Online Learning Tools and Tips
UP ISSI, Manila. In 2020, online tools have become significantly useful since the start of remote work and blended learning. Businesses, organizations, and schools found themselves quickly adapting to this new normal lifestyle. Here are the takeaways from the deck of Mr. Bernie F. Villaluna during our learning session held at the ISSI online learning session held June 3, 2021.
“Online learning tools refer to any program, app, or technology that can be accessed via an internet connection and enhance a teacher’s ability to present information and a student’s ability to access that information.” (Moon, 2021)
Online Learning Tools for Educators and Learners
I. Learning tools for virtual classrooms
The G Suite or Google Workspace are cloud-based applications that have about everything we need. From collaboration tools, productivity tools, and cloud computing. Each of these applications offers a range of tools and integrations to ensure an efficient U/I experience. The functions of each application are detailed below:
Classroom, Assignments, and Forms are used for classroom management. Educators can create classes, make assignments and tasks, facilitate quizzes, automate answer sheets, and grade computing.
Gmail, Meet, and Chat are the portals of communication such as chat, video conferencing and emails.
Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drive, and Jamboard are utilized to collaborate with students. Docs, Sheets, and Slides replace the student’s traditional pen and paper. An application they can use to complete the assignment/task and submit them digitally. On the other end, Jamboard serves as the whiteboard or what a blackboard can offer. Using a stylus or a text box and images, everyone on the loop can collaborate on their group work. While teachers can use them to demonstrate learning activities, these online docs are stored on their Drives to easily access and retrieve the files.
Other popular video meeting apps are:
Zoom, Cisco Webex, Skype, Slack, BigBlueButton, BlueJeans, Whereby, GoToMeeting, ReadyTalk, Blackboard Collaborate, Lifesize, Jitsi Meet, Talky, Jami, and Toasty.
Most of the video meeting apps have established themselves as user-oriented and trusted teleconferencing platforms that are ideal for businesses of any size, getting the most out of their video chats.
II. Online bulletin boards
Padlet is a virtual bulletin board or post-it board, where educators and learners can collaborate, share photos and link, in a secure location. It can be used to post notes on a common page with a unique Padlet link. Padlet allows users to insert ideas anonymously or with your name. Users don’t need to sign up to use Padlet, though it is recommended that teachers or hosts using it in a classroom setting do so, in order to edit a wall, moderate posts, and collate all class walls into one management screen.
Padlet ideas for virtual classroom
There are multiple ways to use a padlet using virtual classroom creativity. This educational app can be powerful and fun to use.
Brainstorming on a topic, statement, project or idea, peer assessment, live question bank, gather student work, online student portfolio, thinking maps, classroom communication, class agenda, classroom newsletter, parent communication, gather teacher feedback, program icebreaker, school events, end of the school year activity, birthday wall, book wishlist, book discussions, notetaking, suggestion box in the library, graduation time, event planning, current events, geocaching, crafty ideas, and bookmark with Padlet mini.
III. Video editing tool
Screencast-O-Matic is a free and easy to-use video creation program that allows users to capture a screen, add a webcam, record video and voice from a webcam, and use narration to customize your video.
IV. Interactive Presentation Tools
Kahoot! is an online game-based learning platform that creates custom quizzes or trivia games to share and play.
Mentimeter is a presentation software used to create fun and innovative presentations, lectures, workshops, and events.
Wordwall can be used to create both interactive and printable activities. It can create custom trivia quizzes ideal for classroom setting.
Pigeonhole Live is an audience interaction tool suitable for conferences, events, workshops, webinars, and tech talks. It offers different types of interactive sessions that you can use to engage participants such as – live Q&As, polls, surveys, chats, polls, quizzes, and reactions.
IV. Video editor and stock library
Canva is an online graphic editing platform, used to create visual content with built-in templates or pre-made layouts. The software offers free packages and paid subscriptions – Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise for additional functionality. This program is ideal for non-Photoshop users. For scalable graphic design, Adobe Photoshop products are still the market incumbent.
Other image editing programs (free and paid) that are great alternatives to Canva:
PicMonkey, Crello, Visme, Adobe spark, Snappa, Design wizard, and Stencil
“Good collaboration tools should meet several core principles of language learning: meaningful interaction, positive engagement, and autonomous learning.” (Kidd, 2020)
To access Mr. Villaluna’s full presentation, Online Learning tools and Tips.
Renard, L. (2017, August 9). 30 Creative Ways to Use Padlet for Teachers and Students. Retrieved June 2021, from Book Widgets: https://www.bookwidgets.com/blog/2017/08/30-creative-ways-to-use-padlet-for-teachers-and-students
Velarde, O. (n.d.). Canva Alternatives. Retrieved June 2021, from Visme: https://visme.co/blog/canva-alternatives/
Kidd, D. (2020, March 24). Supporting every teacher: A checklist for choosing effective collaboration tools. Retrieved June 2021, from Cambridge University Press: https://www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/2020/03/24/using-online-collaboration-tools/
Moon, J. (2021, February 6). What Are Online Learning Tools? – Definition, Types & Examples. Retrieved June 2021, from Study: https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-are-online-learning-tools-definition-types-examples.html
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