Hello Families, NYC just announced DOE Schools will close this week. Here are resources on how to get connected for families without WIFI, and resources to help with online learning and social connection. We practiced with an online sing-a-long this weekend and kids loved it. Deep care to you all, we’re in this together.
Help Families get connected to WIFI
Share your internet – If you have internet, you can share your internet with your neighbors who do not have connectivity if your router reaches their apartment/ home. You can simply share your password with them for the time being.
Low cost or Free WIFI
Brooklyn Public Library Hotspots – BPL has now closed through March 31st, but we are checking on resources they may offer.
Spectrum Broadband – If you live in a neighborhood with Spectrum, you can get free Spectrum WIFI for 60 days if you are a parent of a K – 12 or college student. https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more
Optimum – You may be eligible for Altice Advantage Internet, a low-cost high-speed internet service to benefit families, seniors and veterans. Altice Advantage Internet is available to new Optimum and Suddenlink internet customers, who have not had internet service within the past 60 days and a member of the household also meets one or more of the following eligibility requirements:
- Eligible for or participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); or
- New York City resident and attends a New York City public school; or
- Eligible for or receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and 65 years of age or older; or
- Veteran receiving state or federal public assistance
NYC Mesh – is community supported WIFI available in some Brooklyn neighborhoods (see map). They are working to support people who don’t currently have an internet connection, you can fill out their join form and they will be in touch. https://www.nycmesh.net/join
Social Connectivity & Online Learning
Zoom.us – Zoom is an online meeting platform. They have temporarily lifted the restriction on time limits for free accounts so people can use it for online learning – it’s a perfect platform for kids to interact and for virtual classes. You can find instructions for signing up here. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362033-Getting-Started-on-Windows-and-Mac
Once you create an account you can create a meeting and invite others to join.
Google Hangout – If you have a gmail account, Google Hangout may be the easiest platform to use. To schedule a hangout, you can go to Google Calendar, schedule a calendar time, and click on “add conferencing” and “Hangouts.” You can then enter email addresses in “guests,” and click “save” and “send.” Your guests will get an emailed invitation. They can click the calendar invite, and click “Join Hangout” to be connected to you at that time. Mobile users will need to add the “Google Hangout” app to join.
Online Learning Resources
Scholastic Offers free resources, strategies, lessons for remote learning
How can Khan Academy be used for remote learning during school closures?
Khan Academy schedules for school closures
List of Companies offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings
ChessKid.com is a virtual chess platform, you can play live players, and set up tournaments.
DuoLingo is a free, fun, kid-friendly language learning program and app (can be done on a smart phone)
BPL’s Remote Resources
Did you know that many of the Library’s resources are available online?
Here are just some of the things you can do from home:
Children and teens might enjoy:
And the whole family can learn about the 2020 Census together.