Gaming isn’t all bad

NPR columnist Kaity Kline says a serious Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag habit helped her ace a surprise quiz on the Caribbean. She recommends other video games that will motivate your kids to learn. Read more about it at NPR.

Tour the Faroe Islands with a remote tourism tool

Due to travel restrictions, the Faroe Islands created a way for people anywhere in the world to explore their islands as virtual tourists through the eyes of a local.

“The local is equipped with a live video camera, allowing people to not only see views from an on-the-spot perspective, but also to control where and how they explore using a joypad to turn, walk, run or even jump!

Just like a real-life computer game, the main player will control the moves of the Faroese islander, who will not only explore locations on foot, but also take to the skies by helicopter, giving virtual visitors a bird’s eye perspective on our beautiful island nation’s steep grassy slopes, our 80,000 sheep and our unspoilt, wild and natural countryside.”

Naval Academy professor adapts class on internet culture from observational to case study as students learn online

“A class at the Naval Academy set out at the beginning of the semester to study the culture of the internet but due to the coronavirus pandemic unexpectedly are learning about it through living it. … Clementine Fujimura, the professor behind the class, saw this as a learning opportunity as education institutions were forced to go from in-person to an online learning environment.” Read more about it Capital Gazette.

A new app in France helps doctors monitor COVID-19 patients remotely

“France has been one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus — with more than 166,000 cases of infection and 23,000 deaths — and Paris is a hot spot. But health officials have been able to keep the city’s hospitals from being completely overwhelmed, thanks in part to the Covidom app, which has helped thousands with non-critical cases of COVID-19 ride the virus out at home.” Read more about it at NPR.

A Running List of Articles for Students, Educators and Parents Adjusting to Life During the Coronavirus Pandemic

McGraw-Hill shares a list of articles curated from around the web for students, educators and parents adjusting to life during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are a few of their resources below. Peruse their complete list at McGraw-Hill.

How to Explain the Coronavirus to Children and Young Students – Medium – McGraw-Hill
In this article, a curriculum developer shares advice for explaining what the coronavirus is to younger children who may be scared and not highly aware of current events.

Coronavirus Resource Page for Students – New York Times
The Times has created a set of resources and articles for students that will be frequently updated with new discussion topics. The goal is to help students think critically and learn from home about the ways we help one another during this time.

On the Move to Remote Learning – Forbes
With school closures, moving to a remote learning situation can be challenging for teachers and district leaders. In this article, educators and school administrators can find tips for making a smoother transition.

Advice for Faculty Members in a Turbulent Time – Inside Higher Ed
Many educators and faculty members are suddenly faced with the challenging task of teaching their students remotely, causing stress and anxiety. This article shares ways that instructors can stay healthy and calm during this rough time.

14 Tips for Helping Students with Limited Internet Have Distance Learning – KQED
With millions of students now learning from home, another issue has resurfaced: how to support students who do not have reliable internet access in their homes. This article shares tips and strategies for helping those students during this time.

My First Week as a Virtual Learning Principal – Medium – McGraw-Hill 
This article is told from the perspective of a PreK-fourth grade principal tasked with “teaching from afar” – ensuring his students are fed, have internet access, and are all still learning. Learn why he believes staying connected virtually is key to getting through this pandemic.

Helpful Online Resources for Teaching ELLs

Edutopia provides a list below of resources you may find helpful in your English as a second language classroom. All of the resources are helpful for all students, not just English language learners (ELLs).

  • Kahoot! is a tool to create interactive audiovisual learning games, reviews, and assessments. Students can compete in games against each other in real time, from any device, by using a simple code. The premium subscription-based distance learning tools are currently free to support distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Quizlet is a digital flash card program that many students find useful for studying vocabulary. Teachers can use, and customize, premade study sets or make their own. The free version has ads; a paid subscription provides access to the ad-free platform.
  • Newsela has high-interest current events articles, with corresponding images and questions, that are offered in up to five different Lexile levels. To support distance learning during Covid-19, the entire site is currently free—usually most of the content is available only with a paid subscription.
  • CommonLit is a free site that has over 2,000 fiction and nonfiction reading passages searchable by title, genre, grade level, literary device, and Lexile level. It also has a growing library of content in Spanish. Texts have guiding questions and assessments, and many are organized into units of study.
  • Duolingo is a helpful free language learning app that offers English as a second language courses in more than 20 first languages. Its adaptive software is designed to resemble a game and can allow students to compete against themselves—or their friends.
  • BBC Teach has an extensive collection of free teaching resources in over 30 subjects, including English learning for adults. It also has interactive lessons with rich videos and graphics.
  • The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organization for sharing British culture and language. Its website has a variety of useful links and mobile apps with activities, games, and audiovisual lessons.