George Lucas Educational Foundation

Online Learning

Whether exploring entirely virtual classrooms and schools or ways to expand learning beyond the walls of your building, the resources are out there. Cyberspace is the place!

  • How to Set Up a Virtual Book Club for Students

    An online book club organized by a teacher or school librarian can be a good way to foster social interactions during the pandemic.
    Laura Milligan
  • 4 Tips for Productive Online Discussions

    A debate coach with experience guiding virtual discussions explains how to get students to engage with each other and with the course content.
  • How to Coach Parents Who Are Teaching at Home

    Many parents and guardians felt overwhelmed in supporting their student’s learning during the pandemic—these strategies can help.
  • What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month

    An American whose classroom in Beijing is now online shares what she and her team have learned since the coronavirus hit, just as U.S. teachers make the same shift.
    Laurel Schwartz
  • Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment

    Hundreds of teachers, many of them operating in countries where teach-from-home has been in place for weeks, weigh in on the mental approach you need to stay grounded in this difficult time.
  • Getting Ready to Teach Next Year

    There’s a lot of uncertainty about the 2020–21 school year, but planning for a mix of remote and in-person instruction will help educators be ready.
  • How to Improve Distance Learning for Students With IEPs

    Strategies for parental involvement and synchronous and asynchronous activities can help students with individualized education programs.
  • Distance Learning FAQ: Solving Teachers’ and Students’ Common Problems

    Lessons learned from problems during remote learning can help inform teaching and learning this fall.
  • 7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure

    Suddenly, you’re not in the same physical space as your students. We asked teachers to share strategies for maintaining relationships—both peer-to-peer and student-teacher—when everything’s gone remote.
  • How to Keep Students’ Attention in a Virtual Classroom

    Teachers worried about students zoning out during distance learning can lean on these programs for help.
  • Distance Learning Strategies to Bring Back to the Classroom

    When schools closed, teachers were forced to get creative—and they’ve learned things they can use when they’re back at school.
  • Emphasizing the Importance of Play During Distance Learning

    For young children, play is the primary vehicle for learning, and these ideas will help ensure that they continue to have rich play experiences at home.
  • Covid-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being

    The pandemic has revealed—and exacerbated—inequities that hold many students back. Here’s how teachers can help.
  • Teaching Strategies of Award-Winning Online Instructors

    A recent study gleaned five insights on virtual instruction by examining the techniques shared in common by top-rated online instructors.
  • 4 Tips for Teachers Shifting to Teaching Online

    An educator with experience in distance learning shares what he’s learned: Keep it simple, and build in as much contact as possible.