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Distance Learning Resources: Resources for Educators

Resources for students learning and educators teaching in a distance learning environment.

Curated Lists of Learning Resources

Amazing Educational Resources - HUGE list of companies offering free educational resources during school shutdown. Resources are organized by subject and age level. Searchable interface coming soon. Updated hourly. 

Distance Learning Resources for Educators - long list of distance learning resources including a table of contents created by Jessica Regitano at Chittenango Middle School

Free Books (Educators Only)

Libro.fm AudioBooks - Click here to register. After you register for a free account, request educator access: https://libro.fm/alc-program (This part is simple and easy. I was approved almost immediately.) Download the libro.fm app to listen to your free books! Note: It will look like the books cost money; however your free educator account will indicate $0.00 in your cart. Instructions compiled by Allison Mackley, Hershey High School. 

Educational Videos

Crash Course Videos - high quality, fast-paced educational videos from 20+ course topics from humanities to sciences (hosted throught Youtube). 

Copyright & Online Read Alouds

List of Temporary Publisher Policy Adaptations for Reading Books Online - List of publishers' temporary altered policies for story sharing online (School Library Journal).

Publisher Guidelines for Online Story Time - Another list of online read aloud guidelines from publishers from author Kate Messner

List of Children's Book Publishers - Helpful list of children's book publishers if you are looking to get permission to post a recorded read aloud.

A Crisis—as in School Closures Due to Coronavirus—Justifies Fair Use, Say Librarians - Article discussing fair use guidelines for online read alouds (School Library Journal)

Screencasting

Screencastify

Easily record, edit, and share videos.  Free chrome extension that lives in your browser.   You can record the computer screen and voice allowing a video popup in the corner for face-to-face recording.  It is easy to switch from webcam to screen recording. The software tool allows you to create a video capture of whatever you are working on, on the computer at that time.  The user can create videos that walk students & parents through different online applications. It is a great tool to use when recording digital white board lessons and creating “how to access” online apps and resources.   

Screencastify How to Video

Free Version:  5 min per video, trim videos, autosave to Google Drive, no watermark, annotation tools, publish to YouTube, export as MP4, GIF, and MP3
 

Paid Version:  $49/ year, All free plan features, unlimited recording length, merge videos and reorder clips, crop recordings, add text over clips, priority support