Training the Teacher: Remote Learning Tips and Resources

Many educators are now experiencing a major pedagogical shift as they transition from face-to–face learning environments to online learning environments in schools that seek to combat the spread of the COVID-19 viruses.
Shawn Powers, a SPOTO trainer, has more information about what we do.

SPOTO offers free resources to help educators who are quickly charged with managing online classes.
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Start training Online learning best practices
Participation strategies for digital media
Remote management tips using technology
Online classes that convert face-to-face lessons plans
General best practices and support to work from home

SPOTO has been an industry leader in online IT education since more than 20 years. These resources reflect the decades of experience SPOTO trainers have in teaching complex technical topics online.
SPOTO’ Train the Teacher Program educators will have access to a Discord server for connecting with SPOTO trainers, coaches, and other educators.
The Discord Server
Discord is a community-building communication platform that was born in the gaming industry. It has evolved into an enterprise-level communication tool with enough flexibility to fit the needs of our diverse community.
SPOTO Discord Server has channels for our program so that educators and learners can both get involved. There are spaces for platform-specific resources as well as general e-learning resources that parents and educators can use, as well a collection of accessibility resources.
This is a great place for educators to meet like-minded people to share resources and create online relationships.
Everyone is welcome to join the server without cost.
Discord can be used on any web browser. It also has apps for Windows OS, MacOS, iOS, and Android.

Resource List
These resources are available for viewing (some from us, some from others). Additional resources are being created and will be added.
We have created these resources:
Working Remotely as A Team – This article is from the SPOTO blog. It will help you set up your classroom or team remotely and then show you how to work effectively together, even miles apart.
Five Tips to Work from Home – SPOTO trainer Jeremy Cioara has been working remotely since years and has some tips that will help you stay active and engaged, even when you are not in the classroom.
Remote Work: How to Structure Your Life for Remote Success – Although many people love working remotely, it is not for everyone. This article will show you how to restructure your life to create a work environment that is ideal.
Don’t freak out! Kids are at home… Jeremy begins the journey to “think differently” about how your children can continue their education at home.
Getting Started With Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). Jacob Moran, SPOTO trainers, has created a guide to help students get started with OBS.
How We Helped a School Move to Remote Learning in Four Steps – Jeremy walks you through the steps he took to enable remote learning in a school district. This example uses Microsoft Teams and can be used for any remote collaboration setup.
How to Get Work Done From Home – It may be necessary to change the work routing. SPOTO trainer Garth Schulte shares some tips that have helped him for years work remotely.

Others have created these resources:
CNN – Video Conferencing at Home: The Rules
Microsoft commitment to customers during COVID-19 Microsoft
MoodleNet – Join or create your own MoodleNet instance – Moodle
Teachers can continue their lessons remotely even if schools close. Google Blog
Zoom CEO Eric Yuan Gives K-12 Schools His Videoconferencing Tools for Free – Forbes
YouTube Teach From Home – YouTube
Learning Keeps Going – International Society for Technology in Education
Bring TED-Ed Student Talk