District Resources for Emergency Planning
Resources Areas Below
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Device Hardware Programs
ByteSpeed - Terms for K-12 schools to secure hardware needs for upcoming year now and not having to pay until new budget year.
Contact: Jodi Pritchett
Helpful Links with Information:
Home Connectivity and Management for Staff and Students
Mobile Beacon is dedicated to providing affordable, mobile, high-speed internet access to schools, libraries, and nonprofits, so they can better carry out their missions.
Comcast - Increases Access to and Speeds of Internet Essentials to Support Americans Through Coronavirus Pandemic
Spectrum (Charter Communications) Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households and More
LMS and Content Resources/Offerings
Content: for any LMS
INFOhio Educator Tools - Professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned, free online resources for Ohio teachers. INFOhio is providing all Ohio PreK-12 schools with access to high-quality instructional resources.
About Educator Tools
Link to Educator Tools
Content: Printable content for "Blizzard Bags"
INFOhio Educator Tools (https://www.infohio.org/educator-tools)
Search for "World Book Webquest". This will bring up the printable content resources. They are working on linking these resources to the standards over the next couple weeks
Content and LMS: Virtual Classroom
Content and LMS: Blue Sky Virtual Academy
Contact: Andrew Brooks - Superintendent, Ohio Valley ESC
Ohio Valley Educational Service Center
Phone: 740.439.3558 or Mobile 304-588-0745
Content: Discovery Education
Discovery Education is offering schools and school systems not currently using our digital services free access to Discovery Education Experience in the event of a closure. To get your district access, email: EducationPartnerships@discoveryed.com
Content: Google Applied Digital Skills - Newly compiled collections on our website, stocked with video-based lessons to help you work, teach, or learn from anywhere.
Content: Jason Learning - Free of charge during this time when students are not in our schools.
LMS: Google Classroom
LMS: Virtual Classroom (Included in GradeBook, no additional charge)
Other Entity Sites with Resource Links
Daily open support Zoom calls - Open Monday through Friday at 10 AM and 2 PM for at least the two weeks, and may continue indefinitely.
MCOECN - Public Resources to Support Remote Learning
Have office hours to support educators with remote support. Site for videos and office hours
Keep calm and carry on with INFOhio!
Calamity Day Plans and Resources
Professional Development Resources
Upcoming Live Webinars:
CDWG - Will be hosting the below webinar series throughout the month of April. Their Education Strategists will cover the best practices and strategies on:
- Acing the Digital Assignment Workflow – April 7th
- How to Cultivate Student Expression through Voice & Visual Learning – April 9th
- Facilitating Digital Class Communication – April 14th
- Collection, Reflection and Recollection: The Student Portfolio – April 16th
- Unpacking Distance Learning Through Digital Assessment – April 21st
To sign up for all or one of these webinars, click the titles above. To find out more about series, CLICK HERE
NEW! Zoom as a Teacher-Host Webinar Series
Participants will get click-by-click lessons about different Zoom features from a teacher-host perspective with Michele Carlisle, Director of the Confucius Institute and avid Zoom practitioner at the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center. Keep checking here or INFOhio’s Keep Calm and Carry On with INFOhio for the links to join the trainings and other resources for remote learning.
- Friday, April 3 at noon: ISearch: Find Texts for All Grades and All Subjects (Grades PreK-12)
Discover how you can use ISearch to find the right text for the standard you are teaching. ISearch’s simple single search box will help you find text at all levels to develop content area knowledge and build comprehension. We'll share ways to use ISearch to increase student learning and how to easily save and share the wealth of high-quality text ISearch holds. This webinar will be presented by Emily Rozmus, INFOhio Instructional Team Specialist and former high school English teacher and school librarian. For more information and to register, see the webinar page.
Using Parent Access with Web Conferencing Software
These instructions will show your teachers how to link their Webinar link (Zoom used in this example, but could be any webinar software) in ParentAccess for their students.
