Idroo is an online educational whiteboard used in combination with Skype. Use it with as many students or fellow teachers as you want for tutoring sessions or meetings, as the whiteboard’s “only limitations” are Internet connection speed and how fast everyone involved absorbs the material. All writing and drawing done on the whiteboard is visible to participants in real time, making it a true virtual classroom. It also allows for remote math tutoring with its professional math typing tool.
Anyone with a gmail account can access Gchat. Teachers, tutors, and students can talk to one another in real time, as well as send and receive files instantly. Save chats for referral purposes in your gmail account, or download the Google Talk application for voice conferencing with multiple parties.
Teachers, students and organizations can create free accounts on WizIQ, another online education portal. Students have the option to attend online classes, download free tutorials, use free practice tests, or find teachers with certain expertise. Online classes are not free, however. Teachers and organizations can offer recorded classes through WizIQ or those in real time, create online tests, use live audio and video chat, and distribute course work in any standard format. Teachers must pay per month for this service, though WizIQ offers easy teacher payment collection from students via Paypal, wire/bank transfers, and most of the other best credit cards to have.
Scribblar is another real time, multi-user online whiteboard ideal for online tutoring. It offers text chat, live audio, and can be used for revising artwork or various images. It downloads super fast on any browser, and lets users download as well as upload images. Students use Scribblar for working on projects during school hours as well as for collaboration long after the school day has ended.
Google Docs is another super-nifty aspect of gmail as it provides the opportunity for students and teachers to create original documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, drawings, and tables, then share them with each other at will. Documents automatically save your work as you go along, and you can easily insert photos and online links. Teachers and students can see each other edit the document in real-time and can chat as well.
Students and teachers can use Wikispaces to post, publish, and share text, files, images, and more through its unlimited pages. Privacy settings allow you to decide if you want the whole world or just a few students in Iowa to view pages.
Wikispaces also allows you to customize pages and embed audio and video stuff in addition to images for creating assorted multimedia learning experiences.
No registration is required for Wallwisher, where you can build online notice boards. Ideal for teachers as it is perfect for making announcements, such as homework assignments and test dates; the site also works well for students who want to keep track of assignments and projects. A virtual post-it note, Wallwisher works like a real notice board as it drags, drops, and re-arranges posts. It also allows you to post images and videos.
This software can save teachers and tutors from repeating the same lesson over and over. And over. Use Jing to make a narrated video lesson to use any time that also records all mouse activity, therefore saving everything you click on and show to students.
Another tool for creating educational videos, Animoto offers teachers and tutors the chance to create presentations featuring text, music clips, videos and images. Completed videos are easy to share through email, a blog or website, YouTube, or can be downloaded for classroom use.
Teachers and tutors can find plenty of educational tools though 4Teachers, a site that provides resources for creating quizzes and customized rubics in English and Spanish. Some of the site’s many other resources include those for creating a classroom floor plan, writing take-home notes in Spanish and English, post online classroom calenders, and view thousands of online lessons. It also allows you to create your own lessons.
Browse these and other online tutoring tools to find one that best suits your needs!