Top 8 Free Online Tools for Teacher

It is next to impossible to stay organized when you have lots of going on. Menachem Moscovitz shares that being a teacher can be very tough at times because of the ‘perfect human’ image it brings along itself.

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To help you remain active and sane we have curated a list of top 8 free online teaching tools and software. Let us dig in.

  • Canva

Canva is a tool that can be operated by even the immature. It’s a brilliant FREE graphic designing tool that you can use to create educational visuals, PPT, and infographics for the school. We guarantee you would love this tool.

  • WeTransfer

Menachem Moscovitz is well aware of what a struggle it can be to transfer loads of files at the same time. With the use of WeTransfer you can easily transfer large files to your colleagues and keep your ideas moving. This tool is free of cost and does not even require you to create an account.

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  • Teaglo

This is the only global social network designed specifically for teachers. Through this tool you can seek advice and support, share your knowledge, and get motivated as well. Sit back and let recruiting schools notice you around the world. Menachem Moscovitz believes that this is a great platform for new teachers especially, they can learn a lot through other teacher’s experience sharing.

  • Calendly

Control whom you meet and when with the help of Calendly, a free calendar-booking app. Calendly integrates with your calendar making sure you are never double booked and allows you to save time when booking in your parent-teacher appointments, or meetings with colleagues.

  • Edmodo

Edmodo’s global education network helps you connect with your fellow teachers and students now. Collaborate in groups, administer and provide educational materials, measure student performance, and communicate with parents to create a more personalized learning experience for both you and your students.

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  • ClassDojo

This app is loved by every teacher; ClassDojo is a free school communication platform that teachers, students, and parents can use daily to build close-knit communities by sharing what’s being learned in the classroom through home photos, videos, and messages.

Parents can track their child’s progress, and children can showcase their learning at the same time. There are free class behavior management tools and scads of added features for teachers too. Check out this free beginner’s guide for teachers to learn what ClassDojo can do for you.

  • Schoology

This is an award-winning learning management system, Menachem Moscovitz advises every teacher to use this app. Schoology allows teachers to create a private social network for their students, parents, and colleagues. Communicate with families and students, manage your entire classroom, collaborate with your colleagues & much more.

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  • Google Classroom

Last but not the least- Google Classroom, helps classes communicate, save time, and stay organized. It at the same time makes teaching more productive by allowing you to streamline assignments, boost collaboration, and foster communication.

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You can create classes, distribute assignments, and send feedback to everything in one place. Google Classroom seamlessly integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive, helping to keep you organized and most importantly, save precious time.

Menachem Moscovitz: 3 Main Things We Have Learnt About Teaching during Lockdown

1. Most teaching happens remotely these days

For decades, tech evangelists have predicted that the time would come when all schooling will happen online. And because of the lockdown, the pandemic-prompted school closures made this come to reality. In the early days of the closures, our surveys showed that 7 in 10 teachers were doing all their teaching over the internet or ‘at a distance’. But how is it possible?

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A few weeks before the school closures, half of all secondary schools were using online work-setting or platforms; by the time the closures happened over 80% of secondary teachers were using platforms to send work and gather it back in. However, despite Facebook videos boasting of a few teachers’ broadcasting prowess, only 4% of state secondary schools were streaming lessons from the outset, with around the same percentage using live chat platforms.

Much popular has been the use of pre-recorded videos, either from specialist providers such as Hegarty Maths, or produced by teachers themselves. The latter have typically involved teachers delivering lessons backed by PP presentations.

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Menachem Moscovitz shares that private schools were much more likely to be using online conferencing, with around 1 in 3 teachers holding regular live-streamed lessons.

2. Remote teaching means less work for teachers 

In principle, advances in technology are supposed to result in more time. In practice, of course, the opposite often happens. Consider how many smartphones now allow work emails to follow you home.

It was initially unclear how the switch to remote learning would affect teacher workload since mastering a new technology system is usually a task. It also had to be done at a time when teachers had lots of other things on their plates, like ranking every student so that they could get a GCSE grade!

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However, according to our polling of teachers, nearly 3 quarters found that the school closures and subsequent switch to distance learning have resulted in a reduction of their school working hours. For a start, there’s been less marking to do. Menachem Moscovitz believes that digital teaching is easier. Some digital learning platforms automatically assess work submitted by students, and teachers have found that a smaller proportion of students are sending in work regularly.

