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Distance Learning Resources

The OFT recognizes that many of our members are working harder than ever and, at the same time, more frustrated than ever with the great demands and lack of supports to get the work done.  Remote/distance learning is a source of the frustration. Many of our members found themselves in the situation having to deliver instruction remotely with minimal, if any, professional development. As a result, OFT has created a tab on our website where our members provide tips and examples of what they are doing that can help and support our members with less experience who feel they need some tips and examples of what others are doing in their remote classrooms. 

This page is in continuous development. If you know of anyone who has recorded a lesson that can be shared, a video communicating with parents, or any other info that would help support each other, please send it to Deb Tully at and we will post the material. We can add information at any time.

Grade bands and Topics  

  • K-4
  • 5-8
  • 9-12 [content to be added soon]
  • Communicating with Families [content to be added soon]
  • Organization and Planning [content to be added soon]
  • Virtual Applications
  • Tips from Professional Organizations [content to be added soon]


Brenda McGinnis 1st Grade Classroom Georgetown Schools

Brenda explains how her classroom works:  My class is small group all day so that students receive the content in a way that fits their specific needs. Students take pictures of their work and record themselves in the physical classroom to post on their digital portfolios for families. When we switched to virtual learning, they did the same steps just sent to me instead of their families. We had a smooth transition and had regular class the 1st day they were out via google meet. We switched to zoom later in the spring. 

Explanation of her daily structure:  

Students explain to their parents how they access information on their Chromebooks: 


Adam McGinnis’ 6th grade classroom – Georgetown

Adam explains how his class is structured:

Virtual Applications

Sarah Helsinger has been teaching high school science since 1997.   After teaching mostly chemistry for 20+ years at a traditional college prep high school she was ready to try something different.  In 2019 she began teaching Forensic Science to all the Criminal Justice students and Applied Physics to the auto tech and diesel tech students.  She went through the National Board process in 2004, and became a Google Certified Educator in 2017.  Her love of technology has made teaching remotely easier.  She has shared the three videos below on a variety of apps to support distance learning and to help make remote teaching a little easier to for everyone.

Google Classroom Tips & Tricks



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