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Santa Fe Public Schools is close to ensuring every student has access to the internet — a necessary step to continuing education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $2 trillion coronavirus law could give the education secretary the power to waive special education rules as school districts struggle to teach all their students online.

Venture into digital worlds instead of the real one!

Gaming

Many teenagers, children, and adults love playing videogames as a part of their entertainment part. Videogames were first introduced in the early 80s, but their attractiveness is still evident until now. The esports game defines a competitive type of videogame. It has been introduced over the past few years, but it is among the most-watched sporting activities in the US. The game has exponentially grown to the extent of being used to enhance the learning experience of students in school.

There were some constants in gaming in 2019. “Fortnite” remained a massive force, both in the digital sphere and physical space. “Pokémon” returned, which meant plenty of mystical creatures needed to be caught once more. There were, of course, a number of games with firearms, and once again more Nazis that needed to be offed.

Video games, to the uninitiated, can be intimidating. And yet in this time of social distancing, video games may suddenly look quite appealing to a whole new audience.

Just a few weeks ago, when the game world was anticipating the next generation of consoles, such as Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, we had no way of knowing that soon a new game platform would emerge. It’s one that had long been right in front of us and seems especially attuned to life during the coronovirus pandemic: Zoom.

You’ve binge-watched “Paw Patrol.” You’ve sat through “Frozen II” a dozen times. There must be something better — more interactive and fun — to do with your kids while stuck at home. Look at it as an opportunity to connect and build relationships with your children by doing something together: playing video games. The trick, of course, is finding ones that you actually want to play without driving yourself crazy.

Homeschooling

It’s not like you have to worry about teaching calculus or advanced biology. Not yet, at least.

Homeschooling is doable and might even be fun. And it’s something all parents are having to think about as schools close during the coronavirus outbreak. Hazel Davis explains how she has taught two children and worked from home for the past five years.

Sure, you’re trapped inside for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean your only options are binge-watching television or FaceTiming relatives for the umpteenth time, only to discover they’re feeling just the same as they were yesterday.

More than 300 million students worldwide aren’t attending school right now thanks to the coronavirus, according to the Cato Institute. And while preventing the virus from spreading is important, parents are now left trying to figure out how to teach their child at home. Luckily, every parent is in this situation together, and compiling homeschooling tips and free resources is a must for getting through it all.

Free resources to support learning at home

  • Advice and support for parents
  • Educational activities and games
  • Free eBook library for 3- to 11-year-olds

Makemegenius.com is a website for kids, Science videos for kids in Hindi & English. Educational Pawer Points for kids, Jokes for kids, Cool facts for kids, Science Test & Quiz for kids.

We’re adding three new lessons every weekday for each year. Pick yours and get started.

“Have fun learning at home!”

-Mrs. Fahrney

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is a free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep on learning!

¡Crea buena energía con GoNoodle ahora en español! En estos momentos que requieren mas movimiento y buena energía GoNoodle quiere que todos los niños puedan disfrutar en casa de sus vídeos favoritos con toda su familia. ¡Ven y disfruta de nuevos videos cada semana!

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.

Keep your K-12 learners engaged while schools are closed. Enjoy free live classes led by subject-matter experts in math, science, reading, literature, writing, and so much more.

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing

Enter ancient worlds, meet famous people and discover fascinating facts by exploring a wide selection of historical games and activities.

Master any subject, one success at a time.

Videoconferencing Privacy

The popular app offered the simplest path to videoconferencing in a pandemic. That doesn’t make it the right path to take.

There are a few things you can do to make your video conferences more secure.

Singapore has suspended the use of video-conferencing tool Zoom by its teachers, after a “very serious “incident” during a home-based lesson.

Letter from New York attorney-general comes amid increasing scrutiny over app’s practices

Zoom, the video-conferencing app that has seen a huge rise in downloads since quarantines were imposed around the world, is now being used by millions for work and social gatherings.

Subject Resources

4 tips on how to get more followers on social media with Sean Cannell’s CQSC Formula. Learn the exact YouTube system I used to grow Think Media from scratch to over 800,000 subscribers on my online YouTube masterclass!

