Virtual Learning Tools
Many teachers struggled to find ways to effectively share lessons, give instruction, and allow students to collaborate with remote learners as a result of the shift to online learning. These are our top picks for online/hybrid classes that work well.
Evo Student Packs
We knew that remote learning meant we had to collaborate with teachers and districts in order to better understand the new challenges facing education. Our 1:1 Robotics program was created. It is designed to teach core subjects wherever they are taught without sacrificing STEAM.
Every student gets a Student Package, which is a care package from them. This allows core subjects to work more closely with their robot study buddy via our 2 ways of coding. We also made Classroom remotely-friendly with seamless Google Classroom integrations and Learn Everywhere Lessons that are available online or in person.
Buncee knows how engaging kids are. Their platform allows them to connect with students anywhere. With over 1000 templates available, teachers can create activities that students will love and students earn badges for completing their work. Buncee makes it easy to collaborate with students through sharing and discussion functionality.
Bakpax, an AI tool that auto grades student assignments gives teachers instant feedback and provides instant feedback to students. Bakpax is a time-saving tool that allows teachers to automate the tedious task of grading student work. This allows them to spend more time on creative activities and personalized instruction.
Bakpax is committed to supporting educators in the transition to remote learning. Teachers can now access Bakpax free!
3. Pear Deck
Pear Deck allows teachers to make lessons interactive to allow every student to actively participate. To close the achievement gap for students learning from far away, it uses formative assessment, active and retrieval learning. Bonus: PearDeck is approved by many Certified Teachers.
Students are not limited to one way to demonstrate their knowledge. SeeSaw allows students to use tools such as draw+record and collage to show what they know. You can find out more. SeeSaw is easy to use for students, according to educators.
Students who love learning and growing up in a loving environment are more likely to continue their involvement with STEAM subjects as they age. They will not take what they have learned as fact and will seek out new ways to learn and ask questions.
Teachers are always on the lookout for innovative ways to spark student interest. These tools can help you add new elements to your classroom, and inspire your students to think outside the box. These tools might be the right technology solutions to impress your students as they learn.
Evo Classroom Kit
Although we may be biased, our favorite tool is the Evo classroom kit. This kit is for students in grades 4-8 and includes 12 Evos, accessories, and a driver’s ed activity to allow students to program Evo’s proximity sensors and other features. Students and educators have access to over 100 STEAM lessons through the Lesson Library.
The lessons cover a broad range of topics, as well as two methods to code — online using OzoBlockly or screen-free with Color Codes. Teachers across the country shared their experiences with their classroom kits to spark creativity and teach coding concepts.
We are proud to foster a creative environment that encourages students to continue learning.
Nearpod is a multimedia display company that specializes in engaging discussions with multimedia displays. NearpodVR is a popular tool for teachers. It’s a low-cost headset that allows teachers and students to experience virtual reality in 3D. You can find more than 450 VR tutorials broken down by grade and subject. Your students can explore volcanoes and take a historical look at the Taj Mahal with you. This technology encourages curiosity and engagement in lessons.
Learn Around The World
Learn Around The World’s goal is to connect educators and students worldwide using technology. There are events, collaborative projects, and virtual field trips that allow students to meet people from other countries. Teachers can also take advantage of LATW’s private events and guest speakers. Imagine talking with someone who lives in Buenos Aires and learning about Argentina. Ask questions and encourage discussion with your students.
Buncee is a multimedia display tool that allows students and teachers to create presentations and then narrate them using microphone recordings. You can choose from more than 8,000 graphics and upload your own media. Students can either create presentations based on their findings or use Banshee’s tools to add graphics to their ideas. This tool is useful for students who are not old enough to use Powerpoint tutorials.
Glogster, a multimedia management tool for students and teachers, is growing at a rapid pace. Students can create graphics and posts to improve their learning experience. Teachers can also find great content on this site. Glogster has more than 40,000 posts online on over 80 subjects and nine fields. Glogster is a popular tool for teachers and students worldwide.
Would you like classroom discussions to continue after the bell rings? Would you like to encourage quiet students not to feel intimidated? FlipGrid allows teachers to create discussion topics, and students can reply with video recordings. To keep the discussion alive, their peers can reply. This tool allows students to formulate their ideas in a prerecorded setting. It also means that no one is ignored or talked over by louder voices.
TodaysMeet offers a backchannel for classroom discussion. Teachers can monitor chat conversations during lessons and respond to students’ questions or highlight them as they happen. Teachers can allow students to ask questions at different points in the class, rather than interrupting classes or losing your mind trying to answer them. Quiet students have the opportunity to ask questions and voice opinions, without needing to wait until the end or speak up.
Microduino is a small electronic building block that children can assemble to solve problems and explore new ideas. You can stack these blocks on LEGO bricks to expand your possibilities. This product is compatible with Scratch, and other programs.
TinyTap has more than 100,000 educational activities for teachers and students. To help your children understand concepts better, you can either search for games or ask them to make their own games. TinyTap Market encourages students to learn by teaching and gives them the tools to create their own games. Creators have the option to sell their games and gain recognition for their efforts.
