Educator Tips

Resources for the virtual classroom

By Nadra Kareem Nittle Published on

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many teachers to incorporate technology into their virtual classrooms. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of digital resources available to educators. The EdTech sphere includes everything from anti-cheating to project collaboration software. Computer science teacher and USC Rossier alum, Javy Martinez ’ME 13 recommends the following:

“It’s the next best thing to having a live person proctor the exam,” Martinez said. “It disables you from going to any other tab. It disables copy/paste, and it disables clicking. So the minute that you click on any other tab, boom, you’re busted!”

Allows teachers to see which of their students are online during presentations. If a student leaves, the teacher will know.

Go Formative

Lets teachers upload documents and add places for student responses. Educators can also track student growth with this software.

Allows students to record, write, call in or make their own video response to a prompt.

A word-mapping software that allows users to collaborate on projects and branch off into different subjects.

Allows users to learn multiple computer languages and share with others. “The ultimate group computer science website,” Martinez said.

Virtual classroom Tiktok hashtags to follow


History is reportedly TikTok’s most popular education topic. Videos using the #historylesson hashtag have garnered more than 229 million views combined. These short clips have helped students understand complex historical subjects—from the French Revolution to the women’s suffrage movement.


The hashtag #literaturememes is a hub for memes about classic literature. Rather than assigning students to write about the 19th-century novel they’ve just read, teachers can assign a meme response that they post to TikTok.

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