Distance Learning Essentials
Google Classroom is a key distance learning tool that will allow teachers to connect with students seamlessly. A teacher can share content, collect assignments, and consistently communicate with students and guardians, regardless of location.
Whether distance learning is an option or a necessity, Google Drive will serve as a digital storage hub for all of your digital files: presentations, docs, audio, video, and more! Think of Drive as a digital filing cabinet from which you can share individual files or even entire folders to which you can continue to add, providing easy access to content for anyone with the folder link.
Google Docs can be used to share information as a simple digital document -- or an interactive and collaborative tool in a distance learning setting. The ability to insert images, tables, links, and beyond make Docs a powerful distance learning tool.
Although Google Slides can be used to create and share presentations, they can also be used to create digital books, interactive journals, learning portfolios, and more to support a distance learning environment. The collaboration and sharing capabilities, along with the commenting feature, allow teachers to offer continued guidance and feedback, even as students are working.
From data collection and assessments to breakouts and differentiation, Google Forms is a multifaceted distance learning tool. Any information you collect will automatically be presented visually for easy analysis and can be sent to a spreadsheet with the click of a button. Forms can even grade assessments for you!
Google Hangouts Meet is a tool that will keep you in touch with your students through extended distance learning days by creating sessions to meet with your entire class, small groups, or individuals throughout the time you are having to incorporate distance learning.
Google Calendar will allow you to create and share events and deadlines with parents, students, and colleagues in order to ensure everyone is on the same page. Educators can even create appointment slots on a calendar to share for sign-ups, or include a Hangout Meet session on a calendar invite to connect via video call with others.
Newer to Google or need a refresher? Sign up for an eight-week email series from the Google for EDU team, which covers the basics of foundational tools like Classroom, Docs, and more! Or visit the Teacher Center to learn more about how to use Google tools.