12. Because Learning
This tool is perfect for teachers who wish to introduce STEAM learning into the classroom, but aren’t familiar with programming. Engaging your students does not require you to be a web developer. Learning is a tool for teachers and provides STEAM kits that are based on national standards. In just a few easy steps, you and your students will be able to start creating.
13. SiLAS Solutions
Instructors are becoming more concerned about social skills and encouraging students to work together. SiLAS Solutions can be a helpful tool. Students can create characters and have conversations using 3D technology and videogame development. They can create videos that allow them to express their emotions and talk through problems. It is simple to grade students, as teachers can assess them and give feedback via the system.
Would you like to have access to a laboratory of a University-calibre caliber? You might consider testing simulations using Labster. Students can create simulations on topics as diverse as diabetes and herpetology. Students get an entire lab experience by using the software’s mathematical algorithms. Teachers can give grades to students for participation in the simulations as they would for a full science lab.
15. PhET Sims
PhET simulations is another simulation program that students younger than 12 years old can use. Teachers can filter simulations according to grade level or topic, and then use them in class to explore various ideas. This organization aims to improve STEAM literacy globally and to create interactive content that encourages students and teachers to ask questions and explore subjects beyond the scope of what the common core requires.
ZeeMaps allows students and teachers to create their own graphics. Maps can be created at a local, national, or global level. You can assign labels and colors to different types of maps. This makes it easy to create visual aids, map out complicated concepts (like wars or changing borders of countries), and allows students to learn interactively.
Tiki-Toki can be used to create timelines, just as ZeeMaps can be useful in mapping out different concepts and ideas. Students can create their own events and select different formats to express themselves. Students can give as much information as necessary to explain a topic. This tool can be used in both classroom-based activities and for solo work.
Popplet allows students to brainstorm and mind-map. This tool can be used to help students create mind maps and guide them in their assignments. It also allows you to facilitate a classroom-guided brainstorming session to generate new ideas. It can also be used to guide students in group projects, helping them to come up with creative solutions to problems. This tool teaches brainstorming and allows you to save your ideas for later.
To create informative infographics that engage your students, you don’t have to be a skilled graphic designer. Your students can even create graphics for your classroom! Venngage provides free infographic tools that help students visualize data and present their ideas clearly. Students can share and save the infographics online so that they can be used in real-time and can be used again by future students.
Sutori allows anyone to create a multimedia-rich story. It looks almost like a timeline but the emphasis is on how information is organized into an engaging and interactive format for storytelling. This format is more useful than a slide deck, as it makes it easier to show the relationships between concepts.
There are many applications. Teachers can either use stories already created by others (there are almost 800,000 users so there are lots of stories), or they can make their own stories quickly to use as study tools and teaching aids. Stories can be used as homework or projects, which is a nice alternative to essay assignments.
Lifeliqe offers an interactive way to meet Common Core Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. It has more than 1,100 3D models and 700 lesson plans. The data behind this tool is clear: 86 percent of students who used 3D models to learn increased their science scores. Their success is attributed to the fact that 65 percent of the population can see. They are more likely to love the material if they can connect with them in the same way that they learn best.
Storybird is a tool for STEAM teachers who want to include writing and reading elements in their curriculum. This company collects images from thousands of illustrators around the globe and encourages teachers and students to use them to create stories. Ask students to choose an image and ask them to write about it. Or, you could ask them to make a book with the lessons learned in math or science class. This is a great way for students to use online tools and be creative.
Kidblog is a great way to encourage students to blog and to reflect on their learning. You have the final say on what goes live, and nothing is allowed to go live until it has been approved by the teacher. KidBlog allows students to post content in a safe environment that doesn’t expose them to Internet trolls. You can customize your lessons according to the age group. To see how often your students read each other’s works, you can track engagement statistics for each year.
LiveBinders aims to make it easier for educators and students to go paperless by using digital binders. You can save videos and articles, take notes and upload other content all in one place. Users can also share binders and work together to create useful things. This tool allows you to access many resources and textbooks at once. All of your resources can be kept in one place for many years, and you can always add to them as new information becomes available.
Padlet can be used by teachers as a collaboration tool. To make learning easier, students can upload supplemental material and comment or interact with it. Teachers can track engagement and monitor students’ interactions with the content. This tool is available for all subjects and grades.
This tool is more space-focused than the other solutions that can be applied to all situations. It’s not often that you can find such a dynamic resource to explore outer space. There is a lot of content available on Celestia. Students and educators can also customize or add content to suit their needs. You can create anything you don’t see.
27. Project Noah
Project Noah launched in 2010 to encourage citizen scientists and document the world around us. It allows people to take photographs of organisms and upload them online. This helps scientists record the rarity and location of different species. This can be a part of the classroom experience, as teachers can turn students into citizen scientists to share their discoveries.
28. Science360 Video Library
Teachers face one of the greatest challenges: modernizing the classroom and making students feel engaged in what they are learning. The Science360 Video Library is part of the National Science Foundation and shares the most recent videos about science, technology, engineering. This video collection can be used to update your lessons, whether you are introducing students or explaining subsea exploration.
Teachers TryScience will help you find the right place to start when learning science and STEAM lessons. To make your content more interesting, teachers can access lesson plans and learn from different strategies. This site helps make it easy for students to find the right information.