Virtual Resources for Educators During COVID-19 (see webinars on Online Training page found under Educator Resources)
This list of resources will continue to be updated as information is received. Please check back periodically for additional assistance available to you!
Newsela: From now until the end of the school year, any teacher that needs it can freely access Newsela’s full suite of products to assist with their learning continuity plans. Frequent professional learning resources to help teachers develop their mastery of distance learning techniques are also being offered. Check out their site!.
FOCUS on DEAF/HARD of HEARING
Georgia Center or Accessible Technology in Sign (CATS): Sign dictionary and resources
Signing Time (dictionary)
Texas Deaf/HH Services: Virtual activities for teachers and families
FUN and EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES
CPALMS: A source for every course taught in Florida.
FloridaStudents.org: A free source for all basic courses (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) taught in Florida.
Fun Brain - Play games while practicing math and reading skills.
Highlight Kids - Read, play games and conduct cool science experiments!
Into the Book - Go "into the book" to play games that practice reading strategies!
Nat Geo for Kids - Learn all about geography and fascinating animals.
PBS Kids - Hang out with your favorite characters all while learning.
Star Fall - Practice your phonics skills with these read-along stories.
Storyline Online - Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars!
Switcheroo Zoo - Watch, listen and play games to learn all about amazing animals!
Suessville - Read, play games and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friend.
Unlimited AT&T Home InternetAll AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, we’ll continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a montAdditionally, to help keep families connected during this uncertain time, AT&T is also funding 60 days of free access and unlimited usage of Caribu, a video-calling application that allows family members to read, draw, and play games with one another while in distant locations. The Caribu application, which integrates children's books, coloring activities, and games will be available to families across the country and around the world, free of cost, for the next two months.MicrosoftMicrosoft is offering a free 6-month Office 365 G1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams, is now available. Microsoft is making this special G1 Trial license available for the US government, in response to the increased need for employees to work from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Office 365 and Teams can help bridge the communication gap between educators, students, parents, and guardians by enabling virtual classes and access to assignments using at-home devices.Additionally, Microsoft Teams can enhance, augment and compliment any existing emergency learning plans so that districts can spend less time on the “how” and more time on the students, families and educators impacted by this challenging situation. Please see other helpful resources for Microsoft Teams below:
- Making the transition to remote learning
- Supporting School Community Wellbeing During Remote Learning
- Getting started with Microsoft Teams for Remote Learning
- Microsoft blog to support customers, employees and the community
- Use Microsoft Translator to host a Multilingual Parent-Teacher Conference
- Shifting to distance learning: A 5-day guide for school leaders
- Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. View a map of available hotspots, here. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
- $9.95 per month (plus taxes)
- 10 Mbps
- No term commitment
- No deposit
- No installation fee
- Free Internet modem
- High-speed Internet at 30 Mbps
- No data caps
- No contracts
- How Charter is Supporting Communities Through Coronavirus
- Complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3
- Metered data plans receive unlimited data for 60 days and an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days
PREKINDERGARTEN STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
ABC Ya: Preschool Learning Games
Council for Exceptional Children: Free membership through May 31!
Florida Department of Education Resource List: Includes free internet access options
Booksource Banter.com A listing of remote teaching resources for educators at every grade.
Dyslexia workshop for families: Please see the "Training for Families" link under Family Resources tab.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL RESOURCES
Social-Emotional: Free online social-emotional lessons during COVID-19 school closures.
Speech Therapy Resources: Twenty five-minute therapies that can easily be done at home.
SUPPORTING VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION (for webinar opportunities, please see "Online Training" under the Educator Resources Tab.
VIRTUAL TOOLS and FIELD TRIP LINKS
Click here: Field trips with no permission slips required!
Collaborative Teaching Tip Sheet: With shifts to virtual instruction, teachers in collaborative partnerships will likely encounter challenges in providing co-teaching or support facilitation models to students with disabilities. This Tip Sheet provides a framework to assist teachers in making adjustments to their instruction to continue collaborative efforts.
FlipGrid: Flipgrid is 100% free for all educators, learners, and families. Engage and empower every voice in your classroom or at home by recording and sharing short, awesome videos together!
Google: Google is allowing G Suite for Education customers to use the Hangouts Meet premium functionality for free through July 1. Groups can host virtual meetings, including live stream and recording capability.
Online Etiquette Guides
- Online Etiquette Guide - English
- Online Etiquette Guide - Spanish
- Online Etiquette Guide - All Versions
Otis for Educators: OTIS is offering free professional development for educators and teachers and they have a series of webinars for Remote learning. This includes, but not limited to SMART Learning Suite Online, Google, and Microsoft Teams.
Team+: The Team+ System offers you and your students a free step-by-step team development process to support your group projects. A complete online group learning platform, Team+ supports "teamwork from a distance" with a highly structured process that creates synergy among students and optimizes team performance. Team+ includes self-assessments, peer evaluations, and team building activities that develop soft skills, reduce team conflict, increase collaboration, and encourage participation from all team members.