Over the past few years, there has been a greater emphasis on using online teaching tools due to an increase in students who participate in some form of distance learning.
Because of demand, a plethora of online platforms has emerged, offering a variety of interactive features that help teachers and students work smarter.
Some of these features include interactive polls, surveys, games, digital exit tickets, virtual collaboration tools, presentations, and video-sharing.
Now that online teaching tools have become a regular component of many teachers’ instruction, educators’ expectations are that these tools should help them work more efficiently while also maximizing student learning.
We’ve compiled a list of the best online teaching tools that we have observed teachers using now to engage students, work more efficiently, address various learning styles, and quickly assess student learning gaps.
The best part is that you can start using these tools in your classroom this week.
Online Teaching Tools
Zoom has become a staple in many educators’ teaching toolkits.
Using this communications platform, teachers plus students can connect by sharing ideas via video, audio, and chat.
Kahoot is a game-based online teaching tool.
To engage students, teachers may choose from a variety of 100+ million ready-to-play games or create their own unique games.
The platform has features that allow Kahoot to be played in class or virtually.
Used by more than 20 million students around the world, Quizizz offers free tools that can be used to teach and learn anything whether it be remotely or in-person.
Additionally, Quizizz may be used from any type of device.
4. Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers free personalized learning which enables students to work at their own pace.
The platform hosts a library of standards-aligned lessons for all grade levels and subjects.
Utilizing Khan Academy, teachers can address students learning gaps, tailoring instruction to maximize learning.
Formerly Flipgrid, Flip is an online platform where educators and students learn and collaborate via video sharing and discussion.
Quill is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make students better readers and writers.
It does this by offering free activities that develop and strengthen the literacy skills of students in all grade levels.
Similar in format to the television version, Jeopardy Labs is one of several game-based online teaching tools.
This platform allows teachers to easily create customized jeopardy games that can be played anywhere.
If you aren’t interested in creating your own games, the site offers numerous free templates.
To make Jeopardy Labs work with distance learning, use Zoom to have students (the players) join the conference.
You then open the game in your web browser and share your screen.
Edupuzzle is an easy-to-use online platform that engages students using video.
It does this by placing interactive content into pre-existing videos from a variety of video sources including those made by teachers.
9. Pair Deck
Pair Deck offers a variety of features that help educators maximize learning for every student using familiar online tools.
The great thing about this platform is that engagement with students is in real-time and student responses are visible to the teacher immediately.
10. Study Jams
Study Jams consists of a collection of over 200 free interactive math and science videos for students.
No registration is required.
Study Jams is great for mini-lessons, reviewing content, or closing a lesson.
TED-Ed aims to celebrate the ideas of students and teachers.
It does this by producing a growing library of educational videos and providing a platform for educators to create their own engaging lessons.
Flocabulary is arguably one of the online teaching tools most popular with students.
This platform offers short, educational rap/hip-hop videos that teach students various skills and strategies across subject areas.
Monthly plans provide a variety of features including lesson plans, quizzes, reading passages, assessments, and student tracking.
A fun, game-based online teaching tool, Baamboozle has several great features including free already-made games, online quizzes, and brain breaks.
One of the most popular online teaching tools, BrainPop and its accompanying websites (BrainPop Jr., BrainPop ELL, and BrainPop Español) offer engaging, high-quality videos for all levels of students.
Videos cover a wide range of topics and subjects.
Features include animated videos, worksheets, quizzes, and project ideas.
ClassDojo helps to build school community by offering a place for parents, teachers, and families to communicate, connect, and share learning experiences.
16. Google Documents
Google Docs, an easy-to-use online word processor, is one of the most useful online teaching tools.
Using this app, students and teachers can securely create, edit, and share text documents right from their web browsers.
This allows them to collaborate on reports, projects, and other documents easily.
Other advantages of Google Docs include anywhere access, autosave, revision history, and template library.
17. 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 for research…
- 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.
Explain Everything is a feature-rich digital whiteboard platform where teachers create engaging lessons, give interactive presentations, and assign tasks plus activities to students.
Its features include the ability to animate, draw, make videos, and collaborate. Use it from any device.
Final Thoughts: Online Teaching Tools
These online teaching tools are not only interactive and engaging for students, but they help seal the learning process.
Now you can utilize a variety of online teaching tools to bring the teaching and learning process to life.
Related: See the 21+ digital exit tickets teachers are using in their classrooms this year.