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  • Recast Studio – Online Video Editor - Recast focuses on helping creators to produce professional-quality videos in minimum clicks. Making video is time consuming. The entire process of editing the video is broken down to increase the speed of making the video, helping creators focus on the important aspects like storytelling and less on learning how to edit videos.   Recast Studio is built so that creators can spend more time doing what matters, such as publishing quality content.  Recast Studio is a cloud-based online video editor that help creators repurpose text, audio or video into dynamic social videos. Recast Studio’s online video maker comes with all the editing features like trim, crop, cut, rotate & flip videos and it has features like automatically adding captions to video, adding and animating images to videos.   Recast Studio - Online Video Editor
  • Torch - Torch is a free ai computing and scientific computing framework. It has huge database support for machine learning algorithms that prioritize GPUs processing. It is easy to use and efficient because it uses an easy and fast scripting language, LuaJIT, and an underlying C/CUDA implementation. The goal of Torch is to have maximum flexibility and speed in building your scientific algorithms while making the process extremely simple. It is a very useful creative tool for fast pace development in the agile team settings   Torch
  • Equation Editor - This application includes a complete math equation editor along with the option to discuss math problems in a common forum. This application includes a full-featured math equation editor is included and you can easily write calculus, matrices, determinants, or trigonometry equations with a user-friendly interface. All symbols are included and most frequently used symbols are accessible with a single click. You can also share equations edited/created using this app as images and write a math equation using three different colors to explain solutions.   Equation Editor
  • Mega - MEGA provides secure cloud storage and communication. Privacy protection is built-in by design. This service provides end-to-end encryption. In the future, MEGA will continue to develop innovative products and features that complement its existing platform to help improve security on the Internet without compromising on usability.   Mega
  • Joplin - Joplin is a free, open-source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organized into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged, and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format. The notes can be synchronized with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV, or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronizing the notes, notebooks, tags, and other metadata are saved to plain text files that can be easily inspected, backed up, and moved around. The application is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS (the terminal app also works on FreeBSD). Joplin App
  • New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help – LinkedIn free training resources - Almost overnight, remote work has become mainstream. Companies around the world are encouraging their employees to work from home to prioritize the health and safety of their workforce and communities amid coronavirus. Working through this rapid change can be hard and we’re moving quickly to help members get information they can trust, stay connected to their community and learn how to be more productive and successful in their jobs.   New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help - LinkedIn free training resources
  • WebEx - Cisco Webex is a web conference tool that enables fully interactive video and audio connections with people locally and around the world. WebEx provides web conferencing and desktop sharing through a web browser. Share whatever you're viewing on your computer with everyone in the meeting. A WebEx account isn't needed to connect to an established meeting. Collaborate in real-time using whiteboarding, note-taking, and annotation tools. WebEx also allows the option for participants to connect to a meeting using a phone. This is helpful when the person does not have access to a computer, if their computer does not have a microphone, to just to get better quality audio on low bandwidth connections.   WebEx   Keywords: webconferencing
  • Ultimate Guide to Easily Make Instructional Videos - A wonderful outline on how to create educational videos, including how-to videos, tutorial, and instructional videos.   Ultimate Guide to Easily Make Instructional Videos
  • Screenshot Tools, Tips, and Shortcuts: How to Capture Anything on Your Screen - Screenshots are a simple way to show what displays on your screen. Screengrabs can help you point out a bug, save a picture on Facebook to your camera roll, or demonstrate anything you see on your screen. All operating systems comes equipped with a screenshot tool. Use this guide to help you take screenshots.   Screenshot Tools, Tips, and Shortcuts: How to Capture Anything on Your Screen: The Best Screenshot Apps and Shortcuts   Keywords: screengrab, screenshot
  • Answer Garden - A tool that can be used for real-time classroom brainstorming or online homework. Can be used in the classroom, for professional development, creativity and more. Results can be displayed in a visual Wordcloud format with the most often used responses showing in relatively larger text-size. AnswerGarden   Keywords: response, polling, wordcloud, audience response, classroom response
  • Panopto: Lecture Capture - Panopto is a lecture-capture program.  It is used to record any activity on a computer to an online video.  The video is then indexed automatically for certain events, such as each slide advance of PowerPoint slides.  Panopto records audio as well, along screen activity such as clicking on the screen and navigating web pages, the computer's folders, and the use of software to display any activity.  The videos can be saved on the local computer, but the real power is that they are saved in a Panopto server for streaming to many people at once. There is also an editing function available as part of the Panopto full software download.   Panopto   Keywords: lecture capture, screencast, podcasts
  • Pixabay - Discover the best source for free images and videos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required. Over one million royalty free photos, illustrations and vector graphics - and thousands of free video clips. All images and footage on Pixabay are released under Creative Commons CCO: Free for commercial use, no attribution required.   Pixabay   Keywords: photos, stock photos, images, videos  
  • TED Talks - TED Talks: ideas worth spreading include talks from speakers from a variety of backgrounds who provide thought-provoking presentations about a wide variety of topics. The short TED Talk videos average 10 to 18 minutes. This is a powerful tool for life long learning. The talks are given by people from all walks of life who share insights about a wide variety of topics.   TED Talks   5 Benefits Of Watching Ted Talks   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Video  
  • 24 Tips for Creating High Quality Screencasts - This article provides useful tips for creating screencasts. Screencasts capture the content on the computer screen which can also be combined with additional graphics, presentations, and audio.   24 Tips for Creating High Quality Screencasts   Keywords: audio, podcasts, presentations, recording, screencast, video
  • WhatsApp - This app is a cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service that can be used to send text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media.   WhatsApp Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Video  
  • YouTube - Get started with YouTube, playing, watching, and creating videos. YouTube is a video-sharing site available in nearly every country and over fifty different languages. Anyone with an Internet connection can share content, whether they are organizations with large budgets or an individual with a video camera. The material is organized into channels and users can create their own private channels. YouTube is an extremely large platform that allows people to upload videos to the internet to inform, entertain, and share things with people around the world. Although many people think of YouTube as an entertainment-based website, the number of educational videos are innumerable. You can teach yourself almost any skill by watching Youtube videos. Youtube is a very useful tool to not only learn things but also to network with other people. So many people have connected through similar interests on Youtube. ...
  • YouTube – Edit Captions - When creating videos, it is important to use captioning so that the information is accessible to everyone regardless of disability. You can edit or remove the captions of your YouTube video by using the captions editor tool.   Edit Captions in YouTube Videos   Related resources: YouTube - Automatic transcriber YouTube - Contribute Captions and Translated Content in YouTube   Keywords: video, accessibility, captions, captioning, transcript
  • Google Docs Voice Typing - In Google Docs you can type with your voice instead of your fingers by using the Voice Typing tool, turning voice into written word. In addition to straight dictation, this tool enables you to edit a document. Some examples include highlighting text, inserting a link, deleting words, changing text layout, or adding comments.   Google Docs - Type with your voice   How to use Google Docs Dictation   Keywords: Audio, Blogs, Digital Literacy, Mobile Apps, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Wikis  
  • WeVideo – Collaborative Online Video Editor in the Cloud - WeVideo is the online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies at up to 4K resolution for playback anywhere. Videos can be uploaded easily from DropBox, and edited online from multiple devices.   WeVideo   Review: WeVideo is a cloud-based video editor that makes editing in your browser fun and simple - An easy-to-read description of how this tool works. The Video Marketing Best Practices You Need To Know - This site offers a free download for the book, "Tips For Creating The 6 Most Common Business Videos"   Keywords: Presentations, Productivity Tools, Recording, Social Media, Video
  • Google Calendar - Google Calendar is a time-management and scheduling calendar service developed by Google. Google Calendar allows users to create and edit events. Reminders can be enabled for events, with options available for type and time. Event locations can also be added, and other users can be invited to events.   Google Calendar   Google Help - Calendar Support - Help getting started with Google Calendar and information about notifications, sharing, syncing, importing events, and more. 26 tricks to help you tame Google Calendar - Many of Gcal's best features lurk beneath the surface. This site helps you handle it like a pro.   Keywords: File Management
  • Google Drive (and Google Docs) - Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google that allows users to store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, which are parts of the office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive. Google Docs is the original term that described the tools that now make up a portion of the Google Drive suite of applications. Drive is  a place to store your files and Docs refers to the applications that make up the suite of tools found within Google Drive to share, ...
  • Google Slides - Google Slides is Google's free presentation editor. Because it is included in the Google Docs/Drive suite, you can readily use it to collaborate on presentations with colleagues or students no matter where you are. Google Slides is very similar to Microsoft's PowerPoint (PPT). Like many online tools, it allows groups to work together to create and edit online presentations. Google Slides is web-based - it is easy to access it from various mobile devices.   Google Slides   Get Started with Google Slide - Getting Started with Google Slides provides tips for the beginner. 2017 Updates to Google Slides - Youtube Video - Created by TeacherCast, this YouTube video details the new updates and functionality of Google Slides.   Keywords: Collaboration, Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Google – Advanced Image Search - Click the tab labeled "Images" when using Google to limit your searches to just images. You can then click on "Tools" to reveal advanced search options. Advanced options include size, color, type, and the timeframe of when the image became available. The most useful feature of the Google image search is being able to limit your results based on its usage rights to locate images that are able to be used based on the image's license information. Google recently changed the way image license info is displayed. When filtering by Usage Rights -> Creative Commons licenses, a badge that says “Licensable” is displayed over photos in search results. When you click a badged photo to view, you’ll see a link to the license details of that photo. A reverse image search option is also available by dragging an image into the Google search ...
  • Open-NYS - Open-NYS is the collaboration of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide support for the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) across both systems.   Open NYS   Getting Started with Open Resources - Guide to help educators adopt, adapt and build open resources for the classroom.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Pixlr - Pixlr is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service. The suite was intended for non-professionals, however, the apps range from simple to advanced photo editing. PIXLR   Pixlr Support Page - The link to the Pixlr Support and FAQ page. WikiHow - How to Use the Pixlr Online Image Editor - This wikiHow teaches you how to navigate and use the options in the Pixlr online image editor in order to make changes to an image or photo.   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • Skype - Skype is a well-known standard in video-calling. Skype provides video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, and mobile devices via the Internet. Premium subscriptions or Skype credit also allows calls to be placed to regular telephones Skype for Business is a subscription service that many schools and organizations subscribe to at an enterprise level. Skype for Business provides a number of additional features such as increased number of people joining online meetings, improved security as well as integration into Office programs. If an organization subscribes to Skype for Business internal technical support may be available.   Skype   Skype for Business Skype for Business on Windows Quick Start - This Microsoft support page will help you get started using this tool. Lync - Lync is the complimentary software of Skype for Business for the Macintosh platform.   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Screencast, Video, Online Group Meeting
  • Zoom - Zoom is a video conferencing and web conferencing service that provides video, phone, and chat services. The basic package is free and hosts up to 100 participants, and an unlimited number of meetings. The basic package includes video conferencing, web conferencing, group collaboration features such as polling and whiteboards, and security. ZOOM has been noted to be more reliable and easier to use than competing software. The use of the platform is free for video conferences of up to 100 participants, with a 40-minute time limit. For longer or larger conferences with more features, paid subscriptions are available. Features geared towards business conferences, such as Zoom Rooms for large audiences, are also available at higher subscription costs.   Zoom   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Recording, Screencast, Video, Webinar
  • Google Meet - Google Meet is a web conferencing platform that includes instant messaging, voice, and video calls. It is useful for individual and group conversations. Technology that connects us while we're apart and video meetings can bring us together—whether we’re working with teammates, talking to healthcare professionals, sharing with loved ones, or learning from home. Note: Google Meet has replaced Google Hangouts within G Suite.   Google Meet   Review of Google Hangouts - This review discusses the pros and cons of Google Hangouts, features, and tips for getting started.   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps, Video, Webconference, Web meeting
  • Padlet - Padlet is an online virtual bulletin board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. Padlet allows users to create a hidden wall with a custom URL. Padlet creators can also moderate posts, remove posts, and manage their board.   Padlet   30 Creative Ways to Use Padlets for Teachers and Students - An article that discusses the many uses of Padlet as well as how to create one. Padlet - Best of Education - A collection of the "best" Padlets within the realm of education.   Keywords: Collaboration, Presentations
  • Audacity - Free audio recording and editing software that rivals many commercial tools. Record live audio through a microphone or digitize recordings imported from other media. Audacity's capabilities rival many commercial tools. The Save menu in Audacity saves files in the Audacity proprietary format (AUP). Select the menu Export > Export as MP3 format for easy playback of audio files created in Audacity.   Audacity   Audacity's Help Pages - Tutorials and tips on using Audacity. Audacity in Education - Wiki page by Audacity team with best educational uses and examples of uses by several institutions.   Keywords: audio, media, Recording, podcasts
  • SoundCloud - Discover, stream, and share a constantly expanding mix of music from emerging and major artists around the world. SoundCloud is described as a 'social sound platform' and is basically the same as Youtube but for audio files. With SoundCloud you can follow millions of people, musicians, radio channels and podcasts on a vast range of topics or you can create your own channel and upload recordings for people to listen to.   SoundCloud   Get Started on SoundCloud - Guide to starting and managing a SoundCloud account with support resources. Podcasting on SoundCloud - Resource page to get started with recording your podcasts.   Keywords: audio, media, recording, podcasts

Accessibility

  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops international standards for the Web: HTML, CSS, and many more. The W3C is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Led by Web inventor and Director Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C's mission is to lead the Web to its full potential. The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops standards and support materials to help understand and implement accessibility to make websites, applications, and other digital creations more accessible and usable to everyone. -- from W3C website   World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
  • How to Add ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Captions into a Video in Panopto - The Panopto video platform features Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) to vastly ease the process of adding closed captions to video lectures and instructional materials. Captions can be generated for newly created and existing video content in Panopto. While the accuracy of the ASR generated captions is not perfect, the Panopto editor allows for streamlined editing and publishing of captions. Panopto is a lecture-capture program that is freely available and also adopted by many educational institutions.   How to Add ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Captions into a Video in Panopto   Keywords: captioning, subtitles  
  • oTranscribe - Have you ever had to transcribe an audio content before? You probably had to be listening for 5 seconds, switch to a notepad to type out what you just listened to, and that over and over again. With oTrascribe, you can do the listening and typing in the same environment. With some customizable key combination, you do the following, pause/play the loaded audio, fast-forward, go back a few seconds, etc. If you have some audio or video transcription to do, you can check out Otranscribe.   oTranscribe
  • NoCoffee - NoCoffee is a vision simulator extension for Chrome. It simulates different vision impairments by putting a filter over web pages. Thus, it helps users understand the problems faced by people with slight to extreme vision problems. For example, it shows how web pages with very small text or click target are difficult to read for individuals with low acuity. The user can also experience how texts with very low contrast, e.g. light gray text on white, pose difficulty for individuals with low contrast sensitivity. In addition, this accessibility extension helps users simulate colorblindness, visual snow, glare, ghosting, cataracts, nystagmus, retinal detachment, hemanopia, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, etc. NoCoffee can be downloaded for free from the Chrome web store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nocoffee/jjeeggmbnhckmgdhmgdckeigabjfbddl?hl=en-US.   Keywords: Simulation, Vision, Accessibility
  • Web Captioner - A free web-based service that uses automated captioning and displays a real-time transcription in your browser. It works best in Google Chrome, on your personal computer and if you have an external microphone, though it also works well with your computer’s internal microphone as long as the environment is quiet and you are within a couple of feet from your computer. Web Captioner seems to solve a lot of the issues that are present with captions for accessibility. Web captioner puts the caption window in the hands of the user. Instead of being locked to a slide presentation, the captions appear in a separate window. The captions are text-based, not open (or burned in) captions if the screen is being recorded. This is helpful for many reasons: Burned-in captions cannot be corrected afterward for spelling or grammar. Burned-in captions conflict with viewing closed caption. ...
  • Live Captioning Without A Budget - The tools featured on this page from George Mason University offer options for streaming live captions using automatic speech recognition (ASR). ASR tools use artificial intelligence to convert speech into text. In recent years, educational technologies have started to integrate ASR into their platforms as a way to develop content that is more accessible and inclusive. Tools that are highlighted include Google Slides, PowerPoint 365, and Web Captioner.   Live Captioning Without A Budget   Keyword: caption
  • Mural - Mural is a digital workspace for visual collaboration. It enables people and innovative teams to think and collaborate visually to solve important problems. People benefit from MURAL’s speed and ease of use in creating diagrams, which are popular in design thinking and agile methodologies, as well as tools to facilitate more impactful meetings and workshops. Through Mural you can work with people across the room or around the world. It uses sticky notes, shapes, links, images, videos, to create, organize in a list, add flowcharts, diagrams, frameworks, methods, and drawings to activate and align your team. Mural also works with many integrations. You can organize your contents from private rooms and open rooms. Note: This is not a free resource but it does provide a free trial period.   Mural   Below are some guides to help you get familiar with Mural: Navigating the Mural ...
  • HelloTalk - HelloTalk is the ultimate for foreign language exchange. Learn a language by chatting with native speakers around the world. HelloTalk is an app that combines social media with education and collaboration. It connects individuals from all over the globe in a single app and helps them learn language from each other. The idea behind the app is, if a Japanese person wants to learn Nepali, and if a Nepali person wants to learn Japanese, they can connect in the app with each other and help each other learn their language. HelloTalk  
  • Otter.ai - Generate rich notes for meetings, interviews, lectures, transcripts, files to create video captions, and other important voice conversations with this AI-powered assistant. Some of the features available with the free version include transcriptions in real-time, identification of speakers, generate summary keywords & word cloud, and 600 minutes of transcriptions (per month).   Otter.ai
  • Present with real-time, automatic captions or subtitles in PowerPoint - PowerPoint for Office 365 (PPT365) can transcribe your words as you present and display them as live on-screen as captions in the same language you are speaking, or as subtitles translated to another language. This can help accommodate individuals in the audience who may be deaf or hard of hearing, or more familiar with another language, respectively.   Present with real-time, automatic captions or subtitles in PowerPoint
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • 8 Best Free PDF Editors - This list of the top 8 free PDF editors help you to add, edit, and delete text and images, fill out forms, insert signatures, etc. Because not all of these free PDF editors support the same features, and some are restricted in what you can do, remember that you can process the same PDF in more than one tool. Some of the editors listed work right in a web browser, so all you have to do is upload your PDF file to the website, make the changes you want, and then save it back to your computer. Typically, an online editor isn't as fully featured as its desktop counterpart, plus the file is exposed to the internet (which might be of concern if it contains sensitive content). It is important to also note that PDF files are often less accessible than other ...
  • Assessing the Accessibility of Web 2.0 Tools - Wendy Torres gave a presentation titled, "Assessing the Accessibility of Web 2.0 Tools," at a recent Online Learning Consortium (OLC) event. The session was very engaging and she shared many ideas about ways to evaluate Web 2.0 tools and apps. Her materials are linked to below. In particular, the scorecards that she developed are very useful to evaluate tools and apps.   Assessing the Accessibility of Web 2.0 Tools - slides from Online Learning Consortium (OLC) presentation   Resources from Workshop Web 2.0 Tools Score Card App Score Card
  • Siteimprove Accessibility Checker - The Siteimprove Accessibility Checker is your tool to evaluate any web page for accessibility issues at any given time. It provides intuitive, visual feedback about your content by highlighting detected issues right on the page and gives you: an immediate overview of your page’s accessibility issues clear explanations of how they affect your users plus specific recommendations on how to fix them All analysis is done entirely within the Chrome browser, allowing secure evaluation of password-protected or non-public pages, multi-step forms, and dynamic content.   Siteimprove Accessibility Checker
  • Hearing Impaired Students and Online College - Excellent opportunities exist for individuals with hearing impairments to attend college and universities. However, students with hearing impairments often have difficulty gaining the full benefits of learning in a traditional classroom setting. With evolving learning accommodations and assistive technologies like captioning and transcription services, online college offers students with hearing impairments a more accessible, flexible, and personalized educational experience. Check out this website to learn about new and exciting ways that learning accommodations and assistive technologies are creating learning opportunities for students with hearing impairments.   Hearing Impaired Students and Online College   Keywords: caption, live-caption, accommodation, assistive technology
  • CleverPDF – 27-in-1 Free Online PDF Tool - CleverPDF.com Offers 27 PDF tools online for free, which helps you create, convert or edit PDF documents. You can convert PDF to other document formats, such as PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, eBook formats, image formats, and more; create PDF from Office and images. It also allows you to combine or split, compress PDF, add watermark or pages numbers to a PDF file, manage PDF security, OCR, and many more PDF tasks. No software installation is required. With this web tool, you can enhance your productivity when working with PDF documents. This tool will also help to relieve some accessibility issues that arise with PDF format.   CleverPDF - 27-in-1 Free Online PDF Tool   Keywords: Productivity Tools
  • Teleprompt.me - The web's only voice-powered teleprompter. Drop in a script and it automatically scrolls as you speak. This voice-controlled teleprompter uses Chrome's built-in microphone to scroll as you speak. Creating a text-based script for your videos also helps to later generate captions, ensuring your video's content is accessible to the widest possible audience.   Teleprompt-me
  • Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition - The goal of the book Accessibility Toolkit - 2nd Edition is to provide resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open textbook—one that is free and accessible for all students. This is a collaboration between BCcampus, Camosun College, and CAPER-BC. Authors: Amanda Coolidge, Sue Doner, Tara Robertson, and Josie Gray License: Creative Commons Attribution   Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition   Keywords: accessibility
  • CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER) - This guide was created by the City University of New York (CUNY) to assist Librarians, faculty, staff & OER developers create accessible content and accessible Open Educational Resources (OER). On this guide you will find information on: Creating Accessible Content: Platforms: Evaluating your OER site: VPATs: Voluntary Product Accessibility Template   CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • A Rising Tide: How Closed Captions Can Benefit All Students - Closed captioning is higher education is generally geared toward students with some kind of disabilities. However, regardless of having any disability, studies suggest that most students in today's colleges and universities use closed captions at least some of the time, among whom about 90 percent find them at least moderately helpful for learning. Specific ways in which closed captions can aid learning include comprehension, accuracy, engagement, and retention.   A Rising Tide: How Closed Captions Can Benefit All Students   Keywords: accessibility, captions
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - With the ever rising cost of education, the textbook price is also rising. The open educational resources model has surfaced as a response to this problem and to meet the increasing demand of high-quality learning materials. Open textbooks can be offered by commercial publishers or found in open repositories. Open resources can promote active learning through student interaction with the text, particularly when they contribute to authorship. Although open textbooks face questions about the accuracy and reliability of their content, they allow higher education instructors to design content for their courses on an as-needed basis, choosing from an array of books, articles, videos, audio recordings, and readings. This EDUCAUSE resource provides concise information about OERs. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and ...
  • Sejda Web – Online PDF editor - Sejda Web is a quick and simple online service with no installation required to create, edit, and manipulate PDF files. Functions available include editing, merging, converting to other formats, OCR, splitting PDF files, and more.   Sejda Web - Online PDF editor   Keywords: PDF document editing
  • Accessible Course Design - This site helps instructors and instructional designers implement strategies for accessible course design. The goal is to provide information that is easily understandable to individuals who are not necessarily technology-oriented and may not know much about working with people with disabilities. The tips on this website have been written to accommodate students who are deaf or hard of hearing, use screen readers for a vision impairment, have learning or other disabilities, or are color blind. Many of these tips also improve learning for all students, which is called Universal Design. A particularly useful resource on this site is a video about how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to make PDF accessible.   Accessible Course Design   Keywords: Accessibility, PDF, video, captioning,
  • Read&Write for Google Chrome™ - Makes documents, web pages and common file types in Google Drive (including: Google Docs, PDF & ePub) more accessible. It’s designed to help everyone engage with digital content in a way that suits his/her abilities and learning styles. A range of support tools to gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including: Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying Word prediction offers suggestions for the current or next word as you type Collect highlights from text in documents or the web for summarizing and research Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting   Read&Write for Google ...
  • Equity Maps - Equity Maps is an iPad app to trace and assess interaction, performance, and involvement in class or group discussions. Chart & record the interactions to graphically illustrate levels of participation. Use in class discussions to encourage equitable dialogue, promote wider collaboration. Questions this app can help you address include: Is everyone sharing air-time? Is someone with many ideas a little too quiet? Is there someone who can't keep quiet? Is the teacher doing most of the talking?   Equity Maps   Keywords: diversity, inclusion, gender equity
  • Captioning for Google Slides - Google Slides can automatically add real-time captions to live Google Slides presentations.  It's really quite easy: Start your presentation Click "CC" in the bar on the bottom to start closed captioning. Captions will appear as you speak. Captions will not include any punctuation. At this time, the captions are not saved.   Learn more about Captioning for Google Slides.   Keywords: accessibility, real-time captions, caption, captioning, transcript
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) from the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) - Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. It is described by the National Center for UDL as, "a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs." In designing a course with UDL in mind, an instructor wants to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to learn.   Universal design for learning (UDL) - CAST   Keywords: UDL, accessibility
  • Freshdesk Help Desk Software - A cloud-based help desk software which helps build relationships with their customers. Freshdesk is an intuitive, easy-to-use helpdesk software that enables efficient businesses processes for better customer experiences. Although a help desk system may fall slightly outside the realm of EmTechMOOC scope, there may be times where a free version of a help desk system could be useful for personal and educational uses.   Freshdesk   Keywords: business
  • Teaching Tolerance - Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use the materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. The program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias. The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. The Social Justice Standards show how anti-bias education works through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice and action.   Teaching Tolerance   Keywords: diversity, global citizenship,
  • Notability - This note-taking app helps to combine handwriting, photos and typing in a single note to bring projects to life. Use a wide range of note-taking and sketching tools to capture every detail. You can even add and annotate PDFs. It’s the perfect place to create and organize work, school, and life's information! Experiment with different tools to create beautiful, hand-crafted notes and sketches. Continue to scale, rotate, and recolor your ideas and sketches until your notes are just how you want them. Once you're done, organize your notes with ease so you always know where to find what matters most. Zoom in on the specifics, or explore the big picture by combining sketches, outlines, and type. Now you are ready to share your notes with colleagues or study partners through Google Drive, AirDrop, Email and Dropbox. Stay organized and up-to-date wherever ...
  • Web2Access (Disabilities and Tests) - Web2Access is a resource that aims to help those making decisions about their use of freely available 'Web 2.0' interactive and collaborate e-learning tools. The website provides rankings based on its accessibility.   Web2Access   Web2Access (Disabilities and Tests) - tests the accessibility of Web 2.0 tools based on different disabilities. Using the results, they then rank the tools from most accessible to least accessible based on that specific disability being tested. Keywords: Accessibility, Websites    
  • W3C Markup Validation Service - W3C Markup Validation Service can check the markup of Web documents. This website provides information about accessibility and links to other validator tools for checking specific aspects of the HTML code of a website. W3C is the gold standard of accessibility standards.   W3C Markup Validation Service   Keywords: Accessibility, Websites
  • SUNY FACT2 Online Accessibility - This website created by the Online Accessibility SUNY Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching and Technology (FACT2) Task Group to provide recommendations and tips on making software and educational resources more accessible and to ensure they comply with Section 508.   SUNY FACT2 Online Accessibility   Why Does Accessibility Matter?   Keywords: Accessibility, Websites
  • YouTube – Automatic transcriber - Converting the audio content of a digital file into text can be done through YouTube. Audio is converted automatically to text using Google speech recognition in YouTube. After uploading a video file, YouTube processes the video (time depends on the length of the video) and subtitles or closed captions are automatically generated. The speech portion of your video will be transformed into closed captions that are displayed in the video player when viewers use the CC button. Below are links to explanations of how to use the transcription function in YouTube.   How to transcribe video file into text with YouTube   Video explanation of how to transcribe with YouTube   Related resources: YouTube – Edit Captions YouTube - Contribute Captions and Translated Content in YouTube   Keywords: accessibility, podcasts, video, transcript, captioning  
  • YouTube – Edit Captions - When creating videos, it is important to use captioning so that the information is accessible to everyone regardless of disability. You can edit or remove the captions of your YouTube video by using the captions editor tool.   Edit Captions in YouTube Videos   Related resources: YouTube - Automatic transcriber YouTube - Contribute Captions and Translated Content in YouTube   Keywords: video, accessibility, captions, captioning, transcript

