It is a challenging time for educators right now. Because of COVID-19, schools have had to turn to distance learning. They can no longer connect with their students in person and teach how they normally do. The need for technology while teaching has become even greater.
There are a lot of different types of technology tools that can help during this time. But having so many options can make the situation seem a little daunting. To help make the situation a little easier for you, we have put together a list of 5 tools that are helpful for distance learning. Ones that we not only see as necessary but that are also easy to implement.
Communicating with your students is important in any teaching environment. Because our community has now switched to distance learning, the way teachers communicate with students has to change. It is extremely important to have a few different ways to communicate with your students. Using things like email, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom, and Google Meet are great ways to keep in touch with your students.
Whether your students are in a physical classroom or are learning from their own homes, they need to stay on task during class time. When you add classroom management software to your tool belt, you can monitor and manage your students’ devices in real-time. Features like a web filter, screen sharing, and messaging capabilities make keeping your students on track easy.
If you are going to be teaching remotely, having a learning management system will make your life easier. Learning management systems allows you to have all of the educational content for your students in one place. Schools that are already using learning management systems are using things like google classroom and blackboard.
One of the best ways to tell if your students are retaining knowledge is by having them take tests. When you are teaching in a physical classroom, you are probably giving your students tests on paper, but now that we are in a remote learning environment that isn’t possible. Using online test-taking tools like Quizlet and Kahoot will make testing your students’ knowledge an easier process.
Keeping students engaged can be difficult in a normal setting and worse in a remote learning setting. Having tools that allow you to be creative and make your lesson more engaging is important. Things like Adobe help you make more powerful graphics, YouTube allows you to upload videos, and Pear Deck lets you make interactive slideshows.
For more information on distance learning check out 5 Tips Will Get You Started with Distance Learning and 5 Ways that Classroom Management Software Can Be Used During Distance Learning.