Online Instruction

There are times when teachers need to teach using methods other than face-to-face instruction. This page will highlight a number of different ways that teachers in the Alpine District may want to consider when attempting to provide instruction outside of their traditional classroom. These tools can be used for online learning or in a blended learning environment.

It is important to consider student data privacy and online safety when using video-conferencing and other online tools to provide instruction. Please refer to the following documents for additional details:
In addition to the tools below, we recommend Google’s Teach from Home site, which is full of great tools and ideas for online learning.
  • Skyward – Message Center: Skyward Message Center allows teachers to send an email to parents and/or students with a few clicks.
  • Google Classroom – eClassroom: This is a great place for elementary teachers to share materials and resources for students to access easily. It can also be used to create assignments and collect student work.
  • Canvas – Learning Platform: This is a great place for secondary teachers to share materials and resources for students to access easily. It can also be used to create assignments and collect student work.
  • Google Sites – Webpage Builder: Elementary and Secondary teachers can create a Google Site to share resources with students and parents. They can embed videos, hyperlinks, and images on the page to help facilitate student learning.
  • Loom – Screen Recorder: Perfect for elementary and secondary levels, this resource is a video recording of what’s happening on your computer monitor with narration. Screencasts are a great way for both students and teachers to share the required steps in completing a math problem, collaborate on close reading, and pursue any other academic tasks.
  • Kami – PDF Editor: Teachers and students can use Kami to collaborate through the use of digital pen and paper. Students can easily complete tasks and save files with Google Classroom & Canvas integration.
  • Google Meet – Video Conferencing: A place for elementary and secondary teachers to interact face to face through video with an individual or group of students to provide support, answer questions, and have students collaborate digitally.
  • Nearpod – Interactive Lessons: Elementary & Secondary teachers can provide content and activities for students to complete at their own pace. Google Slides has an Add-On to turn your presentation into a Nearpod Student Paced lesson. Teachers can download reports from Nearpod Lessons.
Please reach out to your Innovative Learning Coach or On-Site Tech if you have further questions or concerns. ASD Vision for Learning

Teach from Home

Google’s Teach from Home site has a lot of great resources and ideas to support your online instruction and student learning. 

How to Email Parents and Students in Skyward

The Skyward Message Center allows teachers to send an email to parents and/or students.

Why would I use Skyward Message Center?

  • Skyward Message Center allows teachers to easily send one message to all parents/students in one message.
  • Teachers can include attachments or links in these messages.
  • Secondary teachers can message multiple classes in one message.

Skyward Message Center

Skyward Family Access

How to Use Google Classroom

Google Classroom allows teachers to share materials and resources for students to access easily. It can be used to create assignments and collect student work. Google Classroom is recommended for elementary teachers and students.

Why would I use Google Classroom?

  • Teachers can post assignments and collect student work.
  • Teachers can see student work and understanding in real-time.
  • Google’s built-in collaborative features enable teachers to provide specific and timely feedback.

Create a Class

Add Students or Join by Code

Create an Assignment, Add a Topic, Access Student Work

Add Materials

Add Guardians for K-2

Access Student Work

Use the Stream Page

How to Use Canvas

Canvas allows teachers to share materials and resources for students to access easily. Canvas can be used to create assignments and quizzes, collect student work, and communicate student feedback. Canvas is available for secondary teachers and students.

Why would I use Canvas?

  • Teachers can post assignments and quizzes and collect student work.
  • Teachers can easily provide specific and timely feedback to students.

Canvas Log In Instructions

Canvas Overview for Teachers

More Resources

How to Create a Google Site

Using Google Sites, teachers can create a website to share content with students. Google Sites easily integrates with other Google tools, such as Docs, Slides, and Sheets. Google Sites is great for both elementary and secondary. To create a Google Site, students will need access to a Google account.

Why would I use Google Sites?

  • Elementary and Secondary teachers can create a Google Site to share resources with students and parents.  They can embed videos, hyperlinks, and images on the page to help facilitate student learning.
  • Students can use Google Sites to showcase their work in an online portfolio.

Looking for something specific? Use the links below.

How to Screencast with Loom

Using Loom, teachers and students can record their camera and/or their screen to create videos that can be downloaded or shared with a link. Loom is great for both elementary and secondary. Users will need access to a Google account to use Loom.

Why might I use Loom?

  • Teachers can record themselves giving instructions, demonstrating strategies, and walking students through a concept.
  • Students could use Loom to read passages, explain their thinking, and demonstrate understanding of a concept.
  • Our team recommends pairing Loom with other sites such as canvas.apps.chrome, Google Slides, Google Sites, and many others.

Loom Account Setup

How to Use Kami

Teachers and students can use Kami to collaborate through the use of digital pen and paper. Students can easily complete tasks and save files with Google Classroom and Canvas integration. Kami allows teachers to deliver a PDF document that students can annotate, highlight, draw, and write upon. Kami is available for elementary and secondary teachers and students.

 Why would I use Kami?

  • Teachers can enhance workflow and collaborate with student in real-time.
  • Teachers can transform worksheets into digital, collaborative documents.

What is Kami?

 
ASD – Create a Student Account

Create a Google Classroom Assignment
How to Create a Editable PDF in Classroom using Kami

Create a Canvas Assignment

How to Create a Editable PDF in Canvas using Kami

How to Use Google Meet

Google Meet allows teachers to interact face-to-face through video with individual or groups of students to provide support, answer questions, and have students collaborate. old virtual class sessions or virtual office hours.

Why would I use Google Meet?

  • Teachers can hold virtual office hours.
  • Teachers can provide times for students to receive instruction in a virtual environment.

Overview of Google Meet:

How to schedule a meeting, join a meeting, manage people in the meeting, share screens etc.

How to Use Nearpod

Nearpod is a presentation application that allows teachers to collect quick and concise formative feedback while students actively participate in the presentation.  Students can collaborate, communicate, creatively reflect, and problem solve all while receiving new content in an interactive manner. Nearpod lessons allow teachers to facilitate a live lesson or launch a student-paced lesson.  Visit https://aeg.alpineschools.org/nearpod/ to learn more about using Nearpod in Alpine School District.

Why would I use Nearpod?

  • Teachers can transform an existing slide deck into an interactive learning experience by adding quick, formative assessment activities throughout the presentation. 

How Nearpod Works

How to Create a Lesson

How to Launch a Lesson

More Resources

Tools for Online Instruction

Teach from Home

Google | Teach from Home

Skyward

Skyward | Parent Communication

Classroom

Google Classroom | Elementary LMS

Canvas | Secondary LMS

Sites

Google Sites | Class Website

LoomPro

Loom | Screen Recorder

Kami | PDF Editor

Hangouts

Google Meet | Video Conferencing

Nearpod

Nearpod | Interactive Lessons