Coronavirusgate 2020! (My Favorite Distance Teaching Resources)

All around the world schools are closing while also expecting teachers to keep on with their classes… from home. I’m sure this will work out great.

But actually, it can! First of all, what a GREAT time to use my podcast as a resource to supplement online activities or lectures. But also, I’ve compiled (and will keep adding to) a list of my favorite online teaching resources.

Do you have a favorite that’s not on here? #Comment below or message me @antisocstudies and I’ll add it to the list!

My Top Five Online Teaching Tools

  1. Google Meet: It’s super simple and allows you to talk “face-to-face” with your students and/or present your screen. You can use this for online lectures, explaining assignments, etc. You can also record the meeting so that students can reference it later. Here’s some support materials from Google on getting started.
  2. EdPuzzle: This tool is amazing and can save you a TON of time. Basically, you can edit/voiceover/add in questions to any YouTube video and assign it to kids. So, I can take a Crash Course video and 1) cut out sections that aren’t relevant, 2) pause and add my own “voiceover” to add context or other info, and 3) build in questions that they HAVE to get right before they can move on with the video.
  3. Prism: This is my favorite online tool for prompting a discussion of a text. You just copy and paste text into a new assignment and then decide what you want kids “highlighting” for. They give you three colors and you can make those whatever categories you want. For example, if they’re reading a speech, the three categories might be (“I like this argument,” “I disagree,” and “I have questions”). Then, as the teacher you get a visualization of the responses – so you can see if a lot of kids highlighted one part with “I have questions.” As an AP teacher I’ve used this to have kids score a sample essay looking for “Evidence”, “Reasoning”, and “Complexity.”
  4. FlipGrid: This is an awesome tool that lets you post a discussion prompt and then each student records their own video response that you can watch/grade later. It’s a great way to make sure that every kid is “participating” without you having to monitor and grade responses live in a Google Meet discussion. And I think the kids can add Emojis and stuff, so they’ll like it, right?
  5. Google Forms: Simple and easy to use. They already have templates for Exit Tickets, Assessments, and Worksheets and you can link to other materials. This is a great way to create an online assignment that is all housed in one document and that you can easily grade and keep track of.

Honorable Mentions

  • Khan Academy: These aren’t great for graded assignments because you have no control over the quizzes (or seeing kids results, I think?) But, it can save you a ton of time if you’re thinking about making lectures. Don’t! Just use these instead! The site includes pre-made online lectures covering all the major events in World and US History, with built-in quizzes to check for understanding.