Tools for Universities and Schools

Help for teachers, lecturers, heads, deans, administrators, etc

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Advice and Guidance 

How to Move to Teaching/Learning Online

Quick Tech Guide

🔗 http://bit.ly/quicktechguide
Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference

Advice from ISC

🇬🇧🔗 https://iscdigital.co.uk/coronavirus-continuing-learning/
Coronavirus – continuing learning. Advice from ISC

Planning for COVID-19

JISC Online Contingency Briefing 16/3

Moving Online

What you can implement now. By Coursera.

Online Pedagogy

🔗  https://teachremotely.harvard.edu/best-practices 
Best practices from Harvard University

Practical Guide

Advice on setting up classes online and accessibility

Distance Learning

🔗https://teachercenter.withgok oogle.com/resources/general/details?key=ahpzfmd3ZWItZWR1LXRyYWluaW5nLWNlbnRlcnIcCxIPR2VuZXJhbFJlc291cmNlGICAqKzjo8cIDA
Enabling distance learning

Switch to Remote Learning

Helping teachers and students make the switch to remote learning

JISC Advice

Ensuring continuity of learning during enforced absence

Advice on Teaching Online

Advice to those about to teach online because of the Coronavirus

Playbook from the largest remote working company

GitLab’s guide to remote work

Advice from Dr. Matt Crosslin

Teaching in the Age of Coronavirus:

Edx Course

Pivoting to Online Teaching: Research and Practitioner Perspectives

Lessons Learnt from Singapore

Home-based Learning? How about Home-based Teaching? Story from a Singapore teacher 

Best Practices

List of best practices for online teaching 

Engaging Learners

When the VLE becomes your campus (blog) by Anne Hole  

Distance Teaching for University Students

What to do if you suddenly find yourself teaching at a distance by Doug Clow 

Do and Don't of Teaching Infographics

Online teaching: do this not that (infographic) by Alison Yang 

Guides for Arts, Wellness and Independent Teachers

Online Teaching Quickstart for Arts Educators, Wellness Instructors, & Other Independent Teachers

Slidedeck on best practice transition to online

Free Peer Learning Advice
The Peeragogy Handbook has lots of free peer learning and peer production advice

How to Transition to Online in Difficult Times - Proposals from CUNY faculty

COVID-19 EdTech Impact - Research exploring vital questions around the impact of COVID-19 on the education community

Resource specifically focusing on transitioning writing in your courses (across the curriculum) to an online format - from the University of Arizona Writing and Learning Project and Director of WAC (Writing across the curriculum)

Keep Teaching is a Youtube curated playlist of instructional videos on remote teaching.

Online Teaching Do’s and Don’t’s Infographic

🔗https://toolbox.hyperisland.com/ - methods and tools curated by Hyper Island (energizers for workshops, creativity/innovation tools, personal development and team building tools)

CB Guide to Remote Music Education. Guides to remote Music Education (including what software to use, what format it could be.

Resources for choir/music teachers (including online platforms, softwares, best practices etc.

The We Are In Beta podcast - lessons of leadership from UK schools

Database of Alt-models, Articles, Tools for knowledge management and collaboration. 

Continuous professional development (CPD) for educators by Kathryn Morgan. 

🇬🇧🔗 https://twitter.cqom/marc_belli/status/1238892018807562240?s=21
Executive Head of UK School shares his business continuity plan with other educators “https://twitter.com/marI’m sure Headteachers across the country have been frantically updating business continuity plans. With the help of members of the leadership team we have completed ours. There may be better ones out there but I’m happy to share if anyone wants a copy. Just get in touch” “My email is [email protected] If you email me I will reply”

Association of College and University Educators online teaching toolkit: includes resources divided into 6 key topic areas: Welcoming students to the online environment; Managing your online presence; Organizing your online course; Planning and facilitating quality discussions; Recording effective microlectures; Engaging students in readings and microlectures.

University of Michigan (USA), Center for Research on Learning & Teaching, Teaching with Technology Guide. Includes several, searchable, examples of faculty who have used instructional technology in innovative ways. There is also a list of technology and use cases that highlights technology tools commonly used to promote student learning across a variety of disciplines. 

Guidance for designing online courses from the Vanderbilt University (USA) Center for teaching. 

Duke University (USA) online teaching guide that includes sections on Technology Considerations; Creating Community; Communicating Online; Assessment; Managing Time; Improving Your Course; Examples and Resources

Teaching and Learning online handbook (in PDF) from the University of Massachusetts (USA) system. Includes a chapter on student assessment and assessing whether or not an online course is working. 

