Clint, Chris and Joe B are holding Virtual Office Hours in Webex every day from 10-3.
Please join us there if you have questions. If one room is not available, try the other!
Clint's Room: https://uen.webex.com/meet/cstephens
Chris' Room: https://uen.webex.com/meet/chaught
Joe B.'s Room (Pear Deck, Canvas Basics): https://uen.webex.com/meet/jwright
Link to Webex Recording
Link to YouTube video
We cover the basics and more, plus:
Many partners and vendors of tools that make remote and distance education possible and meaningful have been stepping up to the plate, making the full versions free to education for at least the remainder of the school year and providing tutorials and training resources as well. We have included information on some of the best below.
Make sure that you can see the Document Outline (table of contents) for this document to be able to quickly jump to any partner’s offerings.
Thanks to Jason Snow at our NUES, our sister service center in Heber City for providing a great overview of many of the tools needed to jump to online learning.
Last week, Google began rolling out free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite for Education customers globally including:
Google is committed to helping students and their teachers continue learning outside of school. Be sure to check out:
Below is Instructure’s response to the COVID-19 situation. Instructure released a blog post (linked below) late last week. Also linked is a space in the Canvas Community where institutions can share/collaborate on contingency plans as well as some additional handy links.
We’ve created a brief video walkthrough that shows:
These additional Canvas Tutorials might also help:
Michael Hakkarinen gave a great session at UCET entitled Mobilize Learning with the Canvas Mobile App. One great takeaway were these video clips on how students can submit homework via the camera on their phones and participate in video discussions with the Student App (iOS and Android).
UEN.org has thousands of vetted resources that are available at no cost to Utah students and educators. For example:
Students are having issues because they are accessing UOL at home, and not on the school network, which automatically authenticates them.
From home, students need to enter the username and password. You can post this in your Google Classroom or Canvas course, but please don't post it on a public page.
Username for all students - online
Password - school
Resources will be added as they become available. Please share this information with those in your school community that may benefit. UEN will be highlighting more of these resources on UEN.org and through their social media channels. Have a suggestion? Use this handy Contact UEN form.
If you are in their service area, FREE Internet service is being generously provided by South Central Communications for student homes (for at least 30 days) that do not have internet service so they can have access to their online school work. To qualify for this student benefit, please submit this form: https://socen.com/scc-providing-access-to-students/ Once approved, a Customer Service Representative will contact you and determine a time to set up service.
Other companies are following suit, see this live doc for more information.
Pear Deck Resources for Distance Learning. Pear Deck is also hosting daily live webinars to walk you through using Pear Deck in a remote classroom. You'll learn how to use Pear Deck features to facilitate synchronous and asynchronous remote lessons, and have the opportunity to discuss your individual questions with Pear Deck experts.
SEDC has created lessons on Digital Citizenship in Peardeck, these can also be student paced.
Kami is offering affected schools domain-wide access to the Kami Education license, for as long as schools are closed—free of charge. Request your free upgrade today, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Remote Learning with Free School-wide Access to Kami Education blog post with video tutorials on how to use Kami with remote learning environments. Learn more about how to setup Kami for remote learning, with a training video to get started.
Loom is a useful tool for communicating when you can’t be in the same room with your students. After seeing increased usage in the regions hit hardest by the virus, Loom is ensuring their product is accessible to as many people as possible. For non-education customers, they have cut the price, extended free trial time periods and removed recording limits.
However, Loom Pro is now free for education. If you’re a teacher or a student at a K-12 school, university, or educational institution using Loom for classroom work, you can use Loom Pro for free, forever. If you're an eligible teacher or student already using Loom and they haven't contacted you, here's what you need to do. They are making it clear that these changes are not a marketing play. They are trying to do what they believe is right. Inaction was not an option.
COVID-19 & Loom's Responsibility - Watch Video
Screencastify is a great screen recorder and annotation tool. It’s a Chrome extension, so no extra software to install, and you can send your recordings directly to Google Drive or YouTube. If you have used it in the past but became frustrated with the limits of the free version, they’ve updated it - all functions are now free with the lone limitation of 5 minutes recording time per video.
Google Meet comes along with your school Gmail account, and by now I would guess most districts are enabling this feature for use with students. If Google Meet does not sound familiar, it was formerly called Google Hangouts. Here’s a great tutorial on how to start using Meet as well as a Teacher’s Guide to Hangouts Meet from Google with many short video tutorials.
3/27 - Want to see all of your students/participants in a grid? Here’s a Chrome extension that will allow you to do that!
Zoom.us is another highly effective video conferencing tool that is simple to set up and use. It’s compatible with any device: Mac, PC, Chromebook, Android and iOS. Zoom supports scheduling and inviting straight from the application and can be downloaded at https://zoom.us/download You can invite by email straight from the app after you create an account. Getting Started and other video tutorials from Zoom or join an online webinar covering Zoom Meetings for Online Learning. Review the Zoom Online Event Best Practices Guide, especially the section covering Live Event Best Practices section.
NEW!-Recent reports of uninvited guests sharing inappropriate content. Please review settings to “approve” screen share and file uploads.
Free access to SMART Learning Suite Online is available to all schools affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
If your school or district is experiencing or planning a closure for preventative health-related reasons, please sign-up here for full access to SMART Learning Suite Online at no cost. This will give you and your students access to powerful tools for active distance learning and lesson creation and delivery on any device including Chromebook™ computers.
