Education Week: It Was a Bumpy Ride, But Virtual Schooling During the Coronavirus Boosted Teachers’ Tech Skills

Education Week: It Was a Bumpy Ride, But Virtual Schooling During the Coronavirus Boosted Teachers’ Tech Skills. “As the school year ends, a picture, though still a bit blurry, is emerging about what effect this nationwide experiment in ad hoc professional learning will likely have on K-12 education next school year and beyond. Will teachers be more likely to turn to tech in the classroom when students are back in school buildings? Or is this only a moment for temporary solutions to emergency problems, to be discarded as soon as teachers can return to more typical face-to-face teaching in physical classrooms?”

EdTech: How To Keep Cyber Shenanigans Out Of The Digital Classroom

EdTech: How To Keep Cyber Shenanigans Out Of The Digital Classroom. “Welcome to the world of remote learning, newly populated by institutions forced online almost overnight in response to the growing crisis around COVID-19. Now, as they endeavor to establish a new normal, some schools are finding the systems they’ve adopted might be vulnerable to visitors exhibiting less-than-scrupulous behavior. From students paying stand-ins to write their papers and take their classes to the ‘Zoom-bombing’ targeting classes at universities like ASU and UI, there’s no shortage of potential hijinks and trouble that can pop up when instructors put distance learning systems into place. Here’s a look at some of the budding cheats, shenanigans and trolls that educators should be wary of when operating a remote classroom — and a few tips on how to avoid them.”

WP Beginner: How to Run a Virtual Classroom Online with WordPress (Tools)

WP Beginner: How to Run a Virtual Classroom Online with WordPress (Tools). “Luckily, there are easy tools that allow you to run a virtual classroom online without any special technical skills. In this article, we’ll be showing you how to setup a virtual classroom and teach an online class with WordPress.”

Poynter: Here’s what online migration during the COVID-19 pandemic really looks like for professors

Poynter: Here’s what online migration during the COVID-19 pandemic really looks like for professors. “As a journalist and technologist, I usually am ahead of the learning curve when it comes to online content. But this entire experience has been nerve-wracking. It is one thing going digital in an office, and another doing the same at home on short notice.”

Extremely cool teacher runs math lesson from home within ‘Half Life: Alyx’ (Mashable)

Mashable: Extremely cool teacher runs math lesson from home within ‘Half Life: Alyx’. “Extremely cool teacher Charles Coomber —who works for California’s Springs Charter schools, at the Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts — taught a lesson in angle vocabulary from his apartment set within the long-awaited new virtual reality first-person shooter from developer Valve. Half Life: Alyx dropped on Monday, years after the iconic original game was released in 1998, and its sequel in 2006.”

UMass Lowell: Education Expert Uses Social Media to Connect K-12 Teachers, Parents with Virtual Resources

UMass Lowell: Education Expert Uses Social Media to Connect K-12 Teachers, Parents with Virtual Resources. “As the coronavirus crisis began to shift teaching and learning online, UMass Lowell Education Prof. Michelle Scribner-MacLean instantly knew teachers and parents needed content ready. She responded in a flash, creating a Facebook group called K-12 Resources for Teaching Online, a clearinghouse for curriculum for educators and parents hoping to keep homebound children engaged.”

Southern New Hampshire University: Top Education Leaders Release Free Online Resources for Educators, Frontline Workers, and the Public in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Southern New Hampshire University: Top Education Leaders Release Free Online Resources for Educators, Frontline Workers, and the Public in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic. “SNHU, a national, nonprofit leader in online education, compiled and released a full set of free resources for educators to use as they transition to online instruction. From building an online course, to feedback types and delivery, and how to accommodate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the online classroom, these resources that helped SNHU grow its robust online learning platforms are now available for free to those new to online education. SNHU will be building upon these resources in the coming weeks. SNHU and its partner, K12 Inc. are also releasing a set of online modules for k-12 educators moving to online instruction. The four modules include Basics of Teaching Online, Supporting Students and Their Families, Tools and Technology, and Advanced Topics in Online Instruction.”