- Teacher Webhelp
- Administration and Teacher Training
- YouTube series to help implement Virtual Classroom
Zoom Training Videos & Resources
- Recommendations for Classroom Teachers Using Zoom
- Zoom Training (March 11)- Getting Started With Zoom
- Getting Started with Zoom PowerPoint
- Zoom Training (March 13) - Using Zoom for Teaching
- Using Zoom for Teaching PowerPoint
- Joining a Meeting (1 minute video)
- Joining and Configuring Audio and Video (1 minute video)
- Additional Zoom Training Links
- Zoom 101: Sign Up and Download
- Comprehensive Guide to Educating Through Zoom
- Tips and Tricks for Teachers Educating on Zoom
- Stream your Zoom session to Facebook Live or YouTube
Thoughts, Suggested Steps and Resources for Operational Continuity
Board Meetings via Webinar
Executive Sessions - Breakout rooms can be used, learn how
Payroll and other fiscal operations are a priority for all districts. All fiscal offices must be prepared for continued operations, even in a work‐from‐home situation. Fiscal departments must have their systems configured to allow for secure remote access, utilizing a VPN setup. Train on and practice these systems now. If any districts need assistance, contact OME-RESA Technical Services.
Remote meeting technology, such as ZOOM, Cisco WebEx, Google Hangouts, etc. may be a powerful tool for continued operations when key team members are working remotely. All districts should select, implement and practice a remote meeting system, prior to any need which may arise. Several of these vendors are now offering free trial periods.
Stakeholder outreach systems, such as School Messenger, One Call Now, etc. should be tested now and updates made as needed.
VoIP/phone system configurations should be set to allow phone calls to be handled from offsite locations. These systems should be tested now, prior to any real need.
Thoughts, Suggested Steps and Resources for Continuity of Education
Districts should fully implement adopted Learning Management Systems, such as Canvas, Google Classroom, Blackboard, Schoology, or others. All teachers, at all grade levels, should be required to fully engage as these systems may provide a FERPA compliant method for delivering instructional material in remote learning situations.
Districts should ensure that all teachers can securely access the Student Information System remotely.
All learning systems utilized by districts should be fully implemented with logins for all students tested.
INFOhio offers thousands of standard‐aligned lessons and materials for all districts. OME-RESA will be providing information on how to leverage all the INFOhio content, which is FREE to all districts. INFOhio content is all electronic, easy to use remotely, and covers almost all Ohio standards, benchmarks and indicators articulated in the state standards and model curriculum.
Remote video teleconferencing systems, such as ZOOM, Cisco WebEx, etc. may be powerful tools for continuing instruction remotely. All districts should select, train on, implement and practice a remote teleconference system, prior to any real need. Several vendors are now offering free trial periods, as districts prepare for potential disruptions to normal schedules. Beginning the week of March 16, training will be made available for all districts on ZOOM videoconference software, which enables leaders, teachers and students to engage in high quality videoconferencing sessions. It is encouraging to note that there are schools around the world right now that are maintaining their typical class schedules with all teachers and students participating remotely. A full ZOOM license for each teacher is available for $5.00, valid for the remainder of the school year (students are FREE), or you may use the basic ZOOM licensing free of charge. ZOOM requires no special technology; any teacher with a laptop/Chromebook and students with smartphones, Chromebooks or any other cellular or web‐enabled device may fully participate. Students with traditional phones may participate over audio.
Not every student will have access to a device or to broadband connectivity. Districts should survey students and families to identify those for whom additional support will be needed and then work to find resources to support those students and families.
Please view the "Home Connectivity for Staff and Students" section of this website for available resources geared to low‐income or other families. You may wish to share these with your parents or other stakeholders, should your district be impacted by the current health threat.
Certainly, there are many things which are uncertain at this time, such as the future of state and/or AP testing in a remote environment, as well as a plethora of other issues beyond continuing learning which you will be addressing, if or when, this unprecedented effort in remote learning unfolds. Please know that your OME-RESA team stands ready to support your staff and students in any way possible.
Webinar Software Offerings and Tools
If interested in implementing any of these tools, please contact OME-RESA. Links below will take you to the vendors offers and resources.
Google Hangouts Meet Advanced
- Hangouts Meet Advanced features are available for free through July 1, 2020
- Larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call
- Live streaming, for up to 100,000 viewers within your domain
- The ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive
- Hangouts Meet training and Help
LogMeIn (Goto Meeting)
- 3 Months of resources to schools through Emergency Remote Work Kits.
- Host can have up to 3000 students
- Attendance tracking
- Record Meetings
- Polls, handouts and questions
- Screensharing, drawing tools, and up to 25 simultaneous webcams make it easy to get work done.
- Support devices with Rescue Assist
Zoom for Education
You can purchase a full Zoom license for each teacher for $5 that is valid for the remainder of the school year (students are free), or you can use the basic Zoom licensing free of charge. Zoom requires no special technology; a teacher with a laptop/Chromebook and students with smartphones, chromebooks can fully participate, and students with old phones can still participate over audio.
* Zoom has lifted the 40 minute time limit on the free version.