Remote learning: useful links for schools

There’s a wealth of remote learning information available to help school leaders and teachers with guidance and resources.

We’re collating the best of the bunch and we’ll be updating the list regularly throughout the lockdown period so do keep checking back. 

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Finally, don’t miss our Essential Guide to Remote Learning and other helpful resources on our Remote Learning page

Remote learning strategies

  • Do you use Seesaw for Schools? Its remote learning guide is here and it is worth noting that children can log in with a QR code so these could be sent home as paper versions or sent via SMS to parents. 
  • Google has created a very clear resource, Teaching at Home, which is a temporary hub of information from setting up your workspace to teaching and collaborating. This guide to using Google Meet / Hangouts for online parent-teacher conferences is also useful.
  • The TES complete closure planning guide is, indeed, comprehensive. It looks at risks and benefits of technology and suggests using the school website as a core information point for parents and pupils, including access to teaching resources.
  • Good advice from LGfL about setting up home learning. Schools are encouraged to ask themselves what stage they are at in their use of digital technologies.
  • This Edsurge podcast is aimed at higher education but is full of excellent advice on using video platforms for remote learning, including keeping live teaching short, maintaining eye contact and using polls to keep students engaged. There’s a transcript for a quick skim.
  • Mark Anderson has produced this handy chart, showing some of the tools you can use for delivery, testing and communication. 
  • EdTech UK / ISC’s March bulletin was sent before the school closedown but contains interesting tips from Kellett School in Hong Kong, which closed earlier in the crisis.
  • Education Week’s six lessons learned about remote learning during Covid. Make sure everyone can log on. Even basic tools like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Classroom require some legwork to get teachers ready to use them. Keep parents informed. Ask pupils what they think.

Remote learning resources

  • The Department for Education has published an initial list of free online educational resources to help children to learn at home, broken down into specific subjects (English, maths, science, PE, wellbeing, SEND) and by key stage.
  • Teach Middle East has a list of resources and experts.
  • A collection of applications that are offering free premium or unlimited access during school closures.
  • 46 ideas for teaching online, divided into resources for pupils, resources for teachers and sharing videos
  • A good list of apps and websites for texting, messaging, and communication that make it easier for teachers to send out assignments, reminders, and progress reports and communicate with parents and students.
  • Out of Eden Learn offers collective learning experiences for students aged 3-19
  • Coronavirus is creating a unique challenge for students with special needs, and for their parents/carers who may be trying to educate at home without the additional support provided in school. This collection of recommendations for apps to support learning at home comes mainly from US educators but is a really good starting point.
  • Book Creator premium is now free for 90 days. This version allows users to work together on books in real time, and Book Creator has also collated some ideas for how it can be used for remote learning.

Curriculum resources

  • Into Film have made a number of their members-only resources freely accessible. They are divided into primary and secondary content – most require no tech and pdfs could be downloaded onto devices
  • Apple’s everyone can create resources can be downloaded as Apple Books then accessed offline. If the school is loaning Apple equipment (eg iPads) this could be useful for those who may not have reliable internet
  • Explore Westminster Abbey through its new, free teaching resources
  • Minecraft is making its educational worlds available free, with 12 digital lessons available to download until the end of June.
  • The National Literacy Trust has put together this handy set of resources to help teachers and parents make the most of audiobooks to support children’s literacy.

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