10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We took our school from a physical school on a Friday to a distance learning campus by Monday. And the learning continues. I also know that that I too have a lot to learn, even though I’ve been teaching online since 2006 and have collaborated globally for years. They know how to do distance learning. Higher ed could learn some things, but we are specifically addressing K12.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Video and Infographic From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teachers are moving from face to face classrooms to online classrooms quickly. Top online course designers who have also taught face to face tell us how. Check out their free 3-hour micro course, Launching Online Learning. I recommend Advancement Courses for online teacher professional development with over 280 courses.

Online Learning During COVID-19


When Project Tomorrow surveyed students in 2015 about what they envision schools will look like in 2020, one student described school as being the place where there would be more educational videos, online class discussions, online games, and texting between teachers and students. We are now in 2020, living through the COVID-19 pandemic and in the remote and online environment predicted in 2015. Three Phases of Online Learning. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. Below are ten strategies I hope will help elementary teachers to engage their young learners online. #1 When working with kids remotely, it’s essential to infuse fun into online learning. 8 Online Learning Stations.

OPINION: With many schools choosing online learning, how can we keep the music alive?

The Hechinger Report

While the learning curve has been steep in terms of new technology, and there have been some expected kinks to work out, virtual learning has brought some opportunities that an immediate return to in-person learning may not have. FRANKLIN, Tenn.

Teachers need lots of training to do online learning well. Coronavirus closures gave many just days.

The Hechinger Report

After the Arizona State University Preparatory Academy announced on Friday, March 13, that it would shift its 11 schools to online learning because of the coronavirus crisis, teacher Theresa Ordell switched to high gear.

Coronavirus Chronicles 034 – Highland Park Elementary

Dangerously Irrelevant

Thank you, Nancy Flynn, for sharing how Highland Park Elementary in St. International Schools Services has a webinar series called Educators Supporting Educators: Transitions to Online Learning , which features conversations with and resources from international school educators. I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

In my last post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students. In one online learning station, students listen to books/stories with an audio recording. Here are some great online resources for the online learning stations. Learning

Most teachers don’t feel fully prepared for remote and online learning

eSchool News

The coronavirus outbreak has closed physical schools and pushed learning online, causing teachers to develop remote and online learning plans in as little as a couple days–but not all teachers feel prepared to meet this sudden and potentially lengthy challenge.

5 Ways Online Learning Can Open Doors For All Students

EdNews Daily

According to Babson Survey Research Group , the number of students registered in online courses grew to 5.8 Online class growth has been consistent for the past 13 years, and more than a quarter of higher education students (or 28%) are enrolled in at least one online course. Also, Imo Education predicts that by 2019 at least 50% of all classes will be delivered online. Online courses deliver many advantages for students.

5 reasons to integrate STEM into online learning

eSchool News

With online schools, it is invaluable to start teaching these concepts at a young age, which is why STEM curriculum is now being introduced at the elementary level. Related content: How STEM invigorates learning. Here are five reasons STEM courses should be included in online K-12 schooling. When children are exposed to STEM education in elementary school, they are getting a head start on being digitally literate.


Online Learning Is Not Going Away : A New Resource for Math and Spelling in the Elementary Classroom

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

While using technology for education is not a new phenomenon, the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly shifted the view on educational technology from a want to a need. Teachers are being asked to provide.read more. sponsored posts

Hotspots no silver bullet for rural remote learning

The Hechinger Report

Back in April, as schools across the country shifted to online instruction to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Scott Muri saw firsthand just how damaging lack of internet access can be for students and families. Related: Hundreds of thousands of students still can’t access online learning.

Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Others paid attention to the data and rising number of coronavirus cases and used their summers more wisely to design for better remote/hybrid learning and teaching than the mostly-low-level direct instruction, digital worksheets, and paper homework packets that we saw last spring.

COLUMN: We could have avoided this disastrous fall

The Hechinger Report

Kids frustrated by online learning looked forward to going back to school in New York City next week, but re-opening has been postponed. In suburban Chicago, even as schools reopened virtually, some districts are figuring out ways to supervise online learning in schools, for a price.

Best practices for remote learning, according to experts

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Individual learning time doesn’t have to be lonely.

Is it finally time for year-round school?

The Hechinger Report

Harlandale administrators tried to smooth the transition to remote learning, lending students tablets, parking WiFi-enabled buses throughout the district and partnering with food banks to give out groceries and school supplies. In Harlandale, students will start the school year online.

Can Online Learning Be Better This Fall? These Educators Think So


Banks has never been formally trained to teach online, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to make his classes as engaging and challenging as possible. Now, with many of the nation’s largest school districts beginning the fall semester online-only, Banks is part of a national effort to improve the quality of distance learning. The goal: Deliver better online learning, at no charge, to any district that wants it.

Restorative circles, online wellness rooms and grief training: How schools are preparing for the Covid mental health crisis

The Hechinger Report

More and more, schools are recognizing that academic learning may at times have to take a back seat to alleviating those challenges. We’re going to have to embed social-emotional learning within every single subject we teach, every minute that we’re with the students.”

Planning for Elementary School Closures #CoronaVirus #CoVid19 #RemoteLearning

The Innovative Educator

Additionally, childcare is not as a big of a concern for older children, but what about elementary school students? Online Platforms Parents Facebook is where parents already are and the learning curve for most is non-existent. Give parents tips for home learning Provide the latest news Learn how to use Facebook Live to speak with parents and encourage them to comment on the Livestream. Find out how they provide learning for students.

