2020 Remote Learning Resources for Parents, Teachers and Librarians
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Classroom Resources (Core Subjects)
Social Emotional Learning
Tech Tools & Online Teaching Tips
Braff, Danielle. “How to Get Your Kids to Treat You Like Their Teacher.” NYT, 21 APR 2020. “Here’s how to create a space and habits that keep kids engaged with schoolwork at home.”
Classroom Resources (Core Subjects)
"250+ Amazing Online Learning Resources." We Are Teachers, 2020.
"Amazing Educational Resources." GoogleSheets file, Mar. 2020. Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings (Updated). There is a related Facebook page"Amazing Educational Resources" at
Gonzalez, Jennifer. “Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers.” Podcast, Cult of Pedagogy, 30 MAR 2020. “If you’ve found yourself teaching in a distance-learning situation, especially if it’s been foisted upon you by circumstance, you’ll discover pretty quickly that distance learning offers different challenges from face-to-face instruction. And if you look online, you’ll find tons of ideas and resources that can help you tackle those challenges, so much that it’s easy to get paralyzed at the volume of it all. This is especially true if you’re expected to hit the ground running with very little notice.”
"Happy Numbers." HappyNumbers.com. This website for math learning is free for the remainder of the school year, 2020.
Hester, Jessica Leigh. "How to Help Librarians and Archivists from Your Living Room." Atlas Obscura, 23 Mar. 2020, If you're cooped-up and curious, use your free time to decipher handwriting, tag images, and more.
HIncks, Kelly. "Remote Learning Lessons PreK to 4th Grade." KQ, AASL, 9 Apr. 2020.
"How to write an email to your teacher." GoogleDoc file, Mar. 2020.
Jones, Amanda. "Wakelet: Resources for School Closure." Resources for School Closure," Wakelet/Amanda Jones, Mar. 2020, Ms Jones has gathered resources for teachers and families to use during the school closure.
LaGarde, Jennifer, and Darren Hudgins. "A News– and Media Literacy–Themed Mixtape for Tough Times." School Library Journal, 19 Mar. 2020. “... we've curated a mixtape for today's uncertain times: a list of songs whose titles alone may serve as reminders of some strategies to keep calm and carry on in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak and the related news/media frenzy." This clever curation of resources uses music as an organizational tool to offer a broad variety of resources librarians and teachers might use with students during this remote learning season.
McNair, Andi. "Remote Learning Slides." GoogleSlides file. The link asks you to make a copy so that you can rearrange slides as needed: Maker Monday, Techie Tuesday, and so on offer activities for you to use or model on.
Murray, Jacqui. "Resources for Online Learning during School Closures." NEA Today (National Education Association), 16 Mar. 2020. "...a short curation of the most useful articles, links, resources, and webinars to help you through this challenging environment, followed by some tips and answers to common questions."
"OutSchool." OutSchool.com, https://outschool.com . Live Online Classes for Ages 3-18. Explore fun, social, and safe learning experiences—taught over live video chat. 10,000+ classes led by qualified teachers. Outschool is committed to supporting those affected by closures in the wake of COVID-19. Browse free schooling resources for educators, families, and learners.
"PBS for Parents." PBS. Scroll down this page to find these links: Read Along with PBS Kids; Find Ways to Play, sorted by age group; Featured Activities; Family Night.
"Prodigy." Prodigy, www.prodigygame.com/ . The engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform loved by over 50 million students, teachers and admins. No cost, ever. Easily motivate 1st to 8th grade students to learn and practice math. Accessible at home or in class!
"Scholastic Learn at Home." Scholastic, Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing - PreK through 9th grade.
Schoon, Eric. “8 Great YouTube Channels That Create Free Documentaries.” Review Geek, 31 July 2021. “Documentaries are a great way to learn more about the world, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay a premium to watch them. There are many YouTubers out there producing high-quality documentaries that only cost your time and maybe watching an ad or two.”
