Free Educational Resources

This page was last updated on June 25, 2020.

Many free online educational resources are available to support student learning. This includes otherwise paid resources which have been available at no cost during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is a list of some notable resources:

  • Beanstalk: Educational materials focused on pre-school aged youth. Free to join during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Gale Resources to Support Libraries and Educators Impacted by COVID-19: A hub that includes free access to interdisciplinary, curriculum-aligned resources to support online learning from pre-K through undergraduate, as well as ways to optimize your existing resources.
  • NASA STEM Engagement: A variety of STEM-related videos, homework help, and games from NASA.
  • PBS Learning Media: Curated collection of free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans and more for Illinois teachers.
  • ScienceBuddies: Science Buddies offers thousands of free resources for learning STEM, including a collection of 160+ fun, hands-on STEM activities and videos. Each of our K-12 activities covers a specific STEM concept, can be done in an hour or less, and can usually be done with materials easily found at home.
  • Tumblebooks: A collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games.
    • Public libraries across North America can email with subject line Free TumbleBooks in order to receive free links to all three TumbleBook databases so they can be shared and accessed by their patrons from their home

A comprehensive list of resources can also be found at This list was not created or vetted by RAILS, but is a compilation of resources curated by the educator community.

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