Dec 08 2020

ISTE20 Live: 4 Apps Teachers Can Use to Make Virtual Learning More Interactive

Educators are struggling with keeping students engaged in virtual and hybrid environments. That's because videoconferencing without the aid of tools to engage audio and visual stimulation can leave kids feeling bored and unmotivated. There's a slew of tools and apps that teachers are experimenting with to make the virtual experience more active. We spoke with an educator from Hemet Unified School District who shared some of her favorite interactive student engagement apps for the remote learning environment. The good news is many of these tools integrate with Google and Microsoft environments.

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    • Hannah Plaza, Sixth Grade Teacher, Hemet Unified School District

Video Highlights

  • Pear Deck is a tool that can greatly and quickly enhance educators' slide presentations in a way that sparks imagination — and classroom participation.
  • Padlet can be useful for opening activities where you want children to be awake and engaged.
  • EdPuzzle makes YouTube into a stronger education tool by incorporating quiz and instruction functionality on top of the viewing experience.
  • Jamboard is part of the Google Workspace (formerly known as G Suite or Google Apps) family of apps and it allows for whiteboard-style collaboration and brainstorming.