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Online Teaching Resources for the Coronavirus Crisis

By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist

As educators wrestle with the current crisis, here's an extensive list of resources with suggestions for online instruction:

a. The Best Graphic on Virus Transmission – This New York Times graphic by Jonathan Corum does an excellent job showing how one fewer human-to-human contact drastically reduces the exponential spread of the coronavirus.

“You Can Help Break the Chain of Transmission” by Siobhan Roberts in The New York Times, March 19, 2020

b. Zoom Breakout Rooms – Here are instructions on how you can randomly assign a group of up to 150 students to breakout rooms of 3 (or more)

c. Zoom Polling – Another powerful feature of Zoom is the ability to conduct a live poll of participants. Here are the instructions

d. A Free Community-Needs Survey – Panorama Education is offering these survey questions on students’ needs, as well as free tabulation of results

e. YouTube Channels for the Secondary Level – Emma Finn compiled these high-quality video links for middle and high-school students

“Great YouTube Channels for Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers for Learning from Home During COVID-19 Closures” by Emma Finn in Education Gadfly, March 19, 2020

f. Great Minds Videos – These “Knowledge on the Go” materials and daily videos cover math, ELA, and science topics for grades K-8, as well as some high-school topics

g. Tips (with Graphics) for Online Learning – Paviter Singh has curated 18 brief tips for working with students remotely, each accompanied by a graphic symbol

h. Five Suggestions for SEL in Distance Learning – Janice Toben of the Institute for Social and Emotional Learning shares tips for distance learning under these headings: Rituals, Energize, Appreciation, Lighten, and Mindful

“A New REALM: IFSEL’s Tips for Distance Learning” by Janice Toben, March 16, 2020

i. One State’s Resources – The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has compiled extensive resources for teachers and parents

j. Resources for Homebound Preschoolers – Victoria McDougald compiled this list of 32 activities for the youngest students

“Smiling Through: Thirty-Two Resources for Entertaining Energetic Preschoolers During Daycare and Preschool Closures” by Victoria McDougald in Education Gadfly, March 19, 2020

k. Advice from a New York City Charter School Leader – Robert Pondiscio interviews Success Academy founder and leader Eva Moskowitz on her schools’ policies during the crisis:

“Remote Learning Advice from Eva Moskowitz: ‘Keep It Simple’” by Robert Pondiscio in Education Gadfly, March 18, 2020

l. PreK-12 Learning Resources – PBS/WGBH in Massachusetts offers math, ELA, social studies, and science resources for grades PreK-12

m. Learning-at-Home Activities – Scholastic offers these resources for PreK-12

n. Teaching with Zines – This website has numerous suggestions for getting students creating “zines” – short magazine articles published as booklets

Spotted in “Zines in the Classroom: Finding an Audience of One – or 100” by Trisha Collopy in Council Chronicle, March 2020 (Vol. 29, #3, pp. 26-29)

o. • “10 Strategies for Leading Online When School Is Closed” by Reshan Richards and Stephen Valentine on Global Online Academy, March 4, 2020

p. • “Five Tips for Designing Excellent Video Calls” by Emily Hamlin on Global Online Academy, March 13, 2020

q. • “Coronavirus Has Led to a Rush of Online Teaching. Here’s Some Advice for Newly Remote Instructors” by Jeffrey Young on EdSurge, March 11, 2020

r. • “Best Practices: Online Pedagogy” from Harvard University"

s. • Resources compiled by Jennifer Gonzalez

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