WIDE OPEN SCHOOL
Schools are closed. Minds are wide open!
We hope that Wide Open School helps make learning from home an experience that inspires kids, supports teachers, relieves families, and restores community.
This site was built in a matter of days on a shared vision. We plan to keep building until things get back to normal. A group of more than 25 organizations came together and raised their hands to help, and many more are joining on a daily basis. Watch for new features and content partners frequently.
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.
This crisis has reminded us of our deep appreciation for the work teachers do every day in their classrooms. At Wide Open School, we celebrate teachers—and parents—as they take on this new challenge. We’ll discover and highlight teachers who are figuring out how to light up an online classroom and invite them to share their tips and wisdom to help blend home and school. Wide Open School can only fulfill its mission if all kids and families can access it. We know that millions of kids are without home broadband and/or computers, leaving them without access to critical learning and support services. We will persistently highlight the need to connect all kids, and we won’t rest until we have played our part in closing the digital divide. As we do so, Wide Open School will offer many resources that can be completed offline and on smartphones, as well as bilingual and English-language learner resources.
A note on privacy
While we have tried to favor sites that don’t require 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. We encourage 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.
We welcome your suggestions and contributions. We hope to provide great free learning experiences, resources, and social services for teachers, parents, and kids.
—The team at Wide Open School