TECH TOOLS FOR THE CLASSROOM

Technology Resources listed by Category

Some great educational technology tools and resources are available through the links below:

Video Tools

Video creation, animation creation and interactive whiteboards for presenting.

CLICK on the product name below to link directly to that resource.

Screencast-O-Matic

Video recording: FREE

Record anything from your screen with full voice-over, such as feedback, presentations, tutorials, guides, instructions, and more.

Easy upload to YouTube, or save as a file on a drive.

Free version recording length limit = 30 minutes.

EZVid

Video recording with editing: FREE

Record anything from your screen with full voice-over, such as feedback, presentations, tutorials, guides, instructions, and more. Add callouts, text, and other focus tools within your videos. Import images or video clips.

PowToon

Animated Video recording: FREE version available.

Record animated videos with full voice-over for presentations, tutorials, guides, lessons and more.

Full editing capabilities; record and edit your animations and save files in multiple format options, or upload to YouTube.

Full editing capabilities. Easy upload to YouTube, or save as a file on a drive.

Recording length limit = 45 minutes. >>> Overview tutorial

Biteable

Video recording: FREE

Create quick and easy videos for presentations, tutorials, guides, lessons and more.

Not many editing capabilities. Does allow you to upload your own images and your own music soundtracks.

Wideo

Animated Video recording: FREE

Record animated videos with full voice-over for presentations, tutorials, guides, lessons and more.

Editing capabilities; record and edit your animations and save files in multiple format options, or upload to YouTube.

Videolicious

Video recording: An iTunes App – FREE

Create videos for presentations, tutorials, guides, lessons and more.

Basic editing capabilities. Record videos by importing images and sound files, and save files in multiple format options.

Magisto

Video Creator and Editor: “Basic” version is FREE

Create edited videos from your droid device or desktop with this auto-editing video creator tool. Select a previously recorded video or import images, then select music background and publish.

No voice over capability.

VideoFX Live

Another iTunes App – FREE

Create videos for presentations, tutorials, guides, lessons and more.

Use your video camera to make movies with special effects. Also has editing capabilities.

educreations

Whiteboard App: FREE

Develop video presentations with voice-over recordings; record, store and share presentations online. This interactive whiteboard tool allows you to insert pictures and also records your handwriting or hand drawn graphics to create unique presentations or to provide formative feedback.

eduWeaver

Web Based Whiteboard: FREE

  • Painting and drawing tool
  • Highlighter
  • Draw grids
  • Image library
  • Import graphics
  • LaTeX math equations
  • Wolfram alpha outputs
  • Save snapshots of your work!

Feedback Tools

Video, screen-capture, audio, interactive whiteboards, and real-time polling.

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Screencast-O-Matic

Video recording: FREE

Record anything from your screen with full voice-over, such as feedback, presentations, tutorials, guides, instructions, and more.

Save files in multiple format options or upload directly to YouTube.

Jing

Screen Capture: FREE

Capture an image on your screen and edit it to include pointers, text, etc., for feedback, presentations, tutorials, guides, instructions, and more.

Save files in multiple image formatting options.

Audacity

Audio recording: FREE

Feedback, voice-overs, and more. Download (small file) required.

Full editing capabilities; record and edit your audio and save files in multiple format options.

Vocaroo

Audio recording: FREE

Feedback, voice-overs, and more. No download required.

Record your audio and save files in multiple format options.

Doceri

Whiteboard App: (This APP costs $30 for iPod or desktop versions).

Develop presentations on an interactive whiteboard and screencast recorder. Create hand-drawn graphics or screenshare or embed images for presentations or feedback; share them as still images, PDFs or audio/video screencasts.

educreations

Whiteboard App: FREE

Develop video presentations with voice-over recordings; record, store and share presentations online. This interactive whiteboard tool allows you to insert pictures and also records your handwriting or hand drawn graphics to create unique presentations or to provide formative feedback.

