Moving from a traditional classroom to an online version can be challenging. Our goal in creating this page is to provide resources and information to help educators with this transition.
Find resources in four key areas:
- Resources for moving your teaching online
- Resources categorized by HOW you want to teach (synchronous, asynchronous and blended)
- Resources categorized by the AGE of the learner (elementary or secondary)
- Resources for professional development around teaching online
This collection, while not comprehensive, is a place to begin preparing for transitioning to remote instruction.
Beginning the shift to online instruction can be daunting, but these two resources are good places to start.
- International School Services has created a list of considerations educators should address to meet learning needs in a rapid school closure.
- Global Online Academy offers pedagogical strategies for online learning.
Consider how you will communicate with students. This includes sharing announcements, discussing assignment due dates and updates, and having an open line of communication to students (and parents).
Which digital communication platforms does your district provide? Find out what you and your students can access, and plan to consistently use one of those methods.
- Microsoft Teams
- Microsoft OneDrive or Office 365 tools
- GSuite shared drives or folders
- Teacher webpages
You likely already have a Learning Management System (LMS) like Google Classroom or Canvas in place, but you still may want to consider how you will support student learning as you transition modalities. This includes assigning work, sharing resources, collecting assignments, and managing all paths of instruction.
Does your district provide learning management systems and digital communication platforms? Find out what you and your students can access, and plan to consistently use one of those methods.
- Google Classroom
- School information systems (Synergy, Infinite Campus, Powerschool, etc.)
Note: Learning Management Systems like Canvas and Google Classroom can be used for communication as well, as many of them have messaging apps to email/text students.
Many online resources are available for educators and students at all levels. The suggestions below offer content materials, lesson plans, activities, and learning programs teachers can incorporate into their instruction.
- ASU Virtual Field Trips - students can participate in these virtual field trips related to science and history.
- Smithsonian Learning Lab - online access to Smithsonian’s education, museums, and research includes suggested learning activities and countless digital learning opportunities.
- Google Arts & Culture - curated collections from hundreds of museums and virtual tours of some museums, educational sites, and historical sites.
- E-Learning activities for all ages - includes templates, activities, and ideas for teaching and learning online.
- OER Commons - find ideas and materials for all levels at open educational resources.
- MERLOT - collection of online learning materials and resources for various content and grade levels.
- Preparing for distance learning from Newsela - provides instructional content for distance learning for various content areas and all levels.
- The Infiniscope Community - empowers educators of all kinds to collaborate and create innovative, educational experiences that meet the needs of learners of all ages.
- K-12 online learning resources - includes lesson plans and activities for all grade levels sourced from varied educational organizations.
- PBS Learning Media - educational resources for all levels in various content areas.
- Amazing educational resources - lengthy list of educational technologies that support remote learning.
- 105 tools for distance learning - The Albert Team has compiled an extensive list of digital resources for engaging students in online environments.
- Cross-curricular resources from Scholastic - resources for PK- 6+
You may want to meet with and engage your students through live streaming sessions using video-conferencing applications (synchronous); or you may prefer to share pre-recorded lectures and prepared content for students to engage with at their own pace (asynchronous); or some combination of the two (blended).
Start with reviewing general tips and considerations related to teaching online.
- 10 tips for engaging students online
- Key takeaways for online synchronous teaching
- What it’s like to teach online
- How to be a better online teacher
Decide how you will proceed with instruction and review resources related to the path you choose for you and your students.
- Will you have live teaching sessions (ie. synchronous) with your students using video-conference applications?
- Will you ask your students to use asynchronous content like videos, readings, and other instructional materials, elements of pure online instruction?
- Will you use a combination for a blended learning environment incorporating both synchronous and asynchronous elements? Decide, plan, and then communicate that to students.
Synchronous online teaching
Consider using these suggestions and digital tools for teaching synchronously online.
- Prepare: Prep your video, audio, and instructional tools in advance and share your expectations with students. Review resources for the tools you are using (like this one from Zoom).
- Should students use video and audio for the duration of class?
- How should students ask questions?
- How will you address students who are chatting with each other during instruction?
- Do you expect students to collaborate? How?
- Practice: Test equipment and digital tools before sessions. Ask students to do the same.
- Anticipate challenges: Create a plan for dealing with technology issues and unpredictable situations. Think about the possibilities and tell students how to react.
