These digital classroom tools will help any private or public school teachers that teach with computer technology. Although these tools are made to be used in a classroom setting, they could be adapted to homeschool teachers IF they are teaching in a coop situation. 

Many homeschool parents belong to a homeschool coop in their city and/or state.  Many of these homeschool coops meet one day a week where they come together for classes.  Most of these classes are taught by parents or professionals in the field that is being taught.  

Tools for Collaborative Learning

What is collaborative learning?  It is a group of students working together to solve a problem, complete a task or create a project.

What is collaborative teaching?  Teachers work together to lead, instruct and mentor students to lead, observe and assist in certain areas or for a certain project.  This is also known as cooperative teaching or team teaching.

  • Google Docs: Students work on one document simultaneously from different devices and comment on shared documents.

  • Padlet: Students work on this digital corkboard simultaneously from different devices by adding images, videos, text, PDFs, links, and audio messages to a shared space.

  • Coggle: Multiple students edit the content simultaneously and from different devices using this concept mapping tool.

  • VoiceThread: students create and share multimedia. Students can work independently or with a team to add images, videos, text, and their own audio, video and typed and drawn annotations to a presentation-like format.

Tools for Universal Design
Multimodal Representations
(what, how, why?)

  • Glogster:  Platform that allows students to create digital posters that can include text, video, audio, photos, animations, and video from within the app/website.

  • Imovie:  Video-editing software that provides two options for students to create their own movies or book trailers. The book trailer feature offers storyboarding and more scaffolds for students who need additional support.

  • Storybird:  A story-writing site that gives students access to professional illustrations. The site allows students to select, sequence, write, and publish their work.

  • Educreations or ShowMe:  Digital whiteboards that allow students to record as they draw and narrate on a topic of their choice.

Tools for Accessibility

Tools for accessibility: (for those students that need accommodations or modifications in order to fully participate in a classroom)

  • Read&Write:  A set of tools for text-to-speech, speech-to-text, smart predictive text, highlighting to outline organization, vocabulary support, translation support, and voice commenting.

  • Newsela:  A searchable database that contains current events articles with identical content written at a range of lexicon levels. This means that different levels of difficulty of readability can be selected by the student or teacher.

  • Mercury Reader:  This app simplifies the screen by removing all distracting ads or images, making the page easier to use for a screen reader.

  • TES/Blendspace or Nearpod:  Multimodal platforms that allow teachers to input or create content and activities or download prepared lessons for students to work through as they view and respond to questions for each segment.

The above was reproduced and summarized from an article in Literacy Today, January/February, 2016; vol. 33, issue 4; page 31

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