Given how everything has had to accommodate to this new norm, many are turning to the digital realm to find solutions for activities that are otherwise conducted in-person. Educators are transitioning to distance learning, and are challenged to make this as smooth as possible for their students to glean the same insights and knowledge that they would inside a classroom. While lesson plans and syllabi may still contain the same content, the strategies for implementation must be acclimated to suit digital landscapes. We’ve covered the ‘Best Educational Apps for Preschoolers in 2020’ and there are several others out there for various age groups and all types of learners. Developers of online learning tools are sharpening their creations for the ultimate learning experience. This is modern learning as we know it.
Here are the top tools for every stage of distance learning – lectures, activities, and even tests.
To keep lectures interactive
The software Loom has now been made available for free for both teachers and students. This handy software is jam-packed with an array of tools for the ultimate screencasting experience. For those who are new to the term, screen casting is a narration of a presentation displayed on a shared screen, like an online lecture. A round up of some of the best screencasting software for teachers by HP included Loom on the list for its unlimited video storage and seamless integration with both YouTube and Google Drive. It even engages students in the process and allows them to send emojis throughout the lecture to reflect their understanding. They’ll still get some form of human interaction as you can opt to include a video thumbnail of yourself speaking.
To transport students into the lessons
Field trips need not be put on hold just because everyone has to stay in. There are now a number of virtual tours for museums and historical sites across the globe that you can use to bring lessons to life. Students can immerse themselves in the lessons, and given the scope of choices available – from visiting The Louvre and the Great Wall of China, to other museums, parks, and even Mars – educators may have an online tour to complement almost every subject they teach. It may be something straight out of science fiction, but it’s a reality that could be even more effective and exciting than a dated textbook.
To assess learning through games
To bring some action into the online classroom, USA Today says that Kahoot is a popular app with students as it tests them in a way that does not feel like a tedious old quiz. Teachers can administer tests by displaying questions for all students to see, and they can answer on their computers, tablets, and even their smartphones. This gaming Ed-tech tool can entice and even encourage students to remain attentive making it ideal for remote learning. Quizzes can be conducted in the form of self-paced games, and teachers will even have access to an entire library of resources made by fellow educators to get some inspiration when needed.
When it comes to distance learning, continuity is everything. These online tools can even give you access to opportunities you may have never thought possible within the confines of your school classroom. Who says that an old dog can’t learn new tricks?