This list can be overwhelming. You can find a very slimmed down version at The “Best Of The Best” Resources To Support Teachers Dealing With School Closures.
I’ve been doing a series of posts on preparing to teach online if schools are closed because of the Coronavirus.
Those previous posts shared tools to use and how to use them, but were light on actual online teaching strategies.
Since I’ve never taught online, I don’t have much – if any – advice to give.
In a fairly extensive online search, I was able to find a lot on teaching English online as a business and on teaching college-level online courses. However, there doesn’t seem to be many high-quality resources on how to teach K-12 students online, and I suspect they are a very different kettle of fish from teaching post-secondary classes.
Here is what I have so far that I think is useful, and I would love to hear recommendations from others, including guest posts people might want to write about their K-12 online teaching experiences:
How to Be a Better Online Teacher ADVICE GUIDE from the Chronicle of Higher Education
Take My Advice from the Chronicle of Higher Education
For those schools affected by the #COVID2019, here are things we’re doing to support the virtual school experience.@ECISMLIE #earcos #acamis #esl #eal #ell #eld #tesol @cultofpedagogy @Larryferlazzo @edutopia pic.twitter.com/7ZyhgU1ZYG
— Tan Huynh (@TanELLclassroom) March 2, 2020
‘Students Are Lonely:’ What Happens When Coronavirus Forces Schools Online is an EdSurge article that includes links to lots of plans schools in Asia are using for remote learning.
Yup Week 5 here and amazed by sharing. @mscofino @chamada organized a fantastic podcast https://t.co/HJlRMxDBoJ with lots of wisdom. Check out @intlNadine site https://t.co/9U9E848qEC and great site from YIShttps://sites.google.com/yis.ac.jp/continuouslearning/home?authuser=0
— Sandra Chow (@watnunu) March 5, 2020
Tips and Tools for Teaching Remotely is from Richard Byrne.
How to Host an Online Meeting With Zoom is from Richard Byrne.
Getting Ready For Our Digital Future is by James Taylor.
Teaching online – using your coursebook and ideas for breakout rooms is from The British Council.
There’s nothing like having a day of phone conversations with twenty parents & voluntary video conferences with several classes to get much more clarity about what a practical online learning plan should look like and what it should not look like
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) March 24, 2020
Seven Practices To Swiftly Move Learning Online is from The Teaching Channel.
— Michael Fisher (@fisher1000) March 23, 2020
4 Weeks No Tech ESL at Home is now a website! All languages have been uploaded individually to make it easier to download and print the ones you need. More languages are in the works! https://t.co/lAuBb01C63 @lmcaulay04 @MayDemetrica @MsSalvac @TanELLclassroom
— Maria MC (@MrsMCESL) March 22, 2020
— SchoolLibraryJournal (@sljournal) March 20, 2020
Summer Slugger looks like an impressive digital curriculum from Major League Baseball that allows teachers to create virtual classrooms. They are making it available now – even though it is obviously not the summer. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress. Unfortunately, baseball is probably the least favorite sport of many students these days, and I was disappointed to discover that it doesn’t seem like any other sports league has an equivalent program. Let me know if I’m wrong.
Apple has also created what they’re calling the Apple Education Learning Series.
First, you need to curate, publish, and distribute projects and enrichment materials. These need to be accessible in every dimension: multiple languages, universal design, low-bandwidth, printable, textable. I like this one from @KellyGToGo 6/ https://t.co/KAYvmUXZur pic.twitter.com/0elfIgGnUv
— Justin Reich (@bjfr) March 26, 2020
NEW POST: What are the fastest, simplest ways to get student work while using Zoom and Google Classroom?https://t.co/DmTrBQSFtp
— Michael Pershan (@mpershan) March 25, 2020
For those considering the move to pass/fail grading, this may help. Please let me know!https://t.co/LZSV1jfNLN
— Thomas Guskey (@tguskey) March 29, 2020
For all the students & educators interested in #coronavirussyllabus, I am humbled to share a free & open online learning series from @OmprakashOrg – please check it out and let us know if we can adapt or improve for you and your students: https://t.co/8dRbkRwWXF pic.twitter.com/inTtlAjacA
— Willy Oppenheim (@willyoppenheim) March 29, 2020
10 Ways to Get Students Using Academic Language During Distance Learning & Beyond is by Valentina Gonzalez.
Making the Connection: Communicating with ELLs and Their Families During School Closures is from Colorin Colorado!
