5 Great Collaboration Tools for Distance Learning

Are you teaching online and facing challenges with your students’ engagement and participation? Here are some interesting collaboration tools for distance learning that add interactivity to your online sessions and enhance your students’ learning experience.

5 Collaboration Tools for Distance Learning
Flipgrid

flipgrid logoFlipgrid is a simple, free, and accessible video discussion experience where teachers can create discussion topics and share them with learners. From their side, learners respond to these topics by recording and sharing short videos with their teacher and classmates.

Pear Deck

Pear DeckPear Deck allows teachers to create interactive presentations by adding multiple-choice questions, drag and drop activities, drawing activities, text and numbers responses, and websites’ links to their presentations to create active learning and formative assessment opportunities. When learners respond, teachers can see the outcomes in real-time and share them with the class, to promote class discussions and drive students’ engagements.

EdPuzzle

EdPuzzleEdPuzzle allows teachers to choose videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, and other websites or use their own videos to track students’ comprehension by adding their own voice narration and questions. Also, they can check if students are watching the videos, how many times they’re watching each section, and if they’re understanding the content.

Nearpod

NearpodNearpod helps educators develop interactive lessons that contain quizzes, polls, videos, collaborate boards, open-ended questions, matching pairs, and more to check students’ understanding. They can access thousands of pre-built K-12 standards-aligned lessons or upload their own lessons and make them interactive. All lessons can be shared as a tab in Microsoft Teams, making it easy for students to access the lesson content quickly and easily.

Padlet

PadletPadlet is an online “virtual wall” tool where learners can share thoughts on a common topic. It’s like a piece of paper, but on the web where collaborators can simultaneously create and organize posts of any content type, whether it be text, documents, images, videos, audio, or links.

The bitmoji virtual classroom that we shared in an earlier post is also one of the interesting collaboration tools for Microsoft Teams. You may check a step-by-step tutorial on how to create it here.

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15 Amazing Bitmoji Classroom Templates

Using bitmoji classrooms during distance learning is now trending. Check out these bitmoji classroom templates developed by the dedicated Lebanese educator Donna Yazbeck and get them here!

Bitmoji Classroom Templates
1. Bitmoji Computer Lab
bitmoji computer lab template

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2. Bitmoji Playground
bitmoji playground template

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3. Bitmoji Music Room
bitmoji music room template

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4. Bitmoji Art Room
bitmoji art room template

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5. Bitmoji Science Lab
bitmoji science lab

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6. Bitmoji Sports Classroom
bitmoji sports classroom

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7. Bitmoji School Library
bitmoji library template

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8. Bitmoji Infirmary
bitmoji infirmary room template

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9. Bitmoji Preschool Classroom
Bitmoji Preschool Classroom Template

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10. Bitmoji Lunchroom
bitmoji lunchroom template

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11. Bitmoji Meeting Room
bitmoji meeting room template

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12. Bitmoji Auditorium
bitmoji auditorium template

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13. Bitmoji Office
bitmoji office template

Download the bitmoji here.

14. Bitmoji Office
bitmoji office template

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15. Bitmoji Bathroom
bitmoji bathroom template

Download the template here.

Create your own Classroom!

Were you inspired by these bitmoji classroom templates and want to create your own bitmoji classroom? Check out a step-by-step tutorial here.

Get your own bitmoji classroom templates!

Want to get ready-made templates? Check out different bitmoji classroom ideas here!

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15 Super Creative Bitmoji Classroom Ideas for Teachers

The upcoming academic year is going to look quite different from a typical school year where many teachers will be teaching virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to establish a small sense of normalcy for their students and add some fun to the teaching-learning process, several teachers are using the virtual bitmoji classroom. They are creatively decorating their classrooms with clickable elements that redirect students to the needed content.

Are you a teacher willing to create your own classroom and looking for ideas of what to include in it? Have a look at the below bitmoji classroom ideas beautifully created and developed by e-Tech Kits. Also, if you don’t know how to get started, check out a step-by-step tutorial here or get a customized one here.

Bitmoji Classroom Ideas
1. Bitmoji Preschool Classroom
Bitmoji Preschool Classroom Template

Download the template here.

2. Bitmoji Elementary Classroom
bitmoji elementary classroom

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3. Bitmoji Science Lab
bitmoji science lab

Download the template here.

4. Bitmoji Computer Lab
bitmoji computer lab template

Download the template here.

