How to Stay Connected Online

during COVID-19

As our social calendars continue to be disrupted for the foreseeable future, Marietta College wants you to know that we are here for you! To this end, the College’s Office of Alumni Engagement has compiled this directory of resources, fun things to do, groups to engage and ways to more deeply connect with our Pioneer community. Scroll, browse and make the most of your time as we follow the social distancing mandate by reconnecting with old friends and making new ones via social media. If you know of a group, activity or resource that is not listed here, please let us know by emailing alumni@marietta.edu.

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E-Books, Audiobooks, Magazines and News

  • Libby (formerly OverDrive) offers a selection of free eBooks and audiobooks.
  • There are many free magazines that you can get through RBDigital through your local library if they offer it.
  • Scribd: Scribd is now offering a 30 day free trial with no credit card requirement. They host over a million titles, including e-books, magazines, audiobooks and more.
  • Wattpad: If you're a fan of underground literature, it doesn't get much more unknown than Wattpad. Wattpad is a community that allows writers to publish new content across different genres, giving them a platform to have their works read.
  • Comic Chameleon: If you're a webcomic fan, it's high-time you check out Comic Chameleon. It's got a curated selection of some of the top webcomics out there, like Questionable Content, XKCD, Dinosaur Comics, and Girls With Slingshots.
  • JSTOR: University and college students will probably be familiar with JSTOR, the academic resource that contains a plethora of eBooks and journals. Now, JSTOR is making its entire library accessible to the public —without academic credentials.

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EXERCISE & WELLNESS

  • Local studios and gyms are starting to stream classes online, including Planet Fitness.
  • There are also free fitness apps like FitOnFreeletics and Simply Yoga.
  • Popsugar Fitness has many videos on YouTube.
  • Down Dog: If you're stuck inside, yoga can be a great way to get some exercise while easing anxiety. Yoga app Down Dog has made its premium membership free to all users, across its apps, through April 1.
  • Headspace: Science has proven that a meditation practice can reduce stress and anxiety, so there's no better time to start than now. Headspace has made several of its meditation collections free due to the ongoing pandemic. (Healthcare workers can also get a full subscription for free.)
  • CARROT Fit: If a fitness app with short, "punishing" workouts and plenty of snark sounds up your alley, give CARROT Fit a try. Normally $4.99, the app is now a free download for the next two weeks.
  • Peloton: Peloton may be known for pricey fitness equipment, but its app offers a slew of different audio and video workouts across that you can use without the fancy bike. The company is offering a free 90-day trial to new users.
  • Active: Popsugar has made their ACTIVE app available for free, aiming to help users keep active during lockdown. Loaded with video workouts, photo tutorials, treadmill workouts and more.
  • Balance: If you're feeling stressed, Balance has begun offering a free one-year subscription to their personalized meditation app. In order to redeem the subscription, interested parties will need to email access@balanceapp.com for instructions.
  • Sanvello: Sanvello is a digital care app that offers mood tracking, self-assessment test, coping tools, and a peer support network. The service is offering free premium access for as long as COVID-19 remains a national emergency.

