Online Teaching and Learning (for K-12)

Good Online Teaching and Learning (for K-12)

The following is to support teachers in providing online education for their students.

It will be updated as new resources are identified.

Please email OneDoor with recommended additions or if you have any questions about any resource or other information provided through this page.

As an overriding consideration, it is important to not see Online teaching as not just an issue of what tools the teacher might prefer. There are crucial process and pedagogical considerations to also consider.


  1. Most research advice is geared for post-school age students. K-12 needs to take into account the different needs and capabilities of children across K-12, including age, motivations and role of parent

  2. Online learning research is also strongly aligned to pre-designing for online as a primary delivery form, whereas this page is primarily in response to a school closure situation.

  3. Technology is never neutral, nor provides a ‘solution’ as a one variable consideration

  4. While good teaching is good teaching anywhere (driven by relationships, expertise and structure), teaching online requires consideration of differences in teacher-student relationship and teacher management requirements

  5. Parents role is a critical consideration depending on age, as many K-12 students might not be ot independent self-directed learners as defined for tertiary considerations.

From the research (Online Teaching at Its Best: Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research Linda B. Nilson and Ludwika A. Goodson (2018))

Good Online Education is evident in

  • Clear Learning Objective (Alignment of all aspects (content, learning activities, assessments)) 
  • Support for the range of self-directed learning appropriate for age and diversity of student approaches
    (and associate parental involvement)
  • Teacher presence through interactions with students
  • Reliable / Function Technology
  • Understanding Cognitive Impacts (see below)
  • Virtual Classrooms that promote student interaction, have well managed resources and activities, and cater for the individual differences between students
  • Evidence of Teacher considerations
    • Encouragement of contact between students and faculty 
    • Development of reciprocity and cooperation among students 
    • Encouragement of active learning 
    • Giving of prompt feedback 
    • Emphasizing of time on task 
    • Communication of high expectations 
    • Respect for diverse talents and ways of learning
      (Chickering & Gamson (1987) on undergraduate learning)
  • Community consistency and understanding 


  • As supported by CDNIS (OneDoor/LTT)
  1. Purposeful technologies

    1. Communication and Collaboration: Seesaw
      1. how to create a Seesaw activity
      2. how to share Seesaw Class QR codes with parents

    2. Media Content
      1. Youtube: for inquiry / research

    3. Media Creation
      1. Screencastify is a Google Chrome Extension for screen recording. The school now has a full licence for Screencastify. This tool works much like screencast-o-matic but without time limits. Screencastify is a Google product, so videos are automatically to your Google Drive. Here is a video showing how to use it. 
      2. MacBook Quicktime Player screen recording tutorial 
      3. iPhone/iPad screen recording tutorial 
      4. Puppet EDU on iPad to create voice recording photo videos – tutorial 
      5. Padlet – allow a group of students to collaborate and post text, images, videos, and links on one webpage together
      6. Coggle – mind maps and flow charts
      7. Word Cloud – online word cloud generator and tag cloud creator
      8. Mentimeter – create polls and quizzes to collect feedback
      9. Flipgrid – pose questions and students record spark thoughtful video responses with stellar tool
      10. Canva – make course material more visual and engaging for learners
      11. Pexels – Using free stock images to boost retention, help break down complex topics, and make your content visually pleasing

    4. Digital Life / Citizenship
      1. Management: For parents: Online Homework – The Biggest Challenge – How to help your kids to stay on task with online home learning
      2. Balance: My Media Balance – Video about how to make healthy media choices
      3. Safety: 5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids – Video about how to stay safe online
  2. Support

    1. Virtual Classrooms
      1. Google Hangouts / Meet  (Virtual Synchronous Classroom)
      2. Zoom  (Virtual Synchronous Classroom)
      3. Google Classroom (Virtual Asynchronous Classroom)
      4. Veracross (Learning Management System) Attendance
      5. Seesaw (Communication)


  • Inquiry Online
  • PBL Online

Teaching and Learning Considerations