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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.

Lesson and Resource Delivery Tools

MimioConnect

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.

Grades: K–12
Price:
Free to try

Nearpod

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.

Grades: K–12
Price:
Free, Paid

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.

Grades: K–12
Price:
Free

Belouga

Impressive cross-curricular platform establishes global connections

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

Grades: 3–12
Price:
Free to try

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.

Grades: 3–12
Price:
Free, Free to try, Paid

LessonUp

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.

Grades: K–12
Price:
Free to try

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.

Grades: 3–12
Price:
Free, Paid

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.

Grades: 4–12
Price:
Free

Padlet

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.

Grades: 3–12
Price:
Free to try

Wakelet

Tell stories, organize or remix content via digital curation platform

Bottom Line: This tool offers an intuitive and useful way to curate media and make sense of topics, but it lacks some features for feedback and content moderation.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

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.

Grades: Pre-K–12
Price:
Free to try

Mentimeter

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.

Grades: K–12
Price:
Free, Paid

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.

Grades: K–12
Price:
Free, Free to try, Paid

Flip

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.

Grades: K–12
Price:
Free

Loom

Create, present, and assess with effortless interactive screencasts

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

Grades: Pre-K–12
Price:
Free

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.

Grades: 4–12
Price:
Free

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.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Grapevine

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.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free, Paid

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.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

Notion

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.

Grades: 9–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Group Work and Assessment Tools

Classkick

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.

Grades: K–12
Price:
Free to try

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.

Grades: 3–12
Price:
Free

Formative

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.

Grades: 3–12
Price:
Free, Paid

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.

Grades: 4–12
Price:
Free to try

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.

Grades: 5–12
Price:
Free, Paid

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.

Grades: 5–12
Price:
Free to try

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.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

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.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free

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