Virtual education is uncharted territory for many teachers. The team at Demonstrated Success has been working hard to pull together some resources to help support teachers during this time and we have been lucky that many educational companies are providing free services to teachers and students. Many of these resources are outlined in our webinars, for which NH teachers can register for FREE at https://www.demonstratedsuccess.com/Public/vtnh/, or view playbacks on your own time on our Demonstrated Success YouTube playlist.
Zoom, a very popular and effective site for virtual meetings is offering free access to parents and teachers until school resumes. Many teachers are using Zoom to connect “face to face” with students and parents. Khan Academy, probably the most comprehensive source for online lessons, is offering its content for free. Khan Academy is also offering pre-made daily schedules, as well as daily (weekday) 9 am live streams on their Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts. All these services by Khan Academy were specifically created to aid virtual instruction during the covid-19 pandemic.
Seesaw and Padlet are two currently free sites for communicating with students and families. Seesaw and Padlet are both programs that help teachers collaborate with students and measure their engagement. This is especially important as teachers struggle to ensure that their students are completing assignments. Padlet and Seesaw do this through digital portfolios by students, that teachers, parents, and students can see. Seesaw also allows families and teachers to connect remotely through a discussion board. Seesaw provides creative and informative ideas for teachers mostly K-3. These, plus Google Classroom seem to be meeting most needs for a foundational communication platform. Each is different, so explore them all to see what fits your needs.
Genius Hour is an online class by AJ Juliani that teachers and parents can take to help them to guide students in the creation of passion projects. Passion projects are projects where students choose a topic they are passionate about, and do research on that topic in order to gain more insight. The class is free and includes four learning modules; video interviews and examples; research and resources for support; parent letter, rubrics, and timelines.
These resources are great for many ages and grade-levels, and hopefully they help guide you in your virtual instruction. We invite you to click on the links above, or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or our YouTube Channel or Public Google Folder for more information about resources.