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  • Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide - This guide is an editable Google Doc that has a wide collection of resources to assist you to create an online community, class or conference. "Are you creating an online course, event or conference? If you’re not a programmer, and if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this guide will get you started. Read it from top to bottom to get a step-by-step guide to what you can do to set up your course or event. Then check the links to find free or cheap and easy tools that will get the job done for you." The document is licensed under Creative Commons and is open to editing. It was initially created and conceived by Stephen Downes, a Canadian philosopher and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media.   Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference - Quick Tech ...
  • Edublogger’s Guide to Podcasting - This guide will help you understand what podcasts are, why they’re popular, and how to access or create your own podcasts. We’ve also included a PDF with 50 ideas for student created podcasts. Podcasts are simply audio files that are published online. Podcasts can also include video or other sorts of file formats but within this guide, they talk about audio podcasts.   Edublogger's Guide to Podcasting
  • Anchor - Anchor is a free platform for podcast creation. It contains tools that allow users to record and edit audio, arrange it into podcast episodes, publish podcasts to listening platforms, and monetize content by collecting listener contributions or adding advertisements into episodes.   Anchor
  • QuickTime - QuickTime allows you to quickly make common movie edits like trim, rearrange, and rotate. You can also split a movie into multiple clips and manipulate each one individually. In addition, QuickTime also allows you to create screencasts by recording your Mac screen and capturing your screen from most iOS mobile devices. QuickTime is built into most Mac operating systems. QuickTime for Microsoft Windows is downloadable as a standalone installation.   QuickTime
  • How to Add ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Captions into a Video in Panopto - The Panopto video platform features Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) to vastly ease the process of adding closed captions to video lectures and instructional materials. Captions can be generated for newly created and existing video content in Panopto. While the accuracy of the ASR generated captions is not perfect, the Panopto editor allows for streamlined editing and publishing of captions. Panopto is a lecture-capture program that is freely available and also adopted by many educational institutions.   How to Add ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Captions into a Video in Panopto   Keywords: captioning, subtitles  
  • oTranscribe - Have you ever had to transcribe an audio content before? You probably had to be listening for 5 seconds, switch to a notepad to type out what you just listened to, and that over and over again. With oTrascribe, you can do the listening and typing in the same environment. With some customizable key combination, you do the following, pause/play the loaded audio, fast-forward, go back a few seconds, etc. If you have some audio or video transcription to do, you can check out Otranscribe.   oTranscribe
  • Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) - Open Broadcaster Software is free and open-source software for video recording and live streaming. As of 2016, the software is now referred to as OBS Studio. There are versions of OBS Studio available for Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux. OBS is useful to create videos and add effects with webcam, screen and audio capture. It is also one of the best tools for streaming live your meeting, events, conferences on Facebook, YouTube, etc. It also makes OBS easier to use, especially for those new to the world of live-streaming. Anyone involved in live streaming needs to use a live video encoder. Encoding can be done at the software or hardware level. Software encoders like OBS Studio provide the most versatility and are used by the majority of professional broadcasters.   Open Broadcaster Software
  • Rules of (Zoom) Engagement by Ali Green - This document, created by Ali Green who is the CEO and co-founder of Pantera Press, provides tips and best practices to help people to adopt appropriate protocols for team meetings as they move from in-person to phone and video conferencing platforms. Topics addressed include reminders about muting when you are not speaking and when it's helpful to keep your video turned on.  Rules of (Zoom) Engagement
  • Yalla - Yalla is the most popular Live Group Voice Talking and Entertaining Community. Voice Chat and play games with people from nearby or all over the world. Meet new friends is never easier: Choose group voice rooms from thousands of live rooms daily, filter rooms by Countries or Topics. 50+ Countries have already been covered, while tons of topics are available to choose from. Party with friends with no distances: Group voice-talk with friends no matter where they are, broadcast your favorite music inside the room, sing karaoke together, and play a range of games directly in group chat. Let's get the party started. Enjoy free live voice chat over 3G, 4G, LTE, or WiFi.   Features: PUBLIC CHAT ROOMS — Browse 1,000's of live chat rooms from nearby or around the world that cover thousands of topics. PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS — Start private one-on-one text and voice conversations with your ...
  • HelloTalk - HelloTalk is the ultimate for foreign language exchange. Learn a language by chatting with native speakers around the world. HelloTalk is an app that combines social media with education and collaboration. It connects individuals from all over the globe in a single app and helps them learn language from each other. The idea behind the app is, if a Japanese person wants to learn Nepali, and if a Nepali person wants to learn Japanese, they can connect in the app with each other and help each other learn their language. HelloTalk  
  • Bandcamp - Bandcamp is a site for musicians who are eager to publish new content. It allows musicians to directly get support from the audience they are impacting. Bandcamp allows the musicians to get paid for their art from the audience that chooses to contribute to their endeavors. You can also sign up as a fan to listen to music and get new music daily. It will help you explore new music and expand your musical knowledge as well. If you are interested in signing up certain musicians you can do that as well by signing up as a label.   Bandcamp
  • BigBlueButton - BigBlueButton is an open-source web conferencing system. In addition to various web conferencing services. BigBlueButton supports multiple audio and video sharing, presentations with extended whiteboard capabilities - such as a pointer, zooming and drawing - public and private chat, desktop sharing, integrated VoIP using FreeSWITCH, and support for the presentation of PDF documents and Microsoft Office documents.   BigBlueButton BigBlueButton Wikipedia
  • FreeConferenceCalling - Free Conference Calling does not charge for its conference call service, it's free to use for conference calling anytime. All participants in the conference call dial a toll number, not a toll-free 1-800 number. Any costs incurred are based solely on the caller's long-distance plan with their provider. You can have up to 1,000 callers in a single conference call with up to 25 callers able to speak at any given time. This tool is an alternative for a video web conference when computer technology availability might be questionable.   FreeConferenceCalling
  • WebEx - Cisco Webex is a web conference tool that enables fully interactive video and audio connections with people locally and around the world. WebEx provides web conferencing and desktop sharing through a web browser. Share whatever you're viewing on your computer with everyone in the meeting. A WebEx account isn't needed to connect to an established meeting. Collaborate in real-time using whiteboarding, note-taking, and annotation tools. WebEx also allows the option for participants to connect to a meeting using a phone. This is helpful when the person does not have access to a computer, if their computer does not have a microphone, to just to get better quality audio on low bandwidth connections.   WebEx   Keywords: webconferencing
  • Binumi - Video platform. Easy-to-use and free. Create a video in seconds from a vast video library. A collection of 4 million multimedia clips. Select frame-by-frame to create your storyboard.  Add voice recordings, edit in seconds. A great way to create. Videos can be public or private. Share on Binumi site, social media or YouTube. Mobile App too.   Binumi
  • What is a Cognitive Tool for Learning? - The idea of a cognitive tool or 'mind tool' was popularized in the 1990s by David Jonassen. It explains that not all educational technologies are beneficial for learning. According to this concept, only educational technologies that help us learn more deeply than before are beneficial. Definition We usually think of an educational technology as a cognitive tool if it supports higher-order cognition. It is contrasted to an educational technology that does not do anything to support higher-order cognition. Examples For example, a calculator might take the full cognitive load of a multiplication task from a student, thereby not supporting cognition but rather making us 'think less'. By contrast, a spreadsheet or mind map may be a tool that helps us think more deeply about a topic. It will help us sort and organize our thoughts so that we can develop theories and deeper understandings ...
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • National Geographic – Including VR & 360° Video Content - National Geographic pushes the boundaries of visual storytelling. The National Geographic site has a large collection of stories that relate to critical issues affecting the world today and the impact on your life. The online series includes content from all over the world, including podcasts, virtual reality, and 360° videos.   National Geographic National Geographic 360° Video Playlist   Keywords: simulations
  • How To Upload A Podcast (To iTunes Or Any Other Directory) - It’s a fairly common misconception that iTunes and other podcast directories host your podcast media files (typically an MP3). You don’t actually upload your podcast episode files to iTunes. What really happens is that you show iTunes where your podcast files are located in the form of an RSS feed. Then every time you upload a new episode, your feed is automatically updated – and iTunes updates your show listing with the new episode accordingly. This website shares the process to upload a podcast to iTunes (now Apple Podcasts).   How To Upload A Podcast (To iTunes Or Any Other Directory)
  • 8tracks - 8tracks is a radio/social networking site that streams playlists, connects people, and is free to use. Users can create free accounts, or sign up for the pro version which has some perks like ad-free listening. It is user-friendly and you are able to browse for music that suits your needs, upload tracks, and listen to other user's works as well.   8tracks
  • 5 Ways to Easily Extract Audio Clips from Your Favorite Videos - Extract and save audio from a video file so you can create a stand-alone audio track or MP3 file that can be easily listened to on a mobile device or uploaded to a podcast hosting service.   5 Ways to Easily Extract Audio Clips from Your Favorite Videos
  • WeVu - WeVu, cloud software developed from the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) at UBC-Vancouver, focusses on hands-on skills learning where students self-record video using a camera or their phones and instructors provide time-stamped feedback and assessment. Users include health professions, business communication, trades education, and performing arts. WeVu also accommodates the collaborative annotation of audio, images, and PDF. Media files can be uploaded into the software or can be imported from YouTube, Dropbox, or other servers. WeVu also provides user activity logs, allowing .csv download of user activity and time-stamped and general comments. A free version of WeVu is available, limited to 1 site per site owner (unlimited site members) and with videos stored externally on YouTube or Dropbox.   WeVu  
  • Teleprompt.me - The web's only voice-powered teleprompter. Drop in a script and it automatically scrolls as you speak. This voice-controlled teleprompter uses Chrome's built-in microphone to scroll as you speak. Creating a text-based script for your videos also helps to later generate captions, ensuring your video's content is accessible to the widest possible audience.   Teleprompt-me
  • Sounds: The Pronunciation App - This app helps you with English pronunciation by providing a chart with sounds of each letter, practice quiz and practice test on typing it out and saying the English language the right way. You also can learn about vowels and consonants.   Sounds: The Pronunciation App       
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports the creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research posters, and public service announcements.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
  • Ten Tips for Hosting a Web Meeting - This short article from Faculty Focus shares 10 tips for hosting web meetings. Web meetings allow participants to meet online to collaborate and share information. This article is published through the Faculty Focus website, but the tips provided are very relevant to any web meeting. Ten Tips for Hosting a Web Meeting   Keywords: Collaboration, webconference, video-conference
  • Podbean - Podbean is used to listen to podcasts and can be used on a phone, mobile device, or desktop. You can use Podbean to easily record and publish your own podcasts.   Podbean
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • PixStori - PixStori™ is an app to record stories about your smartphone photos. It links voice and still images in a multimedia PixStori that can be instantly shared on social media, uploaded into searchable cloud collections of family or group memories, and collected as crowdsourced field data for organizations and businesses. It is Oral History meets Instagram. PixStori is a very useful app to combine pictures with audio. This is a great tool where we can take pictures with your phone and add audio to explain the picture, or even music and environment ambiance sounds related to it. This is a very easy alternative to recording videos and to create mementos of moments or voice note for poster/academic/class presentations. Every picture has a story to tell. Now you can tell that story in your own voice and share it now and for the future. ...
  • Read&Write for Google Chrome™ - Makes documents, web pages and common file types in Google Drive (including: Google Docs, PDF & ePub) more accessible. It’s designed to help everyone engage with digital content in a way that suits his/her abilities and learning styles. A range of support tools to gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including: Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying Word prediction offers suggestions for the current or next word as you type Collect highlights from text in documents or the web for summarizing and research Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting   Read&Write for Google ...
  • Public Domain Review – Collections - This site contains curated collections of images, books, audio and movies, illuminating the curiosities and wonders of a wide range of online archives.   Public Domain Review - Collections  
  • Articulate 360 - Articulate 360 includes both Storyline and Rise plus other authoring apps. With Storyline 360 you can develop custom, interactive courses that work on every device. It's powerful enough for experts, but easy for beginners to create virtually any interaction imaginable. Choose Rise when you want to build fully responsive courses in minutes. All you need is a web browser to quickly create beautiful courses optimized for every screen size. Get the course assets you need to get going quickly. Articulate 360 includes a library of 3+ million photos, templates, characters, videos, icons, and more. (NOTE: Articulate is NOT a free resource.)   Articulate 360  
  • OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) - The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries has created a web-based, system called OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) to inexpensively and efficiently enhance access to oral history online. OHMS provides users word-level search capability and a time-correlated transcript or indexed interview connecting the textual search term to the corresponding moment in the recorded interview online.   OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer)   Keywords: video, oral history, metadata, transcript
  • VideoAnt - VideoAnt is a web-based video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices. Use VideoAnt to add annotations, or comments, to web-hosted videos. VideoAnt-annotated videos are called “Ants”. VideoAnt   Keywords: peer review, video annotation
  • Panopto: Lecture Capture - Panopto is a lecture-capture program.  It is used to record any activity on a computer to an online video.  The video is then indexed automatically for certain events, such as each slide advance of PowerPoint slides.  Panopto records audio as well, along screen activity such as clicking on the screen and navigating web pages, the computer's folders, and the use of software to display any activity.  The videos can be saved on the local computer, but the real power is that they are saved in a Panopto server for streaming to many people at once. There is also an editing function available as part of the Panopto full software download.   Panopto   Keywords: lecture capture, screencast, podcasts
  • Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.   Adobe Education Exchange   After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find: Lesson plans and other learning materials Self-directed workshop Live short courses Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities. https://youtu.be/2FTMCVBRQGc   Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
  • EDpuzzle - EdPuzzle is a software that allows one to edit videos from a variety of places to personalize them to meet specific needs. For this application, one can take videos from YouTube, Kahn Academy, Vimeo, and several other places or upload their own video. The crop feature allows the user to focus the attention of the viewer on a particular segment of the video. EdPuzzle gives the editor an opportunity to add commentary as well as create quizzes. These features can enhance the interaction that viewers have with the videos that are edited/created. EdPuzzle requires instructors to create specific channels and then invite students to attend. Invitations can be managed by the instructor, or a link/code can be provided so students can opt in if they wish.   EDpuzzle   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Presentations, Quiz, Video
  • How to Improve Audio Quality with Audacity - This blog post from LearnUpon has a few practical tips on how to improve sound quality in audio recordings. The tips are targeted to using Audacity and they are also applicable to the use of other audio authoring tools. Poor audio quality is one of the most frustrating things you can subject your learners to. Not everyone has access to studio-quality equipment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have great audio in your training courses. In this post, we’ll show you how you can use a free audio program to create high-quality audio for your eLearning courses.   How to Improve Audio Quality with Audacity   Keywords: podcasts
  • Animoto - Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows.   Animoto   Keywords: Audio, Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Video
  • FlipGrid - Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that allows students to record responses to teacher-posed questions or topics. This software was recently acquired by Microsoft and it has recently been changed to be a freely available tool. FlipGripd is similar to the popular VoiceThread.   Flipgrid   Check out 15 Ways to Flipgrid in Higher Ed This article, The Power Of Voice – Reflective Collaboration, talks about how to manage the limitations of the free version of FlipGrid. Keywords: Collaboration
  • H5P Interactive Content Creator - Hello HTML5! Goodbye flash! You can create, share and re-use interactive content in your browser or integrated right into your LMS! Create Richer HTML5 Content in Existing Publishing Platforms. Share Content Seamlessly Across Any H5P Capable Site. Reuse and modify Content in Your Browser at Any Time. Explore over 40 different types of interactive content including presentations, timelines,  games & quizzes. See a few examples of H5P or visit their website for complete and detailed information.   h5p.org   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Gamification, Media, Photos & Images, Podcasts, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Quiz, Recording, Screencast, Simulations, Video
  • Duolingo - A top-rated language learning app that is both addictive and fun. Duolingo uses game-like activities allowing learners to earn points, race against the clock, and level up while participating in bite-sized lessons. This application is available in the form of a website as well as an app. It has a huge database for many languages and provides practice activities within each module. The difficulty level increases as you progress. The application is one of the best online language tutors. Audio is available for each word in a variety of languages. Extra points can be earned through fun tasks such as describe the photo, chatting with the chatbot, etc., and everything has to be completed in the learning language.   Duolingo   Keywords: Audio, Gamification
  • GarageBand - A powerful music creation tool and music studio. It is easy to use to record, but editing, though easy for beginners, gets increasingly sophisticated the deeper you go. It requires a download and is available only for the Mac. There are only marginally comparable tools for PC available for free. You can find more fully comparable tools on the Windows platform, but they are expensive and have steep learning curves.   GarageBand   Keywords: audio, podcasts
  • 24 Tips for Creating High Quality Screencasts - This article provides useful tips for creating screencasts. Screencasts capture the content on the computer screen which can also be combined with additional graphics, presentations, and audio.   24 Tips for Creating High Quality Screencasts   Keywords: audio, podcasts, presentations, recording, screencast, video
  • SoundBible - SoundBible is a search engine for free and royalty-free sound clips and sound effects. This website updates weekly and all downloads are free.   SoundBible   Keywords: audio, Creative Commons, Open Educational Resources (OER), podcasts
  • UberConference - UberConference is a web-based teleconferencing system. UberConference offers features such as call recording, screen sharing, document sharing, and call summaries are just a few of the features offered.   UberConference   Keywords: audio, mobile apps, productivity, recording, screencast, video, podcasts
  • Descript - Descript is a relatively inexpensive machine transcription and audio editing service/software package that currently runs only on a Mac operating system. Its main strength is that it provides a word-processing-like environment to jointly edit audio files and transcripts. You can move or delete words in the text editor mode and it automatically moves or deletes the corresponding audio. More expensive human transcription services are also available as an option.   Descript   Keywords: accessibility, audio, productivity, podcasts, speech-to-text
  • WhatsApp - This app is a cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service that can be used to send text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media.   WhatsApp Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Video  
  • YouTube - Get started with YouTube, playing, watching, and creating videos. YouTube is a video-sharing site available in nearly every country and over fifty different languages. Anyone with an Internet connection can share content, whether they are organizations with large budgets or an individual with a video camera. The material is organized into channels and users can create their own private channels. YouTube is an extremely large platform that allows people to upload videos to the internet to inform, entertain, and share things with people around the world. Although many people think of YouTube as an entertainment-based website, the number of educational videos are innumerable. You can teach yourself almost any skill by watching Youtube videos. Youtube is a very useful tool to not only learn things but also to network with other people. So many people have connected through similar interests on Youtube. ...
  • Vimeo - Vimeo is a popular video sharing site. Anyone can upload a video to this site for free, by signing up for the Vimeo basic membership package that offers video storage and privacy settings. Vimeo hosts videos in the highest quality possible. You can upload 4K Ultra HD quality, video management tools, no ads before, during, or after your videos, and professional live streaming plans. With Vimeo, you can use powerful editing tools made for creators and brands, review videos with collaborators, drive engagement, and embed anywhere. It is possible to easily see how your videos are performing. You can also find quality videos created by others.   Vimeo   Vimeo Help Center - Help in several main areas and a search bar. Vimeo help on Uploading your videos 5 Reasons to Host Videos on Vimeo Instead of YouTube - Compares Vimeo and youtube for hosting videos.   Keywords: Audio, ...
  • Speechnotes - Speechnotes is a powerful speech-enabled online notepad, designed to empower your ideas by implementing a clean & efficient design, so you can focus on your thoughts. They use up-to-date speech-recognition technology, powered by Google, for the most accurate results possible. This very handy tool works in a Chrome browser. No download, no install and even no registration needed, so you can start working right away. There are several useful features. Users can email their work and/or upload it directly to Google Drive or their own computers as a .txt or .doc file. Several languages are available and the text can be translated. In addition, a text-to-speech app is available.   Speechnotes   Voice Typing with Speechnotes - Briefly explains features of Speechnotes This video shows you how easy this tool is to use.   Keywords: Audio, Digital Literacy, Mobile Apps, Presentations, Productivity Tools
  • Windows Movie Maker - If you are using Windows 10, you can use this free video editor and slideshow maker app. Use it to easily create video stories and share them with your colleagues, students, friends, and family. Transform everyday moments into works of art as you want. There is easy to use professional editing tools. Users can trim and merge video, write subtitles, add stickers, choose a theme, and insert transitions between videos. .MOV and .MP4 support is now available. NOTE: Microsoft no longer supports MovieMaker; however, you can still download software that works similarly to the original. The version linked to below is a free version but there are advanced features only after paying for the Pro version. There are sites that provide non-free versions and also versions that pass along viruses. Proceed with caution!    Windows Movie Maker   Windows Movie Maker Software Tutorials - Tutorials for ...
  • AudioNote - An iOS and Android app that combines a notepad with a voice recording, giving your tablet with a stylus functionality similar to that of a LiveScribe pen. Watch as your text and drawings highlight during playback, helping you to remember the context in which they were taken. Tap your notes to hear the audio that was recorded at that point.   AudioNote   AudiNote Support - Frequently Asked Questions page to assist the utilization of AudioNote's features. Organized by device type.   Keywords: Accessibility, Audio, Mobile Apps
  • Dictation Software - An article that describes very best dictation apps to turn your voice into text, along with tips for finding the right microphone and creating detailed speech-to-text notes. Plus, you'll find out if voice dictation is right for you.   The Beginner's Guide to Dictation Software: The Best Apps for Voice to Text Productivity   Keywords: Accessibility, Audio, Mobile Apps
  • Skype - Skype is a well-known standard in video-calling. Skype provides video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, and mobile devices via the Internet. Premium subscriptions or Skype credit also allows calls to be placed to regular telephones Skype for Business is a subscription service that many schools and organizations subscribe to at an enterprise level. Skype for Business provides a number of additional features such as increased number of people joining online meetings, improved security as well as integration into Office programs. If an organization subscribes to Skype for Business internal technical support may be available.   Skype   Skype for Business Skype for Business on Windows Quick Start - This Microsoft support page will help you get started using this tool. Lync - Lync is the complimentary software of Skype for Business for the Macintosh platform.   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Screencast, Video, Online Group Meeting
  • Zoom - Zoom is a video conferencing and web conferencing service that provides video, phone, and chat services. The basic package is free and hosts up to 100 participants, and an unlimited number of meetings. The basic package includes video conferencing, web conferencing, group collaboration features such as polling and whiteboards, and security. ZOOM has been noted to be more reliable and easier to use than competing software. The use of the platform is free for video conferences of up to 100 participants, with a 40-minute time limit. For longer or larger conferences with more features, paid subscriptions are available. Features geared towards business conferences, such as Zoom Rooms for large audiences, are also available at higher subscription costs.   Zoom   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Recording, Screencast, Video, Webinar
  • VoiceThread - A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in multiple ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. The free version allows you to create up to 5 VoiceThreads, comment by microphone and text, and share your VoiceThreads via a share link.   VoiceThread   Creating a VoiceThread - This guide from VoiceThread will walk you through setting up and all the features available. Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Media, Recording, Video  
  • The Internet Archive’s Audio Archive - Digital library containing recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download.   Internet Archive's Audio Archive   About the Internet Archive - Guide to resources provided by the Internet Archive.   Keywords: Audio, Media, Music, Podcasts, Searching
  • Audacity - Free audio recording and editing software that rivals many commercial tools. Record live audio through a microphone or digitize recordings imported from other media. Audacity's capabilities rival many commercial tools. The Save menu in Audacity saves files in the Audacity proprietary format (AUP). Select the menu Export > Export as MP3 format for easy playback of audio files created in Audacity.   Audacity   Audacity's Help Pages - Tutorials and tips on using Audacity. Audacity in Education - Wiki page by Audacity team with best educational uses and examples of uses by several institutions.   Keywords: audio, media, Recording, podcasts
  • AudioBoom - This tool enables you to record and instantly share audio. You can have free unlimited 10 minute recordings. If you want to use your smartphone or tablet, sign up, take the tour, and download the app.   AudioBoom   AudioBoom Help Center - Tutorials and help using AudioBoom tools.   Keywords: audio, media, recording, podcasts
  • SoundCloud - Discover, stream, and share a constantly expanding mix of music from emerging and major artists around the world. SoundCloud is described as a 'social sound platform' and is basically the same as Youtube but for audio files. With SoundCloud you can follow millions of people, musicians, radio channels and podcasts on a vast range of topics or you can create your own channel and upload recordings for people to listen to.   SoundCloud   Get Started on SoundCloud - Guide to starting and managing a SoundCloud account with support resources. Podcasting on SoundCloud - Resource page to get started with recording your podcasts.   Keywords: audio, media, recording, podcasts
  • iTunes - Application created by Apple, which is the directory most associated with podcasts.   iTunes   iTunes Support - Topics, resources, and contact you need for iTunes iTunes Tips for Podcast Fans - A resource guide to learn how to discover podcasts and create your own.   Keywords: audio, media, music, podcasts  
  • Learn Out Loud Podcast Directory - A directory with over 7000 audio & video podcasts selected to instruct, entertain, and inspire you. Stream podcasts through the site or download them directly to your computer without any software. Links to RSS Feeds are provided if you want to subscribe.   Learn Out Loud Podcast Directory   Learn out loud help center - Information on how to use the audio and video tools. Get a Free Education Online with Podcasts and Audio Books - This article highlights different podcasts and audiobooks available online to learn for free.   Keywords: audio, media, music, podcasts, searching

