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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.

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Lesson and Resource Delivery Tools

Nearpod

Interactive slideshow tool engages students, promotes collaboration

Bottom line: This effective tool leverages the capabilities of 1-to-1 environments and offers both teacher- and student-paced learning.

Seesaw

Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents

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

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Belouga

Impressive cross-curricular platform establishes global connections

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

ClassroomQ

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.

LessonUp

Flexible interactive presentation tool engages kids at school and home

Bottom line: LessonUp is for teachers who like designing unique lessons to reach every learner.

Pear Deck

Interactive slideshows offer a variety of ways to engage and assess

Bottom line: Useful presentation features and interactive slides provide terrific options for formative assessment from any device.

ClassFlow

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.

Padlet

Create and collaborate via interactive multimedia bulletin boards

Bottom line: The versatility of Padlet presents kids with opportunities to share content and knowledge in ways most comfortable for them.

Wakelet

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.

Mentimeter

Call on everybody at once with flexible, interactive presentation tool

Bottom line: This flexible tool supports the creation of dynamic presentations and can help teachers strike a balance between information and interaction.

MURAL

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.

Flipgrid

Pose questions, spark thoughtful video responses with stellar tool

Bottom line: A simple way for students and teachers to create online discussion, as long as your classroom culture is mature enough to use it wisely.

Loom

Create, present, and assess with effortless screencasting

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

NowComment

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: Backchannel Chat offers a fun and safe way to hold real-time online discussions that might just increase engagement, interest, and even learning.

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.

Group Work and Assessment Tools

Classkick

Easy-to-use, real-time monitoring, feedback, and assessment for 1-to-1

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

Floop

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.

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Formative

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

Bottom line: Cleverly designed for teachers, Formative offers a flexible and attractive solution for gathering a variety of student response types and offering individualized feedback.

Spiral

Provide instant feedback with collaborative, multimedia assessment tool

Bottom line: Engaging, easy-to-use tool that supports both formative and summative assessment while allowing for student collaboration.

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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.

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Parlay

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.

Showbie

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.

Storillo

Cooperative tool provides accountability to group writing projects

Bottom line: Storillo is engaging and provides useful structure for students, but teachers may prefer something more broadly applicable like Google Docs.

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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.

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