Digital Learning Resources Hub

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A variety of resources have been developed to support educators in digital learning during school closures. You can access all digital learning resources below. Additional instructional resources have been developed by C&I and are linked in the appropriate section below.

Review our Digital Distance Learning guide to get started:

Resources for people working with students

Distance learning tools & resources

Screenshot of resourceHow to Facilitate Digital Distance Learning: Use this guide to help you adapt your teaching and instruction to a distance learning format, including suggestions for tools you can use to engage students in their learning.

Screenshot of resourcePreparing for Digital Distance Learning: This resource supports educators and professional learning providers in leveraging technology to remain connected with students both synchronously and asynchronously. This document also includes information about the Digital Backpack, using Screencastify to flip a lesson, and Digital Citizenship resources/curriculum.

Screenshot of resourcePreparing for Digital Distance Learning Deck: This deck outlines some online teaching strategies and shares some basics for online facilitation.

Screenshot of resourceInstructional Resources for content areas: Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) departments have created instructional resources teachers can use with students for distance learning. On this page you will find a searchable repository of SFUSD teacher-created resources that spans grade levels and content areas. If you scroll down, you will also find grade level and content-specific resources hosted in Google Classrooms.

Screenshot of resourceHow to Record a Synchronous Lesson Without Identifiable Student Information: Rather than recording a separate video later for students who weren't able attend a lesson, learn how to record the lesson as you deliver it over Meet or Zoom without capturing student names, voices, or images.

Screenshot of resourceHow to Support Students Who Can’t Participate Synchronously: Make alternative learning materials for students who can't join your lessons in Meet or Zoom using this resource created jointly by C&I and DoT.

Screenshot of resourceGoogle Classroom resources: See all our resources for how to use Google Classroom as your learning management tool for grades 3-12. You'll also find a link here to a page you can share with families.

Screenshot of resourceGoogle Classroom guidance for the 20-21SY: Learn best practices for setting up your SFUSD Google Classroom.

Screenshot of resourceAccess to Books & Audiobooks: SFPL provides information on how to get access to books and audiobooks for students.

Screenshot of resourceApproved Digital Backpack Tools: Learn which learning tools are safe for use with students. These are also tools that you can get help with from the District.

Screenshot of resourceSummer app access: See which apps and tools will be available over Summer 2020.

Screenshot of resourceScreencastify how-to resource: Use Screencastify to record your screen and/or webcam to present information, model an activity, or flip your instruction.

Screenshot of resourceOverview of student access to YouTube: Learn what access students have to YouTube with their SFUSD Google account.

Screenshot of resourceDocs' translation tool: Google Docs has a built-in auto-translation tool you can use with ELL students or to translate resources for families.

Screenshot of resourceAccessibility in Digital Design: It's important to make learning resources accessible to people with different access and comprehension needs.

Screenshot of resourceDigital Learning's YouTube playlists: Watch videos created and curated by SFUSD's Digital Learning team to support topics like personalized learning environments, assessment tools & strategies, digital citizenship, and more.

Virtual meeting resources

Screenshot of resourceGuide to Virtual Meeting with Students: If meeting virtually with students over Meet or Zoom, read this all-inclusive guide to help you learn more about settings, limitations, and tips for a successful meeting.

Screenshot of resourceVirtual meeting resources page: Find resources and materials to support virtual meetings with both students and with adults.

Screenshot of resourceHow to Record a Synchronous Lesson Without Identifiable Student Information: Rather than recording a separate video later for students who weren't able attend a lesson, learn how to record the lesson as you deliver it over Meet or Zoom without capturing student names, voices, or images.

Screenshot of resourceZoombombing: Learn about what Zoomboming is and how to prevent it happening to you & your Zoom meetings.

Screenshot of resourceZoom: Activating Your Managed Account: Follow these steps to activate your district Zoom account.

Screenshot of resourceZoom: Recommended Settings: Read about some default settings and some suggested settings to ensure you and your students get the most out of Zoom.

Screenshot of resourceZoom update to fix calendar (video): If Zoom isn't working well with your Google Calendar, watch this video to fix issues with the extension.

Screenshot of resourceHow to Support Students Who Can’t Participate Synchronously: Make alternative learning materials for students who can't join your lessons in Meet or Zoom using this resource created jointly by C&I and DoT.

Screenshot of resourceScreencastify- Backpack support (how-to resource): Use Screencastify to record your screen and/or webcam to present information, model an activity, or flip your instruction.

Screenshot of resourceDigital Learning's YouTube playlists: Watch videos created and curated by SFUSD's Digital Learning team to support topics like personalized learning environments, assessment tools & strategies, digital citizenship, and more.

Professional development opportunities

Screenshot of resourcePeruse the district PD calendar: Look through different professional development events and offerings from different District teams and groups.

Screenshot of resource Explore Webinar, PLC, and Office Hours offerings: Join live webinars of a variety of teaching and technology topics, watch recordings of our previous webinars, or jump into office hours for some one-on-one support and help.

Screenshot of resourceGrab and Go’s from webinars: Don't want to watch a whole webinar? Take a look at summary materials for each webinar.

Synergy & TeacherVUE resources

Screenshot of resourceSending Mass Email & Posting Announcements: Get started with communicating with students and families in the Admin Portal by sending mass emails or posting announcements.

Screenshot of resourceHow Teachers Can Get Started with School Messenger: Learn how teachers can send and receive messages from students and their families through the School Messenger app.

Screenshot of resourceTechnology Platforms for Mass Communication: See which mass communication tools are available to you and decide which one fits your needs.

Screenshot of resourceSynergy TeacherVUE and Digital Distance Learning: Learn more about using TeacherVUE in Synergy during distance learning to communicate with students & families and post assignments.