Twiddla

Web Based Whiteboard: “Sandbox” version is FREE

Use this whiteboard for personal use or meet and share content in a site “room.” Upload images, files, documents and videos into a room where users can interact with one another.

  • Whiteboarding, video conferencing, screen sharing, document file uploads and viewing.
  • Capture any actions on your screen.
  • Web-based: no downloads to use this whiteboard.

eduWeaver

Web Based Whiteboard: FREE

  • Painting and drawing tool
  • Highlighter
  • Draw grids
  • Image library
  • Import graphics
  • LaTeX math equations
  • Wolfram alpha outputs
  • Save snapshots of your work!

Poll Everywhere

Polling / Feedback App: For purchase or free version.

Free version allows people to respond to your poll questions in real time from their mobile phones, Web browsers, Twitter.

Customizable options allow you to use varied question types, including open-ended, view responses via Web or PowerPoint, and immediately display results as infographics, charts, or even word-clouds.

polltogo

Polling / Feedback App: FREE

Allows people to respond to your poll questions in real time from any Web enabled device.

Somewhat customizable, with options for multiple choice or short answer question types. Responses are displayed as names + graphic.

Presentations

Presentations; infographic tools for graphs and charts; interactive animated maps; mindmaps.

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Prezi

Create Interactive Presentations: free if you choose “Edu Enjoy” account (for educators and students).

Use images and videos to create interactive presentations that allow you to “zoom” and focus on specific points, one by one.

Cloud based and easy to use. Create an account you can access from anywhere at any time.

thinglink..

Interactive images: “Edu Basic” version is FREE.

Engages viewers more effectively in your presentation.

Create interactive images with links to videos, websites, text, images, music and more.

Scrolling across “linked” parts of the image allows you to open or view the interactive elements within your presentation.

Glogster Edu

Interactive “posters”: 7-day free trial is available.

Create collaborative and interactive digital posters that can include video, images, text, audio, graphics and data. Promotes active learning.

The editing tool employs a simple drag & drop option for adding content. This is a nice “collaborative” tool for group work or whole class work, and the final product is fully interactive.

padlet

Interactive “posters”: FREE

Another easy and simple tool to create collaborative and interactive digital posters that can include video, images, text, audio, graphics and data. Promotes active learning.

Simple editing tools for adding and designing your content. A user-friendly and very nice “collaborative” tool for group work or whole class work, and the final product is fully interactive.

infogr.am

Interactive infographics and charts: FREE

Engages viewers more effectively in your presentation.

Create interactive infographics. Multiple design options for creating your charts, tables and graphs.

Scrolling across “linked” parts of the image allows you to open or view the interactive elements within your presentation will pop-out additional statistics, text, images, and more.

Piktochart

Infographics and charts: FREE if you choose the educator / student account option.

Create charts, tables and graphs for presenting infographics. Simple templates and easy design options. With some design options, you may also be able to create infographic posters.

Animaps

Interactive animated maps: FREE

Great tool for history and current events presentations.

Create amazing and informative animated maps with markers that move and even pop-up text notes. The animation plays as a normal video, allowing you to pause, stop, and adjust viewing speed as you’d like during your presentation.

plotly

Infographics and charts: FREE if you choose the “Basic” plan option.

Create charts, tables and graphs for presenting infographics. Simple and easy design tools.

Creating a group account in plot.ly allows group access and collaboration on the projects.

Twiddla

Web Based Whiteboard: “Sandbox” version is FREE

Use this whiteboard for personal use or meet and share content in a site “room.” Upload images, files, documents and videos into a room where users can interact with one another.

  • Whiteboarding, video conferencing, screen sharing, document file uploads and viewing.
  • Capture any actions on your screen.
  • Web-based: no downloads to use this whiteboard.

educreations

Whiteboard App: FREE

Develop video presentations with voice-over recordings; record, store and share presentations online. This interactive whiteboard tool allows you to insert pictures and also records your handwriting or hand drawn graphics to create unique presentations or to provide formative feedback.

bubbl.us

Mindmapping: FREE
Create presentations in a simple mindmap format.

