We want to provide teachers with the tools and resources you need to be successful in the transition to online teaching.  We understand this transition can be quite daunting, but we know you can do it!  The following resources can help you do it.  If you need guidance or direction as to what tool may be best for what you are trying to accomplish with your classes,

or if you'd like a little "how-to" training on using a specific tool, please don't hesitate to reach out.  Best of luck!

 

Painless Transition to Online Delivery of Instruction (Google Slides Presentation from NUES)

10 strategies for online learning during a coronavirus outbreak (ISTE)

50 e-learning activities, templates, and tutorials (Matt Miller)

An Educator’s Resource for Distance Learning, Remote Learning, and eLearning (Matt Miller)

A crowd-sourced Padlet of COVID-19 Resources (Sarah Thomas)

Remote Learning Online Curriculum via Wakelet (Laurie Guyon)

Tools and Resources for Remote Teaching (Slides Presentation from San Juan SD)

18 Best Tools for Virtual and Distance Learning (Common Sense Education) 

CSTA-Compiled Resources to Support Teaching During COVID-19 (Computer Science Teacher Association)

Tips for Enabling Distance Learning through G Suite & Chromebooks (Google for Education)

Resources for Learning @ Home via Wakelet (Joyce Valenza)

 

UEN’s Resources, some of the most valuable resources out there!:

 

CUES Resources:

  • Edgenuity and Odysseyware (Michael Bullock will be your contact)
  • Overdrive (SORA)
    • Overdrive is offering 4,000 additional free titles for us to add to our Library until May 31.

Google Classroom

 

Canvas

  • Commons Guide to Sharing
  • Canvas Mobile Apps for Students, Teachers, and Parents

Michael Hakkarinen gave a great session at UCET entitled Mobilize Learning with the Canvas Mobile App. One great takeaway was these video clips on how students can submit homework via the camera on their phones and participate in video discussions with the Student App (iOS and Android).

 

Videos and audio/e-books

  • ePlanetarium: 20-25 minute planetarium shows to to watch via YouTube
    • Description of the showslink to shows (note, the shows have watermarks)
    • Sora
    • Free Digital Stories, Book, and Read Alouds
    • TED
    • TeacherTube
    • Video Film Resources
    • RBDigital, from Recorded Books offers instant, full-color, interactive digital magazines without any holds, checkout periods or other such limits
    • Hoopla Digital offers an app that allows you to instantly borrow, e-books, e-audiobooks, comics, movies, music and more, 24/7 with your library card. Borrowed items automatically return on their due dates.
    • Kanopy believes that the films that truly resonate with us do more than just entertain. They inspire us, enrich us, and challenge our perspectives.
    • Kanopy Kids‘ tagline is Educational, Enriching, Entertaining.  Indeed, this is one impressive collection of educational and engaging videos for kiddos, in fact, the whole family.
    • Tumblebooks is a collection of animated, talking picture books licensed from book publishers.
 

Platforms/Tools which are giving free access to their premium tools:

Many partners and vendors of tools that make remote and distance education possible and meaningful have been stepping up to the plate, making the full versions free to education for at least the remainder of the school year and providing tutorials and training resources as well.

-Below are a sample of what is on the above lists

  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Create Utah) is already free for all Utah Teachers and 7-1 students, but Adobe made this announcement today.
  • PearDeck (Google Slides with Interaction and Formative Feedback)
    • As the global spread of COVID-19 continues, it's important to keep students connected to their learning communities. Pear Deck has prepared some resources to help you plan for the possibility of an emergency school closure. Planning for Emergency School Closures
  • Quizlet (a mobile and web-based study application that allows students to study information via learning tools and games)
  • Quizizz (conduct student-paced formative assessments in a fun and engaging way for students of all ages.)
  • Kami (online document annotation and markup tool for Chrome.)
    • Kami is offering affected schools domain-wide access to the Kami Education license, for as long as schools are closed—free of charge. Request your free upgrade today, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Remote Learning with Free School-wide Access to Kami Education blog post with video tutorials on how to use Kami with remote learning environments. Learn more about how to setup Kami for remote learning, with a training video to get started.
  • Book Creator (create digital books)
  • GoBubble (an interactive networking experience in a completely secure, moderated environment.  "Facebook for seven-year-olds.”)
  • BrainPOP (a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12, together with quizzes and related materials for all subjects)
  • Kahoot (game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share and play learning games)
  • EdPuzzle (create interactive video lessons)
  • Education Perfect (digital resources in languages, science, math and English)
  • Google for Education Hangouts Meet (video-conference tool)
  • WeVideo (video creator that includes Hollywood-caliber features including green screen, picture-in-picture, motion titles, audio editing, and support for unlimited tracks)
  • Tynker (Hour of Code curriculum)
  • Nearpod (Student engagement platform. A teacher can create presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content and so on. They can also access over 7K k-12 standards-aligned lessons.)
  • Padlet (bulletin/collaboration board that you can use to display information for any topic. Easily create an account and build a new board. You can add images, links, videos, columns for sorting or refining organization, and more.)
  • Classwork Zoom for Google Classroom
  • Paray Ideas (puts your students and their unique perspectives at the heart of learning, and gives you the data that you need to help them grow.)
  • RumbleTalk Chat
  • Mangahigh (adaptive math and coding platform)
  • Jove (Science education)
  • Flipgrid (record and share short videos)
  • Nepris (connect wth Professionals/Educators from all around the world)
  • SMART (Interactive Distance Learning and Lesson Creation)
  • Socrative (classroom app for fun, effective engagement and on-the-fly assessments)
    • -Deliver self-paced, practice, check for understanding assessments
    • -Unit testing and exams
    • -Asynchronous and synchronous room modes
    • -Socrative integrates with Showbie
    • -Socrative Distance Learning Resources
  • Showbie Complete this form to access the Showbie and Socrative resources.
    • Showbie is a real-time application for communication and feedback with key features to support distance learning, including:
  • -Communication and chat
  • -Parent access
  • -Staff curriculum development and co-teaching
  • -School oversight
  • -Assignment and curriculum distribution
  • -Verbal feedback through voice notes (works cross-platform)
  • -Showbie Distance Learning Resources
 