Teachers’ Herculean Task: Moving 1.1 Million Children to Online School is from The NY Times.
I’m about done with it unless I get suggestions. Feel free to share! https://t.co/NofuwTg5uk
— CrazyQuiltEdi (@CrazyQuilts) March 29, 2020
Can Teachers Read Books Out Loud Online? Actually, Yes. is from Ed Surge.
Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers is from Jennifer Gonzalez.
My autistic son gets specialized support at school for learning disabilities. What happens now? is from The Washington Post.
Sifting Through the Coronavirus Pandemic is from Infodemic. I’m adding it to The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More.
I’ve been a big fan of Free Conference Call because it has been an easy way to have audio-only conference calls with lots of people. Now, they’ve added video conferencing abilities.
Sad about #tesol2020 but wanted to share a #k12 resource I developed for my talk. It’s a repository of parent communication tools & popular #edtech apps that have home language translations built in. Please share! What other tools should I add to the list? https://t.co/gRQkbY3yFZ
— Katie Welch (@drkatiewelch) March 31, 2020
New ways of teaching and learning bring new challenges for families and educators. We’ve compiled @StanfordEd resources to support learning and well-being during school closures. #homeschoolhttps://t.co/gG7KxgUT7g pic.twitter.com/juCpvEcS4H
— Stanford Education (@StanfordEd) March 30, 2020
We reviewed remote learning plans in 82 school districts.
Most do not provide formal curriculum.
Just four provide formal curriculum, online instruction, and student progress monitoring.
— Center on Reinventing Public Education (@CRPE_UW) March 29, 2020
Ellevation Distance Learning provides free resources for ELLs.
Online Teaching Can Be Culturally Responsive is from Teaching Tolerance. I’m also adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!
Our schools here in California are not re-opening this year: Public schools expected to remain closed for the rest of the academic year, Newsom says
Professors Are Crowdsourcing a #CoronavirusSyllabus. Here’s the History They Think Should Be Used to Teach This Moment is from TIME. I’m adding it to The Best Social Media-Created “Syllabuses” About Current Events.
Ralph Fletcher is leading writing lessons for students online.
The Google Classroom Student Starter Kit is from Tarvara Academy. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Google Classroom.
Wide Open School is a new site created by Common Sense.
New Strategies in Special Education as Kids Learn From Home is from Edutopia.
Remote teaching is hard. And our kids are grown and out of the house. I can’t imagine how educators with kids at home are doing this
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) April 1, 2020
pretty interesting self-guided courses for students.
RESOURCES FOR CONTINUITY OF LEARNING looks like a nice collection of resources from the Comprehensive Center Network.
Zoom Teaching Tips is from Slate.
In Chicago, schools closed during a 1937 polio epidemic and kids learned from home -- over the radio is from The Washington Post.
What School Closures Mean for Students with Disabilities is from New America.
THE MOST EXTENSIVE, AMAZING HUB 4 teaching elementary reading sessions via Zoom or similar.
Templates, lessons, models, oh my!
— Tiffany K. Peltier (@tiffany_peltier) April 1, 2020
Support for teachers and teacher educators is from The British Council, and offers lots of support for online teaching.
School districts, including New York City’s, start banning Zoom because of online security issues is from The Washington Post.
