Adjusting to the new normal is difficult for everyone, but most especially so for students and teachers who are now forced to migrate their classrooms online. Thankfully, there are plenty of online tools that can make learning virtually fun and effective. Here are some free online class resources that teachers can use for their virtual classrooms:
For your online classroom: Canvas
Canvas is an open and intuitive platform that streamlines all the digital tools and content that teachers and students love for a simpler and more connected learning experience. It can be used as an online classroom where students can upload and answer all of their quizzes, while teachers can use it to upload files and set timelines for discussions.
For storing files: Dropbox
From PowerPoint presentations, exams, and lesson plans, teachers have to a lot of files to store. DropBox can help them organize and store hundreds of documents online. Dropbox gives users 2 GB of storage, where they can store and access all their files without the need for hard drives and USBs. With this tool, you’ll be able to easily access your files from multiple devices.
For sharing and accessing educational content: TED-Ed
Used by over 250,000 teachers, TED-Ed is a toll where teachers can access different educational videos as well as share their own. This tool is perfect for explaining a topic that requires an educational video. TED-Ed filters videos so teachers can easily access which one’s they need without going through hundreds of different videos online.
For free HD Pictures: Pinterest
Pinterest lets users find multiple HD stock images they can use for different presentations. With over a million photographs to choose from, you surely won’t need to go to another site to look for a particular picture you need.
For editing photos: Pixlr
This site is perfect for editing pictures for presentations or exams. Pixlr is an online photo editor that lets users edit photos without the need to download other files. This site can open almost any image format such as PSD (Photoshop), PXD, JPEG, PNG (transparent), WebP, SVG, and more. Best of all, this tool is free for everyone to use.
For concentration: Bouncy Balls
This site will help teachers monitor their student’s noisiness. Bouncy Balls is an interactive tool that lets teachers and students see if they are making too much noise. All they need to do is to go to the site, turn on their microphone, and the site will measure how much noise they’re making.
For engaging your students: Classcraft
Keeping students engaged can be a challenge, especially when you’re limited by a virtual learning setup. Classcraft transforms learning into a role-playing game that teachers and students can play together. It allows students to earn XP (or experience points) for their class performance and level up their character, making learning even more fun and motivating students to stay attentive.
For basically everything: G Suite For Education
G Suite is a set of free productivity tools that are perfect for teaching and learning. It includes Google software like Hangouts (for video and voice conferencing), Gmail, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, and Google Classroom. While G Suite for Education is free, Google will be investing time, training, and tech expertise for the easy use of teachers and students.
Which of these online class resources will you check out first? Tell us below!