Looking for resources to help you navigate blended or online learning? Forty-fifth Street has got you covered.
Terms to Know
Digital Literacy—the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills
Digital Citizenship—Digital citizenship refers to the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with society on any level
LMS—Learning Management System
“The role of a Learning Management System varies depending on the organization’s objectives, online training strategy, and desired outcomes. However, the most common use for LMS software is to deploy and track online training initiatives. Typically, assets are uploaded to the Learning Management System, which makes them easily accessible for remote learners. In some cases, the LMS may even have built-in eLearning authoring tools that allow you to develop online training materials without additional third-party software” (examples of Learning Management systems include Schoology and Google Classroom.)
Closed domain—It is a term most often associated with LMSs. A closed domain allows teachers and students within a network to communicate with each other. Users who are not on that network may or may not be allowed to communicate for security and privacy reasons. **Check with your child’s teacher because if the domain is closed, they will not receive communication from anyone outside of the network at that email address.
ACCESS (started in 2005)
“The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) has continually faced the challenge of providing high school students in rural areas with an adequate education designed to equip them for the rigors of college and the global workforce.
Many of these schools were also unable to provide a comprehensive curriculum that could offer the courses necessary for an advanced high school diploma.
By blending traditional classroom teaching with the Internet and videoconferencing technology, ACCESS gives students, particularly those in underserved districts, academic opportunities they would not have otherwise. ACCESS allows students to take AP courses, earn advanced diplomas, learn foreign languages, and take electives that their local school does not offer.”
Hyperlink—a link from a hypertext file or document to another location or file, typically activated by clicking on a highlighted word or image on the screen ( If a word is hyperlinked, it is usually underlined or the font is a different color. For example – Please visit www.bplonline.org/. Clicking that link will take users to the library website.
Remote—off-campus via Learning Management System (LMS)
Blended/ Hybrid—a combination of traditional and remote models
Virtual Schools—K-12 pathway of learning; teachers are usually employed through outside vendor; it is not a temporary option To learn more, visit https://alva.k12.com/
Traditional—face-to-face on campus instruction with a regular schedule
Tips for Remote Learning
- Encourage responsible digital activity
- Limit distractions
- Make space for learning
- Maintain breaks such as snack times and recess
- Allow them time to interact with friends (video chats, phone calls, etc.)
- Mix screen time with “old-school” methods and mediums (develop fine motor skills – cutting, tying shoes, holding pencils)
- Keep in touch with other parents; Utilize your village
- Don’t underestimate the power of a schedule
- Don’t let your children treat this time as vacation
- Schedule time for fun
City of Birmingham Division of Youth Services (DYS)—the weekly newsletter is filled with resources to support families (to subscribe email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 205-320-0879.
The Alabama Virtual Library (AVL)—The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers and residents of the State of Alabama with 24/7 online access to premier library and information resources free of charge. – https://www.avl.lib.al.us/
Birmingham Public Library—The Birmingham Public Library offers a plethora of resources and services to residents of Birmingham. The Jefferson County Cooperative allows patrons to benefit from services of neighboring libraries. www.bplonline.org/ (Downloadable books, online programming, curbside pickup and technology classes)
The Alabama Homework Hotline—Homework Alabama can be accessed from virtually any computer or mobile device with internet connection while in the state of Alabama.
Crayola is providing weekly at home learning projects to support families – https://created.crayola.com/at-home-learning-home/family-projects
Now, as schools across the state begin to open for the 2020-2021 school year, whether in-person or virtually, Alabama Public Television will continue to serve Alabama’s pre-K-12th grade students, teachers, and families with high-quality broadcast programs and digital resources. Broadcast programming for pre-K through fifth-grade students will be offered daily on APT’s main channel and on PBS Kids. Programs may include Literacy, STEM, Social & Emotional Learning, Social Studies, Art, and more. To view the broadcast schedule, please visit https://aptv.org/education/education-broadcast-schedule/.
A five-hour learning block designed for students in grades 6-12 will be available from 11 AM-4 PM Monday through Friday on APT’s WORLD channel. The block includes content in social studies, science/engineering and English Language Arts.
