Free Internet And Device Options

Free for low-income customers for 60 days.

Low-cost home internet to qualifying households for $5-10 a month, no deposit or installation fee.

Free for households with K-12 and college students in their service areas (over 41 states).

School districts can apply to get access to support distance learning.

The FCC has compiled a list of broadband and telephone service providers offering free or discounted internet services in response to the pandemic.

Free Virtual Teaching Platforms

Engage students virtually, assign and grade assignments, and ask students to collaborate using various Google tools. Teachers create the content. 

Assign lessons to students individually. The platform will assign additional lessons to students tailored to their performance. The content is created by Khan Academy.

Create your own distance learning and virtual courses.

Free Video Conferencing Platforms

Video conferencing, screen sharing, breakout rooms, and recording. Temporarily free for educators.

Video conferencing, screen sharing, breakout rooms, virtual whiteboard, and many more interactive features. Temporarily free for educators.

Video conferencing, team messaging, SMS, and fax. Temporarily free for educators.

Additional Online Learning Tools

A list of companies that have discounted or removed costs for schools during school closures. Compiled by Tami Brass, Director of Instructional Technology at St. Paul Academy and Summit School.

Comprehensive list of free virtual learning opportunities by subject and grade level.

A short list of apps and platforms that teachers can leverage for distance learning to share content and create discussions.

Curated recommendations for the best online learning tools including: student collaboration tools, messaging apps, and lesson-planning websites.

Teachers and students can upload short videos to promote and encourage class “discussion” during remote learning.

Getting Started With Online Teaching

Comprehensive list of free virtual learning opportunities by subject and grade level.

Helpful advice for accessibility and self-preservation, and orientation to rejecting perfectionism.

A list of steps to guide your process of transitioning from in-class instruction to a virtual setting with a list of both guiding questions and helpful tips.

A short list of apps and platforms that teachers can leverage for distance learning to share content and create discussions.

Free 45-minute webinars on moving to online learning for ages 3-18. Offered frequently.

Intended for higher ed, but many practices may translate easily to K-12 educators who are rapidly transitioning to online learning.

Improving Your Online Teaching Practice

Some of the guidance is more college/university focused, but great tips for K-12 (and especially secondary) teachers as well.

Explore “less-well-known” tips for online learning—such as creating a social media account and providing multiple means of communication. 

Tips for giving live online and video instruction, from Richard Byrne.

Tips from researchers regarding the online pedagogical practices that promote care for the whole student and class.

Examples of strong online learning, insights, planning templates, and tips for designing learning experiences for diverse audiences.

Amid school closures, online classes can offer new opportunities for culturally responsive teaching. Here’s what one educator is trying with her fifth grade students.

Supporting Students With Special Needs Online

Written for universities shifting to virtual learning but contains lots of practical considerations for how to increase accessibility. 

How to prepare online teachers to work with students in special education.

Assistive technology to support a wide range of needs, including text-to-speech, readability, and navigation.

Considerations for supporting students with special needs in an online learning environment.

Useful ideas, tips, and considerations.

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