MDE COVID-19 Teacher Resources:The MDE has curated a list of resources and tools, categorized by content area online at https://mdek12.org/covid19/districtresources.These resources include tools for English, mathematics, science, and social studies, as well as resources for arts, world languages, career and technical education, and English learners.Resources have been divided into the following categories:
- Internet Services
- Multiple Content Area Resources
- Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts) Resources
- Career and Technical (CTE) Resources
- English Language Arts Resources
- Mathematics Resources
- Science Resources
- Social Studies Resources
- World Language Resources
- Counselor Resources
- English Learner Resources
- Intervention Resources
- Virtual Learning Resources
Free Online Quizzes to Check Student Knowledge
For a limited time, Scantron is offering FREE access to hundreds of online classroom quizzes ready to administer to students in their homes. These quizzes are designed to be quick, standards-based “checks” of student knowledge delivered via Scantron's online benchmark assessment platform. Teachers select quiz(zes) aligned to the standards being taught, so they can determine whether students have attained the standards.
Available quizzes support Mathematics for grades 1–8 and English Language Arts for grades K–8. Each quiz contains 15 items on a specific subject, strand, and grade level of math and ELA and should take about 15 minutes for a student to complete. A comprehensive document that describes the content of each quiz plus access to an on-demand training library helps teachers search for the quiz that covers the material to be assessed. Visit the website to learn more about Scantron's free quiz offering.
CHARACTER COUNTS! Free Resources
During this time of distance learning, CHARACTER COUNTS! is providing free online character development resources for parents and educators that are age specific for elementary, middle school, and high school. We have been receiving great responses to the resources from educators and parents across the country. We have heard from education leaders in Texas, Kansas, and New York that they are some of the finest character based on-line resources they have seen.
Lesson plans include a search function by grade level and topical focus. These lesson plans help teachers continue developing the character of their students, while also providing simple writing prompts and other online activities: https://raycenter.wp.drake.edu/category/lessonplans/
Family Guides are available for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Family Guides are a great resource to share with families who are in need of learning activities to do with their students while at home: https://raycenter.wp.drake.edu/parentguide/
CHARACTER COUNTS! resources were vetted by a curriculum committee at the Iowa Department of Education and have been included in their online resource page for educators and parents: https://educateiowa.gov/pk-12/resources-support-learning-during-covid-19Apple Support:Apple has pulled together several resources to support our customers, teachers, students and parents in this new and uncertain time.Apple has put together a variety of Apple Education Support Communities:AppleCare will help with “how do I do this...” software/apps/product feature questions as well as more traditional technical support.You can chat online, ask questions, and get help from these Apple Education support communities: AppleCare experts are available to help educators and leaders with dedicated support. Connect with Apple Education phone support at 1-800-800-2775, option 3.
Virtual one-on-one coaching sessions with Apple Professional Learning specialists are available for free to help educators hone their approach to online student learning and workflows. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a virtual coaching session.
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The App Store has curated the Learn and Study From Home collection to help educators and parents get the most out of their Apple products.
We invite you to follow us on Twitter @AppleEDU for chats with other teachers about remote learning, and join the Apple Teacher Learning Center to stay up to date on using Apple products and services.
Use this library if you need support with some of the digital learning tools.