Instructional Technology, Distance Learning & Library Services Resources

Help and Ideas for Parents, Families and Teachers

Remote learning continues to be a challenge for all of us. This page hosts many ideas for parents, families or teachers who want to explore the possibilities and help their students achieve success. 
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For parents of students in the Department for Exceptional Children: Click on the graphic to find targeted Family Resources. 

For parents of CTE students: Click here for CTE Technology Tips.

Guidance from Mental Health Experts

Parents/Guardians - Know you don’t have to re-create school at home, just provide structure and positive activity. Love your kids. Be their safe place. Read, create, play, sing, and talk together. Resources to use in case of greater need: Download a PDF.  
 
With many of us moving to working remotely, we may wonder if it is okay to take breaks? If so, how often and how many? We need to take brain breaks to refresh. This is even more true, when working remotely in front of a computer screen. Ten ways to take ten-minute breaks: Download a PDF.

Especially for Families

Great distance learning resources for parents and children working from home.
- WideOpenSchool: Wide Open School is a free curated collection of the best online learning experiences for kids. It offers many resources that can be completed offline and on smartphones, as well as bilingual and English-language learner resources.  
 Microsoft Family Learning Center: Engage your family for an hour or more with these safe and simple, family-led learning experiences for ages 3 to 12.
Microsoft Student Help Center: We’ve pulled together support that can help spark your creativity and launch your best work yet.
A Curated List of Online Museums and Collectionsincluding virtual field trips, organized by Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Distance Learning specialists. 

Zoom Video Conferencing

Zoom is a video-conferencing platform that allows you to engage in live Web conversations using audio, video, and text-based chat features. Tips for Students, Families and Guardians new to using Zoom:
For resources on remote teaching and working from Zoom, as well as links to sign up for free trainings use this link

Especially for Teachers

Best Practices for Teaching Online
18 Strategies for Instructional Design
iReady
How to navigate, assign and monitor online instruction in the i-Ready digital assessment tool: an easy-to-follow video,
 
Microsoft Teams for Education 
Working from Home with Teams
Microsoft and Office 365 
Microsoft Learning Tools

Schoology 
Many of our districts are using Schoology as their LMS.

BOCES 4 Science Extension Investigations / Activities 
Instructors at BOCES 4 Science have developed several experiences that can be used to support student development of science content outside of the traditional classroom. Please feel free to use or share these activities. You can find these activities at http://www.boces4science.org under “BOCES 4 Science extension investigations/activities.” 
eBooks, Streaming Video and Online Databases Tool Kit
These are paid resources used by students, teachers and parents within the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES community. We have identified resources most of our schools and BOCES programs have access to, and provided the direct links to each one.
https://libguides.monroe2boces.org/toolkit

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html 
Children with Special Needs during Emergencies