March 30, 2020
As schools around the world close their buildings and families with children find themselves at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, YouTube has partnered with learning creators to bring parents and families resources and activities to educate in the home.
YouTube says the resources — dubbed “Learning@Home” — are not meant to replace homework assigned by teachers, but meant to complement that work.
The content, which is free, in eight languages and does not feature advertising, is categorized for families with teens, kids aged five and older and preschoolers. Subjects include science, math, humanities and electives.
The site has also partnered with Khan Academy to feature daily “homeroom” videos.
Google-owned YouTube also offers virtual field trips to destinations around the globe. The videos can be played on a Web browser, mobile phone, or by using a standalone virtual reality (VR) device.
“The resource will continue to evolve. We’ve built the hub with the support and cooperation of UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, who is also working with other education partners to respond to this emergency,” Google said in a statement. “As we continue receiving feedback from teachers and partners on what’s most helpful, we’ll continue to build and improve this.”