Tips for Distance Learning
Distance Education Strategy Session Resources
Since March, the EdTech Center has hosted Distance Education Strategy Sessions on a weekly to bi-weekly basis. The virtual strategy sessions convene leaders, practitioners, educators and more to share and discuss your distance learning questions.
On this page, you’ll find all of the webinar resources, including session recordings, slides, Q&A notes and more. To explore the resources from each section, navigate to the webinar you wish to view more details on and click on the + button to expand the section.
New 2020-2021 PD Offerings
Every 2nd Friday – Distance Education Strategy Sessions: Held every 2nd Friday at 10 AM PST, 12 PM CST and 1 PM EST via Zoom, the EdTech Center convenes leaders, practitioners, educators and more to share and discuss your distance learning questions. Register here.
Every 4th Friday – Distance Ed Strategies & Solutions: ProLiteracy & the EdTech Center @ World Education are thrilled to announce that we are teaming up to offer a professional development series, Distance Ed Strategies & Solutions, starting in September! Our teams will be co-hosting webinar sessions every 4th Friday of the month, starting September 25th. Register here.
Webinar Recordings, Resources & More
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Webinar #18 November 13, 2020 - Teaching in a Remote Blended Learning Program – Administrating a Remote Blended Learning Program
Staff from Rio Salado College and Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County will share strategies for how they have successfully transitioned to teaching online when faced with the challenges of pivoting instruction at a moment’s notice. Then, Robert Breitbard from Burlington English will describe how teaching with one comprehensive blended curriculum allows teachers to shift instruction to any learning environment.
Webinar #17B October 21, 2020 - Viral Video English – Reaching Students through YouTube at Literacy Pittsburgh
Sara, Nicole and Caitlin will share how they created two YouTube channels: Literacy Pittsburgh English Class and Family Literacy Storytime. They will discuss why they decided to use YouTube for instruction, how they shoot and promote the videos, and how they helped their “actors” overcome nervousness. They’ll also reveal how their videos have increased Literacy Pittsburgh’s profile in their community, across the country, and around the world.
Webinar #17 October 9, 2020 - Nashville Public Library’s Ecosystem of Support PD Model & Transforming Distance Education Course
We’ll hear from the Nashville Public Libray and learn about their “ecosystem of support” model, including the professional development resources they developed, community offerings and how they work together. We’ll also look at the newly released Transforming Distance Education course and the lessons related to this week’s topic.
Webinar #16B September 25, 2020 - Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach (SOFLA)
Come hear Helaine Marshall from Long Island University-Hudson introduce the Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach (SOFLA). In the SOFLA model, learners independently complete online lessons that provide initial instruction on key concepts. Then students attend class (through Zoom or something similar) with the teacher and other students where they can build their understanding through collaboration, discussion, and application. This lesson model will help you make efficient use of students’ learning time at home, as well as your web meeting time. The presenter will share steps to create lessons, describe an example of SOFLA in practice, and be available for questions.
Webinar #16 August 21, 2020 - Reading Skills for Today’s Adults & EdTech Maker Space
This webinar will feature Southwest Minnesota ABE program manager See Muoa-Leske describing Reading Skills for Today’s Adults and how their library of free leveled readers is designed to support literacy development for English language learners. The second presentation will build on RSTA presentation, showing how the leveled readers have been integrated into engaging mobile accessible learning objects. Both Xavier Munoz from the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and Jeff Goumas from CrowdEd Learning will share their work. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore.
Webinar #15 August 7, 2020 - Five Strategies for Volunteer Success in Distance Learning & Reinventing a 50-Year-Old Program in 5 Months
This webinar will cover issues important to consider when integrating volunteers into your distance education programming and instruction. We will feature lightning talks from two experts on the subject: Rob Podlasek from Literacy Minnesota and Todd Evans from ProLiteracy. Learn how their organizations address challenges like: supporting volunteers, structuring programming to make best use of volunteers, training and onboarding volunteers, and attending to security and privacy issues. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore.
