities like drawing pictures, playing games or reading a book together.The service is usually $7 a month but access is free right now. No credit card needed. Just download and you're good to go!

    Kinedu
    If your little one is under 4, an app called Kinedu can help you fill your day with activities. Just answer a few questions about your little one and Kinedu will generate a daily schedule complete with activities aimed at developing crucial early skills. The service is free through April 15.

    GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home
    GoNoodle is the kid friendly entertainment company your kids know from school. They put together a free online resource for parents during this time called GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home.

    The content includes learning materials used at elementary school like movement and mindfulness videos. There are also downloadable and printable activity sheets that supplement what they see on screen. The best part: your little ones can do many of the suggested activities on their own, which means more time for parents to concentrate on working from home.

    Samsung Kids+
    Samsung Kids has a library of educational games, books and videos packaged inside an app thats simple for kids to use and easy for parents to control. There are popular brands including LEGO, Toca Boca and Peppa Pig represented with no adds or in-app purchases. Parents can also set time limits.

    New users can get a 30 day free trial and their second month for just $0.49. You can download Samsung Kids+ on Samsung devices through Google Play or Galaxy Apps Store.

    Spectrum Internet
    Spectrum is giving households with Pre-K to 12 or college students two free months of internet service. To be eligible, you must be a new customer. They're also waiving installation and pre-payment fees.


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  • Health & Wellness - Fitness Health & Wellness - Fitness

    Peloton 
    Stay fit even if you don’t have one of Peloton’s fancy bikes at home. They’re offering an extended 90 day trial to their app, which offers workout classes in a variety of categories, not just cycling.

    Headspace
    Headspace is one of the most popular meditation apps! Right now, they're offering free access to all K-12 teachers, school administrators, and supporting staff in the U.S. as well as health care professionals. A collection of content called Weathering the Storm is also available free to everyone.


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  • Entertainment Entertainment

    Sling TV
    Sling TV is encouraging folks to "Stay in and Sling" with totally free programming, including thousands of movies and shows for kids and families. The best part: there’s zero sign up or login! Just go to the website to start streaming.

  • Books, Magazines & More Books, Magazines & More

    Apple News+
    This is not necessarily a new or extraordinary offer, but it's still a good way to pass the time. You might know the Apple News app on your phone but did you know if you subscribe you get access to hundreds of magazines? And not just the current issues, but back issues as well.

  • Transportation Transportation

    Metra
    Doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other medical personnel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic will now be able to ride free on Metra by showing their work ID to a Metra conductor.

    Pace
    Pace is offering free rides on all Pace fixed route bus and On Demand services to all medical personnel--including doctors, nurses, EMTs, and paramedics--for the duration of the State’s “stay at home” order. To ride free, medical personnel must present a work ID showing that they are employed at a hospital, doctor’s office, medical facility or local fire department. For the latest information on Pace's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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