Monday, March 9, 2020

Two More Guides to Transitioning to Online Instruction

Last week and again this morning I published my top tips and tools for teaching remotely if your school closes due to COVID-19 outbreak. And as I mentioned on my podcast, Larry Ferlazzo has a good list of resources going too. Now there are two more guides that I'd like to draw your attention to.

Rushton Hurley is the founder of Next Vista for Learning, a video sharing site that I've featured dozens (hundreds?) of times over the years on this blog and in my workshops. Before focusing on Next Vista Rushton was the principal of an online school in Texas. He has published Emergencies and Switching to Online Learning. In that guide Rushton outlines how to try to maintain continuity in making the switch to online classrooms and recommends a series of free and low-cost tools to make the switch. What I like about his guide is that many of the tools he mentions are ones that are already popular in classrooms, he just does a good job of framing their use in context of making a quick transition to online classrooms. (One quick logistical note about Rushton's guide, the links for each section of the guide are in the upper-right corner of the guide's landing page. They might not jump out at you if you're on a tablet or phone).

Kathleen Morris at The Edublogger (an Edublogs blog) has assembled an extensive guide to teaching online. What I like about Kathleen's guide is that she specifically addresses the needs of elementary school students and teachers whereas Rushton and I didn't do that in our guides. Kathleen's guide also provides some great tips on how to structure the school day if you have to move to teaching online.