Distance Learning Tools for Teachers
Links to a few tools with descriptions you can use to connect with your students and families.
ClassDojo is a school communication platform that teachers, students, and families use to build communities by sharing what's being learned.
Zoom has HD video and audio to provide virtual classes. Students can join classes from any device. Session recording and automatic transcription allow students to learn at their own pace. Simple user management. Ensure that everyone can participate equitably with closed captioning and keyboard shortcuts. Collaborating on projects and ideas is easy with one-click content sharing, real-time co-annotation, and digital whiteboarding. There are webinars for teachers to access to learn how to better use Zoom as a communication tool.
Google Classroom Many teachers use Google Classroom already because it is an easy way to get your students together. You can post messages, attach links, assign tasks and link your Newsela accounts and YouTube videos. Getting Started with Google Classroom.
Flipgrid is a free, simple way to foster short video-based discussions on classroom topics. Educators, learners, and families can use Flipgrid at school or at home to stay connected and share their continued learning experiences. Flipgrid PDF Quickstart Flipgrid Vimeo on Getting Started for Educators
Padlet is another collaboration tool. It is a bulletin board type site where students can post images and/or text. It can be academic or just for fun. Add a meme, post the book you are reading etc. It currently has a 30 day free trial, but it will require a fee after 30 days.
Remind Remind Getting Started Video When two-way messaging is enabled, you can communicate directly with students and families to answer questions and provide individual support. Personal contact information is never shown, and conversations are always available to access in your message history. Class participants can send messages in the same way they receive your notifications—by text, by app, and online. You can set office hours for your account to let them know when you’re available. Set office hours
Seesaw is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and saves teachers time! Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio. Teachers find or create activities to share with students. Getting Started with Seesaw.