Webinar #14 July 24, 2020 - Team Teaching Online & Addressing the Needs of Immigrant Latino Frontline Workers during the COVID-19 Crisis using Facebook as a Convenor
This webinar features two lightning talks. First, Ashly Winkle and Claire Gilliam will share how team teaching helped the staff at Literacy Council of Tyler to transition from a face-to-face to remote learning environments by creating opportunities for teachers to support each other with technology issues, instruction, discussion guidance, & overall community building. Then Monica Zambrano and Zazil Rojas from Building Skills Partnership will share how their employer-union partnership work used Facebook as a convenor to help address the Needs of Immigrant Latino Frontline Workers during the COVID-19 Crisis. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore
- Watch the recording here.
- View the slides here.
- Access the breakout discussion notes on Team Teaching Online and the recording.
- Access the breakout discussion notes on Addressing the Needs of Immigrant Latino Frontline Workers during the COVID-19 Crisis using Facebook as a Convenor and the recording.
Webinar #13 July 10, 2020 - Registration and Placement Over Zoom & Screencasting Your Mobile Device
This webinar features two lightning talks. We welcome Heather Tatton-Harris, from Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, who will share resources and strategies they developed to do registration and intake completely online. EdTech Center advisor Jeff Goumas will share a promising new tech resource – smartphone emulating or “mirroring” – that teachers can use to help students working on mobile devices. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore.
Webinar #12 June 26, 2020 - Using the Change Agent in Remote Instruction & Data Driven Coaching
This webinar features two lightning talks. We welcome Riva Pearson, from JVS Hyde Park ESOL Program, who will share remote reading instructional strategies for using articles for The Change Agent, a biannual magazine of student writing published by the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC) at World Education. Joey Lehrman and Tiffany Thomas, Delgado Community College will describe their work using student engagement data to provide effective coaching. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore.
Webinar #11 June 12, 2020 - Designing & Adapting Content for Mobile Instruction & Strategies to Maximize Engagement in Online Classrooms
This webinar features two lightning talks. First, Sherry Lehane from the Rhode Island Tech Hub for Adult Education will share strategies for creating mobile learning content on common technologies (like Google Slides) that maximizes readability and engagement for students learning on phones. Then, Rachael Riggs, from Frederick Community College, will share strategies for maximizing engagement in online classrooms. She’ll share how she creates media and sets up role play activities (among other things) to support learning for English language learners. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore.
Webinar #10 May 29, 2020 - Integrating google applications on a Weebly site & online assessment & screening to support persistence
Our webinar on Friday May 29th, 2020 features two lightning talks. First, teachers Kristin Klas and Laura Tamali from St Paul Adult Basic Education (MN) will share strategies for using multiple google applications integrated on a weebly site to support distance education. Then, Jessica Wabler from the YWCA – National Capital Area will present resources she has created to make possible the online screening needed to fully understand learners’ needs and the resources required to support persistence in distance education.
Webinar #9 May 15, 2020 - Using Skillblox to organize OER + learning resources & Tips from the AZ Dept of Ed on training & certifying teachers to assign proxy hours
Our strategy session on Friday May 15th features innovations to help states, programs, and teachers that are working to make it easier for teachers to create or curate their own developed curricula. First Jeff Goumas from CrowdED Learning will share a new tool—SkillBlox—designed to make it easy for instructors to quickly find free resources aligned to the College & Career Readiness Standards, as well as a current initiative supporting teacher collaboration in OER content curation and delivery to students. Then, Corina Avila and Kyle Boyson from the Arizona Department of Education will describe their state’s process for training and certifying teachers to assign proxy hours (using the teacher verification model) for online content they have created. A 30-minute discussion follows the presentations.
Webinar #8 May 8, 2020 - Innovative Strategies for Professional Development & Effective Strategies for Learner Engagement
Our webinar on Friday May 8th, 2020 features two lightning talks. First, Lori Looney and her colleagues from Kentucky Skills U will share their innovative approach to providing resources and professional learning to help their teachers deliver quality distance education. Then, Tamara Thompson from Mockingbird Education will share strategies she has found useful for supporting learner engagement in synchronous online instruction. As always, following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore.