Show the Big Picture as well as details within the smaller map nodes. Images and other content can be pasted into map nodes.

mindmeister

Mindmapping: FREE 30 day trial, then $2.99 monthly for “Edu Personal” account.

Create presentations in a simple mindmap format.

Show the Big Picture as well as details within the smaller map nodes. Images and other content can be pasted into map nodes. In presentation mode, you can zoom and pan to highlight and emphasize key elements of your mindmap.

Graphics and Images

Tools for educational use: images and graphics.

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Jing

Screen Capture: FREE

Capture an image on your screen and edit it to include pointers, text, etc., for feedback, presentations, tutorials, guides, instructions, and more.

Save files in multiple image formatting options.

thinglink..

Interactive images: “Edu Basic” version is FREE

Engages viewers more effectively in your presentation.

Create interactive images with links to videos, websites, text, images, music and more.

Scrolling across “linked” parts of the image allows you to open or view the interactive elements within your presentation.

infogr.am

Interactive infographics and charts: FREE

Engages viewers more effectively in your presentation.

Create interactive infographics. Multiple design options for creating your charts, tables and graphs.

Scrolling across “linked” parts of the image allows you to open or view the interactive elements within your presentation will pop-out additional statistics, text, images, and more.

flickr

Free Use Photos: FREE

Ideal for educational use.

You can use images from this site freely, without any copyright restrictions, and can also upload your own images for “free use” by others.

A Flickr account containing your personal files and images can also be set to “private” if you prefer not to allow public access.

image chef

Word Mosaics: FREE

Create word mosaics easily by copy/pasting text into the text-box area.

Make your own Word Mosaic:
Write a comment or poem in the shape of hearts or other symbols.
Create a word cloud within a selected template, using any shapes,colors and words you choose.

Wordle

Word Clouds: FREE

Create word clouds easily by copy/pasting text into the text-box area.

A created word cloud emphasizes (by size) words that appear more frequently in the original text. Edit your word clouds with tools that allow you to change fonts, layouts, and colors.

Printable, or word clouds can be saved in the gallery tool to share online.

Quiz Creator, Games, and Interactives

Quiz creator sites; use these as classroom games or real-time feedback tools, too. Interactive games and other tools promote active engagement and learning.

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EDpuzzle

Interactive / Embed Quizzes in Videos: FREE

Videos can be edited and clipped to a viewable length, then overlay your own narration. Set pauses into the video clips and embed interactive questions (as quizzes, feedback, or to focus viewers’ attention). Real-time tracking of participants’ understanding promotes active learning.

Immediate feedback during viewing allows you to track viewers’ understanding in real time.

QUIZworks

Interactive Quiz Creator: FREE

Unlimited quizzes; 15 Questions per quiz; Question types: multiple choice, free text, fill in the blank.

Quiz questions are easy to set up.

These quizzes can be used for individual self-testing, for group competitions and games, or for graded quizzes. Promotes active learning.

Respondus

Quiz creator and manager: FREE

Create exams and assessments offline. Supports up to 15 question types, including calculated and algorithmic formats.

Import questions from MS Word (including embedded images), rich-text, QTI, and tab/comma delimited formats. Print exams/surveys directly from Respondus, or save files to MS Word or rich-text format.

Download answer databases for quizzes or surveys and save them in an Excel-compatible format.

easy TestMaker

Quiz creator and manager: FREE

Create printable or online quizzes with multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer and true or false questions.

Any test, including answer sheets, can be download as a Microsoft Word or PDF document to be saved and printed later.

Published online tests are graded automatically. View and print student’s results and override grading when necessary.

Test Duplicator allows you to make complete copies of tests with different names and you can copy any questions from one test to another.

Quizbiz

Interactive Quizzes / Games: FREE

This tool is pretty basic, and pretty easy to use. This tool is more often used by K-12 educators, but it can also be very useful in higher ed.