APT’s new website, Learn at Home with Alabama Public Television, includes a variety of activities, downloadable materials and digital resources that complement our broadcast schedules and extend learning opportunities. Live streams of the main channel, WORLD and PBS Kids broadcast channels will be available on our website. Teachers and families can access a wide variety of digital resources from APT and PBS LearningMedia, including archives of APT’s award-winning Learning Adventures, curated resources on pertinent topics and digital resources aligned with the standards identified as “critical“ for each grade level by the Alabama State Department of Education.
https://aptv.org/education/education-broadcast-schedule/ Literacy, STEM, Social & Emotional Learning, Social Studies & Arts (summer) K-3, 4-8, 9 – 12 and by subject areas (There are also programs specific to Alabama history.)
Stair of Birmingham—text messages
Text SUMMER to 205-649-5638 to receive weekly Reading activities (K-3)
Alabama Distance Learning Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Students—https://www.ebscoed.com/ –
Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students—(free wifi for students- https://abcstudents.org/
McWane Science Center—https://www.mcwane.org/learn/kids-family/at-home-experiments/
At-Home Study Kits
Support student learning by having an at-home study kit. Kits should vary by grade span. Choose the most appropriate materials to support your students.
- Paper (looseleaf, notebook, copy paper)
- Crayons/ Colored Pencils/ Markers
- Writing Utensils Pencils/ Pens
- Highlighter pens
- Index cards
- Sharpened Pencils with erasers
- Glue/ Glue sticks
- Stapler with box of staples
- Paper clips
- Single-hole punch
- Three-hole punch
- Self-stick notepads
Fifty Nifty United States—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhDrGnjacvA
Virtual Field Trips—https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzle1hB-hXhLOWurFgOObU3hXj2ECKl7w
Kindergarten Sight Words
Kindergarten Sight Words List 1—https://youtu.be/gIZjrcG9pW0
Kindergarten Sight Words List 2—https://youtu.be/E0vWOwIflTs
Kindergarten Sight Words List 3—https://youtu.be/xi8U7bCOm6c
Kindergarten Sight Words List 4—https://youtu.be/XChcUZHW_SM
Kindergarten Sight Words List 5—https://youtu.be/6pQvG6kZUTs
Kindergarten Sight Words List 6—https://youtu.be/BMH8CBNgo8w
Kindergarten Sight Words List 7—https://youtu.be/GHN6bbcseuU
Kindergarten Sight Words List 8—https://youtu.be/vrbM1B4w_i8
Kindergarten Sight Words List 9—https://youtu.be/SuxSWR6O078
Fry Sight Words
Fry Sight Words 1–25—https://youtu.be/qb9WbH1-WXI
Fry Sight Words 26–50—https://youtu.be/Kk2G1TTyPIY
Fry Sight Words 51–75—https://youtu.be/F6C2MGCUdj8
Fry Sight Words 76–100—https://youtu.be/u3Gldx3JArU
Fry Sight Words 101–125—https://youtu.be/X8Uiz_pNqxY
Fry Sight Words 126–150—https://youtu.be/xC1R6b8p6_0
Fry Sight Words 151–175—https://youtu.be/J0627GzKMhc
Fry Sight Words 176–200—https://youtu.be/Oyv08jluWX0
Fry Sight Words 201–225—https://youtu.be/V1W3SbiRhmk
Fry Sight Words 226–250—https://youtu.be/VNviEeCbp8I
Fry Sight Words 251–275—https://youtu.be/oqucxoKtEAs
Fry Sight Words 276–300—https://youtu.be/WZRzzVg_TP0
Fry Sight Words 301–325—https://youtu.be/0WrsvtUvkR8
Fry Sight Words 326–350—https://youtu.be/6zq0V5MdLTs
Fry Sight Words 351–375—https://youtu.be/xecFyVZkzQI
Fry Sight Words 376–400—https://youtu.be/gY2Ki7QnKPU
Fry Sight Words 401–425—https://youtu.be/OfTosYo9A2M
Fry Sight Words 426–450—https://youtu.be/DJrbEiyifIw
Fry Sight Words 451–475—https://youtu.be/uoZKZwNCqjs
Fry Sight Words 476–500—https://youtu.be/aHRRKhJsLb0