Last updated: 8th April
Here follows a list of non-educational products, services and resources that have been made freely available during the COVID-19 pandemic:
21 courses, 100 hours of video instruction and 600+ exercises entirely for free until 15th April 2020 - register for free account
Not strictly COVID-19 related, but worth mentioning:
Amazon is opening up free streaming access to more than 40 children’s shows — including its original series — to all customers worldwide. Requires an Amazon account
the National Emergency Library is 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. Instant access to these books is available until the end of June 2020
Audible are allowing access to over 200 full-length audiobooks for free for the duration of school closures. There’s no log-in or registration required
A guide to the best opera, ballet and classical concerts to stream online
Over 600 orchestral concerts available free of charge. Registration, without obligation, required.
Meditation and mindfulness site Breethe have released a free collection of meditations called Inner Wellness During Coronavirus for their app.
Curated free content hand-picked to support mental and emotional wellness through this time
YouTube channel of Tai Chi classes
Children's author David Walliams is releasing 30 free audio stories for children. A new one is released every day at 11am
A short wordless story, that will help people to understand what to do if you have Coronavirus and how to keep yourself and those who you care about safe.
A continually updated Google Docs spreadsheet of free online theatre and opera streaming
has partnered with 1,200 leading museums and archives to show their exhibits online and offer virtual tours. Other museums also have their own virtual tours, including the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Vatican Museum in Rome, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC
Free for the Headspace app, a collection that includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises
Free counselling services during COVID -19
141 computer games that have been made free during the pandemic
Spring into Storytime Irish public libraries and Irish publishers and writers have agreed a deal to facilitate online storytime sessions for young people while libraries and schools remain closed to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic. Librarians will stream storytime sessions or post them online on their social media channels, and these videos will remain online while library buildings are closed.
Libraries Ireland offer a variety of free resources all the time:
Access to these services will be through your your library card number and PIN. A list of user guides and video tutorials about using the online services is available here
Free streams of classic opera performances from the New York Met
Twice daily guided meditations at 12 PM and 8 PM on Zoom (free, but donations welcome)
including performances by Ray Charles, Wu-Tang Clan, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Deep Purple, Carlos Santana, and more.
Free online theatre shows Each production will be shown live on the theatre’s YouTube channel at 7pm on a Thursday and will then be available on demand for a week
Thirty day free access to American basketball content. No credit card required
A free chrome extension that allows you to watch Netflix and chat with your friends from separate locations (requires a Netflix login)
Complementary access to an extensive library of American football programming
Free access to hundreds of episodes of ad-free children’s entertainment on channels including Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network plus a range of educational kid’s documentaries for three months. To claim:
- Head to www.nowtv.com/ie/wfh
- Click to redeem voucher (populates automatically)
- Continue to sign in or create an account
If you don't wish to continue using the pass after the end of the free three month period, then you must cancel it as it will cost €7 per month thereafter.
A list of some of what’s streaming and otherwise available on the internet
Rosetta Stone Language Learning for students is free for the next three month
The Royal Opera House will be sharing some of its best ballet and opera performances from the archive
Wellbeing videos from John Doran
You are enough
Turn off worry, turn on resilience
Free until 1stJuly, Zoho Remotely is a complete suite of web and mobile apps to help homeworkers collaborate