3. Not all students can access remote teaching

Once upon a time, the internet was seen as a distraction tempting students away from completing their work; post-school closures said work can’t be received without it. There’s a general feeling that once schools are back in session they might be able to offer more in the way of remote learning options or utilize pupils’ newly developed online skills.

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Teachers estimate that the proportion of students with sufficient internet access for retrieving and completing school work they’re assigned stands at 10%. That means that hundreds of thousands of students currently lack the connectivity needed to continue their lessons from home. It perhaps also explains why 81% of teachers told us that the most helpful thing their students could receive to support distance learning efforts is free broadband access.

Menachem Moscovitz: 5 Tips for Keeping Your Book Plans on Track during Lockdown

Books keep us alive and wondering. We NEED them especially during a time like this when we all are trapped inside our homes. It will not be wrong to say that books are the only source of imagination right now for all of us.

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Menachem always advises teachers to read because unless you read you cannot learn anything new. You might be still figuring what to do during this time that is why we bring you the solution.

Menachem Moscovitz shares his tips that can help you to keep up with your book plans. These are the following;

  1. Keep Yourself Updated

First you should know what books have launched this year and which one got good reviews. Menachem Moscovitz always trusts the book critic and follows their guidelines to choose books as well.

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After that figure out which genre interests you, as a teacher you should pick books related to your field or subject. But you can also read fiction books as well; there is no harm in that you will be updating your knowledge in some manner.

  1. Chat with a Book Lover

If you are struggling with what book you should read you can always call a book lover, it can be one of your friends or your fellow teacher colleagues. A book lover would give you the right advice and suggest some good books.

  1. Search for Teaching Books

Keep in mind that teaching books will be a great option for you. Teachers should always read books that can improve their teaching skills and maybe they can learn some unknown advice they haven’t heard or received till now.

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  1. Use Online Resources

While field research/teaching is almost on hold for the foreseeable future, losing access to institutional resources like libraries would also be a serious blow for most teachers and students. Luckily, most libraries now have electronic access set up, so that students and teachers can access their holdings online instead. You can use these resources to find the book you want to read here too.

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  1. Make Notes

When you start reading, do not forget to make notes. These notes will help you for sure when you want some advice on teaching. Menachem Moscovitz believes that self-made notes are a great source of information.

 

 

4 Ways Teachers Can Help Students with Stress

Stress is not anymore a guest who comes around once or twice a year; it has become a frequent visitor. Menachem Moscovitz addresses stress as the main factor behind overthinking and poor performance of students during tests or exams.

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Our senses are not in our control under stress and the only person who damages from it is- you. Teaching is a profession that comes to stress and performance pressure. But today we are not addressing stress teachers take, today we are going to talk about the stress student’s face.

Menachem Moscovitz shares his thought that until students remain under stress they cannot concentrate 100 percent in the classroom. They need to feel relaxed and confident mentally to learn whatever is taught in the class.

What steps can you take as a teacher to reduce stress among your students? Menachem Moscovitz brings you some tips that can guide in addressing and controlling the subject in an effective manner. Let us begin;

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  • Talk About It- Initiative a Conversation

You cannot solve a problem unless you are aware of it and accept that there is a situation. Students need to know what stress is, most of them don’t even know what stress is, and how it can affect their mental and physical well-being.

Being the authority, teacher, you can initiate the conversation on stress and make kids aware of it. This way you can get to know what kids know and may come across some student who is going through it.

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  1. Source of Trust 

Try to be friendly with your students; they need to know that they can trust you with their problems. If a kid going through any sort of issue does not find your behavior comforting or trusting he/she will never rely on you. You have displayed an empathetic nature towards your students. If you yourself are struggling then you can try some stress busters to keep yourself calm.

  1. Allow Social Connectivity 

Psychologists are of the view that we all crave loving relationships, people who make us feel at home. As a teacher, you should allow social connectivity among your classroom so that they can build trusting bonds. A student suffering from stress would definitely find such relationships helpful and a source of comfort.

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  1. Keep Humor and Laughter in the Classroom

Menachem Moscovitz believes that a good laugh has a much good effect on someone going through stress. Not only does it “lighten your load mentally,” but it also affects your body. It activates and then cools down your stress hormone response, thus giving you a relaxed feeling. Laughter releases dopamine which reduces stress and increases memory. Students love to hear personal stories pertaining to things that happened to their teachers when they were students. This also strengthens the bond between them.

Conclusion: Stress can make students’ overall performance; the teacher can help them cope with it. We have shared above the following methods/tips that teachers can use or take guidance from to relax students. Parents can also help teachers by giving them a report about student behavior at home.