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9 Best Technology Tools for Distance Learning

Making distance learning work for all students can be a challenge, especially when the transition is so quick. Due to unexpected school closures, we've gathered a list of technology tools to build and distribute great learning experiences for remote students. Our priority is to help educators facilitate learning, whether that be by providing safety and security or the resources to do so.

We've grouped each tool together by how they can help teachers in distance learning from communication and messaging to assessing learning and delivering lessons. We'd like to help students and educators make this transition painless by providing information on some remote learning technology tools.

Student and Family Messaging

Remind
Teachers' text reminders to keep parents and students up to speed. There are free or paid premium options.

Visit their website.

TalkingPoint
Multilingual texting tool to enhance school-to-home communication. This tool is easy to use and supports the communication and engagement of families in over 100 languages.

Check out it's review by Common Sense!

Video Lesson Creation

Screencast-O-Matic
Record, edit, and share screencasts. This recorder lets teachers and students focus on creating engaging content.

Learn more about Screencast-O-Matic

Meet Google
Real-time meetings by Google. Using your browser, share your video, desktop, and presentations. The video conference allows students to "attend" the conference call live using a unique link. There's an option to record your conference so you can then post for students who were unable to make it to your lesson/the live video conference call.

Start a meeting!

Loom
Easy and free screen recorder for Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks. Record with your camera and screen and capture audio directly from your browser.

Try it out for free!

Learning and Classroom Management

Edmodo
A free platform that combines communication, collaboration, and coaching for K-12 schools and teachers. Educators can share content, distribute quizzes, hand out assignments, and manage communication with students, colleagues, and parents with Edmodo.

Vist their website.

Google Classroom 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.

Check out Google Classroom.

Class Website Creation

Edublogs
Customizable classroom blogs to encourage students to write and collaborate. This is a safe blogging tool that makes it easy for teachers and students to extend the classroom into a wider community.

Learn more.

Google Sites
Create you own website with easy and intuitive drag-and-drop features. Create links to resources and lesson plans to help students learn and collaborate.

Start creating!

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