SMART Learning Suite Online enables students to connect remotely to live lessons delivered by teachers and engage in real-time with lesson activities. For more than just participation – true virtual collaboration. Access the suite anytime, anywhere – even at home. Students can access and contribute from any web-enabled computer, tablet or phone.
Collaborative Workspace activities empower students to work together from home on a shared digital canvas to co-create, add content and problem solve. Shout It Out activities enable students to send text and images from their devices to a lesson. Teachers can then rearrange, organize, and discuss contributions.
As school closures and schedules shift, lesson planning and learning can happen uninterrupted, anytime and on any device. Cloud-based classrooms powered by SMART Learning Suite Online easily enables student collaboration breaking down the barriers of distance learning with:
In addition to our existing free online learning software access, SMART will share resources to help quickly train teachers on how to best use SMART Learning Suite Online in a remote learning environment.
Please visit this page for more info and stay tuned for ongoing updates and schedules.
For the dedicated teachers and 290 million+ students affected by this trying time, SMART will support distance learning for the rest of the school year absolutely free. If you know of other schools or districts that may be affected, please feel free to forward this email on to them.
On behalf of everyone at SMART, they thank you for your tireless efforts in education and hope this complimentary access to easy-to-use learning software can make it a little easier to help support your students’ growth and development during this challenging time.
Activate free SMART Learning Suite Online for your school: www.smarttech.com/slsanywhere
In light of the need for schools to consider distance learning in response to the Coronavirus threat, Socrative is offering their applications to support continued education in your community.
We are pleased to provide existing and new school customers with 5 additional free teacher licenses to Showbie Pro and Socrative Pro through the end of July.
Existing and new Districts/multi-school entities may request an additional 25 free teacher pro seats per product.
Please complete this form if you are a school or district administrator and we'll supply you with your extra licenses
Showbie and Socrative are tools to manage a distance learning classroom. Both applications are available cross-platform and are useful on home computers, tablets, iPads, or mobile phones.
Showbie is a real-time application for communication and feedback with key features to support distance learning, including:
Socrative enables distance learning through formative and summative assessment:
Connect with professionals all over the world, this is usually a very expensive program and free for now.
Getting free access takes just one-step. Simply visit our COVID-19 resource center, click “Get instant access”, and you’ll immediately see Newsela ELA, Newsela Science, Newsela Social Studies, and The Newsela Social-Emotional Learning Collection in your Newsela account. If you don’t have a Newsela account, you’ll be able to set one up in minutes.
This is our ebook library open to all staff and students in Iron, Beaver, Garfield, Kane, Millard and Charter Schools. Students in districts use their school email and Charters use their lunch numbers.
Kahoot! is used by millions of teachers and educators around the world, and in these challenging times, we want to ensure they can continue to teach. While our free version enables distance learning, we want to make sure educators have all the tools they need to fully engage students outside of the classroom.
That’s why we’ve put together a guide to distance learning and why we’re providing schools affected by the coronavirus with free access to Kahoot! Premium for the remaining months of the academic year.
With Kahoot! Premium, educators can use advanced question types, collaborate with colleagues, and access in-depth reports, which can be used for formative assessment. To access Kahoot! Premium for free, please click here.
Offering free access, check out the digital breakouts
USB OER Science Textbooks-These are PDF’s that can be downloaded and shared
Especially useful for those of you teaching in K-6, from Matthew Winters, a teacher from Weber County just elected to the UCET Board
Let’s Continue to Learn! Parent resources
A Mini Clearinghouse on Coronavirus, Created by Two School Librarians from School library Journal
Distance Learning Bundle
Does the thought of suddenly changing your whole approach to teaching leave you feeling nervous, overwhelmed, or even a little lost? Students cannot miss out on valuable learning time, which is why we have created our free Distance Learning Bundle, with five On-Demand courses. Our goal is to help equip you with actionable tips and strategies, as well as the knowledge to confidently use innovative tools to create powerful virtual learning experiences for your students. Register here.
Remote Learning Resource Guide
There are a lot of distance learning resources circulating the internet and it can be a little overwhelming. All of the information is very helpful, which is why we have compiled all of our top resources into a comprehensive, one-stop-shop kind of guide. We know you don't have time to scour the internet and need to quickly access relevant information so you can get back to what's most important - supporting your students. Grab your guide.
Moving to an online learning approach can seem daunting, but innovative and interactive tools can make this transition easier for you and your students. Google has several free powerful tools that can be incorporated into virtually any type of lesson, grade or subject area. The best part? These tools are 100% free and they are easy for your students to use. Our EdTechTeam member, Christina Sprader, is sharing 4 powerful Google tools and ideas for how you can incorporate them into all types of lessons to help you engage your students. Read the post.
CIDI is rapidly implementing an expanded support network to help instructors take their courses online. They are scaling as best as we can to help meet demand, but there will be a high volume. To help make the volume manageable, please carefully review the guidance on their Keep Teaching webpage:
If you have a question and need immediate support, CIDI has established an online chat channel. Chat allows them to make more support personnel available. Starting Friday during 8-5am with a smaller crew and continuing Monday from 7am-10pm with a larger crew. Please opt to access support via chat. Thank you!