30 Digital Resources for Teachers and Students

Published on 10 June 2021

“We have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology,” declares E. O Wilson, the American sociobiologist and world’s leading authority on ants. We have a lot to learn from these tiny creatures.

With COVID-19 ripping through the globe, emotions running high and institutions shutting down, this god-like technology has come to the rescue of many.  Especially in the field of education, technology can be put to good use and for a curious mind, the choices are limitless.

But first, here are some online resources for the visually impaired:

  • Sugamya Pustakalaya, India:  Books in Digital Access Information System (DAISY) format for persons with print disabilities, blindness, impaired vision, and dyslexia
  • The DAISY Consortium
  • Library of Congress, USA:  National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled
  • Paths to Literacy, USA:  All information related to literacy for the blind and visually impaired

A list of 30 digital resources on science, arts, philosophy, law and research-based education for educators to make lesson plans, students to learn and researchers to explore:

  1. Jove Science Education:  A video library of science experiments

2. Apps for studying the stars and space without a telescope: NASA App, Google Sky, The Secrets of The Universe @the_secrets_of_the_universe on Instagram and YouTube

3. Bitesize, BBC:  Lessons for young people from 3 years to 16+

4. SWAYAM portal, India: Course catalogue

5. Ditch The Label:  Resources for digital literacy, gender stereotypes, mental health and to combat bullying

6. Firstsite Art Online, UK:  Arts and crafts tutorials

7. King’s Centre for Visualization in Science, King’s University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada:  Electronic learning tools to understand science

8. PocketLab:  Lessons in Science

9. Microsoft Education:  Lesson plans, learning paths and courses for virtual learning

10. PhET, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA:  Founded by Nobel Laureate, Carl Weiman, this project provides game-like interactive simulations in Science and Mathematics

11. University of Cambridge, UK:  Learn all about the English naturalist, biologist, and the Father of Evolution, Charles Darwin, through the Darwin Correspondence Package showcasing historical documents, video and audio

12. LabXchange, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, USA:  For educators, students and researchers in Arts and Sciences; foundational concepts in Biotechnology

13. Lego Education:  Making lessons and learning fun with LEGO

14. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:  A repository of information on philosophy 

15. Metastring Foundation, India:  A unique biodiversity portal

16. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), USA:  Nanotechnology resources

17. VLabsDev, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), India:  Providing virtual lab experiments for Engineering, Science and Polytechnics; Zoology Lab

18. OLabs, India:  Teach lab experiments online in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and also Maths and English!

19. Smithsonian Science for Global Goals, USA:  Helping young people (and adults) solve global problems outlined by United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

20. Smithsonian Science Education Center, USA:  Always Think Like A Scientist (ATLAS) guidebook

21. Become an Apple teacher on Apple Teacher Learning Center and create lessons using Augmented Reality (AR)

22. Common Sense Education:  Self-guided activities on Digital Citizenship

23. Law Rewired, India:  A student-run portal for qualitative information on Indian law

24. Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA:  OpenStax textbooks for higher education

25. Roja Muthiah Research Library (RMRL), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India:  All about Tamil culture and heritage, available in print and audio, spanning 300 years

26. Science Education with Minecraft

27. Pratham Open School, India:  Available in English and local Indian languages

28. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA:  Learning resources for teachers, students, and researchers

29. United Nations (UN) Digital Library

30. Visit the Louvre Museum in Paris, France and explore its collection

After all the surfing and learning, take a moment to LOL and make some memes!

Popular Science: The best science jokes to make you laugh, groan and Google

Popular Science:  How to make a legendary meme

And here’s a wrap up with some ant wisdom!

Image Source: Pexels

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Priya-The Accessibility Warrior

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