Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions
12 Links to Connect
1. To help out with people new to Google Classroom, or just needing guidance with it, I recorded 7 quick help videos (with more to come) all about Classroom to get you going. The current videos cover:
How to Create a Classroom (3 minutes)
How to Add Students (3 minutes)
How to Post to the Stream (4 minutes)
How to Add Materials to the Classwork Page (4 minutes)
How to Create an Assignment on the Classwork Page (7 minutes)
How Students Complete Assignments (5 minutes)
How to Grade Assignments (5 minutes)
You can access all the videos, and new ones as I add more, at: https://www.controlaltachieve.com/classroomvideos
2. Free Amazing Educational Resources & Free Subscriptions that companies are providing due to schools being closed: http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/
3. SWRESA created a COVID19 Link on its website with addtional Reources: http://tiny.cc/covid19swresa
4. VocabularySpellingCity is offering free access for the next 3 months to help students and teachers, with the code VSCFree90
6. Author's Read Alouds & Activities | https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/?utm_source=WAT_MDR&utm_medium=Enews&utm_campaign=WAT_CVEnews03142020
7. Google Resources & Share-Outs | https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MwPfscXuQoLVnY26T_Ss51jUeos4ejEhYQaUDwTyRL8/edit?usp=sharing
8. Quizlet | Get free Quizlet Teacher
9. * Edpuzzle * Make any video your lesson/assessment | https://edpuzzle.com/
10. Nearpod | https://nearpod.com/coronavirus
11. Hot Spot Devices | https://www.kajeet.net/
12. State contracts to assist with cutting through the wireless red tape | https://gta.georgia.gov/gta-services/gta-direct-services/wireless-communications-devices-and-services
GaDOE’s Curriculum and Instruction team and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) Education Division have partnered to launch the Georgia Home Classroom initiative, which includes instructional TV broadcasts aligned to Georgia’s state standards, along with a library of digital learning resources. Click here to access the digital resources along with the TV broadcast schedule.
GaDOE has also curated extensive training opportunities and resources for educators, including free online courses for teachers new to virtual learning and instructional resources organized by content area. Click here to access resources. Please help us spread the word.
Internet Access for Home
Should schools close resulting in students having to "attend class" from home, there might be situations where the student does not have Internet access. Personal hotspots on their or their parents' phone could be a solution if their data plan doesn't run out. Many providers also have contingency plans in place to provide solutions to such a scenario...
Below is information from Verizon's partnership with Kajeet and their solution to assist with providing students with internet connectivity in the event of potential school closures.
As concerns over the spread of the coronavirus continue to rise in the U.S., you may be evaluating your school or district’s response plan and taking concrete steps to make sure you are ready for execution.
A contingency plan that incorporates steps and resources for instructional continuity off-campus may help alleviate gaps in learning that may occur should a school disruption occur. Kajeet is a Verizon business partner that can provide SmartSpot® devices, 4G mobile hotspots that operate on the Verizon Wireless network
With Kajeet SmartSpots you will ensure that everyone has the connectivity they need to be online and focused on learning when off-campus with reliable, filtered broadband educational Internet should your district need to shift instruction off-campus.
Kajeet SmartSpot includes:
Preinstalled CIPA-compliant filters
Access to Kajeet Sentinel cloud portal
Real-time usage and data reporting
Today alone we have seen orders in the magnitude of 100s of devices that Districts are purchasing to get prepared for possible school closures. California and New York have placed significant orders and we see that this is just the beginning.
Here are the contact details should you need more information or wish to implement Kajeet's solution:
Kenneth Crook - E209B
Business Account Manager
Government and Education
118 Park of Commerce Drive, 102
Savannah, GA 31405
A conference call to get more information about T-Mobile's solution will take place on Monday morning, March 16.
General Info on COVID-19
Important info on transmission, symptoms, prevention, myths
What You Should Know: CDC’s page on general Coronavirus information. Includes descriptions of People at Higher Risk.
World Health Organzation Coronavirus resources - lots of information including ways to prepare, who is at risk, symptoms, and so on.
Myth Busters on Coronavirus: World Health Organization page debunking many of the myths
Symptoms of Coronavirus, Flu, and Allergies: know the difference and avoid unnecessary panic.
CDC’s Information for Specific Audiences
Info for specific groups like travelers, home care, schools, workplaces.
At Home - From CDC, how to plan ahead, disinfect, and care for someone sick in the home
Childcare and K12 Schools - includes interim guidance for school Administrators, cleaning and disinfecting information, and FAQs
Higher Education - guidance for admins, cleaning and disinfecting, and for student travel
Workplace - similar to above for the typical workplace
People at Higher Risk
Information age groups and those with existing conditions
CDC Description of Higher Risk: Defines Higher Risk and gives advices for those who qualify (over 60 or existing condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease).
Demographic Conditions of Coronavirus (worldometers.info): Note: this data is from Feb 28th and from 2 sources (China and the World Health Organization). They are listed at the bottom of the page. There are some ads on the page so I suggest running an ad blocker. This page details death rates for various demographic groups (age, sex, existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, etc). This is important for debunking many of the “just a flu” dismissals.
Science Daily: Nearly Half of all Adult Americans have Cardiovascular Disease - Americans, on average, aren’t very healthy and are at a higher risk than normal
The EDU Blogger’s Guide is thorough and provides specific advice and examples on things like daily structure, using video and conference tools, obstacles created by school closures, and a checklist for schools facing a closure. Check it out.
Kennesaw’s iTeach Center: put together a guide of resources to help people plan for online learning if it comes down to that. EXCELLENT and thorough list.
Sundar Pichai | @sundarpichai , CEO of Google said, We want to help businesses and schools impacted by COVID-19 stay connected: starting this week, we'll roll out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities through July 1, 2020 to all G Suite customers globally.These include: Larger meetings (250 participants) - Live streaming (100k viewers within domain) - Ability to record meetings to DriveOfficial tweet: https://twitter.com/sundarpichai/status/1234887183896461313
Google Classroom & Hangouts
Setting up Virtual Office Hours
Host a Live Virtual Classroom
Adding Hangouts chat or Meet
Microsoft Teams for Education
You are invited to an introductory free webinar tailored education. The content covers best practices and an overview of how to use Microsoft Teams as a hub for communication and collaboration. Hosted directly by the Microsoft Teams Product Group, please pick from the options below that is best suited to you.