How Teachers Can Make the Most of the Most Popular School Apps
Updated: Nov 3, 2020
Since education has taken a virtual turn, technology has become imperative to the learning process. Not only do students and teachers rely on the online world to help them connect with each other safely, but they also use the platforms to ensure that children do not miss out on vital aspects of their education. Since many of these apps are new to teachers and students, we wanted to prove a few quick tips for teachers to help make the most of your online experience.
Zoom is one of the world’s leading video conferencing apps, and it has steadily gained popularity in the educational realm following the global switch to an online mode of teaching. Here are some of our most promised tips and features to help you make the most of this app:
Schedule Meetings for the Entire Year in one Sitting
Not only does Zoom allow users to schedule meetings ahead of time, but it also makes it possible to set up recurring meetings by inputting details ahead of time. This is ideal for a school setting as teachers can plan ahead for the whole term’s classes and send students one link for them all, effectively reducing confusion and improving efficiency!
Stop Manual Attendance Tracking with Automatic Attendance Lists
Once you’ve completed your Zoom session, teachers can easily generate a report of your attendee list. Since teachers still need to mark their student’s attendance, this makes life that much easier for them.
Free Up Your Schedule by Recording Your Lectures at Your Convenience
Teachers may be able to extend the students’ learning without having to run all classes live through the lecture recording. For example, the district’s drama teacher can record one lesson for all 4th graders, irrespective of school location, and then hold a shorter live class that consists of follow up on the recorded session. This allows more flexibility for the teacher. In addition, for students that missed a class, or those who learn through repetition, re-watching live sessions that have been recorded can be really helpful.
Google Classroom is an educational web service that focuses on the assignment part of the teaching process. With Google Classroom, teachers can easily create, distribute, and grade any assignments that they set for their students. Here’s how you can make the most of this app:
One Less Thing for You to Remember: Automatically Remind Students of Assignments
Keeping track of the various technologies and assignments is no easy task and reminding your students of their assignments can be tedious. Google Classroom helps with this. To make sure your students don’t miss out on any important dates and deadlines, teachers can use the ‘move to top’ feature with Google Classroom to pin assignments that are due soon. By doing this, the selected task will appear at the top of the students’ stream, thus serving as a reminder.
Get Students Engaged and Provide Feedback by Leveraging the Various Commenting Options
Google Classroom allows instructors to add comments onto their students’ streams. While this is a typical feature of many virtual learning aids, what sets Google Classroom apart is that it enables teachers to choose from a variety of comment modes. They can choose from class comments, private comments, and document comments depending on the nature of the query and the information that has to be relayed. By allowing instructors to opt for their preferred comment type, Google Classroom makes the process efficient and effective.
Private mode in particular is a very useful feature as it allows teachers to give detailed feedback on their student’s work. This mode also allows for more personal communication as teachers and students do not have to tailor their responses so that the entire class setting can benefit from them. After all, collaborative feedback does wonders in building a positive school culture as it makes way for mutual and unrestricted growth.
Khan Academy is a vast online learning platform that provides students with free videos on a diverse range of subjects. These videos are a great resource for distanced learning, and teachers can include them in their lesson plans. To make the most of this site, make note of these tips and features:
Use Multiple Videos in a Schedule to Get Deepest Learning
The best way to use Khan Academy is to be persistent and stick to a schedule. Teachers should make sure to incorporate the videos into their lessons regularly, either during or after they have offered their own explanation. Khan Academy is all about short learning modules that build upon each other so making a schedule and methodically going through it will build up students’ comprehension of the material.
Leave Time for Discussion
Most Khan Academy videos are pretty short and can be used within a teacher’s lesson. Teachers can teach a point, use a video to reinforce the point, and then use a discussion session to add to the learning through group discussion. Teachers can use multiple videos in one lesson but we would highly recommend breaks in between with discussion (or even Khan Academy activities).
Epic Reading is an online learning platform that focuses on reading material for children up to the age of twelve. It provides an array of e-books and educational videos. Here’s how to get the most out of Epic:
Customization Helps Teachers Save Time
Since Epic Reading holds a vast collection of texts, the platform allows students to customize their individual profiles themselves. Through this customization, students will receive text suggestions that match their age, interests and reading ability. The students can customize their profile in terms of likes and dislikes, favourite genres, authors, and much more! And the best part is that this is extremely easy to do with just a few simple clicks. Not only is this useful for students, but it also makes life easier for teachers as they don’t have to assign reading material to each student individually, thus, saving time. We recommend that the teacher walk their students through this customization early in the year.
Automated Reporting Gives Insight Into Student Learning
Teachers have access to a detailed overview for all of their students which outlines their progress, selected reading texts, and areas of interest. This makes it easier for teachers to assign tasks according to each student’s individual progress, as well as getting insight into how the student is doing for report cards or parent teacher conferences.
Seesaw is a digital learning platform that makes use of portfolios. To get the most out of Seesaw’s offerings, follow these tips and features:
Offer Parents Insights Automatically
Seesaw is one of the rare apps that allows parents to be connected to their child’s online learning progress by allowing them to view and comment on their child’s portfolio. By keeping parents in the loop, Seesaw allows teachers to give parents insight into student progress without setting up separate parent-teacher session. Teachers will have to grant access to parents by entering in their email addresses and linking them to their child’s portfolio. This is a great enhancement to the parent-student-teacher connection and it doesn’t take much extra time for the teachers!
Make Learning Fun With Variety of Mediums and Games
One of the most unfortunate things about virtual education is that it can get rather monotonous due to the lack of hands on activities and conducive learning environment. Seesaw combats this obstacle by involving creativity and fun into the online learning process. The platform calls for each student to have their own portfolio, which they build up using creative mediums such as pictures, videos, and voice recordings. There are also a lot of different drawing and color options. Finally, there are also a lot of different games you can create within the app to enhance the concepts you’re teaching. These features help to keep students engaged while they learn!
So, there you have it, a quick yet thorough guide on how to get the most out of the market’s leading educational apps.