My Favorite Distance Learning Websites
Updated: Mar 8, 2021
I work in California as a 6th-grade teacher. My district went on a distance learning model due to COVID-19 late March. It has been a lot of work, a lot of ups and downs, but overall I feel I have grown as an educator and feel that I am an even better teacher now than I was a year ago. I have found numerous sites that I depend on daily during distance learning.
Padlet- If you haven't tried out Padlet in your class- DO IT NOW! It is amazing and is by far my favorite website for distance learning. There are so many options for different Padlets, and while there is a free version, I did purchase the upgraded version since my class uses it so much.
Nearpod- This site is fantastic, and we use it a ton for math. I love that I can see my student's answers in real-time.
Kahoot- Talk about a site that helps to engage your students. I put questions on their math site to work on, and my students struggle. But when I put the exact same questions from a math test on Kahoot, and my students would actually do them.
Flipgrid- I like to use Flipgrid to get authentic responses from my students. With distance learning, it is hard to know if my students are the ones doing the thinking. Using Flipgrid not only keeps them engaged but is also a great way to informally assess.
Planbook- I used Planbook long before distance learning, but it still works great. This is a site I use to do all of my lesson planning. Great resource.
Talking Points- I've tried many different parent communication apps but Talking Points is by far my favorite. I love that it will automatically translate the text into my family's home language.