Morrison co-hosts online chat to share resources for educators, students during COVID-19 pandemic

Mia Morrison, lecturer in instructional technology with the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development, co-hosted an online chat on Tuesday, March 17 to help share resources, ideas and reflections aimed at supporting teachers and students during school closures caused by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The chat took place on Twitter, using the hashtag #AppleEDUchat, and was archived online. It was co-hosted by Morrison (@MiaLMorrison) and Kelly Croy (@kellycroy), director of innovation and instruction at Port Clinton City School District in Ohio.

Educators who participated in the chat were asked to respond to six questions:

  • How are you working to support your learners through remote learning?
  • What modifications is your school making to support remote learning?
  • What are your top 3 communication tools for remotely keeping your students and parents informed with your plans?
  • What are some best practices for remote teaching and learning in case of a school closure?
  • What are the biggest challenges you’re facing around school closure?
  • How might we maintain a sense of calm and community during and throughout this period?

Morrison has presented regionally and nationally on the use of educational technology. She was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, and served on the Apple Distinguished Educator international advisory board to advance the utilization of educational technology around the world. She is a UMaine-based faculty member in the collaborative instructional technology program, a partnership between the University of Maine, University of Maine at Farmington and University of Southern Maine.

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