Resources for Online Learning

March 2020

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DISCLAIMER: This list of links gathers a diversity of information and sources regarding Covid-19 pandemic response and related issues, including resources for transitioning to online learning. Questar III cannot verify the links will remain active and cannot verify the veracity of the content. Resources shared here should be vetted with your school district for compliance with New York Education Law 2D and all other applicable laws. For the most reliable information regarding global and local pandemic response, visit the Center for Disease Control and your local Department of Health.

Using Google for Online Learning

Online Classroom Toolkit - Google Classroom

These short videos give just the facts about how to use Google Classroom for online learning. Contact Kerrie Burch to set up more in-depth training for your teachers through our Model Schools program.

How to Create Google Hangouts Meet Events

Helping Parents Navigate Google Classroom

If parents need help navigating Google Classroom in order to help their children, then you will want to point them in the direction of this presentation: Be patient if you get an error message saying that the traffic is high. You will get through soon.

Questar III Created Google Classroom Videos

Our Model Schools trainer, Carolyn Strauch, created videos to help teachers struggling with using Google Classroom. You can access the videos HERE. This resource will continue to grow so check back often. If there is a specific video you would like to see, please contact Kerrie Burch.

Using Microsoft for Online Learning

Using Webex for Online Learning

Questar III School Library System Resources

Click Here for Free SLS Resources

The Questar III School Library System provides resources to all schools within our component districts at no charge. Schools taking advantage of these resources must be in compliance with the Commissioner's regulations for school libraries.

NYC Translation of Practice for Librarians

NYC SLS has created a document to help librarians translate their practice into online learning to continue to support teachers and students. Take a look!

NovelNY Databases

The New York State Library provides access to free databases through their NovelNY Program. You can access the databases here:

Resources for Administrators


Learning Management Systems and Course Management Tools, and MORE...

Questar III BOCES, in collaboration with Neric, created a document with a comprehensive list of resources for educators in the event that schools need online learning tools. You can find these tools in the document below.

NYSED Information

RIC One Pandemic Planning Document

The PDF below is a support tool for planning that was created by RIC One. It is comprehensive and contains many strategies that you might find useful.

Teacher and Student Resources

Questar III BOCES Resources for Online Learning

The information in this document was compiled by the School Improvement team at Questar III BOCES. They are sorted by grade level bands and are links to curriculum, online resources, and more. This is a living document and will be updated regularly so please check back often.

There is also a document that lists online resources for online learning that has been compiled by School Improvement for all grade levels. It can be found HERE.

Shelter in Space Remote Learning Resources

Program Portal:

NEW MATERIAL will be regularly added to this portal, so check back each week to see what’s new!

The program provides distance and at-home learning resources offered by SPIF, as well as other organizations like Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute and NASA. These resources are all related to planetary science and space exploration, but also incorporate ELA and math lessons to support core curricular topics.

And here's the contact if you need more information or want to schedule a live ZOOM session for a classroom or group:

Zoe Learner Ponterio
Manager, Spacecraft Planetary Image Facility

122 Sciences Drive
317 Space Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6801

p: (607) 255-3833 f: (607) 255-9002

PBL Works Resources

Remote Education Resource Center - University at Albany

Teach Engineering: STEM Curriculum for K-12

Cool Tools for School

There are a ton of ideas on the website below to help teachers with using online tools with their students. As always, make sure whatever you are using is Ed Law 2D compliant. If you aren't sure, contact your district.

Neric Virtual Learning Resources

Generation Ready

Generation Ready will be offering three free webinars this week. If you feel that any of these sessions could be helpful to your staff and/or component school districts, please feel free to extend an invitation. People do not need to register in advance. The same Zoom link will be used for each of the sessions.

Meeting ID: 266 705 3051

  • April 1st at 2 p.m. - Practical Virtual Tools to Engage Your Learners
  • April 2nd at 2 p.m. - Assessing and Giving Feedback to Your Virtual Learners
  • April 3rd at 1 p.m. - Virtual Panel on the Functions of Google Classroom

Online Apps

The PDF below lists apps that are kid friendly. Please ensure Ed Law 2D compliance for all resources before using with students.

Erie 1 BOCES Contract Consortium Information March 2020 - Resources for Students and Teachers

Teaching Remotely in Times of Need

This slideshow, created by Torrey Trust, Ph.D., offers educators ideas for taking their learning online. You can access it here:
WSWHE BOCES Online Learning Toolkit

This link provides a wealth of resources for schools to use in the event that they need to pursue online learning. If you need more information on any of the information on this site, please contact Kerrie.

Share My Lesson

PBS Learning Media

Free streaming videos, lesson plans, and related materials organized by content area/grade level are available at PBS Learning Media.

Distance Learning with PBS LearningMedia

Breakout Edu

Free games for students to play at home: Fun at Home

BrainPOP - Free Access for Schools Closed Due to Coronavirus

BrainPOP is offering free, unlimited use of BrainPOP to any school, anywhere, that is closed due to the coronavirus during the period of their closure. This is intended for schools that do not currently have a subscription.

Additionally, a free video is available for Districts and Schools to use to explain what the CoronaVirus is, and many Districts and Schools have posted this video on their websites.

Kids Discover

From Ted Levine:

Last week, we announced we would begin offering Schools and Districts that have closed due to COVID-19 free, unlimited access to Kids Discover Online for the remainder of the school year. That was when less than 5% of the country's schools had closed. Due to the unforeseeable volume of requests we have received over the past week, we have been forced to create a more scalable solution, enabling more people to get immediate access.

To summarize, we now have 2 options for gaining free access:

Individual Teacher Access

If you are looking to gain immediate access for both you and your students, and do not need access for your entire school, we are offering 3 months of free access to Kids Discover Online effective immediately using a Coupon Code.


School / District-wide Access

Enabling school or district-wide access is now reserved exclusively for school and district level administrators, such as Principals, Assistant Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Library Media Specialists, etc. If you're interested in this option, please fill out the form below:


If you have additional questions, please email us at, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.