Approaching Teaching: Week of March 29, 2020

 What is your virtual learning mission?

MISSION: EdTech Integrator

Learn and Earn

Designing a Student-Centered, Future-Focused EdTech Mindset. This FREE edWebinar will focus on how school closures due to coronavirus have demonstrated the critical role EdTech can play in instruction, both in and out of the classroom. During this edWebinar, Dr. Justin Aglio will lead a conversation about the current state of EdTech and how educational leaders can help their schools move forward into the future. Tuesday, March 31, 4:00 p.m. EST / 11:00 p.m. AST. **Can’t make the webinar on this date/time? A recording will be sent to all that register, even if you don’t attend the live webinar.** Learn more. | Register.


MISSION: Virtual Learning Designer


Continuous Learning. Continuous learning doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel or turning everything upside down. The focus should be on learning, relationship, and well-being. Be kind to yourself and others! Here are some tips that might help, more to follow in the coming days. Shared by @MichaelHaEDU

O.R.E.O. of Online Learning. This infographic was designed by a MYP Coordinator and a Vice Principal of Secondary to help secondary students rise to the challenge of online learning.


Assessment and Distance Learning. In this all-star webinar panel discussion, Tom Guskey, Lee Ann Young, Ken O’Connor, and Rick Wormeli focus on “A New Normal: Assessment and Distance Learning”. (60 minutes)

Conceptual Teaching Framework for Online Learning. In this episode of IB Matters Julie Stern and two members of her training team, Trevor Aleo and Kayla Duncan talk about their recently published Online Learning Template for teaching online that ensures teachers consider a conceptual framework when using distance learning. They walk through the template and also share many great ways to think about effective teaching and learning as we experiment with new ways to teach in the coming weeks during the COVID-19 Virus outbreak. (60 minutes)

Perspective on School Closures. This episode from Edurolearning’s #coachbetter bonus series about emergency school closures due to COVID-19 features Heads of School and school leaders from around Asia, Europe and the Middle East to get a school leader perspective on these ongoing closures. (55 minutes)


Keep the Classroom Connected with Pear Deck. How do we disconnect from the physical space of the classroom without disconnecting from the community? And how do we guide our students to maintain the expectations and codes of civility that govern our physical spaces? To answer these questions, read this article to learning more about how a community of educators can share their experiences with online learning and using Pear Deck to connect with remote learners. (4 minutes)

Lessons from School Closures. It’s hard to believe it’s already been six weeks since schools in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam closed due to COVID-19. As the pandemic spreads, schools in every other region in the world are beginning to follow suit. In this blog post learn from the experiences of educators in Asia. (8 minutes)

Microsoft Teams for Virtual Learning. In this Sway from Microsoft Education, find resources/links to support teaching and learning during this difficult time.

Parents: The New Co-Teachers. EdSurge columnists Reshan Richards and Stephen J. Valentine talk about the new dynamic of the parent-as-co-teacher and the more vital role they now must play in the education of their children in their article, “How to Keep School Rhythm and Routines for Young Children at Home.”

Save Bandwidth While Using O365 Teams. Low bandwidth capacity can hamper the connection in Teams between teachers and students when you’re working remotely from one another. This article suggests things you can do to minimize the bandwidth used. (5 minutes)

Supporting Self-Regulated Online Learners. In this blog post, learn about the O.R.E.O. approach to helping students to become self-regulated online learners. (14 minutes)

Tips for Designing Video Calls. In this article from Global Online Academy learn five tips for making video conversations work for you and your students. (5 minutes)

MISSION: Virtual Learning Feedback Fanatic


6 Ways to Assess in an Online Environment.

Assessment in an Online Environment.

How to Assess Learning When Schools Are Closed.

MISSION: Virtual Learning Literacy Enthusiast

Learn and Earn

Teaching Systematic Word Study During Guided Reading. In this FREE edWebinar, participants will learn ways to increase the power of guided reading lessons by including short, developmentally appropriate word study activities that are based on student assessments and linked to the guided reading texts. Monday, March 30, 4:00 p.m. EST / 11:00 p.m. AST. **Can’t make the webinar on this date/time? A recording will be sent to all that register, even if you don’t attend the live webinar.** Learn more. | Register.


