Best Practices & Exceptional Student Experience

This category covers all the things an educator needs to create a positive learning environment for students online, including the importance of instructor presence, and good teaching practices from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Council for Exceptional Children: Best Practices for Educating Online

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is here to support special education professionals and your ongoing efforts to apply good teaching practices remotely. This page is a collection of suggested resources you can use as you determine the best means to provide services to your students and their families.

Icebreakers: Getting to Know your Students

Teacher Visions provides thousands of worksheets and lesson plans to new Future Fit skills and projects. Their content adapts to your individual needs as an educator.

121 Tools for Distance Learning and Student Engagement

Distance learning is a trend that is here to stay at least for the next 6-12 months. Being prepared to take your classrooms fully online can be stressful. Albert provides a comprehensive list of helpful learning tools, learn common benefits and drawbacks of remote learning, and learn a few strategies for keeping students engaged while remote to help you through this challenging time.

K-12 Activities

Oklahoma Money Matters provides a guide for high school students, which highlights budgeting, saving, college planning, banking and consumer credit.

K-12 Virtual Icebreakers

Online Teaching Strategies gives online teachers usable Icebreakers for synchronous or asynchronous activities. The activities on this page have been developed by Boise State University students in an Advanced Online Teaching Methods Class (EdTech 523). Listed below are links to several different Icebreaker Activities appropriate for all grade levels from Kindergarten up to 12th Grade.

Lots of Resources for Netiquette

Digital etiquette (sometimes called netiquette) includes the formal and informal rules of conduct for interactions through digital means. Awareness of rules specific to digital communication is important for students and adults alike. Netiquette is likely to increase naturally when people don’t separate their online/digital personas from their real-life/face-to-face selves.