The Blended Learning Toolkit was prepared by the University of Central Florida (USA) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Arizona State University (USA) web page for “best practices for teaching online” is a single web page with 

💡For students (guidelines)- By Kenny Meesters.
Before the session:

During the session

Quick sheet to share with students

OER feature on Thinglink. Donate Lesson feature empowers educators to build a database of global learning resources

How to: organising and facilitate live online sessions

Mastering remote workshops (Mastering remote workshops)

Tips for running a great webinar

international facilitators offering expertise and resources in virtual facilitation 

Running a workshop online By Fred Deakin of Modual, who are broadcasting a free two week online workshop to collaborate on a creative industry response to the Climate Emergency at modual.org/tv. Module also have an open source guide to running collaborative workshops (online and offline) 

Online workshop framework

Online Warm Ups & Energizers. Signal offers another free and privacy preserving alternative to messaging and video conference https://signal.org/ 

Leading Groups Online - facilitating groups online


useful for educators and families especially the changing default passwords etc

A guide to safeguarding students as their internet usage increases

Safeguarding: synchronous online music tuition

Online Compass produced by SWGfL (who also run online safety mark for schools) Online Compass is an online-safety self-review tool designed for organisations working with children and young people. It helps assess your current practice and provides guidance for ongoing development re online policies/procedures etc. Nb the resources are in the process of being updated so some links don’t work. 

Engaging Parents with Home Learning

See also: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/childcare

Free activities for EYFS–Y6 to explore Maths at home. All with child-led videos explaining topics. Teachers, free to sign up your class for comments/engagement info. All parents, free access too.

The link above has resources for parents to do with their kids at home,  specifically “educational resource packets organized by grade level. These packets include a range of activities that students can work on at home independently, with family members, or with other adults. Some activities may require guidance from an adult to get started.”

List put together for parents put together by the home ed community 

Has lots of relevant resources for parents with kids at home in the “Online Education Resources - For children and adults” section

For your older kids, here are 50 free revision resources for 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels:

-resources that celebrities in UK - for primary school children,
9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro
10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com
11.00am - English with David Walliams uphttps://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/get-kids-cooking/
1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussell https://twitter.com/diversedancemix/status/1241098264373592065
2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks

Non-daily events include:
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule
9.30am Wednesday 25 March - Geography with Steve Backshall https://twitter.com/SteveBackshall/status/1242058846941712385

Educational Content 

Home Learning UK- Curated online resource, led by UK edtech educators who have come together to offer time and expertise to support colleagues, parents and students in the UK and beyond. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential school closure this website is designed to share ideas, solutions, plans and support., zee, designed 'hand-in-hand with their Drive for Literacy (DfL) programme.

downloadable Key Stage 1 & 2 teaching pack on the role of #WomenInSTEM through Artistic Encounters, from the University of Newcastle 

 Ideas from CRIN (Child Rights International Network) on the environment, to innovations, to to keep children and adults thinking creatively and critically - as well as entertained and distracted. And for yourself, here is 🔗what CRIN is reading: the stuck-at-home edition

🇬🇧🔗Anyone can complete these free coding tutorials. And if you are working on the tutorials on your own you can join the codebar community on Slack to get help and discuss anything with students or coaches.

🇬🇧🔗And don't forget about fitness. Joe Wicks offers short activity lessons for children for free on his YouTube channel. No need to have an account or log in.

Comprehensive set of resources from The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction

Beyond Labz, comprehensive virtual science lab simulations for Chemistry, Biology and Physics, with activities covering Secondary (middle and high school) and   University.

Museums with virtual tours 

List of museum resources

The D. School is part of Stanford University, and aims to bring students from different disciplines together to solve complex problems. They curated a collection of resources from their classes and workshops. Activities, tools, and how-tos that can be used as a starting point. They “hope you’ll hack them for whatever challenge you’re working on”. 

Remote learning. supporting remote learning during this difficult time by providing every organisation with unrestricted access to a dedicated box-set of video learning taken from our extensive digital library.

MOOCs etc. 200+ MOOCs and other online training resources.


Sparx Maths Virtual Classroom- for Key Stage 3 and GCSE. Offered free of charge to any school that has to close as a result of the virus. 

Isaac Physics 

JoVE Education -- Educational science video content available free until June 15th. Includes a video textbook, video demos, and resources for bio labs. 

