Remote Learning

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Schools all over the world are closing their doors due to health concerns. So many of them are turning to eLearning, distance learning, remote learning.

Trying to make sense of it? Trying to just keep your head above water?

We've got you covered. In our eLearning, remote learning and distance learning page, we have lots of resources.

Get some ideas, tools and templates here. Then get started. You got this.

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Setting up your remote learning classroom

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Online feedback and assessment

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Gamifying your remote learning classroom

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Video calls: Best practices, tips and tricks

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Remote Learning Templates

10 Jamboard templates for distance learning

This post has 10 engaging ideas for using Jamboard in your class that will get your students working together, even though they may not be face to face.

20 free Google Slides and PowerPoint themes for teachers

With more than 150 free PowerPoint or Google Slides themes, you will surely find one that fits your next presentation or project.  Many of these templates fit perfectly in the lessons you already teach. Teachers from all over the world have used these themes in their classrooms in lots of creative and engaging ways. 

30+ FREE PowerPoint education templates + how to make them

PowerPoint education templates create meaningful interactive activities for students. Find free templates and how to make your own.

20 ways to Ditch That Textbook in K-2 (with templates!)

If you’re looking for tons of great resources for primary students then you have hit the jackpot. Here are more than 20 ready to use templates to use in your classroom.

Google Slides Themes and PowerPoint Templates for Remote Learning

Created by Paula Martinez of Slides Mania

Weekly Planner for Online Lessons · SlidesMania

Weekly Planner for Online Lessons I

Now that educators, students and families are adapting to distance learning, planning your online lessons using Google Slides is a great option whether you are using Google Classroom or not. Almost everybody has a Gmail account and you can easily share the link to the deck with your students.

You can add all the multimedia files they’ll need within the Google Slides file. Just one file for the whole week!

Weekly Planner for Online Lessons II · SlidesMania

Weekly Planner for Online Lessons II

A new weekly planner for educators!

Paula Martinez, creator of Slides Mania, has added multiple links for you and your students to navigate it easily. Also added a Contact slide for you to put your information, so students and parents can reach you. And a Video Conference Hours slide, in case you are using Zoom or Meet, to put the hours there.


Daily Activities or Choice Board Template · SlidesMania

Choice board template for Google Slides

Besides the slides for 6 activities or choices Paula has added a section where students can write about what they learned, or maybe you want them to write about something else, your choice.

The good thing about these “students” slides is that they can all work on the same file. If you are teaching synchronously, you can see them work as they type, just change the view to grid.

Free Remote Learning Online Course

Remote Learning 101
  • 14 modules
  • 2.5+ hours of video
  • Downloadable planning guides
  • Lifetime access
  • Forum for sharing ideas

Tools for Remote Learning

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Google Slides

Google Slides is a free presentation tool. You and your students can create, collaborate on and share beautiful presentations.

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Flipgrid is a social learning platform that allows educators to ask a question, then the students respond in a video.

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Pear Deck

Peardeck is a way to turn your presentation slides into interactive activities for your students.

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Google Drawings

Google Drawings is like a digital posterboard. It has a few things you can add: text, images, shapes and lines which makes the Google Drawings learning curve pretty low for students.

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Edpuzzle is an easy-to-use platform allowing you to insert questions into engaging videos for your students. Edpuzzle gathers data so that you can see what your students learned.

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Iorad allows you to instantly make guided, step-by-step directions for any website directly in the browser.

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Screencastify is a (Chrome extension … a little program installed into the Google Chrome web browser in the top right corner) that allows you to easily record and download screencasts.

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Instead of students answering individual questions on their individual devices, Quizlet puts students in groups. All possible answers are divided amongst the devices of all students participating.

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Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is an online and mobile design app with options to create amazing videos, beautiful pages or engaging posts.

15 online whiteboard options for remote learning

When you're teaching remotely, the physical whiteboard may be gone. But the concept of using it to teach doesn't have to be.

In this post, you'll see 15 options for teaching remotely with whiteboards.

5 tools for remote learning with Chromebooks

Students can do powerful remote learning with Chromebooks. These five tools can help make learning amazing.

Teaching with Google Slides and PowerPoint

Google Slides and PowerPoint are so much more than presentation tools. Google Slides and PowerPoint can be used as part of a lesson or use them to create and assign a complete lesson or unit.

Setting up your remote learning classroom

The Remote Learning Checklist: Tools, tips and ideas

Setting up your classroom to succeed remotely can rely on a lot. Having a good foundation in place is key, much like a house built on a shaky foundation will crumble.

Here is a checklist to set up your remote learning classroom. This isn't an exhaustive list but a starting point.

Distance learning in K-2: 10 ways to make it work

Our kindergarten through second grade students (and teachers!) need special assistance during distance learning.

Here are 10 ways to make it work.

20 tips to use Google Classroom effectively and efficiently

Google Classroom can be even more powerful with a few tips and strategies to make it efficient and effective.

20+ tips for using Canvas LMS

So much is built into Canvas. This is a blessing and a curse. It's great. But it can be ... well ... overwhelming. You might think, "Where do I even start? How do I use Canvas efficiently with all of these options?"

Let's start by asking people who know! We asked the subscribers of the Ditch That Textbook email newsletter for their best Canvas tips. They came through big time!

20 Schoology tips to save you time

With all of the features that Schoology boasts as a learning management system (LMS), you can be well on your way to creating some exciting learning opportunities.

Recently, we asked subscribers to the Ditch That Textbook email newsletter for their best Schoology tips and tricks. They had a lot to say! Here are 20 tips that can save you time and help you level up your Schoology game in class.

Microsoft Teams Education: How to manage it like a pro

If your school is using Microsoft, then Microsoft Teams Education can be your go-to communication hub.

If you're new to Teams, all of its features can be daunting. Don't worry. We've got you covered.

Remote Learning Tips from an Online Teacher

Do More with Google Classroom

Do MORE with Google Classroom

Teach better. Save time. Make a difference.

The short how-to tutorials on Google Classroom are EVERYWHERE. But how do we teach well with it? In this book, you'll find practical ideas to do great teaching with Google Classroom and thrive.

Lesson planning for remote learning

The strategies you use to create quality in class lessons still apply when creating online lessons and activities.

 Below are some resources to help you make the shift. 

10 ways to build student relationships online


Use Explore Explain Apply to plan remote learning lessons

Put learning in the hands of your students. Use the Explore Explain Apply method to guide your remote learning lesson planning. Here's how.

The HyperDocs Toolbox: 20 engaging example activities

Creating student-centered activities — where we put learning in the hands of students — can be a powerful learning experience.

Novel HyperDocs: 25 ready to use units for your class

Novel HyperDocs take the old curriculum guides we know and turn them into engaging blended learning units of study. Here are 25 ready to use novel HyperDocs for your class.

HyperDoc Lesson Planning Template

HyperDocs lesson planning template with links to tools and resources

HyperDocs are purposefully designed digital lessons and can transform your class. They truly are so much more than a doc with links.

Use this lesson planning template (with links to tools and resources embedded in the document) to help you plan some digital lessons. More templates can be found here.

Looking for example lesson plans that have already been created? Check out for TONS of them!

Choice Boards/Learning Menus

eLearning Choice Boards: A step-by-step guide to creating resources you can use tomorrow!

Choice boards are an excellent option for teachers during those first days of eLearning when we are getting our bearings or for parents who want extra options at home. This post walks you through how to create your own choice boards with examples and a template to get started.

Ditch those homework packets with family choice boards

Families and kids are busy! This on-the-go home activity option allows students to engage with meaningful content and reinforce skills. They can do it while riding in the car, while waiting for a doctor appointment, and while watching a sibling’s athletic practice! By offering digital tasks, students also get to build foundations and familiarity with modern learning tools.

200+ remote learning activities

100  remote learning activities, templates and tutorials 

Remote learning activities can be fun AND promote quality learning. Here are lots of examples and templates to use!

80 back to school activities for the remote learning classroom

We have curated and created over 75 back to school activities for the remote learning classroom. Check out this post for tons of ready-to-use lessons along with tutorials, templates, and examples to make back to school planning this year a little easier.

Flipgrid for ALL! 50+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

In this post you will find over 50 ideas and ready-to-use Flipgrid activities for your class. You can use the quick navigation box below to jump to any section or scroll through the post to find something that you can use in your class tomorrow!

Novel HyperDocs: 25 ready to use units for your class

Novel HyperDocs take the old curriculum guides we know and turn them into engaging blended learning units of study. Here are 25 ready to use novel HyperDocs for your class.

Free virtual field trips

Virtual field trips

Virtual field trips are a fantastic way to bring the world to your students. This collection of resources gives you lots of options for taking your class on a trip from their device anywhere.

30+ Digital escape rooms

40+ digital escape rooms 

There are loads of gamification resources out there that you can use with your class. Digital escape rooms are great because you can have students work on them any time from home. Use as a free choice activity or assign and give a time limit. We have curated a collection of over 30 to choose from.

Make learning memorable!

Take your teaching to the next level by transforming your lessons into a memorable learning experience.

Online feedback and assessment

20 digital bell ringer activities to kickstart class

Bell ringer activities don’t have to be a slow start to class that students dread. Use 20 these ideas to spice up your bell-ringers!

We want to make these bell ringer activities even EASIER for you to use and share with your colleagues. So we have created a FREE ebook (you can print it if you want to!) with 10 activities complete with instructions, templates, and extension ideas.

10 ideas for digital exit tickets

How can we make the most of the end of class? How can we tie a bow on a day of class to wrap everything up?

An exit ticket gives us that opportunity — much like bell-ringer activities help us kick class off effectively.

The name “exit ticket” makes it sound like you need a ticket to exit the room, but exit tickets are final quick check-ins with students before class wraps up. Here are 10 ideas for a meaningful ending  to class.

Using Pear Deck for Remote Learning

Unique Online Learning Assessment Ideas

Gamifying your remote learning classroom

Distance learning with Kahoot

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40+ FREE digital escape rooms (plus a step by step guide for creating your own)

Digital escape rooms, also referred to as digital breakouts, are a great way to bring gameplay and problem solving to any lesson or unit. They can be an exciting and engaging activity for the whole class or as an option for early finishers.

This post is full of everything you'll need to use free digital escape rooms -- or even create your own!

Want to use digital escape rooms to spark your students' imagination? 

Check out our Getting Started with Digital Escape Rooms online course!

For just $19 you'll get:

 - Video tutorials to guide you in getting started

 - PDF guides to help you plan

 - LOTS of example escape room ideas you can use as inspiration

 - 25 digital escape rooms with lock combinations and companion resources in a downloadable PDF

 - A step-by-step companion website with templates to help you and your students create your own digital escape rooms 

 - A resource locker FILLED with BONUS resources

Video calls: Best practices, tips and tools

Classroom video calls. You can do this. Here’s how.

Chances are, you’re already using video calls in your personal life. You FaceTime your far-away family or Skype friends from other countries.

“Use it in the classroom, though? I wouldn’t know where to start,” many educators say.

Or maybe you're one of the countless teachers across the globe who were forced into classroom video calls during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

Want to know where to start? Looking to step up your video call game?

You’ve got this. You can totally do it. Here’s how.

How to use Google Meet for elearning, online learning

Video calls can really make that personal touch. If your school is a G Suite school, there's a lot you can do with Google Meet.

  • It gives that personal connection that's missing from face-to-face class time.
  • It helps us to communicate more clearly with facial expressions, body language and intonation.
  • It's quick and easy. Pushing record and talking can be much faster than other forms of communication.
 Here's how to get started!

How to create Google Meet breakout rooms for differentiated learning

Breakout rooms open up so many possibilities in our online classrooms. Try differentiating learning with Google Meet breakout rooms!

Learn how to create and use them with these tutorials and templates.

Tips for successful video calls (shareable infographics)

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Tips for successful virtual meetings with Google Meet
Student tips for successful video calls

Slow or no-internet remote learning resources

10 tips to support students with slow internet

Slow internet is a way of life for many families. We can minimize internet limitations by using some of these tips.

In this post, we'll look at 10 ways to support students with slow internet, including:

10 tips to support students with slow internet (shareable infographic)

10 tips to support students with slow internet

10 no-internet remote learning activities

When students do have devices and internet, we don't have to rule that out. If access to devices and internet fluctuates, students can have options with tech and without. 

So ... what could those no-tech options look like? 

Aside from assigning worksheets and chapter review questions, here are 10 no-internet remote learning activities to help students grow when not at school. These are the types of activities that don't take a lot of explaining. They're not easily graded. But their benefits are huge -- and could be exactly what students need.

10 no-internet remote learning activities (shareable infographic)

10 no internet remote learning activities

More remote learning resources

FREE ebooks

Asynchronous, Remote, & Flipped Classroom Resources _ 1st Edition (1)

Asynchronous, Remote, & Flipped Classroom Resources 

By Nate Ridgway & Stacey Roshan

A quick-start guide to distance learning

A Quick-Start Guide to Distance Learning

By Stephanie DeMichele

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The Google Classroom Quick-Start Guide

By Matt Miller

Remote learning video playlist

These live videos take the best ideas from hand-picked guests and share them with you. We take the time to dive deep into important topics. Plus, we take YOUR best ideas and questions and insert them into the conversation.

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How to Make Home Learning More Playful

Unique Online Learning Assessment Ideas

PBL During Remote Instruction

Empathy, Compassion and Humanity During School Closures

Show What They Know: Examples of Online Demonstrations of Learning

Creativity During Remote Learning

Ditch Those Worksheets

Using OneNote to Show What They Know

Accessibility Tools to Help Promote Classroom Equity

Top Remote Learning Tips and Tricks

HyperDocs: Remote Learning GOLD

Device Grants and Digital Equity

One Teacher's Innovations in Remote Learning

Strategies for Powerful Remote Learning

Using Pear Deck for Remote Learning

Creating MEMORABLE remote learning experiences

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