Resources for virtual connections. Categories include: General, Education, and Families.
Are you hosting an online event using Zoom Webinars or Zoom Meetings? Download an Online Event Best Practices Guide for pre-event, live-event, and post-event best practices ranging from how to manage Q&A, engaging attendees, and following up after the session concludes. (Link above takes you to the page with the download links).
“Liz and Annie here with the next installment of how to get good at Zoom…” they create online tutorials on how to instruct using Zoom, a video conferencing service, and other online utilities. Follow this link to an article by J.D. WARREN with more information about their process.
Zoom meetings keep getting hacked? Here’s how to prevent ‘Zoom bombing’ on your video chats. Link Here (Registration to Fortune required for full article).
Why Working From Home Is So Exhausting—And How To Reinvigorate The coronavirus and COVID-19 have caused fundamental changes in the ways we work. Tracy Brower shares some ways to make this change easier. Link Here
The Do Space Download is working remotely to deliver a robust array of digital programs as
well as offer technology assistance online 90 hours a week. Link to their website Here
As you shift to online learning as a result of the coronavirus, edWeb has documented some great ways for collaboration and virtual professional learning. Learn more about their free platform and resources.
PocketLab Notebook is designed for doing authentic, hands-on science in remote and hybrid settings. Link Here
Do Space has created a new virtual after-school program for Elementary and Middle School students called the After-School Club. Link Here
iEXCEL is a transformative program creating a new model for healthcare education, training and research. Dheeraj Varandani, one of IEXCEL’s 3D Generalists, has created two learning activities: a CT Scanner, and a Skeleton through a program called TinkerCAD- a free content creation software that allows users to create assets in 3D. Learn how to build a CT scanner and skeleton Here
For a TinkerCAD Video Tutorial click Here
To learn more about iEXCEL and the Davis Global Center, click Here
SciStarter supports educators, learners, parents, administrators, guardians and all stakeholders in sharing authentic science experiences in a variety of learning environments. Their projects offer real-world science engagement for face-to-face, outdoor, online, remote, blended and in-home learning settings. You’ll find helpful “getting started” videos, classroom connections, printable data sheets and other free resources.
Additional SciStarter Resources
- August is National Water Quality Month. Try water quality projects such as the Earth Echo Water Challenge.
- Create customized lists of projects for your classes. Lists include on-demand data analytics to show you engagement levels.
- Check out Earth School, an initiative from TED-Education, the United Nations Environment Programme, and other partners including SciStarter and National Geographic, to support students from home.
- Join Online Citizen Science Events including trainings, Zoom parties and more.
- Find Girl Scout-friendly citizen science projects.
- Skim 200+ Project ideas for college and university learners.
- View Citizen Science “How To” Videos.
Beyond School Bells, Nebraska’s statewide afterschool network, has developed and collected an assortment of curricula and educational experiences designed to engage youth in hands on learning experiences. While developed for school-based afterschool and summer programs, these free materials can be adapted for in home use and a blended on-line and in person settings. Link Here
National Inventors Hall of Fame’s (NIHF) mission is recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. NIHF has free resources available to everyone interested:
- NIHF’s Landing Page houses several resources that can be utilized to encourage continued learning while students are out of school. Link Here
- STEAM Activity Guide PDF For At-Home or In-Class Activities Here
- STEAM Activity Blogs 60+ STEAM activities to share with the community Here
- Safe, Secure, and STEM – This is a NEW blog post featuring testimonials from several school partners who help explain that the standards of Camp Invention have always been high and will continue to remain so in the future.
- Virtual Visit to the NIHF Here
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is dedicated to educating all Nebraskans about our state’s amazing wildlife, plants and natural resources. Knowing how people want to engage with education is as diverse as our natural resources, they have developed a variety of interactive resources. Link Here
JOSLYN’S DISTANCE LEARNING program offers teachers and students the opportunity to virtually visit the Museum to learn about highlights of the collection. Joslyn continues to develop program topics as they reach out to more classrooms. Link Here
UNO STEM TRAILS Center has several resources for K-12 Teachers Researcher Partnership Program (TRPP) gives an opportunity for teachers from surrounding public schools to assist in research while paired with research faculty from UNO. The NE STEM 4U program focuses on undergraduate students bringing exciting STEM activities to elementary and middle schoolers in Omaha, Kearney, and Lincoln public schools. EUREKA! is a STEM camp for girls that begins for them the summer before eighth grade and supports them throughout high school while continuously strengthening their interest in STEM. UNO emphasizes outreach programs that share interest in STEM with surrounding area public schools. Link Here
edWeb PD News brings you new and timely professional learning articles and edWebinars. edWeb provides many free resources and services. Register for upcoming programs on our edWebinar Calendar. Learn more about our free platform and resources.
