In this time of pandemic pandemonium, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and stressed out about transitioning to distance learning. I get it. No one ever prepared us for massive stay-at-home orders and global shutdowns!
Most of us also never prepared to teach our students over the internet. We expected to be with them in a classroom setting. But the virtual world is a bit different. That's why I created this toolkit. I want to make sure you have ways to support your kids with engaging and fun educational activities while they are at home. Because if you’re relaxed, so are they.
As a certified online instructional designer, learning theorist, and STEM educator, I'll show you how to plan for and introduce distance learning resources to your families without overwhelming them (or you) with information. In the toolkit, you will find:
We organized everything so that these resources will be easy to find and use, and we'll continue to update this guide on a weekly basis so that you receive the most current available resources.
Because we understand that everyone is under extreme duress due to all the sudden changes that are happening around us, we want to ease that stress by giving you the guide for free. No pressure at all, because goodness, we've got enough on our plates, already!
I made this guide because I want to make your job easier. Teaching is hard enough. Now, with the pandemic, you are being asked to do so much more than you ever signed up for. Everything is going to be okay, because you are not alone.
I've got you. I'm going to save you time and money by giving you quality resources so that you don't have to comb the Internet for them. I'll save you from being overwhelmed by sharing tips on how to teach and how to introduce these resources to your families. I've even included a section on educational games to keep your students engaged while families are working from home. You'll get help with rebuilding your learning communities at a distance, and you'll have plenty of support from me along the way.
In addition to receiving the guide, I invite you to join our Facebook community, where you can collaborate with other teachers for ideas and inspiration. When you join the group, you will also have a direct line to me, should you have any questions about distance learning.
Thank you for everything you do, and thank you for this opportunity to serve you. We'll get through this together!
Yen and the STEAM Café Team
PLEASE DO THIS FIRST: Please start by watching the first three videos in this module. They will help you think about and understand how to create your distance learning plans. They will also help you get started with your first week!
The rest of this module includes tips, tools, and tricks for how to create, design, and implement distance learning instruction with digital tools like Zoom, Jamboard, Google Voice, etc.
In this module, we've listed online resources that will help you with that transition to online distance learning. In some cases, we've included tutorials and tips as you consider your options. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at yen@QiLearning.com, or you can post and take advantage of our helpful teacher Facebook collective.
Please check this module often. We're adding ideas and (when possible) resources to give you hands-on instructions, labs, and activities that kids can do at home. We'll keep adding resources here as we continue to gather information.
Working from home is a challenge in and of itself. Working from home with young children is nearly impossible, and you need things that your children can do to occupy their time while you work. This module contains resources that will help entertain and educate your children while you work. Please share these out with families, because we could all use a break these days.
This module contains: (a) coronavirus information; (b) addressing myths about germs; (c) disease prevention; (d) personal, classroom, and community preparation; (e) facts and resources on hand sanitizers and handwashing. We've collected some helpful videos and links to get you informed about coronavirus in a jiffy!
In this module, we share "kid-appropriate" sources about coronavirus, and activities/labs that you can do to reinforce handwashing hygiene. These were designed to be used in the classroom, although you may adapt a few of these (like having students make distance learning posters or books) for home.
The recent coronavirus outbreak provides students with an opportunity to learn about the STEM careers that are involved with keeping our population healthy. While most of our resources are geared toward elementary-aged students, I couldn't help but share some excellent resources for grades 7-12.
If you are not sure how to protect yourself and your students in the classroom, we've got a ton of resources to help you!
Are there any other areas you wish we had more guidance on? Please let us know!