Blogs and Wikis

  • Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide - This guide is an editable Google Doc that has a wide collection of resources to assist you to create an online community, class or conference. "Are you creating an online course, event or conference? If you’re not a programmer, and if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this guide will get you started. Read it from top to bottom to get a step-by-step guide to what you can do to set up your course or event. Then check the links to find free or cheap and easy tools that will get the job done for you." The document is licensed under Creative Commons and is open to editing. It was initially created and conceived by Stephen Downes, a Canadian philosopher and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media.   Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference - Quick Tech ...
  • Jimdo - Jimdo provides two products including the standard editor, Jimdo Creator, and Jimdo Dolphin which falls under a new category of website builder systems. These two products live side by side: Jimdo Creator enables building a website from scratch or running your blog or online store, and Jimdo Dolphin is used to get a beautiful website that's ready to go in just a few minutes.   Jimdo
  • Scalar - Scalar is a free, open-source publishing platform geared toward long-form scholarship with embedded multimedia. It also provides the capability for multimedia tagging and annotation, as well as for interacting with stories in a nonlinear way through different path structures. Scalar allows for the easy creation of a website using a book-type format. It was created by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture at the University of Southern California.   Scalar    
  • Loomies - The Loomie App allows you to create and style your own customized avatar and stickers that can be used on various online platforms. First, you use a selfie to create your Loomie. You can choose among different accessories to make your Loomie. The shape and form of your Loomie can be customized using the built-in editing system of the Loomie app. After you save your avatar to your Loom Account, you can use it across different apps and integrations, such as Zoom, WhatsApp, etc. Loomies
  • NoCoffee - NoCoffee is a vision simulator extension for Chrome. It simulates different vision impairments by putting a filter over web pages. Thus, it helps users understand the problems faced by people with slight to extreme vision problems. For example, it shows how web pages with very small text or click target are difficult to read for individuals with low acuity. The user can also experience how texts with very low contrast, e.g. light gray text on white, pose difficulty for individuals with low contrast sensitivity. In addition, this accessibility extension helps users simulate colorblindness, visual snow, glare, ghosting, cataracts, nystagmus, retinal detachment, hemanopia, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, etc. NoCoffee can be downloaded for free from the Chrome web store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nocoffee/jjeeggmbnhckmgdhmgdckeigabjfbddl?hl=en-US.   Keywords: Simulation, Vision, Accessibility
  • You Need A Wiki - You Need A Wiki (YNAW) is a simple, yet effective tool for creating a wiki utilizing Google Docs for editing and your Google Drive for storage. This tool is ideal if you work with Google regularly and maintain a Google Drive. You simply create an account and then import folders from Google drive into YNAW. Your folders are converted into a wiki-style page. It is so much easier to read and navigate than clicking through a folder in Google Drive. You can create and edit Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly in YNAW too. There are many wikis that are more powerful and multifunctional, but if you work in Google and want to share and collaborate this is a fantastically simple and easy tool to use. Even if you just want to put some of your most-used folders in a more functional ...
  • Medium - Medium is a publishing platform with a social twist. The platform has 120 million readers that are able to directly follow the publisher or the writer they want and read their articles. The platform encourages writers from all over the world to become a member and publish on its platform. The social aspect of the platform makes it easy for readers to follow the writers. The more followers you have, more widely your work will get published. The writers can also choose to publish freely or for a fee. This management is done by the Medium platform that has either free membership of paid membership with only the paid members able to view materials that demand fees.   Medium
  • Laravel - Laravel is a web application development and rapid prototyping tool that uses PHP to create applications while supporting most of the popular tools for database management and front end scripting. The tool's website states "Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. We’ve already laid the foundation - freeing you to create without sweating the small things." Laravel also has a large community of volunteers that help someone start out with learning the basics all the way up to experts that need problem-solving. It's a great tool for beginners to learn about programming. Laravel
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Visual Learning Center by Visme - The resource to help you become a better visual communicator. The site contains a wide array of resources visual learners and presenters. These resources will help you become a better presenter, communicator, and storyteller by creating better presentations and infographics.   Visual Learning Center by Visme   Keywords: visual learning, digital literacy, blogs and wikis, visualize information, presentation
  • Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking - In a world of competition and exhilaration, success comes to those who are actively organized. A vital tool to aide students in today's digital era where as much of learning happens online as it does in an in-person classroom is a proper note taking strategy. KQED Inc. describes how digital note taking strategies can enhance students' thinking ability and thus, assist them to achieve success.     Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking     Keywords: organization, note taking, digital notes, efficiency  
  • Populr.me - Populr.me can be used for social media, business, education, or many other uses. Build websites with templates for networking, sales, marketing, etc. Drop in text, video, pictures, embeds.  Upgrade for additional features, or keep it free.  Great for building interactive syllabi, professional profiles, ePortfolios, and other online information.   Populr.me   Keywords: web editing, websites
  • Podbean - Podbean is used to listen to podcasts and can be used on a phone, mobile device, or desktop. You can use Podbean to easily record and publish your own podcasts.   Podbean
  • WiseMapping - WiseMapping is a web-based mind mapping tool. This tool allows users to create mind maps, share it on a web page, blog, and in social media posts. WiseMapping Keywords: Mindmap, concept map
  • Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators (HAPPE) - Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators, HAPPE, is a monthly blog series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.  The goal of the series is to connect practitioners and educators in the Helping Professions with mobile apps they may find useful in practice or in their pursuit of life-long learning.  We believe digital literacies are important skills for the new millennium. This series aims to educate and inspire Helpers to appropriately integrate technology into their professional lives.   Happe   Keywords: mental health, counseling, mobile apps
  • Snapguide - Bring together photos, videos, tweets, and documents on the go. Share them with everyone. Find new recipes, DIY projects, beauty hacks, technology, and lifestyle tips all in one place!   Snapguide   Keywords: File Management, Photos & Images, Social Media
  • Med-Tech Innovation News - This website is the UK and Ireland leading publication for medical design and manufacturing technology and innovation. Their expert editorial team brings together daily news, technical content, analysis, case studies and high-profile interviews with industry experts and thought leaders. Med-Tech Innovation News provides intelligence for professionals involved in the design and production of Class I, II & III medical engineering and manufacturing community with the latest innovations in technology, materials, processes, digital health, and R&D.   Med-Tech Innovation News   Keywords: Blogs, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Resource Library  
  • Atavist for Education - Atavist is a publishing and storytelling platform to turn your ideas into stunning projects & portfolios.   Atavist for Education   Keywords: Blogs, Wikis
  • PBWorks - PBWorks offers a variety of collaboration tools including free wikis for education. Editing and formatting of the wiki is very easy and needs only minimal instruction. Students can collaborate on projects outside of the classroom. Student accounts can be created without email addresses. Educators can get automated notifications to see when and how often students access their wiki page. Wikis can also be used to store, discuss, search and share wiki pages, files, and documents.   PBWorks   Keywords: Collaboration, Websites, Wikis
  • Blogger - Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. Although there are more complex blogging tools available, the combination of cost (free) and flexibility makes Blogger an attractive option, whether you’re updating friends and family about your life, hosting your own advice column, or discussing political views. Your blog can have multiple contributors or you only. You can even use Blogger to make podcast feeds. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com.   Blogger   Blogger Help Page - This is the Blogger Help page put together by Google.   Keywords: Blogs, ePortfolios, Websites
  • Pocket - Pocket was developed to help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It is free and available for major devices and platforms including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, Kobo, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Windows. It is integrated into current versions of Firefox and there are browser extensions for other browsers such as Chrome. One of its more unique features is that it gives you a clean look at the documents you save minus the advertisements and other extras. That makes it easier to print and share.   Pocket   A Review of Pocket Chrome Browser Extension & Android App Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Resource Library  
  • Google Docs Voice Typing - In Google Docs you can type with your voice instead of your fingers by using the Voice Typing tool, turning voice into written word. In addition to straight dictation, this tool enables you to edit a document. Some examples include highlighting text, inserting a link, deleting words, changing text layout, or adding comments.   Google Docs - Type with your voice   How to use Google Docs Dictation   Keywords: Audio, Blogs, Digital Literacy, Mobile Apps, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Wikis  
  • Strikingly - Create a beautiful website for you & your business, in minutes. Zero code or design skills required. You can also convert a LinkedIn profile to a personal website in just a few clicks. Add a Blog section to any of your sites to start blogging right away. A separate page is created for each blog post.   Strikingly   Discover Strikingly Sites - A link to the Strikingly community to see what sites have been built recently.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Publishing, Websites
  • Weebly - Weebly is a complete platform that allows anyone to start and grow an online business with curated website templates, powerful e-commerce and integrated marketing. More than 40 million entrepreneurs around the world use Weebly to grow their customer base, fuel sales, and market their idea. Designed for any entrepreneur who wants to reach a global audience, Weebly gives everyone the freedom to create a high-quality site and store that works brilliantly on any device.   Weebly   Weebly Website Builder: Get a Pro Website in 60 Minutes or Less - A short tutorial on how to build an effective website through Weebly.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
  • Padlet - Padlet is an online virtual bulletin board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. Padlet allows users to create a hidden wall with a custom URL. Padlet creators can also moderate posts, remove posts, and manage their board.   Padlet   30 Creative Ways to Use Padlets for Teachers and Students - An article that discusses the many uses of Padlet as well as how to create one. Padlet - Best of Education - A collection of the "best" Padlets within the realm of education.   Keywords: Collaboration, Presentations
  • Tumblr - Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website founded by David Karp in 2007, and owned by Oath Inc.The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users' blogs. Bloggers can also make their blogs private.   Tumblr   How to Use Tumblr for Blogging and Social Networking - This article talks about the classic uses of the platform Tumblr.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Publishing, Social Media, Video, Websites
  • WordPress - WordPress is an open-source blogging and a website creation platform. WordPress (often referred to as WP) is very widely used and makes up about 30% of all published websites.  There is a subtle but important difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. WordPress.org gives lots of freedom, but you need a self-hosted platform to deliver your site. This involves additional steps to set up a server and install the WordPress software or payment for a hosting service. WordPress.com allows free pages that are hosted directly on the WordPress.com site. Both versions of WordPress are user-friendly but some of the advanced themes are not an option that is available on WordPress.com. This is only available when you have your own server space to install your own version of WordPress. Themes and plugins are similar to webpage templates and provide advanced functionality for WordPress websites.   WordPress.com and WordPress.org   Beginner's Guide for WordPress - How to ...
  • Wikidot - Wikidot.com is the world's third-largest wiki farm, with almost million and a half users running 500,000 sites and serving more than 100M unique visitors per year. Our growing success comes from building a service that people enjoy using, and tell their friends and colleagues about.   Wikidot   Getting Started with WikiDot - This is WikiDot support page which details how one would get started in creating an account and using their WikiDot to the fullest. An example of a WikiDot - Student Apathy   Keywords: Collaboration, ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites, Wikis
  • Zoho Wiki - Zoho Wiki is a free online tool to create collaborative web portals. No downloads, no installation, no special IT infrastructure, no need for IT experts, no webmasters. You can access your wiki anywhere, anytime.   Zoho Wiki   FAQ and Help Page for Zoho Wiki - This is the ZohoWiki help and FAQ page.   Keywords: Collaboration, ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites, Wikis
  • Wikiversity - Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. We invite teachers, students, and researchers to join us in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities. To learn more about Wikiversity, try a guided tour, learn about adding content, or start editing now.   Wikiversity   Wikiversity article About Wikiversity - This is a Wikiversity article regarding Wikiversity.   Keywords: Collaboration, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Wikis
  • Wikis in Higher Ed - The purpose of this wiki is to collect ideas, thoughts, suggestions, resources on ways in which wikis are being used in Higher Education.   Wikis in Higher Ed   Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Wikis
  • EduBlogs - "Since 2005, Edublogs has grown into the largest educational blogging network in the world. We believe that blogging transforms the educational experience of students and have seen first hand how Edublogs increases ownership of learning, engages students, and becomes a source of pride in the classroom. Edublogs is a project of the prominent WordPress company Incsub; the same team behind CampusPress and WPMU DEV. We pride ourselves on making user-friendly products and providing lightning fast support."   Edublogs   EduBlogs Youtube Support Page - This page has several "How-To" videos regarding EduBlogs. Ten Ways to Use Your EduBlog - A simple list of ten ways to use an EduBlog.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, Publishing, Websites, ePortfolio
  • Wikibooks - Wikibooks is a Wikimedia project for collaboratively writing open-content textbooks that anyone, including you, can edit right now by clicking on the edit link that appears near the top of each Wikibooks page. Wikibooks is for textbooks, annotated texts, instructional guides, and manuals. These materials can be used in a traditional classroom, an accredited or respected institution, a home-school environment, as part of a Wikiversity course, or for self-learning. As a general rule, only instructional books are suitable for inclusion. Contributors maintain the property rights to their contributions, while the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License and the GNU Free Documentation License makes sure that the submitted version and its derivative works will always remain freely distributable and reproducible.   Wikibooks   Wikiversity Article About Wikibooks - This is a Wikiversity article regarding Wikibooks and its multitude of uses. See Wikibooks Policy Info about Copyrights for more information.   Keywords: Open ...

Collaborative Spaces

  • Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide - This guide is an editable Google Doc that has a wide collection of resources to assist you to create an online community, class or conference. "Are you creating an online course, event or conference? If you’re not a programmer, and if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this guide will get you started. Read it from top to bottom to get a step-by-step guide to what you can do to set up your course or event. Then check the links to find free or cheap and easy tools that will get the job done for you." The document is licensed under Creative Commons and is open to editing. It was initially created and conceived by Stephen Downes, a Canadian philosopher and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media.   Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference - Quick Tech ...
  • Perusall - Perusall is an e-reader platform that allows students and faculty to annotate the assigned readings and engage the reading material in a style akin to social media posting. Students can write full comments, “like” comments, use hashtags, link URLs to their comments and even use emoticons. -- from: Etools: Using Perusall in the Classroom Celeste C Wells, Boston College.   Perusall   Keywords: Annotation, collaborative document editing, close reading
  • Stanford d.school - Everyone has the capacity to be creative. The Stanford d.school is a place where people develop problem-solving skills using methods from across the field of design. Resources on this site include toolkits to guide learners through design challenges. Stanford d.school Stanford d.school - Resources How to Design an Education Escape Room    
  • NoCoffee - NoCoffee is a vision simulator extension for Chrome. It simulates different vision impairments by putting a filter over web pages. Thus, it helps users understand the problems faced by people with slight to extreme vision problems. For example, it shows how web pages with very small text or click target are difficult to read for individuals with low acuity. The user can also experience how texts with very low contrast, e.g. light gray text on white, pose difficulty for individuals with low contrast sensitivity. In addition, this accessibility extension helps users simulate colorblindness, visual snow, glare, ghosting, cataracts, nystagmus, retinal detachment, hemanopia, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, etc. NoCoffee can be downloaded for free from the Chrome web store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nocoffee/jjeeggmbnhckmgdhmgdckeigabjfbddl?hl=en-US.   Keywords: Simulation, Vision, Accessibility
  • ResearchGate - ResearchGate is a collaboration tool you can use to connect with other researchers. You can learn about new research and post your new research by following and being followed by other researchers in your field. It a good way to know about recent publications and who is working in your field. You can also ask questions and experts can post answers to questions.   ResearchGate
  • Jitsi Meet - Jitsi Meet is an open-source free video conferencing tool. It is very useful for online meetings. It is also available on mobile and desktop platforms. Jitsi Meet
  • Thingiverse - Thingiverse is a collaborative space of creators focused on 3d printing. This platform provides many different designs that can be downloaded and used, downloaded and modified, or remixed and returned to the Thingiverse. There are areas for discussion on the best means to implement designs, ways they can be reused in a new context. The site also shares tips and tricks for getting the best results.   Thingiverse
  • Rules of (Zoom) Engagement by Ali Green - This document, created by Ali Green who is the CEO and co-founder of Pantera Press, provides tips and best practices to help people to adopt appropriate protocols for team meetings as they move from in-person to phone and video conferencing platforms. Topics addressed include reminders about muting when you are not speaking and when it's helpful to keep your video turned on.  Rules of (Zoom) Engagement
  • Virtual Worlds best Practices in Education - Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is a global grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by the Second Life community to provide an opportunity to showcase the learning that takes place using virtual worlds. Everyone is encouraged to present, attend, and take part in this discussion of collaborative deeper learning and co-presence in virtual worlds and games. The organization holds a virtual conference every year and the VWBPE site has recordings of many of the sessions and access to the prior conference proceedings.   Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education  
  • Hypothesis - Use Hypothesis to collaboratively annotate, highlight, and tag documents and hold discussions, read socially, organize your research, and take personal notes on webpages, PDFs, and EPUBs. Collaborative annotation helps people connect to each other and what they’re reading.   Hypothesis   Keywords: collaborative document editing, close reading
  • Toodledo - Toodledo is an incredibly powerful tool to increase your productivity and organize your life. More than just a to-do list, Toodledo provides you with a place to store your notes, outlines, and habits. Access your data on any device or browser. We’ll keep everything up to date with automatic syncing. Toodledo is flexible enough to work with many different productivity styles. You can use the popular GTD methodology, or you can use your own system. You can keep things simple, or you can add as much complexity as you need. Keeping track of your to-do list has never been easier.   Toodledo (info source: https://play.google.com/store/apps )
  • Mega - MEGA provides secure cloud storage and communication. Privacy protection is built-in by design. This service provides end-to-end encryption. In the future, MEGA will continue to develop innovative products and features that complement its existing platform to help improve security on the Internet without compromising on usability.   Mega
  • You Need A Wiki - You Need A Wiki (YNAW) is a simple, yet effective tool for creating a wiki utilizing Google Docs for editing and your Google Drive for storage. This tool is ideal if you work with Google regularly and maintain a Google Drive. You simply create an account and then import folders from Google drive into YNAW. Your folders are converted into a wiki-style page. It is so much easier to read and navigate than clicking through a folder in Google Drive. You can create and edit Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly in YNAW too. There are many wikis that are more powerful and multifunctional, but if you work in Google and want to share and collaborate this is a fantastically simple and easy tool to use. Even if you just want to put some of your most-used folders in a more functional ...
  • Second Life - Second Life is a virtual world used by many colleges and universities to provide immersive learning, real-time collaboration, a global community, and secure and safe virtual campuses. There are many campuses you can visit to get a feel for the power of a virtual world in education. Also, check out the education information relating to SecondLife.     SecondLife  
  • LearningApps - LearningApps.org is a Web 2.0 application, to support learning and teaching processes with small interactive modules. Those modules can be used directly in learning materials, but also for self-studying. The aim is to collect reusable building blocks and make them available to everyone. Blocks (called Apps) include no specific framework or a specific learning scenario. The blocks are therefore not suitable as complete lessons or tasks. Instead, they must be embedded in an appropriate teaching scenario.   LearningApps
  • MeisterTask - MeisterTask is an intuitive project and task management tool on the web and mobile. With its powerful collaboration features and flexible, Kanban-style project boards, MeisterTask lets you and your team manage projects of all types and sizes. It keeps you up to date on your project progress and it makes sure that you never lose focus on your to-dos and on your important deadlines.   MeisterTask
  • Online Discussion Boards & Professor’s Presence – 10 Principles & 51 Strategies - This Quick Reference / Best Practice Card for online discussions is adapted from "The Professor’s Manual," by Victoria Nesnick, a Higher Education Faculty Development Consultant. The guide provides research-based guiding principles and strategies to help create and maintain effective presence and interaction between facilitators and participants as related to online discussion board participation. This resource from Dr. Nesnick's collection was made available with her permission.   Online Discussion Boards & Professor’s Presence - 10 Principles & 51 Strategies
  • Google Classroom - A classroom is a place where the knowledge transfer takes place. Usually a one-to-many interaction takes place in a classroom and different assessment tools are used at the end of every topic to evaluate the understanding levels of the students. All these activities which are carried out for centuries inside the physical classrooms are now available with more features and flexibility included in the Google Classroom. Google Classroom makes teaching more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and fostering communication. Educators can create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Classroom also seamlessly integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive.   Google Classrooms
  • Yalla - Yalla is the most popular Live Group Voice Talking and Entertaining Community. Voice Chat and play games with people from nearby or all over the world. Meet new friends is never easier: Choose group voice rooms from thousands of live rooms daily, filter rooms by Countries or Topics. 50+ Countries have already been covered, while tons of topics are available to choose from. Party with friends with no distances: Group voice-talk with friends no matter where they are, broadcast your favorite music inside the room, sing karaoke together, and play a range of games directly in group chat. Let's get the party started. Enjoy free live voice chat over 3G, 4G, LTE, or WiFi.   Features: PUBLIC CHAT ROOMS — Browse 1,000's of live chat rooms from nearby or around the world that cover thousands of topics. PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS — Start private one-on-one text and voice conversations with your ...
  • Mural - Mural is a digital workspace for visual collaboration. It enables people and innovative teams to think and collaborate visually to solve important problems. People benefit from MURAL’s speed and ease of use in creating diagrams, which are popular in design thinking and agile methodologies, as well as tools to facilitate more impactful meetings and workshops. Through Mural you can work with people across the room or around the world. It uses sticky notes, shapes, links, images, videos, to create, organize in a list, add flowcharts, diagrams, frameworks, methods, and drawings to activate and align your team. Mural also works with many integrations. You can organize your contents from private rooms and open rooms. Note: This is not a free resource but it does provide a free trial period.   Mural   Below are some guides to help you get familiar with Mural: Navigating the Mural ...
  • Splitwise - This application is used to keep track of your shared expenses and balances with housemates, trips, groups, friends, and family.   Splitwise Main features of this application are:- Split Expenses, record debts Equal, unequal splits Calculate total balances Simplify debts Categorize expenses Easy CSV reports Offline mode, cloud sync As per BusinessInsider website: "I never fight with roommates over bills because of this genius expense-splitting app".
  • HelloTalk - HelloTalk is the ultimate for foreign language exchange. Learn a language by chatting with native speakers around the world. HelloTalk is an app that combines social media with education and collaboration. It connects individuals from all over the globe in a single app and helps them learn language from each other. The idea behind the app is, if a Japanese person wants to learn Nepali, and if a Nepali person wants to learn Japanese, they can connect in the app with each other and help each other learn their language. HelloTalk  
  • BigBlueButton - BigBlueButton is an open-source web conferencing system. In addition to various web conferencing services. BigBlueButton supports multiple audio and video sharing, presentations with extended whiteboard capabilities - such as a pointer, zooming and drawing - public and private chat, desktop sharing, integrated VoIP using FreeSWITCH, and support for the presentation of PDF documents and Microsoft Office documents.   BigBlueButton BigBlueButton Wikipedia
  • Animaker - Animaker is an online do-it-yourself (#DIY) animation video maker that brings studio quality presentations within everyone's reach. The software is cloud-based, and was launched in 2014. It allows users to create animated videos using pre-built characters and templates. In 2017, Animaker became the first tool to launch an animated vertical video creator. In February 2015 the software was officially launched based on a freemium model that allowed users a free account option.   Animaker
  • Discord - Discord is a proprietary freeware VoIP application and digital distribution platform designed for video gaming communities, that specializes in text, image, video and audio communication between users in a chat channel. Discord is also gaining adoption in other communities, beuond just gaming, as well. Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in web browsers.   Discord
  • CourseSites by Blackboard -   CourseSites by Blackboard is a free course management system (CMS) that is very similar to the institutional Blackboard commonly found in universities. Individual teachers can have up to five active CourseSites at any time. Teachers create an account with CourseSites and then build a course. CourseSites also has an ePortfolio platform as part of the LMS. The ePortfolio tool is an add-on to the standard package that a campus may have. If your institution uses Blackboard or another system, you should always choose to use your university's system.   CourseSites by Blackboard
  • FreeConferenceCalling - Free Conference Calling does not charge for its conference call service, it's free to use for conference calling anytime. All participants in the conference call dial a toll number, not a toll-free 1-800 number. Any costs incurred are based solely on the caller's long-distance plan with their provider. You can have up to 1,000 callers in a single conference call with up to 25 callers able to speak at any given time. This tool is an alternative for a video web conference when computer technology availability might be questionable.   FreeConferenceCalling
  • New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help – LinkedIn free training resources - Almost overnight, remote work has become mainstream. Companies around the world are encouraging their employees to work from home to prioritize the health and safety of their workforce and communities amid coronavirus. Working through this rapid change can be hard and we’re moving quickly to help members get information they can trust, stay connected to their community and learn how to be more productive and successful in their jobs.   New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help - LinkedIn free training resources
