Resources for 2e Families & Teachers During Pandemic

Student at computer2e News recently reached out to our community members, seeking their favorite resources aimed to help twice-exceptional students continue on their educational trajectory during the pandemic. The following are resources that were shared with us, plus more we have sourced.

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Bridges Academy offered live online courses for twice-exceptional students in April. The offerings included:

•Fiction Boot Camp: Knowing what to write about is one thing, knowing how to write about it is another. This eight day intensive course will help students structure the plot, develop the tone, and determine the voice of their fiction.

•Poetry & Lyrics Slam: This course will furnish a productive and nurturing pace for students to read and develop their poetry and their song lyrics. For each of our eight daily sessions, the class will be given an optional prompt to react to for the following class. Alternatively, students are encouraged to read their work in progress.

•Encyclopedia X: Students in this course will channel concern into action as they create their own informational site (think Wikipedia) that addresses a pressing social, political, environmental, or social justice issue. Students will decide on their own topic and explore its origins, history, important events, important people, complications, and critical needs, as well as related political and economic factors.

•Digital Design Boot Camp: In this online course, students will work in Photoshop to generate their own digital content, be it illustrations, graphic design, products, or even high-quality memes. Students will master a set of tools and learn how to use them to bring their creative visions to life.

Click here for more information about these courses and upcoming summer classes.

Khan Academy provides free video lessons to students, who can maintain a personalized dashboard. The nonprofit has developed a special schedule of offerings for use during the current school closures. Khan also partnered with Disney to offer a course on theme park design and engineering. Learn more here.

TEDEd has launched [email protected], which provides daily lesson plans for students from elementary school through college. The site also allows teachers to develop customized lesson plans using TEDEd and YouTube video content.

Scholastic offers lessons, articles, videos, and activities for learners from pre-K through Grade 9. Scholastic also provides guides for teachers and families on how to maintain learning in a remote format.

IEP Answers is a new site designed to provide resources and guide parents through the IEP process in ways that allow them to most effectively advocate for their children.

Educating All Learners Alliance launched a new site aimed at housing “a hub of curated tools, strategies, tips and best practices for supporting students with disabilities online” during the pandemic.

Smithsonian Learning Lab provides free access to millions of resources contained within Smithsonian facilities. This includes audio, video, photos, texts, lesson plans, instructional strategies, and more. See the Getting Started guide.

Kids Like Us offers monthly support groups for parents of twice-exceptional children. See the schedule here.

With Understanding Comes Calm is offering parents and teachers free membership to its Let’s Talk 2e Community.

National Emergency Library serves as a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. See their FAQ here.

Inclusive Arts, which advocates for neurodiversity in the arts, has developed improv-based activities for students and families to try at home.

LG and Discovery Education are hosting a Discover Your Happy portal, which includes activities, lessons, and videos to help teachers and parents guide their students/children to manage anxiety and take concrete steps toward greater happiness.

Local libraries — including Los Angeles and New York — may offer vast online catalogs for library card holders.

Many other online educational sites exist that have materials or resource lists useful to twice-exceptional students. These include but are not limited to:

Image of Earth

NASA’s STEM activities for families

Coffee for the Brain is running LEGO quarantine challenges

ABCMouse.com

Annenberg Learner

Free online courses from top universities

Open Culture

BeachBody workouts for kids

Daily ballet lessons on Instagram from Tiler Peck, the principal dancer at the NYC Ballet

Amazon has free streams of children’s programming

Audible also is offering free streaming of a collection of children’s stories and classics

Homeschool Hideout curated their favorite online art lessons

Learning Disabilities Society in British Columbia assisting students with learning disabilities

FACTOregon offering webinars aimed at helping protect rights of special education students

Additionally, our friends at TiLT Parenting have developed this wonderful list of additional resources. Kids Activity Blog provides a list of educational sites offering free subscriptions. ChatterPack also has a list of virtual tours, free online courses, and more.

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