Remote Learning Starter Kit
Remote Learning Preparatory Kit

We know that as educators you are well prepared for all eventualities. But the scale of the coronavirus outbreak is something we have not encountered before, so we've put together this kit to help you ensure learning is not disrupted.



Tips for Teachers

These handy hints have been compiled from teachers around the world. Find similar advice and share your own best practices on our social media sites by using the hashtag:


    Download the app

    Get your students to download and use the itslearning app. It will make it easier to communicate and share information quickly. You can find the app in the App Store and Google Play.

    Mass messaging

    Information is key, but too much detail can overwhelm recipients. Send out a mass message so everyone in your school knows what to do – staff, students and parents. Keep messages short and send school by school rather than to the entire district.

    Stagger log-ins and shorten the school day

    Spread time spent online throughout the day to minimize screen time for students. Keep lessons short and give them breaks between classes. And, remember to include recess. By distributing usage of itslearning throughout the day, you also help us ensure that platform performance is maintained for everyone in the itslearning community.

    Set up a digital staffroom

    Initiate a digital staffroom with open communication channels in itslearning. You can use the Course, Resources, Groups features and combine with the Calendar.

    Keep students engaged

    Use video conferencing, quizzes and offline work to keep students engaged rather than just sending recorded instruction. Remind them that this is a school day and they must switch off mobile phones and find a quiet place to work, if possible, to minimize distraction.

    Take breaks and have a support network

    Remember – you need breaks to. Stretch, have a warm drink and call a friend in your support network for a quick chat. Relax, recharge and repeat. To get started, here’s a simple plan to help you implement remote learning with minimal disruption.

Step-by-step guide to remote learning

Plans in itslearning is a great tool for creating a central hub for regular lessons. Start here to build your remote learning days.

With the Plans feature you can create detailed plans for any specific period of time, connect learning objectives, assignments, discussions and tests. Copy and share your plans with fellow teachers. Click the button below for more tips on using Plans.

Using plans

Create Engaging Lessons

You can record audio and video directly into the page, or use video conferencing to provide instruction, feedback and support.

Group work

Encourage students to work in teams by assigning group work through the Assignments feature. Our plagiarism tool helps prevent cheating. By working from home students learn time management skills. Ask them to share their tips with their peers, so everyone can learn from one another.

Free resources

Our Library has millions of standards-aligned resources. Use them as a teaching tool or create your own resources and share them with teachers in the itslearning community via the Library.

Monitor student progress

The itslearning 360° Reports are in-depth, real-time, visual infographics that show how well each student is engaging and progressing. It can help you refine and restructure courses to keep students engaged during extended periods of remote learning.

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Online Learning for Extended School Closures

This is a sample checklist to help you prepare.

Teacher Checklist

Remote Learning – Expert Insights

itslearning Customer Success Manager Rachel Riggio has implemented online learning for many schools in the US. She walks you through the set-up and what to consider to ensure online learning is done quickly and smoothly.

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Special thanks to Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation for generously sharing their Resources Package, which you will find in the handout.