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Getting Started with Distance Learning



Hosting Platforms


In order to implement distance learning, it is beneficial if a platform is utilized to house content and provide a “location” for instruction. While some districts may have previously adopted a learning management system (LMS), if your district does not currently have an LMS in place, the below are alternative hosting sites. In addition to this, there are also tools/resources that will support an interactive distance learning environment.



Google Classroom

Simplifies creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.

Technical Specifications: Web-based, requires free accounts. Click here to get started with Google Classroom.


Microsoft Teams


Chat, meet, call and collaboration features integrated with Microsoft Office software.


Technical Specifications: Free Microsoft Teams software download




Free web-based platform to utilize in the creation of a virtual school/class.


Technical Specifications: Web-based


Click here to see a NEO LMS demo.


Log in with the user id “demoteacher” and password “demoteacher“.



Interactivity and Engagement Support


adobeconnect Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a web conferencing platform that supports- video, audio, screen-sharing, polls, chat, Q&A, document sharing, etc.


Technical Specifications: Those participating are not required to install anything. It also requires no configuration. Web-based.


Notes: Free 90-day access for Adobe Connect, until July 1st, 2020. Individuals and business who aren’t customers can now use Adobe Connect rooms with up-to 25 participants for free for up to 90 days if they sign-up for a trial license between now and July 1st. Click here to start your trial of Adobe Connect.




Free Zoom access to all K-12 schools- can be used to create interactive instruction via the use of videoconferencing.


Technical Specifications: Web-based; Participants will receive a link from the video conference host.






Software to create lessons with informative and interactive assessment activities.


Technical Specifications: Web-based; No cost access provided to schools.




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