Distance and Online Learning
In the wake of the global pandemic, we are all being challenged out of our comfort zones and into a new experience. While there are the blessed few that are ready to go with remote learning, the majority of us are left to ponder, how will I do this? How much will I have to learn? How much will I need to adjust? I don’t want to record myself! And quite honestly, how much more work is this going to create for me?
Then, there are the questions, are my students able to access what they need? Are they safe, fed, taken care of? How can I teach and support them in this crazy time? How do I keep their attention?
Our team here at Leadership Inspirations feels this struggle and has been brainstorming and working on some free content that will hopefully alleviate some of the stress that you are feeling as an educator:
Online Classroom Platforms
Zoom: Zoom is a remote video conferencing service that allows for communication and collaboration between you and your class. Click here for more information on their mission, vision and features. Forbes recently released an article revealing that Zoom CEO, Eric Yuan, is giving K-12 schools his video conferencing tools for free.
Google Hangouts Meet: Connect with your class from anywhere with easy-to-join video calls scheduled through google calendars. Dial-in phone numbers are available for every meeting so that students who do not have gmail accounts will be able to stay up to date with class sessions
Screencastify: Google Chrome extension to record video lessons/screen record. No download required.
Pearson Resource Hub: Pearson gathered experts to build a resource hub that has best practices and guidance for K-12 and higher education teachers and professors.
Distance Learning Tips from One Teacher to Another: From PBS.org, teachers share the ways that they successfully extend learning beyond the classroom for different age groups of students who are distance learning.
Google Distance Learning Strategies : From Google Classroom, Google specifically walks through the apps and tools available through Google Classroom and how to maximize their benefits in a distance learning program.
New To Working Remotely?: From LinkedIn, for many of us this is also the first time that we will working remotely from home as educators. LinkedIn offers 16 learning courses on different topics like maximizing efficiency, managing virtual teams, and learning online tools.
“What It Takes to Run a Great Virtual Meeting” :From Harvard Business Review, twelve steps that can help you to run an effective and smooth online meeting.
Teaching Tolerance: COVID-19 has brought light to a lot of issues surrounding xenophobia and racism. Teaching Tolerance is an online resource that provides lessons, learning plans, student texts/tasks and more that tackle those difficult conversations that should be happening in our classrooms.
Center for Philosophy for Children: Discover free comprehensive lesson plans that challenge students to think critically, communicate clearly, and problem solve creatively.
LinkedIn Learning: Start your free month now and get access to 15,000+ expert-led courses on Leadership and Management to help guide your class sessions.
TED Talks: Search through thousands of informative videos on a variety of topics to spark class discussions.
YouTube Learning: Youtube Learning is a hub for free pre-recorded lessons across subjects including algebra, physics, history and tips for studying at home!
Virtual Field Trips: Take your class on a virtual field trip to over 30 different locations around the world!
Varsity Tutors Virtual School Day: 30 hours a week of online instruction that is free, live, and interactive.
Amazingeducationalresources.com: Find a comprehensive list of education companies that are offering free subscriptions due to schools closing. The list is updated with new resources every few hours!
Lakeshore Learning: Free lesson plans, worksheets, and activities to teach and learn from home.
Cengage: Find educational software and textbooks for a variety of course areas as an instructor or as a student!
Vital Smarts: Tips on how to manage newly-remote teams from the people who brought you “Crucial Conversations”
National Geographic: Utilize National Geographic’s online database to explore educational resources for your students.
Working all day at a desk can take its toll on your body. Check out some of these stretches and yoga poses you can incorporate into your daily routine at home now!
Resources for Students
“How To Make Working From Home Work For You” – Leadership Inspirations
“Staying Focused When You’re Working From Home” – MindTools
“Effective Tips for Working Remotely” – Medium.com
“Continue to Collaborate Effectively” – Harvard Business Review