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I’ve been sharing a lot of resources over the past week, and will continue to do so.
However, it can be overwhelming – to me and to readers.
This is a more narrow and focused list – just the resources that I think are the most useful – the “best of the best.” I don’t share anything that I think is not helpful and carefully curate anything I post on the blog, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
That’s why I have a lengthy series of “All-Time Best” lists on different topics, and you can find them all here.
I’ll continue to add to my other lists, and will slowly add to this one.
To access all the resources I’ve shared, go to:
Here are my choices for the “best of the best”:
I’ve got to start with four of my previous posts: the first is one of the “Best” lists I just shared: THE FOUR BEST TOOLS FOR TAKING EXISTING VIDEOS & MAKING THEM INTERACTIVE FOR ONLINE LEARNING.
Another is HERE’S MY ONLINE TEACHING PLAN IF OUR SCHOOL CLOSES DOWN BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS, which I’ve updated since it was first published.
You’ll find nothing better than a guide published by Edublogs called RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ONLINE DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURES:
Tips and Tools for Teaching Remotely is from Richard Byrne.
Preparing to Take School Online? Here Are 10 Tips to Make It Work. is from Ed Surge.
The Educator Temporary School Closure for Online Learning Facebook Group is a gold mine!
Ideas for adapting group lessons to working on Zoom is by Sandy Millin.
5 Structures for Virtual School is from the great Tan Huynh.
#RemoteLearning Ideas with and for Younger Learners is from Langwitches.
MindShift published a great resource: Resources For Teaching and Learning During This Period of Social Distancing
Remote Teaching and Learning Guidance from The English College in Prague looks very helpful.
Estonia is renowned for its schooling and its online infrastructure. They’ve now made all their online tools available for free to schools around the world, and several of them look pretty exceptional.
I’m not a math or science teacher, but it’s always seemed to me that using Legends of Learning would be the kind of way I’d want to learn both. They’ve just made their premium features free to teachers and students during closures. Read my past posts about the site here.
There are a few very good collections of tools providing free access to teachers and students affected by school closures.
Here’s a list using Wakelet.
The Blog de Cristina shared an incredibly easy video conferencing tool (our school staff has actually be using it to meet every day this week) called 8 X 8. Read her post about it. If you don’t need Zoom’s breakout rooms, 8 X 8 is the way to go. I’m also adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.
Webinar Recording – Three Things We Can Do To Quickly Transition to Teaching Online is from Richard Byrne’s blog.
I’m a BIG fan of Quizizz, and they have published The Quizizz Guide to Distance Learning.
Going Online: Nurturing Learning & Community During a Pandemic is from Ethical ELA.
MIT has created Full Steam Ahead, which shares some great lesson plans for students of all grades.
Thanks to Elizabeth Villanueva, I learned about this very useful Google Doc sharing resources to support immigrant students and their families.
14 Tips For Helping Students With Limited Internet Have Distance Learning is from MindShift.
This video shares a cool idea – basically, how to turn your phone in a document camera when you’re on a video conference:
Google has unveiled a “Teach From Home” site that looks very, very useful.
Learning Keeps Going is a site that appears to be sponsored by multiple education organizations, and it, too, looks like it could be invaluable.
— Remote Teacher (@remote_teacher) March 26, 2020
Actually, it’s not a question – just don’t https://t.co/thkuCgOd45
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) March 25, 2020
A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus is from Teaching Tolerance.
Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Online Classroom is from Learn Magazine.
I have sent announcements on Google Classroom, but what has really made all the difference in the world has been sending the same private message to each student “I just want to make sure you are doing okay – are you safe and healthy?”
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) March 26, 2020
DESE made this very good document to guide instruction during the stay at home time. Biggest take away…flexible opportunities, connections to home, and enrichment rather than trying to recreate school at home. Thank you, @MOEducation pic.twitter.com/EJ1SFidk3i
— Mike Szydlowski (@Szydlowskim) March 30, 2020
Resources to Support Special Populations During COVID-19 is from Bellwether Education Partners.
Good God, I’m finally done with our Mathematics K-8
Remote Learning Activities. I’d grateful for your help with the answer key (link is on the same page).https://t.co/21UlG1bDUF
— Fawn Nguyen (@fawnpnguyen) March 30, 2020
I was a guest on KQED Public Radio: California Teachers, Students Struggle with Distance Learning
In theory, you should be able to click the link on this tweet and get past the San Francisco Chronicle paywall. If not, click here:
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) March 30, 2020
Motivating distant learners: schools under coronavirus is by Harry Fletcher-Wood and is very good. I’m also adding it to Best Posts On “Motivating” Students.
Learn At Home is a very nice-looking site from the Utah Education Network.
I’ve written a lot about CommonLit, and it’s on several “Best” lists. They’ve now released some fairly decent one-to-two week units for various grade levels, and are creating more. If you are an English teacher and are looking for some reasonably engaging off-the-shelf curriculum, I’d encourage you to take a look at them.
EDUCATING ALL LEARNERS DURING THE COVID-19 DISASTER is a new site to support special educators and learners.
ASCD Educational Leadership has just published a great open-access issue on distance learning.
12 Ideas for Writing Through the Pandemic With The New York Times is from The NY Times Learning Network, and is very good.
At Home with PZ are Project Zero thinking strategies specifically designed for use at home. I’ve written about Project Zero in the past at Project Zero’s “Thinking Routines Tool” Is An Excellent Resource.
PBLWorks’ new PBL For Remote Learning looks great.
Summative Assessment in Distance Learning is from Edutopia. It points out that performance tasks make a lot of sense in this situation. I can testify to that – many of my students prepared oral presentations (which many did with a partner), and it worked very well – especially for engagement! I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment.