Online Resources for Continuing Education (3/17/2020)

GMS’s Distance and Digital Learning Collection of Resources

 

In response to the wave of K-12 school closures across the United States due to COVID-19, a few concerned teachers of the blind and advocates got together to organize a free, homework help hotline for blind/visually impaired students. Check out the details below and share with others.

National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students (NHH-BVI)

What: Homework telephone hotline for blind/vision impaired students in grades K-12 experiencing emergency school closures due to COVID-19.

Areas of hotline help include navigating accessible websites with JAWS, Nemeth and literary braille reading and writing, navigating tablet/laptop using JAWS and Over, and using refreshable braille display.

*The hotline does not provide tutoring in non-Expanded Core Curriculum content areas

When: Tues -Thurs, 3:30pm - 8pm EST, March 17- 

April 16, 2020 (*end date may be adjusted based on 

school closure developments)

How: Students submit a support request via email and receive a call-back during the designated NHH-BVI times.

Who: NHH-BVI helpers are experienced, TVIs, counselors, blind mentors who want to help b/vi students get the support they need to access their remote learning programs.

For more info, and to request an initial NHH-BVI support call, please email nhh-bvi@vistaseducation.com.

About the NHH-BVI Helpers

Monique Coleman

Monique is a TVI and president of VISTAS Education Partners. She has 20 years of experience working with students in a range of K-12 public and private schools. Monique is currently a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University researching the intersection of disability, education, and diverse identities. She lives in Highland Park, NJ with her husband, three sons, two cats, and her faithful dog. She is an active member of her community who serves on the Board of Education and other local organizations.

Brianna Murray

Brianna is a visually impaired counselor who currently works for the Employment, Development, Guidance and Engagement (EDGE) 2.0 program, assisting high school students with pre-employment goals. Brianna also serves as a mentor for college students as a part of Learning Ally's College Success Program. She lives with her current and retired guide dogs, and they keep her very busy. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, and volunteering with various blindness organizations.

Kristen Witucki

Kristen is a TVI who is also blind. She provides itinerant TVI services through VISTAS Education Partners, edits content and curriculum for Learning Ally’s College Success Program and mentors college students for the EDGE Program. She lives in Highland Park, NJ with her husband and their three young children. She is the author of two fiction books for adolescents which explore blindness in all of its complexity and of several nonfiction articles about her journey parenting as a blind person. In her snatches of free time, she enjoys reading and writing.

https://mailchi.mp/weareteachers.com/my-students-are-mine-for-life_original-1427925?e=b2802f628f

http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

https://www.perkinselearning.org/technology/blog/preparing-virtual-instruction

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H589lC0M3s1C-lCeqkLoFoU_H7XkPuxC2iuET6IUbuQ/mobilebasic

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KCFnWreu4v7VoO3NbgP-Qcq2LyE1FvliYSoiTLRY7Qg/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true

http://www.vistaseducation.com/homeworkhotline/

 

Areas of hotline help include navigating accessible websites with JAWS, Nemeth and literary braille reading and writing, navigating tablet/laptop using JAWS and Over, and using refreshable braille display.

 

When: Tues -Thurs, 3:30pm - 8pm EST, March 17- April 16, 2020 (*end date may be adjusted based on school closure developments)

 

How: Students submit a support request via email and receive a call-back during the designated NHH-BVI times.

 

Who: NHH-BVI helpers are experienced TVIs, counselors, blind mentors who want to help B/VI students get the support they need to access their remote learning programs.

 

For more info, and to request an initial NHH-BVI support call, please email nhh-bvi@vistaseducation.com

 

 

Read Alouds-Check this table out for read aloud that kids can watch.  Read aloud is a VITAL part of every school day. Parents, listen to one of these with your students daily. Then use the “Reading Resources” section below to have a book discussion with your kids!

Title: Picture Book Read Alouds For Lesson Use-Links by Pernille Rip

Grade: Varied                 

Description: Read alouds done by the creators themselves! 

Where can I find it?

https://pernillesripp.com/2020/03/14/picture-books-read-aloud-videos-for-lesson-use/

 

Title: Storyline Online

Description: Read alouds and embedded activities.         

Where can I find it?

https://www.storylineonline.net/

 

Title: Authors videos of Reading Activities-Resources for Learning Anywhere  

Grade: All          

Description: Authors reading aloud from their own content.                      

Where can I find it?

https://www.katemessner.com/read-wonder-and-learn-favorite-authors-illustrators-share-resources-for-learning-anywhere-spring-2020/

 

Title: Storyline Online                  

Grades: Elem, MS

Description: Here read alouds done by some of your favorite movie stars.                  

Where can I find it?

https://www.storylineonline.net/

 

 

 

 

Title: Nonfiction Read Alouds

Grades: All        

Description: Participate in a nonfiction read aloud.       

Where can I find it?

https://eblireads.com/non-fiction-read-alouds/?fbclid=IwAR1z8mZUZOeIYjAtAuw8d38MJE_zksP28AorMdhxVE5eTRqc4Hn1cVxoqD8

 

Virtual Gifted and Talented Enrichment Support Materials- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UbaobL2ymO4_MW4N0eVvdBEfMPLyGaH7KipH27Onmg0/mobilebasic

 

Engineering bingo: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oCM2Ue9w32EUIGfRXsjwEXU_-Up8D6FSSWT8YGiBEtE/mobilebasic

 

“Reading Resources” section below to have a book discussion with your kids!

 

 

Virtual Gifted and Talented Enrichment Support Materials- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UbaobL2ymO4_MW4N0eVvdBEfMPLyGaH7KipH27Onmg0/mobilebasic

 

Engineering bingo: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oCM2Ue9w32EUIGfRXsjwEXU_-Up8D6FSSWT8YGiBEtE/mobilebasic

 

Scholastic - https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

 

Math Games and Activates for VI Students- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QrtcVGfO2hHsLGXbwSH5aYKsP2S3gJVyisHbP167aBc/mobilebasic