Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet – these tools have helped many teachers, coaches, principals, and students stay connected during our emergency distance learning with COVID-19.
But there are so many more tools that educators can use to simplify communication, engagement, and learning.
This list is adapted from and was first posted at readtheory.org.
- Remind — A communication app that allows teachers to securely message students and their parents with important updates without giving out personal information
- ScreenCastify — Google Chrome add-on (extension) that allows teachers to record lessons on their device screens and then share the video to their students
- Pear Deck — Google Slides add-on that allows teachers to make their GoogleSlide presentations interactive. Fantastic for presenting remotely because it gives real-time feedback while you advance through the presentation.
- Class Dojo — Communication and classroom management app geared toward younger students. It allows students to earn points but also creates a feed similar to Facebook that allows teachers to update their students’ guardians.
- Class Craft — Communication and classroom management app similar to ClassDojo geared toward upper-middle and high school students. Graphics compare to World of Warcraft making it a hit with the older age group.
- SeeSaw — Recording website that makes it easy to share videos with students. It allows students to create digital portfolios of their own learning.
- JamBoard — Digital whiteboard app that is shareable through the Google Platform.
- Glide — Create your own app that you can share with your students. Easily done through a spreadsheet. This would be great for uploading assignments.
- Skype — One of the most popular and well-known VOIP (Voice Over IP) solutions. Skype has a video conferencing feature that allows you to contact anyone with the app and a WiFi signal.
- Google Hangouts — Another Google product that allows you to video conference with your students by giving out a specific code.
- Playmeo — Interactive group games database. Groups are assigned by the teacher. This would be great to build class culture even though we are social distancing.
- Post It — An app allows you to post digital sticky notes. This would be a great discussion board type activity.
- Flipgrid — Create short videos that will engage students with their learning. Students can then create videos to reply. You’re able to add stickers so the videos are more fun.
- Insert Learning — An app that allows teachers to insert annotations in any online text. This would be awesome for text-based questions. Math teachers could also use this to insert equation steps.
- Accelerated Institute of Learning — Online and self-paced inter-disciplinary courses for students with culminating projects. Courses are developed weekly and it’s free!