3 Educational Platforms You
Can Use Today for Free

3 Educational Platforms You
Can Use Today for Free

In order to support your remote learning initiatives, we’ve pulled together a list of our three favorite educational platforms for use in a virtual or standard classroom. Try these today for free from the comfort of your own home before deciding if these are the right fit for your students. Let us know which ones are your favorites too!

1) Legends of Learning

Your students are already home, probably playing video games. Our partners at Legends of Learning ensure those video games are tied into the math and science curriculum you want them to learn. The platform includes thousands of curriculum-aligned math and science games for elementary and middle school students. Teachers can assign and track progress on over 2,000 learning games and assessments.

Thinking about using this platform as part of your digital library resources? Students can create a FREE account and start playing self-paced games to advance their learning and improve their math and science skills.

Legends of Learning is a browser-based platform. Check device compatibility and system requirements here.

Get started right away here. Upgrade your account for Free Remote Learning Support during the COVID-19 outbreak by filling out this brief form here. Libraries please use Other in the “I need access for” section.

2) PrintLab

The hardest part about 3D printing isn’t picking out a 3D printer or learning how to calibrate the machine: it’s planning lessons around 3D design. Our partners at PrintLab make it easy! The PrintLab Classroom is an online education platform that helps schools, libraries, and makerspaces use 3D printing to address global challenges. The platform provides a complete toolkit of explainer videos, presentations, design workbooks, CAD tutorials, and step-by-step instructions in a well-packaged teacher portal.

The best part is that these lessons work for any 3D printer and can be completed even without access to a 3D printer. Students can start designing and learning in TinkerCAD and/or Fusion 360 and work through the design challenges. These designs can also be brought to life on a Merge Cube using the Object Viewer app (see below).

Get started right away by completing this brief form, and let our PrintLab partners know we sent you! The digital learning platform will be available until the end of April 2020 for anyone interested in 3D design and 3D printing. More information here.

If you do have access to a 3D printer, don’t forget the filament! TLCSmartTECH has filament starting at $15. Reach out at SmartTECH@TLCdelivers.com for a quote.

3) Merge

You may have heard about the Merge Cube from your colleagues who purchased carts full of them when they went on sale at the local Walmart or who received free Merge Cubes at their latest school/library/technology conference. What you may not know is what you can do with a Merge Cube after receiving it.

In addition to the great free and low-cost apps available at miniverse.io and the free activity plans for educators, our partners at Merge developed Merge EDU to increase learning and engagement with the Merge Cube.

Merge EDU is the only active learning platform designed for the award-winning Merge Cube. It includes K-8 NGSS standard-aligned STEM curriculum, AR teaching tools, immersive lesson activities, a teacher dashboard, and enterprise provisioning (student accounts, single sign-on, etc.). This platform also includes the popular Object Viewer and Merge Explores apps.

Get started with a free 14-Day trial, and let us know what you think. Check here for device compatibility information.

Rhia Stark
STEM Specialist
Twitter: @RhiaStark

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