50 Best Distance Learning Apps and Tools For Teachers

50 Best Distance Learning Apps and Tools

There seems to be an endless amount of apps and digital tools out there that are available to teachers and students these days. It’s hard to know where to begin and which apps to leave behind. Luckily, we are here for you to provide a list of distance learning apps and tools that come highly recommended in various categories of teaching and learning. Perhaps you can make it a goal for the week to test out one new app that will address a current need of yours!

Here are 50 distance learning apps and online tools to try!


1. Remind

This free app is used for messaging between teachers, parents, and students. Teachers can share files, links, and other instructional resources.

2. Edmodo

Edmodo is a free tool for communicating between home and school. Teachers can message families and post updates needed. It is an educational version of Facebook!

3. Google Hangouts

Easily message with students for free through their school emails if your district uses Google Suite. Video chatting is available as well.

4. Flipgrid

Assign activities to students and expect video responses in return. This is a very unique, free communication tool!

5. Bloomz

This free app allows for easy communication between all involved at school. Bloomz also features the ability to create sign-ups!


6. Screencastify

This app is free for up to 5-minute unlimited recordings. Record your computer screen in digital lessons.

7. Screencast-O-Matic

Record videos that share your screen using Screencast-o-matic for free!

8. Loom

With Loom, you can record your camera, microphone, and desktop simultaneously. Your video is then instantly available to share to students. Loom is free for the first 25 videos!


9. Kiddom

Free for teachers, educators can differentiate digital instruction using Kiddom. You can record videos and audio, chat with students via Kiddom, and assess students’ progress.

10. Edpuzzle

With edpuzzle, you can check to see if students are watching your recorded videos and if they’re understanding the content. You can also use other videos, like from YouTube. This app is free!

11. Educreations

Educreations features an interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool. Create short instructional videos with your voice and annotations for free.

12. Kahoot

Kahoot is a free trivia style educational tool. Search thousands of premade trivia games or make your own. Students compete against each other throughout the experience.

13. Actively Learn

Actively Learn contains free, differentiated texts and videos for ELA, Science, and Social Studies. Teachers can assess students within Actively Learn as well.

14. Class Flow

Using this free app, teachers can send quizzes, polls, and activities directly to student devices. Premade activities are also available free of charge.

15. GoClass

Create and share interactive lessons with students. This app is best known for engaging students in a highly effective manner.  You can have up to 30 students and 12 lessons available at time for free on GoClass.

16. Kailo Edu

This free app is used to facilitate student discussion and debates.  It’s an app like no other!

17. PBS Kids

This is a classic! PBS Kids is filled with free learning resources in a wide variety of topics. Students can read short passages, watch videos, and play educational games.

18. NOVA

NOVA by PBS contains many engaging, free science videos and demonstrations.

19. Khan Academy

This non-for-profit app contains thousands of interactive lessons for students in multiple subject areas. Easily differentiate instruction through Khan Academy.

20. TedED from TED Talks

TedEd contains free videos and quests for students to explore. Teachers can also create their own videos! This app is a MUST HAVE!

21. PearDeck

PearDeck brings Google Slides assignments to life. Students can login using a code and follow along as the teacher gives a live lesson. View this tutorial for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0ALtFL6HSE

22. IXL

IXL provides K-12 curriculum supports for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Teachers can set up a 30 day free trial for their students.

23. MobyMax

This app is mostly for K-8 teachers providing CCSS-aligned content, assessments, and activities. The app announced that their software would be free during shutdowns due to COVID-19.

24. Grammarly

This free browser extension or desktop tool detects tone and typos, while also strengthening writing skills.

25. Quill

Quill contains free writing and grammar lesson plans for teachers.


26. Book Creator

Book Creator provide the opportunity for students to create digital books online. Students can get creative and share their stories. There are many free aspects within this app and other free trials as well.

27. CommonLit

This totally FREE tool provides a digital lesson library, formative assessments, and summative assessments. Books in Spanish are available as well.

28. Epic

This app provides FREE access to a diverse digital library. Quizzes are found within activities as well. This is a super popular tool amongst teachers today!

29. Newsela

Share current events articles with students for free through Newsela. Newsela also integrates with Google Classroom so that you can post article assignments directly to Google Classroom.

30. MyOn

MyOn provides a digital, leveled library. A subscription is required.

31. ReadWorks

FREE content, curriculum, and tools for grades K-12 is available through ReadWorks. Activities are targeted at building reading comprehension.

32. Starfall

Starfall teaches basic English reading and writing skills, best for grades K-3. It includes plenty of games and targeted phonics instruction. Parts of this app are free while other features require a subscription.

33. Storykit

Storykit is a game changer! It’s a user-friendly, free storybook creation app that allows students to add pictures and recordings with their own voices. Amazing!

34. ReadTheory

Here’s another FREEBIE! ReadTheory is best used for reading comprehension activities and monitoring.


35. Dad’s Worksheets

The name of this app says it all. It’s FREE and contains many printable activities, games, and puzzles.

36. Desmos

Desmos is an app containing a free online graphing calculator.

37. Funexpected

Funexpected contains math activities and games, much of which are currently free!

38. Zearn

Zearn contains differentiated math materials at each student’s level. This is a very popular math tool today!


39. Common Curriculum

For free, teachers can add standards to lessons, print or download lessons, re-use lessons from past years, and upload files from Google Drive.

40. Planboard

Create lessons with added files, photos, and videos. Share your lessons with colleagues. This digital planbook is a lifesaver!


41. Duolingo

This app is 100% free containing language learning. It can be personalized with immediate grading and gamification for students.

42. FluentU

FluentU provides real-world, language immersion videos. It is free for the first 14 days of use!

43. TeachVid

 Many TeachVid features are free, and some add-ons are available through purchase. The app allows you to create content with interactive activities and quizzes in languages of your choice.


44. Shape America

Shape America contains PE lesson plans for grades K-8.

45. Alo

Free Yoga videos for kids. Accompanying worksheets are provided as well. This is a teacher’s favorite!


46. Smithsonian

Take virtual tours of many different exhibits!

47. The Art of Education

Lesson plans for grades K-6 are provides through The Art of Education.


48. ReviewGameZone

This free website allows teachers to turn multiple choice questions into review games. Kids LOVE this review option!

49. Socrative

Use Socrative to create free simple and quick true/false and short answer quizzes or exit tickets. This website is free to use for up to 50 students.

50. GoConqr

GoConqr is a quiz generator with premade resources from other teachers!

It can be overwhelming to dive into so many new tools, so we suggest picking just one to check out based on a need you currently have in your class! Bookmark this list and refer back to it when your next need rises.


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Jenna Marcal

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Jenna is a 5th grade teacher in Upstate New York! She loves to cook, dance, and dance while cooking! When she's not taking care of her succulent babies, Jenna can be found grading a stack of papers with one hand and holding a chilled glass of white wine in the other.

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