03/27/2020 by Carney Sandoe Staff | Education News and Trends
Remote learning is now a reality for nearly 300 million students worldwide. Teachers, students, families, administrators, departments, and whole communities are being forced to respond and adapt quickly.
Many of the well-known independent school associations are publishing content related to COVID-19, and a lot of companies are choosing to make their products free for schools, teachers, and students during these turbulent times. While here at Carney Sandoe we are focusing on helping schools and job seekers navigate a virtual hiring process (explore our resource page), many of our school partners and candidates we're talking to have been sharing their recommendations related to online learning, working from home, and emotional well being.
Below is a growing list of online resources we're collecting from those conversations. You can also follow us on Twitter where we're sharing ideas from other educators and schools.
We’re all going to get through this together…starting online.
Note: This list is drawn anecdotally from conversations with candidates and schools, and from across the internet. We have not vetted all third-party sites nor do we endorse these resources.
EMA (Enrollment Management Association)
NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools)
NBOA (National Business Officers Association)
SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools)
TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools)
COVID -19 School Continuity Resources (OneSchoolhouse)
General Online Learning Resources
COVID-19 Resources (Global Online Academy)
Creating an Online Classroom (Stanford Online High School)
Resources for Teaching Online Due to School Closures (The Edublogger)
Confronting the Coronavirus Outbreak – an ongoing series (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Distance Learning During COVID-19 Campus Closure – one teacher shares insights after six weeks of online learning (Teaching Is Learning)
Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically (The New York Times)
Coronavirus: Multilingual Resources for Schools – resources for educators to provide communication around this crisis to families in multiple languages (Colorín Colorado)
Tips for Teaching Online – a blog by a fourth-grade teacher at an online school
Online Learning Tools
Amazing Educational Resources – a crowd-sourced document lists education companies that are offering free subscriptions during school closures
175+ Amazing Online Learning Resources – divided by grade level (We Are Teachers)
Free Education Subscriptions – these companies are waiving fees while schools are impacted by COVID-19
Pear Deck for Google Slides – build engaging instructional content from Google Slides
Screencastify – easily record, edit, and share videos
Buncee – create online lessons, boards for students to share their thoughts and work, and collaborative learning spaces; free to schools closed due to COVID-19
Seesaw – create a supportive remote learning environment for students when emergencies prevent them from coming to school
Khan Academy – free courses for kids in subjects such as math, science, and history
Linda Peck Virtual Programs – virtual courses to engage students through highly interactive experiences that tap into their inner technology for outer learning
Popfizz Computer Science – online student courses for grades 6-12; free until July 1
English and Language Arts
CommonLit – literary and non-fiction reading passages for grades 3-12
Zinc Learning Labs – online reading instruction, leveled authentic texts with comprehension quizzes, and gamified vocabulary for grades 6-12
iCulture – cultural immersion resource for Spanish, French and German language learning for grades 6-12
History and Civics
iCivics – free educational video games and lessons that teach students to be knowledgeable, curious, and engaged in civic life
National Constitution Center – free Classroom Exchanges where classes interact directly with classes across the U.S. to learn how constitutional issues impact them
The San Francisco Unified School District has made its entire Elementary Math Core Curriculum available.
First In Math – online math program with 200+ grade-level games; free for school administrators and teachers
MusicFirst – online learning management system for teaching music at all age levels; offering free access to the entire MusicFirst system while your school is closed
ChemMatters Online – free resources for middle and high school science teachers
Support for Teachers During the COVID-19 Outbreak from Facing History and Ourselves – resources on standing against racism surrounding the coronavirus
EdSurge and ISTE are holding free weekly live webinars on Fridays (11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET) on the impact of the coronavirus on K-12 education.
Student Well Being
Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 (National Association of School Psychologists)
The Trevor Project – for LGBTQ students—especially in non-accepting families—social isolation at home may be difficult
E-book: “Helping Kids Cope with Coronavirus” – child psychologist Emily McClatchey offers simple ways to engage children’s coping skills
Educator Well Being
Down Dog is offering free access to all of its yoga apps for students and teachers until July 1.
LinkedIn has made 16 courses in its Learning platform free that cover topics like using virtual meeting tools (Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom etc.) and how to balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way.
Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety – a website with resources for addressing anxiety that educators may be feeling
Parent Support for Online Learning (Facebook Group)
Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Common Sense Media)
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
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Are there other tools or sites that you have found useful? Share your own resources in the comments below!