Busuu Language Learning Free Classes

Cambridge Publishing Open Textbooks (until May) 

Vitalsource Free Access to EBooks

Kortext Free Student EBook Programme

CodeCombat / Ozaria: https://covid19.codecombat.com/giving-back - full access to game-based computer science curricula through period of school closure 

🔗🇺🇸 https://learn.saylor.org/
Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative working since 2008 to offer free and open online courses to all who want to learn. We offer nearly 100 full-length courses at the college and professional levels, each of which is available right now -- at your pace, on your schedule, and free of cost.

A comprehensive list of learning contents for kindergarten students, made by Shelia Connell Haaga

OpenWHO is WHO’s new, interactive, web-based platform that offers online courses to people preparing to work in epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies or already doing so

Computers in Education Society of Ireland (I don't think this is government)
Active mailing list where teachers work to support other teachers at all levels:

Tools for Teaching Remotely

Advice on Specific Tools (How to)

Using Open Source offline education platform Kolibri for distribution OER and interactive distance learning for all levels of education.

🔗With Covid-19 driving campuses to move more teaching online, here are some tips on choosing tech tools 
Tips on choosing tech tools for teaching online

How to build a collaborative class on Microsoft Teams

Remote Starter Kit: Tools and processes tested by the Hanno team

Bandwidth tool selection guide/ considerations

Lists and Collections

This is a website listing the educational companies who are offering free online subscriptions during school closures.

Digital Resources Distance learning solutions for Norwegian Schools (in Norsk) 

Free online learning list of free resources

Lesson Design Templates
EdTech Lesson Design Template

Online Learning Management System

Unesco learning solutions

Easyclass is a non-profit organization offering a FREE Learning Management System (LMS) that allows educators to create digital classes whereby they can store the course materials online; manage class discussions; give assignments, quizzes and exams; monitor due dates; grade results and provide students with feedback all in one place. Our tools provide.

Learning management system- SourceLMS allows educators to not simply run distance classes but manage the whole learning process remotely. chat + whiteboards, file share, etc.  

Free + free lifetime student access. Build specifically for students learning remotely.

Globally Connected Education- Maximize your education initiatives

The future of class discussions.Parlay puts your students and their unique perspectives at the heart of learning, and gives you the data that you need to help them grow. Free during the outbreak.

Lesson Delivery Software for Interactive Displays. Collaboration, Just Now in the Cloud.

Teaching Remotely with Roblox Studio- Our platform allows for students to collaborate in real time, building and learning as they go. To get started, explore our lesson plans, which are ISTE-aligned and include a variety of subjects to suit different topics and age groups.

FLUX is an interactive learning tool that improves student engagement. Loved by students and teachers alike, it’s the ideal tool to gauge student understanding.

Integrated into LMS- FeedbackFruits makes all pedagogical tools available for free in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Make learning fun, engaging and impactful for all students, in the classroom or through distance learning.  Create fun learning games in minutes, or choose from millions of existing games to introduce a topic, review and reinforce knowledge, and run formative assessment. 

SmartTerm is a platform with a unified student information and learning management system software solution for educational institutions.

Start building your online learning site in minutes

Better learning through peer feedback. PeerStudio makes peer feedback easier for instructors to manage, and students to learn from. It automates away the tedious aspects of peer reviewing, and learners use a comparison-based interface that helps them see work as instructors see it.

Students stuck at home for the semester? Don't lose your connection to them.

classroom management (assignments, homeworks, tests, documents) that i now being used by most schools in Italy 

Free, open-source tool for (automated) video recording, processing, and publication used by many Universities worldwide

Synchronous Lectures (Large groups, limited interaction)

See also: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/teleconferencing

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Prezi Video - free video tool to share lessons; can also use in conjunction with Google Hangouts, MSFT Teams, Zoom, and more to share information while maintaining the human connection of the presenter's face on-screen with their content (Example in action by a teacher). 

YouTube Live Stream - Free (not accessible in China 🇨🇳)

Microsoft Stream - Included with Office 365, automatic captioning

Zoom Video Webinar - Requires subscription. Free for 40 min, 100 pers limit. They are offering some perks during the outbreak.

Cisco WebEx - Lifted restrictions, free up to 100 participants during COVID-19

Create interactive presentations & meetings, wherever you are. Get real-time input from remote teams and online students with live polls, quizzes, word clouds, Q&As and more. Free for 3 slides/questions

Online Exam



Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform

Accessibility tools

Resource to check accessibility of content

Check and fix accessibility

Using offline-friendly Open Source platform Kolibri to solve bandwidth challenges and distribute OER such as Khan Academy, PhET, CK-12 and over 73 other free, public OER channels.

This blog post provides suggestions for surveying your students to better understand their access to technology and the Internet, which may have changed significantly due to the new circumstances around the Coronavirus. It includes a sample survey.

