If you’re new to teaching or looking to learn more about digital tools for teachers such as Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, or Flipgrid--and all the related apps and resources--here’s where to get started. We have the basics for each one, including how to get started, plus tips and advice to get the most out of your experience.
Google Education Tools and Apps
Google Classroom is the most popular digital tool in education, due to its cost (free!) and the multitude of easy-to-use apps and resources related to it.
Google Classroom is a suite of online tools that allows teachers to set assignments, have work submitted by students, to mark and return graded papers, and more.
Google Classroom uses the Google ecosystem of tools such as Docs and Slides, for easy materials sharing, and helps simplify student work evaluation.
Google Classroom allows teachers to teach remotely with features such as being able to set assignments, post announcements, share resources, communicate, and grade papers with annotations.
If you’re a new teacher looking to set up a class, a student interested in how the platform works, or a guardian looking to learn more about Google Classroom, this start-up guide will help.
Everything a teacher needs to know about using Google Classroom to its fullest.
Google Forms is a quick and easy way to leverage a form-based system to create online quizzes, make grading faster and simpler.
Here are five tips for designing "cheat proof" Google Forms!
Google Sheets is a cloud-based spreadsheet tool that allows teachers to create useful spreadsheets for planning class, grading, and organizing resources, activity reviews, quizzes, and more.
Google Slides is a free and super simple presentation tool akin to PowerPoint that teachers can use to create presentations and learning resources.
Google Slides is the online presentation tool for teachers to create free resources for students, presentations and more.
Many tools to make animated GIFs are available, but it is always helpful to find one that is free and super easy to use with Google tools.
Four excellent, free options for recording audio right in a web browser, and then how to add that audio to Google Slides.
Google Jamboard is an innovative tool that allows teachers to interact with students with a whiteboard-style experience, without even needing to be in the same room.
Even though Google Jamboard was initially designed with business meetings in mind, it can be a super powerful collaboration tool for schools.
Google Meet is a popular free-to-use video conferencing tool that replaces Google Hangouts and can be used to hold group or one-to-one video chats.
A variety of lessons can be presented over video with Google Meet, from teaching the history of the Iroquois Confederation, the parts of speech, or how radioactive decay works. Here’s how to make the most of the platform.
A Google Doc add-on is a software addition that allows educators to expand the capabilities of Google Docs so they can be more creative in helping students learn most effectively.
These templates are great for students who want a quick and easy Doc, Slide, Sheet or Drawing.
Microsoft Teams is a popular communications platform that works with the entire suite of Microsoft education tools
Microsoft Teams is an online collaboration platform that allows for video chat, document sharing, collaborative editing, and more – making it ideal for teachers and students.
Microsoft Teams allows educators to hold meetings online and create a class environment with students, no matter where everyone is.
From holding an online class to collaborating on a document as a class, Microsoft Teams integrates layers to make sure the experience is as seamless as possible. These tips and tricks will help educators get the most out of the platform.
At its most basic, Flipgrid is a video communication platform
Flipgrid is a discussion tool designed to work specifically for teachers and students in a digital classroom by using video to create an open platform of discussion and learning.
The Flipgrid tips and tricks you need to know, from creating the best videos to engaging more with your Grid
At its most basic, Remind is a communication platform
Remind is a communication tool that connects teachers, students, and parents instantly, no matter where they are.
Remind tips and tricks to help turn the communications platform into a powerful tool that will enhance the learning experience of students in and out of class.
Kahoot! is an online game-based platform that allows users to create quizzes.
Game-based learning has never been so easy for teachers and students to enjoy, thanks to Kahoot!
Kahoot! can help educators engage with students and enhance the teaching experience in class and beyond.
Minecraft is an online game that is often used for gamified learning
Minecraft: Education Edition is a learning-focused version of the popular block-based game, with special options for teachers to offer control while still giving students that open-world freedom for which Minecraft is known.
Minecraft: Education Edition can be a powerful teaching tool when used with the right tips and tricks
Minecraft is about freedom, a trait sorely lacking in education. Kids can build what they want, how they want, block by block, and are only limited by their imagination.
Building a world in Minecraft and then turning it into a Google Map, complete with points of interest, is only limited by your creativity.
Higher ed institutions have discovered the value of Minecraft to bridge gaps brought on by remote learning.
The use of Bitmoji, a commonly used app and image-based digital social interaction tool, makes sense for adapting classrooms to feel more natural to students.
Digital citizenship is the responsible use of technology, including learning tools, personal devices, and social media
Students need to have a thorough understanding of their digital footprint, how to effectively communicate, the tools they can use, strategies for when they feel unsafe online, and what is considered appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
Educators from New York City’s Department of Education share their best practices and advice for supporting digital citizenship.
The data suggests that teachers and schools should consider adopting a more holistic approach to digital citizenship.
Online resources for students to properly research reports, papers, and more.
As it always is with education technology, evolution and change come quickly. Check back here regularly as we update these resources with the latest tools and best practices. Learning in the classroom can't happen if the teachers themselves stop learning!