Emergency Resources Q&A

1. Forgot Password?

2. Skooler Training Directions

3. Office 365 Remote Learning Resources

4. See the Immersive Reader demo and if any of your students have Internet access, you can provide directions for them to use this feature in Office 365 and the Edge browser.
Immersive Reader

5. Tutor.com added to DISCUS

Please share with your students.
I would not advise students to use resources in Tutor.com that require an account.
See highlighted section below.

Due to the recent school closings related to the COVID-19 virus, the State Library has temporarily added tutor.com to Discus until June 30, 2020 with real time tutoring from 8am-10pm Sunday – Saturday.


Tutor.com is located on the A-Z list in Discus https://www.scdiscus.org/discus-resources as well as the Grade Level pages.

Please note: Some of the services available in Tutor.com require the creation of a personal account.

6. EverFi Information

Teacher/Student Set-Up Directions
EverFi in South Carolina Remote Learning

7. First Book

First Book, a national nonprofit that gets books, education materials, and other life essentials to children in need has a new, immediate mission—get seven million books to kids whose schools are closed but don't have books at home or internet access.

The organization that serves a network of more than 450,000 educators who serve low-income communities is asking for help, as well as offering educators to sign up and share their funding needs.

First Book has also created a new and constantly updated resource for educators, parents, and students looking for help with remote learning or just getting through this unprecedented situation.


8. Assistive Technology for Everyone

Assistive Technology is for everyone!! Immersive Reader would be great to use with any student who has Internet access. They can use the features on any device. Windows 10 features are if they have Windows 10 at home.

9. Internet Access

You may wish to share with your students if needed. I have not  received any information from Verizon.

Since not everyone at home has internet service, several internet providers and wireless companies have announced measures to offer free or discounted Wi-Fi during the ongoing outbreak. Companies like Charter/SpectrumALTICE USAComcast and AT&T.

10. Textbook Software

If you use any of the textbook sites and any of your students are having issues. It has the software information they need and/or links to be able to download the correct plugin versions.

Pearson Realize

ThinkCentral and Holt McDougal Online (my.hrw.com)


11. Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trip Links

Here are a list of sites that may help you find materials for your students.

Please remember not to have students sign up for or log into any site that has not been approved by the district.

Also, be careful of signing up for any site that says free trial… 


https://stories.audible.com/start-listen   Audible books is free while schools are closed



















12. i-Ready Information

i-Ready does not support use on a phone.

Also, remind any students that you are having use i-Ready, they must use the Chrome browser.

Having trouble with i-Ready?
Do a system check


13. TumbleMath and TeenBookCloud

During this time of school closings and students learning from home due to COVID-19, TumbleBooks CEO Ron Zevy has made TumbleMath and TeenBookCloud accessible for free through August 31, 2020. Access from the Grade Levels pages or Discus A-Z page at https://www.scdiscus.org/discus-resources.  

14. Communication with Students/Parents

T.I.M. Directions

1. Please remember not to communicate with students with their personal email address. Use their school email.

2. If you get a different phone number for a parent, please put in a webticket so we can make than change in PowerSchool for calls or texts that may go out.

3. If you have an issue with a school tablet at home, please put in a webticket and will be monitoring tickets and will help you.

4. The directions for using T.I.M. (SchoolMessenger) to contact parents is linked above. You may also put in a webticket to put out a call of you do not wish to do it yourself.

15. Teaching Remotely for Grades K-12

Keep students academically active with 20 days of meaningful learning journeys.

16. ETV At Home Learning

You may wish to include some of these programs for your instruction for students at home.

17. Office Training

If you need some help or any of your students who are using Office at home, here is a link to training resources you can share with any student who needs help with any projects you may assign.

18. Study Island Materials K-12

19. Emergency Learning Lesson Assistance Websites

Use these if you are able to use any eLearning with your students.

20. Skooler Information

User Login Directions
New Assignment Directions

21. FERPA and Student Privacy

We have been made aware by the Federal Government that FERPA and Student Data Privacy are still in effect.

