School districts across the country have been developing remote work/learning plans to support recent school shutdowns. We’ve curated this list of 20+ online tools for teachers, administrators, and parents to support classroom instruction and remote operations.
Practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard to empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy offers math, science, computer programming, history, economics, and more.
Ages: K-Higher Education
Access: Online. Videos can be accessed offline for easier access.
Looking for a refreshing way to engage your students? Pearson Realize offers premium content to help teachers enhance their instructional materials. Teachers can search by keyword or browse by standard to easily curate their student’s digital learning experience. Intuitive reports are also available so teachers can use student data to guide their instruction and ensure that the time they spend with their students is as effective as possible.
Ages: K-Higher Education
Access: Online. Textbooks can be downloaded for offline viewing.
Given the highly technological nature of education today, it’s important for students to know how to work the keyboard!
This online keyboarding and technology program offers two complete keyboarding curriculums with enriching videos, games and exciting features to get students excited about learning to type! In addition, Typing AGent offers a Digital Citizenship Curriculum, aligned with ISTE standards, to help students be good online citizens.
Students can also learn to type code, get access to Spanish curriculum, and the system even includes reporting so teachers can monitor their students’ progress.
Access: Online with printable activities.
Even without the struggles of the pandemic, students can have significant gaps in the learning for a number of reasons, from things happening at home to simply the time between one school year and the next. This mobile and web tutoring platform partners with colleges and universities to pair students with tutors who have aced the same course.
Knack provides end-to-end tutor on-boarding/payouts, student-to-tutor matching, tutor/student chat, session scheduling, live drop-in sessions, online learning rooms, and administrative reporting for synchronous tutoring.
Ages: Higher Education
Especially in younger grades, students learn best through play. Minecraft education is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment.
Offering lessons in Math, Science, Language Arts, History, and Visual Arts, students can collaborate on projects with classmates, document and share work, communicate learning objectives, access digital resources, while playing in a secure environment.
Your youngest learners can get access to a comprehensive and engaging online curriculum that they can access from school or even from the comfort of their home.
Children can learn important educational basics through the use of a computer mouse that brings their learning to life. The best part? Students can learn with the help of their parents or even on their own!
Ages: Pre-K, Kindergarten, & Early Elementary school
The digital era we live in today can make monitoring students’ activities a challenge for teachers. Classwize provides teachers with screen visibility and control of all devices in class, including bringing your own device and personal devices.
Teachers can view real-time, internet, app, and video usage, focus students on specific lesson resources, restrict access to specific sites or apps, and initiate temporary overrides on Chromebooks, Windows, or Apple Macbooks.
Want to have everything you need all in one place? Schoology has every tool your classroom needs to create engaging content, design lessons, and assess student understanding. Schoology comes pre-integrated with more than 200+ tools, student information systems (SIS), and educational platforms.
Meet your faculty, staff and even parents from anywhere with an internet connection. This web-based video conferencing tool has a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video.
Zoom users can choose to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on one another’s screens, all with one easy-to-use platform. Zoom offers quality video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing performance across Windows, Mac, Linuc, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems.
Make your workflows easier with a digital document storage system. LINQ has a web-based workflow automation solution for digital form submissions and notices.
Districts can use their current PDF documents or create ADA compliant e-forms with messages, videos, and questions. Script allows administrators to create custom workflow and approval processes to gather signatures, send notifications, and upload files. Users can fill out forms without a login both internally or externally.
Think of this as an online corkboard to manage tasks, notes, projects, shared files, or anything else that helps your team work together. Trello can be used for personal or team projects. You can organize “cards” into lists and mark them by priority. Now collaborating with your teams has never been easier!
AnyDesk is a remote desktop software that allows users to connect to a computer remotely from anywhere in the world with internet access. This software ensures secure and reliable remote desktop connections for IT professionals and remote workers across all of your devices including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, FreeBSD, and even your Raspberry Pi!
Want to meet virtually but still feel like you’re in the same room? Webex is an online meeting room that allows you to virtually meet with other people, without leaving your home or office.
Webex meetings require a computer with Internet access and a separate phone line. By logging into the meeting via the Internet, you will be able to see the presenters screen, comment, and ask questions.
A spreadsheet-database hybrid, with features of a database but applied to a spreadsheet. The fields in an Airtable are similar to cells in a spreadsheet, but have validation such as checkbox, phone number, and drop-down list. You can also reference file attachments like images.
Give students access to remote learning tools from anywhere. SmartSpot is a filtered mobile hotspot device, providing students with a safe, simple wireless connection to the internet.
Districts can customize web-filters, time of day access controls, firewall security, and track real-time data. Giving students access to the internet outside of the classroom!
Access: HotSpot devices
With so many devices being used both on district campuses and from home, it’s essential to have an efficient way to keep track of them all. Manage1to1 simplifies the back end experience of the district and IT staff for portable devices. 1:1 deployments for asset management, incident/damage tracking, billing, user password management. Manage1to1 is cloud hosted and SSL encrypted to ensure your data is safe and always accessible.
Think of this as a child’s virtual school. Canvas is a mobile application that allows parents or guardians to have access to important class information, from assignments and grades to announcements and event calendars, right from their mobile device. This is a tool that helps parents stay connected, and who doesn’t want more of that?
Parents can learn alongside their children with this video library. Cohesion Education offers parents standards-based lessons, easy to follow videos, and lesson plans for kindergarten-fifth grade students in math, reading, and writing.
Ages: K-5th grade
Need a one-stop resource for information about almost every aspect of your child’s development? Parent Toolkit, produced by NBC News Learn and supported by Pearson, provides information about academics, social and emotional health, health and wellness, financial literacy, and college and career.
Keeping track of how much time children are actually spending on their work can feel like a full-time job on top of the full-time job you already have! Clockify is an app that can help parents by tracking how much time their child spends on things like schoolwork, lesson preparation, leisure time, and more.
Parents can log time for different tasks and subjects, and follow the progression over a period of time. Available on all major platforms, including macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, as well as browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.
Want to connect with other homeschool parents? This is a safe and secure way to do just that. Parents can connect by location, teaching styles, interests, and faith. You can sign up for a social plan or an advanced plan with lessons, calendars, and reporting.
Many of the tools listed are multi-purposed and can be used to increase efficiency during normal operations. As teachers, parents, and educators prepare to work from home, Software as a Service (SaaS) companies all over the globe are working to make sure the proper tools are in place for remote learning.
Do not hesitate to reach out to the companies individually for more information. We hope that you found this resource list helpful!
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