We published three things: 1) a report summarizing recommendations and findings: https://t.co/4fksHSbQDN, 2) an open data set with all of our data: https://t.co/2gTgMoklmR, and 3) a interactive map with links to guidance from all 50 states 2/ pic.twitter.com/tpmax9d7xj
— Justin Reich (@bjfr) April 3, 2020
There's a student survey and a series of slides with a writing prompt on each. And a note for teachers. #mschat #nwp #engchat
(We've add the slides link to the bottom of Lauren's post.) https://t.co/uNKTgjueX7
— MiddleWeb (@middleweb) April 4, 2020
Here are some helpful #HangoutsMeet tips we’ve heard from educators teaching remotely. Do you have other tips for helping students stay engaged when learning remotely? Share below 👇 and find more tips on using Hangouts for #DistanceLearning: https://t.co/xf5UTnS4Ec pic.twitter.com/t8vzBcdQIP
— Google for Education (@GoogleForEdu) April 3, 2020
Here are some resources specifically for ELLs and their teachers:
Oh! You’ve given me an idea! 💡
Movie Monday-video activity
Talking Tuesdays-record yourself
Writing Wednesdays-write smtg
Thinking Thursdays- PWIM
Fun Fridays - kahoot or quizlet
Could this work for remote learning?
— Michelle Van Balkom (@MsVanBalkom) April 9, 2020
— Michelle Van Balkom (@MsVanBalkom) April 9, 2020
My amazing colleague @amayagarcia_dc just shared this resource with me and I want to make sure everyone knows about it! Weekly meetings and community of practice for #ELL teachers. #edchat #ELLCHAT @Larryferlazzo https://t.co/AGRRevZjux
— Kristina Ishmael she|her|hers (@kmishmael) April 7, 2020
#ESL teacher, Maria Montroni, created these tech free activities for k-12 gr ELLs to do at home. She shared them on the Advocating for #ELLs FB group. Feel free to join! #distancelearning #DistanceTeaching https://t.co/wVrbIRZrCH pic.twitter.com/xg6U7H71j5
— 🌍 ναℓєηтιηα gσηzαℓєz (@ValentinaESL) April 5, 2020
If you are trying to communicate with families whose language you don't speak, use this free app @TalkingPointsEd. Here is a tutorial on how it works: https://t.co/E8giF1fQ3F @ValentinaESL @Larryferlazzo @TanELLclassroom pic.twitter.com/Y9aPuj2Ycn
— Rozana Qirjaqi (@MsQirjaqi) April 6, 2020
Four Core Priorities for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning is from MindShift.
The New York Times offers Zoom safety tips.
Save Time With This Google Calendar Scheduling Tip is from Richard Byrne.
Senior Year, Interrupted looks like an engaging activity for seniors. It's from KQED.
Your Maps of Life Under Lockdown is from The Atlantic. I'm thinking of using it as a lesson for my ELL students.
Screencastify Submit Looks Promising - Easy Way for Students to Make Videos is from Richard Byrne. I'm adding it toA POTPOURRI OF THE BEST & MOST USEFUL VIDEO SITES.
The Disparities in Remote Learning Under Coronavirus (in Charts) is from Ed Week.
A Guide for Supporting Remote Student Book Clubs is from Facing History.
7 Ways to Explore the Math of the Coronavirus Using The New York Times is from The NY Times Learning Network.
'25 years in teaching and this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do’ is a Washington Post story based on one of my tweets.
Google Meet video calls are getting a Zoom-like layout is from EnGadget.
Special-Education Teachers Are Fighting to Make This Work is from The Atlantic.
In Denmark, the Rarest of Sights: Classrooms Full of Students is from The NY Times.
Exhausted and Grieving: Teaching During the Coronavirus Crisis is from Ed Week.
What Historians Will See When They Look Back on the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020 is from The NY Times.
Distance Learning for Special Education has a lot of resources.
Students on remote learning: More creativity, interaction needed is from Education Dive.