The shift to distance learning has many teachers scrambling. Where do they start? What tools sync with the ones already used by the district? What has privacy policies that work with children? We are here to help with some of the top virtual learning platforms and tools for distance learning.
These sites help by allowing you to work with existing lesson plans, create new online learning resources, and host virtual interactive multimedia classrooms.
Their range of software allows you to find, set, and send activities to your students from anywhere—you just need a device and an internet connection. You can also get increased support and free weekly live webinars during the time of school closures.
With Bloomz, teachers and schools save time by having all the tools they need to communicate with today’s parents and students in one easy-to-use (and free) app. They’ve opened up their premium platform through the end of the semester.
This online learning resources platform gives teachers the ability to create online lessons, boards for students to share their thoughts and work, and collaborative learning spaces. It provides teachers the ability to easily communicate with kids and parents, too.
The ClassDojo platform has a communication tool that makes it easy to stay in touch and track student progress too.
This platform helps teachers create and share online lessons using their easy tools. The ability to offer differentiated paths within the same lesson is a nice feature. (Note: Requires teachers and students to have Google or Microsoft accounts.)
Communicate with students, share documents and assignments, and provide a collaborative space. EdModo also offers resources for helping you understand how to make distance learning work for your students.
Create interactive online lessons using a video clip of your choice. It provides accountability and tracking for student progress, too.
Edulastic is an online K-12 tool that allows teachers to make their own assessments and assignments or choose from over 35,000 pre-made assessments.
Teachers can access a collection of learning paths from some of the most well-known thought leaders in education. Topics cover Understanding by Design Habits of Mind, Social Emotional Learning, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Personalized Learning, and Growth Mindset.
Create interactive lessons and collaborative spaces for your virtual classroom with these real-time tools.
Students and teachers can record short videos to document and share their learning. Consider it social media for learning, and a great way to stay in touch!
Genially offers interactive visual communication tools to create presentations, interactive images, infographics, and more. Many of their premium templates and resources are now available for free, for everyone.
Many teachers already use this as one of the top virtual learning platforms for their classrooms. There is a lot to explore here, but most of it is easy to use, so don’t be afraid to dive in.
Teachers can control student screens during remote instruction while keeping students focused, accountable, and motivated at home. Habyts allows parents 24/7 visibility of screen time and school-assigned tasks, targets, goals, and rewards.
Get the most out of Google Classroom and other Google tools with this platform. They offer webinars and other resources to help teachers create and manage the best virtual classrooms.
Engage students with their distance learning features, play in class, and dive into game reports to assess learning. Create your own kahoots or choose from 40+ million existing games.
A collaborative online image and video editor with a cloud storage workspace. Teachers can make video lessons to send to students for remote learning. Students can work together on a group project. Classrooms can share multimedia projects with each other.
A web and mobile app that provides private student to teacher feedback to a group/class question. This allows teachers to understand how their students are doing and offer support, with optional anonymity features. It’s available on any device.
A G Suite and Office 365 data security and student safety platform that gives K-12 IT full visibility and control into the data being stored. The platform monitors G Suite, Office 365, and email apps 24/7/365 for cybersecurity threats and student safety risks, to help keep sensitive data secure and students safe.
Microsoft has a wealth of products, but Teams is great for education! Build collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and connect with colleagues. Conduct individual and group chats, store files, and even make calls through the platform. Plus your virtual classroom stays secure.
Their Projector App helps teachers project their real word notes onto a professional-looking, virtual blackboard.
It’s hard to hold class discussions with no class, right? That’s where this site comes in. Create your own topic, or ask their team to create a custom discussion prompt just for your class.
A communications hub that connects people via chat and video. It’s one of our options for virtual learning platforms.
Create a learning loop between students, teachers, and families. Students show their learning, teachers gain insights, and families stay engaged. You’ll also find intuitive tools like draw+record, collage, video, and more.
Skype is another video app, but Skype in the Classroom allows for free video discussions and tours across the globe.
With all of your resources and communication in one place, Slack can keep students engaged and connected when everyone’s remote.
Enables teachers to create an easy start hub for their classroom. This start hub makes it easy for students to access all their educational resources and tools.
A grading and student feedback system that extends Google Classroom functionality, with the ability to link assignments to custom or standardized educational objectives from the US.
A collaborative presentation tool used for all grade levels that works perfectly for the remote classroom.
Companies across the world use Webex to keep their teams in contact remotely. They offer lots of tools that are ideal for taking your classes online.
A free tool to help maintain interactivity and effective pedagogy. Their goal is to capture the attention of students to improve their learning whether they’re in the classroom or at home taking an online course.
Project your lessons in group settings with zoom. You can even record the sessions for students who need to review later. This video and audio conferencing tool has a chat functionality where students can ask questions as you teach. Plus check out our Zoom tips for teachers.
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