  • WebEx - Cisco Webex is a web conference tool that enables fully interactive video and audio connections with people locally and around the world. WebEx provides web conferencing and desktop sharing through a web browser. Share whatever you're viewing on your computer with everyone in the meeting. A WebEx account isn't needed to connect to an established meeting. Collaborate in real-time using whiteboarding, note-taking, and annotation tools. WebEx also allows the option for participants to connect to a meeting using a phone. This is helpful when the person does not have access to a computer, if their computer does not have a microphone, to just to get better quality audio on low bandwidth connections.   WebEx   Keywords: webconferencing
  • Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME) - The Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME) is a web-based program designed for use in higher education to promote SMARTER Teamwork prepares students to function effectively in teams and supports faculty as they manage their students' group and team experiences. As an instructor, CATME can help you to: Gather information from students and provide feedback to students. Understand their student teams’ processes, team-members’ contributions, and students’ perspectives on their experience. Be aware of problems occurring in their students’ teams. Hold students accountable for contributing to their teams. Use best practices when managing student team experiences. Note: Creating a CATME account and testing the system is free for all users. Otherwise, there is a licensing fee for using this service. Instructors can create and modify surveys for free using CATME's Student Test Files.    Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME)
  • What is a Cognitive Tool for Learning? - The idea of a cognitive tool or 'mind tool' was popularized in the 1990s by David Jonassen. It explains that not all educational technologies are beneficial for learning. According to this concept, only educational technologies that help us learn more deeply than before are beneficial. Definition We usually think of an educational technology as a cognitive tool if it supports higher-order cognition. It is contrasted to an educational technology that does not do anything to support higher-order cognition. Examples For example, a calculator might take the full cognitive load of a multiplication task from a student, thereby not supporting cognition but rather making us 'think less'. By contrast, a spreadsheet or mind map may be a tool that helps us think more deeply about a topic. It will help us sort and organize our thoughts so that we can develop theories and deeper understandings ...
  • Telegram - "Telegram is a messaging program with a focus on speed and security, it's super-fast, simple and totally free. It's possible to utilize Telegram on all of your devices at precisely the exact same time -- your own messages sync effortlessly across any range of your phones, tablets or tablets. It's possible to utilize Telegram on smartphones, tablets, and tablets. We've got programs for iOS (6 and over), Android (4.1 and up) along with Windows Phone. You might even utilize Telegram's web version or install one of the desktop programs such as Windows, OSX, and Linux." -- from Quora   Telegram
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Freedcamp - Freedcamp is freemium project management software for an unrestricted number of projects and users. The company endeavors to deliver an agile experience free of charge to customers worldwide. It’s worth noting that Freedcamp provides all additional features at no cost to teachers and students. Created to accompany Agile methodologies in the software development process, Freedcamp also serves to cover organizational needs in any field and occupation. With a friendly, intuitive and clear interface design it can be used individually and in teams, via web, mobile and desktop. It has a great variety of modules and functionalities that are offered under a free subscription, with the possibility of accessing paid plans in which advanced functionalities are offered. It allows to create projects and track progress and comments in 2 visualization modes: to-do list or sticky notes. Some of the main functionalities in their free mode are: ...
  • WeVu - WeVu, cloud software developed from the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) at UBC-Vancouver, focusses on hands-on skills learning where students self-record video using a camera or their phones and instructors provide time-stamped feedback and assessment. Users include health professions, business communication, trades education, and performing arts. WeVu also accommodates the collaborative annotation of audio, images, and PDF. Media files can be uploaded into the software or can be imported from YouTube, Dropbox, or other servers. WeVu also provides user activity logs, allowing .csv download of user activity and time-stamped and general comments. A free version of WeVu is available, limited to 1 site per site owner (unlimited site members) and with videos stored externally on YouTube or Dropbox.   WeVu  
  • Miro - Miro is a free team collaboration application. It has several pre-built templates that are available in the free platform, including brainstorming, quizzes, mind maps and whiteboards. Miro   Keywords: concept maps
  • Seesaw - It is an app and website that offers instructors different assessment methods of students and ways to create interactive lessons for students.  Like other websites that allow for portfolios, students can create their own portfolios while allowing for communication between students, parents, and teachers.  Students can use online tools to demonstrate their creativity and learning.   Seesaw   Keywords: ePortfolio
  • Trello - Trello is an online tool for managing professional projects and personal tasks. Use Trello boards, lists, and cards to organize and prioritize projects and to-do lists. This task management app gives you a visual overview of what is being worked on and who is working on it. Trello is a web-based Kanban-style list-making application, useful in managing and maintaining task using different columns and move the task in between them. Columns are further divided into the to-do, in progress, done, and pending tasks. This tool can be used for personal and business purposes including project management, software project management, school bulletin boards, lesson planning, accounting, web design, gaming, and law office case management. This tool is very useful in the project management settings and since it is an interactive easy to use for the team to be efficiently used in the team environment.   Trello   Keywords: ...
  • Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) - With academic researchers as the target audience in mind, Directory of Open Access (DOAR) is a platform that conveys the true meaning of open access for full-text resources. It strives to enhance the access of resources so much to not include any site with limited access or sites that contain only metadata records. OpenDOAR is a quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.   Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Project Noah | Networked Organisms And Habitats - Project Noah is "a global citizen science platform to discover, share, and identify wildlife. It is a software tool that that nature lovers can use to explore and document local wildlife and share with others. It also provides a common technology platform for research groups, teachers and students interested in wildlife.   Project Noah | Networked Organisms And Habitats   Keywords: Wildlife    
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - With the ever rising cost of education, the textbook price is also rising. The open educational resources model has surfaced as a response to this problem and to meet the increasing demand of high-quality learning materials. Open textbooks can be offered by commercial publishers or found in open repositories. Open resources can promote active learning through student interaction with the text, particularly when they contribute to authorship. Although open textbooks face questions about the accuracy and reliability of their content, they allow higher education instructors to design content for their courses on an as-needed basis, choosing from an array of books, articles, videos, audio recordings, and readings. This EDUCAUSE resource provides concise information about OERs. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and ...
  • Versal - Versal is a 'daily learning platform' with a holistic approach with educators as the target audience, Versal provides an online space for easy presentation of lecture materials with integrated interactive assignments. Versal makes online learning simple enough for anyone to deploy. Blend classroom lectures with interactive assignments, make distance learning more effective,   Versal
  • Ten Tips for Hosting a Web Meeting - This short article from Faculty Focus shares 10 tips for hosting web meetings. Web meetings allow participants to meet online to collaborate and share information. This article is published through the Faculty Focus website, but the tips provided are very relevant to any web meeting. Ten Tips for Hosting a Web Meeting   Keywords: Collaboration, webconference, video-conference
  • WiseMapping - WiseMapping is a web-based mind mapping tool. This tool allows users to create mind maps, share it on a web page, blog, and in social media posts. WiseMapping Keywords: Mindmap, concept map
  • Flippity - Flippity is a series of web apps that can easily turn a Google Spreadsheet into a set of online Flashcards or Quiz Show. There are cards for helping a teacher create random groups, or mix and match activities. Students accomplishments can be tracked using the Badge Tracker and the Certificate Quiz. There is even a Spelling Words that can read the word to you. Other tools include a Timeline, Random Name Picker, Scavenger Hunt, Word Search, Crossword Puzzle, Mad Libs and more. An option is also available to use Flippity without connecting to a Google Sheet.   Flippity
  • Equity Maps - Equity Maps is an iPad app to trace and assess interaction, performance, and involvement in class or group discussions. Chart & record the interactions to graphically illustrate levels of participation. Use in class discussions to encourage equitable dialogue, promote wider collaboration. Questions this app can help you address include: Is everyone sharing air-time? Is someone with many ideas a little too quiet? Is there someone who can't keep quiet? Is the teacher doing most of the talking?   Equity Maps   Keywords: diversity, inclusion, gender equity
  • YoTeach - This anonymous backchannel/chatroom allows text, drawing, photo uploads, and annotating functionality. Easy to use and no login is required. It is advertised as an alternative to TodaysMeet, a popular backchannel tool that is no longer available.   YoTeach   Keywords: chat, backchannel
  • Answer Garden - A tool that can be used for real-time classroom brainstorming or online homework. Can be used in the classroom, for professional development, creativity and more. Results can be displayed in a visual Wordcloud format with the most often used responses showing in relatively larger text-size. AnswerGarden   Keywords: response, polling, wordcloud, audience response, classroom response
  • VideoAnt - VideoAnt is a web-based video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices. Use VideoAnt to add annotations, or comments, to web-hosted videos. VideoAnt-annotated videos are called “Ants”. VideoAnt   Keywords: peer review, video annotation
  • Freshdesk Help Desk Software - A cloud-based help desk software which helps build relationships with their customers. Freshdesk is an intuitive, easy-to-use helpdesk software that enables efficient businesses processes for better customer experiences. Although a help desk system may fall slightly outside the realm of EmTechMOOC scope, there may be times where a free version of a help desk system could be useful for personal and educational uses.   Freshdesk   Keywords: business
  • LinkedR - Linkreducation is an associated platform in which you find, build, and manage educational & pedagogical collaborations. On this platform, you can add a class, invite students, find a collaborative partner, let students share with a larger group,  explore and assign them work, and the opportunity to exchange and to get feedback. The options are wide open.   Linkreducation
  • RealtimeBoard - A simple whiteboard platform for cross-functional team collaboration. Data, images, spreadsheets, tasks, graphics, videos and more. The Realtime Board combines all of these parts in one place to allow teams or the entire organization to collaborate with each other. There are plenty of collaboration possibilities. Agile & Lean, Action plan, Strategy & Management, Kanban board, Meeting organizer, User story mapping, Gantt chart, Milestone chart, Retrospective, Product Management, Business model canvas, Persona, Product backlog, Six thinking hats, Random words, Empathy map, Timeline, Mindmap, UX & Design, Sitemap, Affinity diagram, Ideation, Wireframing, Lean UX. The image below visually shows just a few of the examples of how this tool can help to visually organize your ideas and processes. RealtimeBoard    Keywords: whiteboard
  • Edmodo - Edmodo is a controlled social media platform for teachers, students, and parents. It allows teachers to assign and grade homework on their mobile devices, students to connect with educators and classmates, and parents to stay up-to-date on what their kids are doing at school. Millions of learners around the world use Edmodo to find the resources they need and connect with educators. Use Edmodo to unite all the tools you already love and ensure your students have access to everything they need for learning. Create a safe space for discussion Edmodo lets you give a voice to shy or anxious students who would go unheard in traditional classrooms. Students are instantly familiar with Edmodo's interface and can communicate more easily with each other and with you. Edmodo   Keywords: Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Nozbe - Get things done. Personal scheduling and collaboration with peers. Busy people and effective teams get tasks and projects done thanks to Nozbe system and apps for the Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iPad and iPhone. Nozbe has been helping hundreds of thousands of busy professionals and organizations large and small get more done for the last 10 years. Thanks to our intuitive apps you’ll easily become a productivity ninja. You’ll learn how to deal with your incoming tasks, prioritize them, manage them within projects and get them done quickly and effectively. You’ll get easily organized with Nozbe’s famously easy-to-use web interface which works on any screen size! But it gets even better! You’ll be able to get things done anywhere, anyhow and anytime with a free accompanying Nozbe app for your computer, smartphone or tablet: Web, Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iPad ...
  • Gliffy - Gliffy is a collaborative web-based diagram editor that can be used to create mind maps and other visual organizations of information such as; flow charts, org charts, schematic drawings, floor plans, technical drawings, concept maps, and more.   Gliffy   Keywords: Collaboration, Productivity Tools, Visual Design
  • Knovio - Knovio is a web-based application that can record web camera video and attach that video to presentation slides from Microsoft PowerPoint or image files. Overall it's a great way to get “virtual lectures” created in a quick and efficient manner. Educators: Deliver highly interactive, video-led teaching experiences with video presentations. It's the fast and easy way to share lectures and research insights, teaching notes and classroom instructions. Quickly measure learning outcomes with a 360° view of student engagement and activity. and have students record their own video presentations. Students: Add your personality and passion to your next assignment using video, audio narration and interactive features. Record your assignments and share them with team members and professors. Rehearse and review your big presentations and create unique multimedia experiences for job applications and internships.   Knovio   Keywords: Media, Presentations, Quiz Recording, Screencast, Video
  • OverLeaf - Overleaf is an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool that makes the whole process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents much quicker and easier. Real-time collaboration in your browser: The convenience of an easy-to-use WYSIWYG manuscript editor, with real-time collaboration and structured, fully typeset output produced automatically in the background as you type. Prefer to edit directly in LaTeX? Overleaf provides a full collaborative online LaTeX editor you can switch to at any time.   Overleaf   Keywords: Collaboration, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing
  • Med-Tech Innovation News - This website is the UK and Ireland leading publication for medical design and manufacturing technology and innovation. Their expert editorial team brings together daily news, technical content, analysis, case studies and high-profile interviews with industry experts and thought leaders. Med-Tech Innovation News provides intelligence for professionals involved in the design and production of Class I, II & III medical engineering and manufacturing community with the latest innovations in technology, materials, processes, digital health, and R&D.   Med-Tech Innovation News   Keywords: Blogs, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Resource Library  
  • Hootsuite - Hootsuite is a social media management tool that allows users to schedule social media post, follow and engage in conversations and review social media campaign analytics.  It supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.   Hootsuite   Hootsuite Quick Start Guide The Beginner’s Guide to Hootsuite 7 Reasons Why You SHOULD Use Hootsuite   Keywords: Collaboration, Social Media
  • SLACK - Team collaboration and communication. Some of the built-in features of Slack include messaging, file sharing, Project management, to-do lists, and more. The features of Slack are extendible through integrations and bots, which add the functionality of pulling reports, starting phone calls, filing tickets, calendaring, polling, and many advanced other options.   Slack   Keywords: Collaboration, Productivity Tools, audience response, classroom response
  • FlipGrid - Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that allows students to record responses to teacher-posed questions or topics. This software was recently acquired by Microsoft and it has recently been changed to be a freely available tool. FlipGripd is similar to the popular VoiceThread.   Flipgrid   Check out 15 Ways to Flipgrid in Higher Ed This article, The Power Of Voice – Reflective Collaboration, talks about how to manage the limitations of the free version of FlipGrid. Keywords: Collaboration
  • Business Balls – Free Online Learning and Development Website - Business Balls is a free ethical learning and development resource for people and organizations. It is one of the most mind-boggling collections of free management training materials that you'll find on the Internet. New features include badges, learning plans linked to accredited competency frameworks, wikis (for collaborative content development), fresh content from international thought leaders and academics, and dynamic quizzes (to complement Quizballs.com). The concept began last century as an experimental online collection of learning and development ideas. The website is now used by about a million people each month. The philosophy of the website is intended to be ethical, practical, innovative, compassionate and enjoyable.   BusinessBalls   Make sure to also visit the Self-awareness Section   Below is an example of Critical Thinking Types according to "Howard Gardner - Theory of Learning that called 'Multiple Intelligence Theory' in the learning process to perceive information".    Keywords: Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, ...
  • Geocaching – The Largest Treasure Hunt Game - Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil. The geocacher signs the log with their established code name and dates it, in order to prove that they found the cache. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets, usually of more sentimental worth than financial. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, waymarking, and Munzee. Geocaches For the traditional geocache, a geocacher will place a waterproof container containing a log book ...
  • OpenSimulator – Design your own Virtual Reality space for education, meetings, or games - The open source movement allowed complex avatar-based, game-engine software to become available free of charge using OpenSimulator.  Contributions from artists and designers now makes pre-developed virtual artifacts and design spaces available to educators, meeting planners, and game designers; easy modifications and adjustments allow for custom virtual environments for an infinity of purposes. Server rental companies, such as Kitely, are now making it possible to have up to 40 avatars at any time on up to 4 virtual islands for $20 per month; and, you can put a virtual island on your own institutional server (for free, sort-of).  This link brings you to a theory-and-practice based resource on outlines education uses and possibilities with these environments that have been used by its author for over 10 years in her own teaching. Here's a student during the creative learning/practice stage in a course where she ...
  • PBWorks - PBWorks offers a variety of collaboration tools including free wikis for education. Editing and formatting of the wiki is very easy and needs only minimal instruction. Students can collaborate on projects outside of the classroom. Student accounts can be created without email addresses. Educators can get automated notifications to see when and how often students access their wiki page. Wikis can also be used to store, discuss, search and share wiki pages, files, and documents.   PBWorks   Keywords: Collaboration, Websites, Wikis
  • Glogster - Glogster is a cloud-based (SaaS) platform for presentation and interactive learning. It allows users to mix all kinds of media on a virtual canvas to create multimedia posters, and access a library of engaging educational content created by students and educators worldwide. Glogster encourages interactive, collaborative education and digital literacy. Note that there are a number of limitations when using the free version of Glogster.   Glogster   Keywords: Media
  • OneDrive - OneDrive is a file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage and then access them from a web browser or their local device.   OneDrive   OneDrive Help Center   Keywords: Collaboration, File Management, Productivity Tools
  • Producteev - Producteev is a powerful web-based task management program that allows you to easily assign tasks to other team members, as well as hold them accountable. Project managers will find it easy to plan their projects, map their route, and organize files and categorize various elements.   Producteev   Producteev Review and Tutorial Keywords: Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Websites  
  • ShareLaTeX - ShareLaTeX is an online LaTeX editor which allows for real-time collaboration and online compiling of projects to PDF format. Unlike the similar service writeLaTeX, ShareLaTeX requires registration and all projects are inherently private.   ShareLaTeX   Beginner's Tutorial for ShareLaTeX   Keywords: Collaboration, Publishing, Websites
  • TED Talk: Creative collaboration — a 21st century imperative - "Paul Roe plays the clarinet and has particular musical interests in performance, coaching, research, education and participative music making. Paul's talk is entitled Creative Collaboration -- A 21st Century Imperative. His talk begins with a short performance. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event."   TEDTalk - Creative collaboration -- a 21st century imperative: Paul Roe at TEDx Fulbright Dublin   Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning
  • WhatsApp - This app is a cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service that can be used to send text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media.   WhatsApp Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Video  
  • Pocket - Pocket was developed to help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It is free and available for major devices and platforms including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, Kobo, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Windows. It is integrated into current versions of Firefox and there are browser extensions for other browsers such as Chrome. One of its more unique features is that it gives you a clean look at the documents you save minus the advertisements and other extras. That makes it easier to print and share.   Pocket   A Review of Pocket Chrome Browser Extension & Android App Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Resource Library  
  • Google Docs Voice Typing - In Google Docs you can type with your voice instead of your fingers by using the Voice Typing tool, turning voice into written word. In addition to straight dictation, this tool enables you to edit a document. Some examples include highlighting text, inserting a link, deleting words, changing text layout, or adding comments.   Google Docs - Type with your voice   How to use Google Docs Dictation   Keywords: Audio, Blogs, Digital Literacy, Mobile Apps, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Wikis  
  • Facebook - Facebook is a well-known and free to use social networking platform. Utilizing Facebook can help you connect, share and market to people. User groups based on common interests, workplace, and more can provide you new methods to communicate. Now very often seen in news media, Facebook and other social media platforms are commonly used to give voice to social issues, customize marketing on an individual level, and further the spread of both news and fake news.   Facebook   Facebook tutorial - This tutorial will walk you through the set-up process, available features through the privacy settings and controls, essential to any social media platform. Branding in the age of social media - Learn more about branding yourself via social media from this Harvard Business Review article.   Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, Media, Social Media
  • Zotero - Zotero is far easier to learn and navigate than Endnote. Zotero is citation management software is available as a stand-alone desktop application and right in the browser as an add-in for Firefox. Since most searches are performed with a browser Zotero provides a seamless way to manage your citations. Zotero is most suited to organize scholarly literature such as book and articles. You can also add PDFs, images, audio and video files. Zotero allows you to organize, tag, highlight and make comments and notes on articles. Zotero allows you to create workgroups and share resources online, either with a private group or publicly.   Zotero   Zotero Quick Start Guide - A quick help guide to the Zotero interface.   Keywords: Collaboration, Resource Library, Searching
  • Diigo - Diigo is the tagging and social bookmarking site. Registered Diigo users can bookmark, tag and highlight webpages with the key feature of adding annotations. For collaborative projects, you can share those annotations with a group or create a share link to send to outside users. The social tagging feature has created a collection of quality content with the opportunity to find and connect with those with shared interests in the field.   Diigo   Watch this video about using Diigo to collect, highlight and select. (3 min. 36 sec.)  Diigo - Tour - Annotate Archive Organize - This page summarizes how Diigo works and some of the highlights of the tool. Using Diigo to Annotate, Archive, & Organize Student Learning with Diigo Apply for a Diigo Educator Upgrade to request a special premium account provided specifically to educators. Note: To get quick access to your Diigo libraries and be able to ...
  • Skype - Skype is a well-known standard in video-calling. Skype provides video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, and mobile devices via the Internet. Premium subscriptions or Skype credit also allows calls to be placed to regular telephones Skype for Business is a subscription service that many schools and organizations subscribe to at an enterprise level. Skype for Business provides a number of additional features such as increased number of people joining online meetings, improved security as well as integration into Office programs. If an organization subscribes to Skype for Business internal technical support may be available.   Skype   Skype for Business Skype for Business on Windows Quick Start - This Microsoft support page will help you get started using this tool. Lync - Lync is the complimentary software of Skype for Business for the Macintosh platform.   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Screencast, Video, Online Group Meeting
  • Fuze – Web Conferencing - Fuze is a web conferencing platform that supports up to 25 participants in a single meeting without charge. Fuze   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Screencast, Video
  • Zoom - Zoom is a video conferencing and web conferencing service that provides video, phone, and chat services. The basic package is free and hosts up to 100 participants, and an unlimited number of meetings. The basic package includes video conferencing, web conferencing, group collaboration features such as polling and whiteboards, and security. ZOOM has been noted to be more reliable and easier to use than competing software. The use of the platform is free for video conferences of up to 100 participants, with a 40-minute time limit. For longer or larger conferences with more features, paid subscriptions are available. Features geared towards business conferences, such as Zoom Rooms for large audiences, are also available at higher subscription costs.   Zoom   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Recording, Screencast, Video, Webinar
  • AnyMeeting - AnyMeeting offers webconferencing and webinar services. It enables users to host and attend web-based conferences and meetings and share their desktop screen with remote users via the Web. AnyMeeting is geared for small business and different packages are offered. There is a free Lite version.   AnyMeeting   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps, Screencast, Video
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Blackboard Collaborate is a browser-based web conferencing platform with a wide range of features. File sharing, breakout rooms, and attendance reports are just a few of the features that will streamline online meetings and lectures. The recently redesigned solution delivers a level of engagement that makes learners feel like they’re together in the same room via collaboration and conference tools. Today’s new ways to engage and collaborate are prevalent. Virtual classrooms and online professional development allow opportunities to meet colleagues where they are. Inspire and engage with this easy to use online collaborative solution.   Blackboard Collaborate   Blackboard Collaborate Help - The official help site can answer many of your questions during setup and use of the platform. Note: Blackboard Collaborate is proprietary software that is licensed by many educational institutions. It is not free. However, because of the popularity of the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS), ...
  • VoiceThread - A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in multiple ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. The free version allows you to create up to 5 VoiceThreads, comment by microphone and text, and share your VoiceThreads via a share link.   VoiceThread   Creating a VoiceThread - This guide from VoiceThread will walk you through setting up and all the features available. Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Media, Recording, Video  
  • Google Meet - Google Meet is a web conferencing platform that includes instant messaging, voice, and video calls. It is useful for individual and group conversations. Technology that connects us while we're apart and video meetings can bring us together—whether we’re working with teammates, talking to healthcare professionals, sharing with loved ones, or learning from home. Note: Google Meet has replaced Google Hangouts within G Suite.   Google Meet   Review of Google Hangouts - This review discusses the pros and cons of Google Hangouts, features, and tips for getting started.   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps, Video, Webconference, Web meeting
  • Padlet - Padlet is an online virtual bulletin board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. Padlet allows users to create a hidden wall with a custom URL. Padlet creators can also moderate posts, remove posts, and manage their board.   Padlet   30 Creative Ways to Use Padlets for Teachers and Students - An article that discusses the many uses of Padlet as well as how to create one. Padlet - Best of Education - A collection of the "best" Padlets within the realm of education.   Keywords: Collaboration, Presentations
  • Zoho Wiki - Zoho Wiki is a free online tool to create collaborative web portals. No downloads, no installation, no special IT infrastructure, no need for IT experts, no webmasters. You can access your wiki anywhere, anytime.   Zoho Wiki   FAQ and Help Page for Zoho Wiki - This is the ZohoWiki help and FAQ page.   Keywords: Collaboration, ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites, Wikis

