QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON PROVIDING SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 OUTBREAK
OSEP posted Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak:
This document is posted on the U.S. Department of Education’s COVID-19 webpage on Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.
Virtual Teachers' Lounge Sessions Schedule
ESU 13 is offering Virtual Teachers' Lounges every week, Tuesday-Thursday. These lounges give teachers the opportunity to make connections with Panhandle teachers in their discipline.
Digital Learning amid School Closures
With the current health/safety situation related to Covid-19, school districts are making preparations for the possibility of extended school closings. One of the key elements is the continuation of high-quality instruction in a digital environment. ESU 13 will be available to support this work in any way possible.
- Does it make sense to deliver digital learning opportunities to our youngest students?
- Do students have access to a device?
- Do students have sufficient internet access?
There has been a steady conversation around the use of Zoom to have a live connection between students and teachers. The free Zoom account should be adequate for nearly all teachers. Free Zoom accounts allow for 100 connections, sessions are limited to 40 minutes, unlimited number of sessions, breakout rooms, screen sharing and whiteboard annotation. Statement from Zoom with additional resources is included below.
While Zoom will allow teachers and students to connect, it is essential to also have some type of Learning Management System (Canvas, Schoology, Moodle, or Google Classroom) to manage the traditional classroom activities. The LMS allows for content delivery, online discussion, the push and pull of assignments, and delivering assessments. Content delivery could be live with Zoom, but could also be a wide variety of digital content resources. These could included resources available as part of text book purchase, other district purchases, as well as a huge number of free online content resources. There is a page created (Digital Resources) with a few sites you could use to get started, but please reach out to (Lori Biesecker email@example.com or Craig Hicks firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have specific grade level or content area requests.
ESU 13 EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE SHARING
LEGAL GUIDANCE FROM KSB SCHOOL LAW
ZOOM BASICS SLIDESHOW (FROM BJ)
Link to Slideshow
With this mind, Zoom is doing everything we can to provide resources and support to equip our Education customers to leverage Zoom in a virtual learning environment. We have created the following documents to assist with this transition, as needed:
Also, organizations such as Outschool, a marketplace for live online classes, have made available Free Remote Teacher Training Webinars showing how to adapt teaching practices and curriculum to a live video chat classroom. These webinars are led by Outschool’s experienced teachers who have transitioned from in-person to online teaching. Educators can sign up and find available times/dates here.
SCHOOL CLOSURE PLANNING DOCUMENT
RESOURCES FOR GOOGLE
Tips for Distance Learning
RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLOGY
Personalized Learning Crash Course
INFORMATION FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ONLINE DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURES
ELEMENTARY MATH RESOURCES
NEBRASKA HISTORY RESOURCES
Sandra Reddish, Historic Sites Coordinator for History Nebraska may have been in touch with you about on-line resources available through History Nebraska.
We are currently putting in place a Toolkit for Teachers and the public. It will be available in mid-April and we will share it with you at that time.
Below is a link with online resources currently available. Please share this with your ESU colleagues and teachers.