4 Freebies to Help with Distance Learning

Check out these four technology-related freebies to help you transition into distance learning and asynchronous teaching. These 4 free resources have made teaching remotely more manageable.  I hope you enjoy these teacher tech tips as much as I have!

In transitioning to distance learning and asynchronous teaching, there are 4 free resources that have made teaching remotely more manageable.  I hope you enjoy these teacher tech tips as much as I have!

1. SlidesMania

I love Google Slides and used to spend hours making them look just right before adding the content.  Then I discovered SlidesMania - what a game changer!  It has a wide variety of beautiful templates and has saved me so much time!  The slides are available in PowerPoint or Google Slides.

This template, in particular, has been amazing for distance learning!

2. Screencastify

Screencastify is a chrome extension that has been key in creating lessons for my students.  It saves your recordings to Google Drive which makes it even easier to add in Google Classroom.  There are options to record your screen, yourself, or a combination of both.  It also has annotation tools!

It is a great resource to provide my students with a walkthrough of what their independent work looks like and my expectations.  I also use Screencastify to provide feedback for students on their assignments.

Here is a screenastify walkthrough of Google Jamboard which you will see later on the list!


3. FlipBook

FlipBook takes any PDF that you have and turns it into a book with pages that turn.  It is a very simple process and can be added to Google Classroom or as a link in Google Slides/Docs. 

You can take decodable readers from Reading A-Z, articles, and any other resource that is in PDF form.  It makes the content more engaging for students and looks like the actual book complete with pages you can flip. 

Here is an example of what it looks like using a decodable text from Core Knowledge Language Arts.  You can check out their free resources here

4. Google Jamboard

I stumbled upon Google Jamboard while I was looking for a whiteboard app.  One thing I have struggled with during distance learning is finding a way for my younger students to show their work or annotate a text and Jamboard solved that problem!  Added bonus - it easily integrates with Google Classroom because it is part of the Drive.  

My students and I had never used Jamboard before the emergency closing, but since it is like a combination of Google Slides and a Promethean board I felt like my students could handle it.  Here is an example of how I had my students work on digital task cards in Jamboard.

Check out these four technology-related freebies to help you transition into distance learning and asynchronous teaching. These 4 free resources have made teaching remotely more manageable.  I hope you enjoy these teacher tech tips as much as I have!


5. Wireless Headphones

I know that this list is supposed to stop at 4 and this next item isn’t a freebie - but these wireless headphones have been an absolute lifesaver during distance learning and I had to share.  They are connected to my laptop and my phone.  Much of my day is spent on Zoom, Google Hangouts, Screencastify or watching a webinar so these are perfect!  They also have a built-in mic which has great quality for zoom-ing and recording.



Is there anything else that you love that isn’t on the list?  Let me know in the comments.

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Check out these four technology-related freebies to help you transition into distance learning and asynchronous teaching. These 4 free resources have made teaching remotely more manageable.  I hope you enjoy these teacher tech tips as much as I have!





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