For synchronous instruction
Zoom currently is, without a doubt, the most popular app for remote teaching in real-time. The one feature that Zoom has over other video conferencing options, and does fairly well, is breakout rooms. This is important as we strive to provide students with an experience that can be as similar as in the physical classroom in terms of interaction and collaboration.
Useful resources from literacymn.org :
Zoom Host Checklist – This checklist is designed to provide trainers and hosts with step-by-step instructions for leading a Zoom webinar. The following instructions address features available on computers using the Zoom app or web portal.
Zoom Role Responsibilities – This guide gives an in-depth overview of the meeting privileges available to webinar hosts and co-hosts.
Zoom Technical Support Language – This guide provides technical support language for common in-meeting issues pertaining to audio, video, and chat features. Hosts and co-hosts can copy and paste the prepared instructions into the chat box in order to assist participants quickly.
Similar Apps to consider: Google Meet
It is also possible to achieve this degree of collaboration and interaction with Google Meet by installing the Google Meet Attendees and Breakout rooms extension to your Chrome browser. For added features, such as reactions and raising a hand for questions, you can also add the Nod – Reactions for Google Meet extension.
For Asynchronous instruction
Edpuzzle: “Make any video your lesson- Choose a video, give it your magic touch and track your students’ comprehension.” With Edpuzzle, you can assign a video to your class and assess comprehension within the app. If you log in with your Google Account, it offers seamless Google Classroom integration.
Similar Apps to consider: PlayPosit; Powtoon
Screencast-O-Matic: “Video creation for everyone. At Screencast-O-Matic, we don’t believe that video recording and editing should be difficult, or cost a fortune. Our simple and intuitive tools help you get the job done easily.” With this app, you can create your own instructional videos that fit the needs of your students.
Similar Apps to consider: Screencastify (Chrome extension)
Links to other available distance learning resources:
- Tips for Distance Learning
- EdTech Center’s Guide