Pedagogy

Nearly all the world’s students—a full 90 percent of them—have now been impacted by COVID-19 related school closures. There are 188 countries in the world that have closed schools and universities due to the novel coronavirus pandemic as of early April. Almost all countries have instituted nationwide closures with only a handful, including the United States, implementing localized school closures.

New York City’s 75,000 public school educators are facing a challenge unlike anything in their careers. For students to avoid permanent setbacks, the success of remote learning is critical.

From her home in Falls Church, Virginia, teacher Kalpana Sharma gathered her props: three water bottles she made into puppets, paper for drawing a picture of her feelings and tinfoil shaped into boats that could float in the kitchen sink.

I find it baffling that in 2019 I still have to explain why it’s important to play with students, especially when Fortune 500 companies are gamifying their workplace and their customer outreach, profitable gamer-culture on YouTube is on the rise and colleges have eSports teams.

This spring semester is different than anything we’ve experienced before. The spread of COVID-19 will impact every corner of our society and we’re already seeing its effect on education. Schools that are preemptively closing are doing the right thing, but it still leaves thousands of teachers faced with a new set of challenges.

TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Everything we do supports learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos, to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, to celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 250,000 teachers. TED-Ed has grown from an idea worth spreading into an award-winning education platform that serves millions of teachers and students around the world every week.

This site was designed to help you identify online tools that you might use for teaching or learning. Each page includes a wealth of information about a specific tool (e.g., price, ease of use, description of the tool, innovative ways to use the tool for teaching and learning) to help you evaluate the tool and determine whether to use it in your practice.

Working from home may be new for many educators, but you don’t have to struggle through the experience. NAF is opening up our curriculum to everyone during this time of COVID-19 to support CTE teachers in our academies and beyond.

This resource list is focused on great CTE

lessons, activities, and resources you can

use in a virtual classroom.

Health, Wellness, and Community

As we are self-isolating during these difficult times, we want to provide space for conversation, dialogue and emotional support. We’re launching the VIRTUALLY VIRAL HANGOUTS, every work day, Monday through Friday. You are warmly welcomed to attend. Of course, this video chat space is a public space for sharing and learning, too. Wherever you are in the world, we encourage you to participate.

The writer used his self-quarantine at Walden to pursue an intensive course in self-education. In the present pandemic moment, there’s plenty to learn from standing still.

With a third of the global population living under lockdown, many are turning to science for the answers on how to be happy in these difficult times.

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, which will provide $50 billion to the states working to accelerate virus screenings and deploy other emergency responses. But the funding may have come too late as concerns over COVID-19 have already injected chaos into American society, from concerns over the economy to empty grocery store shelves, inadequate access to testing, and clogged airports for those returning from abroad.

More Resources

If you find yourself at home with a lot of free time on your hands, consider learning the basics of coding. Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has said he loves Khan Academy and Code.org. Here are seven free online courses on everything from JavaScript to SQL, from the platforms recommended by Gates. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Families across the UK are scrambling to figure out how they can keep their children’s education going at home. Sky News asked the experts.

As schools close around the world, the nonprofit, free learning site has added resources for families.

As I write this, I am personally on Day Two of our Temporary-But-We-Don’t-Know How Temporary school closure. Those of you in the same boat know that the phrase “the days are long” has taken on a whole new meaning. These days have to be filled with something, and ideally, at least part of that something would be academic.

Millions of parents across America are suddenly finding out it’s really hard to be a teacher.

With high schools and colleges closing, the key is finding creative ways to keep students engaged. A physics prof shares his tips.

For tween readers, one of the biggest challenges to at-home education can be distraction. From too much screen time to everything else, it seems like there’s always something to do besides schoolwork. These resources will help keep kids entertained and focused. From educator resources to printables and activity books, there’s plenty to choose from to keep the kids learning and engaged when at home.

While school leaders, teachers, and parents and families continue adjusting plans and responses to the Coronavirus, Ed Trust will update this page with useful resources and information that keep equity at the forefront.

With Schools closed and distance learning the norm, how is your district meeting the needs of its students?

Whether your school routinely supports distance learning or is facing unexpected closures, we’ve assembled these resources and learning opportunities to help educators engage remote students through online learning.

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