Remote Learning Resources & Articles
While the views expressed on these websites represent only the views of the website authors themselves, I've used much of the content from these resources to influence my educational practices during the virtual teaching and learning season. These resources can help teachers and students learn over the summer as well!
SLPS & DESE Resources:
"Keep On Learning" - Spring 2020: All SLPS students and families are encouraged to go to the district's "Keep On Learning" website for information on how to receive food and eduational resources. This opportunitiy is open to all school-age students in St. Louis City, no student ID required! https://www.slps.org/keeponlearning
SLPS Continuous Learning Extended Resources: These useful resources, put together by District Office staff, are broken down into categories, including but not limited to academic content, educator-specific resources, fitness, and active brain breaks.
DESE Supports for Remote Teaching and Learning webpage, containing a plethora of resources for a variety of content areas that is updated regularly!
“A Science of Learning Guide to Educational Technology,” from The Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning. This guide contains some information on educational practices that support distance learning and belonging, and it also contains virtual learning tools that are good fits for various stages of distance learning lessons.
Amazing Educational Resources: this is a crowdsourced list of resources that are free for educators to use while schools are closed due to Covid-19. There are hundreds of resources on this website, added by educators from around the world.
CrashCourse: The videos on this YouTube channel provide great background information on a variety of topics. The link goes to Social Studies content, but you can find videos for other courses elsewhere on the CrashCourse channel, from entrepreneurship to genetics to theater and more!
Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips: Click on this link to go on a selection of virtual field trips. Use the "Subject Area" drop down menu to find field trips pertaining to the content area of your choice, from science to sports to health/wellness.
Duolingo: This is an app/website that can guide people, including your students, into learning to acquire languages! This is a potentially great tool for World Language teachers and for others who would like to learn a language.
Edpuzzle: This site allows educators to use instructional videos (already-created videos, or you can make your own), personalize them, and assess students’ comprehension of the videos.
Exploratorium: This website contains a variety of interactive, educational activities that focus on science and other subjects.
Khan Academy: This free website contains a variety of great instructional resources, such as lessons and practice activities, to boost skills in many subject areas. To access these resources, go to the website, click on "sign up," and follow the directions to create an account.
Kuta Software: This website contains a variety of free practice worksheets for mathematics. Click on the links below to access these worksheets.
- Pre-Algebra: http://kutasoftware.com/freeipa.html
- Algebra 1: http://kutasoftware.com/freeipa.html
- Geometry: http://kutasoftware.com/freeipa.html
- Algebra 2: http://kutasoftware.com/freeia2.html
- Precalculus: http://kutasoftware.com/freeipc.html
- Calculus: http://kutasoftware.com/freeica.html
Net Etiquette resources:
- Here are two resources, curated by the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business & Economics, that are good places to start: a brief YouTube video on Netiquette and Virginia Shea’s Netiquette Home Page.
- Here are two articles:
- “Behaveyourself.com: Online Manners Matter,” by Laila Weir. This Edutopia post still has a lot of good, applicable information, despite it being written over a decade ago!
- “10 Netiquette Guidelines Online Students Need to Know,” by Ashley Brooks. The title of this 2019 article is self-explanatory!
NewsELA: This website delivers engaging, standards-aligned reading material that relates to a variety of content areas. The full version of NewsELA usually has a fee, but all of its content is free for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year!
Nine Network’s Education page: Our local PBS station contains a variety of educational resources, including at-home educational programs, an educator toolkit, and a link to the “Ken Burns in the Classroom” resources that Mr. Tracy shared!
School Closure Resource Hub, from Transcend Education. This meta-collection of resources includes links to great resource collections from around the Internet, resources specifically geared towards teachers, and more.
Screencast-o-matic: I learned about this tool at our ELA PLC meeting! Screencast-o-matic allows educators to create video tutorials or lessons as they plan instruction.
SLPL Educators page: The St. Louis Public Library has created a resource page for educators that can be a great support to your remote instruction.
St. Louis Zoo’s Teacher Resources and Opportunities page: Our local award-winning zoo has videos, curriculum kits, a virtual zoo section, live webcams, and more for educators, all free of charge!
Teach Engineering: this website provides a plethora of engaging lessons, unit materials, and lesson activities for a variety of STEM-related fields, engineering and otherwise. Thank you, Mr. Crosby, for sharing this resource!
Virtual Enterprises International: this online resource provides hands-on learning opportunities that build career readiness for Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and other CTE and career development content. (Thank you, Ms. Sams, for sharing this resource!)
“11 Meaningful Writing Assignments Connected to the Pandemic,” by Shevta Miller. There are several interesting, meaningful, and rigorous writing ideas in this article.
“20 questions to ask instead of ‘How are you doing right now?’,” by Elizabeth Weingarten. These questions could be good conversation starters for class sessions too.
“7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure,” by Sarah Gonser. It’s important for students to feel connected to each other and to their teachers during school closures. This article provides some ideas for how to foster connections during these times. Two great ideas in the article is for teachers to conduct regular greetings to and check-ins with their classes.
"Coronavirus Has Led to a Rush of Online Teaching. Here's Some Advice for Newly Remote Instructors," by Jeffrey R. Young. This article has useful information about several aspects of remote teaching, from the advice to "think shorter" to videoconferencing, polls to maximize engagement, and more.
“Curbing Teacher Burnout During the Pandemic,” by Nora Fleming. There are a variety of good tips in this article, written to help teachers stay strong as the pandemic continues.
“Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers,” by Jennifer Gonzalez. The amazing Cult of Pedagogy blog author has done it again! She has created an awesome collection of information on Distance Learning.
“Everything You Need to Know About Building a Great Screencast Video,” by Kareem Farah. This article in the fantastic “Cult of Pedagogy” edu-blog provides useful information (such as keeping the video under 6 minutes) about creating instructional videos!
“How to Decrease Screen Time for Students,” by Angela Duckworth. During this virtual learning season, it’s easy for students (and educators, for that matter!) to spend too much time on electronics, so it’s important for teachers to figure out how to minimize student screen time. This brief article offers some tips on how to make lessons do just that.
“Remember: Online Learning Isn’t the Only Way to Learn Remotely,” by Kate Ehrenfeld Gardoqui. The Internet is a great tool for remote learning, but it should not be the only mode of remote learning. This article suggests 5 ways for students to learn while not physically in school that are not online.
“Virtual Education Dilemma: Scheduled Classroom Instruction vs. Anytime Teaching,” by Mark Lieberman. This article presents several experts’ ideas on the pros and cons of both asynchronous and synchronous learning, as well as some best practices for each.
“Writing on a PDF,” from The Curriculum Corner. Fillable PDF files can be useful tools for teachers and students in doing remote learning. This article explains a tool that can enable teachers to convert PDF files into fillable ones.