Remote Learning Awareness

Created by Kimberly Mattina


This website will provide assistance to anyone who is in need of remote learning due to school closure. I will continue to update this site on an as needed basis. I hope you find this website helpful. Thanks! Kim

A Beginner's Guide for Remote Learning

We are all in this together! Let's try to teach our students, without overwhelming them or ourselves any more than we have to. Keep things simplified and remember, you will need to adjust your teaching style, methods, and materials accordingly.

I hope this graphic will help with any questions you have.

Remember, do your best! Show your students you care and connect with them. Be consistent.

Lesson Design - Keep things simple!

Keep things Simple!

Using my 1-2-3 Remote Learning Choice Board.

Rather than focusing on the tech tools, focus on the steps to teach your concept.

Step 1: Learn!

  • Allow students to read or watch a video on the concept.

Step 2: Do!

  • Allow students to demonstrate what they know. Have them complete an assessment or have them create to show their work.

Step 3: Meet!

  • Conference with your students to get feedback. Meet in whole group or small groups, reteach concepts, supports community and relationships.

  • Step 4: Evaluate

Preparation for Google for Education Users

In order to provide your lessons virtually, there are a few things that I recommend you should do to prepare.

1. Do you have a device at home?

  • If not, borrow a device from your school and talk to your IT department about configuring the device so that you can connect to your home wifi. Your school hopefully has a plan to allow staff to borrow devices.

Get your resources into Google Drive.

    • You can upload your files individually or by the folder. If they are in a different format, such as Word, or Powerpoint, I would not recommend converting them over into Google format until you need them.

Sync your Chrome Browser

Google Classroom for STUDENTS

  • Be sure you create a Google Classroom for each of your classes

  • Share the code with your students and have them join your class

  • Create assignments using TOPICS to organize your Classwork page

    • Create daily date topic ie: 3/13/2020

    • Create a check-in assignment for the day for attendance. Instruct students to mark it done.

    • MS/HS - Create assignments using a numbering scheme and assignment title "#001 Algebra chap 10" tag it to the date topic.

    • Elementary -

          • Topic 3/13/2020

          • #001 Check in

          • #002 History

          • #003 Math

          • #004 Science

          • #005 ELA

    • Due dates are optional

    • Use the grade book feature

    • Use the Google Meet integration within Google Classroom

Digital Etiquette and Expectations

  • Go over digital etiquette and expectations with students!

  • Create a document with your expectations and make it an assignment. Have students review it and mark it as done. Afterwards, keep the document pinned to the top of the Classwork page as a material post.

  • Allow students to explore Google's Be Internet Awesome

Google Classroom for TEACHERS

  • I recommend creating a Google Classroom to collaborate with your team and/or peers.

  • You can collaborate, share resources, and ideas within this platform to help get through any hurdles.

YouTube Channel

  • Inquire about YouTube being being enabled. This will allow you to upload videos to your channel.

  • Create playlists to keep your videos organized.

Google Meet

  • Inquire about Google Meet being enabled for video conferencing.

  • Create a Google Meet session to have a face to face, live presentation, Q&A, or discussion.

  • Be sure Google Meet is enabled in your domain.

  • Record the live session.

  • Add the link into Google Classroom

Teachers should consider

Daily or Weekly options:

  • Synchronous vs asynchronous learning

    • schedule online meetings to teach multiple students live

    • record videos and lessons and have students review on their own

    • Teachers should be online hours available for LIVE student interactions

    • Due dates are optional. Consider weekly or bi-weekly due dates.

    • Encourage students to use their Google Calendar to keep track of important information and reminders.

Paper options:

  • Give students the option to complete assignments using paper and have them capture it using a camera.

Scheduling options:

  • Instructional time will be different. Don't expect it to be the same time frame or schedule as in person in the classroom. For example, if you teach ELA in 60 minute lesson may now be 20-30 minutes, depending upon the grade level.

  • Consider a schedule where students complete a 30 minutes of work for each subject.

  • Consider a time schedule where students complete for a specific time period.