As schools around the country move their classes online, the call for distance learning has raised concerns about the impact that increased screen time has on children. As a result, millions of teachers are exploring how to engage students and build classroom communities without the screentime climbing. Asynchronous activities allow students the opportunity to engage in learning independently and at their own pace. If you’re looking to minimize screentime or balance your students’ schedules, try one of the asynchronous activities below with your distance learning classes this year!

Build Community

Asynchronous activities can contribute meaningfully to your classroom culture. Make your asynchronous…


As schools around the country move their classes online, millions of teachers are exploring how to engage students and build classroom communities through a computer screen. Try one of these 40 activities for your next online class and bring your students together for a unique experience together.

40 Activities for Your Next Online Class

Come Together

One of the most important pieces of school is the classroom culture that is fostered in those opening days of school. As we gather together online this fall, make your online classes playful and inviting. …


As teachers across the country begin to plan for the uncertainties of school reopenings in the fall, one thing is certain: we must plan curriculum that is nimble and flexible in delivery if we want to be successful. After an exhausting spring, the prospect of re-designing a curriculum for the fall feels daunting. Yet there are simple tools that we can leverage to build meaningful and flexible learning experiences for our students, no matter what the fall might bring.

  1. are an easy tool for providing students with choice, parameters, and engaging learning experiences. On a choice board, the…

Media multitasking is not a new concern. “Surfing the web” has become a favorite pastime for adults and children, allowing us to procrastinate work and school assignments, fill hours of our day, or battle bouts of sleeplessness. Yet the constant digital distraction that has us clicking between websites, social media, work and school assignments, and other media has a significant neurological impact on our cognitive control, executive functions, and job or academic performance.

In a recent web search for new resources, I came across this 2019 study from the National Institute of Health: Features of Media…

Kathleen is Director of Academic Technology, teacher, lawyer, and T1D mom. Visit KathleenReardonConsulting.com. No information herein constitutes legal advice.

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