Like most of the other quiz creation tools, this can be used for summative assessment or for formative in-the-classroom. As a formative assessment and formative feedback tool, students’ knowledge can be tracked by using quiz tools like this one to provide competitions, interactive quiz games, or just typical quizzes.

Kahoot!

Interactive Quizzes / Games: FREE

Like iClickers, use Kahoot games to gather immediate feedback to track class members’ understanding in real time. The difference is the “gaming” attributes, to stimulate participation and active learning:

Easily create quiz games, and then present them during or after presentations. Participants use their mobile devices to respond to questions, and quickest answers / right answers earn more points. Participants can also track their game-play scores and see their own “standings” in the group as they play.

thatquiz

Quiz Creator: FREE

Fairly easy test generation tools, with which you can create quizzes with questions from different categories or just create very simple matching and multiple choice questions.

What’s different about this tool is that you can access a public test library, with many pre-made tests in most academic fields. The free-access premade tests are usually pretty easy to find in a searchable database.

ImageQuiz

Image Quiz: FREE

Fully online. This quiz creator uses image files, so it works best for “labeling the parts” quizzes.

Upload an image, and then draw around the “clickable” areas for quiz responses. Tag each outlined area of the image with the correct answer. Quick and easy.

thinglink..

Interactive images: “Edu Basic” version is FREE

Focuses users’ attention more effectively through active engagement with the image and its overlaid information.

Create interactive images with links to videos, websites, text, images, music and more. Scrolling across “linked” parts of the image allows you to open or view the interactive elements within your image.

Formative feedback – real time performance metrics show you:

Image engagement (views, hovers, clicks, time on image)
Engagement with content on image (hovers, clicks, dwell)
Engagement via embed location (views, hovers, clicks)

Create interactive quizzes as competitive games (team / individual). Combine with embedded interactive tools to promote active learning.

GlogsterEDU

Interactive “posters”: 7-day free trial is available.

Create collaborative and interactive digital posters that can include video, images, text, audio, graphics and data. Promotes active learning.

The editing tool employs a simple drag & drop option for adding content. This is a nice “collaborative” tool for group work or whole class work, and the final product is fully interactive.

padlet

Interactive “posters”: FREE

Another easy and simple tool to create collaborative and interactive digital posters that can include video, images, text, audio, graphics and data. Promotes active learning.

Simple editing tools for adding and designing your content. A user-friendly and very nice “collaborative” tool for group work or whole class work, and the final product is fully interactive.

Websites, Blogs, and Bookmarking

Websites, Blogs and Bookmarking

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weebly

Website creator: FREE

Create a website using a simple drag and drop site builder editor. You can include multimedia with videos, images, and sound, and the site provides good quality playback. Your website can be made public or private.

Weebly sub-domains are free, or you can purchase a custom domain name of your own.

yola

Website creator: FREE

Create a website using a simple drag and drop site builder editor. You can include multimedia with videos, images, and sound, and the site provides good quality playback. Your website can be made public or private, and will be “ad-free.”

Yola sub-domains are free, or you can purchase a custom domain name of your own.

ZOHO

Website creator: free version available.

Create a website using a simple drag and drop editor. You can include multimedia with videos, images, and sound, and the site provides good quality playback. Your website can be made public or private.

Zoho sub-domains are free, or you can purchase a domain of your own. Zoho also provides Google connections.

tumblr.

Blog site creator: FREE

Highly customizable design options. In addition to your blog posts, you can also post photos, links, music, and videos from multiple places: your browser, phone, desktop, or even your email.

By default blogs are public, but you can create a “new blog” from the default site and make that private.

Blogger

Blog site creator: FREE

Blogger offers many design templates to choose from, or you can customize your site with CSS and HTML tools if you prefer. Blogger has seamless connections with your other Google tools.

In addition to your blog posts, you can also post photos, links, music, and videos from multiple places: your browser, phone, desktop, or even your email.

By default blogs are public, but under Blog Readers there is an edit option which allows you to make your site private if you’d like.

diigo

Bookmark your favorite sites and much more: free version available.

