E-Learning Resources in Response to COVID-19

We know teachers are facing new and unique challenges due to COVID-19. To help, we’ve put together a list of links, articles, and tools to help you navigate online and distance learning. Please check back often, because we will be updating this page with additional resources and online tools.

If you are in need of specific resources, please reach out via email at membership@kdp.org.
News & Information (re: Coronavirus)

Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically
Source: The New York Times. This page, updated regularly, helps teachers and students find resources to 1) Stay updated on the outbreak, 2) Think critically about information, 3) Consider essential questions about the pandemic and what it tells us about our world today, and 4) Teach and learn when schools are closed.

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools an School Personnel
Source: U.S. Department of Education.

Schools & Childcare Programs: Checklists for Teachers and Parents
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Schools and Coronavirus: What You Should Know
Source: National Education Association.

‘Students Are Lonely:’ What Happens When Coronavirus Forces Schools Online
Source: EdSurge. This article is part of the guide, Navigating Uncertain Times: How Schools Can Cope With Coronavirus.

Lists of Teaching & Classroom Resources

Digital Learning Solutions
Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. This is a list of educational applications and platforms to help parents, teachers, schools, and school systems facilitate student learning and provide social caring and interaction during periods of school closure.

Free Online Learning Resources for Teaching Your Students Virtually
Source: We Are Teachers. There’s a lot to know about running a virtual classroom, but We Are Teachers put together a list of virtual classroom platforms, online quizzes and assessments, video lessons, and even complete curriculum plans to get you started. Everything here is free for schools closed due to the outbreak.

Moving Learning Online in Emergencies
Source: Center for Learning in Practice. We know that right now, educators around the world are seeking to rapidly adapt their working arrangements to slow the spread of COVID-19. Here are resources, virtual events, forums, and a vital community to support you now!

Read the World: Rethinking Literacy for Empathy and Action in a Digital Age
This document of compiled resources for teachers and students is 15 pages of tools that are appropriate for those new to digital learning and those who are well-versed.

Resources for Teaching Online Due to School Closures
Source: TheEduBlogger. Updated daily, this guide will give you insights into how educators around the world are approaching school closures.

Vetted Resources to Help You (including articles from KDP and trusted partners)

5 Strategies to Improve Your Online Teaching
Source: eLearning Industry. Are you new to eLearning teaching or looking for strategies to improve your online teaching methods? Here are 5 strategies to help.

5 Tips for Remote Learning
Source: aboutReadWorks. Using ReadWorks for remote learning is easy and will ensure your students don’t miss out on key reading comprehension growth if they can’t come to school. As always, all the tools and resources on ReadWorks are free for teachers and schools.

10 Tips for Successfully Planning for and Implementing E-Learning in Your District

Source: Leyden Community High School.

Apps for Flipped Learning
Source: KDP’s The Teacher Advocate. The use of technology is critical in the flipped classroom, and it has evolved over the years. Try one of these four technology tools to enhance your flipped classroom.

Classrooms Without Walls
Source: KDP’s The Teacher Advocate. Learn how teachers use powerful tools to involve and motivate students in virtual classrooms that are limited only by imagination.

COVID-19 Online Learning Resources and FAQ
Source: Digital Promise. Digital Promise is compiling resources and exemplars for schools and families preparing for online learning in response to COVID-19.

Digital Teachers Reshaping Literacy Experiences
Source: KDP Record. In today’s digital classrooms, teachers seamlessly move beyond teacher-driven, textbook centered, paper-pencil schooling to digital forms of learning designed to foster reading development.

eLearning Days: A Scan of Policy and Guidance
Source: Digital Learning Collaborative.

How to Approach School Closures During COVID-19
Source: Psychology Today. Author Zoe Weil shares some ideas to create positive outcomes for kids and families.

How to Be a Better Online Teacher
Source: The Chronical of Higher Education. Here, you’ll find advice on how to make your online pedagogy as effective and satisfying as the in-person version. This guide includes commonly-used terms of online teaching, 10 essential principles and practices of better online teaching, common misperceptions, and how to find help.

Just in Time for Teachers: Digital Learning Days
Source: Georgia Virtual Professional Learning. This course was designed for educators who are planning for and transitioning to an online format to support digital learning days. The estimated time to complete is 1-2 hours.

