Our Remote Student Learning Guide 2020 will help students:
- Receive discounts from internet service providers along with deals on technology and supplies
- Connect with nonprofit organizations that offer internet and computers to students and schools
- Get familiar with popular learning management systems schools use for online classes
Students of all ages are heading back to school for the 2020-2021 school year. But this year, things are looking a little different. Instead of hopping on the bus with first-day jitters or mapping out the fastest route to the lecture hall, many students are gearing up for remote learning and online classes. Students going fully remote, doing hybrid learning, or in need of financial assistance for internet access and technology can use this guide to get ready to go back to school and the virtual classroom.
- Internet Deals & Discounts
- Technology Deals & Discounts
- Nonprofits & Organizations for Internet Access & Tech
- Popular Learning Management Systems
Internet Deals & Discounts For Students
Whether you’re excited for remote learning or not, internet connection for school should never be a burden on you or your wallet. Luckily, several internet service providers offer deals and discounts to help you stay connected for online classes.
Altice Advantage Internet
Families or K-12 students can get internet with 30 Mbps download speed for $14.99 per month with Altice Advantage Internet by Optimum and Suddenlink. To qualify, families must have a child who is eligible for or currently participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), or who is enrolled in a New York City public school. Altice Advantage Internet subscribers who have applied for service through AlticeAdvantageInternet.com are also eligible for a discounted, recertified Chromebook from Acer Recertified. Check out the full terms and conditions or apply on the Altice website.
Internet Essentials by Comcast
Internet Essentials is a starter program from Comcast that provides families and other low-income households 25 Mbps internet and in-home WiFi for $9.95 per month. Individuals can qualify if they are eligible for the NSLP, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and other programs. Internet Essentials customers also have the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer at a discounted price.
Cox is helping families and students get connected to the internet to continue their education at home. With the Cox Connect2Compete program, eligible families can get low-cost, home internet with WiFi for $9.95 per month. Visit their website to see if you’re qualified and start your application.
Similar to Cox, Medicom is offering discounted internet for students and families at $9.95 per month. If Mediacom internet service is available in your area, you must have at least one student in grades K-12 living at home, or a child participating in the NSLP. Learn more about Mediacom Connect2Compete and find out if you’re eligible.
Spectrum Internet Assist
The Spectrum Internet Assist program provides discounted 30 Mbps high-speed internet to low-income households, with the option to add in-home WiFi for $5 per month. Eligible households will also receive Security Suite and an internet modem at no additional cost.
Technology Deals & Discounts For Students
Affordable, high-speed internet might not be the only thing on your Back-to-School list. Check out these deals and discounts on computers, supplies, and other tech for students.
Amazon Prime Student
Amazon Prime Student members get a six-month trial of free two-day shipping, unlimited streaming of TV shows and movies with Prime Video, access to Prime Video channels like SHOWTIME for $1 per month, and more deals and savings.
Apple Student Discounts
Apple is giving students discounts on their products and services, along with some freebies. College students can save up to $200 on an eligible Mac, up to $100 on an eligible iPad, discounts on iPad accessories, 20 percent off AppleCare+, and free AirPods with the purchase of a Mac or iPad. Check out all of the student discounts and offers on the Apple website.
Best Buy Student Deals
Best Buy has student-only deals available for students of all ages and for all stages of education. From discounts on computers and tablets to calculators and hard drives, Best Buy has options to make your learning more affordable. To explore these deals, all you have to do is create a My Best Buy® account and sign up for Student Deals.
Lenovo Student Discount
Lenovo offers college students a discount on their entire purchase. Click the verification button in the shopping cart to verify your status, and the discount will be taken at checkout.
Microsoft Office 365 Education
Eligible students can sign up for Office 365 Education for free, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams. Enter your school email address to get started.
Xfinity Student-Exclusive University Offers
College students who aren’t living on campus can purchase Xfinity internet and get exclusive offers and perks. With Xfinity internet, college students receive a $150 Visa® Prepaid Card, access to thousands of shows and movies, streaming with Peacock, and six months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free. Confirm you’re a college student with Xfinity to enjoy these perks.
Nonprofits & Organizations for Internet Access & Tech
Several nonprofits and organizations offer additional access to discounted, at-home internet and computers to help students get connected to the internet for online classes or homework.
Computers with Causes
Computers with Causes is an organization that provides refurbished computers gifted by their donors to educational programs, students, and others in need. To become a candidate for a computer, complete the Computers with Causes application form.
EveryoneOn is a nonprofit dedicated to connecting low-income families to affordable internet service and computers. Use their offer locator tool to find low-cost internet and device offers in your area.
human-I-T is a nonprofit that provides low-income individuals and other nonprofits with technology, internet, and digital training. Use their free resources to request low-cost internet or refurbished technology.
The On It Foundation
The On It Foundation is a nonprofit that gives free computers along with computer training and internet access to low-income families with K-12 students. Learn more about qualifying for a free computer and how to apply.
Popular Learning Management Systems
If you’re heading back to school remotely or with hybrid classes this year, chances are you’ll be using a learning management system (LMS). Get familiar with these popular online learning platforms before you log in to the virtual classroom.
Blackboard is a learning management system used by colleges and K-12 schools for viewing course items and announcements, taking assignments and tests, and participating in class discussions. Check out Blackboard’s student resource center for support, tutorials, and tips.
Canvas LMS is a collaborative workspace environment for K-12 and college students. Canvas is a cloud-based application for video-based learning, available on desktop and mobile. Visit the Canvas Student Guide for a complete introduction and rundown on features.
Classroom is a service by Google for creating, assigning, and grading assignments. Students can use Classroom for submitting assignments, checking grades, streaming classes, and sharing screens with teachers or peers.
Schoology is a social networking platform and virtual learning environment for K-12 and college institutions that allows teachers to create, manage, and share academic content. Explore the Schoology Student Guide for explanations of features and tools, along with step-by-step instructions.