Remind 101 is great for sending messages to students through text message. Students that have cell phones usually have them at all times. Sending reminders for homework and updates about upcoming events are easy. This tool is a must have for the first week back. Set up your students early and start that one way communication. Create groups for each period, schedule reminders ahead of time, or remind students that they have a project due soon.
ClassDojo is a classroom behavior management tool. You input student names and chart positive and negative behaviors. Add points for team work, participation, or good character. Subtract points for classroom disruptions of any kind. ClassDojo can also be used as a student randomizer. Throw out your popsicle sticks and pull out ClassDojo. Award participation points on the fly.
StopWatch & Timer
There is nothing better than setting the right tone right from the get go. Students may need a little reminder of the time frame for each task. Perhaps you need a reminder to help you pace your lesson. Having a good timer in you tool belt is a great way to increase productivity. There are many different timers out there for Android, iOS, and web-based. Here are our recommendations.
Learning Management System
A learning management system is one way a teacher can create a 24/7 environment in which students can be responsible for their own learning. Students can communicate with their teachers and work in an online environment at any given time. Check back here for more on this topic. Here are some of our favorites.