21 Tools I Use to Manage Distance Learning

Today I share the tool kit and tips that have helped streamline distance learning at my school. Scroll down to see the list of links and listen to the show to hear how I'm using these tools with teachers and students.

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  1. Google Classroom (Use Guardian Summaries and sync with your Student Information System)
  2. Zoom (How I use help desk, breakout rooms and keep it safe – stay tuned for a security episode tomorrow)
  3. Google Slides
  4. Wizer
  5. Edpuzzle
  6. Quizizz
  7. iXL
  8. Wevideo
  9. Google Sites
  10. Adobe Premiere Pro with a hat tip to Renderforest
  11. Canva
  12. Minecraft Edu
  13. Google Sheets with a hat tip to their Filter Views
  14. Google Docs
  15. Screencastify
  16. Nearpod
  17. Marco Polo
  18. Class Dojo
  19. Remind
  20. Read/Write Toolbar with Voice Commenting (remember Equatio for math teachers)
  21. A paper tool – super sticky Post-It Notes (I like the 1 7/8 x 1 7/8)

What are your favorite tools! Share them with me on Twitter!

Davis is a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technology Director. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Thomas Ho April 24, 2020 - 12:49 pm

We’ve found many of these to be very helpful for us as well at Traders Point Christian Schools. I’ve been especially appreciative of the trial offers from:
1. Edpuzzle
2. Read/Write

as well as others that aren’t listed here:
1. Screencastify
2. Newsela
3. Legends of Learning
4. Education Perfect
5. SmartMusic
6. Soundtrap for Education

Vicki Davis May 27, 2020 - 7:51 pm

Thanks for sharing, Thomas. So many great ones! You’re one of my go-to friend and helpers. I haven’t heard of Education Perfect. Will take a look.

Jennifer May 6, 2020 - 12:40 pm

Thank you for those tools! I use a many of the tools posted and I am looking forward to using the new ideas.

Debbie Coleman May 9, 2020 - 9:46 pm

Why do you use Classroom and Renweb LMS. Isn’t that redundancy. What are the advantages of using both.
We are using Gsuite and the LMS. What are we missing out on?

Vicki Davis May 27, 2020 - 7:48 pm

We are using the Renweb SIS, not LMS. I don’t think the Renweb LMS is very strong but that is just my opinion.


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