Home Learning Opportunities – please share additional resources with Jeff V.
AEA Professional Learning – Virtual
When helping families obtain affordable internet options, we would recommend they work with their current provider to extend/add data coverage, or to qualify for bill forgiveness and other programs. If they do not have an existing provider, Iowa has very few carriers compared to other areas of the US. We have compiled a list on our website: https://www.iowadatacenters.com/2020/04/02/home-internet-options/
Google Hangouts Meet:
Google is updating their toolset to provide a more secure online learning environment. Teachers should attempt to leave the meeting last after all students/guests have left the meeting to make sure that the meeting cannot be re-joined without staff present for moderation. For more tips, view the Teacher Center for Google Hangouts.
Google Resources (For all users – not just Chromebooks!)
This has some great resources for online lessons, collaboration, building assessments with Google Forms, etc. I even learned some new tricks!
If you are using Zoom, make sure your classroom is setup securely. There have been several security updates over the last two weeks in response to “Zoom-Bombings”, where uninvited participants were able to join classroom Zoom sessions. https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/27/best-practices-for-securing-your-virtual-classroom/
If you are looking for another Zoom option, but feel like Hangouts doesn’t offer the meeting rooms that you need, Cisco’s WebEx is also free for educators. Teachers can create a “Team” for each class (Biology 101) and then create “Spaces” for each small group within that Team. Teachers can be the moderators of a Space and a Team and hop back and forth to observe and supervise.
How can we help?
Please feel free to contact Jeff Vaughn for help with incorporating tools. However, if something else is not working please use our HelpDesk ticket system or call ITS. You can still call their main office number (319-465-4463) and be connected over the internet to any of their staff whether they are working from the office or remotely.
ITS Policy for Working on Student Machines:
We sometimes receive requests for working on home machines. Please read the policy linked below to learn more about what we can and cannot do with machines used at home for student learning. https://www.iowadatacenters.com/2020/04/06/remote-support-policy-for-students/