1. Please treat all student information as if you were at school. You should be very careful with any student data/information at home so that any other member of your family is not seeing this data/information.

2. Do not utilize or recommend any websites to students that require them to create accounts. Use district resources that have been reviewed for data privacy.

3. We do not recommend that you utilize any “free” trials or websites that require you to create a login unless you have read all of the fine print and fully understand the information. There are always many scams but we are sorry to say there are many more going on now.  We have been told by FERPA in Washington that you can be held accountable for these so called free trials if you are not careful. That is why we recommend not to do that. We try very hard to protect you.

22. DISCUS and Tutor.com


Important Information about Discus and Tutor.com

Discus is temporarily offering Tutor.com to our K-12 partners until June 30, 2020.

Students are not required to create an account to access a tutor and students are not allowed to have e-mail correspondence with Tutor.com tutors in any capacity in compliance of COPAA guidelines.

Students using the drop off essay or drop off math tools will get a notification from Tutor.com when the asynchronous review is complete.

23. Bound to Stay Bound

Bound to Stay Bound has put together pages of resources that they plan to update daily.

Please do not recommend any sites that require students to create logins

There are a lot of resources here

24. DISCUS Updates & Training Opportunities

Access live tutoring, math storybooks, and more through Discus


Temporary access to tutoring_ math_ and teen ebooks and triangle shaped image of Discus

With school closings around the state due to the COVID-19 situation, Discus has temporarily acquired access to new vendor-provided and state-funded resources. Learn about them all in this issue of our newsletter. Access all three resources from the A-Z List or By Grade Level tabs at www.scdiscus.org.
- TumbleMath
- TeenBookCloud
- tutor.com

New Discus access to tutor.com now through June 30, 2020


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Connect with a live tutor, submit a paper for review, or drop-off a math question using tutor.com. K-12 students in South Carolina may use these services free of charge. 

Live tutoring is available 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., seven days per week. 

The test prep tools and skill-building videos are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Access tutor.com from any computer or mobile device connected to the Internet. Some features require the user to create a personal account. This free service is made possible by the South Carolina State Library through June 30, 2020. 

Free access to TumbleMath now through August 2020   


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Use animated story books to help with math teaching and learning! TumbleMath is targeted to grades K - 6. 

Browse playlists for Manga Math, Math Matters, and more! Access books in 14 categories from counting to word problems, geometry, probability, and more. TumbleMath is made available free to Discus through August 31, 2020 by the CEO Ron Zevy of TumbleBooks.

Engage your teens in reading with TeenBookCloud now through
August 31, 2020


Teen Book Cloud logo with blue arrow

From O. Henry's Gift of the Magi, to Orwell's Animal Farm, and from middle school fiction to popular teen reads, TeenBookCloud provides your grade 7 - 12 students and YA and teen library patrons with access to well-stocked online bookshelves! Find fiction, non-fiction, classics, drama and poetry, AP English, eBooks, graphic novels, audiobooks, and videos in this collection.  Free access is provided through August 31, 2020 for Discus by CEO Ron Zevy of TumbleBooks.

25. Khan Academy          

Teacher Information
Student Login

26. Entering Grades for Student Work

We have had questions about how to enter information into PowerTeacher for work that students have completed while we are out.

As soon as we receive information from the State Department of Education, we will let you know how to proceed.

Please do not attempt to enter any grades at this time.

27. Using the Skooler Message Feature

28. EasyCode Teacher Resources

Remember you access through Clever – From Learning.com

Learning.com’s Full Coding Curriculum is Now Available!

We hope this email finds you well.  Let me begin by saying I see you as a hero in your efforts to support students and teachers in your district.

Many of you have reached out to us in search of engaging, relevant online content for your at-home learners. In addition to the EasyTech digital literacy curriculum that you are already using with your students, Learning.com is now also providing you full access to our coding curriculum - EasyCode Foundations and EasyCode Pillars. The entire coding curriculum  has already been added to your accounts and you can begin providing access to your students immediately.

