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  • Tara Militello

    Member
    March 17, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Just so you know, Twitter is another great place to get ideas for working through this distance learning process. Many teachers are offering free webinars & teaching resources. What grade do you teach?

    • Kyle Pearce

      Administrator
      March 28, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      Agreed! Keep an eye!

    • Jared Sliger

      Member
      April 9, 2020 at 10:42 am

      I teach 8th grade math and they just shut us down for the rest of the school year. We are going totally remote. One of the big challenges in our district is a lack of technology. 1/3 of our students do not have computers or access to the internet. Should be a fun challenge. Came across this group and am excited to see how this stuff can help.

  • Deb Brow

    Member
    March 18, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    RIght with you …. but, as it is in these times….it is most likely for the rest of the school year.

    I teach mostly 12th grade.

    This is a fun puzzle solving … https://solveme.edc.org/

    Me too though… searching for support.

    We are using Zoom as our video classroom tool. Super nice enviroment.

    • Debbie Perry

      Member
      April 15, 2020 at 10:45 am

      I loved using the Solve Me puzzles when we were in the classroom. Thank you for the reminder. I am going to incorporate them into my Live Google Meet. Have you tried Steve Wyborney’s Number Sense Routines?

  • Jon

    Administrator
    March 20, 2020 at 8:31 am

    As teachers are transitioning to online learning what tips, tools, and resources are you using? @tonya-scott @julie-seeley @deb-brow

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    • Helene Alalouf

      Member
      March 22, 2020 at 8:02 am

      First and foremost, I pray everyone stay well. Tomorrow, all NYC schools embark on remote learning for which teachers spent last week establishing Google classrooms. I am attending webinars about meetings via zoom and Teams, trying to re-brand myself as a remote math coach. How does one coach remotely? And does anyone have a chart comparing features of the best online resources? The multitude of options is daunting! Thanks!

      • Christina Jackson

        Member
        March 23, 2020 at 11:04 am

        Helene,

        I coach at a cyber school and the biggest thing for us has been opening the lines of communication. We are a Microsoft school so we have Teams set up for our departments and reach out to them through there, spreading encouragement, reminders about resources, and updates as we can. We offer to attend their Zoom sessions with the kids to lend a hand with an activity if need be. Right now we are working on infographics to help our new teachers adjust to working fully from home (we usually work in an office setting). We also have done some resource sharing using Wakelet to keep everything in one place. But overall for us it comes down to us reaching out to our teachers like we would in person and being there to support.

      • Jackie

        Member
        March 25, 2020 at 9:02 pm

        Yes I agree reaching out is key and then find out how to support them. Starting off by asking “What’s on your mind?” Opens up a lot of possibilities and the the AWE question: And what else?

  • Jennifer L’Arrivee

    Member
    March 22, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    In my district, in British Columbia, we are beginning our second week of spring break. The province is working on what the on-line learning will look like. In our rural community, not all homes will have access especially with the schools and public library closed. I have been following various feeds on Twitter for ideas and hope we can share here too. Take care, everyone.

    • Kyle Pearce

      Administrator
      March 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      Keep us posted on new developments. Curious to know what will be in store for students who are not able to connect to the internet due to lack of connectivity or technology available.

  • Jennifer L’Arrivee

    Member
    March 22, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    I just spotted this link from Google on Twitter.
    https://teachfromhome.google/intl/enhttps://teachfromhome.google/intl/en

  • Tim Shaw

    Member
    March 24, 2020 at 9:29 pm
    So our division has cancelled classes (most likely till the end of June). Any suggestions for how to create and send out curiosity math moments so that students can do them at home with their parents? I am teaching grade 3 and my students have loved the few that we have done. Would hate to see them stop. @kyle @jon
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    • Tim Shaw

      Member
      March 24, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      So that formatted funny. Not sure why all the random stuff showed up.

      I am looking for suggestions on how to create and send out curiosity math moments to my students that they can do at home with their parents. I am teaching grade 3 and they have loved the few that we did before schools got cancelled. Would hate to see them stop.

      • Kyle Pearce

        Administrator
        March 26, 2020 at 8:04 am

        I might recommend getting yourself set up on a web conferencing tool (google hangouts, Skype, Zoom <free for educators right now>, etc) and set some “curiosity time”; a time in the day that you do a problem based lesson online.

        With most of those softwares, you can record the experience so others can participate at different times.

        Starting with say the Hot Chocolate unit from the academy is a great jumping point.

        Thoughts?

  • Denise Stablow

    Member
    March 25, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Hello, luckily we have a 1:1 district and a week prior to the shutdown our district provided service for the 5% of our population who didn’t have it by a poll they gave. I do know that if you go to the website for Digital Wish, they are helping many people and schools out right now. I have been using the Would You Rather, Which one doesn’t belong, and Two truths and one lie as a discussion warm-ups for class each day. It has been great and the kids enjoy posting to each other. I don’t let them see each others responses until they respond. I’m hoping to move to some Three Act Math tasks in the next week. I’ve used Schoology as my platform for delivery.

