16 Jun Remote learning tools to support teaching and learning
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are being required to augment their instructional techniques and convert to remote learning environments, all in a matter of days, and educators at universities and colleges around the globe have been forced to switch to remote teaching with little-to-no warning. This has left teachers scrambling to find resources that are convenient and freely accessible to them and their students. Today we’re going to discuss some of our favorite resources and create a list of our top remote learning tools
is a social platform that allows instructors to create topic-specific forums referred to as ‘grids.’ it is an extremely user-friendly teaching tool that can be utilized across grade levels, academic disciplines, and learners. It helps facilitate student-led learning and extend learning and thinking. It also allows students to practice and build their social skills and connect with one another, fostering a virtual community. At this time there are no critiques for this application.
Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. Google has made collaborative learning easier. Teachers can share content with their peers in one way such as through a document that can be edited and then share a different version with students, a document without editing functions. Using Google Classroom allows students to have instant feedback and gives the teacher detailed item analysis regarding which questions were answered correctly or incorrectly by which students. With Google Classroom Teachers and students won’t have excessive amounts of paper to shuffle since the Classroom is completely paperless. When teachers upload assignments and assessments to the Classroom, they are simultaneously saved to Drive. Students can complete assignments and assessments directly through the Classroom, and their work is also saved to Drive.
Wix is a cloud-based web development services. It allows users to create HTML5 websites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools. Using a website allows teachers to communicate with students in the medium in which they’re most comfortable. Moreover, kids who may not feel comfortable raising their hands in class may feel more comfortable communicating and participating in discussions on your site. WIX enables easy record-keeping for instance when you use a website, you can easily track what you’ve covered, what you’ve assigned, and what work your students have completed. And also many parents who ask their kids what they learned in class are answered with a generic, “I don’t know,” or something similar. When teachers have websites, parents can easily see what material their children have been learning and what projects they’ve been doing.
An amazing creation suite for both teachers and students, Adobe Spark is easy to use and offers plenty of inspiring templates to get started. You can browse the Education section of the Inspiration gallery and filter by project type (Pages, Posts, Videos) to get ideas. The Post tool is great for creating flyers or posters, which can be printed and displayed in your classroom. Students can create collages and graphic images to accompany lessons on any subject. Use the Page tool to design a scrolling, interactive lesson plan, or have students create web stories to present their research or bring a narrative to life. The third creation tool, Video, allows teachers and students to select music and record their voices over slides that tell a story, argue a position, or describe a research project. For students, the key is figuring out how to organize and visualize their ideas. These tools offer rich opportunities to demonstrate learning while getting creative with design elements.
Kahoot! is a game-based learning and trivia platform. What makes Kahoot! so great is that it has uses beyond the classroom; it can be used in offices and social settings, making it a hit for all ages. Instead of using a worksheet at the end of a lesson for assessment, consider using Kahoot! It’s a fun and effective way to measure which concepts your students understand fully and which might need reinforcement. If you’re looking to end class on an exciting note, Kahoot! is a great way to have fun while also utilizing class concepts. Looking for a way to energize your students? Use Kahoot! as a bellringer or class, starter to get students engaged at the beginning of class.
Nearpod is a learning tool designed for faculty who are interested in creating and implementing interactive and engaging lessons while assessing student knowledge. By using Nearpod to present lessons, instructors enable all students to become active participants. Nearpod is an excellent tool for assessing all students, especially those who are less comfortable participating in front of the whole class. As students interact with the lesson, Nearpod tracks their individual responses and offers faculty the option to obtain a report of student participation and responses.
Quizizz allows you to conduct student-paced formative assessments in a fun and engaging way for students of all ages. The salient features include Student-paced: Questions appear on each student’s screen, so they can answer questions at their own pace, and review their answers at the end. Quizizz can also be used as an in-class quiz game or assigned it for homework for students to complete on their own. While teachers can create quizzes brand new, there’s also a handy database with tons of existing quizzes and questions that can be grabbed and edited as needed. The after-quiz reports make it easy to use quiz results to inform instruction. With Quizizz teachers can see how students performed on each question and use that information to figure out what needs to be retaught or readdressed, as well as which students might need some individual or small-group reinforcement.
The entire G Suite offers tools designed for peer-to-peer collaboration, though word processor Google Docs may be the most useful for connectivity between students and professors (or among classmates) in a remote learning environment. The cloud software application is easy to use for anyone familiar with Microsoft Word. It’s available on devices big and small (laptop to a smartphone), all changes are saved automatically (previous versions can be accessed easily), and multiple users can be in the same file, collaborating or reviewing each others’ work, at the same time.
EdPuzzle is a free assessment-centered tool that allows teachers and students to create interactive online videos by embedding either open-ended or multiple-choice questions, audio notes, audio tracks, or comments on a video. In EdPuzzle teachers can create online classes and upload original videos or select online videos, add interactive features, assign those videos to students, and send the video assignments to students’ email addresses by providing either access code or a link. EdPuzzle enables teachers to keep track of how many students watched the video, what percentage of the video students watched, when they watched it, what questions in the video students answered right or wrong.