Welcome to the OkMEA Digital Resources page!

OkMEA is working to provide resources for you that will help during this uncertain time of COVID-19. We do not know what our schools and classrooms will look like in the Fall but we are hoping this list will help you as you prepare for the upcoming year. Christine Mueller, OkMEA Mentorship Co-Chair and Instructional Technology Trainer, has cultivated this list of resources for you to use in a digital classroom setting. 

Digital Classroom Organization

  • Google Classroom
    • This tool is great if your school does not yet have an LMS such as Canvas
  • SeeSaw (PK-2)
    • This tool is great with or without an LMS for young students. Much easier to navigate than a true LMS.
  • Google Sites
    • This website building tool is easy and free! It is a great tool for sharing information or organizing classrooms materials and forms.

Commuincation

  • Remind
    • Messaging system – does not share personal contact information with users.
  • Group Me
    • Easy group messaging system – personal contact information stays hidden. 
  • Class Dojo
    • An educational technology communication app and website. It connects primary school teachers, students and families through communication features, such as a feed for photos and videos from the school day, and messaging that can be translated into more than 35 languages and has been used in 180 countries.
  • Calendly
    • An easy online appointment tool – syncs with G Suite tools and Zoom.
  • Flipgrid
    • A multipurpose video response system that can be as open or closed to collaboration as you set it.
  • Google Hangouts Meet
    • Interactive video calls which can be recorded and texting plus a lot more – syncs with all G Suite tools.
  • Zoom
    • Interactive video calls which can be recorded plus much more.

Collaboration Tools

  • Padlet
    • Make beautiful boards, documents, and web pages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to.
  • Wakelet
    • Wakelet is the easiest way to capture, organize and share multimedia resources with students, teachers, and learning communities.
  • Google Docs
    • More than letters and words. Google Docs brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools.
  • Google Slides
    • With Google Slides, you can create, edit, collaborate, and present wherever you are.
  • Google Sheets
    • Create a new spreadsheet and edit it with others at the same time — from your computer, phone or tablet.
  • Adobe Spark
    • Easily create stunning social graphics, short videos, and web pages that make you stand out.
  • Class Dojo
    • An educational technology communication app and website. It connects primary school teachers, students and families through communication features, such as a feed for photos and videos from the school day, and messaging that can be translated into more than 35 languages and has been used in 180 countries.
  • Flipgrid
    • Can be a wonderful video collaboration tool for students by using the GridPals. Be sure to check out the teacher resources and the Disco Library!

Remote Instruction

Video Based Tools

    • EdPuzzle
      • Turn any video (even your own) into a check for comprehension or just to provide information.
    • Flipgrid
      • Video response system that can be shared with all users or just the teacher. Teachers can reply to the responses and the platform includes many great features such as stickers, emojis, immersive reader, pixelation for shy students, and much more! Responses can be up to 10 minutes long. Great for music checks!
    • Zoom
      • Many don’t think about using Zoom to record lessons to be shared, but it can be a great video lesson tool!
    • Google Hangouts Meet
      • Same with Meet. Use it to pre-record lessons to share!
    • WeVideo
      • This great video making platform can also be set to make podcasts and a lot more. Includes editing features!
    • FaceTime
      • We all know about FaceTime, but it can be more than just chatting with mom and dad!
    • YouTube
      • Create your own channel and upload any videos you make or find and then share that channel via your learning management system or any other way you wish!
    • Screencastify
      • This screencasting system is being upgraded all the time and it includes many features such as simple editing. Syncs easily with many tools.

Remote Instruction

Slides Based Tools

    • Google Slides
      • Such a versatile tool! Can be used as slides, PDFs, ebooks, choose your adventure, or it can sync with Pear Deck or Nearpod!
    • Pear Deck
      • Can be used by itself or embedded into Google Slides! Pear Deck was founded by educators with solutions rooted in active learning and formative assessment for learners of all ages.  
    • Nearpod
      • Can be used by itself or embedded into Google Slides! An instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences. 

Remote Instruction

Virtual Whiteboards

    • Whiteboard.fi
      • This whiteboard is great for quick formative assessments because students can see the teacher’s board but not each other’s. The sessions time out after 120 minutes so there is no need to worry about security. Includes changeable backgrounds so you can upload images of staff paper, lined paper, etc.
    • Google Jamboard
      • This whiteboard is great for real-time collaboration for up to 50 at a time! Can be added to your G Suite tools for quick and easy access. 

Knowledge Checks

  • Google Forms
    • Create a new survey and edit it with others at the same time. Choose from a variety of pre-made themes or create your own. 
    • When created in Google Classroom, the browser tabs are automatically locked down when students take the quiz. 
  • Kahoot
    • Game-based learning platform that brings engagement and fun to players of all ages. Now can be shared as an assignment.
  • Flipgrid
    • This video based response system can be used to check for understanding by locking down the view to teacher only.
  • Edpuzzle
    • Turn any video (even your own) into a check for comprehension.
  • Collabra
    • Per student fee – Collabra is a video-based practice management platform that helps you manage students and motivate practice by adding increased engagement, accountability, and feedback. 
  • Whiteboard.fi
    • This whiteboard is great for quick formative assessments because students can see the teacher’s board but not each other’s. The sessions time out after 120 minutes so there is no need to worry about security. Includes changeable backgrounds so you can upload images of staff paper, lined paper, etc. 
  • Google Jamboard
    • This whiteboard is great for real-time collaboration for up to 50 at a time! Can be added to your G Suite tools for quick and easy access.

Digital Portfolio Creation

  • Adobe Spark
    • Easily create stunning social graphics, short videos, and web pages or combine all to make an outstanding portfolio.
  • Google Sites
    • Sites is super easy to use and can create really great porfolios!
  • SeeSaw
    • Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication – used primarily in elementary grades. 
  • Book Creator
    • A simple way to make digital books online

Music Creation and Theory Platforms

  • Chrome Music Lab
    • A website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
  • Flat
    • Music learning app from theory to composition. Great for elementary through high school and syncs with most LMSs , Google Classroom and more!
  • Musictheory.net
    • Website providing free theory lessons.
  • Yale Music Theory Course
    • YouTube based lessons – great for supplemental additions to theory lessons. 
  • Berklee Music
    • Advanced courses
  • ToneSavvy
    • Music theory and ear training in one stop. Free for educators throughout COVID closures. 
  • Soundtrap
    • Music making, audio editing, loops, autotune, beat maker, all you need to create music free. It’s online and collaborative – sign up for your free account now!
  • Collabra
    • Per student fee – Collabra is a video-based practice management platform that helps you manage students and motivate practice by adding increased engagement, accountability, and feedback.

School Reopening Resources

  • Zoom Presentation by Mike Raiber
    • This presentation covered information and resources available for instrumental directors. It was geared towards resources needed when schools re-open in the Fall.
  • Instrumental Resources Spreadsheet
    • This is a living document of resources that are being vetted constantly. You can review and find resources when you need them.