    Secondly, I’ve found that many students still want to speak to you and can’t always connect virtually, so if you go to GOOGLE VOICE, you can select a phone number that will link to your phone, thus the kids can’t see your true number. I’ve told the students that it is my Online Classroom Phone Number. calls will be taken from 9-3 and after that they can leave a message and I’ll call them back the next day.This has been invaluable for kids and parents who are having problems adjusting to the new platforms, responding, submitting or just need some help. It also just helps them to hear a voice, if they don’t have the ability to meet virtually or if they do, sometimes, they just need guided through how to connect. I work with 6th graders.

    • Kyle Pearce

      Administrator
      March 26, 2020 at 8:06 am

      I’m loving this! I’ve offered some prompts as well such as would you rather and some Visual Prompts from MathIsVisual.com

      Love that you’re hoping to incorporate some 3 act math learning as well. Be sure to set the ground rules of no calculators and making sure kids can convince others of the answer they come up with. This way, simply calculating or googling an answer isn’t helpful…

  • Mary Ali

    Member
    March 26, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Hi

    I teach in Nova Scotia. Our DOE is looking after the grade 12 students by making sure each student has a device to use. All NS teachers have been told not to start any online courses. We are to wait until the DOE tells us what tools we will be using. So right now I am just “lurking” to see what other areas are doing.

  • Francis Leslie-Ellis

    Member
    March 27, 2020 at 12:57 am

    In New Zealand, we have just gone into lockdown for 4 weeks so for some teachers it has been a quick learning curve on how to teach remotely.

    Fortunately, I have been flipped teaching for the last 2 years and have almost everything digital as I work at a BYOD school.

    Here are the key resources I use which may help:

    Everything is communicated to students through Google Classroom

    My flipped videos are recorded using Loom (www.loom.com) – free unlimited videos and storage)

    These videos are edited and questions added in Edpuzzle (www.edpuzzle.com)

    All my topic resources are stored and shared with my students using Blendspace (https://www.tes.com/lessons)

    I communicate (video chat) with my students using Google Meet.

    It has worked well for those students who have engaged in the learning this week.

    I hope there are some useful links here for other teachers to use.

    I am happy to help give hints and tips if it is required…..

    • Brittany Fraser

      Member
      April 1, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      I’d never heard of Loom or Edpuzzle before. I’ve just briefly checked them out and they look like great tools/resources! I’ll be sure to try them out! Thanks for sharing!

      • Daniel Lyman

        Member
        April 1, 2020 at 3:34 pm

        Loom recently made the announcement that their premium membership is now free for educators forever.

      • Kyle Pearce

        Administrator
        April 7, 2020 at 7:19 am

        Wow! That’s a huge commitment by Loom. Thanks for sharing!

    • Beverly Satterwhite

      Member
      April 12, 2020 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks for the insight. I am headed that way. We just completed week one of learning from home – 10 more weeks to go. I like your advice and ideas. I just made a bunch of loom videos and want to look into Edpuzzle. I teach fifth grade in Washington State in USA. Do you have suggestions for people to search for on Edpuzzle?

  • Dianne Brodie

    Member
    March 27, 2020 at 10:46 am

    We’ve gotten groups of teachers together via Google Meet to share their ideas and puzzles related to supporting learning from home. The opportunity to connect and talk about questions and possibilities was appreciated … I think we all felt better knowing that we’d continue to move forward as a community.

  • Tara Militello

    Member
    March 27, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    I have also been seeing a ton of educators on Facebook sharing ideas, video tutorials, etc. There is such a vast amount of support out there for us. Don’t be afraid to ask for something specific.

  • Daniel Lyman

    Member
    March 28, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Has anyone found a way to do virtual whiteboards with students? I started using Wipebooks in my classroom and I’m thinking of a virtual Wipebook experience of some kind for real-time lessons with students. So ideally I would have several whiteboards going at the same time with pairs/trios of students writing on them together, and I would have access to all of them in real-time.

    • Michelle Browne

      Member
      March 31, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      I was having a session on Zoom with a student and when you share your screen, one of the options is share a whiteboard…we could both write on it, I thought it was great.

      • Daniel Lyman

        Member
        April 1, 2020 at 3:37 pm

        Thanks for the idea! I’ll look into that. I found AwwApp.com as well. It’s a collaborative web whiteboard. I think it has the capability to do what I want. I’ve used it once so far with students. I just created a lot of rectangles side by side and called those the “whiteboards” for each group of students and told them to write inside of their rectangle. I used it with students on Zoom in breakout rooms (one group in each room). And I can enter and exit each breakout room at will, just like I was walking up to their group in the classroom!

      • Richard Catterall

        Member
        April 6, 2020 at 7:21 pm

        Hi Daniel,

        That sounds really useful. I’d like to learn how to do that.

