FREE Resources to Help Support Online Teaching and Learning During the National COVID-19 Emergency
What We Are Doing To Help
With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the declaration of a national emergency, we know that millions of teachers, students, and parents across the nation are struggling to find the best options to ensure that learning is still taking place. Our team has come together to create solutions to assist in the education of our most prized possessions during this extraordinary time. Here are some of things we are doing:
FREE Online Course for Teachers
We are offering a free, 45 hour online course called “Educational Technology for Online Learning: Crash Course“. This course is meant to provide teachers of all proficiency levels with valuable tools, strategies, and resources to assist them in using technology for online and distance learning. The course includes sample modules from many of the courses that we currently offer. We want to provide teachers an overview and wide array of technology tools and resources that they may find useful during this time and beyond. Highlights of this class include:
- The course is open to all teachers worldwide.
- Students have access to the course within 1-2 days after registration.
- The course is geared towards all teachers, including technology novices and beginners.
- 45 CTLE Hours are available for New York State Teachers upon request.
Open Enrollment and Immediate Access for All Courses
Students can begin courses immediately. Due to lack of mobility and the isolation of many teachers across the nation, we are no longer requiring teachers to wait until the start date of our next session to begin coursework. Normally, our next session date begins on April 14. However, all students can now get immediate access to all courses they enroll in within 1-2 business days of registration. Please email us if you want immediate access.
Curating Additional Free Educational Resources for Teachers and Parents
Many of our instructors have been following and curating lists of education companies that are providing free services and products during this time of need. Thank you to our instructor Joli Boucher @joliboucher for providing these resources! Here is a list of EdTech companies offering FREE support and/or access to schools affected by COVID19 closures. Some of the companies on this list are:
- @GoogleForEdu Hangout Meet
- The Learning Hub on YouTube
- Basecamp PD Online Learning Ideas
We Are Donating to the Island Harvest CoronaVirus Preparedness and Prevention Program
Island Harvest is taking additional steps to help veterans, seniors, stranded college students, and school-age kids impacted by the coronavirus. Now, more than ever, people and their families who are affected need our help to put food on their tables. Island Harvest Food Bank is taking a lead in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable people in the community during this crisis by reaching out to partner school districts, senior communities and veteran organizations to lend our support and expertise as their programs and services are temporarily discontinued. We are in the process of ordering emergency response food to address this critical situation, among other critical measures.