Distance Learning Resources for TeachersLinks to resources and tutorials to help teachers provide distance learning for our students.
In this brave new world of education that we are trying to conquer, we need each other now more than ever. As you come across tips and tricks or want to share your successes, this is the place.
You can submit your tips and tricks here and view submissions here.
Posting your successes, or those of others, can be done here, while viewing these can be done here.
Click the links below to access training related to Google Meets. Our students’ parents and guardians have already given permission for students to use this application.
IDLA Google Meet Training Video (1hr)
Extension Google Meet Grid View – Allows you to see more than four participants at a time.
Extension Nod – Reactions for Google Meet – Allows you to silently use a few emoji to express thoughts and to raise your hand during a Google Meet.
When contacting parents via Calendar, make sure you use the BCC option and uncheck the “See guest list” option.
We recommend teachers to look at Google Meet first, since it’s incredibly easy to use and the district already has signed permission forms. Further, attendees have the ability to join by phone if they have device or audio issues (not a feature of the free Zoom). That being said, there is no reason that teachers can’t use Zoom, but they need to collect signed parental consent forms to comply with COPPA.
Elementary Specific Tools
Elementary School Instructional Coaches have compiled building specific Google Drive Documents with resources and tutorials. If you have trouble accessing these, contact your instructional coach.
Free audiobooks without signing in can be found at https://stories.audible.com/.
Video Editing Options
Pulling Student Distribution Lists from PowerSchool
1. When a teacher logs into PowerTeacher > Click the Backpack
2. Click Email Addresses > Select All or Individual Students > Selecting the Copy Button will copy the lists and allow you to paste the addresses into Gmail.
Google Voice is not available on school district Google accounts because the service costs $20/user/month for business and education users. However, Google Voice is free with standard consumer Google accounts.
An alternative is to dial *67 before the phone number and your number will be blocked on their screen. Doing so, however, will sometimes send the call directly to a spam blocker. In addition, this does not allow for two way communication as they have no number to use.