Digital Literacy/Fluency

  • Microsoft Digital Literacy Course - Learn how to effectively use devices, software, and the internet to collaborate with others and discover, use, and create information. The Microsoft Digital Literacy course is for anyone with basic reading skills who want to learn the fundamentals of using digital technologies. The course is at a reading level like that of most newspapers around the world. Learners who complete the course will understand basic computing concepts and skills. After completing each module, learners will receive a Digital Literacy Certificate of Completion that they can download and save. Microsoft Digital Literacy Course
  • Wikipedia List of Fact-checking Websites - In this age of misinformation, the internet and mass movement of data on the internet and plethora of data has made is more difficult to know what is true and what is not. People nowadays are looking for instant gratification and quick response and reaction. Fact-checking has become an extremely viable tool.   List of fact-checking websites
  • Edureka - Edureka is an online training provider that helps professionals learn trending technologies for career growth. Learn top trending courses like Big Data, Hadoop, RPA, Cloud, DevOps & More. Expert Educators. Flexible Batch Timings. 24/7 Lifetime Support. Instructor-led Classes. No Cost EMI Option. Edureka - E-Learning Platform
  • Virtual Worlds best Practices in Education - Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is a global grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by the Second Life community to provide an opportunity to showcase the learning that takes place using virtual worlds. Everyone is encouraged to present, attend, and take part in this discussion of collaborative deeper learning and co-presence in virtual worlds and games. The organization holds a virtual conference every year and the VWBPE site has recordings of many of the sessions and access to the prior conference proceedings.   Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education  
  • PowerNotes - The PowerNotes Chrome extension eliminates the need to copy and paste or employ other poor processes to capture content. PowerNotes users just highlight material they find useful, include an annotation if appropriate, and then categorize the highlight into a topic of their choosing. PowerNotes is designed to unify the steps of reading, gathering, saving, annotating, organizing, outlining, tracking, and citing research into a single, efficient workflow that feeds directly into the writing process.   PowerNotes   Tutorial Video Resources for Using PowerNotes with Assignments
  • Testmoz - Testmoz is a tool for creating online tests. It is easy to use and has a free version. You can create a test without logging in. The paid version gives you the opportunity to create a bank of items from which to automatically generated individual tests for each student.   Testmoz Testmoz Introduction Video  
  • Laravel - Laravel is a web application development and rapid prototyping tool that uses PHP to create applications while supporting most of the popular tools for database management and front end scripting. The tool's website states "Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. We’ve already laid the foundation - freeing you to create without sweating the small things." Laravel also has a large community of volunteers that help someone start out with learning the basics all the way up to experts that need problem-solving. It's a great tool for beginners to learn about programming. Laravel
  • Joplin - Joplin is a free, open-source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organized into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged, and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format. The notes can be synchronized with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV, or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronizing the notes, notebooks, tags, and other metadata are saved to plain text files that can be easily inspected, backed up, and moved around. The application is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS (the terminal app also works on FreeBSD). Joplin App
  • Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies - The 2020 Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies from the EDUCAUSE research library contains 226 free technologies arranged into 40 types and 15 clusters that educators can use to promote more productive and interactive learning. Brief descriptions, example tools and pedagogical uses are provided for each category. This Typology has been developed by Matt Bower and Jodie Torrington from the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University, Australia.   2020 Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies 
  • Hoax or Fact - Hoax or Fact is an attempt to spread knowledge and wisdom. To bring out the truths and facts behind all kinds of online rumors and hoax messages. The people, at Hoax or Fact, research, and analysis of various online issues in-depth, so as to put a check on all kinds of online spammers, thus preventing their unfair motives. They thrive to encourage healthy wisdom. Their main goal is to educate Internet users by exposing all kinds of scams, viruses, deceptions, misconceptions, misbeliefs, and unfair hoaxes and rumors. This way, they educate, alert, and save the internet users from unwanted dangers and frauds online. They also provide necessary safety measures and tips to avoid any kind of damage from these online hoax messages.   Hoax or Fact
  • Bitly - Bitly is a link management and URL shortening tool. It can help track how many clicks the shortened link receives, what geographic location the clicks are coming from, and automatically generates QR codes for your Bitly links. In addition, Bitly allows you to track engagement metrics, giving you a clearer picture of how well your content is performing.   Bitly      
  • Google Classroom - A classroom is a place where the knowledge transfer takes place. Usually a one-to-many interaction takes place in a classroom and different assessment tools are used at the end of every topic to evaluate the understanding levels of the students. All these activities which are carried out for centuries inside the physical classrooms are now available with more features and flexibility included in the Google Classroom. Google Classroom makes teaching more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and fostering communication. Educators can create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Classroom also seamlessly integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive.   Google Classrooms
  • Seeing Isn’t Believing: The Fact Checker’s guide to manipulated video - The Fact Checker's guide to manipulated video is a multimedia module created by Nadine Ajaka, Glenn Kessler, and Elyse Samuels.of the Washington Post. The guide explains the three most common types of manipulated video (missing content, deceptive editing, malicious transformation) and two sub-types of each type. Examples of each type are provided, and at the end of the guide is a form readers can use to tell the authors about videos they believe have been manipulated. Videos in the presentation play without sound, which is helpful for viewing the guide in public and for people with hearing impairments. It is unclear when the guide was first published, but at the time of viewing (April 2020) video examples seemed to be mainly from 2018-2019.  The manipulated videos were usually about political figures, or ideas politicians were trying to promote. The guide may be ...
  • NPTEL – A Centre of MOOCs - National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project of MHRD initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003, to provide quality education to anyone interested in learning from the IITs. The main goal was to create web and video courses in all major branches of engineering and physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level. It is cited as the largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects and is the most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world. Online courses are available on topics relevant to students in all years of higher education along with basic core courses in sciences and ...
  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy is an American non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. All resources are available for free to users of the website and app. Teachers can post their relevant subject quiz to their customized students with the class creating feature enabled as in Google Classroom.    Khan Academy
  • SMORE - Create newsletters, or electronic flyers in seconds for free. Easy-to-use and engaging. Collaborate with your audience even add text, images, video or clickable buttons. Colorful backgrounds and choice of font styles. Professional look achieved quickly. SMORE generates a clickable link that remains with your design. If you need to edit, just re-publish to update. Tool also provides analytics such as how many times your newsletter or flyer were viewed.   SMORE    
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • PechaKucha - PechaKucha 20x20 is an alternative way to present information which was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo in 2003. It is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.   PechaKucha   Keywords: presentations
  • Sounds: The Pronunciation App - This app helps you with English pronunciation by providing a chart with sounds of each letter, practice quiz and practice test on typing it out and saying the English language the right way. You also can learn about vowels and consonants.   Sounds: The Pronunciation App       
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Digital Literacies – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - The concept of digital literacy encompasses a range of skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate, use, and create digital information in various forms. Digital literacies include data literacy, information literacy, visual literacy, media literacy, and metaliteracy, as well as related capacities for assessing social and ethical issues in our digital world. Administrators, faculty members, librarians, instructional designers, and others have a pivotal role to play in helping students understand how information is shaped and shared today across the digital landscape. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   7 Things You Should Know About ...
  • Paywall: The Business of Scholarship - This full-length (1 hr.) documentary focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. This film is free to view both in personal and public venues with a CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons license.   Paywall: The Business of Scholarship   Keywords: Creative Commons, Copyright, Open Educational Resource (OER)
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports the creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research posters, and public service announcements.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
  • Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking - In a world of competition and exhilaration, success comes to those who are actively organized. A vital tool to aide students in today's digital era where as much of learning happens online as it does in an in-person classroom is a proper note taking strategy. KQED Inc. describes how digital note taking strategies can enhance students' thinking ability and thus, assist them to achieve success.     Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking     Keywords: organization, note taking, digital notes, efficiency  
  • Screenshot Tools, Tips, and Shortcuts: How to Capture Anything on Your Screen - Screenshots are a simple way to show what displays on your screen. Screengrabs can help you point out a bug, save a picture on Facebook to your camera roll, or demonstrate anything you see on your screen. All operating systems comes equipped with a screenshot tool. Use this guide to help you take screenshots.   Screenshot Tools, Tips, and Shortcuts: How to Capture Anything on Your Screen: The Best Screenshot Apps and Shortcuts   Keywords: screengrab, screenshot
  • Internet Safety – GCFLearnFree.org - This site shares a number of Google search strategies and tips created by the Goodwill Community Foundation (GFC) Global to get you started on your quest to find new things to learn about.  This link connects you with a brief tutorial on searching better with Google. Exploring the site will bring you to multiple resources. For example: Internet safety is the focus @ Internet Safety - GCFLearnFree.org The dashboard presents many topical choices beyond searching @ https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/search-better-2018/ Keywords: digital literacy, lifelong learning
  • Versal - Versal is a 'daily learning platform' with a holistic approach with educators as the target audience, Versal provides an online space for easy presentation of lecture materials with integrated interactive assignments. Versal makes online learning simple enough for anyone to deploy. Blend classroom lectures with interactive assignments, make distance learning more effective,   Versal
  • SOL*R - SOL*R is a repository service provided by BCcampus that allows educators to access free online learning resources. SOL*R includes learning resources from a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. Resources range from open textbooks, individual learning activities, and tools, all the way to full programs.   SOL*R
  • Open Culture - Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It's all free. It's all enriching. But it's also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high-quality content whenever and wherever you want it.   Open Culture 
  • Mason OER Metafinder - The Mason OER Metafinder searches seventeen targets in real-time, instantly returning the top several hundred or so relevant hits from each site. Searches include open textbooks, libraries, museums and organizations from around the world.   Mason OER Metafinder
  • Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) - Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 46 different sources and contains 151,178 records.   Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS)
  • Creative Commons - CreativeCommons.org is the official site for Creative Commons, which is an American non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. The organization has released several copyright-licenses, known as Creative Commons licenses, free of charge to the public. Use the tools found on Creative Commons tools to share your work. Free, easy-to-use copyright licenses offer a simple, standardized way to give your permission to share and use your creative work. Adopt one of the various CC licenses to share your work according to the conditions of your choice. Creative Commons Licenses dictate whether a resource can be revised and remixed, as well as whether or not commercial entities can use it. The two most “open” licenses are CC By and CC BY– SA because they allow for revisions and remixes along ...
  • Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship - Mike Ribble identified Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship that comprise a digital citizen and he explains each on his website. The updated Digital Citizenship definition is "the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use."   Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship   Keywords: Digital literacy, Digital Fluency
  • Populr.me - Populr.me can be used for social media, business, education, or many other uses. Build websites with templates for networking, sales, marketing, etc. Drop in text, video, pictures, embeds.  Upgrade for additional features, or keep it free.  Great for building interactive syllabi, professional profiles, ePortfolios, and other online information.   Populr.me   Keywords: web editing, websites
  • MEMORANG - Memorang is an online tool and app that helps students and teachers alike. Create quizzes and flashcards that can be shared and gamified. Membership is free, additional add-ons at a cost.   Memorang
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • True Key By McAfee - True Key is the easier, safer way to unlock your digital world. It’s an application you can download on all your devices, to remove the hassle of passwords. Get started by logging in to the True Key app using unique factors such as your fingerprint or a device you own. From there, the app works quietly in the background to make your current passwords stronger, remembering them, and instantly logging you in – so you don’t have to. The True Key app offers customizable security so you can log in with one factor for fast access, or combine multiple factors together for added security – you decide. To log in to your favorite sites with True Key, click the site you want to access. True Key automatically fills in your login details to provide access.   True Key   Keyword: security
  • Four Moves & A Habit (infographic) - Michael Caulfield, Washington State University Vancouver, leads the American Association of State Colleges and Universities"s Digital Polarization Initiative ("DigiPo"). The work is framed by his "Four Moves & A Habit" strategy from his OER Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers. Caulfield's work is important, and this infographic of Four Moves & A Habit, provide an exceptional resource for anyone who is trying to teach or practice digital literacy.   Four Moves & A Habit
  • Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) - This open education resource (OER) is designed to assist with reading and writing at the college level. The Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides multimedia support to students preparing for college-level writing, as well as students making the transition out of introductory-level writing courses. The Online Reading Comprehension Lab (ORC) is the, first of its kind, online reading resource, which offers an abundance of support materials designed to help students develop college-level reading skills. The OWL site is OER and CC licensed and hundreds of activities are available that can be directly embedded in your own blog or course site.   Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL)   This 30-minute webinar about the Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) was presented as part of the Open SUNY Fellow Cat series by Dr. Francesco (Frank) Crocco, Director of the Online Writing Lab at Excelsior College, and Dr. Elizabeth Johnston, ...
  • NewsPrism - Newsprism offers links to a wide range of newspapers, commentary, and opinion sites.  The site arranges news and opinion content from Left/Liberal to Center to Right/Conservative enabling readers and researchers to explore differing perspectives, understand arguments from another perspective, and challenge their own ideas.   NewsPrism  
  • SurfSafe - Defend the internet. Bring the world to the Internet without false news. If you see something that is false, report it! Supercharge your browser to catch fake news! SurfSafe is protecting users from misleading, photoshopped, and fake news throughout the Internet. The extension marks the level of safety of an image or article on the corners. Never again will you be misled by photoshopped images scattered throughout the Internet. You can also decide which organizations to base the truth off of. Add the extension to Chrome for free!   SurfSafe
  • Teaching Tolerance - Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use the materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. The program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias. The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. The Social Justice Standards show how anti-bias education works through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice and action.   Teaching Tolerance   Keywords: diversity, global citizenship,
  • Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.   Adobe Education Exchange   After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find: Lesson plans and other learning materials Self-directed workshop Live short courses Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities. https://youtu.be/2FTMCVBRQGc   Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
  • 9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen – using technology appropriately - This webpage from Digital Citizenship, developed by Mike Ribble, shares The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship. They fall into three categories, which are listed below.   Respect Your Self / Respect Others Etiquette Access Law Educate Your Self / Connect with Others Communicate Literacy Commerce Protect Your Self / Protect Others Rights & Responsibilities Safety (Security) Health and Welfare   9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen   Keywords: digital literacy, digital fluency
  • Open Attribution Builder - Open Attribution Builder is a tool to help you build attributions for Open Educational Resources (OER) and other items you find that have Creative Commons licensing. Fill out a form and the app automatically generates an attribution for you. This website is created by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.   Open Attribution Builder   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • FutureLearn: Free Online Courses - FutureLearn is a digital education platform founded in December 2012. The company is wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) learning platform, and as of May 2018 included 143 UK and international partners, including non-university partners. "Whether anyone wants to develop as a professional or discover a new hobby, there's an online course for that."  They can even take their learning further with online Programs and Degrees. Future Learn's courses span a broad range of topics. The first course opened on 14 October 2013 and since then 4,155,568 people have joined and taken part in courses. The first courses to be made available included: "Web science: how the web is changing the world" (University of Southampton), "Introduction to ecosystems" (The Open University), "Improving your image: dental photography in practice" (University of Birmingham), "Causes of war" (King's College London), "The discovery of ...
  • Google – Search Better Tutorial at GCFGlobal - This site shares a number of Google search strategies and tips created by the Goodwill Community Foundation (GFC) Global to get you started on your quest to find new things to learn about. Learn the basics and advanced strategies for searching for info online. Get more out of your Google Search results with this helpful tutorial. Learn about the many hidden features of Google Search in this tutorial.   Google - Search Better Tutorial at GCFGlobal   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Education – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or that have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   7 Things You Should Know About Open ...
  • Creative Commons – CC License Definitions, Search for Materials, & Share Your Work - The links below explain the various levels of permissions and Creative Commons licenses, enable searching for Creative Commons licensed materials, and provide information to those who wish to share their work using Creative Commons licenses.   Creative Commons Website   Creative Commons Licenses Search Creative Commons Materials Share Your Work using Creative Commons Licenses   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Searching
  • Using the Outline Feature in Microsoft Word - The Microsoft Office Word program has and Outline feature that makes it very easy to organize, and reorganize long documents. It allows you to generate an automatic Table of Contents as well.   Microsoft Office Word Outline View   This 5-minute video reviews the ways you can use this feature in your work.   https://youtu.be/swswieog5Os   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Productivity Tools, Publishing
  • Web2Access (Disabilities and Tests) - Web2Access is a resource that aims to help those making decisions about their use of freely available 'Web 2.0' interactive and collaborate e-learning tools. The website provides rankings based on its accessibility.   Web2Access   Web2Access (Disabilities and Tests) - tests the accessibility of Web 2.0 tools based on different disabilities. Using the results, they then rank the tools from most accessible to least accessible based on that specific disability being tested. Keywords: Accessibility, Websites    
  • Creative Commons USA - Creative Commons USA is a chapter of the CC Global Network. This site provides an array of resources that can be used to further your understanding or train others on Creative Commons such as what it is, how to use materials, implementing, etc.   Creative Commons USA   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Video
  • Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers - This electronic book helps readers learn how to fact-check claims made on the Internet on a variety of topics.   Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers   The author, Michael Caulfield, also has a companion blog: Four moves   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Searching
  • The 10 Best Fact Checking Sites - This list of the top 10 sites helps students, or anyone, determine the bias and accuracy of information, which is published by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). This site introduces you to 10 fact-checking sites.   Top 10 sites to help students check their facts   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • ALA Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education which has been published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions. The six concepts that anchor the frames are presented alphabetically: Authority Is Constructed and Contextual Information Creation as a Process Information Has Value Research as Inquiry Scholarship as Conversation Searching as Strategic Exploration ALA Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world? - This article, published by Trudi Jacobson and Tom Mackey in the journal "The Publication," talks about what it means to be a metaliterate person in today's society that is filled with fake news. It also provides strategies to become a critical consumer of information.   How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world Keywords: Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning  
  • Public Records and Factual Research (Harvard Law School Library) - This website maintained by the Harvard Law School Library has numerous resources to find public records consisting of business, property, and personal records. Many of the resources are freely available and some provide more in-depth information for a fee.   Public Records and Factual Research (Harvard Law School Library)   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity
  • What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains? - This video, produced by KarmaTube, discusses the hazards of surfing from page to page on the Internet without taking time to deeply consider what we are interacting with. It brings this point to our attention so that we instead take time to try to focus and contemplate on the information that we do come across.   What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains? (4-min. video)  
  • TinEye Reverse Image Search - Tineye is a reverse image search engine. Upon uploading a saved image a user has, TinEye creates a "unique and compact digital signature or fingerprint" of the image and matches it with other indexed images. It is helpful in finding the original source of an image to provide proper attribution.   TinEye Reverse Image Search   How to Use TinEye   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • LastPass - In this current world of multiple sign-ins, it's difficult to impossible to remember all our passwords. Password managers can be a big help. LastPass remembers all your passwords so you don't have to. Once it's been stored in LastPass, you'll always have it wherever you go. LastPass generates long, randomized passwords that are a barrier to hacking. It goes further to fill in forms and payment details for you once the information is safely stored. It also makes it possible to store digital records and share important information safely.   LastPass   How to use a password manager and why you really should - As the title says, discusses the why and how of keeping passwords safe. Provides links to several informative articles as well as two other password manaagers. (Note: I'm not sure why they don't mention KeyPass - another popular password manager.)   Keywords: ...
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - This concise and well-organized document by Educause explains Creative Commons and its relationship to copyright. Creative Commons allows copyright owners to release some of those rights while retaining others, with the goal of increasing access to and sharing of intellectual property. It further discusses who's using it and how; and the implications for teaching and learning. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons   What we do - What is Creative Commons? - Information about how Creative Commons works, its programs, platforms, and ...
  • Google Search Advanced Feature - Google can be helpful in finding reusable resources. It explains how to use their advanced search features and explains various types of usage rights.   Google Search Advanced Feature   Google Guide making searching even easier - More information about how to use this tool - with examples.   Keywords: Audio, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images Searching
  • Lifelong Learning and Technology Article - This article looks at the interest in lifelong learning among adults. It reports on a Pew Research Center survey on the topic showing considerable interest amount the American public. The Internet is instrumental in meeting this interest, but the use of it varies inversely with levels of education and income.   Lifelong Learning and Technology   Lifelong Learning and Technology by John Horrigan - A podcast on the topic by John Horrigan, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center who just released the report.   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • TED Talks: lifelong learning playlist - TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). This playlist is of 5 TED Talks related to lifelong learning. Titles include "The Nerd's Guide to Learning Everything Online"; The Life-long Learner"; "What We're Learning from Online Education"; "On Being Wrong"; "What Adults Can Learn from Kids."   TED Talks: The love of lifelong learning   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • Intellectual Property: Part I Video - This entertaining video explaining intellectual property rights and discussing how you can share and protect your rights simultaneously is created the State University of New York Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative.   Intellectual Property: Part I Video (3 min. video)   What is Intellectual Property? - A definition and resources from the World Intellectual Property Organization   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Four Reasons to Care About Your Digital Footprint - This enlightening 8-minute video demonstrates the lesser-known issues that can arise from our trips around the Internet. It discusses how extensively our online views are tracked and shows how this information is of commercial value to various entities, how little control we have over who gets access, the possibility of identity theft, and the potential impact on our reputations.   Four Reasons to Care About Your Digital Footprint   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy
  • 11 Myths of Digital Literacy, Debunked - Designed primarily for educators but relevant for students as well, "11 Digital Literacy Myths, Debunked" provides a definition of "digital literacy." The authors then explore why being digitally literate matters, focusing particularly on common misconceptions.   11 Myths of Digital Literacy, Debunked   Keywords: Digital Literacy
  • Ten Basic Rules of Netiquette or Internet Etiquette - The rules of etiquette are just as important in cyberspace as they are in the real world -- and the evidence of poor netiquette can stick around to haunt you for much longer. Following these basic rules of netiquette, to avoid damaging your online and offline relationships.   Ten Basic Rules of Netiquette or Internet Etiquette   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy
  • Google Alerts - You can get emails when new results for a topic show up in Google Search. For example, you can get info about news, products, or mentions of your name. This Google support page below provides clear instructions.   Google Alerts   Five Creative Uses for Google Alerts - Discussion of the power of Google Alerts and five specific ways it can be useful.   Keywords: Lifelong Learning

ePortfolio

  • Crevado - One of the easiest free portfolio websites, Crevado lets you use a simple drag-and-drop tool to upload your projects and rearrange on the screen for true ease-of-use. The site is also automatically optimized for any device, so your portfolio can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet as well as a desktop. Best of all, you can customize your design to suit your preferences without writing any code.   Crevado  
  • Jimdo - Jimdo provides two products including the standard editor, Jimdo Creator, and Jimdo Dolphin which falls under a new category of website builder systems. These two products live side by side: Jimdo Creator enables building a website from scratch or running your blog or online store, and Jimdo Dolphin is used to get a beautiful website that's ready to go in just a few minutes.   Jimdo
  • Scalar - Scalar is a free, open-source publishing platform geared toward long-form scholarship with embedded multimedia. It also provides the capability for multimedia tagging and annotation, as well as for interacting with stories in a nonlinear way through different path structures. Scalar allows for the easy creation of a website using a book-type format. It was created by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture at the University of Southern California.   Scalar    
  • Loomies - The Loomie App allows you to create and style your own customized avatar and stickers that can be used on various online platforms. First, you use a selfie to create your Loomie. You can choose among different accessories to make your Loomie. The shape and form of your Loomie can be customized using the built-in editing system of the Loomie app. After you save your avatar to your Loom Account, you can use it across different apps and integrations, such as Zoom, WhatsApp, etc. Loomies
  • Association for Authentic, Experiential, & Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Collaboratory - A collection of ePortfolio examples, tools, and resources shared through community contributions to the Association for Authentic, Experiential, & Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting's Collaboratory. Association for Authentic, Experiential, & Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL ) Collaboratory
  • You Need A Wiki - You Need A Wiki (YNAW) is a simple, yet effective tool for creating a wiki utilizing Google Docs for editing and your Google Drive for storage. This tool is ideal if you work with Google regularly and maintain a Google Drive. You simply create an account and then import folders from Google drive into YNAW. Your folders are converted into a wiki-style page. It is so much easier to read and navigate than clicking through a folder in Google Drive. You can create and edit Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly in YNAW too. There are many wikis that are more powerful and multifunctional, but if you work in Google and want to share and collaborate this is a fantastically simple and easy tool to use. Even if you just want to put some of your most-used folders in a more functional ...
  • CourseSites by Blackboard -   CourseSites by Blackboard is a free course management system (CMS) that is very similar to the institutional Blackboard commonly found in universities. Individual teachers can have up to five active CourseSites at any time. Teachers create an account with CourseSites and then build a course. CourseSites also has an ePortfolio platform as part of the LMS. The ePortfolio tool is an add-on to the standard package that a campus may have. If your institution uses Blackboard or another system, you should always choose to use your university's system.   CourseSites by Blackboard
  • Binumi - Video platform. Easy-to-use and free. Create a video in seconds from a vast video library. A collection of 4 million multimedia clips. Select frame-by-frame to create your storyboard.  Add voice recordings, edit in seconds. A great way to create. Videos can be public or private. Share on Binumi site, social media or YouTube. Mobile App too.   Binumi
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Portfolium - Portfolium's online platform is an academic-oriented social networking service, mainly targeting university students and recent graduates. Users can showcase their work through a profile and an ePortfolio by uploading media files such as images, PDFs, videos and other media files onto their profiles. [Wikipedia]  Portfolium   Keywords: portfolio, ePortfolio, resume
  • PechaKucha - PechaKucha 20x20 is an alternative way to present information which was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo in 2003. It is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.   PechaKucha   Keywords: presentations
  • Seesaw - It is an app and website that offers instructors different assessment methods of students and ways to create interactive lessons for students.  Like other websites that allow for portfolios, students can create their own portfolios while allowing for communication between students, parents, and teachers.  Students can use online tools to demonstrate their creativity and learning.   Seesaw   Keywords: ePortfolio
  • PebblePad - An ePortfolio platform for students, it simplifies the process of collecting, managing and demonstrating evidence in digital form of lifelong learning.  Students gain initial access to PebblePad through their learning institution. For learners, there are interactive workbooks, ePortfolio builder, reflective templates, collections, and integration with different cloud solutions (eg Google Docs).  For educators, there are customizable templates, activity logs, assessment, external assessors, grading, reporting & analytics, feedback collections.   PebblePad
  • Populr.me - Populr.me can be used for social media, business, education, or many other uses. Build websites with templates for networking, sales, marketing, etc. Drop in text, video, pictures, embeds.  Upgrade for additional features, or keep it free.  Great for building interactive syllabi, professional profiles, ePortfolios, and other online information.   Populr.me   Keywords: web editing, websites
  • Adobe Portfolio - As one of the free tools included in paid Adobe Creative Cloud plans, Adobe Portfolio enables designers to quickly create beautiful and high-quality personal portfolio sites in minutes. It also offers users a free Creative Cloud subscription service.   Adobe Portfolio   Keywords: ePortfolio
  • Behance - Behance is an Adobe app that lets you take a look at the portfolios of some of the most interesting artists of the moment. If you are creative yourself, you can create your own account and share your work with other users. It is one of the most widely-used free online portfolio websites in the designer communities, Behance attracts artists and photographers from around the world. “Find what you want in a graphic design near you with Behance, a global catalog of graphic design.” Search for graphic design from throughout the world.   Behance   Keyword: ePortfolio
  • PixStori - PixStori™ is an app to record stories about your smartphone photos. It links voice and still images in a multimedia PixStori that can be instantly shared on social media, uploaded into searchable cloud collections of family or group memories, and collected as crowdsourced field data for organizations and businesses. It is Oral History meets Instagram. PixStori is a very useful app to combine pictures with audio. This is a great tool where we can take pictures with your phone and add audio to explain the picture, or even music and environment ambiance sounds related to it. This is a very easy alternative to recording videos and to create mementos of moments or voice note for poster/academic/class presentations. Every picture has a story to tell. Now you can tell that story in your own voice and share it now and for the future. ...
  • Wakelet - Share articles, videos, images, tweets and other great content with one link. Save them for later and create collections, called wakes, at any time. Organize the web, the way you want it. Save, curate and share from a wide variety of sources to create very visually pleasing presentations. Also very suitable for creating a personal portfolio.   Wakelet   Keywords: portfolio, pictures, social media, presentations  
  • Infogram - Infographics (Information graphics) are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends. Infographics are a better way to: 1. Tell a compelling data-driven story 2. Make content with data that is easy to understand 3. Grab your viewer’s attention 4. Increase brand awareness and drive traffic with visuals Charts and maps help to: 1. Make data easier to understand and remember 2. Discover unknown facts, outliers, and trends 3. Visualize relationships and patterns quickly 4. Ask better questions and make better decisions   Infogram   Keywords: ePortfolios, Presentations, Social Media
  • Adobe Spark - Spark is a free software created by Adobe, who is the industry standard go-to for visual design applications. The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools includes Photoshop, which is by far the most popular graphic editor. Spark is freely available with premium features available for a fee. The rest of the Adobe toolset is available on a subscription basis and is not a freely available resource. Spark is useful to create online and mobile graphic designs. Easily create beautiful images, videos, web pages, animated videos & social graphics with beautiful typography. A variety of free templates are available to help inspire your creations. Spark also lets you get Creative with Memes & upgrades Instagram Stories with animated posts.   Adobe Spark   Keywords: ePortfolios, Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Video, Visual Design, Websites
  • Blogger - Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. Although there are more complex blogging tools available, the combination of cost (free) and flexibility makes Blogger an attractive option, whether you’re updating friends and family about your life, hosting your own advice column, or discussing political views. Your blog can have multiple contributors or you only. You can even use Blogger to make podcast feeds. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com.   Blogger   Blogger Help Page - This is the Blogger Help page put together by Google.   Keywords: Blogs, ePortfolios, Websites
  • LinkedIn - LinkedIn is the most well-known social networking platform for your professional career. Make connections with colleagues (actual and potential) around the world. Employers may seek out new hires, and individuals may find new positions. Engage with groups and organizations to add your voice to the conversation.   LinkedIn   How to make a LinkedIn page that wows recruiters, according to the guy who overhauled its design - Use the tips in this article from Business Insider to make the most out of your LinkedIn profile. Social Media in Higher Education: Strategies, Benefits, and Challenges - This article from Hootsuite, a social media management platform, addresses some of the primary questions on social media and higher education.   Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, ePortfolios, Social Media
  • Google Sites - Google Sites is a structured wiki- and Web page-creation tool offered by Google as part of the G Suite productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files.   Google Sites   Sites Help - Information on creating, editing, previewing, sharing, publishing, and managing your Google site. 20/20 HindSITE: Best Practices for Google Sites - This site illustrates how organizations are using Google Sites, and includes a wealth of resources and tools.   Keywords: GoogleSites, Digital Footprint/Identity, Publishing, Websites, Wikis
  • Wix - Wix.com is a cloud-based web development platform that was first developed and popularized by the Israeli company also called Wix. It allows users to create HTML5 web sites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools.   Wix   Wix Help Center - This site has many articles organized into twenty topics plus several trending topics. There is also an opportunity to search. Landing pages 101 - Landing pages are an important marketing tool. This site focuses on creating effective landing pages.   Keywords: ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
  • Zoho Sites - Zoho is a suite of online applications (services) that you sign up for and access from our Website. The applications are free for individuals and some have a subscription fee for organizations. Our vision is to provide our customers (individuals, students, educators, non-profits, small and medium-sized businesses) with the most comprehensive set of applications available anywhere (breadth); and for those applications to have enough features (depth) to make your user experience worthwhile.   Zoho Sites   Zoho Sites- Beginner's Guide - A video plus Instructions for how to set up your Zoho site. More advanced features are also covered. Zoho Sites Review - Explains the simple and not-so-simple features of a Zoho site including some that might be more developed.   Keywords: Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
  • Prezi Classic and Prezi Next - A "zooming presentation tool" that presents information non-linearly. It is an infinite whiteboard where the audience can see and interact with an overview of a topic or zoom in to see the relationship between topics. Prezi allows presenters to provide not only the big picture but takes it a step further to allow viewers to dissect each component. this web-based presentation tool allows you to edit, collaborate, and present online.   Prezi   Prezi Next Vs. Classic: Your Questions Answered - Because Prezi has debuted a new version---Prezi Next---current users should compare the Next with what is being called Prezi Classic. Both versions have educational plans. 7 Alternative Technology in the Classroom Presentation Tools - This blog entry from TeachHub touches upon Prezi in the list of alternative technology in the classroom.   Keywords: Collaboration, Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Digication - IMPORTANT UPDATE: Digication no longer provides free accounts through SUNY #EmTechMOOC Digication portfolios created under the prior SUNY/Digication agreement will expire on December 31, 2020. This ePortfolio platform is no longer a free option. If you would like to keep your Digication account, you may purchase a Digication license for $20 annually.If you choose not to continue using Digication, we strongly encourage you to download your content now. View instructions about how to download your ePortfolio files. Information about transferring your Digication ePortfolio to an alternate Webhosting platform will be made available in the near future. If you need assistance, please contact Digication Support.   You are encouraged to use any available platform or tool to create your EmTech ePortfolio. A few of the many freely-available ePortfolio tools that you can use to build your portfolio can be located through EmTechWIKI and searching ...
  • Pathbrite - Pathbrite offers the best-in-class, cloud-based Portfolio Platform in the market, whereby users can aggregate and showcase all digital evidence of what they have created, achieved and mastered. The portfolio platform transforms individual and community assessment to make understanding the skills, achievements, and knowledge of a person, or group, holistic, continuous and easy. Thousands of higher ed and k-12 schools, as well as companies, rely on Pathbrite to support student and employee success.   Pathbrite   EduTopia: Five Ways to Use Online Porfolios in the Classroom - Five Ways to Use Online Portfolios in the Classroom by Heather Hiles - A blog post that describes the effectiveness and "5 Best Practices" of using ePortfolios in the classroom.   Keywords: ePortfolios, Visual Design
  • PortfolioGen - Developed by teachers, Portfoliogen allows users to easily create a web-based portfolio and display their skills beyond conventional paper-based binders. Users can share their portfolios with prospective employers, principals, professors, and peers. Portfoliogen is for teachers, educators, students and anyone else who desires a simple way to create their own customized portfolio website. Thousands of teachers, students, and educators from all over the world have used Portfoliogen to showcase their skills.   PortfolioGen   Getting Started with PortfolioGen - This is a Youtube video which goes through the step by step process of creating a Portfolio within PortfolioGen.   Keywords: ePortfolios, Visual Design
  • FolioSpaces - FolioSpaces, powered by "Mahara", enables you to create an online portfolio. It was developed by faculty at the University of Ballarat, AU. It is a fully-featured electronic portfolio, weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online communities.  You do this by assembling a selection of your resume (curriculum vitae/CV), files, journals, and links to your files onto a web page and sharing the page. FolioSpaces ePortfolio also provides you with the tools to set up a personal learning and development environment.   FolioSpaces   CUOnline ePortfolio Guide Using FolioSpaces - A resource created by Dr. Anne Dickinson of Coventry University that goes through the step by step process of creating an ePortfolio within FolioSpaces.   Keywords: ePortfolios, Visual Design
  • Strikingly - Create a beautiful website for you & your business, in minutes. Zero code or design skills required. You can also convert a LinkedIn profile to a personal website in just a few clicks. Add a Blog section to any of your sites to start blogging right away. A separate page is created for each blog post.   Strikingly   Discover Strikingly Sites - A link to the Strikingly community to see what sites have been built recently.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Publishing, Websites
  • VoiceThread - A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in multiple ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. The free version allows you to create up to 5 VoiceThreads, comment by microphone and text, and share your VoiceThreads via a share link.   VoiceThread   Creating a VoiceThread - This guide from VoiceThread will walk you through setting up and all the features available. Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Media, Recording, Video  
  • Weebly - Weebly is a complete platform that allows anyone to start and grow an online business with curated website templates, powerful e-commerce and integrated marketing. More than 40 million entrepreneurs around the world use Weebly to grow their customer base, fuel sales, and market their idea. Designed for any entrepreneur who wants to reach a global audience, Weebly gives everyone the freedom to create a high-quality site and store that works brilliantly on any device.   Weebly   Weebly Website Builder: Get a Pro Website in 60 Minutes or Less - A short tutorial on how to build an effective website through Weebly.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
  • WordPress - WordPress is an open-source blogging and a website creation platform. WordPress (often referred to as WP) is very widely used and makes up about 30% of all published websites.  There is a subtle but important difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. WordPress.org gives lots of freedom, but you need a self-hosted platform to deliver your site. This involves additional steps to set up a server and install the WordPress software or payment for a hosting service. WordPress.com allows free pages that are hosted directly on the WordPress.com site. Both versions of WordPress are user-friendly but some of the advanced themes are not an option that is available on WordPress.com. This is only available when you have your own server space to install your own version of WordPress. Themes and plugins are similar to webpage templates and provide advanced functionality for WordPress websites.   WordPress.com and WordPress.org   Beginner's Guide for WordPress - How to ...
  • Wikidot - Wikidot.com is the world's third-largest wiki farm, with almost million and a half users running 500,000 sites and serving more than 100M unique visitors per year. Our growing success comes from building a service that people enjoy using, and tell their friends and colleagues about.   Wikidot   Getting Started with WikiDot - This is WikiDot support page which details how one would get started in creating an account and using their WikiDot to the fullest. An example of a WikiDot - Student Apathy   Keywords: Collaboration, ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites, Wikis
  • Zoho Wiki - Zoho Wiki is a free online tool to create collaborative web portals. No downloads, no installation, no special IT infrastructure, no need for IT experts, no webmasters. You can access your wiki anywhere, anytime.   Zoho Wiki   FAQ and Help Page for Zoho Wiki - This is the ZohoWiki help and FAQ page.   Keywords: Collaboration, ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites, Wikis
  • EduBlogs - "Since 2005, Edublogs has grown into the largest educational blogging network in the world. We believe that blogging transforms the educational experience of students and have seen first hand how Edublogs increases ownership of learning, engages students, and becomes a source of pride in the classroom. Edublogs is a project of the prominent WordPress company Incsub; the same team behind CampusPress and WPMU DEV. We pride ourselves on making user-friendly products and providing lightning fast support."   Edublogs   EduBlogs Youtube Support Page - This page has several "How-To" videos regarding EduBlogs. Ten Ways to Use Your EduBlog - A simple list of ten ways to use an EduBlog.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, Publishing, Websites, ePortfolio

