Teaching Online: Best Practices, Technology & Tools

What are best practices in remote learning? How can the new NAGC PreK-12 Gifted Programming Standards be applied to online education?  These resources provide administrators and educators research-based frameworks in determining policies, protocols, and tools for serving gifted students during this sudden shift from classroom to at-home learning.
Updated 5/8/20

107 Free E-Learning Tools for Teachers in the Digital Classroom. More than 100 open source and free e-learning/online tools to help teachers keep students engaged.

Best Practices for Teaching Online. Laurel Springs School has more than 150 teachers and almost 30 years of distance learning experience as a school. During this COVID-19 pandemic, the school offers a best practices guide on what works when trying to engage students online and know how to create an atmosphere of communication conducive to the online world.

Ditch that Textbook Digital Summit. Professional development for gifted educators! 50+ presentations from a free, online virtual conference for educators by educators. Includes dozens of speakers from all walks of education, printable PDF notes from each session, and loads of resources. Topics range from pedagogy to technology to problem-based learning and creativity. Recommended by Dina Brulles, Interim Governance Secretary, NAGC Board of Directors.

EdPuzzle. This tools allows teachers to incorporate the use of video in lesson plans. Find a video, add questions, and assign it to your class. Provides analytics to measure comprehension, engagement, and accountability. Also, be sure to check out their "Teaching Today" blog that includes "The Best Teacher Podcasts," which includes great tips you can use in your classroom today, interviews with experts, and more.

Making a Sudden Transition to Teaching Online: Suggestions and Resources. SAGE Publishing has drawn from its large body of published and peer-reviewed research to offer these resources from various journals—free of charge through April 30—to serve teachers and students around the world.

Online and virtual learning research, from the Gifted Child Quarterly archives:

QM Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist (K–12 Education). This checklist from Quality Matters is a tiered list of considerations, tips, and actionable strategies to enact during an institutional move to temporary remote instruction of classroom-based courses.

QM Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist Explained. This 3-minute video explains how higher education and K-12 checklists can assist educators as a job aid when moving to remote instruction in an emergency.

Remote Teaching Solutions. To help educators navigate the challenge of transitioning to teaching online, SAGE Publishing is offering free access to various resources—such as eTextbooks, Learning Management System resources, SAGE Vantage Courseware, and publication articles—that can aid in setting up and managing online courses quickly and successfully.

Renzulli Learning Free Subscription. In response to the COVID-19 situation, through the end of the 2019-20 school year, Renzulli Learning is offering free access to its platform that provides schools a remote learning solution to support students while they are homebound.

The Art of Instruction: TIPS for Taking Your Course Online. Lyn Fairchild Hawks, director for curriculum and instruction for Duke TIP’s distance learning programs, offers best practices in planning and delivery of online instruction.