These 11 online teaching tools for elementary teachers engage students and bring teaching and learning to life.
Have little tech experience or know-how?
These online tools are easy to prep and engage students guaranteed.
If you’ve got one or more computers/electronic devices accessible to you at school, a projector screen, and Internet in your teaching environment, then you’re all set.
Related: When brainstorming classroom activities for the week, use a few of our lesson planning tools to streamline the process.
The Best Online Teaching Tools for Elementary Teachers
Most of these online teaching tools are free to use or offer some of their features for free. A few, however, do require payment.
Kahoot is one of the best game-based online teaching tools where you can create quizzes, surveys, and discussions.
Here’s what you need…
- main computer
- computer for each student or group
To use, create multiple-choice questions and project them on the projector screen. Keep in mind that questions have a character limit, and you can have up to four answer choices.
You then just follow the onscreen instructions to set up the rest of the questions.
Kahoot allows you to save your games so that you can refer to them at a later time.
Also, you can choose from games and/or templates already made and use those instead of starting from scratch.
Before using, you must create an account (it’s FREE), and students log in using a pin that’s generated once they try to access the quiz, survey, or discussion that you’ve created.
Individuals or student groups will create a username which will display as the game is played, and that’s it.
They’re all ready to start.
Once the game has started, individually or in small groups, students answer the questions on their devices.
It’s as simple as that.
Use Kahoot to practice with students before an exam, review concepts, or access prior knowledge of a subject.
2. Learn Zillion
Learn Zillion offers free curriculum resources targeted to the Common Core standards.
At the top left corner of the page, choose between math or English language arts resources.
The instructional videos hold students’ attention because they’re short and to the point.
Furthermore, the videos are created plus narrated by educators and include a good variety of additional materials such as notes and implementation guides.
3. Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a free, video-based online teaching tool that categorizes videos based on learning objective.
Simply find a video that meets your learning objective and play it on the projector for students to view.
If students have their own devices, they can watch videos without registering.
These allows for differentiation opportunities.
4. Jeopardy Labs
Like Kahoot, Jeopardy Labs is one of several digital game-based online teaching tools.
The online game pretty much follows the same format as the television version.
You customize the games according to the material that 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: I’ve found Jeopardy Labs to be a very effective in prepping elementary students for standardized testing.
5. Study Jams
One of Scholastic’s little-known secrets is Study Jams, a collection of over 200 interactive math and science videos for elementary students.
Study Jams is free to use, and you don’t have to register to access the videos/view the questions that accompany them.
Study Jams is great for mini-lessons, reviewing content, or closing a lesson.
Cater to students’ musical intelligence with Flocabulary.
Flocabulary uses educational rap and hip-hop songs/videos to teach students various skills and strategies within a wide range of subject areas.
Like other online teaching tools mentioned on this list, Vocabulary is highly engaging, and the tunes are very catchy.
The quality of the songs/videos plus the wide variety of topics offered is just amazing.
The videos are short and come with lyrics.
Unfortunately, Flocabulary isn’t free, but they do offer a handful of videos/songs for free and a 30-day trial.
Monthly plans give you more features such as activities, reading passages, assessments, and student tracking.
BrainPop and all of its accompanying websites (BrainPop Jr., BrainPop ELL, and BrainPop Español) are 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 to view, 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 for elementary students when they are learning how to do research.
Teaching elementary kids how to do research can be a pain; the process of teaching them how to choose relevant sources that are kid-appropriate is challenging.
Let’s suppose your elementary learners will soon study the solar system.
Here’s how you can use Just Paste.It…
First, search for a variety of online resources that students can use to conduct research.
Then take all of your findings and hyperlink them in the Just Paste.it editor box. Aim to have at least 10-15 good websites posted that students can explore.
After publishing, notice the new URL in the address bar of your browser.
When working individually or in groups, learners use that URL with their individual computers or devices to access the links that you compiled for them.
From there, they do their individual or group research using those links.
Now you have no worries about them getting 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.
Quizlet is a great interactive online teaching tool that lends itself to making vocabulary cards and reviewing information.
You must register, but it’s free.
Ideas include using Quizlet to create word sorts, review science/social studies content, or practice spelling words.
Additional resources from the website include flashcards, matching exercises, a “Gravity” game, spelling review, writing practice, and a variety of test questions.
Quizlet includes ready-to-use templates or you may create your own.
10. Google Documents (aka Google Docs)
If your learners don’t have school email accounts that are gmail-based, then skip to the next online teaching tool because a Gmail account is required to access Google Documents.
Google Docs is fantastic for writing projects.
During Writer’s Workshop, when students 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 their respective document.
Moving forward, you’ll have direct access to the student’s document, with the ability to edit, write, comment, or revise.
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.
Your book selections can be used as a read aloud or shared reading.
Hoopla is free…all you need is your library card to gain access.
Which Online Teaching Tools Will You Try?
These online teaching tools are not only interactive and engaging for students – they help seal the learning process.
Happy online teaching and learning