Making materials available online has many benefits for students. Some of the major advantages include:

  • Continuous access to all class materials at any time
  • Ability to reference previously created materials in an organized manner
  • Reduction of paper and supply use
  • More accountability on students who claim to have "lost" materials

 

Methods for making materials available online:

Google Drive

Description

Google Drive is a free storage tool that allows users to store, access, and sometimes edit files. It is a cloud-based platform, meaning that everything is stored on servers connected to the internet. Google Drive allows users to create word documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and many other file types for access by all. Google Drive also allows for collaboration and users to enter information into certain filetypes.

When you upload files to Google Drive, you can share folders and files with just about anyone. You can email files to people, share links to access the files, and even restrict permissions so certain users have access.

Features

    • Word Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations can be shared with anyone with great ease
    • Any file can be shared that is uploaded on Google Drive
    • Folders can be shared
    • Users can collaborate on certain filetypes(word documents, spreadsheets, presentations)
    • Forms can be answered by anyone and analyzed

Pros

    • Fantastic interface
    • Google-made, very reliable
    • Works with web browsers, mobile devices, and anything else that connects to the internet
    • Free - Basic use, 15GB of space

Cons

    • Limited storage space for free - 15GB is more than enough, but it is still limited
    • Need internet connection to access files
    • Slight learning curve

 

Dropbox

Description

Dropbox is a file/folder sharing system that allows uses to share resources in a cloud environment. Dropbox allows users to quickly share any resource with each other. In a classroom, teachers and students can share folders containing assignments, homework videos, allow a turn-in system for the students, and much more.

Features

    • Share folders and files with each other
    • Synchronize folders between computers and mobile devices

Pros

    • Minimalist interface that is clean and easy to learn
    • Files update in realtime
    • File system looks exactly like the native file/folder system on your computer already
    • Free - 2GB

Cons

    • No in-program document editing
    • Limited space for free accounts - 2GB

 

Weebly

Description

Weebly is an online website building tool. Users can create their own website under the link structure [yourclassname].weebly.com. The interface is a drag-and-drop style, meaning that almost anyone with basic computer skills can make a site. Under Weebly, a teacher can make a website to provide class information, notes, resources, etc.

Features

    • Create a beatufiul website that offers resources to students
    • Embed documents, videos, music, and other types of media
    • Add user polls, message forums, etc.
    • Drag-and-drop interface allows almost anyone to make a site

Pros

    • Clean and easy-to-use system
    • Drag-and-drop makes it friendly to a wide variety of technology skills
    • Works on any device with internet connection, including mobile
    • Different templates and styles for website customization

Cons

    • Uses a [yourclassname].weebly.com for free version (you can buy a .com through Weebly)
    • You are relying on a company to store your work. If policy changes you are stuck with it.

 

 

EDpuzzle

Description

EDpuzzle allows teachers to provide an embedded video and then attach discussion, questions, and other media into the video at stop-points. Using this system is easy and allows the teacher to customize an already-existing video to fit the needs of your class.

Features

    • Add text, photos, music, questions, polls, discussion and assignments into videos
    • Use already-existing videos to build an activity around
    • Automatic process of collecting answers and other information based on student engagement

Pros

    • Clean and easy-to-use system
    • Easy to use interface
    • Easy to share with students
    • Works with almost any device that connects to the internet

Cons

    • You are relying on a company to store your work. If policy changes you are stuck with it.

 

 

 

Engrade      Engrade is no longer free and does not receive our recommendation

Description

Engrade is an online gradebook that allows teachers to post online assignments for students. Engrade also keeps track of grades, auto-calculates grades, and allows students to turn in assignments. Under Engrade, teachers can post text and attach smaller files for students to utilize for their education. Additionally, students can message the teacher and each other.

Features

    • Auto-calculate grades for students to always see their current grade and missing assignments
    • Attach small files for students
    • Students can attach small files and turn in assignments that way
    • Messaging between users
    • Easy-to-use enrollment for students AND parents to see

Pros

    • Clean efficient system
    • Grades, assignments and communication are all kept in one system
    • Easy to enroll students with an Engrade code
    • Free - Basic use

Cons

    • Free version has limited file size
    • Mobile version could use some improvement
    • VERY limited storage space - Ideal for documents, not for videos

 

 


 

Note: There exist other services that can make materials online. However, it is recommended to research these services to ensure they are exactly what you need. These suggested services are extensively tested for an educational environment and thrive quite well.