Interactive Learning: Favorite Tools of Our Alumni

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Across several online intensive trainings, we asked our participants to share their favorite app for interactive online learning. Here are the top ones:

  • Kahoot – Lets you create your own quizzes that can be shared with students. Enter name and code to be able to join. Can screen share via zoom.
  • Nearpod – create interactive activities to have students work on. Can do either self-paced or together as a lesson.
  • Boom Cards – create interactive tasks cards that you can share with students to do on their own or together with you. (also has a store where you can buy content created by others. Many teachers pay teachers sites also selling boom cards).
  • Pear Deck for Google Slides – allows for various interactive activities that can be self-paced or completed together with screenshare. Allows for others answers to be shared anonymously, however the teacher can see via the teacher dash how others have answered.
  • Interactive powerpoint – Could be sent to student to complete on their own or have students share and complete with teacher. Need to know how to do or find template as not it’s own program. Explore
  • Quizzlet – helps study through quizzes and flashcards. Can be set up and sent to students to practice on their own.
  • Freckle – continuously adapts for student practice in math or ELA activities, while offering teachers the ability to focus practice on grade-level standards. 
  • Starfall – Starfall is a children’s website that teaches basic English reading and writing skills. The main demographic is preschoolers, and kindergarteners. It teaches children how to read by using games and phonics.
  • ABC mouse – Early Learning Academy is a subscription-based digital education program for children ages 2–8, created by Age of Learning, Inc. Subscribers can access learning activities on the website or mobile app
  • Lalilo– a personalized phonics program for K-2
  • Prodigy – Make math learning fun and effective with Prodigy Math Game. Free for students, parents and educators.

Here are several ways to connect with students:

  • Remind app– allows you to text and send announcements and files to students and parents directly. 
  • Google Forms– Can create a check in with students that is on your learning platform of choice with the options to be able to connect if wanted or needed. 
  • Google Voice – Allows you to call and text without providing your personal number.  Also allows for messaging. 
  • Google Classroom – Set up your classroom to share materials and announcements as well as house any links or other materials students may need. 
  • Class Dojo– Classroom management tool that also allows you to message parents through the platform/app. 
  • Old fashion Snail Mail – Great way to send positives and who doesn’t love getting mail! 

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