5 platforms for effective distance learning

As you probably know already, the pandemic health caused by the covid-19 has caused many of the activities that used to be done in person will now be made remotely, through networks and devices grouped under the umbrella of Information Technology and Communication (ICT). And although this translation from the physical to the digital requires a series of factors to  guarantee its effectiveness , what is certain is that, for better or for worse, it has spread rapidly to many areas of our lives, affecting from the the way in which we relate to our closest and loved ones up to, also, the way we learn and teach.  

A meteoric rise of technology that, within the educational world , and as we have already mentioned in this same space, has resulted, among other things, in a more than wide range of digital resources such as  aulaPlaneta  or, above all,  platforms e-learning , based on the so – called Learning Management System (or System Management on Learning) that allows teachers the Possibility to ad to create courses and manage their elements , and have made possible within certain limits that classes can n continue to develop with a relative normal curriculum. That is why we suggest the following selection of five digital platforms for  distance learning , and which we hope new will be useful to you given the current vastness of the available offer. 

5 platforms for distance learning 

1)  Moodle :  We started with an essential e-learning platform in a list of these characteristics . Free in most of its resources and easy to use (two characteristics to which another should be added, this one for the most knowledgeable in computing, which resides in its nature as an open source system), Moodle  has the great virtue of bringing together all the requirements of a complete virtual classroom, and to make them available and manageable in a very intuitive way . In this sense, this successful platform created in 2002 by the Australian pedagogue and computer scientist Martin Dougiamas, has about 20 different types of activities, which can be adapted to the needs of the teachers who use it, as well as space to store documents, as well as forums and e-mail systems to establish permanent contact with students. 

2)  Blackboard :  Being  one of the most demanded paid distance learning tools from the academic world , its prestige is beyond doubt. Blackboard is part of a learning management system – Blackboard Learn – and provides educational software that includes hosting management, consulting service, program and course management, and student services. On the other hand, its use is very intuitive for both students and teachers, allowing hosting from videoconferences to forums and chats, among the many possibilities offered by this very complete e-learning system. 

3 )  Sakai:  As part of the Sakai Project,  a free and open source educational software with an eye on constructivism as a learning method , this platform driven from the American university environment (and supported by elementary and secondary schools) part of a simple and intuitive installation system, and a customizable environment. Among its most outstanding differential features we find the possibility of hosting video or conferences and the division of their possible functions into four areas, derived from as many learning objectives: a collaborative area, another for learning and teaching, a third in which everything related to management would be grouped and, finally, a digital portfolio capable of storing the necessary documents for the proper development of your classes. 

4 )  A Tutor  :  Designed for both students and teachers, A Tutor (or A Tutor , in its translation into Spanish ) allows the latter the  possibility of scheduling and planning classes, organizing tutorials for students or even , prepare learning systems related to the STEAM methodology ,  robotics  or, in a different register, the  students’  reading comprehension In addition, the platform includes a large repository of news on different areas and resource recommendations, ranging from  Homeschooling  to the aforementioned STEAM method.  

5)  Microsoft Teams Classroom :  A digital emporium the size of Microsoft could not have its own e-learning platform. The result is Teams Aula, a payment platform sponsored by the technology giant, capable of hosting up to 300 participants in a single virtual classroom, with simultaneous access to the same chat, and which has numerous resources to prepare the use of Teams Aula for part of the teachers who use it to stimulate their distance classes or, also, according to the inverted classroom or Blended Learning method. Likewise, this platform includes the possibility of creating, distributing, and evaluating tasks, making videoconferences and even check the degree of participation and activity of students in classes, forums, and chats that are part of their distance learning processes.  

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