EasyCode Foundations introduces students, typically those in grades 3-8, to coding through a game-based environment where students learn to code by solving coding challenges. Once their coding skills are mastered, students apply them to build their own apps and games. With the help of detailed lesson plans and interactive resources, any teacher can confidently help their students learn the basics of coding, even if they have no prior experience with this subject.

EasyCode Pillars is an interactive curriculum that helps students—typically starting in grade 6—learn key coding principles using Python, an industry-leading programming language. In each lesson, students complete a project through a series of activities that include coding challenges, debugging practice, and quizzes. Each lesson ends with an additional coding exercise in which students create their own project applying the skills learned.

To access the full library of curriculum including instructional videos, please navigate to the Library section in the teacher interface and choose EasyCode Foundations and EasyCode Pillars Python Suite. For a full list of other Learning.com resources to help in the implementation of this curriculum with students, please visit https://support.learning.com/product-resources/easycode/

You can stay abreast of Learning.com’s support for distance learning by visiting this page for the most current news: https://info.learning.com/virtual-learning-resources.

29. Stream Information

Want to use Video for your students? Use Stream.

30. Using Teams Meeting Capabilities

31. Word Document Accessibility

32. PowerPoint Presentation Accessibility

33. Sending student email? Students having difficulty?

34. Zoom Information

It has come to our attention that some of you maybe using Zoom instead of the district approved video conferencing tools within Teams or Skooler.

Please note that Zoom’s data privacy policies have come unto scrutiny.

See one such example below:

Zoom sued for allegedly sharing users' personal data with Facebook

We strongly urge you to utilize the recommended district applications to protect your privacy as well as students.

We work hard to protect you and your students data from being utilized inappropriately.

35. Converting Adobe Files (.pdf) to Word

1. To convert a PDF to a Word document for editing, simply select the PDF in the File Open process.

2. Confirm that you wish to convert the PDF to Word if prompted and Word then opens the PDF document in the Word window.

3. Once the document opens in Word, you can edit it using the familiar Word interface.

4. When you save the document, it saves back as a PDF document, unless you choose to save it as a Word document through a File, Save As command.

36. Science Resource

MolView.org is a resource to use in teaching Science online. MolView is a free web based tool that allows you to visualize 3D models of molecules and compounds and more. MolView is an intuitive, Open-Source web-application to make science and education more awesome!


37. Knowitall.org Resources for April

At-Home Learning
resources and instructional materials are available from South Carolina ETV and the SC Department of Education. Find more information and links below.

For School Library Month and National Poetry Month, literacy, storytelling, poetry and journalism resources abound in our Libraries, Literature & Learning Collection!  Please see the list of specific dates to keep in mind all through April!

Try out our resources for National Public Health Week and World Health Day. We hope you will not only view them but also act on them!

View our resources for International Day of Human Space Flight, Earth Day, Yom HaShoah, International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day, Dance Day, International Jazz Day and many more!


38. Tutor.com

How To Guide
Student Brochure
Educators Information
Parent Information (English)
Parent Information (Spanish)

NOTE: Free on Discus till the end of June 2020

There are handouts attached that can be given to parents and students since tutor.com has tutors available on line from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

39. Microsoft Education and Skooler

1. Quick tip videos for Microsoft Education features


This channel is dedicated to short, quick "How To" videos showing useful Microsoft Education features for educators and students.

2. Skooler Academy

Training Directions


40. FBI Releases Guidance on Defending Against VTC Hijacking and Zoom-bombing

While we recommend using Teams or Skooler for working with students, we wanted to share with you the information we received from the FBI  with you.