Gamification

  • Energy 3D - Energy3D is a simulation-based engineering tool for designing green buildings and power stations that harness renewable energy to achieve sustainable development. Users can quickly sketch up a realistic-looking structure or import one from an existing CAD file, superimpose it on a map image (e.g., Google Maps or lot maps), and then evaluate its energy performance for any given day and location.   Energy3D  
  • dotstorming - Dotstorming allows people to easily collaborate on a topic and come to decisions as a group. It uses dot voting which is a quick and simple method for prioritizing a list of options. It creates a sense of engagement and allows participants to see the decision process in action and understand how the final choice was made. dotstorming
  • Stanford d.school - Everyone has the capacity to be creative. The Stanford d.school is a place where people develop problem-solving skills using methods from across the field of design. Resources on this site include toolkits to guide learners through design challenges. Stanford d.school Stanford d.school - Resources How to Design an Education Escape Room    
  • F.A.I.L. University: Fearless Adventures In Learning - FUN FREE Online Learning Tools   TRY ONE BEFORE YOU MAKE ONE! Escape this Breakout Room as/after you watch this 6 min. Gamification Intro!  (Answer KEY) See the FREE learning game-making tools below.  (Students can play your games without creating an account.) Want help?  Get FREE online gamification lessons at F.A.I.L. University   Hyperlinked Site Examples Help Center Tips Google Forms (with EquatIO add-on for STEM subjects) Google Form Escape Room Escape Room Instructions Learning Center Create a Google account Create a Google Form quiz Wisc-Online Baseball, Spin to Win... Contact, FAQ Save questions in Google Doc ProProfs Brain Games Crossword, Brain Teaser... Help Desk Save questions in Google Doc Purpose Games Image Quiz, Slide Quiz... Help Center Free, with ads Super Teacher Tools Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... Help Desk Google registration Class Tools Pac Man, Asteroids, Pong... Contact, FAQ Save Q’s in Google Doc, ads Quizlet Match, Gravity, Live... Help Center Google registration, with ads   FUN FREE online gamification lessons for teachers at F.A.I.L. University Questions?  Email Jeremy at info@FailU.org   F.A.I.L. University: Fearless Adventures ...
  • Virtual Worlds best Practices in Education - Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is a global grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by the Second Life community to provide an opportunity to showcase the learning that takes place using virtual worlds. Everyone is encouraged to present, attend, and take part in this discussion of collaborative deeper learning and co-presence in virtual worlds and games. The organization holds a virtual conference every year and the VWBPE site has recordings of many of the sessions and access to the prior conference proceedings.   Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education  
  • LearningApps - LearningApps.org is a Web 2.0 application, to support learning and teaching processes with small interactive modules. Those modules can be used directly in learning materials, but also for self-studying. The aim is to collect reusable building blocks and make them available to everyone. Blocks (called Apps) include no specific framework or a specific learning scenario. The blocks are therefore not suitable as complete lessons or tasks. Instead, they must be embedded in an appropriate teaching scenario.   LearningApps
  • Testmoz - Testmoz is a tool for creating online tests. It is easy to use and has a free version. You can create a test without logging in. The paid version gives you the opportunity to create a bank of items from which to automatically generated individual tests for each student.   Testmoz Testmoz Introduction Video  
  • Wordwall - Wordwall is a tool that helps you to create better lessons quicker. Wordwall is an easy-to-use tool that lets you create a series of interactive games and activities for students. Find a series of templates that you can freely copy and adapt to your requirements. It has a nice interface and is easy to use. The free version offers a quite large number of games. The monthly price for the full version is not too high. In addition, the tool is available in several languages. Wordwall Wordwall - HOW TO CREATE AN INTERACTIVE QUIZ Create Gamified Interactive Reviews with Wordwall  - An article that shows all 18 interactive games offered in the free version.   Keywords: gamification, flipped learning, quiz, classroom response
  • Mentimeter - With Mentimeter, you can create fun and interactive presentations, polls, brainstorming sessions in meetings, classes, gatherings, conferences, and others with real-time feedback. It is an easy-to-use PowerPoint presentation alternative that lets you engage and interact with your audience in real-time. You set the questions and your audience can give their input via a mobile phone or any other Internet-connected device. You can also link the results to your video-conferencing platforms. This is a fascinating tool to build interactive presentations with the easy-to-use online editor. Add questions, polls, quizzes, slides, images, and more to your presentation to create fun and engaging presentations. You can engage with your audience during the session and they can use their smartphones to connect to the presentation to answer questions. Visualize their responses in real-time to create a fun and interactive experience.   Mentimeter   Video tutorial Free for education   Keywords: #wordcloud
  • Metaverse - Metaverse is an easy way to create Augmented Reality Experiences on your computer and watch them come to life in the Metaverse app. When using AR always be aware of your surroundings, watch out for people, moving objects, still objects, and more. Have fun and be safe.   Metaverse
  • Virtual Labs Media Library – Stanford University - This website is a website created through a collaboration among a number of Stanford programs to share online interactive media to help students learn difficult concepts in human biology. The purpose of this site is to to collect and disseminate materials to educators and students. The Virtual Labs Project began in 1998 with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to create  As part of our outreach and sustainability efforts we teach an interaction design course at Stanford (CS377d), offer student and teacher internships, and lead workshops (in media development, educational technology, and implementation). Just a few of the topics included in this collection include: Physiology Brain And The Nervous System Biology Immunology Game And Quiz Frameworks Health Education     Interactive tutorials and hands-on activities for Biology, Medicine, Health, and Humanities
  • Twine - Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. You don't need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you're ready. Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for commercial purposes.   Twine What is Twine?  
  • Slido - Slido is a web-based Q&A and Polling platform to engage an audience with live questions and polls. Everybody can ask and vote for the best questions. Question and poll results are updated live on the interactive wall. Ask questions, vote in polls and be a part of the conversation at the event you’re attending. Visit the Slido website or download the Slido app and join an event by simply typing in the event code. No registration is required. Slido is an easy to use Q&A and polling platform.   Slido
  • GraphicSprings - A logo maker application that enables non-designers to create beautiful logos, whether that's for an entrepreneurial venture, school project, presentation or charitable cause. Another element available in the online interface is the ability to design graphics to use for digital badges (like the badges used in #EmTechMOOC).   GraphicSprings How to Edit Logo Graphic - this how-to video shows how users can easily edit graphics How to Edit Logo Text - this how-to video shows how users can customize their name and slogan        
  • Digital BreakoutEDU Sandbox - This site is a "sandbox" of examples of digital breakout lessons modeled after escape rooms and BreakoutEDU kits. Unlike traditional escape room-style lessons, a digital breakout is done entirely online through a webpage created by the instructor. Participants explore the curated site looking for clues and combinations that will unlock digital "locks," typically found in an embedded Google Form. The sandbox allows you to explore different game themes and subject areas, as well as sort by participant age or grade level.   BreakoutEDU Digital Sandbox
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • MEMORANG - Memorang is an online tool and app that helps students and teachers alike. Create quizzes and flashcards that can be shared and gamified. Membership is free, additional add-ons at a cost.   Memorang
  • Flippity - Flippity is a series of web apps that can easily turn a Google Spreadsheet into a set of online Flashcards or Quiz Show. There are cards for helping a teacher create random groups, or mix and match activities. Students accomplishments can be tracked using the Badge Tracker and the Certificate Quiz. There is even a Spelling Words that can read the word to you. Other tools include a Timeline, Random Name Picker, Scavenger Hunt, Word Search, Crossword Puzzle, Mad Libs and more. An option is also available to use Flippity without connecting to a Google Sheet.   Flippity
  • Quizlet - Create your own study materials or choose from millions created by other Quizlet users. Quizlet has a number of powerful interactive learning tools, such as: - Creating flashcards - Memory games - Race against the clock Matching games - Listen to automatic pronunciations in 18 languages - Enhance studying with images and audio Quizlet Live is also available and is a collaborative learning game for the classroom to allow teams of students to work together, racing to learn the material in a Quizlet study set.   Quizlet   Keywords: games, gamification, quiz, language
  • Articulate 360 - Articulate 360 includes both Storyline and Rise plus other authoring apps. With Storyline 360 you can develop custom, interactive courses that work on every device. It's powerful enough for experts, but easy for beginners to create virtually any interaction imaginable. Choose Rise when you want to build fully responsive courses in minutes. All you need is a web browser to quickly create beautiful courses optimized for every screen size. Get the course assets you need to get going quickly. Articulate 360 includes a library of 3+ million photos, templates, characters, videos, icons, and more. (NOTE: Articulate is NOT a free resource.)   Articulate 360  
  • Studymate.com - Studymate.com helps to easily create interactive games and self-assessments. Enter terms, facts or multiple choice questions and then transform these items into Flash Cards, Pick A Letter, Fill in the Blank, Crosswords, and more. There are 11 self-assessments and games in all, supporting a range of learning styles and objectives. Note: The link below takes you to the free version of Studymate.com and not the campus-wide implementation. The enterprise-wide version of Studymate is purchased at a campus level. A benefit of a campus hosted version is that the assessment results can integrate with the campus LMS and the LMS grade book.   Studymate.com   Keywords: games, assessment, quizzes    
  • Top Hat - Top Hat makes it easy for professors to enhance student comprehension and engagement with this polling-clicker application, secure testing, and next-generation OER. Top Hat does not require the use of a physical clicker, but it instead works from a wide variety of devices including phones, mobile devices, and computers through which educators can utilize to assign textbooks, test, conduct interactive classroom activities, take attendance, administer polls, games and quizzes, and share notes. It also allows faculty to adopt and author interactive textbooks. Note: Students need to purchase a license to participate in Top Hat polls and activities, however, there are no charges for instructors to adopt the service for their classroom.   Top Hat   4 Ways to Bring Gamification to Your Classroom - A quick discussion that introduce the bringing in of games to the classroom alongside utilizing "badges" to indicate success.         Keywords: Gamification, Productivity Tools, audience ...
  • Explorable Explanations – Learning through play - Explorable Explanation is a hub for learning through play that has been created by artists, coders & educators to reunite play and learning. It is a great tool to teach something interactively rather than the usual read-watch-listen-question-and-answer format.   Explorable Explanations   Keywords: Gamification, Simulations  
  • PhET Interactive Simulations for Active Learning in STEM -   PHET Interactive Presentations is a page with interactive simulations that can be used as an adjunct for courses such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, and Mathematics. It was created by the University of Colorado with the aim of enhancing learning and motivating students through playful discovery activities that support in many optional languages package. Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students in an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.   PhET Interactive Simulations for Active Learning in STEM   Here is a complete catalog of PHET Interactive Presentations.   " Science means constantly walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity; between expertise and creativity; between bias and openness; between experience and epiphany; between ...
  • H5P Interactive Content Creator - Hello HTML5! Goodbye flash! You can create, share and re-use interactive content in your browser or integrated right into your LMS! Create Richer HTML5 Content in Existing Publishing Platforms. Share Content Seamlessly Across Any H5P Capable Site. Reuse and modify Content in Your Browser at Any Time. Explore over 40 different types of interactive content including presentations, timelines,  games & quizzes. See a few examples of H5P or visit their website for complete and detailed information.   h5p.org   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Gamification, Media, Photos & Images, Podcasts, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Quiz, Recording, Screencast, Simulations, Video
  • Duolingo - A top-rated language learning app that is both addictive and fun. Duolingo uses game-like activities allowing learners to earn points, race against the clock, and level up while participating in bite-sized lessons. This application is available in the form of a website as well as an app. It has a huge database for many languages and provides practice activities within each module. The difficulty level increases as you progress. The application is one of the best online language tutors. Audio is available for each word in a variety of languages. Extra points can be earned through fun tasks such as describe the photo, chatting with the chatbot, etc., and everything has to be completed in the learning language.   Duolingo   Keywords: Audio, Gamification
  • Geocaching – The Largest Treasure Hunt Game - Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil. The geocacher signs the log with their established code name and dates it, in order to prove that they found the cache. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets, usually of more sentimental worth than financial. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, waymarking, and Munzee. Geocaches For the traditional geocache, a geocacher will place a waterproof container containing a log book ...
  • Accredible Badge Builder - Design digital badge images in just a few clicks. Use a badge template, upload logos and images, including customizing the text & colors of your badge design. Then, download your image to use as a digital badge design in any badge issuing platform.   Accredible Badge Builder   Keywords: Gamification
  • OpenSimulator – Design your own Virtual Reality space for education, meetings, or games - The open source movement allowed complex avatar-based, game-engine software to become available free of charge using OpenSimulator.  Contributions from artists and designers now makes pre-developed virtual artifacts and design spaces available to educators, meeting planners, and game designers; easy modifications and adjustments allow for custom virtual environments for an infinity of purposes. Server rental companies, such as Kitely, are now making it possible to have up to 40 avatars at any time on up to 4 virtual islands for $20 per month; and, you can put a virtual island on your own institutional server (for free, sort-of).  This link brings you to a theory-and-practice based resource on outlines education uses and possibilities with these environments that have been used by its author for over 10 years in her own teaching. Here's a student during the creative learning/practice stage in a course where she ...
  • Introduction to Gamification video by Scott Nicholson - This video, presented by Scott Nicholson from the University of Syracuse, provides an Introduction to Meaningful Gamification and discusses in greater detail about what it means to develop gamified activities.   Introduction to Gamification video by Scott Nicholson   Keywords: Gamification, Lifelong Learning, Video
  • Credly’s Acclaim Platform - Credly's Acclaim platform is one of many digital badge platforms that can be used to design and award custom badges. Acclaim by Credly badges can be displayed on personal ePortfolios, social media sites (such as Facebook and LinkedIn), on websites, and in your Acclaim by Credly profile. Credly's Acclaim platform is the badging system that SUNY and #EmTechMOOC use to issue our badges. Learn more about badges and how they are used within #EmTechMOOC. After earning #EmTechMOOC digital badges, you can access additional instructions, including the video tutorial below, about how to claim your issued badges and how to share them in your ePortfolio and on your social media networks. * Note - Credly recently acquired the Acclaim platform. They are consolidating their networks into one unified platform that is now referred to as Acclaim by Credly. After June 30, 2020 the ...
  • Plickers - Lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a card (a "paper clicker"), and use your iPhone/iPad to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com.   Plickers   Plickers Help - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks, and technical support. Plickers Presentation Kit - A kit put together by the Plickers team that includes presentation templates, our getting started guide, Plickers logos, and printable Plickers Cards.   Keywords: Mobile Apps, audience response, classroom response
  • Socrative - An instant response tool designed to initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Teacher app. Students receive immediate feedback to enhance student engagement. Quickly assess students with either prepared quizzes or on the fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Student answers to open-ended questions can lead to great classroom discussions. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results to help identify opportunities for further instruction.   Socrative   Socrative Resources - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks, and technical support. The Socrative Review: 9 Ways the Formative Assessment App Can Benefit Your Classroom - An article that explains how to get started with using Socrative in the classroom and the usefulness of the app's functions.   Keywords: Gamification, Mobile Apps, audience response, classroom response
  • Practical Guide to Meaningful Gamification - This guide is an Open Educational Resource (OER) offered by a research group at the University at Buffalo. The guide provides educators with the tools necessary to develop their own meaningful, gamified learning activities. Practical Guide to Meaningful Gamification   Keywords: Gamification
  • 7 Things You should Know about Gamification – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - An article that describes the ins and outs of Gamification: the application of game elements in non-gaming situations, often to motivate or influence behavior, published by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) as part of the 7 Things You Should Know Collection. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   Educause ELI: 7 Things You Should Know about Gamification   Keywords: Gamification
  • Kahoot - Kahoot! is a free online game-based learning resource where you can create quizzes that brings engagement and entertainment to players. It may be used at school, at work, and at home. You can add videos, images, and diagrams to your questions to amplify engagement. Kahoot allows you to create group based multiple choice questions with diverse formats flexibility. Players answer the questions on their own devices, while games are displayed on a shared screen to unite the lesson. Besides creating your own Kahoots, you can search among millions of existing games.   Kahoot   8 Ways to Use Kahoot! Beyond the Basics - This article speaks to the multiple uses of Kahoot and serves as a quick training session. Using Kahoot in the Classroom to Create Engagement and Active Learning: A Game-Based Technology Solution for eLearning Novices - A research article that deals with instructional games ...
  • ProProfs - ProProfs' delightfully smart tools are used by millions of users each month. The site hosts more than 1,000,000 pages of content in 70+ languages and is a leading platform for online training and assessment with the world's largest library of professional tests & quizzes. ProProfs products, including Quiz, Survey, Learning Management System, Knowledge Base, Chat, Project and Training tools.   ProProfs   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Gamification
  • Wheel Decide - Wheel Decide provides a free spinner tool intended for decision making, games, raffles, prize giveaways, and other miscellaneous uses.   Wheel Decide   5 Ways to Use "Wheel Decide" - This is an article that demonstrated several ways to utilize Wheel Decide, especially in the classroom.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Gamification
  • Quizizz - Quizizz is a game-based classroom response system you can play on any device with a web browser! Quiz creation is simple, enabling you to use your own images and text, or even reuse public quizzes. Students can answer at their own pace and watch their data appear on the main screen from where the quiz is being run. Quizizz also lets you download a spreadsheet to get detailed data to monitor student answers. The tool runs equally well across platforms and devices. And you should think of it not just as a "response system." It can be used for quizzing of all types. You can even choose the type of "consequence" users get, by choosing different sets of memes.   Quizizz   Kahoot! vs. Quizizz: What's the Best Formative Assessment Tool for Your Classroom? - A blog post that compares and contrasts the most popular ...
  • FlipQuiz - FlipQuiz provides educators with a quick way to create your own gameshow-style boards for test reviews in the classroom. With FlipQuiz, questions are displayed on-screen and boards are saved for later use. Combined with a beautiful board, students are more likely to be interested and stay engaged with the test review process.   FlipQuiz   Using FlipQuiz in the Classroom - A blog post that describes the ease of use of FlipQuiz and how to set one up.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Gamification, Quiz