- What should students do if they cannot connect?
- What if connections freeze or drop?
- What should students do in households with parents and siblings sharing devices and wifi bandwidth?
- Build content: Create slide decks or presentations and use the share screen feature of the video-conferencing tool to share with students
- Use Pear Deck to build an instructional presentation and present and share during a live session
- Supplement online sessions with tools you already use: GSuite, Microsoft, other
- Share a collaborative Google document with students during instruction to gather questions and share knowledge creation.
- Set up groups: Divide students into virtual pairs or groups for collaboration during a live session
- Some video-conferencing applications have this tool available, or you can assign groups before the session or during instruction
- Promote active discussion
Asynchronous online and blended teaching
Consider integrating these strategies for teaching asynchronously or in a blended structure.
- Screencast: Record your digital presentations using a screen-recording tool and upload them to your digital platform to share with students.
- Pear Deck: Use the student-paced mode in Pear Deck and ask students to engage with the learning on their own.
- Padlet / Flipgrid: Use Padlet and/or Flipgrid to engage students and support learning.
- Digital storytelling: Consider incorporating digital storytelling as one method for students to demonstrate learning.
- Collaboration: Ask students to collaborate online to learn and create larger, more intensive projects.
- Daily question / task: Post a daily question or internet research task related to your current content. Have students respond and comment on each other’s responses.
- HyperDocs: Create HyperDocs to guide student’s learning and help them produce preferred outcomes.
- Choice boards: Provide your students with digital choice boards to differentiate learning.
- Genius hour: Introduce genius hour projects and encourage students to research and create based on their passions.
Teaching online is rewarding and complicated in many the same ways that teaching in-person is. At the end of the day, regardless of how we are teaching, our goal is to reach each individual learner. Teaching elementary school students is fundamentally different from teaching middle and high school students. That is true face to face and even more so online. Parents have significant roles to play during situations in which students are learning in home environments. Assistance for parents is available in the Family Resources area on this site. The resources below provide information specific to each of these contexts.
Sun Devil Learning Labs
Through this online platform, ASU teacher candidates deliver live streaming lessons, with supervision and coaching from Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College faculty, to learners from pre-kindergarten through grade 8. Created to give teacher candidates meaningful clinical and professional experiences online, Sun Devil Learning Lab livestreams are now available for you, local families, schools and districts to join and use. We hope these live streams will be a useful complement to your teaching.
View schedules by grade level and links to join live broadcasts at education.asu.edu/sdll.
Remote teaching for elementary educators
- Free, easy science for remote learning: effective science lessons for K-5 students.
- Free online learning resources for elementary students: extensive collection of lesson plans and activities for K-5 students.
- Access to learning programs: check with your district to determine whether they may have interest in partnering with Age of Learning to access these free programs for students under 13.
- E-learning for kids: consider using lessons or courses available for free here that align with learning objectives.
- 10 free websites for elementary learning: Common Sense Education offers this list of useful websites and provides reviews of digital tools, lesson plans for digital citizenship, and other activities on their website.
- Buncee: Supporting remote student learning: ideas for teaching online and using resources districts may already have in place (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Flipgrid).
- National Geographic Young Explorer: listen and read options for teachers.
- NASA STEM for grades K-4: educator resources for at-home STEM learning.
Remote teaching for secondary educators (middle and high school)
- Free junior high and high school online learning resources: extensive collection of resources for various content areas, including math and science.
- 10 great websites for middle school: Common Sense Education offers this list and provides reviews of digital tools, lesson plans, and other activities on their website.
- 10 great websites for high school: Common Sense Education offers this list and provides reviews of digital tools, lesson plans, and other activities on their website.
- Tools for online asynchronous learning: The Center for Teaching and Learning presents suggested instructional activities for asynchronous learning.
- ASU Prep Digital: Remote learning provided by ASU Prep Digital, a fully online high school. Includes free course materials.
Arizona PBS Learning Media: high school resources and activities.
Finally, the resources below are for educators who want professional development opportunities to enhance their learning about teaching remotely.
Taking your teaching online: free course through OpenLearn
Getting started teaching online: free resources from Stanford Online High School
Blended learning: free courses for transitioning to blended learning
Online instruction training: free resources from ASU Prep Digital