        Here in NZ we have been using google classroom a lot at our school and extended it into lockdown with hangouts and adding in online tasks on programmes such as “Education Perfect” and “e-ako”, even a couple of old videos I wrote for “ShowMe.com”

      • Daniel Lyman

        Member
        April 9, 2020 at 3:53 pm

        You can go to awwapp.com and make a free account. Then share the link for your whiteboard with your students and they can access it. It’s been working fine for me so far.

      • Kyle Pearce

        Administrator
        April 7, 2020 at 7:20 am

        I haven’t used that website in a long time. Thanks for reminding me. I’ll be sure to share it out.

  • Jackie

    Member
    April 1, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Can anyone tell me how to access the recording if there was one for the Q and A today (April 1, 2020)

    • Kyle Pearce

      Administrator
      April 7, 2020 at 7:21 am

      Hi Jackie! It should be up in the Q&A course area now.

      Click on “Growth Lab” at the top of your screen.

  • SHELLY GILBERT

    Member
    April 2, 2020 at 9:47 am

    In Ohio we are closed through May 1. Our district has asked we limit the middle school kids to one hour of work per week per core course and 30 minutes per week for our “encore” (music, pe, design&model, art, band/orchestra…)

    Given these parameters I’m looking at the Critical Areas of Focus for Ohio. I want the time spent to be purposeful for my kids. Challenging, but not frustrating for them or their parents.

  • Sandra Dulac

    Member
    April 2, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    We found out this week that we will be using Brightspace as an online platform. We have not had any training but were told to familiarize ourselves with and have been given a couple documents to read. In the past few weeks, I have learned what Zoom is and how it can be used in the classroom. We are still waiting on board approval to see if we are allowed to use it.

  • Traci Jackson

    Member
    April 4, 2020 at 10:00 am

    We are likely closed for the rest of the year. I am still learning how best to support the teachers I serve (I am a secondary math TOSA for 150 teachers) So far I have tried:

    Creating a website with resources: this seems to be overwhelming and not frequently referenced https://bit.ly/PUSDMathOnline

    Making videos on tech tools teachers ask about: this works for a small subpopulation

    Sending out individual emails: Most effective, but time consuming.

    Running webinars on diiferent topics: Again only reaching a subpopulation.

    Encouraging teachers to follow our district math teachers social media accounts. Many don’t have Twitter.

    Sending out weekly emails with updates on all the above available learning.

    I am feeling the same way teachers are feeling about the students who don’t have (or are not) accessing the online learning.

    I would love any suggestions that have worked for anyone.

  • Kyle Pearce

    Administrator
    April 7, 2020 at 7:25 am

    To @tonya-scott and everyone else who is in a supporting teachers role, if you are exploring the Academy to determine whether this could provide your educators some valuable Pd, be sure to shoot us an email as we are working out site licenses for many schools and districts around the world right now.

    We are trying our best to provide access to as many educators as we can… let us know how we can help!

  • Lisa Schuermann

    Member
    April 15, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    My school has closed for the remainder of this school year. I teach 7th grade math and pre alg. I am trying to find the best way to transition to online/distance learning that engages my students as well as prepares them for next year.

  • Heather Morin

    Member
    April 24, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    I created a Heather morin’s learning page on Facebook, I teach three lessons a day I am been switching my times around and on April 27th I will be teaching

    9:30 Health – mental health, tools for various situations, – mindfulness, 7 Grandfather Teachings, Tipi Pole Teachings, Circle of Courage, Growth Mindset

    10:30 Math – basic skills addition subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, problem solving etc

    11:30 Language Arts – Elements of a story, Parts of Speech, reading comprehension, writing process etc

    I did it this way so students if not available at the times I am live they can go back and watch previous videos – I also created the learning page, as I totally understand that parents are not teachers and they are overwhelmed with everything they are doing.

  • Lisa Winter

    Member
    March 22, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    This is a beautiful document – thank you for sharing. I work as the math coach in a team of 4, so our first step was to create a similar resource in Google Sheets to share out with our staff across content areas, attempting to span K-12 and provide a range of digital and hands-on activities (many of the same resources you have for math). We too, knew it would be just a working document, but also felt at the time that it was the best that we could do at the time to try to support our teachers. We received word that we are closed for 5 weeks, and teachers only had one day to prep materials. It is amazing to see everyone coming together during these times.

  • Amy Henderson

    Member
    March 23, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you for this resource. We just learned that we will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Trying to figure out how to share information without overwhelming.

  • Jackie

    Member
    March 25, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you for posting this

  • Kyle Pearce

    Administrator
    March 28, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing. We all should share whatever we have helped to create or find on the internet to help others in a pinch!

  • Annie Smith

    Member
    April 9, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I compiled resouces here as well – https://www.smore.com/p8kzv. Take or toss:)

  • Jackie

    Member
    March 25, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Yes, I agree to look at so many things on line going a bit crazy… Meeting with teachers on line tomorrow in an informal visit to just reconnect because I too spend all my coaching in classroom and schools.

  • Kyle Pearce

    Administrator
    March 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Maybe shifting more to co-planning and co-debriefing?