Lifelong Learning

  • Microsoft Digital Literacy Course - Learn how to effectively use devices, software, and the internet to collaborate with others and discover, use, and create information. The Microsoft Digital Literacy course is for anyone with basic reading skills who want to learn the fundamentals of using digital technologies. The course is at a reading level like that of most newspapers around the world. Learners who complete the course will understand basic computing concepts and skills. After completing each module, learners will receive a Digital Literacy Certificate of Completion that they can download and save. Microsoft Digital Literacy Course
  • Stanford d.school - Everyone has the capacity to be creative. The Stanford d.school is a place where people develop problem-solving skills using methods from across the field of design. Resources on this site include toolkits to guide learners through design challenges. Stanford d.school Stanford d.school - Resources How to Design an Education Escape Room    
  • Brainstorming – Creativity Techniques from Mindtools.com - Brainstorming encourages people to create new ideas that, at first, may seem crazy.  However, the initial ideas can be further refined to be feasible and practical. Brainstorming can be enhanced to facilitate idea generation by using techniques such as brainwriting, the stepladder technique, and starbursting.   Brainstorming - Creativity Techniques from Mindtools.com   
  • NoCoffee - NoCoffee is a vision simulator extension for Chrome. It simulates different vision impairments by putting a filter over web pages. Thus, it helps users understand the problems faced by people with slight to extreme vision problems. For example, it shows how web pages with very small text or click target are difficult to read for individuals with low acuity. The user can also experience how texts with very low contrast, e.g. light gray text on white, pose difficulty for individuals with low contrast sensitivity. In addition, this accessibility extension helps users simulate colorblindness, visual snow, glare, ghosting, cataracts, nystagmus, retinal detachment, hemanopia, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, etc. NoCoffee can be downloaded for free from the Chrome web store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nocoffee/jjeeggmbnhckmgdhmgdckeigabjfbddl?hl=en-US.   Keywords: Simulation, Vision, Accessibility
  • ResearchGate - ResearchGate is a collaboration tool you can use to connect with other researchers. You can learn about new research and post your new research by following and being followed by other researchers in your field. It a good way to know about recent publications and who is working in your field. You can also ask questions and experts can post answers to questions.   ResearchGate
  • Torch - Torch is a free ai computing and scientific computing framework. It has huge database support for machine learning algorithms that prioritize GPUs processing. It is easy to use and efficient because it uses an easy and fast scripting language, LuaJIT, and an underlying C/CUDA implementation. The goal of Torch is to have maximum flexibility and speed in building your scientific algorithms while making the process extremely simple. It is a very useful creative tool for fast pace development in the agile team settings   Torch
  • Stellarium Mobile Sky Map - Stellarium is a planetarium mobile app used to see the star when you look up in the sky. It uses the GPS location to track down the exact position and movement of the star, planets, comets, satellites, and more just by pointing it in the sky. This app is rated as one of the best astronomical applications because of its easy access and minimalist user interface for children and adults. This application can be easily used by pointing your device in the sky and by scrolling up and down, you can explore a catalog of 600,000 stars and other dark bodies in the night sky. Stellarium is available for both iOS and Android devices you can easily download it from the App Store or Play store.   Stellarium Mobile Sky Map
  • Edureka - Edureka is an online training provider that helps professionals learn trending technologies for career growth. Learn top trending courses like Big Data, Hadoop, RPA, Cloud, DevOps & More. Expert Educators. Flexible Batch Timings. 24/7 Lifetime Support. Instructor-led Classes. No Cost EMI Option. Edureka - E-Learning Platform
  • Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) - Open Broadcaster Software is free and open-source software for video recording and live streaming. As of 2016, the software is now referred to as OBS Studio. There are versions of OBS Studio available for Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux. OBS is useful to create videos and add effects with webcam, screen and audio capture. It is also one of the best tools for streaming live your meeting, events, conferences on Facebook, YouTube, etc. It also makes OBS easier to use, especially for those new to the world of live-streaming. Anyone involved in live streaming needs to use a live video encoder. Encoding can be done at the software or hardware level. Software encoders like OBS Studio provide the most versatility and are used by the majority of professional broadcasters.   Open Broadcaster Software
  • Ideament - Ideament is a great app if you need to brainstorm new ideas as it helps you organize the ideas. It is perfect for creating diagrams, mind maps, concept maps, or flow charts and is good at converting them to a text outline, just like Idea Sketch. The app’s cloud-friendly features allow you to save or share your ideas.   Ideament
  • F.A.I.L. University: Fearless Adventures In Learning - FUN FREE Online Learning Tools   TRY ONE BEFORE YOU MAKE ONE! Escape this Breakout Room as/after you watch this 6 min. Gamification Intro!  (Answer KEY) See the FREE learning game-making tools below.  (Students can play your games without creating an account.) Want help?  Get FREE online gamification lessons at F.A.I.L. University   Hyperlinked Site Examples Help Center Tips Google Forms (with EquatIO add-on for STEM subjects) Google Form Escape Room Escape Room Instructions Learning Center Create a Google account Create a Google Form quiz Wisc-Online Baseball, Spin to Win... Contact, FAQ Save questions in Google Doc ProProfs Brain Games Crossword, Brain Teaser... Help Desk Save questions in Google Doc Purpose Games Image Quiz, Slide Quiz... Help Center Free, with ads Super Teacher Tools Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... Help Desk Google registration Class Tools Pac Man, Asteroids, Pong... Contact, FAQ Save Q’s in Google Doc, ads Quizlet Match, Gravity, Live... Help Center Google registration, with ads   FUN FREE online gamification lessons for teachers at F.A.I.L. University Questions?  Email Jeremy at info@FailU.org   F.A.I.L. University: Fearless Adventures ...
  • Thingiverse - Thingiverse is a collaborative space of creators focused on 3d printing. This platform provides many different designs that can be downloaded and used, downloaded and modified, or remixed and returned to the Thingiverse. There are areas for discussion on the best means to implement designs, ways they can be reused in a new context. The site also shares tips and tricks for getting the best results.   Thingiverse
  • Toodledo - Toodledo is an incredibly powerful tool to increase your productivity and organize your life. More than just a to-do list, Toodledo provides you with a place to store your notes, outlines, and habits. Access your data on any device or browser. We’ll keep everything up to date with automatic syncing. Toodledo is flexible enough to work with many different productivity styles. You can use the popular GTD methodology, or you can use your own system. You can keep things simple, or you can add as much complexity as you need. Keeping track of your to-do list has never been easier.   Toodledo (info source: https://play.google.com/store/apps )
  • Second Life - Second Life is a virtual world used by many colleges and universities to provide immersive learning, real-time collaboration, a global community, and secure and safe virtual campuses. There are many campuses you can visit to get a feel for the power of a virtual world in education. Also, check out the education information relating to SecondLife.     SecondLife  
  • Kanopy - Kanopy offers thoughtful entertainment free of charge by partnering with public libraries and universities. Individuals affiliated with a library or educational institution can utilize these resources to educate and raise awareness about important issues. It has movies categorized by genre. The user may also use the search feature to find relevant content based on the title or the subject matter.   Kanopy
  • Wordle - Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from the text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out or save them to your own desktop. You may want to try installing a desktop version of it on your Mac or Windows computer. The desktop version is exactly the same as the old web version. You'll have to work around various scary security warnings because the app installers aren't signed.   Wordle   Keywords: wordcloud
  • Laravel - Laravel is a web application development and rapid prototyping tool that uses PHP to create applications while supporting most of the popular tools for database management and front end scripting. The tool's website states "Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. We’ve already laid the foundation - freeing you to create without sweating the small things." Laravel also has a large community of volunteers that help someone start out with learning the basics all the way up to experts that need problem-solving. It's a great tool for beginners to learn about programming. Laravel
  • Joplin - Joplin is a free, open-source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organized into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged, and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format. The notes can be synchronized with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV, or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronizing the notes, notebooks, tags, and other metadata are saved to plain text files that can be easily inspected, backed up, and moved around. The application is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS (the terminal app also works on FreeBSD). Joplin App
  • Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies - The 2020 Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies from the EDUCAUSE research library contains 226 free technologies arranged into 40 types and 15 clusters that educators can use to promote more productive and interactive learning. Brief descriptions, example tools and pedagogical uses are provided for each category. This Typology has been developed by Matt Bower and Jodie Torrington from the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University, Australia.   2020 Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies 
  • Mix - Mix is a very helpful website for those looking to keep up to date on a variety of interests, from sports, technology, fashion, art, history, etc. Mix enables you to curate and share the best of the internet. Mix finds the Internet's hidden gems by using machine learning, editor picks, and best-in-class publishers. The platform learns what you love browsing and searching for across the web, to show you even more of what you are interested in. They have a whole range of topics to explore and will send you very helpful emails in regard to the interests that you have decided to pursue.   Mix
  • Mural - Mural is a digital workspace for visual collaboration. It enables people and innovative teams to think and collaborate visually to solve important problems. People benefit from MURAL’s speed and ease of use in creating diagrams, which are popular in design thinking and agile methodologies, as well as tools to facilitate more impactful meetings and workshops. Through Mural you can work with people across the room or around the world. It uses sticky notes, shapes, links, images, videos, to create, organize in a list, add flowcharts, diagrams, frameworks, methods, and drawings to activate and align your team. Mural also works with many integrations. You can organize your contents from private rooms and open rooms. Note: This is not a free resource but it does provide a free trial period.   Mural   Below are some guides to help you get familiar with Mural: Navigating the Mural ...
  • Splitwise - This application is used to keep track of your shared expenses and balances with housemates, trips, groups, friends, and family.   Splitwise Main features of this application are:- Split Expenses, record debts Equal, unequal splits Calculate total balances Simplify debts Categorize expenses Easy CSV reports Offline mode, cloud sync As per BusinessInsider website: "I never fight with roommates over bills because of this genius expense-splitting app".
  • NPTEL – A Centre of MOOCs - National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project of MHRD initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003, to provide quality education to anyone interested in learning from the IITs. The main goal was to create web and video courses in all major branches of engineering and physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level. It is cited as the largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects and is the most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world. Online courses are available on topics relevant to students in all years of higher education along with basic core courses in sciences and ...
  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy is an American non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. All resources are available for free to users of the website and app. Teachers can post their relevant subject quiz to their customized students with the class creating feature enabled as in Google Classroom.    Khan Academy
  • TEAMMATES - TEAMMATES is a free online tool for managing peer evaluations and other feedback paths for educators and students. It aims to provide a powerful peer feedback and peer evaluations mechanism with a very high degree of flexibility. It is provided as a cloud-based service for educators/students and is currently used by hundreds of universities across the world.     TEAMMATES  
  • SMORE - Create newsletters, or electronic flyers in seconds for free. Easy-to-use and engaging. Collaborate with your audience even add text, images, video or clickable buttons. Colorful backgrounds and choice of font styles. Professional look achieved quickly. SMORE generates a clickable link that remains with your design. If you need to edit, just re-publish to update. Tool also provides analytics such as how many times your newsletter or flyer were viewed.   SMORE    
  • Digital BreakoutEDU Sandbox - This site is a "sandbox" of examples of digital breakout lessons modeled after escape rooms and BreakoutEDU kits. Unlike traditional escape room-style lessons, a digital breakout is done entirely online through a webpage created by the instructor. Participants explore the curated site looking for clues and combinations that will unlock digital "locks," typically found in an embedded Google Form. The sandbox allows you to explore different game themes and subject areas, as well as sort by participant age or grade level.   BreakoutEDU Digital Sandbox
  • What is a Cognitive Tool for Learning? - The idea of a cognitive tool or 'mind tool' was popularized in the 1990s by David Jonassen. It explains that not all educational technologies are beneficial for learning. According to this concept, only educational technologies that help us learn more deeply than before are beneficial. Definition We usually think of an educational technology as a cognitive tool if it supports higher-order cognition. It is contrasted to an educational technology that does not do anything to support higher-order cognition. Examples For example, a calculator might take the full cognitive load of a multiplication task from a student, thereby not supporting cognition but rather making us 'think less'. By contrast, a spreadsheet or mind map may be a tool that helps us think more deeply about a topic. It will help us sort and organize our thoughts so that we can develop theories and deeper understandings ...
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • National Geographic – Including VR & 360° Video Content - National Geographic pushes the boundaries of visual storytelling. The National Geographic site has a large collection of stories that relate to critical issues affecting the world today and the impact on your life. The online series includes content from all over the world, including podcasts, virtual reality, and 360° videos.   National Geographic National Geographic 360° Video Playlist   Keywords: simulations
  • PechaKucha - PechaKucha 20x20 is an alternative way to present information which was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo in 2003. It is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.   PechaKucha   Keywords: presentations
  • Why Should we use Technology in the Classroom? - With technology now totally embedded in our student's lives, we are faced with a quandary; if you can't beat them, join them. ...and join them we should. It is our job to prepare them for their world, not to make them bend to fit a non-digital, obsolete world. But, what are the benefits of using technology in the classroom? In this article, the author lays out 20 incredibly compelling reasons why our teaching will benefit from doing so. 20 HUGE Benefits of Using Technology in YOUR Classroom. Find more articles like this, see: teacherofsci.com
  • WeVu - WeVu, cloud software developed from the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) at UBC-Vancouver, focusses on hands-on skills learning where students self-record video using a camera or their phones and instructors provide time-stamped feedback and assessment. Users include health professions, business communication, trades education, and performing arts. WeVu also accommodates the collaborative annotation of audio, images, and PDF. Media files can be uploaded into the software or can be imported from YouTube, Dropbox, or other servers. WeVu also provides user activity logs, allowing .csv download of user activity and time-stamped and general comments. A free version of WeVu is available, limited to 1 site per site owner (unlimited site members) and with videos stored externally on YouTube or Dropbox.   WeVu  
  • Seesaw - It is an app and website that offers instructors different assessment methods of students and ways to create interactive lessons for students.  Like other websites that allow for portfolios, students can create their own portfolios while allowing for communication between students, parents, and teachers.  Students can use online tools to demonstrate their creativity and learning.   Seesaw   Keywords: ePortfolio
  • Trello - Trello is an online tool for managing professional projects and personal tasks. Use Trello boards, lists, and cards to organize and prioritize projects and to-do lists. This task management app gives you a visual overview of what is being worked on and who is working on it. Trello is a web-based Kanban-style list-making application, useful in managing and maintaining task using different columns and move the task in between them. Columns are further divided into the to-do, in progress, done, and pending tasks. This tool can be used for personal and business purposes including project management, software project management, school bulletin boards, lesson planning, accounting, web design, gaming, and law office case management. This tool is very useful in the project management settings and since it is an interactive easy to use for the team to be efficiently used in the team environment.   Trello   Keywords: ...
  • CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER) - This guide was created by the City University of New York (CUNY) to assist Librarians, faculty, staff & OER developers create accessible content and accessible Open Educational Resources (OER). On this guide you will find information on: Creating Accessible Content: Platforms: Evaluating your OER site: VPATs: Voluntary Product Accessibility Template   CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Paywall: The Business of Scholarship - This full-length (1 hr.) documentary focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. This film is free to view both in personal and public venues with a CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons license.   Paywall: The Business of Scholarship   Keywords: Creative Commons, Copyright, Open Educational Resource (OER)
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports the creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research posters, and public service announcements.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
  • Visual Learning Center by Visme - The resource to help you become a better visual communicator. The site contains a wide array of resources visual learners and presenters. These resources will help you become a better presenter, communicator, and storyteller by creating better presentations and infographics.   Visual Learning Center by Visme   Keywords: visual learning, digital literacy, blogs and wikis, visualize information, presentation
  • Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) - With academic researchers as the target audience in mind, Directory of Open Access (DOAR) is a platform that conveys the true meaning of open access for full-text resources. It strives to enhance the access of resources so much to not include any site with limited access or sites that contain only metadata records. OpenDOAR is a quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.   Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • A Rising Tide: How Closed Captions Can Benefit All Students - Closed captioning is higher education is generally geared toward students with some kind of disabilities. However, regardless of having any disability, studies suggest that most students in today's colleges and universities use closed captions at least some of the time, among whom about 90 percent find them at least moderately helpful for learning. Specific ways in which closed captions can aid learning include comprehension, accuracy, engagement, and retention.   A Rising Tide: How Closed Captions Can Benefit All Students   Keywords: accessibility, captions
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - With the ever rising cost of education, the textbook price is also rising. The open educational resources model has surfaced as a response to this problem and to meet the increasing demand of high-quality learning materials. Open textbooks can be offered by commercial publishers or found in open repositories. Open resources can promote active learning through student interaction with the text, particularly when they contribute to authorship. Although open textbooks face questions about the accuracy and reliability of their content, they allow higher education instructors to design content for their courses on an as-needed basis, choosing from an array of books, articles, videos, audio recordings, and readings. This EDUCAUSE resource provides concise information about OERs. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and ...
  • Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking - In a world of competition and exhilaration, success comes to those who are actively organized. A vital tool to aide students in today's digital era where as much of learning happens online as it does in an in-person classroom is a proper note taking strategy. KQED Inc. describes how digital note taking strategies can enhance students' thinking ability and thus, assist them to achieve success.     Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking     Keywords: organization, note taking, digital notes, efficiency  
  • Internet Safety – GCFLearnFree.org - This site shares a number of Google search strategies and tips created by the Goodwill Community Foundation (GFC) Global to get you started on your quest to find new things to learn about.  This link connects you with a brief tutorial on searching better with Google. Exploring the site will bring you to multiple resources. For example: Internet safety is the focus @ Internet Safety - GCFLearnFree.org The dashboard presents many topical choices beyond searching @ https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/search-better-2018/ Keywords: digital literacy, lifelong learning
  • Versal - Versal is a 'daily learning platform' with a holistic approach with educators as the target audience, Versal provides an online space for easy presentation of lecture materials with integrated interactive assignments. Versal makes online learning simple enough for anyone to deploy. Blend classroom lectures with interactive assignments, make distance learning more effective,   Versal
  • Boomerang for Gmail: Scheduled sending and email reminders - With so many emails per day from so many senders, it is a challenge to differentiate from important to not so important ones. Boomerang for Gmail makes organizing emails easier with integrated reminders and pre-scheduled sending ability for its users.   Boomerang for Gmail: Scheduled sending and email reminders   Keywords: Email reminders, scheduled email, organizing email    
  • Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship - Mike Ribble identified Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship that comprise a digital citizen and he explains each on his website. The updated Digital Citizenship definition is "the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use."   Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship   Keywords: Digital literacy, Digital Fluency
  • MOOC-list - MOOC-list allows you to search for freely available online courses from Coursera, edX, Futurelearn, and other providers. You can search using multiple criteria such as subjects, keywords, platforms, etc.   MOOC-list
  • Accessible Course Design - This site helps instructors and instructional designers implement strategies for accessible course design. The goal is to provide information that is easily understandable to individuals who are not necessarily technology-oriented and may not know much about working with people with disabilities. The tips on this website have been written to accommodate students who are deaf or hard of hearing, use screen readers for a vision impairment, have learning or other disabilities, or are color blind. Many of these tips also improve learning for all students, which is called Universal Design. A particularly useful resource on this site is a video about how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to make PDF accessible.   Accessible Course Design   Keywords: Accessibility, PDF, video, captioning,
  • MEMORANG - Memorang is an online tool and app that helps students and teachers alike. Create quizzes and flashcards that can be shared and gamified. Membership is free, additional add-ons at a cost.   Memorang
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • StoryMap - StoryMap, by Knight Lab, can be used to tell a highlight of a particular image or historical map (its tagline is "maps that tell stories"). Users can guide viewers through a series of zoomed-in highlights to a particular image or map, highlight areas of interest in the image. Each item that's designated can feature text, images, audio, or video. One example is Arya's Journey, for you Game of Thrones fans. You can view Arya's journey from the book series on a historical map.   StoryMap
  • Thinglink - Thinglink can annotate images with text, audio, or video. You can then share your annotated media in a website, LMS, or present online. Educators can try it out for free.   Thinglink   Keywords: interactive poster
  • Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators (HAPPE) - Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators, HAPPE, is a monthly blog series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.  The goal of the series is to connect practitioners and educators in the Helping Professions with mobile apps they may find useful in practice or in their pursuit of life-long learning.  We believe digital literacies are important skills for the new millennium. This series aims to educate and inspire Helpers to appropriately integrate technology into their professional lives.   Happe   Keywords: mental health, counseling, mobile apps
  • Quizlet - Create your own study materials or choose from millions created by other Quizlet users. Quizlet has a number of powerful interactive learning tools, such as: - Creating flashcards - Memory games - Race against the clock Matching games - Listen to automatic pronunciations in 18 languages - Enhance studying with images and audio Quizlet Live is also available and is a collaborative learning game for the classroom to allow teams of students to work together, racing to learn the material in a Quizlet study set.   Quizlet   Keywords: games, gamification, quiz, language
  • NewsPrism - Newsprism offers links to a wide range of newspapers, commentary, and opinion sites.  The site arranges news and opinion content from Left/Liberal to Center to Right/Conservative enabling readers and researchers to explore differing perspectives, understand arguments from another perspective, and challenge their own ideas.   NewsPrism  
  • SurfSafe - Defend the internet. Bring the world to the Internet without false news. If you see something that is false, report it! Supercharge your browser to catch fake news! SurfSafe is protecting users from misleading, photoshopped, and fake news throughout the Internet. The extension marks the level of safety of an image or article on the corners. Never again will you be misled by photoshopped images scattered throughout the Internet. You can also decide which organizations to base the truth off of. Add the extension to Chrome for free!   SurfSafe
  • 9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen – using technology appropriately - This webpage from Digital Citizenship, developed by Mike Ribble, shares The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship. They fall into three categories, which are listed below.   Respect Your Self / Respect Others Etiquette Access Law Educate Your Self / Connect with Others Communicate Literacy Commerce Protect Your Self / Protect Others Rights & Responsibilities Safety (Security) Health and Welfare   9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen   Keywords: digital literacy, digital fluency
  • OER Community Course Experience - The OER Community Course Experience is created by the State University of New York (SUNY) OER Services. The SUNY OER Community Courses introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to Open Educational Resources. Throughout the learning space, you have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing, and licensing OER. In this course, participants have opportunities to connect in conversation with peers, and work with OER advocates from the SUNY community who can help you along your learning journey.   OER Community Course Experience   Keywords: Open Educational Resources, OER, tutorial  
  • Health (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health): Open Educational Resources for the Health Professions by New York University - The Libraries of New York University's collection of OER materials that are relevant to health professions, such as Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health.   Health (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health): Open Educational Resources for the Health Professions   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Babble – learn a new language online - Babble is a language learning website. It is effective and easy to use. You can explore a new language by taking a brief sample lesson that ends with a quiz. The sample lesson involves writing as well as speaking exercises. Babble is housed in Germany and it offers reasonable monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual subscription/payment options.   Babble   Keywords: Lifelong Learning
  • Med-Tech Innovation News - This website is the UK and Ireland leading publication for medical design and manufacturing technology and innovation. Their expert editorial team brings together daily news, technical content, analysis, case studies and high-profile interviews with industry experts and thought leaders. Med-Tech Innovation News provides intelligence for professionals involved in the design and production of Class I, II & III medical engineering and manufacturing community with the latest innovations in technology, materials, processes, digital health, and R&D.   Med-Tech Innovation News   Keywords: Blogs, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Resource Library  
  • SAMR Model - The SAMR model, developed by Ruben Puentedura, is a theoretical framework for scaffolding technology integration into education. The video below describes SAMR (Substitution - Augmentation - Modification - Redefinition) and introduces you to the model. The Emerging Ed Tech website provides a few Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle. SAMR Model   (Video length: 2 minutes)   Keywords: 3D, Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps
  • ALISON - Alison is a free online site that offers courses from the world’s leading experts. Join 12 million learners in distance learning courses which contribute to the lifelong learning, share information and knowledge, and exchange ideas.   ALISON   Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Presentations, Resource Library, Video
  • Stanford University Online – Lagunita.edu Platform via EDx  - Lagunita is Stanford's instance of the open-source software release of the Open edX platform, which was developed by the joint Harvard/MIT non-profit organization, and which Stanford engineers have been collaborating on since April 2013. Lagunita hosts many of the free, online courses that are taught by Stanford faculty and made available to lifelong learners around the world for self-enrichment. Lagunita also hosts a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of Stanford University's schools and departments. All of the personal and professional learning opportunities that are hosted on Lagunita and open to the public are made available through Stanford Online. To see their complete catalog of Stanford Online courses on Lagunita and other platforms, you can visit their website below.   Stanford University Online - Lagunita.edu Platform via EDx  Keywords: Lifelong Learning  
  • TED Talks - TED Talks: ideas worth spreading include talks from speakers from a variety of backgrounds who provide thought-provoking presentations about a wide variety of topics. The short TED Talk videos average 10 to 18 minutes. This is a powerful tool for life long learning. The talks are given by people from all walks of life who share insights about a wide variety of topics.   TED Talks   5 Benefits Of Watching Ted Talks   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Video  
  • Digital Public Library of America - "The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society. DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions."   Digital Public Library of America   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Business Balls – Free Online Learning and Development Website - Business Balls is a free ethical learning and development resource for people and organizations. It is one of the most mind-boggling collections of free management training materials that you'll find on the Internet. New features include badges, learning plans linked to accredited competency frameworks, wikis (for collaborative content development), fresh content from international thought leaders and academics, and dynamic quizzes (to complement Quizballs.com). The concept began last century as an experimental online collection of learning and development ideas. The website is now used by about a million people each month. The philosophy of the website is intended to be ethical, practical, innovative, compassionate and enjoyable.   BusinessBalls   Make sure to also visit the Self-awareness Section   Below is an example of Critical Thinking Types according to "Howard Gardner - Theory of Learning that called 'Multiple Intelligence Theory' in the learning process to perceive information".    Keywords: Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, ...
  • WorldCat - Search for library items from throughout the world. "Find what you want in a library near you with WorldCat, a global catalog of library collections."   WorldCat   Keywords: Lifelong Learning
  • Libby, by OverDrive – an app for library ebooks and audiobooks - Download thousands of ebooks and audiobooks from your local library. You can borrow items, instantly, for free, using a mobile device. The app works together with Overdrive. Since a Library card is needed to check out items, the use of this app may be slightly limited.   Libby   Keywords: Lifelong Learning
  • Grammarly - This online grammar checker corrects mistakes and other writing errors across a variety of programs and directly in the browser.   Grammarly   Keywords: Lifelong Learning
  • Geocaching – The Largest Treasure Hunt Game - Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil. The geocacher signs the log with their established code name and dates it, in order to prove that they found the cache. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets, usually of more sentimental worth than financial. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, waymarking, and Munzee. Geocaches For the traditional geocache, a geocacher will place a waterproof container containing a log book ...
  • FutureLearn: Free Online Courses - FutureLearn is a digital education platform founded in December 2012. The company is wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) learning platform, and as of May 2018 included 143 UK and international partners, including non-university partners. "Whether anyone wants to develop as a professional or discover a new hobby, there's an online course for that."  They can even take their learning further with online Programs and Degrees. Future Learn's courses span a broad range of topics. The first course opened on 14 October 2013 and since then 4,155,568 people have joined and taken part in courses. The first courses to be made available included: "Web science: how the web is changing the world" (University of Southampton), "Introduction to ecosystems" (The Open University), "Improving your image: dental photography in practice" (University of Birmingham), "Causes of war" (King's College London), "The discovery of ...
  • Google – Search Better Tutorial at GCFGlobal - This site shares a number of Google search strategies and tips created by the Goodwill Community Foundation (GFC) Global to get you started on your quest to find new things to learn about. Learn the basics and advanced strategies for searching for info online. Get more out of your Google Search results with this helpful tutorial. Learn about the many hidden features of Google Search in this tutorial.   Google - Search Better Tutorial at GCFGlobal   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • Creative Commons – CC License Definitions, Search for Materials, & Share Your Work - The links below explain the various levels of permissions and Creative Commons licenses, enable searching for Creative Commons licensed materials, and provide information to those who wish to share their work using Creative Commons licenses.   Creative Commons Website   Creative Commons Licenses Search Creative Commons Materials Share Your Work using Creative Commons Licenses   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Searching
  • OpenSimulator – Design your own Virtual Reality space for education, meetings, or games - The open source movement allowed complex avatar-based, game-engine software to become available free of charge using OpenSimulator.  Contributions from artists and designers now makes pre-developed virtual artifacts and design spaces available to educators, meeting planners, and game designers; easy modifications and adjustments allow for custom virtual environments for an infinity of purposes. Server rental companies, such as Kitely, are now making it possible to have up to 40 avatars at any time on up to 4 virtual islands for $20 per month; and, you can put a virtual island on your own institutional server (for free, sort-of).  This link brings you to a theory-and-practice based resource on outlines education uses and possibilities with these environments that have been used by its author for over 10 years in her own teaching. Here's a student during the creative learning/practice stage in a course where she ...
  • Jigsaw Classroom – Elliot Aronson - The Jigsaw Classroom is a cooperative learning technique that reduces racial conflict among school children, promotes better learning, improves student motivation, and increases enjoyment of the learning experience.   Jigsaw Classroom   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Websites
  • Introduction to Gamification video by Scott Nicholson - This video, presented by Scott Nicholson from the University of Syracuse, provides an Introduction to Meaningful Gamification and discusses in greater detail about what it means to develop gamified activities.   Introduction to Gamification video by Scott Nicholson   Keywords: Gamification, Lifelong Learning, Video
  • Blinkist - Blinkist is an app that takes a non-fiction book, summarizes it and reads it back to you (in audio or text) within 15 minutes. This app is great for people who love to learn new things but don't have the time to read an entire book. Note: a free trial is available. Otherwise, the app must be paid on a monthly or yearly subscription.   Blinkist   Keywords: Audio, Lifelong Learning, Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools
  • Lynda - Lynda is an online education company that offers thousands of video courses on various topics like, software, technology, and business skills. Lynda.com has recently merged with LinkedIn. Lynda   Note: New York state residents are eligible for a New York Public Library (NYPL) card to access Lynda tutorials. Other library systems and institutions also make Lynda.com available to their communities. If you are aware of other options to access Lynda.com, please edit this entry ad add information.   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Mobile Apps, Video  
  • Creative Commons USA - Creative Commons USA is a chapter of the CC Global Network. This site provides an array of resources that can be used to further your understanding or train others on Creative Commons such as what it is, how to use materials, implementing, etc.   Creative Commons USA   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Video
  • TED Talk: Creative collaboration — a 21st century imperative - "Paul Roe plays the clarinet and has particular musical interests in performance, coaching, research, education and participative music making. Paul's talk is entitled Creative Collaboration -- A 21st Century Imperative. His talk begins with a short performance. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event."   TEDTalk - Creative collaboration -- a 21st century imperative: Paul Roe at TEDx Fulbright Dublin   Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning
  • TED Talk: This is your brain on communication - This TED Talk, given by Neuroscientist Uri Hasson, takes us inside his lab’s fascinating research — and our heads — to show the meeting of the minds that occurs every time we talk to each other.   TED Talk: This is your brain on communication   Keywords: Lifelong Learning
  • Planbook.edu - Planbook.edu is a great source for educators to use to simply lesson plans. This site allows educators to select their state so that standards will auto-fill. The site can be accessed from any computer.   Planbookedu
  • Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers - This electronic book helps readers learn how to fact-check claims made on the Internet on a variety of topics.   Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers   The author, Michael Caulfield, also has a companion blog: Four moves   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Searching
  • The 10 Best Fact Checking Sites - This list of the top 10 sites helps students, or anyone, determine the bias and accuracy of information, which is published by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). This site introduces you to 10 fact-checking sites.   Top 10 sites to help students check their facts   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • ALA Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education which has been published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions. The six concepts that anchor the frames are presented alphabetically: Authority Is Constructed and Contextual Information Creation as a Process Information Has Value Research as Inquiry Scholarship as Conversation Searching as Strategic Exploration ALA Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world? - This article, published by Trudi Jacobson and Tom Mackey in the journal "The Publication," talks about what it means to be a metaliterate person in today's society that is filled with fake news. It also provides strategies to become a critical consumer of information.   How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world Keywords: Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning  
  • Public Records and Factual Research (Harvard Law School Library) - This website maintained by the Harvard Law School Library has numerous resources to find public records consisting of business, property, and personal records. Many of the resources are freely available and some provide more in-depth information for a fee.   Public Records and Factual Research (Harvard Law School Library)   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity
  • What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains? - This video, produced by KarmaTube, discusses the hazards of surfing from page to page on the Internet without taking time to deeply consider what we are interacting with. It brings this point to our attention so that we instead take time to try to focus and contemplate on the information that we do come across.   What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains? (4-min. video)  
  • Coursera - Perhaps the best-known provider of online MOOCs, Coursera describes itself as providing "universal access to the world s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online." While courses are mostly free or low-cost, students must pay to secure a certificate of completion. Students can even complete degrees online via Coursera and partnering institutions.   Coursera   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Udacity - Udacity's tagline reads: "where lifelong learners come to learn the skills they need, to land the jobs they want, to build the lives they deserve." While Udacity offers many university-style MOOCs, this for-profit site is now oriented towards vocational education, offering courses and nanodegrees in technological fields.   Udacity Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access  
  • Canvas Network - Canvas Network provides an open platform where "teachers, students, and institutions worldwide can connect and plan their own course for personal growth, professional development and academic inquiry." Learners can choose between enrolling in a MOOC or courses that have enrollment caps. Canvas does not award certificates or degrees although many partnering institutions do. The Canvas Learning Management Platform allows schools to build the digital learning environment that meets the unique challenges faced by their institution. Canvas simplifies teaching, elevates learning, and eliminates the headaches of supporting and growing traditional learning technologies. Canvas is made up of a powerful set of highly integrated learning products that allow institutions to get all of the functionality they need and none that they don’t. Instructure built Canvas with open, adaptable, reliable, native cloud technologies that empower learning in every context.   Canvas Network   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & ...
  • Edorble Academy - A learning community for those interested in 3D/VR technology, online learning, education technology, gamification, and more.   Edorble   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Pipl - Pipl identifies itself as the world's largest people search engine currently with over 3 billion people in its database. It is the place to find the person behind the email address, social username or phone number.   Pipl   This Tool Will Help You Clean Up After Your Online Footprints - A recent article discussing how PiPL can be used professionally. Focused on journalists and other people who write for the Web, but the advice applies to everyone.   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy
  • LastPass - In this current world of multiple sign-ins, it's difficult to impossible to remember all our passwords. Password managers can be a big help. LastPass remembers all your passwords so you don't have to. Once it's been stored in LastPass, you'll always have it wherever you go. LastPass generates long, randomized passwords that are a barrier to hacking. It goes further to fill in forms and payment details for you once the information is safely stored. It also makes it possible to store digital records and share important information safely.   LastPass   How to use a password manager and why you really should - As the title says, discusses the why and how of keeping passwords safe. Provides links to several informative articles as well as two other password manaagers. (Note: I'm not sure why they don't mention KeyPass - another popular password manager.)   Keywords: ...
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - This concise and well-organized document by Educause explains Creative Commons and its relationship to copyright. Creative Commons allows copyright owners to release some of those rights while retaining others, with the goal of increasing access to and sharing of intellectual property. It further discusses who's using it and how; and the implications for teaching and learning. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons   What we do - What is Creative Commons? - Information about how Creative Commons works, its programs, platforms, and ...
  • Google Search Advanced Feature - Google can be helpful in finding reusable resources. It explains how to use their advanced search features and explains various types of usage rights.   Google Search Advanced Feature   Google Guide making searching even easier - More information about how to use this tool - with examples.   Keywords: Audio, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images Searching
  • Interesting Ways to find Creative Commons Resources - This slideshow is rich with resources that are about Creative Commons (CC) or that are a source of CC-licensed resources including music, videos, images, and more. There are also resources to explain copyright and information about other resources for finding Open Educational Resources.   Interesting Ways* to find Creative Commons resources   Your Digital Footprint Matters   Keywords: Audio, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Searching
  • Lifelong Learning and Technology Article - This article looks at the interest in lifelong learning among adults. It reports on a Pew Research Center survey on the topic showing considerable interest amount the American public. The Internet is instrumental in meeting this interest, but the use of it varies inversely with levels of education and income.   Lifelong Learning and Technology   Lifelong Learning and Technology by John Horrigan - A podcast on the topic by John Horrigan, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center who just released the report.   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • TED Talks: lifelong learning playlist - TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). This playlist is of 5 TED Talks related to lifelong learning. Titles include "The Nerd's Guide to Learning Everything Online"; The Life-long Learner"; "What We're Learning from Online Education"; "On Being Wrong"; "What Adults Can Learn from Kids."   TED Talks: The love of lifelong learning   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • Intellectual Property: Part I Video - This entertaining video explaining intellectual property rights and discussing how you can share and protect your rights simultaneously is created the State University of New York Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative.   Intellectual Property: Part I Video (3 min. video)   What is Intellectual Property? - A definition and resources from the World Intellectual Property Organization   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Four Reasons to Care About Your Digital Footprint - This enlightening 8-minute video demonstrates the lesser-known issues that can arise from our trips around the Internet. It discusses how extensively our online views are tracked and shows how this information is of commercial value to various entities, how little control we have over who gets access, the possibility of identity theft, and the potential impact on our reputations.   Four Reasons to Care About Your Digital Footprint   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy
  • 11 Myths of Digital Literacy, Debunked - Designed primarily for educators but relevant for students as well, "11 Digital Literacy Myths, Debunked" provides a definition of "digital literacy." The authors then explore why being digitally literate matters, focusing particularly on common misconceptions.   11 Myths of Digital Literacy, Debunked   Keywords: Digital Literacy
  • Ten Basic Rules of Netiquette or Internet Etiquette - The rules of etiquette are just as important in cyberspace as they are in the real world -- and the evidence of poor netiquette can stick around to haunt you for much longer. Following these basic rules of netiquette, to avoid damaging your online and offline relationships.   Ten Basic Rules of Netiquette or Internet Etiquette   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy
  • Google Alerts - You can get emails when new results for a topic show up in Google Search. For example, you can get info about news, products, or mentions of your name. This Google support page below provides clear instructions.   Google Alerts   Five Creative Uses for Google Alerts - Discussion of the power of Google Alerts and five specific ways it can be useful.   Keywords: Lifelong Learning

