Distance/Remote Learning Resources

We are in extraordinary times in the world of education and across the globe. As we experience school closures we are looking to provide online learning opportunities and options for our students.

There are so many resource lists being offered to educators to use for online learning during the CoVid19 crisis.  Here is an attempt to curate these lists and options for you. However, this list of “lists” and websites/apps is not exhaustive.  Please keep in mind data privacy compliance when using new online resources that require a student login. Click on the below tab “Data Privacy & Internet Safety” for resources to guide you in keeping your students safe online.

Remember, we are in new territory, take care of yourself physically & just as important, take care of yourself emotionally. Keep it Simple – don’t try too many new things!

EdSurge Podcast – Let Yourself Off the Hook – Listen to Christine Elgersma, Common Sense Media, talk  “just how much is being asked of educators and families right now. She offers some actionable advice for teachers and parents looking to better support their children—and themselves.”



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CDE Learning at Home – The Colorado Department of Education has developed a list of remote learning resources by category.

Colorado State Library Resources & Stay-Cation for parents and students

Learning Keeps Going supported by CoSN, EdSurge, ISTE, Digital Promise & more organizations.

Learning Keeps Going Resource Directory with 300 + resources. Check here for free access options.

Amazing Educational Resources Nick Hoover @ University of Texas, Austin

ISTE Connect CoVid-19 Educator Help Desk

K-12 OER Resources from New America

THE Journal Education List of Education Resources

Linda Darling-Hammond CoVid19 Education Resource List on Forbes

Colorado Pikes Peak Library District free resource list

Seesaw CoVid19 Resources 

Discovery Education Experience CoronaVirus Response – principals and superintendents of affected school or school districts are encouraged to fill out the Experience Access Request form for free access to Discovery Education Experience.

Apple Apps at Learn & Study from Home

Zoom Security 

Nearpod Coronavirus webpage: Helpful information and specific examples of how teachers are putting Nearpod to use in a distance learning environment, including Live weekly webinars, and Guide to Nearpod for remote learning

Khan Academy and Khan Academy Parent Guide 

PebbleGo Remote Learning You don’t have to sign up – use the following usernames and passwords.

  • PebbleGo (English & Spanish), “Sign In”
    • Username: engaged   Password: learning
  • PebbleGo Next click “Log In”
    • Username: engaged    Password: learning

TED-Ed. Free Animated Lessons

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Prodigy Engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform

Math Snacks educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts

DragonBox Algebra 12+  learn algebra through gameplay

Smithsonian Curriculum Resources

NASA Science at Home K-4

CS For All Distance Learning Resources

Code at Home from Girls Who Code

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Reading Online & Off – Share these with your students and parents to read together

Read to a Child’s  Read Aloud Resources

Epic! – Kids’ Books and Videos Remote Access to Epic for FREE through the end of the school year (June 30th)— no credit card required — to empower your students to keep reading and learning at home during COVID-19 school closures.

Reading Rewards Rewards, social features encourage kids to read and connect.

Screen Actors Guild Foundation has a wonderful story read-along website, Storyline Online. Well-known SAG actors of all ages read 24 popular children’s picture books. The narration is accompanied by illustrations from the book. For example, read along with  Ed O’Neill, How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz

My Hero  MY HERO’s online library hosts thousands of stories, including bilingual essays, about all kinds of heroes from family members to global leaders – great for the student that is interested in reading about lives around the world.

Project Gutenberg and Good Reads – These sites are great for secondary students to read online books and to find books with reviews and recommendations in a chosen genre.

Alabama Digital Reading Resources Scroll down to Digital Books curated by Cristin M. Dillard

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Before you use any new online resource with your students, please remember to check with your District’s Data Privacy Policy to comply with Colorado Law, FERPA, and other applicable laws to protect your students’ privacy and safety.

Colorado Student Data Transparency and Security Act

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA Guide for Using Zoom 

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) mandates schools to provide education for minors about Internet safety. This includes appropriate online behavior, interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

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“Digital Citizenship is character education in a networked world”  –  MediaSmarts

Responsible digital citizenship includes the ability to use the Internet safely. Knowledge and awareness are the building blocks of this new responsibility and a source of self-protection for young people who explore the world online.

Peruse the links below to view high-quality resources to assist in educating students about internet safety,  social media netiquette, and cyberbullying. Games, videos, and simulations are used to guide students to become responsible digital citizens.

Common Sense Media Essential Digital Citizenship Lessons for the Coronavirus Pandemic

Common Sense Media Family Connections   Host – Discuss – Share

Cybersecurity Resources

Be Internet Awesome

Brain Pop

Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship – M. Ribble

Additional Digital Citizenship resources at CVL Digital Citizenship

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Formative Assessments – list of easy to use and engaging assessment tools to support your instruction and to personalize learning for students
Presentation Tools  – options for online & creative presentation tools for educators & students
Creation/Creativity – tools to use with your students to explore and stimulate their natural creativity for learning.  Give them time to reflect on their creative process too!
Collaborationeducational technology tools to use with your students allowing them the experience that will have them collaborating and thinking about the power of collaboration

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COPYRIGHT HELP & FAIR USE!

Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances.  Section 107 of the Copyright Act (Limitations on Exclusive Rights), provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is fair use and identifies certain types of uses.

When deciding if your use of copyrighted materials is allowed there are four factors to consider:

    • the purpose and character of your use
    • the nature of the copyrighted work
    • the amount and substantiality of the portion taken
    • the effect of the use upon the potential market

Additional information and resources are linked below for your use. Review the Fair Use Checklist and the guidelines linked below to determine whether your use of copyright materials is allowed.  Always err on the side of caution when considering copying and posting materials under consideration.  One other note – check with your school district’s policy regarding copyrighted materials.

Copyright – CoVid19 SLJ Article

Checklist Fair Use Checklist to Print

Columbia University Copyright Quick Guide Using the Fair Use Checklist

Fair Use versus guidelines explained

copyright.gov U.S. government Copyright Office Information

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The Learning Edge Newsletter is where you can find information on digital learning applications, educational workshops & conferences, and more! Check back frequently for updates on education news and resources! Go to Learning Edge Newsletters to read each edition.

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