EDUCATIONAL & CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

  • A Guide for Parents with 100s of Activities and Resources for Kids
  • A Collection of Virtual School Activities for all ages in one location
  • Scholastic is offering free online courses while schools are closed.
  • Minecraft: Education Edition teaches Common Core math for grades 3-5, social-emotional learning and coding.
  • Mystery Science has lessons for students in grades K-5 that they can do at home.
  • SmartMusic is great for mini musicians to practice and access a large music library.
  • Raddish Kids is offering 10,000 free kits filled with educational and entertaining activities.
  • At Home Discoveries: Science Experiments, Videos, Coloring Pages, Art Class Videos
  • Museums around the world are closing because of the coronavirus outbreak. But, you can explore hundreds of them virtually thanks to Google Arts & Culture.
  • Kinedu: If you've got a toddler or preschooler at home, Kinedu is a great way to help them gain early learning skills. Kinedu helps parents generate daily activity plans, offers tips, and host more than 450 articles about early childhood development. The service is currently free through April 15.
  • Time for Kids: Time is launching their Time For Kids digital library free for the rest of the 2020 school year. Included in the digital library are worksheets, teaching tools, and quizzes for both educators and family members.
  • Caribu: If your little one is missing their friends, set them up on a virtual playdate using Caribu. It functions like FaceTime but allows for on-screen activities, including reading books together, cooperative drawing, and playing games. Normally $7, the service is free during the outbreak, and does not require a credit card to use.
  • Duolingo: Now is as good of a time as ever to start learning another language or brushing up on one you haven't used in a while. Duolingo provides fun, quick lessons in over 94 different language courses in 23 languages.
  • Khan Academy: It never hurts to brush up on the basics, and Khan Academy has thousands of free lectures and practices on everything from grammar to science.
  • Udemy: Udemy is an app with tens of thousands of video lectures on a range of topics, from singing courses to event planning. Most courses aren't free (though they are affordable), but there are still free options available.
  • iTunes U allows anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to learn from a large collection of free education content in public courses from leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions.
  • Archive.org: If you're looking for a large collection of public domain media, your best bet is Archive.org. It has millions of public domain books, songs, TV shows, magazines, and more. If you're feeling particularly bored, you can also use the site's Wayback Machine feature to snoop on what your favorite sites looked like way back in the day.
  • Babbel: Students who are worried about falling behind on language courses can keep up on their studies on their own time. Babbel is offering students enrolled in schools and colleges in the U.S. three months' free access to its app and platform, in any and all of its 14 languages offered: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian, and English.
  • The Great Courses will release free content to benefit the general public. Included is the course "An Introduction to Infectious Diseases," taught by Dr. Barry Fox, Clinical Professor of Infectious Disease at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, as well as the short video "Coronavirus Outbreak: What You Need to Know," led by Dr. Roy Benaroch, acting pediatrician and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine.

GAMES

  • Alto's Odyssey: A popular snowboarding game with fluid physics and serene gameplay, Alto's developers have made the title (and its sequel) free to download with no in-app purchases.
  • Mini Metro: Fans of strategy games will likely appreciate Mini Metro, a hypnotic and satisfying game that challenges players to build the perfect commute.
  • Prune: Described as a "love letter to trees," Prune is a simple puzzle game with striking Japanese graphics and great music that see players use a sword to carefully trim a rapidly growing tree.
  • Kingdom Rush Origins: A classic tower defense series that's hugely popular among fans, this addicting game has hours of gameplay.
  • Part of its Stay Home and Play campaign on Steam, the 2013 edition of Tomb Raider for macOS is being offered for free by Square Enix. Players have until Tuesday to add the game to their libraries, and they will keep the game for free.
  • Also on Steam for free is Drawful 2, the Jackbox Games party game where people secretly draw an image from a prompt, then have to guess which is the right title from a selection of made-up titles.
  • On Steam, 101XP's Deiland is a single-player adventure RPG with sandbox elements, taking place on a small planet. It is free to add to libraries until March 23, and will stay on the account after that date, though the developer warns it is not compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • Digital marketplace GoG has compiled a list of "Stay at Home" games that are free to add to a user's library. The list includes quite a few Mac-compatible titles, including classic items, with games including "Beneath a Steel Sky," "Cayne," and "Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar" on the roster.

MUSIC

  • Minimoog Model D Synthesizer: A digital emulation of a legendary analog synthesizer. Normally $4.99, it's now free to download. Just make to look up how to pronounce Moog correctly.
  • Korg Kaossilator: This feature-rich app lets any level of user make tracks by layering beats and loops on top of each other. It normally costs $20, but it a free download through March 31.
  • GarageBand: Sure, it may not be a "new discovery," but GarageBand is a free Apple-produced app with plenty of instruments, sounds and loops to play around with.

Creative Apps

  • Creative application suites aren't typically free, or even affordable. But we're keeping tabs on any special offers that the major players like Affinity and Adobe have during this time.
  • Affinity by Serif: Serif is making its suite of creative apps, including Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher, free to use for three months.
  • Zencastr: Maybe you've got some extra time to dedicate to that podcast idea you've got kicking around. Zencastr is removing limits for its free hobbyist plan during the Coronavirus outbreak, allowing users to host as many guests as they want and unlimited recording time.

INTERNET

STREAMING SERVICES

  • Almost all of the streaming services offer a free 7-day trial period. Check the details before signing up.
  • Hulu is $5.99 per month (with ads).
  • Sling TV starts at $20 per month.
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick is currently $49.99. Service is $14.99 per month.
  • Disney + is normally $6.99 per month.
  • Apple TV is $4.99 per month.
  • Netflix starts at $8.99 per month.
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