Teacher tools: Remote learning kicks off for students across NY

Millions of students across New York are attending classrooms via computers. The school closures due to the coronavirus outbreak have changed the lives of millions of children, teachers and parents throughout the state. 

The New York school system faced challenges as it began mass closures. While many districts planned to close for two weeks, New York City schools will be closed until April 20, or possibly through the end of the school year, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.  

While schools are closed, teachers began their lesson plans through digital resources that help schools create learning activities for their students.

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Below is a list of online remote learning tools that educators, students and parents are using to continue teaching and communicating with students. 

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools, that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. Teachers are using this application to send students daily assignments. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.

Zoom Video Communications

Teachers can communicate with their students via video chat available through Zoom Video Communications. The remote conferencing service combines video conferencing, online meetings, chats and mobile collaboration. The company is providing its videoconferencing tools to K-12 schools for free during the coronavirus outbreak. 


Flocabulary is a library of songs, videos and activities for K-12 online learning. Flocabulary engages students with hip-hop videos and tools to captivate students while engaging them in academically rigorous content. Flocabulary is giving schools impacted by closures an extended 60-day trial. 


Newsela a database of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. Teachers can create classes and assign articles. Newsela is offering free access to its entire product suite for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year. 


With schools closed, ClassDojo makes sure the classrooms are connected. ClassDojo helps instantly communicate and engage schoolteachers, families and students. Teachers can share lessons, announcements, links while communicating with parents through messaging. 

Khan Academy 

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside the classroom. During the school closures, the Khan Academy provides learning schedules and school assignments designed for all grades. 


Kahoot! is offering free access to all features to support distance learning in schools affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Teachers can engage their students via self-paced games or host Kahoot! Via videoconferencing.


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