5. Bitmoji Sports Classroom
bitmoji sports classroom

Download the template here.

6. Bitmoji School Library
bitmoji library template

Download the template here.

7. Bitmoji Infirmary Room
bitmoji infirmary room template

Download the template here.

8. Bitmoji Art Room
bitmoji art room template

Download the template here.

9. Bitmoji Music Room
bitmoji music room template

Download the template here.

10. Bitmoji Playground
bitmoji playground template

Download the template here.

11. Bitmoji Auditorium
bitmoji auditorium template

Download the template here.

12. Bitmoji Meeting Room
bitmoji meeting room template

Download the template here.

13. Bitmoji School Office
bitmoji office template

Download the template here.

14. Bitmoji School Office
bitmoji office template

Download the template here.

15. Bitmoji Lunchroom
bitmoji lunchroom template

Download the template here.

Create your own Classroom!

Were you inspired by the bitmoji classroom ideas and want to create your own Bitmoji classroom? Check out a step-by-step tutorial here.

Get your own Classroom!

Want to get ready-made classrooms? Get them here!

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4 Easy Steps to Create a Bitmoji Classroom in Microsoft Teams

Bitmoji Classroom invaded the education community as several schools switched to distance learning to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers across the globe are spending time creatively developing theirs!

When embedded successfully in the school’s LMS, students will definitely love this rich classroom environment containing an avatar playing the teacher’s role. They will also enjoy the interactive elements allowing them to click through to see assignments, documents, videos, and websites.

Now it’s your turn to create a virual classroom to enhance your distance learning experience!

Bitmoji Preschool Classroom Template

Download the bitmoji microsoft teams template here.

How to Create a Bitmoji Classroom in Microsoft Teams?
1. Design your avatar on Bitmoji

Download the Bitmoji app from the App Store or Play Store and create your Bitmoji by selecting physical features like hair, mouth, eye color, and an outfit. When you finish creating your character, you can cast it in a huge array of activities, such as reading, singing, or even eating.

A tutorial video by Elisabeth Peacock

2. Add the Bitmoji extension to Google Chrome

Download the Bitmoji Google Chrome extension, which allows you to choose an activity for your Bitmoji (reading, laughing, saying “hello”) to copy and paste into the PowerPoint document containing your virtual classroom.

A tutorial video by Elisabeth Peacock

3. Create a Bitmoji Classroom in Microsoft PowerPoint

Follow the steps mentioned in the tutorial video below to create a virtual classroom and decorate it. Choose the needed material from the resources below and then add the interactive elements that allow your students to click through to see assignments, documents, videos, and websites.

– Giant Bitmoji Library for Sharing: https://bit.ly/34Ufb6T
– Everything to Build your Own Room: https://bit.ly/3gSbils

A tutorial video by Elisabeth Peacock

4. Embed the Virtual Classroom in Microsoft Teams

Follow the steps mentioned in the tutorial video below to embed your virtual classroom in Microsoft Teams.

A tutorial video by Elisabeth Peacock

Bitmoji Classroom Ideas
bitmoji science lab

Download the bitmoji science lab here.

bitmoji sports classroom

Download the bitmoji sports classroom here.

bitmoji library template

Download the bitmoji library here.

Check out more bitmoji classroom templates here!
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8 Useful Live-Video Platforms for Distance Learning

To fight the spread of COVID-19 and maintain healthy social distancing, schools have temporarily closed and quickly transitioned from on-campus to online learning. In line with this, Unesco shared 8 useful live-video platforms for distance learning.

Below is a list of the most used live-video platforms for distance learning!
Dingtalk

Dingtalk is a communication platform that supports video conferencing, task and calendar management, attendance tracking, and instant messaging.

dingtalk

Lark

Lark is a collaboration suite of interconnected tools that includes chat, calendar, creation and cloud storage, in Japanese, Korean, Italian and English.

lark

Google Meet

Google Meet is a video call platform integrated with other Google’s G-Suite tools.

google meet

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams contains chat, meetings, calls, and collaboration features integrated with Microsoft Office software.

microsoft teams

Skype

Skype has video and audio calls, chat, and collaboration features.

skype

WeCom

WeCom is a messaging, content sharing, and video/audio-conferencing tool with the possibility of including max. 300 participants, available in English and Chinese.

WeCom

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a mobile application with video and audio calls, messaging, and content sharing.

whatsapp

Zoom

Zoom is a cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars.

zoom

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