Ever since the Corona virus pandemic hit the world, President Trump and most governors in the United States announced stay at home orders.
As parents begin to work from home, their children will also be schooling from home as most schools are closed and nobody really knows how long the stay at home directive will last or if the world will even return to normal as it was.
Given the present situation, there’s been a lot of interest in remote/online learning for students not just in the United States but from across the world.
We previously shared some tips for effective online learning. If you are a tutor, parent, instructor or trainer and you are looking for e-learning apps and tools here are 5 of them we recommend. Each of these tools serve a different function but they have one common objective: to make the learning experience for students as engaging and interactive as possible.
Here are 5 recommended tools for great online learning
Google Classroom is a free to use tool available on the web, mobile and app stores. It enables teachers and students to easily share files between themselves. It also allows the teacher to grade the students tests, assignments and exams seamlessly without any form of paperwork.
A teacher can create different subjects, teach different topics and give the students several tasks to perform via Google Classrooms.
A teacher can see how many students tuned in for a class and also manage their scores and records on the go.
When using Google classroom for the first time, you will be asked to either create or join a class.
Like it’s counterpart Alphabet, tech giant Microsoft also has it’s own online educational tool called Microsoft learning. According to their website, this tool improves reading for students of all ages, strengthens their writing and optimizes classroom time.
This tool also helps students with dyslexia decode words faster through visual cue assistance. English language teachers will find this remote learning tool most helpful for their students. Constant use of this tool can lead to a great improvement when it comes to the English subject.
Scholastic has become one of the fastest growing tools for learning at home. They are one of the largest children’s book publishers in the world and have a ton of resources for both Pre-K and Grades 1-9.
They have free learn from home classes and plenty of resources for teachers including trainings, book clubs, research and reports.
Scholastic has several titles in English, Mathematics and languages like English & French.
This tool is an all round winner as it helps teachers create tasks for students, helps students to work on their class work and assignments and keeps the parents abreast of the activities of both the teachers and students. In other words, Edmodo connects the teachers, the parents and students in real time in a great online community.
The recently put together some great tools to help schools transition into distance learning.
Like Edmodo, class Dojo brings the students, teachers and parents together in one online community. You can make announcements and share photos and videos using ClassDojo. It also has a language translation tool so that even non English speakers can use the app conveniently.
This free tool has one distinct feature from other educational apps, it gives students points based on their activity. This means teachers can use this tool to determine the best behaved students in class, giving both parents and teachers great feedback.
Have you used any of these online education tools? Which of these is your favourite? If there is any e-learning tool you think we skipped or you would like to recommend, kindly let us know in the comments section below.
N.B:The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has put together a great resource comprising of several Digital Learning Management Systems, Mobile apps for education, Offline tools, Online course platforms and self paced learning programs.
We think it is a great resource. Check it out here.