OPINION: We can make podding equitable if parents work together

The Hechinger Report

My children’s public elementary school in Brooklyn serves over 900 students, from pre-K through fifth grade. Coronavirus and Education Elementary to High School News Opinion Race and Equity Solutions Child Care Funding online learning Parents poverty

3 Things to Learn Over the Summer to Be Better at Distance or Blended Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Like it or not, blended learning is here to stay. Whatever happens, online learning will play a huge role in our teaching. With Advancement Courses , you never stop learning.

TEACHER VOICE: ‘With 85 percent of our students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, a major concern in our district has been a lack of access to technology and the internet’

The Hechinger Report

Now that the new school year has officially started in Nashville, Tennessee, Metro Nashville Public Schools are engaging in 100 percent virtual learning with required live teaching, attendance and assignments. When schools closed in the spring, the district didn’t immediately jump into formal distance-learning, instead focusing first on humanitarian needs like providing food for families. The district started official distance-learning in early May.

What if public schools never reopen?

The Hechinger Report

The coronavirus pandemic forced schools across the country to switch to remote learning this spring. A hybrid system is a logistical nightmare while remote learning will almost certainly leave the most vulnerable students behind. Coronavirus and Education Elementary to High School News achievement gap Betsy Devos Funding online learning Parents Politics poverty School choice Technology access

OPINION: The job of school principal was always difficult. The pandemic has made it impossible

The Hechinger Report

Now, with New York City schools pursuing a plan of hybrid learning, each of these tasks must be done with blended and remote instruction in mind, and new requirements arise daily. Harry Sherman is principal of Castle Hill Middle School in the Bronx, New York. Credit: Harry Sherman.

A semester of trauma, sickness and death at a New York school

The Hechinger Report

The coronavirus pandemic closed schools and launched a national experiment in remote learning that has been chaotic and stressful for millions of American families. These kids are expected to do remote learning, but they were taking care of their parents. I learned to accept that,” she said, resigned but matter-of-fact. “I’m These kids are expected to do remote learning, but they were taking care of their parents.

How Designing Accessible Curriculum For All Can Help Make Online Learning More Equitable


As the dust settles from emergency distance learning, schools now have the summer to reckon with what worked and what must change as they grapple with the uncertainty of the next academic year. Whatever the fate of online learning, the past months have exposed some glaring disparities in access to education and technology, while families with children who have disabilities and special needs experienced significant challenges even when technology was available.

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How to Learn in an Online Classroom – Student Tutorial

The CoolCatTeacher

For synchronous classrooms From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In addition to a learning management system (LMS), students need to know how to learn in an online synchronous classroom. This short video is made as a student tutorial and to help educators make decisions about how they will educate students on effective online learning skills.

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Grandparents raising grandchildren under lockdown: When the protectors are the most vulnerable

The Hechinger Report

The coronavirus pandemic closed schools and launched a national experiment in remote learning that has been chaotic and stressful for millions of American families. “Teaching at home is just not the same as them learning with their peers,” she said. He didn’t learn to talk until he was 2, when Wagner took him in. Instead of putting up a fight, Wagner has allowed Holden to stay in his bedroom when he wants to, playing video games with his friends online. “I’m

The ‘Katrina-to-Covid Class’: How the coronavirus era affects New Orleans students more acutely

The Hechinger Report

The coronavirus pandemic closed schools and launched a national experiment in remote learning that has been chaotic and stressful for millions of American families. When she was attending first grade at Willie Smith Elementary in Violet, her mom died. Jarrin started school in 2005 as a Katrina evacuee at Bush Elementary in southwest Houston. Satoriya Lambert was still a toddler when Hurricane Katrina struck her hometown.

SEL and Physical Exercise – 8 weeks of Free Lessons

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Social-emotional learning is a vital part of health and wellness. As students stay home, learn some ideas to help students be healthier at home during this time with some videos you can share with the students.

Education companies see an “upside to the pandemic” for business

The Hechinger Report

But for some online education companies, the upheaval represents a chance to profit. which provides online curriculum to homeschooling families and school districts, told investors in April that applications and inquiries were up. K12 has two decades of honing the skills and training teachers need to be effective in the online classroom,” he said in a written response to questions.

Keep calm and carry on: Reasonable approaches to home-based learning

The Christensen Institute

Learning solutions right now will, of course, be less than perfect. With my elementary-aged kids, there have been some nice silver linings amidst this epidemic storm: creative writing assignments, fun drawing activities through Art for Kids Hub , daily piano lessons over video chat with grandam, video calls with friends while playing the Prodigy math game, and basketball in the driveway together for “PE.” Instead, we can use this time as an opportunity to learn and innovate.

Schools provide stability for refugees. Covid-19 upended that

The Hechinger Report

When the Covid-19 pandemic forced schools to pivot to remote learning, Nawar Almadani and her family weren’t sure what they’d do. Her three kids were enrolled in middle and elementary school; she was working toward her GED. Beyond the struggles all families are facing with remote learning, the Almadani family is dealing with additional stress: They fled Syria as refugees, and resettled in Chicago in 2016. is learning loss for their kids.

10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teaching online and blending classrooms is a hot topic, but there’s always room for improvement. As teachers, we need to constantly refresh and update topics to improve our distance learning skills.

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