When exploring new educational technology tools, make sure that you are aware of age requirements and terms of service before implementing them. G Suite tools are great for collaboration and connectivity. For more on Google tools you can check out the Google Teacher Center, Teach from Home with Google, Google’s Distance Learning Hub, Applied Digital Skills, Be Internet Awesome, and Wellbeing.Google.
For read alouds with students, there are a variety of avenues for guest readers. Many of you have already seen this as you’ve been in contact with me but I want to share it with all. Make sure you are aware of copyright and read alouds. Many publishers have adapted their policies.
- Copyright and Online Read Alouds
- Storyline Online
It is very important that we are modeling good digital citizenship to our students during this time. Be mindful as you are engaging with social media and public digital spaces. Make sure you are protecting student identity and privacy in all digital spaces. Balance screen time. Talk about credible resources, media literacy, netiquette, and safety and security online. Common Sense Media has put together essential digital citizenship lessons for the Coronavirus Pandemic. Below are the digital citizenship standards for students and educators. Click on the links to view the more specific sub-standards.
ISTE Digital Citizenship Standard for Students: Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
ISTE Citizen Standards for Educators: Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world.
Everyone is balancing a lot, both personally and professionally, during this pandemic. Self Care is especially important at this time. Google has some tips on finding work life balance at home in this blogpost: Make “work from home” work for you. Headspace is also offering free accounts to all K-12 teachers, school administrators, and supporting staff.