Structuring engaging online learning using free apps like Wakelet, Edpuzzle, and Perusall

Session 7: 1:00–2:30 PM, Zoom Room 4


Shifting to online learning during the pandemic, teachers have needed to expand our toolkit or strategies for engaging students, presenting classwork to them, and tracking participation and progress. Using an adaptable structure of assigning classwork via Wakelet, a free website that simply allows you to collect links, images, and text in a visually engaging way (especially compared to Google Classroom, Alameda Adult School ASE and ABE students participate collaboratively in a weekly routine of videos, readings, written reflections, etc. Edpuzzle enables you to make videos interactive by inserting comments and questions, and allowing for automatic or manual feedback, grading and tracking student responses. Perusall allows you to post readings for students to annotate in a collaborative way that approximates class discussion, while also allowing for automatic or manual grading and tracking. Using these routines, and submitting writing via Google Classroom along with other weekly or occasional activities, we have managed to establish a learning environment that preserves and sometimes even enhances the learning we typically engage in in person. See how you might use and adapt these and similar practices in your virtual classroom!


Suzanne Motley

Alameda Adult School

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (90 minute)



Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Adult Secondary Education

Category Strands

  • Blended Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Online Engagement and Assessment