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Not sure where to begin? That's ok! IDEA is here to support you. Whether you consider yourself to be a blended learning 101 or design thinking guru, we've got you covered! 

Below find sample frameworks, tutorials and lessons for teaching learners in a blended remote learning environment. Stay up to date with the most recent ISBE content and specifications. Connect with other educators like yourself to help make the most of this school year.

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We are proud to share with you a new resource brought to us by a student named Ella. Ella loves to learn and has been using the resources from this page alongside the guidance of her teacher. She then took her learning to the next level when she and her parents found a resource on their own and shared it with her wonderful teacher. Ella thinks this would be fun for any student to enjoy and her teachers agree. Below, find a link to Ella's resource of virtual road trips from home. Thank you Ella for sharing this with our IDEA members!

Virtual Field Trips

Primary and elementary at-home remote learning shopping list curated by IDEA's own Lindsay Zilly!

IDEAs for Blended Remote Learning Tutorials & Resources

Be sure to also check out our #WednesdayWebinar page for recordings of all of our partner webinars as well.

                  Making Learning Accessible: Coaching Tips and Tricks

                  Making Learning Accessible with Apple (03.23.20)

                  Making Learning Accessible with Google (03.23.20)

                  Making Learning Accessible with Microsoft (03.23.20)


                  AppleEDU:  Apple has new resources to support you including training and how-to guides.

                  GoogleEDU: Google resources, training and how-to guides.

                  MicrosoftEDU: Microsoft resources, training and how-to guides.

                  Remote Learning 101

                  Advanced Remote Learning Strategies 


                  • Social Emotional Resource Center: Whole Child Approaches: collection of curated resources to assist students, parents, and educators in promoting students' social, emotional, and cognitive development during remote learning.
                  • (SEL)learning: This framework was created using CASEL and is a collaboration of ideas for students to focus on social emotional learning during this difficult time. All activities are unplugged and are created at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

                  Back to School Considerations

                  • Equity by Design: "Back to School Facilities Tool Kit” to serve as a resource for schools nationwide to create fair, equitable plans to reopen their doors, while protecting the well-being of all students, teachers, staff, and their families. The tool kit was developed through a partnership with leading design firms. and reflects insights and addresses early concerns from public health experts, students, teachers, parents, guardians, and schools.
                  • Scenarios and Considerations for PreK–12 Education Leaders: This framework gives definitions, examples, scenarios and resources to help plan for "Brick to Click Learning", "Click to Brick Learning", "Blended Learning" and "Online Learning" options.
                  • Equity Access: The digital divide continues to be an issue across the nation. Check out these resources to assist students and families in your district:

                  Curated Resources 

                  Learning Keeps Going: To help you keep the learning going, IDEA and a coalition of national and state organizations have curated strategies, tips and best practices for teaching online.

                  Wide Open School: wideopenschool.org helps make learning from home an experience that inspires students, supports teachers, relieves families, and restores community. It is a free collection of the best online learning experiences curated by the editors at Common Sense. 

                  Enjoy opportunities to virtually visit a variety of places across the globe!

                  KidLit Events: Great literary activities. Check out this calendar of live virtual events: live chats, streams & AMA w/ authors.

                  Amazing Educational Resources (free subscriptions): This list continues to be updated as more and more companies share their offerings.

                  STEM and STEAM Activities: Video activities provided by the University of Illinois Extension Office Illinois Extension Fulton Mason Peoria Tazewell

                  UPDATES from our Partners:


                  Illinois Updates

                  ISBE Resources : 

                  Special Education Resources / Info: Links to U.S. Dept of Ed and ISBE Recommendations as well as resources from Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE). 

                  • educatingalllearners.org - EDUCATING ALL LEARNERS DURING THE COVID-19 DISASTER - An alliance dedicated to equity for complex learners. 

                  New STEAM website from DoIT


                  • Link students, families, and educators in K-12 education with STEAM opportunities 

                  • Share potential STEAM career resources with students in K-12 and postsecondary education.

                  Connect Illinois: expand broadband access across the entire state

                  New Framework & Resources for Measuring Student Needs/Development During Remote & Blended Learning

                  • ISBE recently shared a new resource for guiding the development of information gathering systems in remote and blended learning environments. A Framework and Resources for Measuring Student Needs and Development During Remote and Blended Learning is a project of the Data, Assessment, and Accountability Committee of the Illinois P-20 Council that was facilitated by Northern Illinois University. It is intended as a resource and support for districts and schools to self-assess their information collection and reporting approaches regarding student needs and development in the areas of (1) Engagement, (2) Social-Emotional and Physical Needs, and (3) Academic Progress; it includes promising practices and resources to help to guide a continuous improvement process. 

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