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" Distance Learning Strategies for Education Leaders. "

As more schools transition to distance learning due to COVID-19, Education Leaders are faced with the need to swiftly prepare contingency plans. This guide is meant to support building and system leaders as they take on this task.

Getting to know Google for Education

What is Google for Education?

Google for Education is a solution built for learning and designed for the classroom that is easy to use, flexible and scalable, built for collaboration, and secure by design. It includes simple but powerful devices like Chromebooks, productivity tools like G Suite for Education with Classroom, and rich educational content in the Chromebook App Hub. To learn more about how to leverage the tools below to enable distance learning, check the tool-based trainings on our distance learning resource page.

What products are included?

G Suite for Education

  • Gmail: Secure, private, ad-free email

  • Calendar: Integrated online calendars designed for teams

  • Drive: secure file sharing and collaborative documents
  • Docs: Word processing for teams
  • Sheets: Collaborative, smart, secure spreadsheets for fast-moving organizations
  • Slides: Beautiful presentations created together
  • Forms: Easy to create forms, surveys and quizzes
  • Sites: Effortlessly create impactful team sites
  • Meet: video meetings
  • Classroom: Communicate and collaborate with students from one central hub
  • Chat: secure messaging
  • Jamboard: a collaborative, digital whiteboard
  • Keep: Capture what’s important and get more done

Chromebooks

Secure, simple yet powerful devices that can be shared by students

Preparing your infrastructure for distance learning

In order to successfully leverage the tools above, your leadership team will need to take some steps to prepare devices and systems for distance learning. Below are some steps and strategies you may want to consider:

G Suite for Education

Getting going with G Suite for Education

Creating a distance learning culture

In addition to preparing the IT infrastructure for distance learning, leaders may also want to build out clear communication for their distance learning school culture. This includes what staff and students must do, and guidance for how families can support.

What else can you consider?

  • The culture and climate during an emergency closing can be stress-inducing for many staff and students. As a leader, you can serve as the center of stability. In daily messages, consider how you can model clear communication, sharing data-backed facts, and keeping the community calm.

  • In addition to maintaining stability in the crisis, how is SEL (social and emotional learning) being considered in your school plan? Is the mental wellness of staff and students being attended to?

  • How are students and staff maintaining a healthy balance between digital and analog life? As you review learning plans, see if teachers include time for screen breaks to reduce eye strain and allow students (and staff) to move about their home environments and – if safe – go for a walk outside to get fresh air.

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