Tools and Techniques

For Working Virtually

Michigan Virtual™ and the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute® (MVLRI®) have created several tools for online learning, including this Teacher Guide to Online Learning. This pdf addresses concerns such as discussion facilitation, building relationships, copyright protections, and assessment and student engagement and focuses on grades K-12.

This piece is offered as an insightful tool to help school leaders and administrators focus on how (or if) to move forward with their work during the Coronavirus outbreak.

This resource provides hundreds of TED-Ed videos and TED Talks, which can be used to help with lessons and education topics. This site also provides resources to customize lesson plans and create interactive questions and discussions for your students.

Edutopia is dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. There are several articles to help educators consider how to shift their teaching, and their expectations, during extraordinary circumstances. Additional support can be found at

In order to support educators during this time, Google has designed free distance-learning tools that help teachers do what they do best. Resource trainings include those for nontraditional instruction via Google Classroom, as well as other Google tools.

Zoom has created a teacher-friendly, Covid19 support site that provides various demos, videos, webinars and trainings that help educators learn best practices for using Zoom as a distance learning resources.

This Applied Educational Systems (AES) article provides a step by step guide to help educators plan, find resources and locate tools for distance and digital learning.

The Kentucky Out of School Alliance (KYOSA), which supports the continued growth, development, and accessibility of quality out-of-school programs,  has created a number of online resources for educators to use during the Coronavirus epidemic. Program supports are divided into the subject areas of STEM, Health and Nutrition, Literacy, Math, Family Engagement, Career and Technical Education, Arts and Humanities, and Social/Emotional Learning.