The “Best Of The Best” Resources To Support Teachers Dealing With School Closures

The “Best Of The Best” Resources To Support Teachers Dealing With School Closures


Let Me Know If You’re Teaching K-12 Students Online Because Of COVID-19 & Would Like To Write A Guest Post About Your Experiences


I’ve been sharing a lot of resources over the past week, and will continue to do so.

However, it can be overwhelming – to me and to readers.

This is a more narrow and focused list – just the resources that I think are the most useful – the “best of the best.” I don’t share anything that I think is not helpful and carefully curate anything I post on the blog, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

That’s why I have a lengthy series of “All-Time Best” lists on different topics, and you can find them all here.

I’ll continue to add to my other lists, and will slowly add to this one.

To access all the resources I’ve shared, go to:

The Best Video Tutorials On Teaching Remotely – Please Suggest More!

The Best Advice On Teaching K-12 Online (If We Have To Because Of The Coronavirus) – Please Make More Suggestions!

The Best Research Related To Closing Schools Because Of The Coronavirus



Here are my choices for the “best of the best”:

I’ve got to start with four of my previous posts: the first is one of the “Best” lists I just shared: THE FOUR BEST TOOLS FOR TAKING EXISTING VIDEOS & MAKING THEM INTERACTIVE FOR ONLINE LEARNING.

Another is HERE’S MY ONLINE TEACHING PLAN IF OUR SCHOOL CLOSES DOWN BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS, which I’ve updated since it was first published.

If You Are Teaching Theory Of Knowledge & Have To Go Online, Here Is The IDEAL Project For Your Students!

Finally, “Learning Packets” For Students During School Closures.

Brainpop IS Offering Free Individual Accounts For Students – What A Gift For ELLs & Others

You’ll find nothing better  than a guide published by Edublogs called RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ONLINE DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSURES:

Tips and Tools for Teaching Remotely is from Richard Byrne.

Preparing to Take School Online? Here Are 10 Tips to Make It Work. is from Ed Surge.

The Educator Temporary School Closure for Online Learning Facebook Group is a gold mine!

Ideas for adapting group lessons to working on Zoom is by Sandy Millin.

5 Structures for Virtual School is from the great Tan Huynh.

#RemoteLearning Ideas with and for Younger Learners is from Langwitches.

MindShift  published a great resource: Resources For Teaching and Learning During This Period of Social Distancing

Remote Teaching and Learning Guidance from The English College in Prague looks very helpful.

Estonia is renowned for its schooling and its online infrastructure. They’ve now made all their online tools available for free to schools around the world, and several of them look pretty exceptional.

I’m not a math or science teacher, but it’s always seemed to me that using Legends of Learning would be the kind of way I’d want to learn both. They’ve just made their premium features free to teachers and students during closures. Read my past posts about the site here.

There are a few very good collections of tools providing free access to teachers and students affected by school closures.

Here’s a list using Wakelet.

This is a crowdsourced Google Doc link

This list may be the best list of free tools.


The Blog de Cristina shared an incredibly easy video conferencing tool (our school staff has actually be using it to meet every day this week) called 8 X 8. Read her post about it. If you don’t need Zoom’s breakout rooms, 8 X 8 is the way to go. I’m also adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

Webinar Recording – Three Things We Can Do To Quickly Transition to Teaching Online is from Richard Byrne’s blog.

I’m a BIG fan of Quizizz, and they have published The Quizizz Guide to Distance Learning.

Going Online: Nurturing Learning & Community During a Pandemic is from Ethical ELA.

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