Digital Learning Together

Staying Connected

Physical distancing doesn't mean we can't stay connected! Here are a few ways we can stay in touch. We are working on hosting different online conversations to be responsive to current needs, continue learning, and preparing for the months ahead. We will post all upcoming opporutnities and recordings for those with content to share.

Virtual Coffee Meetings. Whether you are looking for a thought partner for a specific need or just to see how others are adjusting, these informal "hang outs" are great ways to connect.

Brown Bag Lunches. Peer presentations or content discussions to learn from the expertise of the network!

Webinar Trainings. Interactive professional development opportunities on youth worker topics. 

Do you have a TOPIC you want some thought partners to connect on?  Do you have INFO to share that other programs may want to hear?  Contact and lets make it happen!

Upcoming Opportunites

March 24th 11:30-12:00-  Zoom Sandbox - Opening up a Zoom Sandbox so we can play around.  Did you know that Zoom lets you create breakout rooms? Looking for folks who want to meet up in zoom to connect and catch up, and also play around with all of the fun features of zoom. There is a lot you can do in the free account version! Put this Zoom link in your calendar for Tuesday and we will see you there!

Friday, March 27th 9:00-10:00 - Virtual Coffee Break - Jocelyn has scheduled an open coffee meeting for Friday. Pop in to say "Hi!" at anytime!  Here's the link to join

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 12:00 - 1:00 - Summer Learning Toolkit & Recruiting and Engaging Students - Register HERE - The National Afterschool Association is hosting a webinar to explore effective strategies for Student Recruitment and Attendance, drawing from the Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning Toolkit, a free, online resource featuring 50+ practical tools and resources to help district and their out-of-school time partners design and deliver high-quality summer programs. Resources draw from lessons from the National Summer Learning Project (NSLP) and align with research findings by RAND, included in Getting to Work on Summer Learning, 2nd edition.

Yale webinars: Using emotional intelligence to combat COVID-19 anxiety - FREE Webinars - click link for full descriptions

Uncertainty and anxiety go hand-in-hand, according to experts at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (CEI), and that is why the many unknowns about the coronavirus pandemic — when cases will peak, when schools will reopen, when it will be safe to visit loved ones — are creating widespread anxiety.  But there are strategies that can help people mitigate anxiety as they are social distancing and subject to constant pandemic updates. In a series of webinars beginning March 25, CEI experts will address ways of maintaining emotional health, regulating emotions, and developing resilience using emotional intelligence strategies.

Ideas for Practice and Play with Emotional IntelligenceWednesday, March 25, 3 p.m. ET. Register here.

5 Steps to Healthy Emotion Regulation at Home. Thursday, March 26, 2 p.m. ET. I Register here.

Managing Emotions Through Self-Care & Building Resilience. Wednesday, April 1, 3 p.m. ET. I Register here.


Recordings to check out

Everfi - Friday, March 20th Stacy Schleeter from Cookie Cart shares how they use EVERFI, a Remote Learning Kit packed with no-cost virtual programs and best practices (info here.).  These digital lessons are completely free, standards-aligned, and educators (Yes... EVERFI recognizes OST staff as educators!) can set up their classes remotely.  Recordings available here Zoom Recording (part 1)   Zoom Recording (part 2)

What is DESSA? - Misha Evertz from  Athletes Committed to Educating Students (ACES) shares how they use DESSA in their program to improve and measure outcomes for youth. Click Here to see the recoding (15 min 12 sec) .... and Click HERE to see additional notes from recording (2 min 37 sec)

CESA 6 Webinar Archive - A variety of topics

Learning Technology Center of Illinois - A variety of topics and on demand options

Digital Learning Resources

Using ZOOM Effectively for Active Instruction - By CESA 6 Smart Thinking -This recorded session presents how to use the free version (or the $15/mo version which provides unlimited meeting time .... do an internet search for discount codes to see if you can find one... I found 20% off). We hosted a "sandbox" to play around in Zoom which is a great way to try out the  features.  We suggest this with your staff team or colleagues as well.  Click this link if you want to do a self guided PPT for yourself or to instruct your team. *Note at 20:00 they mention that not all functions may be available with Chromebook...

Different Ways to Deliver Content and Find Resources - By CESA 6  - Learn about a variety of fre websites that allow students to gayther information for different content areas. WAlk thorugh sites that students can use todemonstrate their knowledge and techers can use to deliver content. Sites discussed :Google ARts & Culture, Liobrary of Congress, Open Library, Good tour Builder, Wakelet, Flipsnack. Click this link if you want to do a self guided PPT for yourself or to instruct your team.  

Using TikTok in the Classroom - by Learning Technology Center of Illinois   Click this link if you want to do a self guided PPT for yourself or to instruct your team.