OneNote + Skype + Edge = Score!
Ever had a student who was ill and missed a lot of lessons. In my case my Chinese student Grace had to go to Hong Kong for 4 weeks. Years ago she would have missed a lot of lessons, but Skype helped us to overcome the problem.
While teaching my class (in Belgium), I turned on Skype and connected with Grace in Hong Kong. Using skype we could hear and see each other. We used the chat to communicate and I shared my desktop.
I teach web design and more specifically HTML, CSS and jQuery. We use Sublime Text to code. But how to share my code with Grace? Well, this wonderful website http://codeshare.io allows teachers to share code and even collaboration.
Thanks to Edge browser I'm even able to annotate important pieces of code and add comments.
Last but not least: I create a digital textbook while I teach. This results in a textbook which is 100% up to date to the point and anywhere anytime accessible. I use this free tool called OneNote which allows collaborate and sharing documents with my students.
This textbook replaces the classic courseware and even the blackboard since I can draw using my pen.
And Grace... she is a happy student. Being with her family in Hong Kong and still able to attend the class and synchronously coding her webpages, as we do being able to ask questions.