20+ Online and Remote Tools for Teachers, Administrators, and Parents
School districts across the country have been developing remote work/learning plans to support recent school shutdowns. We’ve curated this list of 20+ online tools for teachers, administrators, and parents to support classroom instruction and remote operations.
Khan Academy – Curriculum
Practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard to empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy offers math, science, computer programming, history, economics, and more.
Ages: K-Higher Education
Access: Online, videos can be accessed offline
Pearson Realize – Textbooks
Premium content to help teachers enhance their instructional materials and engage students. Teachers can search by keyword or browse by standard to easily curate their student’s digital learning experience. You can also see intuitive reports so teachers can use student data to target classroom teaching and develop curriculum.
Ages: K-Higher Education
Access: Online, view and download textbooks offline
Typing Agent – Typing Curriculum
Online K-12 keyboarding and technology program for schools and districts. Offering two complete keyboarding curriculums with enriching typing videos, fun games, and exciting gamification features! In addition, Typing Agent offers a Digital Citizenship Curriculum aligned with ISTE standards, a Learn to Type Code All, Spanish curriculum, best in class reporting for schools and districts, ADA compliance and much more.
Access: Online, printable activities
Knack – Tutoring
Mobile and web tutoring platform that partners with colleges and universities to pair students with tutors who have aced the same course. Knack provides end-to-end tutor on-boarding/payouts, student-to-tutor matching, tutor/student chat, session scheduling, live drop-in sessions, online learning rooms, and administrative reporting for synchronous tutoring.
Ages: Higher Education
Minecraft Education – Virtual Learning
An open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment. Offering lessons in Math, Science, Language Arts, History, and Visual Arts, students can collaborate on projects with classmates, document and share work, communicate learning objectives, access digital resources, while playing in a secure environment.
ABCmouse.com – Early Education
Comprehensive and engaging online curriculum to assist early learners. Children can learn important educational basics through the use of a computer mouse that comes to life and serves as a guide. Children can learn on their own or with parents.
Ages: Pre-K, Kindergarten, & Early Elementary school
Classwize – Classroom Management
Providing teachers with screen visibility and control of all devices in class, including bringing your own device and personal devices. Allowing teachers to view real-time, internet, app, and video usage, focus students on specific lesson resources, restrict access to specific sites or apps, and initiate temporary overrides on Chromebooks, Windows, or Apple Macbooks.
Schoology – Learning Management System (LMS)
Every tool your classroom needs to create engaging content, design lessons, and assess student understanding. Schoology comes pre-integrated with more than 200+ tools, student information systems (SIS), and educational platforms.
Zoom – Video Conferencing
Web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Zoom users can choose to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on one another’s screens, all with one easy-to-us platform. Zoom offers quality video, audio, and a wireless screen-sharing performance across Windows, Mac, Linuc, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems.
Script – Digital Forms and Workflows
A web-based workflow automation solution for digital form submissions and notices. Districts can use their current PDF documents or create ADA compliant e-forms with messages, videos, and questions. Script allows administrators to create custom workflow and approval processes to gather signatures, send notifications, and upload files. Users can fill out forms without a login both internally or externally.
Trello – Task Management
An online corkboard to manage tasks, notes, projects, shared files, or anything else that helps your team work together. Trello can be used for personal or team projects. You can organize “cards” into lists and mark them by priority.
AnyDesk – Remote Desktop
Remote desktop software allowing users to connect to a computer remotely from anywhere in the world with internet access. Anydesk ensures secure and reliable remote desktop connections for IT professionals and remote workers across all of your devices including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, FreeBSD, and even your Raspberry Pi!
Webex – Online Meeting Room
Online meeting rooms that allow you to virtually meet with other people, without leaving your home or office. Webex meetings require a computer with Internet access and a separate phone line. By logging into the meeting via the Internet, you will be able to see the presenters screen, comment, and ask questions.
Airtable – Spreadsheet Database
A spreadsheet-database hybrid, with features of a database but applied to a spreadsheet. The fields in an Airtable are similar to cells in a spreadsheet, but have validation such as checkbox, phone number, and drop-down list. You can also reference file attachments like images.
Kajeet – Student HotSpots
SmartSpot is a filtered mobile hotspot device, providing students with a safe, simple wireless connection to the internet. Districts can customize web-filters, time of day access controls, firewall security, and track real-time data. Giving students access to the internet outside of the classroom!
Access: HotSpot devices
Manage1to1 – Device Management
Simplifies the back end experience of the district and IT staff for portable devices. 1:1 deployments for asset management, incident/damage tracking, billing, user password management. Manage1to1 is cloud hosted and SSL encrypted to ensure your data is safe and always accessible.
Canvas – Learning Management
Mobile application that allows parents or guardians to have access to important class information. Parents can easily see the students calendar, assignments and announcements right from their iOs or Android phone.
Cohesion Education – Parent Video Library
Video library to help parents speak a common language and work more effectively with their young students. Cohesion Education offers parents standards-based lessons, easy to follow videos, and lesson plans for kindergarten-fifth grade students in math, reading, and writing.
Ages: K-5th grade
Parent Toolkit – Parent Resources
One-stop resource for information about almost every aspect of your child’s development. Produced by NBC News Learn and supported by Pearson, Parent Toolkit provides information about academics, social and emotional health, health and wellness, financial literacy, and college and career.
Clockify – Time Tracking
An app that is used to track how much time your child spends on schoolwork, lesson preparation, leisure time, and more. Parents can log time for different tasks and subjects, and follow the progression over a period of time. Available on all major platforms, including macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, as well as browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.
Homeschool Panda – Parent Networking
Safe and secure instant messaging platform for homeschoolers. Parents can connect by location, teaching styles, interests, and faith. You can sign up for a social plan or an advanced plan with lessons, calendars, and reporting.
Many of the tools listed are multi-purposed and can be used to increase efficiency during normal operations. As teachers, parents, and educators prepare to work from home, Software as a Service (SaaS) companies all over are working to make sure the proper tools are in place for remote learning. Do not hesitate to reach out to the companies individually for more information. We hope that you found this resource list helpful!