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What Resources are the Best for Online Tutoring?

Finding the best online, learning resources can be a challenge.  There is an overwhelming number of sites, apps, and products, and finding the best ones can be a time-consuming chore.  Having been an educational therapist and learning specialist for the past twenty years, I continually scour the internet for the best resources, and I would love to share with you some of my favorites!
happy student doing online tutoring

My Favorite Online Resources for Remote Learning

  1. Use Zoom.  I find it to be the best platform that has some fun and useful tools.
    1. Chatbox: They offer a chatbox where thoughts and links can be shared.  I often use this feature for writing games and activities.
    2. Screen sharing: Screen sharing is a great feature that allows me and my students to watch videos together. I can share my own resources and we can also brainstorm on a Whiteboard.  An added benefit is the annotation tool that enables both me and my students to draw or type on an image or webpage.  
    3. Remote access: When sharing an activity, I can give my students remote access, so that they can control my screen.
    4. Breakout Rooms:  When working with a group of students, breakout rooms enable the teacher to break the group into small groups for discussions and activities. 
    5. Share your iPad: Screen sharing also allows you to share your iPad and conduct lessons using an Apple Pencil and a drawing app such as Procreate, Autodesk SketchBook or Whiteboard Easy and Smart
  2. Purchase a Wacom so that you can write legibly.  If you don't have an iPad or you want to draw on the screen without using a clunky mouse that makes your images look like your a three-year-old, the Wacom has a number of solutions.  The most affordable option that is compatible with most computers is the Wacom Intuos.
  3. Offer multisensory pdf lessons.  Good Sensory Learning offers a large selection.  Here are a few: 
    1. Why Should We Learn About Angles
    2. Fun with Fractions
    3. Monster Multiplication
    4. Measurement Memory Strategies
    5. The Integer Ladder
    6. How to Write the College Essay
  4. Conduct learning assessments like:
    1. The Eclectic Learning Profile
    2. Good Sensory Learning Reading Assessment
    3. The FREE Executive Functioning Screener
    4. The FREE Dyslexia Screener
  5. Purchase cognitive remedial activities that can be done on Zoom that strengthen cognition like:
    1. Following Directions the Fun and Easy Way Fun following directions activities.
    2. Hey, What's the Big Idea: Main idea and details game.
    3. Making Inferences the Fun and Easy Way Making inference activities and games.
    4. Compound Word Puzzles Critical thinking puzzles using compound words.
    5. Mindful Visualization for Education Visualization assessments and games.
    6. Working Memory Activities Activities that exercise and strengthen working memory.
    7. Abstract Thinking and Multiple Meanings Activities that develop critical thinking skills.
    8. Reversing Reversals Cognitive remedial activities for students with dyslexia.
    9. Memory Master Game that improves memory skills, visualization skills and following directions abilities.
  6. Google Keep: Use Google Keep to help students organize assignments.  I also use it to teach my students how to write essays, because it works seamlessly with Google Docs.  To learn more about this approach consider this course: Teaching Writing: A Structured Multisensory Approach
  7. Google Docs:  Google Docs allows you and your student to work on a document at the same time.  I also love to teach students to use the feature VoiceTyping as well as their many add-ons such as EasyBib.
  8. Integrate games and activities for learning content with sites like:
    1. Quizizz: Fun, interactive quizzes that can be accessed from any computer.
    2. Sporcle: Play free, online, trivia quiz games on virtually every topic.
    3. Seterra: Free, online, map games.
    4. Quizlet: Test preparation flashcards, games, and practice tests.
I hope you find these resources helpful.  If you have additional resources.  I'd love to hear from you.

Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren

Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.

2020 Erica Warren LLC. All rights reserved. Dr. Warren does not provide medical advice or diagnoses.


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