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Strong distance learning programs can build community connections

Seattle Times logoKahoot! helps schools make a smooth transition to virtual classes.

The schools that had already been participating in a tech cohort Community of Practice led by Dr. David Wicks, Seattle Pacific University’s chair of Digital Education, promptly convened to make sure they had the right tools to conduct virtual classes. Tools included platforms such as Zoom, Edpuzzle, Google Hangouts, Kahoot, Camtasia, Screencast-O-Matic and Seesaw.

One way to engage teachers, students and parents with new technology is to put it to use, even when it’s not needed. This allows teachers to explore new methods of sharing information to see what works on different platforms. And it gives students the opportunity to provide real-time feedback.

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