We have been hearing from parents and educators about some of the new platforms districts are leveraging to run virtual classrooms.
We reached out to some of the platforms you told us your kids and teachers are using. Here are some of the companies best practices advice.
Please use this and share it as a handy resource guide.
AskMo is the homework helper available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Covering subjects from basic math to physics, students can take a picture of a problem and text-chat it to a live expert tutor. Together they work on the specific problem, learning the concept in bite-size 10-20 minute sessions. Visit https://askmo.com, or go directly to the Apple App Store or Google Play store *1 free session upon sign up, 25 free sessions with the code: JSA25
Edmondo’s sister company JumpStart has a free math program for young kids. All ages have access to free math help.
Grades K-6: JumpStart Academy Math enables parents to teach core math concepts to young learners with fun games and activities. The online math program individualizes learning through either parent-assigned lessons or independent learning through a series of practice levels across four math domains. Visit https://www.jumpstart.com/academy/math *free through Aug. 31
+ Grades 7-12: AskMo supports older students with instant access to live tutors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Covering subjects from basic math to physics, students can take a picture of a problem and text-chat it to a live expert tutor. Together they work on the specific problem, learning the concept in bite-size 10-20 minute sessions. Visit https://askmo.com, or go directly to the Apple App Store or Google Play store *1 free session upon sign up, 25 free sessions with the code: JSA25
- For teachers, Microsoft has new training courses and resources in the Microsoft Educator Center to help them get up and running on distance learning tools like Teams and Office 365.
- To help caregivers and guardians Microsoft created a Distance Learning Guide to O365 for students and parents. Tools like Flipgrid, Teams and Minecraft: Education Edition can also help to mix up the day and give students ways to communicate and demonstrate learning in new and unique ways (try a virtual science fair, or set up a remote lunch to keep classrooms connected and having fun).
- Microsoft also created a home & family resources site with tools to help you connect, work, learn and play at home. Free learning resources include activities for students ages 3-12, tools to improve reading and writing skills, a template to create your home learning schedule and more. A quick start guide to Microsoft Teams for Education is also available here.
- Microsoft Customer Support staff are still available to help in a remote setting, over the phone or through online support channels. For more information and to contact Customer Support, please visit https://support.microsoft.com/en-us.
Zoom has created a microsite (here) with assets to help all types of users (esp. educators) get up to speed and do great work on the Zoom platform. Zoom has made its platform free for 90,0000+ K-12 schools in 20 countries.
Here is some specific info for educators.
Educating Over Zoom
Here’s how teachers, administrators, and students can successfully spin up virtual classrooms, participate in online classes, and use Zoom for distance education: