11 Powerful Online Teaching Tools Teachers Absolutely Love

These 11 online teaching tools for teachers engage students plus bring teaching the teaching and learning process to life.

Have little tech experience or know-how? No problem. These cool online teaching tools are easy to use.

If you’ve got one or more computers/electronic devices accessible to you, a projector screen, and Internet in your teaching environment, then you’re all set.

Related: When planning classroom activities that involve technology, use lesson planning tools to streamline the process.

Top Online Teaching Tools for Teachers

1. Kahoot

Kahoot is one of the best game-based online teaching tools where teachers create quizzes, surveys, and discussions.

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online teaching tools

Here’s what you need…

  • main computer
  • computer for each student or group

To use, create multiple-choice questions and project them onto the projector screen.

Kahoot allows you to save your games so that you can refer to them at a later time.

Before using, you must create an account (it’s FREE), and learners log in using a pin that’s generated once they try to access the quiz, survey, or discussion you’ve created.

Individuals or student groups will create a username which will display as the game is played.

Once the game has started, individually or in small groups, students answer the questions on their devices.

2. Learn Zillion

Learn Zillion offers free instructional videos about math and English language arts resources targeted to the Common Core standards.

Videos include materials such as notes and implementation guides.

3.  Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a free, video-based online teaching tool that categorizes videos by learning objective.

Simply find a video that meets your learning objective, and play it on the projector for students to view.

If learners have their own devices, they can watch videos without registering.

4.  Jeopardy Labs

Like Kahoot, Jeopardy Labs is one of several game-based online teaching tools.

This online game is similar in format to the television version.

Customize games according to the material you want students to learn or review. There are templates available for use or create your own.

If you want to save your game, you must register, but it’s free.

Note: Jeopardy Labs is very effective in preparing students for state testing.

5.  Study Jams

Study Jams, a collection of over 200 free interactive math and science videos for students, is arguably one of the best online teaching tools.

No registration is required.

Study Jams is great for mini-lessons, reviewing content, or closing a lesson.

6.  Flocabulary

Cater to students’ musical intelligence with Flocabulary.

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one of the most entertaining online teaching tools

Flocabulary offers short educational rap/hip-hop videos to teach students various skills and strategies within a wide range of subject areas.

Like other online teaching tools, Flocabulary is highly engaging because the tunes are rather catchy.

Unfortunately, Flocabulary isn’t free, but they do offer a handful of videos for free.

Monthly plans give you more features such as activities, reading passages, assessments, and student tracking.

7.  BrainPop

BrainPop and all of its accompanying websites (BrainPop Jr., BrainPop ELL, and BrainPop Español) offer engaging, high-quality videos for K-12 students.

Videos cover a wide range of topics and subjects.

Though a few of the videos are free, BrainPop is fairly expensive. A paid subscription includes worksheets, quizzes, and project ideas.

8. Just Paste.It

Just Paste.It is an online sharing app. It’s a great tool to use when students are conducting research.

Here’s how to use Just Paste.It…

  • First, search for a variety of online resources that students may use to conduct research.
  • Then hyperlink your findings in the Just Paste.it editor box. Press “Publish”.
  • After publishing, notice the new URL in the address bar of your browser.
  • Students use that URL with their individual computers/devices to access the links that you compiled for them.
  • From there, they do their own research.

Now you have few worries about students gathering information from unreliable sites because you’ve already gathered a list of qualified resources.

Be sure to remember the new URL address that students use to access the content because you’ll need it to edit the list of research websites when necessary.

9.  Quizlet

Quizlet is a great interactive online teaching tool for making vocabulary cards and reviewing information.

Resources from the website include flashcards, matching exercises, a “Gravity” game, spelling review, writing practice, and a variety of test questions.

You must register, but it’s free.

Ideas include using Quizlet to create word sorts, review science/social studies content, or practice spelling words.

Quizlet includes ready-to-use templates, or you may create your own.

10. Google Documents (aka Google Docs)

Google Docs is fantastic for writing projects.

During Writer’s Workshop, when learners are ready to draft, you can have them do so in a Google Document.

Upon creating a new document, they immediately “share” it with you, allowing you “editing” privileges.

You then receive an email from each student that “shared” his/her document with you. That email has the link to his/her work.

You now have direct access to students’ documents, with the ability to edit, write, comment, or revise.

11. Hoopla

Last but not least, Hoopla is a virtual library full of digital content – audio books, music, eBooks, movies, etc.

If you have a library card, you can access content via your local library’s website.

Hoopla works pretty much like its brick-and-mortar equivalent. You can “check out” a set number of books each month.

“Checking out” means downloading your choices.

Consider using book selections as read alouds or shared reading exercises.

Hoopla is free…all you need is your library card to gain access.

12. Digital Exit Tickets

Whether teaching in-person or remotely, digital exit tickets assess what students “took away” from a lesson.

Teachers then use them to plan future lessons that better meet the needs of learners.

Include virtual exit tickets as essential parts of your lesson plan.

Which Online Teaching Tools Will You Try?

These online teaching tools are not only interactive and engaging for students, but they help seal the learning process.

Happy online teaching and learning