The following EdTech tools were recommended by KSDE for teachers to utilize when implementing a continuous learning plan. The complete document is linked here.
Virtual Conferencing Platforms:
Zoom - Zoom is a video conferencing tool. It allows users to connect through video, audio chat or dial-in. Users can easily share screens as they connect. If you’re using the free version of zoom, you can apply to have the 40-minute limit lifted so you can extend your time using zoom with your students.
Google Hangouts/Meet - Google Hangout Meet allows groups to connect through video, audio, chat or dial-in. Users can easily share screens as they connect. Google has given Google Hangouts meet premium through July 1 which gives you a way to meet with your students and add a video. Learn more here.
Skype - Skype allows groups to connect through video, audio, chat or dial-in. Users can easily share screens as they connect.
Learning Management Platforms:
Seesaw - Students can show what they know using photos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. It is simple to get students work in one place and shared with families, and nothing is shared without teacher approval. Safe and secure that becomes a digital portfolio for students
Google Classroom - Google classroom allows you to have easy access to post & share products from Google Docs and Google Drive. Instant collaboration between students & teachers outside the classroom. It is a simple set up & you can easily track a student's progress.
Microsoft Teams - A digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place. Build collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and connect with colleagues – all from a single experience.
Canvas - Canvas allows you to easily layout all of your coursework from creating lessons to student discussion boards. It offers easy ways to submit assignments, create online assessments, and it even has the capability to grade and record from your account.
Bloomz - Communicate and coordinate with parents easily. All communication s are private and secure and even if parents don’t sign up for an account they will receive messages via email. Students can document and share with their projects.
Remind - This is a way for the teacher to communicate with parents and students without using their cell phone number. Communication can happen via computer or cell phone.
Google Voice - This allows educators the privacy of connecting with students and caregivers without having to give out their phone number. Both texting and voice features are available.
Screen Recording Tools:
Screen Cast-o-Matic - Create tutorials or lessons for classroom instruction. Share videos with students so they can learn on their own and engage students with video conversations. Students can create videos to communicate their ideas or you can capture your lecture. Quick share videos to Facebook, Twitter, and Google Classroom or embed videos to a site or blog.
Screencastify - Video that can capture your tab, whole screen, or webcam only. Narrate with your microphone and you can record offline (no internet required). There is a mouse spotlight, drawing pen tool, and click highlighting. Recordings autosave to your Google Drive, instantly share Google Drive link, upload directly to YouTube.
Loom - Capture your screen, voice, and face and instantly share. When you hit stop, the link is automatically copied to your clipboard. Viewers can express themselves and react to your video with emojis and comments. You can require a password or make your video viewable only to specific email addresses.
Google Read and Write - Read&Write for Google Chrome™ provides personalized support to make documents, web pages and common file types in Google Drive Quick Reference Guide Free for teachers Text-to-speech free for Works with: Windows, Mac, Android, Chrome, iOS (including: Google Docs, PDF & ePub) more accessible. It’s designed to help everyone engage with digital content in a way that suits his/her abilities and learning styles. Text to-speech, picture dictionaries, create and use voice notes
EquateIO - Easily create mathematical equations, formulas, and quizzes. Intuitively type or handwrite, with no tricky math code to learn. Handwriting recognition Math, Chemistry, and formula prediction Graphing calculator
Closed Captions In Youtube - Some videos on YouTube have subtitles or closed captions. If teachers create their own YouTube content for students. Closed captioning is a universal design feature that helps all students. Caveat - YouTube CC may not be fully ADA compliant.
Microsoft Immersive Reader - This tool was designed to help readers succeed. It enlarges fonts, highlights words as it reads them, allows you to set the rate of speech, and utilizes other helpful features.
Other recommended EdTech tools from KSDE linked here. This document will update automatically over time as more resources are added.