DATE: April 2, 2020

SUBJECT: FBI Releases Guidance on Defending Against VTC Hijacking and Zoom-bombing - TLP: WHITE

On March 30, 2020, the FBI released an article, warning users of teleconferencing sessions being hijacked (also being referred to as “Zoom-bombing”) all over the nation. The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language. In the wake of reports of this activity being reported to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaints Center (IC3 -ic3.gov), they have published the following recommendations:

  • Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
  • Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.
  • Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to “Host Only.”
  • Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. In January 2020, Zoom updated their software. In their security update, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join.
  • Lastly, ensure that your organization’s telework policy or guide addresses requirements for physical and information security.

41. Students and FERPA

We have been contacted by the Department of Education‘s FERPA Office in Washington that FERPA is still in effect with students while they are at home.

Please be sure you use district approved resources with students.

Do not use any sites that require students to create accounts.

You may want to review this video from the FERPA office on using email to send information to students and parents.


Remember to encrypt email when needed. The system will generate a code to get the email, they do not have to be district email accounts. Please be sure you are communicating with the legal parent/guardian. The district has indicated to each school’s office staff to be sure the legal guardian is the first contact. If you are not sure you are communicating with the right person, please contact your school principal.

Here is a reminder:

It is important to encrypt email that contains student information to protect the student information.

Please see below on how to:

42. Learning.com Resources K-8

Please remember we use Clever to log into Learning.com.

Use the link below for more resources from Learning.com:


43. Chemistry Resource


44. Chemistry Resources from the DISCUS Office

1. There is an excellent section on chemical bonding in this resource from Credo Reference:


It is from Homework Helpers: Biology by Matthew Distefano Chemistry of Life, Lesson 2:2 Chemical Bonding.

2. Also, see chapter 4 of Homework Helpers: Chemistry by Greg Curran: https://scsl.idm.oclc.org/login?auth=discus&url=https://search.credoreference.com/content/title/careerpchecm?institutionId=7268&tab=contents

3. There is also a good article with diagrams in Science Reference Center.

Have student click on the full text PDF to see article and all diagrams and illustrations:


4. LEARN360 has video series and segments on chemical bonding.

45. New Resource from the State Department of Education

SCRemoteLearning.com, a website offering digital teaching and learning resources for teachers, parents and students during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

46. Study Island

From Study Island Technical Support

The mobile phones are not technically supported for Study Island use. The issue is with the screen size being rendered down to the cellphone screen size. There are problems with long passages and/or long question/answer sets. Another issue is with drag/drop answers - again because of screen size rendering. They have tested with devices as small as the iPad, but have noticed issues with cell phones.

See this link for more information:



We have received another reminder from the SDE concerning FERPA during online learning.

Please be sure you are following FERPA just like you are at school.

Please note some additional items that you will need to follow:

Can educators or administrators post photos or videos of my online class on the internet or social media?

Unlikely without consent. Engaging in online instruction may create an “education record” for a student or students, which is protected from disclosure under FERPA. However, the Department of Education’s previous guidance on FERPA and videos has stated that videos only become covered under FERPA when a student is the focus of that video. For example, if online classroom instruction focuses on a particular student, such as the teacher calling on a student to give an answer or a student delivering a book report, the video would become part of the education record for that student, and could not be shared without that student's consent unless a FERPA exception applies. Practice due diligence must be exercised to guarantee (as much as practicable) that the recording is only accessible to students in that class.

If you are going to record your lesson, teachers you should  only record and share the “presentation” part of the lesson, and ensure that the settings for the recording only show the presentation, not the participant videos or names, or a recording of the “chat box.” Be transparent and let students know that they are being recorded when they are, how long the recording will be stored, who has access to the recording, and think about allowing students to opt-out of attending a live recording.  We suggest you do not record any parts of lessons where students are participating in the discussion. You may record your instruction to be used by another student who is unable to attend. You must delete the recorded lesson no more than 30 days after it has been completed.

What if My Observations During Online Instruction Lead Me to Reasonably Suspect Neglect or Abuse?

Report it. Teachers are mandated reporters of abuse and neglect regardless of where they see it. Follow your administrators directions for reporting suspected abuse.