Ideas and Resources from The EdTech Team

  • Distance Learning Bundle: Does the thought of suddenly changing your whole approach to teaching leave you feeling nervous, overwhelmed, or even a little lost? Students cannot miss out on valuable learning time, which is why we have created our free Distance Learning Bundle, with five On-Demand courses. Our goal is to help equip you with actionable tips and strategies, as well as the knowledge to confidently use innovative tools to create powerful virtual learning experiences for your students. Register here.
  • Remote Learning Resource Guide: There are a lot of distance learning resources circulating the internet and it can be a little overwhelming. All of the information is very helpful, which is why we have compiled all of our top resources into a comprehensive, one-stop-shop kind of guide. We know you don't have time to scour the internet and need to quickly access relevant information so you can get back to what's most important - supporting your students. Grab your guide.
  • Moving to an online learning approach can seem daunting, but innovative and interactive tools can make this transition easier for you and your students. Google has several free powerful tools that can be incorporated into virtually any type of lesson, grade or subject area. The best part? These tools are 100% free and they are easy for your students to use. Our EdTechTeam member, Christina Sprader, is sharing 4 powerful Google tools and ideas for how you can incorporate them into all types of lessons to help you engage your students. Read the post.
 

Internet Providers

  • CentraCom is providing free Internet to homes with K-12 or college students living in them from now until May 31.  If a family is already a CentraCom customer they will get their Internet speed boosted to the next level.
  • Comcast has free Xfinity Wi-fi for the next 60 days, and providing free internet essentials to low-income families.
 

Screencast, video recording, and collaboration tools:

  • Webex

Webex has a restricted version that is always free for use.  For any Covid 19 issues in education, Webex has offered a less restrictive access for free for any required stay at home mandates.    

Capabilities:

  1. Up to 100 participants in each meeting
  2. Meet as long as you want
  3. Unlimited number of meetings
  4. 1 GB of cloud storage
  5. Video conferencing features
    1. High-definition (HD) video
    2. Call-in for audio
    3. Active speaker and thumbnail view
    4. Grid view
    5. Floating view
    6. Screen sharing
    7. Webex Personal Room
    8. Webex Meetings web app
    9. Calendar integrations
    10. Instant meetings and scheduled meetings
    11. Share web-based multimedia content
    12. MP4 meeting recordings
    13. Meeting controls for host
    14. Q & A, polling, and Raise Hand features
    15. Join from a video system or application
  • Webex Teams:

Anyone can sign up for a free Webex Teams account and access to team spaces.

Features:

  1. Interactive whiteboards
  2. Unlimited messaging and file sharing
  3. Search messages, users, and files
  4. Message threads and quoting messages
  5. Share emojis, GIFs, and animated GIFs in messages
  6. Availability status
  7. Threeway audio/video calling
  • Zoom:

Offers an always free access to anyone anytime.

Features:

  1. Host up to 100 participants
  2. Unlimited 1 to 1 meeting or P2P calls
  3. 40-minute group meetings
  4. Unlimited number of meeting
  5. Online support
  6. Join by telephone call-in
  7. Whiteboard
  • UberConference:

Features:

  1. Call in Phone and VoIP audio
  2. 10 participants
  3. Meeting length 45 minutes
  4. Screen Share
  5. Recording
  6. Mobile Apps
  • Lifesize:

Features:

  1. 90-minute Meetings
  2. 25 Participants
  3. Mobile Apps
  4. Online support
  • AnyMeeting:

Features:

  1. 4 participants
  2. Video, Audio
  3. Screen Sharing
  • Google Hangouts:

Features:

  1. Need only to have a Gmail account to host
  2. Messaging
  3. iOS and Android Mobile Apps available
  4. Can be used to make and receive phone calls
  5. Screen sharing

System Requirements:  All of these have similar system requirements. 

  1. Webcam
  2. Microphone/Speakers Headphones preferred
  3. Windows PC or Mac
  4. Access to Browsers
  5. CPU multi-core recommended
  6. 4 GB RAM
  7. Internet Access Broadband
  8. Smartphone for mobile APP access
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