Distance Learning Ideas and Resources

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Online Teaching Resources

ProLiteracy has put together a list of resources here: https://proliteracy.org/health.

World Education’s distance learning page has resources and also upcoming webinars on distance learning: https://edtech.worlded.org/tips-for-distance-learning/.

ESL Video offers free, video-based lessons and listening activities for teaching and learning English.

Low Tech Lesson Ideas

You can find some low tech lesson ideas on Literacy NJ’s list of ideas for tutoring from homeCheck out their recorded webinar here for ideas about adapting lesson ideas to remote tutoring sessions. Literacy New Jersey graciously shared their information with other literacy programs.

Does your student only have a cell phone? Check out Using your Cell Phone for Instruction and other tips on ProLiteracy’s blog.

Webinars on Distance Learning Instruction

Watch these Literacy NJ webinars by Rebecca Powers and Matt Ford about how to get started distance teaching.
Distance Learning – adapting your lessons to remote tutoring
Family Literacy – tutoring ideas for students who are parents. Rebecca Powers and Matt Ford

Webinars from EdTech Center @ WorldEd (offered and recorded weekly)

Tutorials on using Online Platforms

There are some great tutorials to help you learn how to use these platforms.

Zoom tutorials (YouTube)

We like these tutorials:

  1. Scheduling a Meeting – this brief video shows you how to set up and schedule a meeting
  2. Joining & Configuring Audio & Video – this short video shows you how to connect your video and audio during a meeting
  3. Sharing Your Screen – this quick video covers how to use the “Share Screen” feature during a meeting (this can be a very helpful tool during class)
  4. Meeting Controls – this video shows you how to use the various controls available to you while you’re in a meeting

Khan Academy (webinar – PA Adult Education Resources)
USA Learns (webinar- PA Adult Education Resources)
Google Classroom (website)
Google Classroom (YouTube)
Google Hangouts (YouTube)

Basic Computer Skills Tutorials on GCF Learn Free

Video Library

Watch tutoring in action. Check out these examples of groups being taught on Zoom:

Rebecca’s Beginner ESL Class
​     Welcome
Exercise/TPR activity
Giving compliments
Clothing vocabulary 

Rebecca’s Intermediate ESL Class
Coronavirus Article
Listening Activity
Joke of the Week 

Rebecca’s Reading Group
Review agenda/assistance for NJ residents
Read and discuss a story 

Check back soon. We will continue to add to this list. If you can share a tool, lesson, or tip with other tutors, please email us at literacyoutreach@literacyoutreach.org.


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