Do you agree that technology training is now essential for teachers? Many learning institutions have developed new learning methods and online environments to accommodate our new reality. Therefore, it is important for teachers, support staff, and students to learn how to use technology tools to actively engage in the learning process. It is no surprise that you see more and more teachers take advantage of courses regarding technology training. Virtual learning is a must and the new normal!
Please read on to know about the latest technology training tools!
Google Classroom training
Google Classroom is a suite of online tools that allows teachers to set assignments, have work submitted by students, then mark and return graded papers. It was created to eliminate paper in classes and to make digital learning possible. You can use it with laptops in schools, such as Chromebooks, to allow you and your students to share information and assignments more efficiently. As more schools have transitioned to online learning, Teachers most commonly use Google Classroom to implement paperless instruction. Furthermore, classrooms work with Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Earth, Calendar, and Gmail and can be supplemented by Google Hangouts or Meet for face-to-face live teaching or questions. So, are you ready for an interactive class with your students?
Office 365 Getting Started
The Microsoft Office 365 suite is a hosted, online version of the traditional installed version of Microsoft Office software. This online service is subscription-based and includes Office, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and Microsoft Office Web Apps. However, the advantage of the Microsoft Office 365 suite is that Microsoft provides the cloud service and, thus, eliminates a company’s IT maintenance tasks, such as patching and infrastructure support costs. Likewise, for end users, the advantage is the ability to access Office 365 offerings using any device anywhere with an internet connection. I am eager to operate this software and discover its new features!
Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service that you can use to virtually meet with others via video, audio, or both. Also, you can conduct live chats at the same time! Amazingly, you can record all your video call sessions to view them later. In addition, Zoom allows one-to-one chat sessions that can grow into group calls, training sessions and webinars for your internal and external audiences. Not to forget about the global video meetings with up to 1,000 participants and as many as 49 on-screen videos!
Canvas Instructor training
Canvas is an open-source, reliable web-based software that allows learning institutions to manage digital learning. Likewise, you can create and present online learning materials and also assess student learning. Furthermore, you can encourage your students to engage in courses and receive feedback about their skill development and learning achievements. Additionally, while Canvas is primarily a web-based software, you can access it on a mobile device from the Canvas Teacher, Canvas Student, and Canvas Parent apps. Moreover, you may use the program to create and manage course content and review course analytics to identify areas for improvement in teaching and learning. Parents also may use Canvas to review and communicate with you regarding student course progress, including assignment submissions and grades! This is so interesting!
Blackboard Learn Ultra – Instructor
Blackboard Ultra is a web conferencing tool that allows you to communicate online with your students worldwide simultaneously. It is handy because it is browser-based! In addition, you can encourage student collaboration in innovative ways such as interactive whiteboarding, chronological hand-raise notifications, extensive chat features, on-demand polls, and moderated breakout groups. You can improve your lessons with the help of real-time feedback features. You can confidently provide personal attention to every student in your entire class through one-to-one discussions! As you know, everyone learns at their own pace!
It is a learning management system that connects all the people, contents, and systems that fuel education. Schoology also gives you the power to extend your classroom into an online platform to facilitate scheduled teacher-led learning and independent at-home learning. Likewise, you can share announcements, special dates, pictures, newsletters, discussion boards, lessons, and videos on Schoology.
Interestingly, parents also can access their children’s academic progress via a Schoology Parent account. They can then monitor upcoming assignments, overdue work, and possible new opportunities. I believe parents should collaborate with teachers to build the future of students!
Finally, there are so many fascinating software applications available for you to comfortably teach your students, monitor their progress and advise their parents! It looks as if the school system is now virtual and allows you to gracefully embrace the new normal! Stay Home and Stay Safe! Please do not forget to share your comments below!