So your school is closed and now you have to do all your work from home without your familiar routine or friends around. Now what?! This is your opportunity to create the educational environment to help you learn the best! Here are some strategies to be effective academically, socially, and emotionally: Click here
Communication Resources (All Disciplines)
Easy One-On-One Video Chat Services:
- Google Duo (Android/iPhone/Computer cross-compatible)
- Facebook Messenger (Android/iPhone/Computer cross-compatible, need Facebook)
- FaceTime (iPhone only, so not ideal)
- Skype & Google Hangouts work fine for one-on-one but are unnecessarily clunky if all you’re looking for is a quick and easy face-to-face.
Multi-Person Group Video Chat Services:
- Skype (100-person max, iPhone/Android/Computer & phone number call-in, screen-share)
- Zoom Meeting (100-person, 40min max free-plan, iPhone/Android/Computer & phone number call-in, Recording feature saves meetings)
- Google Hangouts (10-person max, iPhone/Android/Computer & phone number call-in)
- Loom – offering free accounts for educators and students
- Facebook Messenger (50-person max, iPhone/Android/Computer, need Facebook)
- Unlimited Socrative www.socrative.com and Showbie www.showbie.com free to Schools through the end of July 2020.
- FREE SCHOOL-WIDE access to our full Kami digital classroom application www.kamiapp.com
- FaceTime (32-person max, iPhone-only, so not ideal)
Remote Live Lecture/Masterclasses (one person broadcasting to many)
- Crowdcast – $29/month basic plan, has app
- 2 hour session limit, video playback after event, option to charge for viewing
- Integrated chat for students
- Students can submit questions and up-vote questions already submitted
- Can invite students or guests to join on screen for a true virtual masterclass setting
- Alternatives to Crowdcast
- Discord – Not incredibly user-friendly to set up. You can have a student who is familiar with the platform set it up, dig in and watch some YouTube tutorials. It’s an incredible free option and great for group communication, sending out updates, and keeping students accountable all in one place.
- Slack – The “professional cousin” of Discord. Paid plans unlock more group collaboration, document storage, etc.
- Facebook Groups – Not every student is going to have a facebook account, so not ideal, but very user friendly to set up and use. No phone notifications for announcement and messages like with Discord and Slack.
- Google Classroom – Comprehensive solution to managing virtual education
- SEADAE: Arts Instructional Resources
- Open Culture: Free Coloring Books
- TEACHing from a Distance and Copyright Considerations
- ART GROWTH MINDSET: Handout for parents
- Daily structure options
- Setting up a virtual home base or online platform
- All about using videos and conferencing in online learning
- Free online tools for virtual learning
- 10 tips for virtual teaching and learning
- Obstacles and issues created by school closures
- Planning for a School Closure: Parent Survey
- A checklist for schools facing a closure
- Preparing to Teach Online: Webinar and Guidebook