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 Sites is a free, easy-to-use website building and publishing tool that's ideal for use by teachers and students.
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.
Google Earth is a powerful and free-to-use online tool that lets anyone travel the world, virtually.
The best Google Earth tips and tricks for teaching can help turn a classroom, or remote learning experience, into a mind-expanding trip limited only by imagination.
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
Screencastify is an easy screen recording tool that also allows teachers to create, edit, and share instructional videos.
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.
Adobe Spark for Education
Adobe Spark for Education is a smart yet simple to use digital tool that allows students and teachers to create visually engaging graphics, web pages, and videos.
The best tips and tricks for Adobe Spark for Education can make all the difference in the classroom
Flippity is a tool that allows users to take Google Sheets and turn it into activities and helpful resources, such as from flash cards or quizzes.
Make flash cards, build quizzes, create activities, and better engage students with these Flippity tips and tricks.
TalkingPoints is a tool designed to help teachers and families connect across any language barriers, allowing teachers to communicate with families in their own language.
How to best use the non-profit translation communication platform for the best results.
Seesaw for Schools
Seesaw for Schools is a digital, app-based engagement platform that allows students, teachers, and parents or guardians to complete and share classroom work.
Seesaw for Schools can enhance the student's learning experience and make a teacher's task more straightforward if you know how to get the most out of it.
Zoho Notebook is a digital note-taking tool that works across devices and operating systems, offering an online suite of tools, including a word processor and an image and audio creator and organizer.
Khan Academy is a free online teaching resource that offers courses to students to further deepen their knowledge to enhance learning for all. While it was created to bring learning to those who either couldn't afford or didn't have access to education, it's now grown into a powerful resource used by many schools as a teaching aid.
TED-Ed is the school education-focused arm of the TED video creation platform, filled with educational videos that can be used by teachers to create engaging lessons.
The best TED-Ed tips and tricks for teaching can help you take the video-based education platform to its maximum potential, both inside the classroom and for remote learning.
ClassDojo is a digital platform that connects teachers, students, and families in and out of the physical classroom by using a feed of photos and videos as well as messaging.
Whether you're toying with the idea of introducing ClassDojo in your class, you're a regular user, or you've just reached a point at which you need something new, these tips and tricks will help.
Animoto is free and easy-to-use video maker that allows for the creation and sharing of videos online. Since it is cloud-based and browser-accessible, it works with nearly any device, making it ideal for education settings.
Here are the best Animoto tips and tricks for teachers so you can get the most out of using videos inside and outside of your classroom.
ThingLink is a website and app-based platform that allows teachers to turn any image, video, or 360-degree VR shot into a learning experience.
The best ThingLink tips and tricks can help you take an image or video and make it interactive, and filled with learning information.
Edpuzzle is an online video editing and formative assessment tool that lets teachers cut, crop, and organize videos.
Grackle is software designed to help make digital files more accessible. It makes sharing files easier and everyone will be able to open and see anything they're sent.
The music video-making social media app is free to use, easily accessible for students, and can be a powerfully creative tool in the teaching toolbox.
Buncee is a slideshow system designed specifically for educators, students, and administrators that offers end results that are easy to share and is ideal for both in-classroom use and remote learning.
From videos and images to animations and emojis, there is a lot of media to pick from when building a Buncee, but with a few good ideas from those who have used the platform before, you can make Buncee brilliance.
Apple Keynote is a presentation slideshow creator that can be used in education to help teachers and students create the most powerful and engaging presentations.
Keynote offers a host of cinematic transitions and effects that can help to make any subject engaging and entertaining for students.
WeVideo is a cloud-based video platform to capture, edit, and view video footage.
The best WeVideo tips and tricks can help teachers and students get a more effective learning experience with the use of videos and video editing.
Scratch lets students use coding in a visually engaging way thanks to block based programming.
Parlay is a digital-based discussion platform that's inclusive and transcends physical barriers.
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!