In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have been forced to adopt a remote teaching model, but with little preparation or time to organize. This has left educators struggling to find the technology resources and tools that can help them make change as seamlessly as possible.
If you are new to teaching online or are just looking to improve retention and engagement in your virtual classes, read on. We have compiled a list of must-have tools for teaching online, the options, and the feasibility of whether they will help you make remote learning effective.
Google Classroom is a free web service designed by Google specifically for schools. Helps teachers create, distribute, and grade assignments quickly and communicate with students with ease.
Classroom integrates Google Docs, Drive, Gmail, and Calendar into a holistic platform. Each class is created in a separate folder in the storage unit of each user (drive), where the student can send their work to be reviewed by the teacher. Teachers can add assignments and deadlines in the Calendar, monitor the process of each student by reviewing the histories of the different versions of a document, and after being evaluated, return it with comments. Google Classroom also makes it easy for educators to email students (an entire class or a particular student) and post announcements on the class stream or wall.
Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing tool that can be used for individual training sessions and group learning. Teachers and students can connect in real time, in virtual classrooms protected by a password. All online meetings can be recorded and uploaded to the cloud so that students who were unable to attend the class can view it later.
Zoom not only offers high definition video and audio, but also offers many innovative options that allow high interactivity and more participation during meetings. For example, participants can exchange messages and files in a chat, or share and annotate their screens using the whiteboard feature.
Blackboard Learn is a Learning Management System or LMS , suitable for elementary and middle schools and universities. It enables teachers and educators to have full control over student learning.
Instructors can create eLearning courses by adding ready-made SCORM courses , documents, links, discussions, and quizzes and assigning them to students. They can then monitor the completion progress of individual activities and the entire course, review assignments, and post grades for students to view.
Blackboard Learn features also include an in-system calendar for scheduling training sessions and posting test submission deadlines, announcements that teachers can post for students to read, chats, and discussions for communication between students and educators, and much more.
To create engaging eLearning content quickly, educators need course authoring tools . One of the easiest to use but still powerful tools is iSpring Suite.
iSpring Suite makes it easy for you to create different types of content that can be uploaded to an LMS and shared on the web. It includes a tool for creating slide-based courses, a video and audio editor for creating video classes and screen recordings, a quiz maker for assessments, and a dialogue simulation tool for creating simulated branching conversations. It also allows you to create interactive microlearning modules with a complete set of ready-made templates for creating glossaries, catalogs, timelines, references, and frequently asked questions.
If you already have courses presented as PowerPoint slides, with iSpring, you can turn them into full online courses with just a few clicks. You can also convert your Word and PDF documents into interactive HTML5 books to give your students a reading experience that can be enjoyed on mobile devices.
Khan Academy is a popular educational website with teachers and parents. It offers video-based courses and personalized learning boards for students to learn at their own pace outside of the classroom setting. They have online classes for different ages, from kindergarten to high school and beyond. They cover topics like History, Science, Economics, Computer Programming, and much more. Khan Academy also partners with institutions such as NASA, the California Academy of Sciences, The Modern Museum of Art, and MIT to provide specialized content.
The video-based courses they offer include practical assignments such as questions and assessments, as well as guides to help students find the course they need. Teachers can choose classes for their students from a course catalog and then create classrooms where they can invite students to take a course. The qualification process is automatic.
Edmodo is an online platform for primary and secondary schools and teachers that brings together all the tools of the classroom and groups them into various functions that educators must fulfill. Sending messages, sharing learning materials, grading assignments, and even conducting quizzes is possible on one platform.
Representatives can also access Edmodo. After logging into the system, they can view their children’s activities and grades in the classroom, check for class updates, and send messages directly to teachers, if necessary.
There is also a great community of teachers created with Edmundo. Educators share their lessons and other learning materials within the platform using tags, so their colleagues can find and leverage resources for their students.
Wakelet is a content curation tool that can be used in the classroom to save, organize, and share educational content from around the world. They can be articles, videos, podcasts, social media posts, links, and more. Users can create attractive and meaningful collections of curated files and add context to them by adding their own annotations and multimedia files.
Wakelet is also a great tool for creating research projects and making them interactive and social. Students can do their projects and share them with their teachers and peers.
Educators can use Wakelet as a file sharing and collaboration tool. They can post their lesson plans and assignments and invite other teachers and students to contribute to their collections.
To sum up
There are so many tools for remote teachers that can keep your students engaged through their learning process, but it would be impossible to list them all. This was a brief overview of the key solutions that we are sure will help you.
We hope you have found it beneficial.
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