Moral Support for Students,
aka Social Emotional Learning
"Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for School Communities." RULER Approach, Yale University, 2020.
RULER is an acronym for the five skills of emotional intelligence:
Recognizing emotions in oneself and others.
Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions.
Labeling emotions with a nuanced vocabulary.
Expressing emotions in accordance with cultural norms and social context.
Regulating emotions with helpful strategies.
"Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19." NASP Online, National Association of School Psychologists, 2020.
Kogan, Nataly & Mia Kogan-Spivack. “I wanted to know how to help my teen through the pandemic. So I asked her.” NYT, 20 Apr. 2020.
Mahmood, Dr. Rachel. “Rethinking Family Engagement During School Closures.” Teaching Tolerance, 27 APR 2020. “Taking time to check assumptions about family engagement can make a huge difference in the lives of your students and their caregivers.”
Major, Amielle. “How to Develop Culturally Responsive Teaching for Distance Learning.” KQED MindShift, 20 May 2020. “The coronavirus pandemic and school closures across the nation have exposed deep inequities within education: technology access, challenges with communication, lack of support for special education students, to name just a few. During this crisis, there are still opportunities to provide students with tools to help them be independent learners, according to Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain.
AASL. “Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning.” The 2020 awards include websites, apps and interactive options for all ages K-12 like CodeSpark Academy, Facing History and Ourselves, KidLit TV, and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage masters of Tradition. Check the Archive of previous winners.
“Adventure Across Texas with Zoom Backgrounds from Texas Monthly Readers.” Texas Monthly, 24 Apr 2020.
ALSC. Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award - 2020 winners. “The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award is given to a digital media producer that has created distinguished digital media for an early learning audience.” Molly of Denali took top honors: Children use diagrams, pictures, field guides, and utilize maps, charts and informational text to help them solve problems and accomplish tasks. The app’s games, adventures, and explorations of Native language, art and music engage users while developing foundational skills in informational literacy. Two honors are also described.
Hooker, Carl. “25 Strategies to Engage Students on Your Next Zoom Meeting.” HookED on Innovation, 13 May 2020.
Isimon. “Historical Backgrounds For Your Next Zoom Meeting.” ILoveLibraries.org, 10 Aug 2020. “The Library of Congress digital collections contain countless options, offering a vast variety of historical images that are free to download and use. Just save your favorites and turn on Zoom’s Virtual Background feature to add some old-school flair to your meeting.”
Jones, Amanda. "Journey with Jones: Leading Virtual Field Trips during COVID-19." KQ, AASL, 30 Mar. 2020, Ms Jones has figured out - and shares - how to lead your own virtual field trip - without leaving home! She also offers a link to see the trips she has led.
Mariska, Bradley, et al. "Comparing & Contrasting FREE Platforms and Procedures for Online Music Instruction: Skype, Zoom, Hangouts Meet, WhereBy, Facetime, Jitsi, etc." GoogleDoc file, 18 Mar. 2020.
Rizzolo Chelsea. “5 Tips for Filming Virtual Storytime.” ALSC blog, ALA, 19 June 2020.
Schwartz, Laurel. "What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month." Edutopia, 13 Mar. 2020. An American whose classroom in Beijing is now online shares what she and her team have learned since the coronavirus hit, just as U.S. teachers make the same shift.
Schwartz, Mereditih. "8 Great Libraries for Your Zoom Background." Library Journal, 13 Apr. 2020.
Yang, Alison. "How do we teach online?" Online Teaching: Do This, Not That (blog) Alison Yang, 3 Nov. 2019. The infographic is great!
Hester, Jessica Leigh. “Even More Ways to Help Librarians and Archivists from Home.” Atlas Obscura, 7 APR 2020. As long as we’re all cooped-up, here are six digital projects that could use your curiosity.
Maclin-Hurd, Stefanie. "Stay-At-Home Stir Crazy? Library Crowdsourcing Projects Provide Productive Distraction at a Social Distance." Library Journal, 6 Apr. 2020.