Online Learning Resources

Well . . . I think there are many of us looking to engage our students in meaningful learning using online resourse.  I am amazed at how so many companies have stepped up to offer their programs without charge as many teachers navigate this new instructional territory.  

I’m actually very excited to provide instruction online.  I’ve taught online courses, completed degrees online, and have designed and implemened online courses.  The part that makes me a tad worried is creating online lessons for my students!  You  may ask “WHY?” Well, my other work has been for adult learners.  So, like many of you, this will be a new territory for me – one that I embrace.  

Two Facebook groups that I have recently joined focus on sharing ideas, resources, and experiences with others.  Since this COVID-19 is now impacting the United States, I am enjoying learning from educators from around the globe, as they have been impacted for several weeks.  Some teachers have been working online for six weeks.  If you are on Facebook, I recommend you join these two groups:

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In the face-to-face classroom I plan my lessons using a blended learning format.  Some lessons are online; whereas, others are whole group, small group, and/or 1:1.  NOW, I must plan everything to be online.  Really, that is not even the part that is scary.  When I really think about it, “the scary” part is my lack of video knowledge.  I’ve done some screencasting lessons and implemented those into my instruction, done some video on my phone . . . but that is about the end of it.  Hello “video world”!

I will certainly share my learnings with you, as I know many of you are now navigating this new territory, and I hope you will share your WINS and IDEAS, too.  

For now, I will post some resources that I have been using and am considering using in my online lesson design.  This is not an exhaustive list, but one to get you started.

Check out my earlier blog posts with some great ideas and links to support online learning for students.  

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Remember to check back often for more ideas, links, and yes . . .  I will be posting my lessons.  I’ll be working on my lessons this week, as we will go virtual next week!  Exciting times!! 

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Annette Durbin

Annette has been an educator for 29 years working in the PK-6 elementary classroom, English learner instructional specialist, district leadership, university professor, as well as a mentor for teachers nationwide. A National Board Certificated Teacher, Annette focuses her research on accelerating learning and advancing achievement, personalizing instruction, technology, and leadership in the education field.

This Post Has 30 Comments

  1. Jennifer

    The kids in the outback studied by radio in the not so far gone days.

    1. Annette Durbin

      Radio? Do you mean they had like “walkie-talkies” to learn or the radio station. WOW! Either of those would be challenging.

  2. Karie

    We are so lucky now days that we can offer this online learning.

  3. Charlotte Boehms

    We didn’t get the chance to prep anything for our students. I hate that, but at the same time I’m glad to have uninterrupted time with my own kids.

  4. Holly

    Thank you so much! I have been looking for help for keeping the kids engaged and focused on education.

  5. Lisa

    This comes in handy now. My older kids do a lot of combined online and group learning!

  6. Tricia

    What a great resource for those who are at home! Thanks!

  7. Debbie

    Great resources. I hope children will be learning during this quarantine!

  8. Cora

    Best wishes to you as you teach! I was educated at home and we hope to be able to do the same for our girls when they’re old enough so I’ll be needing to learn how to teach well.

  9. Lucy

    thank you for sharing! this is exactly what everybody needs right now!

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