I am so proud of how the education community has stepped up to the challenge teachers face to continue the learning despite apocalyptic changes in the delivery system. Definitely this means teachers, administrators, parents and students, but I also include the companies and resource providers in the education ecosystem.
Here’s a sampling of the many and varied emails I got this past week offering help:
- New Remote Learning Tools and Resources
- How to teach remotely
New Remote Learning Tools and Resources
- America’s Pledge of Allegiance–this video teaches kids how to do it and this video makes it more of an event
- Canva for Education–Free (oh boy, I love this website)
- Checklist for Remote Learning
- Microsoft Distance Learning Tools from the amazing Dr. Monica Burns
- Two Collections of Hands-on Science Experiments to do at Home–From Richard Byrne
- Using buses as mobile hotspots--park the bus by a park for 30-60 minutes so students can download what they need for the day.
- Zapzapmath–automatic upgrade to premium until the end of the school year
Zoom is also offering a free upgrade to educators to help them to teach remotely during the pandemic. Here are a few tips on using Zoom to teach remotely:
How to Teach Remotely
- Here’s What Schools Can Do For the Millions of Students Without Internet Access–from EdSurge
- Kajeet–an easy way for Districts to provide mobile hotspots
- How to use Google Meet–from Eric Curts at Control Alt Achieve; if you’re teaching from home you need a virtual meeting app; Google Meet is gresat
- 10 Tips to Support Kids with Slow Internet–these from Matt over at Ditch That Textbook
- Videos on Remote Learning from Microsoft EDU
- The Biggest Distance-Learning Experiment In History: Week One–interesting read, to keep everything in perspective; from NPR
- Teach from Home–a temporary hub of information on all parts of this topic. Nicely organized
- US Department of Education COVID-19 Information and Resources
More on the COVID-19-inspired education changes:
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.