Classroom learning is going from the touch-and-feel of textbooks and notebooks to the touch screens of tablets and laptops. At this juncture, the content that used to go on the blackboards, even the class communication and announcements, everything has to undergo a makeover. So, here is a combination of communication, multimedia and collaborative tools that teachers can use to make the online learning experience more interactive and fun.
1. Google Slides
Google slides is perhaps the most commonly used multimedia presentation tool that can double up as a collaboration tool. From fun presentations that you can create to make your class interesting, to project work that you can assign to your students, Google slides is your simple go-to solution.
Prezi is another multimedia tool that lets you create zooming, moving, visually stunning presentations. This tool can be of great use when you want to keep your students’ attention throughout the class in any subject. From a dynamic solar-system that will help you explain planetary motion to a world atlas that lets you zoom in to specific areas, Prezi can help in bringing your classroom alive.
Though not strictly an education-only platform, Canva has some great features that let you create colourful and effective presentations, infographics, websites, reports, worksheets, posters, flyers, signage and more with amazing ease. The best part is that Canva offers a free platform for educators with loads of pre-designed templates and millions of free images.
See-saw is a digital learning journal, that allows students to be active content creators and collaborators rather than content consumers. Learning happens the most when students are given hands-on experience, and Seesaw does just that. You can use Seesaw to assign students with a variety of work such as videos, photos, text, images, files, and drawings. Using Google, Clever, student emails, or a QR code, you can assign these tasks to students and give them real-time constructive feedback.
Edmodo is a Learning Management System (LMS) with a vast user network. It is used to share learning resources, monitor and assess student performance which makes teaching from home easy. It also allows for collaboration in groups and enables teachers to connect with parents.
6. Class Dojo
Class Dojo is a free-to-use school communication platform that fosters close-knit communication within classroom communities. It allows you to share what is being learnt in the classroom through different formats. It also allows students to showcase their learning and parents to track their child’s progress. Class Dojo aids classroom management by enabling you to promote healthy student behaviours using real-time web-based feedback.
Remind is a well-designed messaging tool that helps you “reach students and parents where they are”. Built for education, it has a simple user interface that allows for two-way communication for instruction, updates and more.
Socrative is an online assessment tool that helps you give feedback instantly and evaluate your students’ learning in an intuitive way. From quizzes to polls, you can create activities tailored to your students’ learning needs. It’s free for students and frees time for teachers to do more than grading assessments.
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