Screenshot of resourceStudent Username and Password Report Guidance: Principals, APs, Counselors, Secretaries/Clerks, and Instructional Reform Facilitators (IRFs) at a school site can print student usernames and passwords by section or by teacher's last name.

Resources for people working with families

Distance learning resources

Screenshot of resourceAccess to Books & Audiobooks: SFPL provides information on how to get access to books and audiobooks for students.

Screenshot of resourceApproved Digital Backpack Tools: Learn which learning tools are available for students to use.

Screenshot of resourceSummer app access: See which apps and tools will be available over Summer 2020.

Screenshot of resourceOverview of student access to YouTube: Learn what access students have to YouTube with their SFUSD Google account.

Screenshot of resourceDocs' translation tool: Google Docs has a built-in auto-translation tool you can use to translate resources for families.

Screenshot of resourceDigital Learning's YouTube playlists: Watch videos created and curated by SFUSD's Digital Learning team to support topics like personalized learning environments, digital citizenship, and more.

Family tech support resources

Screenshot of resourceZoom: Activating Your Managed Account: Follow these steps to activate your district Zoom account.

Screenshot of resourceDigital Learning's YouTube playlists: Watch videos created and curated by SFUSD's Digital Learning team to support topics like personalized learning environments, assessment tools & strategies, digital citizenship, and more.

Screenshot of resourceFamily Tech Support FAQs for SFUSD employees: Get answers to commonly asked tech questions when working with families.

Screenshot of resourceTechnology Resources for Families: Share this webpage with families for information on device distribution/collection, internet access, and digital tools & platforms for students.

Screenshot of resourceGoogle Resources for Families: This webpage helps families navigate and use the various Google tools most frequently used by teachers, including Classroom, Gmail, Docs, and more. This page also has information about how to login to their student's SFUSD Google account.

Screenshot of resourceStudent Username and Password Report Guidance: Principals, APs, Counselors, Secretaries/Clerks, and Instructional Reform Facilitators (IRFs) at a school site can print student usernames and passwords by section or by teacher's last name, which can be individually distributed to each family. Student usernames and passwords can also now be found in ParentVUE.

Synergy & ParentVUE resources

Screenshot of resourceSending Mass Email & Posting Announcements: Get started with communicating with students and families in the Admin Portal by sending mass emails or posting announcements.

Screenshot of resourceHow Teachers Can Get Started with School Messenger: Learn how teachers can send and receive messages from students and their families through the School Messenger app.

Screenshot of resourceTechnology Platforms for Mass Communication: See which mass communication tools are available to you and decide which one fits your needs.

Screenshot of resourceFamily Portal Activation Toolkit: Help more families at your site activate and access their ParentVUE accounts for more accurate parent/guardian info, the ability to update their own email and phone number in the portal for SchoolMessenger, and to see CAASPP/SBAC and Report Cards right in the portal.

Screenshot of resourceUpdate Family Contact in Synergy: Parents and guardians give SFUSD their contact information through their Family Portal (ParentVUE) account, or they may contact your school site and ask you to update it on their behalf. It is critical for families to have updated contact information in Synergy to ensure they receive district-wide communications including SchoolMessenger notifications.

Screenshot of resourceSharing Screencasts Through ParentVUE: During distance learning, teachers can share screencasts with parents and students who may not have regular access to their own device through ParentVUE or by email to be accessed on a phone or a parent’s device.

Screenshot of resourceSynergy TeacherVUE and Digital Distance Learning: Learn more about using TeacherVUE in Synergy during distance learning to communicate with students & families and post assignments.

Screenshot of resourceStudent Username and Password Report Guidance: Principals, APs, Counselors, Secretaries/Clerks, and Instructional Reform Facilitators (IRFs) at a school site can print student usernames and passwords by section or by teacher's last name.

Resources for people working with SFUSD staff

Virtual meeting resources

Screenshot of resourceGuide to Virtual Meetings with Adults: If meeting virtually with students over Meet or Zoom, read this all-inclusive guide to help you learn more about settings, limitations, and tips for a successful meeting.

Screenshot of resourceVirtual meeting resources page: Find resources and materials to support virtual meetings with both students and with adults.

Screenshot of resourceZoombombing: Learn about what Zoomboming is and how to prevent it happening to you & your Zoom meetings.

Screenshot of resourceZoom: Activating Your Managed Account: Follow these steps to activate your district Zoom account.

Screenshot of resourceZoom: Recommended Settings: Read about some default settings and some suggested settings to ensure you and your students get the most out of Zoom.

Screenshot of resourceZoom update to fix calendar (video): If Zoom isn't working well with your Google Calendar, watch this video to fix issues with the extension.

Screenshot of resourceScreencastify- Backpack support (how-to resource): Use Screencastify to record your screen and/or webcam to present information, model an activity, or flip your instruction.

Screenshot of resourceDigital Learning's YouTube playlists: Watch videos created and curated by SFUSD's Digital Learning team to support topics like personalized learning environments, assessment tools & strategies, digital citizenship, and more.

Tech tools & resources

Screenshot of resourceGoogle resources: Find resources, ideas, and tips for getting the most out of different Google tools.

Screenshot of resourceAccessibility in Digital Design: It's important to make your resources accessible to people with different access and comprehension needs.

Professional development opportunities

Screenshot of resourcePeruse the district PD calendar: Look through different professional development events and offerings from different District teams and groups.

Screenshot of resource Explore Webinar, PLC, and Office Hours offerings: Join live webinars of a variety of teaching and technology topics, watch recordings of our previous webinars, or jump into office hours for some one-on-one support and help.

Screenshot of resourceGrab and Go’s from webinars: Don't want to watch a whole webinar? Take a look at summary materials for each webinar.