Free Audible Stories. Free stories for kids of all ages! Audible stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible audio titles from picture books, to young adult titles, to classics, to titles in Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.


Copyright, Fair Use, and Read Alouds. During the COVID-19 crisis teachers and librarians want to reach their students and young patrons after hours by recording themselves reading books and posting them online for students to watch from home. They are concerned, however, about copyright law. Is it legal to publicly post these recordings? Can only certain books be recorded and posted? Read more about this timely issue in this article from the School Library Journal. (4 minutes)

Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.

Science Fiction. Read Lightspeed, a digital science fiction and fantasy magazine, for free online. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales.

MISSION: Micro-credential Mentor

Learn and Earn

Getting Started with OneNote. Learning is more powerful and dynamic with tools that are already right in front of you – and it’s up to educators to impress this on students in the classroom. In this learning path, educators learn how to create create digital notebooks that support academic standards and education outcomes across disciplines and tasks, such as writing, reading, mathematics, science, history, CTE, and elective courses. Students may use OneNote across content areas and grade levels, and use OneNote to compile and organize unstructured information, research, and content. OneNote also supports research, collaboration, information management, communication, note taking, journaling, reflective writing, and academic requirements. (1 hour)

Microsoft Educator Training. Learn and explore with training and resources, and earn badges and certificates on a personalized hub created for educators like you. Browse the full catalog of Microsoft Educator Center training courses.

Office 365 Teacher Academy. Office 365 provides the right environment for better learning outcomes. In this learning path, educators will learn how to become more innovative with cloud-based tools, regardless of the device they use. In this course, learn how to use basic features of Office 365 including Microsoft Teams, OneNote, Sway, Microsoft Forms, Office Online and OneDrive. (12 hours)

MISSION: University Degree

Learn and Earn

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. Wilkes University’s low-residency Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is designed for professionals seeking to transform the face of education. Through rigorous and relevant curriculum, which combines theory, applied research and interactive learning experiences, you will leave the program prepared to address the unique challenges faced in K-12, higher education or professional environments. The Ed.D. requires 60 post-master’s credits, including nine credits of dissertation. Attend three program residencies while participating in virtual class sessions and online learning. Learn more. | Apply.

Online Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Wilkes University is pleased to partner with the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) to offer the Master of Science in International School Leadership. This 30-credit master’s degree program is offered through a completely online format, allowing you the flexibility to obtain your graduate degree in as little as two years. Learn more. | Apply.

Tuition-Free Master’s of Education. The IB has collaborated with the University of the People and launched a tuition-free, online Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) programme. The M.Ed. offers teachers and schools across the world an opportunity to further their careers, regardless of where they live and teach. Learn more. | Apply.  

MISSION: Virtual Learning Well-Being Wizard


Nine Apps for Parents. A resource list of nine apps to help parents in coping with home  learning from visible thinking routine guru @RonRitchhart and @ProjectZeroHGSE.

Stop, Breathe & Think. Stop, Breathe & Think is a free mindfulness and meditation app that allows users to check-in with how they are feeling and provides activities tuned in to their emotions. The app allows users to tune in to how they are thinking and feeling, and select emotions that guide them to recommended meditations. (~10 minutes)


Healthy Quarantine Mindset. In this blog post, learn six questions to ask yourself daily for a healthier quarantine mindset. (2 minutes)

Sea Change. Read this article about ten strategies for educators’ well-being during COVID-19 outbreak emergency school closures.

Child Safeguarding Implications for Online Learning. While the surge in virtual learning due to COVID-19 will help to protect the well-being of students, institutions now face the additional challenge of how to protect students while they learn virtually. Read more about the implications in this blog post. (2 minutes)

MISSION: Work-From-Home Warrior


Communicating When Working Remotely. As most of us transition to remote work, it is more important than ever to be careful about how we communicate with each other. Take a look at Maya Hu-Chan’s article, “4 Tips to Avoid a Communication Breakdown When Working Remotely.” (3 minutes)

Expert Tips. Now that everyone in the family is home all day working and learning, this article provides five expert tips for working from home in a crowded house during the coronavirus pandemic. (4 minutes)



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