Here are my choices for the best online tools for remote teaching.
This list is divided into three sections:
1.The tools I used teaching ELLs and my Theory of Knowledge classes this past year and which I expect to continue to use next fall.
2. The tools I plan on using when I teach ELL U.S. History next year.
3. Tools I’m exploring over the summer to determine if I want to use them next year.
I’ll add a fourth section when readers either let me know via tweet or comments what their suggestions are for tools to add to the list. If I don’t get to creating that list right away, please look at the comment section.
Here is what I have:
TOOLS I USED THIS YEAR
I’ve written about most of them in my British Council post, Four questions – and answers – about teaching English online, and you can use how I use some of them in VIDEO: HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF MY DAILY ONLINE LESSON FOR ELL NEWCOMERS.
Here’s an excerpt from that British Council post:
The free or very low-cost tools that I am using with my English Language Learner students now, and that I’m confident that I will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, are Google Classroom (free), Wizer (an interactive “worksheet” generator), Quizizz (online games), EdPuzzle (create interactive videos), and Quizlet (flashcard and game generator). I use all of those tools for homework that I assign on Google Classroom.
In addition, I use Quzizz and ThingLink (to create interactive photographs) during my online class lessons, along with Google Slides.
Three additional tools that are ordinarily higher-priced, but available for free now, and that I make available for student homework, are Raz Kids (for reading), English Central (for speaking and pronunciation) and Brainpop ELL (for all domains). Neither I or my school will be able to afford all three next year, so I’ll have to use the next few weeks to decide which one to keep. I might replace them with Read Works and EPIC!, both sites providing interactive reading materials.
I also used Whiteboard.fi as an easy and cool class whiteboard tool. It’s great for formative assessments and for Pictionary!
I primarily used 8×8 as a video conferencing tool, but will be replacing it with Zoom. Zoom just functions better overall and has more useful features. I also used 8×8 to record daily short summaries of lessons to post on Google Classroom. I might continue to use it for that purpose, or I’m considering switching to Screencastify or Screencast-O-Matic.
TOOLS I PLAN TO USE IN TEACHING U.S. HISTORY NEXT YEAR
I’ve written about these at Resources For Teaching U.S. History Next Year
TOOLS I PLAN ON EXPLORING THIS SUMMER
Popin is a live polling tool that I learned about through the CristinaSkyBox blog. If you’re using Zoom, and your district for some bizarre reason has disabled the poll feature as our has, this might be a good alternative.
Please share your recommendations in the comments!
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