At-Home Learning | March 18, 2020

Online Resources for Middle and High School Students


Get the Math Get the Math features videos and interactive games to show how algebra is used in music production, video game design, fashion, restaurants, basketball and the world of special effects. The materials are designed to help middle and high school students develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real-world problems. (The videos can be used on any platform, but the interactive games can only be played on a laptop or desktop computer.)


Classroom, Inc. Read to Lead – Free online games that create a fun, engaging, and relevant way to blast through traditional reading barriers and promote 21st century skill building. By playing our games, students increase reading achievement, find motivation, and see- often for the first time- a real connection between learning, career aspirations, and their futures.

ScholasticDay-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. 

Social Studies

Mission US – Mission US is an engaging, online game that enables middle and high school students to explore different key moments in American History. The game immerses players in rich, historical settings and empowers them to make choices that illustrate how ordinary people experienced the past.

iCivics – Expand the learning experience for your students by putting them in the action. iCivics’ growing collection of video games offers teachers and students the opportunity to play with civic skills and knowledge. Content includes lesson plans, games, online workshops and other materials for teaching US government, politics, and all things civics. Games include Win the White HouseExecutive Command, and the media literacy game Newsfeed Defenders. All online materials are free to registered users.

Films BYkids – Created through a partnership between BYkids and Thirteen, this initiative pairs accomplished filmmakers with teenagers from around the world to create short personal documentaries that encourage understanding and engagement about global issues. Clips and support materials are available on PBS LearningMedia; watch the full-length films on the Films BYkids website.


Nature – In addition to resources on PBS LearningMedia, visit the website for more videos and resources from our award-winning documentary series.

NOVA – Visit the series website to find resources for at-home learning, and be sure to also check out the NOVA collection on PBS LearningMedia.

Media Literacy

KQED Learn – A free platform for middle and high school students to tackle big issues and build their media literacy and critical thinking skills in a supportive environment.

Above the Noise – YouTube series for teens, cuts through the hype and dives deep into the research behind the issues affecting their daily lives. The series investigates controversial subject matter to help young viewers 

MediaWise – Empowers young people to be more critical consumers of content online. Through their Instagram, they teach people key digital literacy skills to spot misinformation and disinformation so they can make decisions based on facts, not fiction. They also use teen fact-checkers to research current headlines. 

Student Voice 

Youth Collective – Generation Z media and education initiative that aims to amplify youth voice and provide a platform for young people to engage in the important work of building a more ethical world. Visit the website or Instagram to find videos of young people sharing their perspective on issues facing their generation.

KQED Youth Media Challenge: Let’s Talk About Election 2020 – The Election 2020 media challenge is a free, standards-aligned program on KQED Learn, co-hosted by the National Writing Project and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Middle and high school educators across the U.S. are empowering students to share their take on issues that matter to them. Learn how your students can create and publish audio or video commentaries for a national audience.