Free version allows unlimited bookmarks and also you to archive Web pages, do limited digital highlighting (on web pages), and cache up to 30 documents from the Web.

In most cases you can “save” a site page to your Diigo account with just one click.

symbaloo

Bookmark your favorite sites: “Symbaloo EDU” version is FREE

Symbaloo is a grid-based start page where you can store and have quick access to all of your favorite bookmarks and resources. Bookmarks are stored in the cloud, so your resources will be available to you on any internet-connected device.

From your SymbalooEDU home page, use “search” to locate a website. If you want to bookmark the site, just drag and drop the tile onto your Symbaloo grid. The tile will always open that site for you from your own grid page.

Timelines and Interactive Maps

Interactive maps and interactive timelines.

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myHistro

Combines Interactive Map and Timeline tools: FREE

Create an engaging interactive timeline mashup onto a map. Use widgets and embed informational content and media to illustrate events.

Seamless mashup of maps and timelines into a single presentation that can be exported in Google Earth format for offline storage or embedded into websites and LMS.

Tiki-Toki

Interactive Timelines: FREE

Works in your browser and free accounts are available. Allows you to view your timelines in 3d, to include images and videos, and embed them in a website / LMS or else view and present them from your site account.

Animaps

Interactive animated maps: FREE

Great tool for history, current events or other sequenced presentations.

Create informative animated maps with markers that move and pop-up text notes. The animation plays as a normal video, allowing you to pause, stop, and adjust viewing speed as needed during your presentation.

timeglider

Interactive Timelines: FREE

Create, collaborate, and publish zooming and panning interactive timelines. It’s like Google Maps, but for time.

Scribble Maps

Interactive maps: free “Basic” account.

Create custom maps with informational widgets and images. Maps can be shared online within the account, or published online in a website or LMS.

dipity

Interactive / Collaborative Timelines: FREE

Digital timeline website where users can create, share, and collaborate on interactive timelines that can include video and audio content, images, text pop-ups, links to other sites and time-stamps.

Writing, Studying, and Publishing

Notetaking tools, StoryBuilders, and Publishing.

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OneNote

NoteTaking App: FREE

OneNote is now a downloadable free App for any of your devices or use it on the web.

  • Include text notes and also multimedia clips.
  • Searchable: find what you are looking for quickly.
  • Share your “notes” with others.

notes.io

NoteTaking App: FREE

Web-based App lets you take your notes quickly and browse your archive.

  • Share your “notes” with others by providing the short URL; (Notes.io’s short urls are just 8 characters and display when you are ready to “share”).
  • No installation: just write online and share the shortened link.

EVERNOTE

NoteTaking App: free version available.

EverNote is a downloadable App for any of your devices or use it on the web.

  • Online notebooks with text and handwritten recognition.
  • Share your “notes” with others.
  • Attach files such as powerpoints and pdfs.

Google Keep

NoteTaking App: free Google App.

  • Tags and note editor help organize your notes.
  • Add notes, lists, photos, and audio.
  • Works on your phone, tablet and computer.
  • Syncs across your devices.
  • Add time-based reminders as notifications.

eduWeaver

Web Based Whiteboard: FREE

  • Painting and drawing tool
  • Highlighter
  • Draw grids
  • Image library
  • Import graphics
  • LaTeX math equations
  • Wolfram alpha outputs
  • Save snapshots of your work!

StoryboardThat

Web Based Storyboard tool: free version available.

  • Free version allows 3 or 6 frame storyboarding, with maximum of 2 per week.
  • Upload your own images or search a: large library of default images.
  • Drag and drop interface.
  • Customizable editing (colors, text, etc.).

Word Tamer

Interactive story-writing website: FREE

  • This site is designed to facilitate the creative writing process.
  • The site was designed for younger students, but it can also provide an engaging way for higher ed students to present their work.
  • Good tool for brainstorming, as well as for presenting finished content.
  • On this site, short videos are included to explain elements of a story such as character development and plot. Easily edit the story using click and change tools.
  • Authors can print and/or save their work.