Helpful Platforms & Programs

Education in the online environment requires the use of many engaging platforms and programs! GCA teachers describe how they use various platforms and programs and provide tips and best practices. 

Online Instruction

Here at GCA, we use Jigsaw for student interactions due to it’s increased security and enhanced interactive features for online learning.

Staff Communications

GCA staff uses the Zoom web based phone system for calls and Zoom internal chat messaging for communication between staff members.  Zoom meetings are typically used for for impromptu and planned staff meetings. 

Padlet, Discovery Ed, Study Island, Learning A-Z, and more.

3rd grade teacher, Lisa Clements discusses her weekly routine with whole and small groups and shares several platforms that she uses throughout her lessons.

Recording Link (13 minutes)

Google Document with Movable Pieces

Elementary teacher, Michelle Davis offers a step-by-step guide for creating a document for Google Drive or Google Classroom that has fixed and movable pieces. She walks through the initial part of creating the "background" in PowerPoint and saving it as an image then moves to Google Slides and inserts the image as the Background so that the items are not movable. From there text boxes or any content can be added for students to click links, input written responses, click and drag, or fill in the blank.

These Google Docs are great for compare/contrast, constructed response, matching, short answer, or fill in the blank formative assessments.

Zoom Recording Link

Other Resources

Georgia Home Classroom

Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), in partnership with Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), is offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to Georgia’s state standards.  Students can access free, educational daytime programming designated for each grade level.  

Georgia Home Classroom


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