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Get Started with Microsoft Teams for Distance Learning

Get Started with Microsoft Teams for Distance Learning

Looking for a secure place to remotely meet with your students? Microsoft Teams is an excellent and safe solution for that. Available via Office 365, Microsoft Teams is quickly becoming a favorite for many teachers for distance learning. If you’re new with this platform, we rounded up our favorite OTIS PD resources to help get […] READ MORE
Productive Teacher Activities During Down Time

Productive Teacher Activities During Down Time

As most educators know, there is rarely any down time during the school day. In addition to seeing students, papers must be graded, assignments prepared, rooms cleaned, bulletin boards created, and more. Most teachers arrive early, leave late, and work weekends just to try and catch up. However, during this strange time in education, there […] READ MORE
Google Classroom for Non-G Suite Schools

Google Classroom for Non-G Suite Schools

During this time of mass remote learning, there are many institutions that do not utilize LMS-like platforms like G Suite for Education or Microsoft 365. For the teachers in these districts, you can still start your own Google Classroom and get your students going with remote learning using this platform. You can have a Google […] READ MORE
Differentiation Strategies for Remote Teaching

Differentiation Strategies for Remote Teaching

Special ed and targeted supports As litigious and technical as it can be, at its heart, special education is an art form. A good special education teacher can cut a path to understanding with the students they are working with through a combination of creativity, resourcefulness, and a strong understanding of the unique learning needs […] READ MORE
Using Pre-Created Content for Remote Learning with SMART Learning Suite Online

Using Pre-Created Content for Remote Learning with SMART Learning Suite Online

As many of you enter another week of distance learning, you may be wondering how to adapt the lesson materials you already prepared for the year. Luckily, there are wonderful (and free) resources available that can help. SMART Learning Suite Online for distance learning SMART Technologies has made SMART Learning Suite Online (SLSO) free for […] READ MORE
Using Google Meet for Distance Learning

Using Google Meet for Distance Learning

There is no denying it—we are in uncharted waters. For many, this pandemic has led to a sudden upending the way we teach, and for those with little to no experience with distance learning, navigating this can be overwhelming. But if we are to find a silver lining in this, we are lucky to have […] READ MORE
Using Originality Reports and Rubrics in Google Classroom

Using Originality Reports and Rubrics in Google Classroom

Originality reports and rubrics are two new features that are now be available to all users of G-Suite for Education! That means you can now take full advantage of these tools while evaluating the assignments you push out to your students in Google Classroom. Let’s take a closer look at what these tools are and […] READ MORE
Uploading Non-Digital Work to Google Classroom

Uploading Non-Digital Work to Google Classroom

A paperless classroom As much as we try to move towards paperless classrooms, sometimes students may need to show work that may not be of the digital form. This could be more tactile and hand-written or hand-created things like art projects, handwriting samples, written out math problems, and a variety of other things. The question […] READ MORE
Bringing STEM Home: Easy At-Home Activities and Projects

Bringing STEM Home: Easy At-Home Activities and Projects

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or, as the acronym goes, STEM — influence the world around us and these topics are increasingly being integrated into schools’ curricula. However, you, too, can do a variety of STEM activities at home. Here are some fun activities to get you started – no matter your age! Rube Goldberg […] READ MORE
Three Great Options for Synchronous Online Learning

Three Great Options for Synchronous Online Learning

Going virtual When moving to remote learning, one of teachers’ biggest concerns is the loss of face time with students. While being able to share resources and assignments digitally is great, there is a lot of learning that students lose out on by not being able to speak to their teacher and each other. To […] READ MORE
SMART Learning Suite Online: Allowing Out-of-Class Access

SMART Learning Suite Online: Allowing Out-of-Class Access

SMART Learning Suite Online (also known as SLS Online) is a great instructional tool for teachers comfortable with SMART Notebook software. Now a teacher can teach with a Notebook file from any device that has an internet connection, even if Notebook is not installed. This also means that students can use Notebook lesson files without […] READ MORE
Explore New Places with Google Earth, Voyager, and Carmen Sandiego

Explore New Places with Google Earth, Voyager, and Carmen Sandiego

Exploring Google Earth as a remote learning resource Whether you are stuck at home or simply looking for a new escape, Google Earth has the tools for your next adventure… even if it happens to start from the couch. You can also provide your students with guided explorations and fun quizzes to test their knowledge. […] READ MORE
Diving into the GoNoodle Curriculum

Diving into the GoNoodle Curriculum

GoNoodle is an interactive early education website for Pre-K through 2nd grade that gets children moving, learning, and engaging with productive screen time. The platform has several categories covering curricular, mindfulness, sensory and motor skills, school life, and movement type. Each category is then broken down into skills or subject areas. There are several videos […] READ MORE
Online Typing Tutors: Back to Basics with Typing Skills

Online Typing Tutors: Back to Basics with Typing Skills

Students can text, but can they type? In today’s world of computers and technology — and with an increasing amount of coursework and assignments having to be presented in typed format — the need to equip students with strong typing skills is an often-overlooked but essential one. Whether it’s creating a Google Doc or Slide, […] READ MORE
Taking Attendance in Google Forms

Taking Attendance in Google Forms

At present, Google Classroom doesn’t have an attendance feature included in its platform. If you’re simply using Google Classroom as a supplement for grading students’ online work, then this may not be an issue for you. But, if you’re using Classroom as the general management system for your classes, not having a way to take […] READ MORE
Using Duolingo to Supplement Foreign Language Learning

Using Duolingo to Supplement Foreign Language Learning

What is Duolingo Hablas Español? Exposure to new languages at an early age can be beneficial in language acquisition later in life. For those that weren’t lucky enough to have that exposure at home and are learning a language in school, it’s sometimes difficult to practice those language skills out of the classroom. This is […] READ MORE
Virtual Classroom Resources and Best Museums to Visit Virtually

Virtual Classroom Resources and Best Museums to Visit Virtually

Virtual classroom resources As teachers, we often feel as though we do not have enough resources to do our jobs. We spend whole chunks of time grading as quickly as we can, look for materials to supplement our curriculums, or even literal minutes finding pencils, binders, and paper for our students. We can feel overwhelmed […] READ MORE
Use Your Noodle on GoNoodle

Use Your Noodle on GoNoodle

Have you heard of GoNoodle? If you are an early education teacher and you haven’t heard of GoNoodle, you’re missing out. GoNoodle is a free interactive early education (pre-K to about 2nd grade) website that gets children moving, learning, and creates productive screen time. GoNoodle can be used at home or school — all you […] READ MORE

Digital Online Certifications

Below are some popular Digital Teacher Certifications that are available as a series of online courses. Click on a logo to start your certification track today!