Learn at Home
Source: Scholastic. Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

Making the Transition to Virtual Classrooms
Source: Education Development Center. Author Zoe Baptista seeks to help make the transition to teaching in a virtual classroom a bit smoother.

Online Learning Readiness: Strategies for Success
Source: KDP Record. By understanding students’ readiness for learning in a virtual environment, instructors can apply pedagogical strategies that increase satisfaction and thereby reduce attrition rates.

Remote Learning Community: Preparing for the Coronavirus

Source: AFT ShareMyLesson. Here, you can share your lesson plans, handouts, and resources with educators from across the country.

So You Want to Flip Your Class: 9 Guidelines to Read First
Source: KDP’s The Teacher Advocate. Flipping learning allows teachers to provide more differentiated instruction and feedback. These nine basic guidelines will help you flip a unit in your class.

Talking to and Supporting Children During a Pandemic
From the American Academy of Pediatrics, designed for medical professionals, but useful for anyone working with children: “This webinar discusses effective communication strategies for clinicians and ways to talk to and support children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategies to help parents communicate with their children are also included. Presented by David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP – Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Executive Committee Member, AAP Council on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery” See more webinars by Dr. Schonfeld in the KDP Resources Catalog.

Teaching Online in a Time of Need
Source: Edumagic by Dr. Sam Fecich. Featuring Dr. Torrey Trust, Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

Teaching Qualitative Methods Online: A Few Things That I Do
Source: Leigh Graves Wolfe.

Transitioning to Online Learning: Pro Tips on What You Need to Know
Source: ASCD. Written by Mike Flynn, a former 2nd grade teacher and trainer for K-12 teachers and higher education faculty in best practices for online instruction, this article discusses what school leaders and teachers need to know about preparing for virtual instruction.

Use Four Pillars to Support Your Learning to F-L-I-P
Source: KDP’s The Teacher Advocate. By applying the Four Pillars of F-L-I-P, you can create and foster an engaging and rewarding flipped classroom environment.

What COVID-19 Can Teach Us About Mindfulness
Source: Psychology Today. Author Zoe Weil

Zoom Facilitation Playbook
This playbook, written by educators Megan Allen & Casey Daigle, provides tips to use Zoom in creating your online classroom environment.

How to Increase Student Engagement in the Online Classroom (webcast)
Source: KDP Webinars
As more and more classrooms utilize an online component for instruction, instructors seek ways to effectively engage their students, because for deep learning to occur, students need to participate beyond task completion. This webinar recording shares instructional and technological techniques that serve to increase student engagement in the online classroom. Presenter Dr. Jill Purdy, an online educator for more than 8 years, offers tangible ideas that can be easily implemented.

Flip Your Way Into the New Normal Elementary Classroom (webcast)
Source: KDP Webinars
Harness the power of flipped learning in your classroom. Having flipped her own classroom for years, presenter Natalie Hutchins guides you in assessing student learning daily without the stacks of paperwork. Learn about using the backward design model, integrating technology into lessons, teaching parents and students about flipped learning, and designing a user-friendly platform for everyone.

Flipping the English Classroom (webcast)

Source: KDP Webinars
Flipping a classroom can help teachers meet the demands of common core standards by giving them ways to organize their time and reach the wide range of their students’ abilities. A flipped English classroom allows teachers to work one-on-one with students and develop differentiated instruction. Learn how to use flipped learning to help students learn material at their own pace and take control of their own learning.

The Flipped Classroom (webcast)
Source: KDP Webinars
Source: KDP Webinars Learn the what, why, and how of the flipped class. How can you invert your classroom by capturing a video? Using Flipped Learning to distribute your lesson, students may learn at their own pace in their own way, “rewinding” the lesson to reach mastery. During class time, students demonstrate their knowledge using Web 2.0 tools.

Freebies!
Free BrainPOP Access for Schools Closed Due to the Coronavirus
Source: BrainPOP Educators.

SPECIAL OFFER! KDP Partner, CourseNetworking, Provides Free LMS to Distance Learners in Wake of Coronavirus Restrictions
In the wake of many institutions taking preventive measures in response to the outbreak of coronavirus, CN wants to help. Instructors from anywhere in the world are welcome to create and teach their courses on CN. Through CN, instructors can guide students in making posts to the class, taking quizzes, turning in assignments, reading uploaded documents, attending live lectures, and much more – all for free! If you already use the CN, help us spread the word to anyone you think might benefit from this.

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