Advice on setting up classes online and accessibility


Using video conference tools as a classroom bandwidth connections limited b

Generic Tools for Working Online

These are tools that can be adapted for online teaching.

See also: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/teleconferencing
See also: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/employers

Lists of Tools and Comparisons

Resources for Online Meetings, Classes, and Events - By Facilitators for Pandemic Response group and other collaborators

 Comparisons of Web Conferencing Software Table  - Nice table comparing web conferencing software options organized by: Program, License, Capacity, and Operating System Compatibility

various remote tools collected by NoHQ

Complimentary COVID-19 IT Offers (Avaya, Microsoft, RingCentral, Palo Alto Networks, Ciena, Extreme Networks)  to help with Remote Access, Conferencing, Security etc  

A curated list of the best business, design, and organisational change tool boxes built by some of the most influential companies, institutions and thinkers

Synchronous Group video (Smaller groups / interaction)

 DIscord Guide for Educators. Discord is a popular communication platform, specially amongst GenZ and gamers.

GotoMeeting - Free during COVID-19

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Prezi Video - free video tool to share lessons; can also use in conjunction with Google Hangouts, MSFT Teams, Zoom, and more to share information while maintaining the human connection of the presenter's face on-screen with their content (Example in action by a teacher). 

Screen sharing solution designed specifically for K12; compatible with all devices that students use (Chromebooks, iPads, Android, Macs, PCs)

Google Hangout- Free

Google Hangouts for businesses. now advanced features are free for active GSuite customers.

Free. Restrictions removed during Coronavirus outbreak

Zoom video conferencing- Free for 40 min, 100 pers limit. Some restrictions have been removed during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Microsoft teams

Skype- Free

Free, Open Source


Free for up to 4 participants; Paid plans for reserving a virtual room name and more participants

8x8 Video Meetings - Free during COVID-19

Collaboration and Curation

The list of 11 whiteboards

Long list of general digital education resources that could be useful when schools are closed

Google drive for documents and sheets.

Google Jamboard - yes you can buy, but it’s also free using google docs as long as you have a google account

Stormboard- Use Stormboard’s shared workspace to generate more ideas, and then prioritize, organize, and refine those ideas to make your meetings, brainstorms, and projects more productive and effective.

Collaborate better. Be more productive.Make beautiful boards, documents, and webpages
that are easy to read and fun to contribute to.

Miro- free (for up to three boards) collaborative whiteboard tool that plays nice with media, links, multiple users; desktop, tablet and mobile friendly

free collaborative whiteboard, no sign-in required

Your Priorities is an online idea generation and deliberation platform that connects governments & nonprofits with citizens.- Free

Riseup provides online communication tools for people and groups working on liberatory social change. We are a project to create democratic alternatives and practice self-determination by controlling our own secure means of communications.- Free

Pigeonhole- The simplest interactive Q&A platform at events

Your remote audience engagement tool. Live polling for virtual meetings, events, classes, and conference

Free self-recording tool. Can be used with Opencast (and comes included in the latest Opencast version) but can also be used stand-alone as a simple non-technical way of creating self-recorded lectures

Free, open-source, minimalistic in-browser self-recording tool. Slightly more technical than Opencast Studio.

Loom Pro is now free for educators permanently

Free animation software designed for children and schools

Free tool used to facilitate thoughtful classroom discussions and teach critical thinking and debate 

Communities of Educators

🔗 https://www.facebook.com/groups/647445119134164/ 
Facebook Group: Teaching in the Time of Corona: Resources- “Is anyone else clueless as to transitioning your courses online? Does anyone have fabulous ideas or strategies they’d like to share? Let’s mingle from quarantine!”

Educational Resources- Facebook group for people to share any COVID-19 related experience and ideas.

Pandemic Pedagogy - a global facebook group of educators discussing teaching in the corona crisis

Learning in Complexity and Chaos

Litmus Test from Frontlines - pres on emotional factors and effects of online switch

#HomeLearningUK on Twitter - loads of daily updates and solutions (datascrape of hashtag)

Dataviz of Twitter Convo on #schoolclosuresUK

Teaching in the Time of Corona: Resources - Facebook Group, 10k members

Networks of Skill Matching

Tutors Network

Connect tutors and pupils

Virtual internships made easy

Riipen offers virtual internships for post-secondary students.

Mental Health

See also: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/mental-health

NHS funded remote talking therapy

Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty

Free resource to a number of UK Universities.

List of mental health services, hotlines etc. around the world. 


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