Digital Tools for Remote Teaching
Tools for Distributing and Collecting Assignments
Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools, that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. This is part of every G Suite for Education domain.
Tools for Creating and Narrating Videos
Google Meet is Google's video conferencing software, provided as part of G Suite for Education. Features have been expanded to a max of 250 participants, hosts may video record, mute all, and turn on/off share screen and chat for participants. Background Blur and closed captioning features are available. 7 x 7 Grid view coming soon!
Loom is a video messaging tool that helps you get your message across through instantly shareable videos. With Loom, you can record your camera, microphone, and desktop simultaneously. Your video is then instantly available to share. With school/teacher verification, you can get the Education package for free.
WeVideo is an online, cloud-based video editing platform that works in web browsers and on mobile devices. Create like a pro in no time at all. Add features like green screen for a big-budget look without the cost or difficulty. Edit videos with zero upload wait time. Choose from multiple formats to stand out on social media, web and mobile displays.
Tools for Formative Assessment
Formative is a web-based tool that allows teachers to create assignments, deliver them to students, receive results, and provide individualized feedback in real-time. Formative is continuing support schools in the 2020-21 that are impacted by COVID-19. Fill out the request form HERE.
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform. Its learning games, "Kahoots", are multiple-choice quizzes that allow user generation and can be accessed via a web browser or the Kahoot! app. For the 2020-21 school year, Kahoot! is STILL offering free premium access here.
Edpuzzle is an easy-to-use platform where you can make any video your lesson. With just one click, you can find video lessons created by other teachers, including formative assessment! Another click and you can adapt that video by embedding your own questions or audio. With the final click, assign it to your students and get hassle-free analytics. Students can re-watch the video as many times as they need at their own pace, while you can easily check their progress from your account.
Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create “grids” of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Each grid is effectively a message board where teachers can pose a question and their students can post 90-second video responses that appear in a tiled “grid” display. Flipgrid is always free.
- Flipgrid - Getting Started GuideYouTube Teacher TutorialYouTube Student Tutorial
- Flipgrid Family Guide
- 50 Ways to use Flipgrid in your class - Ditch That Textbook
- Blended Learning with #Flipgrid – 4 Ways to Deepen Student Responses - Infused Classroom, Holly Clark
Google Jamboard now easily integrates with Google Meet! This integration starts with the Google Meet menu in the bottom-right corner gaining a new “Whiteboard: Open a Jam” option. You can draw, write, annotate, and add sticky notes to a page. It opens on the left-hand side of the meeting, with people’s feeds compacted on the other end. The file created is saved to Google Drive and can be shared and accessed again like any Google file type (Doc, Slides, etc).
The Chrome Canvas web app links to your Google account, allowing you to automatically save and edit your drawings on multiple devices to your Google account. Features a basic toolbar consisting of pencil, pen, marker, chalk, and eraser tools, and a color palette. You can export drawings as a PNG file when you’re done, or pull up the same drawing on your phone, and vice versa. You can also load an image as your drawing surface for annotation.
Explain Everything is a presentation app that integrates content from many sources that students and teachers can use to create lessons, tutorials, and more for class or personal use. Users can import photos, PDF files, movies, and more from many sources to use in the presentation. Onscreen drawings, annotation, animation, and audio can also be included.
Online Resources for Assignments: Readings, Videos, Self-Paced Activities
Nearpod is an instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences. Upload and tech-enhance existing materials or customize over 7,500 pre-made, standards-aligned lessons for all K-12 subjects.
BrainPop is a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for K-12, together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
Newsela is an online news-as-literacy platform that features high-interest articles on everything from current events to myths and legends and from literature to science.
Stories from a wide range of sources (from the AP to Scientific American to the Washington Post) in English and also often in Spanish. All articles are available in five Lexile levels, from G3-12. Each leveled text features a quiz tailored to that particular article plus a writing prompt that asks students to write and respond to what they've read. Newsela is offering free premium access here.
Google Applied Digital Skills is a free, online curriculum that can be used remotely or in the classroom. Project-based units help students practice basic digital skills using Google's G Suite for Education apps. Students watch step-by-step video tutorials, pausing to complete activities. A teacher dashboard manages student assignments and progress, and the curriculum is aligned with ISTE Standards for Students.
Students must connect to a teacher's class using a code. Though the curriculum is self-paced, the lessons encourage collaboration and peer mentorship; some activities require teamwork. There is more than 100 hours of curriculum, including lessons such as Research and Develop a Topic, where students develop tests for credible sources; and Plan and Budget, where students collect and analyze data. For example, the If-Then Adventure Story unit fits easily into a creative writing class, but would also be a good project for a history class where students use real events to envision alternative histories.