Online Resources

Innovative Online Resources during COVID-19/Coronavirus Shelter-in-Place

Courtesy of Sarah Galo

Using Zoom

New to Zoom? Here is a helpful user guide, with tech tips and advice on how to foster community via video chat, created by Drew Ph.D. candidate and community organizer Abby Mohaupt. View Guide or get Zoom now.

The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming free performances nightly at 7:30 p.m. (which will be available until 3:30 p.m. the following day). The website is experiencing high traffic volume, but streams are accessible through the Met Opera on Demand app (available for download on your mobile phone, Apple, Amazon, or Roku devices, or Samsung Smart TV). You do not need an account to use the app to stream the opera. Simply click “Browse and Preview” on your TV app or “Explore the App” on your tablet or mobile phone. Learn More.

Excerpts of Ken Burns’ many documentaries

Looking for something more educational to watch? Excerpts of Ken Burns’ many documentaries are available online. Many streaming channels offer a free week or a two-week-long trial, such as Criterion Channel that features films from the silent era to recent international releases. The Atlantic has some helpful ideas about what to watch. If you have Netflix, there is now a Chrome extension called Netflix Party, which allows you to watch Netflix shows with friends.

E-books and E-audio books

The MAIN (Morris Automated Information Network) Library is allowing patrons to check out up to 10 e-books or e-audio books through the Cloud Library App. This is available whether you have fines or not; all MAIN Libraries are fine-free through April 30. The app is available on mobile phones, Amazon Fire Reader or Barnes & Noble Nook Reader, or on your computer. Check out their digital resources page for more apps and databases available online. Learn More.

Scribd Free 30-day Trial

Scribd is offering a free thirty-day trial to download and read books, audiobooks, and magazines. You must begin your free trial before April 17, 2020. Learn More.

News Outlets

The New York Times is offering free access to all its COVID-19 coverage. So is The Washington Post. Vox requires no account and features thorough “explainers” on the news.

Yoga

Local yoga studios, like Be Well, are offering classes via Zoom. Be Well’s classes will be free through Sunday, March 22. Yoga teachers are offering free or donation-based classes on Instagram and Twitch. (Two favorites are Emily Joy, who recently lost her home in the Nashville tornado earlier this month, and Erik Hinton.) To access these classes, you will need accounts with the platforms. The YouTube channel Yoga with Adriene is completely free, but there will be ads.

Guided Meditations

Clinical psychologist and meditation teacher Tara Brach is offering free guided meditations on her website along with a free guide for creating a Home Retreat. Mindful.org has a free walking meditation, and if you would like to read more about a walking meditation practice, this post by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh is very helpful.

Open Culture

Free coloring pages are available at Open Culture, which also catalogs where you can find free films, books, and online courses.