The 2013 virtual schools legislation requires the Department to identify and publish a list of online courses that are aligned with state academic standards and available for use by districts. In partnership with EverFi, the Department is pleased to offer a range of free courses and activities for students. These courses are free to Massachusetts schools and districts and face-to-face professional development through EverFi is also free.
To request access to the program please contact Jessica Donovan, EverFi Program Manager.
Financial Literacy Resources
EverFi Financial Literacy (Grades 912) Financial Literacy is a 6 hour course that introduces high school students to topics such as savings, banking, credit score, financing higher education, consumer fraud, investing, taxes, insurance, renting vs owning, and more. Students can apply what they've learned in the EverFi Life Game. Click the following links to view a course overview and a demo video.
FutureSmart (Grades 68) FutureSmart empowers middle school students to make smart financial decisions by playing the Mayor of a town who is tasked with improving the financial wellness of the citizens. Students will explore opportunity costs, risk vs return, goal setting, savings and investing, as well as create their own personal blueprint for their financial future. Click the following links to view a course overview and a demo video.
Vault Understanding Money (Grades 46) Vault is an interactive learning course specifically designed to introduce financial education skills early in a child's cognitive development. The course uses the latest in new-media technologies to bring complex financial concepts to life for today's digital generation. Evidence-based learning theories are incorporated to increase students' knowledge and build the foundation for making good financial decisions at a young age. Click the following links to view a course overview and a demo video.
STEM/Digital Literacy resources
Future Goals Hockey Scholar (Grades 47) Hockey Scholar is a new online resource that leverages highly interactive gameplay and the sport of hockey to teach students in middle school important STEM concepts. The 4 hour course is broken up into 12 brief lessons and utilizes an exploratory learning approach, exposing students to foundational concepts, scientific thinking and data/graphical analysis through real-life STEM applications. Activities include phases of matter, coordinate planes, graphical analyses, kinetic and potential energy, calculating speed and averages, types of forces, and experimental variables. Click the following links to view an information sheet and a demo video.
Ignition Digital Literacy and Responsibility (Grades 69) Ignition Digital Literacy and Responsibility informs students on both "nuts and bolts" of how technology works and an introduction to STEM careers, while also placing them in virtual environments to tackle issues including privacy, security, cyberbullying, digital relationships, and the viral nature of the web. Click the following links to view a course overview and a demo video.
Radius STEM Career Readiness (Grades 810) A unique digital STEM education program that uses online gaming and simulations to teach critical math, technology, and coding skills. Radius features 16 modules covering STEM focused topics ranging from the real world application of algebra to basic computer science in a secret agent themed course. Engaging, interactive lessons focus on skill building and highlighting the career possibilities that a STEM education could unlock. Click the following links to view a course overview and a demo video.
Healthy Relationships Character Development (Grades 79) Healthy Relationships is an innovative digital course that uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years. It is comprised of six modules that cover key concepts around positive character development, social-emotional learning (SEL), and building healthy relationships. The course allows students to engage with true-to-life scenarios that include bystander intervention strategies and positive relationship examples. Click the following links to view a course overview and demo video.