Apps and Technology for Distance (Online) Learning

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Big thanks to our guests, Kristin Oropeza and Karyn Fillhart, who share some hope, perspective, and resources for easing the distance learning experience. 

In our interview, we talk about several resources for home and school learning. These online tools are available for teachers, parents, and students and are free (some with paid upgrades available). 

Please keep in mind that it’s best practice to use the online and technological tools that your students/children already know. Adding too many new programs will add to the current stress of distance learning. If one or two of these supports help, please use them! But, remember to introduce each one individually and be understanding that it will take time to become proficient with new tools. 

  • Immersive Reader: Immersive Reader, included in OneNote Learning Tools, is a full screen reading experience to increase readability of content in OneNote documents. Learning Tools is designed to support students with dyslexia and dysgraphia in the classroom but can support anyone who wants to make reading on their device easier.
  • Screencastify: Record screen, edit, and share videos
  • Crystal Chavez (Social-Emotional Resources): Twitter Wakelet  Blog
  • Karyn’s Access Notebook
  • Office Lens: Office Lensis a great way to capture notes and info from whiteboards, menus, signs, handwritten memos, or anything with a lot of text. … You can upload document and whiteboard images to Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and you can save them as PDFs or send them in mail.
  • Seeing AI: Narrates written text, currency, even facial expressions.
  • Grammarly: Free to add to Chrome. From grammar and spelling to style and tone, Grammarly helps you eliminate errors and find the perfect words to express yourself.
  • Read and Write Extension for Chrome: Helps students to read text aloud, look up words in the Dictionary and Picture Dictionary, translate words, add text annotations using Word Prediction and Dictation, highlight text, and build vocabulary lists.
  • Quill: Quill provides free writing and grammar activities for elementary, middle, and high school students.
  • Pear Deck: Add on for Google Slides that allows students to interact with presentation. “With solutions rooted in active learning and formative assessment, we make it easy for you to connect with learners of every age and ability.”
  • Khan Academy: Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.
  • Class Dojo: Class Dojo is a communication platform that teachers, students, and families use every day to build close-knit communities by sharing what’s being learned in the classroom through photos, videos, and messages.
  • OneNote Math Write or type any math problem and Math Assistant in OneNote can solve it for you — helping you reach the solution quickly, or displaying step-by-step instructions that help you learn how to reach the solution on your own. After solving your equation, there are many options to continue exploring math learning with Math Assistant. Or, teachers can use it to teach math, step by step.
  • Microsoft Whiteboard: transforms your work into professional-looking charts and shapes on an infinite canvas with an interface designed for pen, touch, and keyboard. Helps you collaborate in real time, wherever you are. Brings your team together on the same virtual canvas, around the world and across devices, where you can brainstorm simultaneously in the Whiteboard app or from your browser window.
  • Photo Math: Interprets problems with comprehensive math content from arithmetic to calculus to drive learning and understanding of fundamental math concepts.
  • OneNote Class Notebook: Organize your lesson plans and course content in your own digital notebook. Keep everything in a OneNote Class Notebook, and use its powerful search to find what you’re looking for, even text in pictures and handwriting. Your notebooks are save automatically and can be viewed from any devises, online or offline. 

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