How to address violence in the news with your kids.

Learn more
Common Sense


Tools for Classrooms with In-Person and Remote Students

Increasingly, teachers are being asked to manage classrooms with both students who are physically present and students attending remotely. This type of concurrent learning is sometimes called hybrid or hyflex learning, and it relies on videoconferencing software like Zoom, Teams, or Skype. This is a complicated blended learning model that can be challenging and frustrating for teachers and students. From dealing with tech difficulties to creating an inclusive environment to facilitating group work or assessments, hybrid teaching can be a real juggling act. Thankfully, there are some tools that can help, especially when it comes to creating a seamless, collaborative digital classroom that benefits students learning in-person or online. Check out our favorite tools for concurrent learning below.

Continue reading

Top Picks


PrintPrint | Save as PDF

Lesson and Resource Delivery Tools


Feature-filled lesson delivery platform packed with premade content

Bottom line: This platform's vast lesson library gives teachers a valuable head start and offers tools for student engagement.

Common Sense Selection


Engage and assess students with media, videos, and interactive slides

Bottom line: This is a great tool with a vast content library, and the teacher- or student-paced learning can unlock the potential of 1-to-1 environments.

Common Sense Selection


Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents

Bottom line: A powerful multimedia learning and communication tool that demonstrates student progress over time.

Common Sense Selection


Impressive cross-curricular platform establishes global connections

Bottom line: Versatile video-based curriculum inspires reflection and action.


Minimize classroom distractions with virtual hand-raising tool

Bottom line: An easy way to gauge understanding, adjust instruction, and provide student support in real time.


Flexible interactive presentation tool engages kids at school and home

Bottom line: It's great for creating unique interactive lessons customized for every learner, but it might not be accessible for every student.

Common Sense Selection

Pear Deck

Interactive slideshows offer a variety of ways to engage and assess

Bottom line: This is an appealing platform that can really ramp up engagement around formative assessment.


Robust lesson creation and delivery tool helps with assessment

Bottom line: In the hands of a determined teacher, this platform's useful suite of tools can support learning experiences that move from instruction to assessment and back.


Create and collaborate via interactive, multimedia bulletin boards

Bottom line: Flexible interface gives kids opportunities to share content and knowledge in ways most comfortable for them.


Tell stories, organize or remix content via digital curation platform

Bottom line: Offers an intuitive way to curate media and make sense of topics by drawing from different sources, but teachers will want to carefully monitor classroom use.

Communication and Collaboration Tools

Drawp for School

Collaboration tool makes digital sharing easy

Bottom line: This handy tool encourages collaboration and creative expression, and it makes sharing assignments and giving feedback a snap for teachers.


Call on everybody at once with flexible, interactive presentation tool

Bottom line: You can use this tool to create dynamic presentations that strike a balance between information and interaction.


Multifaceted interactive whiteboard promotes collaboration

Bottom line: MURAL facilitates lesson presentation and group project collaboration from anywhere by making idea sharing a simple, visual process.

Common Sense Selection


Pose questions, spark thoughtful video responses with stellar tool

Bottom line: This accessible, approachable tool offers connection, multiple means of expression, and creativity to apply to almost any topic.


Create, present, and assess with effortless interactive screencasts

Bottom line: This intuitive tool is excellent for recording and responding to screencasts of any length.


Rich collaboration and close-reading tool invites deep, easy-to-assess discussions

Bottom line: Versatile, free discussion platform for teaching, peer review, assessment, and fostering active reading.

Backchannel Chat

Real-time, moderated online discussions can engage and encourage

Bottom line: This tools offers a fun, simple, and safe way to hold real-time online discussions that might just increase engagement, interest, and even learning.


Asynchronous videos allow users to quickly share and comment on ideas

Bottom line: This is a simple platform with a useful premise, and with some further development, it has a promising future.

YO Teach!

Backchannel tool offers interactive polls, drawing, messages, and more

Bottom line: Quick setup and multimodal features make this a great fit for a variety of carefully monitored classroom discussions.


Cool, customizable tool turns notebooks into workspaces

Bottom line: With some scaffolding, this could be a great way to capture, organize, and share info without juggling a class site, notebook, to-do list, and more.

Group Work and Assessment Tools


Assign, assist, and assess with real-time, interactive classroom

Bottom line: It's a great option for teachers who want to go paperless, provide specific feedback, and encourage collaboration among students in virtual or 1-to-1 classrooms.


Collaborative feedback platform helps teachers target, students respond and revise

Bottom line: Time-saving tool allows teachers to gain valuable insights into student learning while providing more personalized feedback and scaffolded supports.

Common Sense Selection


Superb real-time assessment tool a fit for 1-to-1, BYOD classrooms

Bottom line: This cleverly designed tool enables teachers to gather a variety of student response types and offer individualized feedback.

Common Sense Selection

Project Pals

Unique project-based learning tool focuses on collaboration

Bottom line: Once teachers get their bearings, they'll find this to be a uniquely useful workflow and project management tool that can guide students through collaborative work.

Common Sense Selection


Comprehensive discussion platform develops critical-thinking skills

Bottom line: A great tool in any subject or topic for teachers looking to make discussion a central part of their classroom.


Flexible desktop, mobile assignment tool works best with pro features

Bottom line: A flexible way to collect student assignments and offer written and verbal feedback, especially with the premium features.

Common Sense Selection

Glose for Education

Interactive ebooks and web content make reading a social experience

Bottom line: Build collective reading experiences to make challenging texts more approachable and get kids excited about books.

Kialo Edu

A terrific, troll-free zone for structuring student discussion and debate

Bottom line: A valuable platform for students to learn about social and political issues while practicing digital citizenship and argumentation.

Get tips for using these tools in the classroom

See related resources