Webinar #7 May 1, 2020 - Learnings from rapidly scaling distance ed in Texas & Using Wakelet to support instruction
This webinar dives into how one state is tackling the need to rapidly scale distance education. This Friday we’ll feature two lightning talks from Texas. First, Texas State Adult Education Director Anson Green will share the critical steps that the Texas Workforce Commission made to make it possible for programs to serve more learning at a distance. Then Ashly Winkle from the Literacy Council of Tyler will walk you through how to use Wakelet to support instruction – making it possible for teachers who don’t have a website to organize digital resources. As always, following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore.
Webinar #6 April 24, 2020 - Providing remote support & navigation services using tech tools & Cell-Ed's free offerings
Our strategy session this week will feature resources especially helpful for learners who need extra support and alternatives to traditional online learning. First we’ll feature Joselyn Marte, program coordinator and advisor at the Lawrence Adult Learning Center, in Lawrence, MA. Joselyn will describe how to provide wrap around support and navigation services using technology. Next, Dr. Jessica Rothenberg-Aalmi from Cell-Ed will describe how Cell-Ed curricula and personalized coaching can be accessed on a range of devices – including flip phones. One featured resource is a free COVID-19 info course in multiple languages to help youth and adult learners stay safe during the pandemic.Jessica will also discuss the launch of a major initiative April 30th to reach the most vulnerable learners with free programming.
- Watch the recording here.
- View the slides here.
- Access the breakout discussion notes on Staying Connected with Personal Support and Wrap Around Services and the recording.
- Access the breakout discussion notes on Cell-Ed Learning Resources & Coaching for Learners without Smartphones and the recording.
Webinar #5 April 17, 2020 - Tips for Using Zoom, Loom & the free WeSpeakNYC ESL curriculum for virtual learning circles
Join us for two lightning talks and breakout discussions addressing strategies for meeting with students at a distance. Jennifer Kleupmen, an Education Specialist with the Community Education and Training Department at Mercer County Community College in Trenton, NJ, will talk about her experience using Zoom to support synchronous meetings. Anthony Tassi from Literacy Partners will describe strategies for using their free ESL curriculum, We Speak NYC, as part of virtual learning circles.
Webinar #4 April 10, 2020 - Innovative Remote Learning Models, Tips for Remote Onboarding & Strategies for Adapting Instruction for Blended & Distance Learning
Join us for three lightning talks and breakout discussions on a virtual workplace ESOL training developed by National Immigration Forum (The Forum) with support from the EdTech Center. Jennie Murray from The Forum will talk about finding employer partners in this challenging time; Ana Negoescu from The Forum and Victoria Neff from the EdTech Center will share the process the project used for completely virtual on-boarding and orientation. Susan Gaer, EdTech Center Advisor, will share strategies for moving usual classroom instruction and activities to an online format. Read about the project in this report: Upskilling New Americans: Innovative English Training for Career Advancement.
Webinar #3 April 3, 2020 - Using Hyperdocs to organize & structure lessons & guidance on OCTAE's Distance Ed policy
Ashly Winkle from the Literacy Council of Tyler (TX) will explain how teachers can use Hyperdocs (linked Google Docs) as a way to structure lessons delivered at a distance. Judy Mortrude from World Education will walk through the newest guidance document from OCTAE on policy that supports distance education.
Webinar #2 March 27, 2020 - Using WhatsApp for Remote Instruction & Using the Teacher Verification Model for proxy contact hour counting
This webinar, designed for administrators, professional development leaders and teachers, will feature lightning talks on using WhatsApp as a central instructional tool and a description for how one state is using the Teacher Verification Model for proxy contact hour counting.
- Watch the recording here
- View the slides here
- Access the breakout discussion notes on using WhatsApp and the recording.
- Access the breakout discussion notes on Teacher Verification Model and the recording.
Webinar #1 March - Resources on LINCS & Navigating Online Curricula to Rapidly Start Distance Learning
The first webinar, designed for administrators, professional development leaders and other practitioners, will cover a preview of the Tips for Distance Learning site. We will feature lightning talks about LINCS resources and guidance on choosing online curricula. We will offer break out discussion on these and other topics participants have about getting started with distance education.