The IDEA staff has been gathering suggestions and resources to support you during your planning and preparation for e-learning within your districts. We have attempted to compile information for all grade levels and for whatever current learning platforms you may be using. We wish each of you the best and please know that we are here to support you!
IDEAs for @Home Learning webinar recordings...
Be sure to also check out our #WednesdayWebinar page for recordings of all of our partner webinars as well.
eLearning from IL School Districts / Organizations:
e-Learning Resources from IDEA Partners: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting school closures, we have curated a list of e-Learning resources and tips from our IDEA partners. Here you will find articles, blog posts, resources, offers, and more to help you and you learners. Check back often as we continue to add to this document.
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).
Home Learning Sites (outside IL)
Amazing Educational Resources (free subscriptions): This list continues to be updated as more and more companies share their offerings.
Templates that you could adopt as is or copy and modify to better suit the needs of your children, classroom or district that include self-paced, interactive content--exercises, videos and articles--for students in every grade and in most major subject areas.TED-Ed Video Playlist: To support the millions of students, parents and teachers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free.
Computer Science Resources for Students and Families: A list of unplugged and online computer science activities for educators to modify and for students to try at home! Curated by CS Dept of Chicago Public Schools
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 helps make learning from home an experience that inspires kids, supports teachers, relieves families, and restores community. It is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.
AppleEDU: As K–12 and higher education institutions around the world adopt remote learning, Apple has new resources to support you.
GoogleEDU: With school closures, teachers can keep their lessons going remotely: Jennie Magiera, GoogleGlobal Head of Education Impact, pulled together some strategies for shifting to a remote learning environment. Here are additional resources for those using GoogleEDU.
MicrosoftEDU: Making the transition to remote learning: To help make the transition to distance learning, Microsoft has created resources, training and how-to guides that we hope will help support IT, educators, staff and students as they make this transition.
Tools for Districts transitioning to online learning
E-Learning Alternatives: Strategies that keep the focus on the learning target during remote learning experiences.
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.