CISCO Networking Academy is offering free courses and tips for virtual teaching. Find more information here
PocketLab presents ScIC Science is Cool Virtual Unconference for science educators. Sign up here to watch all available videos and content
Big Deal Media provides resources for K-12 Technology and education. Find more information here
Dr. Victor Winter is a computer science Professor at UNO, the creator of Bricklayer, and the founder of bricklayer.org. He has created a free online Bricklayer-based course titled Exploring Visual and Spatial Thinking. The course can be accessed at: learncsathome.com
The course consists of 8 lessons. This course is suitable for grades 7-10. The first few lessons of the course may be suitable for elementary students as well. The course includes novel/engaging content, including interactive web apps, instructional and fun Youtube videos.
Bill and Melinda gates K-12 Momentum
- COVID-19 resources can be found here
- Illustrative Math for learning math from home here
- Learning Keeps Going here
- Wide Open School here
- CommonLit (reading program) here
- For students transitioning from high school; College Advising Corps here
- For providing guidance to schools and districts as they help students make the transition from high school to college; National College Attainment Network here
- Connect with other teachers at the Teacher2Teacher Network
simpleK12 offers Complimentary Webinars to Help You Prepare for Unforeseen School Closure here
Wordpreneur has a resource that helps you find free eBooks here
The Council of State Science Supervisors, the National Science Education Leadership Association, and NSTA have assembled a variety of resources for teachers and state and district science leaders. – For teachers: Investigations Beyond the Classroom can provide guidance for teachers as they work to engage students in science investigations and engineering design beyond the traditional classroom environment that align to the Next Generation Science Standards. – For district science leaders: Short term guidance for science learning at home and long-term guidance for learning science from home can be found here.
The Workforce Innovation Division at MCC has partnered with Facebook to offer a eight-month online Digital Marketing Certificate program. This dynamic program is designed to give businesses, marketing professionals in need of digital skills and those looking to gain new skills the tools needed to create an effective online presence and to remain competitive in a rapidly changing digital business environment. More information can be found here
4 Ways to Keep Your Children Engaged While You Work from Home UNO early childhood education professor Debora Basler Wisneski, Ph.D., shares her tips for keeping children active while parents work from home. Link Here
Play, explore and discover the great outdoors of Nebraska by going to the Wildlife Safari Park! Please Note: Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Wildlife Safari Park will be limited to a drive-through experience only until April 30, 2020. Several areas will not be accessible by guests on foot including the hiking trails, Visitor Center, the Hands-On Corral, Eagle Aviary, and the Bison Overlook and Nature Play Area. Link to more info Here
Do the Zoo at Home! There are lots of ways to stay connected with your favorite animal friends. Tune in each day on our social media channels for interactive video and activities you can do with your family. Find more information at omahazoo.com
Virtual Classes at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo! Check them out here
DO Space presents Make. Hack. Build. an experimental community program for creators ages 12-18 that combines state of the art tools, technology, skill development, and professional project design experiences. Link to more information here
Sign up with SciStarter to explore citizen science projects, science related activities, and online learning resources from organizations such as Princeton University and National Geographic. Customize your own dashboard to save any links or projects that interest you. You can find more information here
Inspiring Kids Imaginations and Creativity with Destination Imagination. Free resources for parents to unlock the curiosity in any child. Sign up here
Girls Who Code are making CS educational activities available for download free if charge, to anyone who wants to access them here
Girls Who Code are also launching Girls Who Code Talks—a free virtual video series to support women and girls navigating changes to their college and career plans during pandemic. Register Here
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies – Educational Programs in Nebraska– Join their Facebook page to participate in Daily Nature Challenges and share bird pictures! Check to see what events they have planned here
There is a live video feed from the Zoo’s Antarctic Penguin Exhibit through a partnership with KMTV Channel 3. It can be found 24/7 on our Zoo From Home page while the Aquarium is closed to the public: HERE – The live video is also on a dedicated Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium page on KMTV’s website. 3 News Now will periodically check-in on the penguins during their newscasts as they go to commercial, introduce weather, etc.