Mobile Apps

  • Loomies - The Loomie App allows you to create and style your own customized avatar and stickers that can be used on various online platforms. First, you use a selfie to create your Loomie. You can choose among different accessories to make your Loomie. The shape and form of your Loomie can be customized using the built-in editing system of the Loomie app. After you save your avatar to your Loom Account, you can use it across different apps and integrations, such as Zoom, WhatsApp, etc. Loomies
  • Equation Editor - This application includes a complete math equation editor along with the option to discuss math problems in a common forum. This application includes a full-featured math equation editor is included and you can easily write calculus, matrices, determinants, or trigonometry equations with a user-friendly interface. All symbols are included and most frequently used symbols are accessible with a single click. You can also share equations edited/created using this app as images and write a math equation using three different colors to explain solutions.   Equation Editor
  • Stellarium Mobile Sky Map - Stellarium is a planetarium mobile app used to see the star when you look up in the sky. It uses the GPS location to track down the exact position and movement of the star, planets, comets, satellites, and more just by pointing it in the sky. This app is rated as one of the best astronomical applications because of its easy access and minimalist user interface for children and adults. This application can be easily used by pointing your device in the sky and by scrolling up and down, you can explore a catalog of 600,000 stars and other dark bodies in the night sky. Stellarium is available for both iOS and Android devices you can easily download it from the App Store or Play store.   Stellarium Mobile Sky Map
  • VERO - Vero is a social media platform and mobile app company. Vero markets itself as a social network free from advertisements. Vero Members are a creative bunch and like nothing more than discovering new stories, people, causes, and projects to get behind.   Vero  
  • Xender - Xender is one of the world's leading application for file transfer and sharing. It offers users the convenience to transfer files of different types and sizes between mobile devices, either Android or iOS based, with no need for cables or Wi-Fi or cellular internet connection, and with absolutely no mobile data usage for transfer.   Xender
  • MeisterTask - MeisterTask is an intuitive project and task management tool on the web and mobile. With its powerful collaboration features and flexible, Kanban-style project boards, MeisterTask lets you and your team manage projects of all types and sizes. It keeps you up to date on your project progress and it makes sure that you never lose focus on your to-dos and on your important deadlines.   MeisterTask
  • Doodle Buddy - Doodle Buddy is the most fun your fingers can have on a Windows device! It's like finger-painting, but instead of getting your fingers messy, you get to create amazing works of art that you can share with friends. Even non-artists can create a masterpiece with thousands of colors, stencils, and stamps.   Doodle Buddy
  • Mentimeter - With Mentimeter, you can create fun and interactive presentations, polls, brainstorming sessions in meetings, classes, gatherings, conferences, and others with real-time feedback. It is an easy-to-use PowerPoint presentation alternative that lets you engage and interact with your audience in real-time. You set the questions and your audience can give their input via a mobile phone or any other Internet-connected device. You can also link the results to your video-conferencing platforms. This is a fascinating tool to build interactive presentations with the easy-to-use online editor. Add questions, polls, quizzes, slides, images, and more to your presentation to create fun and engaging presentations. You can engage with your audience during the session and they can use their smartphones to connect to the presentation to answer questions. Visualize their responses in real-time to create a fun and interactive experience.   Mentimeter   Video tutorial Free for education   Keywords: #wordcloud
  • Joplin - Joplin is a free, open-source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organized into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged, and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format. The notes can be synchronized with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV, or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronizing the notes, notebooks, tags, and other metadata are saved to plain text files that can be easily inspected, backed up, and moved around. The application is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS (the terminal app also works on FreeBSD). Joplin App
  • Metaverse - Metaverse is an easy way to create Augmented Reality Experiences on your computer and watch them come to life in the Metaverse app. When using AR always be aware of your surroundings, watch out for people, moving objects, still objects, and more. Have fun and be safe.   Metaverse
  • Yalla - Yalla is the most popular Live Group Voice Talking and Entertaining Community. Voice Chat and play games with people from nearby or all over the world. Meet new friends is never easier: Choose group voice rooms from thousands of live rooms daily, filter rooms by Countries or Topics. 50+ Countries have already been covered, while tons of topics are available to choose from. Party with friends with no distances: Group voice-talk with friends no matter where they are, broadcast your favorite music inside the room, sing karaoke together, and play a range of games directly in group chat. Let's get the party started. Enjoy free live voice chat over 3G, 4G, LTE, or WiFi.   Features: PUBLIC CHAT ROOMS — Browse 1,000's of live chat rooms from nearby or around the world that cover thousands of topics. PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS — Start private one-on-one text and voice conversations with your ...
  • Splitwise - This application is used to keep track of your shared expenses and balances with housemates, trips, groups, friends, and family.   Splitwise Main features of this application are:- Split Expenses, record debts Equal, unequal splits Calculate total balances Simplify debts Categorize expenses Easy CSV reports Offline mode, cloud sync As per BusinessInsider website: "I never fight with roommates over bills because of this genius expense-splitting app".
  • HelloTalk - HelloTalk is the ultimate for foreign language exchange. Learn a language by chatting with native speakers around the world. HelloTalk is an app that combines social media with education and collaboration. It connects individuals from all over the globe in a single app and helps them learn language from each other. The idea behind the app is, if a Japanese person wants to learn Nepali, and if a Nepali person wants to learn Japanese, they can connect in the app with each other and help each other learn their language. HelloTalk  
  • NPTEL – A Centre of MOOCs - National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project of MHRD initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003, to provide quality education to anyone interested in learning from the IITs. The main goal was to create web and video courses in all major branches of engineering and physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level. It is cited as the largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects and is the most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world. Online courses are available on topics relevant to students in all years of higher education along with basic core courses in sciences and ...
  • Discord - Discord is a proprietary freeware VoIP application and digital distribution platform designed for video gaming communities, that specializes in text, image, video and audio communication between users in a chat channel. Discord is also gaining adoption in other communities, beuond just gaming, as well. Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in web browsers.   Discord
  • Binumi - Video platform. Easy-to-use and free. Create a video in seconds from a vast video library. A collection of 4 million multimedia clips. Select frame-by-frame to create your storyboard.  Add voice recordings, edit in seconds. A great way to create. Videos can be public or private. Share on Binumi site, social media or YouTube. Mobile App too.   Binumi
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • 35 Brilliant Classroom Apps - With the huge amount of classroom apps available, it's hard to know which ones to use with your students. You don't want to invest a large amount of your precious time setting one up only to find it's not what you thought it was. Fear not. Check out these reviews of 35 of the best classroom apps available.   REVIEW: The 35 BEST Educational Apps for Students   There are more great Edtech articles available on teacherofsci.com Keywords: #collection
  • Seesaw - It is an app and website that offers instructors different assessment methods of students and ways to create interactive lessons for students.  Like other websites that allow for portfolios, students can create their own portfolios while allowing for communication between students, parents, and teachers.  Students can use online tools to demonstrate their creativity and learning.   Seesaw   Keywords: ePortfolio
  • Sounds: The Pronunciation App - This app helps you with English pronunciation by providing a chart with sounds of each letter, practice quiz and practice test on typing it out and saying the English language the right way. You also can learn about vowels and consonants.   Sounds: The Pronunciation App       
  • Clips - Clips is an iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more. From choosing backgrounds to using animated special effect and 3D, Clips makes the whole experience of capturing a moment and sharing it more fun. As Clips is in sync with iCloud, creating memorable moments is equally available on all Apple products.   Clips   Keywords: mobile apps, photo and images, social media, video, personal identity
  • Snapchat - Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are meant to disappear after they're viewed. It's advertised as a "new type of camera" because the essential function is to take a picture or video, add filters, lenses or other effects and share them with friends. It's like texting, but with pictures. Feeds are also created that lets others subscribe to be notified about newly added posts.   Snapchat   Keywords: photos, social media, messaging
  • Podbean - Podbean is used to listen to podcasts and can be used on a phone, mobile device, or desktop. You can use Podbean to easily record and publish your own podcasts.   Podbean
  • MEMORANG - Memorang is an online tool and app that helps students and teachers alike. Create quizzes and flashcards that can be shared and gamified. Membership is free, additional add-ons at a cost.   Memorang
  • True Key By McAfee - True Key is the easier, safer way to unlock your digital world. It’s an application you can download on all your devices, to remove the hassle of passwords. Get started by logging in to the True Key app using unique factors such as your fingerprint or a device you own. From there, the app works quietly in the background to make your current passwords stronger, remembering them, and instantly logging you in – so you don’t have to. The True Key app offers customizable security so you can log in with one factor for fast access, or combine multiple factors together for added security – you decide. To log in to your favorite sites with True Key, click the site you want to access. True Key automatically fills in your login details to provide access.   True Key   Keyword: security
  • PixStori - PixStori™ is an app to record stories about your smartphone photos. It links voice and still images in a multimedia PixStori that can be instantly shared on social media, uploaded into searchable cloud collections of family or group memories, and collected as crowdsourced field data for organizations and businesses. It is Oral History meets Instagram. PixStori is a very useful app to combine pictures with audio. This is a great tool where we can take pictures with your phone and add audio to explain the picture, or even music and environment ambiance sounds related to it. This is a very easy alternative to recording videos and to create mementos of moments or voice note for poster/academic/class presentations. Every picture has a story to tell. Now you can tell that story in your own voice and share it now and for the future. ...
  • Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators (HAPPE) - Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators, HAPPE, is a monthly blog series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.  The goal of the series is to connect practitioners and educators in the Helping Professions with mobile apps they may find useful in practice or in their pursuit of life-long learning.  We believe digital literacies are important skills for the new millennium. This series aims to educate and inspire Helpers to appropriately integrate technology into their professional lives.   Happe   Keywords: mental health, counseling, mobile apps
  • Adobe Premiere Rush - Unveiled at Adobe Max in October 2018, Premiere Rush CC is an easier-to-use version of Premiere aimed at YouTubers and other video content creators. You can capture, edit, color-correct, and more, then publish to YouTube, Instagram and elsewhere. Rush works on both desktop and mobile devices (iOS now, Android soon) - and it automatically syncs your projects to the cloud. See the intro video and basic tutorial below for help using this software. Note: there are fees to use this software.   Adobe Premiere Rush https://youtu.be/HcmHef3RvGE   https://images-tv.adobe.com/avp/vr/2bb6da60-1ec0-4a1b-8a9e-7194d1e28abb/45fb0b0b-40d1-495b-be88-cd945ce96844/c8e41bcf-2eef-449f-893b-6ddef345e7dd_20180908062846.854x480at800_h264.mp4   Keywords: video, edit
  • Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.   Adobe Education Exchange   After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find: Lesson plans and other learning materials Self-directed workshop Live short courses Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities. https://youtu.be/2FTMCVBRQGc   Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
  • SAMR Model - The SAMR model, developed by Ruben Puentedura, is a theoretical framework for scaffolding technology integration into education. The video below describes SAMR (Substitution - Augmentation - Modification - Redefinition) and introduces you to the model. The Emerging Ed Tech website provides a few Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle. SAMR Model   (Video length: 2 minutes)   Keywords: 3D, Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps
  • AllTrails - Use the AllTrails App to record the trails you explore. It's a hiking/walking/exploring community which use the App module to connect people together and helping people record their exploring experience. In addition, there are over 50,000 trails that already exist that have photos and reviews which have been added by the community of users.   AllTrails Keywords: Mobile Apps
  • Geocaching – The Largest Treasure Hunt Game - Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil. The geocacher signs the log with their established code name and dates it, in order to prove that they found the cache. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets, usually of more sentimental worth than financial. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, waymarking, and Munzee. Geocaches For the traditional geocache, a geocacher will place a waterproof container containing a log book ...
  • FutureLearn: Free Online Courses - FutureLearn is a digital education platform founded in December 2012. The company is wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) learning platform, and as of May 2018 included 143 UK and international partners, including non-university partners. "Whether anyone wants to develop as a professional or discover a new hobby, there's an online course for that."  They can even take their learning further with online Programs and Degrees. Future Learn's courses span a broad range of topics. The first course opened on 14 October 2013 and since then 4,155,568 people have joined and taken part in courses. The first courses to be made available included: "Web science: how the web is changing the world" (University of Southampton), "Introduction to ecosystems" (The Open University), "Improving your image: dental photography in practice" (University of Birmingham), "Causes of war" (King's College London), "The discovery of ...
  • Popplet - Popplet is a tool that allows users to visualize ideas. Create graphic organizers, timelines, and many other forms of visual organization.   Popplet   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Visual Design
  • Google Keep - Google Keep is like using post-it notes for your phone. It’s a great way to mind dump tasks as they come into your head. Simply create a note, write down the task and pin it onto your screen. It’ll stay there until you complete the task and delete the note. You can also set a reminder to be notified to complete a task so you do not have to worry about missing any important deadlines! You can access Google Keep it on your cellphone or your computer!   Google Keep   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools
  • Flora - Flora is an app that utilizes the Pomodoro technique to keep your focus on one task at a time. Once you set the timer, you may not check messages, answer calls or visit sites on your phone for that period of time. If you stick to your task without getting distracted by your phone, you grow a tree.  The point of the app is to build a forest of trees and look back later to see how productive you’ve been over the weeks.   Flora   Pomodoro Technique   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools  
  • FocusList - FocusList is a way to improve the Pomodoro technique, forcing you to focus on one task without getting distracted. It tracks the time you spend on a task and helps deepen your concentration while you do it.   FocusList   Pomodoro Technique   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools
  • Buffer - Buffer is an app that lets you pre-post your social media posts and “release” them at a specific time. This app allows you to schedule your posts to be visible during the times and days your audience is online.   Buffer   How to use Buffer   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Social Media
  • Blinkist - Blinkist is an app that takes a non-fiction book, summarizes it and reads it back to you (in audio or text) within 15 minutes. This app is great for people who love to learn new things but don't have the time to read an entire book. Note: a free trial is available. Otherwise, the app must be paid on a monthly or yearly subscription.   Blinkist   Keywords: Audio, Lifelong Learning, Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools
  • Flipboard - Flipboard is is your personal e-magazine, at your desk, in your back pocket or on your wrist. Filled with stories, photos, and videos on any interest, it’s a single place to keep up with your world. And now, the top ten stories can be sent right to your Apple Watch.   Flipboard     Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Resource Library
  • UberConference - UberConference is a web-based teleconferencing system. UberConference offers features such as call recording, screen sharing, document sharing, and call summaries are just a few of the features offered.   UberConference   Keywords: audio, mobile apps, productivity, recording, screencast, video, podcasts
  • Lynda - Lynda is an online education company that offers thousands of video courses on various topics like, software, technology, and business skills. Lynda.com has recently merged with LinkedIn. Lynda   Note: New York state residents are eligible for a New York Public Library (NYPL) card to access Lynda tutorials. Other library systems and institutions also make Lynda.com available to their communities. If you are aware of other options to access Lynda.com, please edit this entry ad add information.   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Mobile Apps, Video  
  • WhatsApp - This app is a cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service that can be used to send text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media.   WhatsApp Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Video  
  • Plickers - Lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a card (a "paper clicker"), and use your iPhone/iPad to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com.   Plickers   Plickers Help - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks, and technical support. Plickers Presentation Kit - A kit put together by the Plickers team that includes presentation templates, our getting started guide, Plickers logos, and printable Plickers Cards.   Keywords: Mobile Apps, audience response, classroom response
  • Instagram - Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately. Users can apply various digital filters to their images, and add locations through geotags and assign hashtags to link to other photos.   Instagram   University of New Hampshire - Instagram Help - A simple guide to using Instagram built by the UNH. Do more with Instagram - A board of posts relevant to using Instagram to its fullest.   Keywords: Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Video
  • LastPass - In this current world of multiple sign-ins, it's difficult to impossible to remember all our passwords. Password managers can be a big help. LastPass remembers all your passwords so you don't have to. Once it's been stored in LastPass, you'll always have it wherever you go. LastPass generates long, randomized passwords that are a barrier to hacking. It goes further to fill in forms and payment details for you once the information is safely stored. It also makes it possible to store digital records and share important information safely.   LastPass   How to use a password manager and why you really should - As the title says, discusses the why and how of keeping passwords safe. Provides links to several informative articles as well as two other password manaagers. (Note: I'm not sure why they don't mention KeyPass - another popular password manager.)   Keywords: ...
  • The Padagogy Wheel - A graphical representation of the interface of mobile apps with Bloom's Cognitive Domain Categories and the SAMR Model of technology integration. The Padagogy Wheel, developed by Allan Carrington of Designing Outcomes in Adelaide, Australia, is a graphical representation of the interface of mobile apps with Bloom's Cognitive Domain Categories and the SAMR Model of technology integration. Consider more fully exploring the backstory to the wheel, by visiting Carrington's blog, In Support of Excellence. To quote Carrington: The Padagogy Wheel was born out of a desire to help teachers at the coalface of teaching. I wanted a model that could be applied to everything from curriculum planning, development, writing learning objectives and designing student-centered activities. Then quickly help teachers access relevant educational technology e.g. individual iPad apps or sequences of apps, to enhance those activities. Finally to help teachers use that technology to redefine activities to include ...
  • AudioNote - An iOS and Android app that combines a notepad with a voice recording, giving your tablet with a stylus functionality similar to that of a LiveScribe pen. Watch as your text and drawings highlight during playback, helping you to remember the context in which they were taken. Tap your notes to hear the audio that was recorded at that point.   AudioNote   AudiNote Support - Frequently Asked Questions page to assist the utilization of AudioNote's features. Organized by device type.   Keywords: Accessibility, Audio, Mobile Apps
  • GeniusScan - Puts a scanner in your pocket. Quickly scan anything with a smartphone or any camera-equipped tablet. Then email scans using JPG or PDF format for individual documents and for batch processing multiple documents. Using the pro version also saves directly to online storage services including DropBox and Google Drive.   GeniusScan   Articles that provide tutorials, best practices, and troubleshooting for GeniusScan for iOS. Productivity Tutorial: Using Genius Scan to Scan your Documents - In this video tutorial, learn how to scan documents with Genius Scan, which has the ability to automatically sense document boundaries and even enhance the quality of a scan.   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Photos & Images
  • Remind - The Remind app is a great way to communicate with higher education students. Students do not need to download this app to use it. Instructors can send text messages to students without having to see anyone's phone numbers. You can set up classes in Remind and students can enroll from a mobile device or computer. It allows for instant communication, that can be two-way. This communication tool helps teachers reach students where they are, at any time.   Remind   Remind Resources - Best Practices and resources to familiarize the user with the platform and tips for use. 25+ Ways to Use Remind in the Classroom - 25 + ways to use Remind in your classroom from the Remind Blog.   Keywords: chat, text
  • Dictation Software - An article that describes very best dictation apps to turn your voice into text, along with tips for finding the right microphone and creating detailed speech-to-text notes. Plus, you'll find out if voice dictation is right for you.   The Beginner's Guide to Dictation Software: The Best Apps for Voice to Text Productivity   Keywords: Accessibility, Audio, Mobile Apps
  • Evernote - A cross-platform app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving. The app allows users to create a "note" which can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can be tagged or placed into Notebooks for organizational purposes.   Evernote   Evernote Help & Learning - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks and technical support. How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Life - An article that lists the most productive uses for Evernote. To clip webpages simply add the web clipper app to your browser.   Keywords: Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Resource Library
  • Socrative - An instant response tool designed to initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Teacher app. Students receive immediate feedback to enhance student engagement. Quickly assess students with either prepared quizzes or on the fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Student answers to open-ended questions can lead to great classroom discussions. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results to help identify opportunities for further instruction.   Socrative   Socrative Resources - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks, and technical support. The Socrative Review: 9 Ways the Formative Assessment App Can Benefit Your Classroom - An article that explains how to get started with using Socrative in the classroom and the usefulness of the app's functions.   Keywords: Gamification, Mobile Apps, audience response, classroom response

Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • Energy 3D - Energy3D is a simulation-based engineering tool for designing green buildings and power stations that harness renewable energy to achieve sustainable development. Users can quickly sketch up a realistic-looking structure or import one from an existing CAD file, superimpose it on a map image (e.g., Google Maps or lot maps), and then evaluate its energy performance for any given day and location.   Energy3D  
  • Stanford d.school - Everyone has the capacity to be creative. The Stanford d.school is a place where people develop problem-solving skills using methods from across the field of design. Resources on this site include toolkits to guide learners through design challenges. Stanford d.school Stanford d.school - Resources How to Design an Education Escape Room    
  • Wikipedia List of Fact-checking Websites - In this age of misinformation, the internet and mass movement of data on the internet and plethora of data has made is more difficult to know what is true and what is not. People nowadays are looking for instant gratification and quick response and reaction. Fact-checking has become an extremely viable tool.   List of fact-checking websites
  • Edureka - Edureka is an online training provider that helps professionals learn trending technologies for career growth. Learn top trending courses like Big Data, Hadoop, RPA, Cloud, DevOps & More. Expert Educators. Flexible Batch Timings. 24/7 Lifetime Support. Instructor-led Classes. No Cost EMI Option. Edureka - E-Learning Platform
  • Virtual Worlds best Practices in Education - Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is a global grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by the Second Life community to provide an opportunity to showcase the learning that takes place using virtual worlds. Everyone is encouraged to present, attend, and take part in this discussion of collaborative deeper learning and co-presence in virtual worlds and games. The organization holds a virtual conference every year and the VWBPE site has recordings of many of the sessions and access to the prior conference proceedings.   Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education  
  • LearningApps - LearningApps.org is a Web 2.0 application, to support learning and teaching processes with small interactive modules. Those modules can be used directly in learning materials, but also for self-studying. The aim is to collect reusable building blocks and make them available to everyone. Blocks (called Apps) include no specific framework or a specific learning scenario. The blocks are therefore not suitable as complete lessons or tasks. Instead, they must be embedded in an appropriate teaching scenario.   LearningApps
  • Kanopy - Kanopy offers thoughtful entertainment free of charge by partnering with public libraries and universities. Individuals affiliated with a library or educational institution can utilize these resources to educate and raise awareness about important issues. It has movies categorized by genre. The user may also use the search feature to find relevant content based on the title or the subject matter.   Kanopy
  • OpenWHO - OpenWHO is the World Health Organization's new interactive platform that offers online courses to people preparing to work in epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies or already doing so. The OpenWHO platform delivers WHO’s and partners’ expertise closer to where it is needed and provides information in user-friendly formats for frontline responders and decision-makers. The platform is managed by the Learning and Capacity Development unit in the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme. Users take part in a worldwide, social learning network that is based on interactive, online courses and materials covering a variety of subjects. OpenWHO also serves as a forum for the fast sharing of public health expertise and in-depth discussion and feedback on key issues.   OpenWho
  • Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences - Key features of open video repositories are outlined, followed by brief description of specific sites relevant to the social sciences. Although most were created by instructors over the past 10 years to facilitate teaching and learning, significant variations in kind, quality, and number per discipline were discovered. The APA citation for this resource is: Miller, M. V., & CohenMiller, A. S. (2019). Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences. Online Learning Journal, 23(2), 40–66.     Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences
  • NPTEL – A Centre of MOOCs - National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project of MHRD initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003, to provide quality education to anyone interested in learning from the IITs. The main goal was to create web and video courses in all major branches of engineering and physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level. It is cited as the largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects and is the most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world. Online courses are available on topics relevant to students in all years of higher education along with basic core courses in sciences and ...
  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy is an American non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. All resources are available for free to users of the website and app. Teachers can post their relevant subject quiz to their customized students with the class creating feature enabled as in Google Classroom.    Khan Academy
  • SUNY OER Services - SUNY OER Services (SOS) is a shared service organization operating out of the State Uniiversity of New York's (SUNY) Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) who works directly with all SUNY campuses and faculty to provide assistance and knowledge to support OER adoption and sustained use as a driver of faculty choice and student success. Services include offering a ready-to-adopt OER catalog, facilitating the seamless integration of OER into the LMS, the remixing of OER from various sources, and the offline (print) production of OER. The services and resources offered by SUNY’s OER partners are at no cost to SUNY campuses or faculty. User-friendly technology to support adopting, adapting, and building of OER course content Professional development opportunities, online and on campus Networking across faculty and campuses to advance open educational practices Support in establishing sustainable OER programs Guidance around ...
  • Digital BreakoutEDU Sandbox - This site is a "sandbox" of examples of digital breakout lessons modeled after escape rooms and BreakoutEDU kits. Unlike traditional escape room-style lessons, a digital breakout is done entirely online through a webpage created by the instructor. Participants explore the curated site looking for clues and combinations that will unlock digital "locks," typically found in an embedded Google Form. The sandbox allows you to explore different game themes and subject areas, as well as sort by participant age or grade level.   BreakoutEDU Digital Sandbox
  • Clipchamp - With Clipchamp, you can edit, compress, convert, and record without compromising the quality of your video. It also allows you to create Facebook video ads, Youtube videos, Instagram promos, and Slideshow videos. Pick from the different available templates to meet your needs. Create your story now!   Clipchamp
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Open Access Journal Finder - The Open Access Journal Finder by Enago enables you to find quality open access journals that are pre-vetted to protect you from predatory publishers. Enago's free journal finder solves common issues on journal authenticity, predatory journals and article processing fees by utilizing a validated journal index provided by The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The Journal results are validated and certified by the Directory of Open Access Journals and also most relevant to your manuscript's subject area.   The Open Access Journal Finder by Enago  
  • Creative Book Builder - Creative Book Builder allows you to create books in epub format, which can then be exported to iBooks and shared with others. Embed images, audio files, video files, and write text. The advantage of an epub document over a PDF document is that all of the media will be preserved and available for readers to interact with when the final product is published. (Excerpt from All about apps in YOUR classroom!)   Creative Book Builder
  • CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER) - This guide was created by the City University of New York (CUNY) to assist Librarians, faculty, staff & OER developers create accessible content and accessible Open Educational Resources (OER). On this guide you will find information on: Creating Accessible Content: Platforms: Evaluating your OER site: VPATs: Voluntary Product Accessibility Template   CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Paywall: The Business of Scholarship - This full-length (1 hr.) documentary focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. This film is free to view both in personal and public venues with a CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons license.   Paywall: The Business of Scholarship   Keywords: Creative Commons, Copyright, Open Educational Resource (OER)
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports the creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research posters, and public service announcements.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
  • PxHere - Over 1,000,000+ high-quality photos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required. Do whatever you want (CC0). PxHere   Keywords: stock photos, Creative Commons
  • Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) - With academic researchers as the target audience in mind, Directory of Open Access (DOAR) is a platform that conveys the true meaning of open access for full-text resources. It strives to enhance the access of resources so much to not include any site with limited access or sites that contain only metadata records. OpenDOAR is a quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.   Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Project Noah | Networked Organisms And Habitats - Project Noah is "a global citizen science platform to discover, share, and identify wildlife. It is a software tool that that nature lovers can use to explore and document local wildlife and share with others. It also provides a common technology platform for research groups, teachers and students interested in wildlife.   Project Noah | Networked Organisms And Habitats   Keywords: Wildlife    
  • A Rising Tide: How Closed Captions Can Benefit All Students - Closed captioning is higher education is generally geared toward students with some kind of disabilities. However, regardless of having any disability, studies suggest that most students in today's colleges and universities use closed captions at least some of the time, among whom about 90 percent find them at least moderately helpful for learning. Specific ways in which closed captions can aid learning include comprehension, accuracy, engagement, and retention.   A Rising Tide: How Closed Captions Can Benefit All Students   Keywords: accessibility, captions
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - With the ever rising cost of education, the textbook price is also rising. The open educational resources model has surfaced as a response to this problem and to meet the increasing demand of high-quality learning materials. Open textbooks can be offered by commercial publishers or found in open repositories. Open resources can promote active learning through student interaction with the text, particularly when they contribute to authorship. Although open textbooks face questions about the accuracy and reliability of their content, they allow higher education instructors to design content for their courses on an as-needed basis, choosing from an array of books, articles, videos, audio recordings, and readings. This EDUCAUSE resource provides concise information about OERs. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and ...
  • Versal - Versal is a 'daily learning platform' with a holistic approach with educators as the target audience, Versal provides an online space for easy presentation of lecture materials with integrated interactive assignments. Versal makes online learning simple enough for anyone to deploy. Blend classroom lectures with interactive assignments, make distance learning more effective,   Versal
  • SOL*R - SOL*R is a repository service provided by BCcampus that allows educators to access free online learning resources. SOL*R includes learning resources from a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. Resources range from open textbooks, individual learning activities, and tools, all the way to full programs.   SOL*R
  • Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) - Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 46 different sources and contains 151,178 records.   Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS)
  • Creative Commons - CreativeCommons.org is the official site for Creative Commons, which is an American non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. The organization has released several copyright-licenses, known as Creative Commons licenses, free of charge to the public. Use the tools found on Creative Commons tools to share your work. Free, easy-to-use copyright licenses offer a simple, standardized way to give your permission to share and use your creative work. Adopt one of the various CC licenses to share your work according to the conditions of your choice. Creative Commons Licenses dictate whether a resource can be revised and remixed, as well as whether or not commercial entities can use it. The two most “open” licenses are CC By and CC BY– SA because they allow for revisions and remixes along ...
  • Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship - Mike Ribble identified Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship that comprise a digital citizen and he explains each on his website. The updated Digital Citizenship definition is "the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use."   Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship   Keywords: Digital literacy, Digital Fluency
  • SUNY OER Services – Embracing Open Pedagogy - Open Pedagogy is a commitment to learner-driven education AND a process to shape teaching approaches and use tools for learning that enable the learners to contribute by creating and sharing learning content.   SUNY OER Services - Embracing Open Pedagogy
  • MEMORANG - Memorang is an online tool and app that helps students and teachers alike. Create quizzes and flashcards that can be shared and gamified. Membership is free, additional add-ons at a cost.   Memorang
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) - This open education resource (OER) is designed to assist with reading and writing at the college level. The Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides multimedia support to students preparing for college-level writing, as well as students making the transition out of introductory-level writing courses. The Online Reading Comprehension Lab (ORC) is the, first of its kind, online reading resource, which offers an abundance of support materials designed to help students develop college-level reading skills. The OWL site is OER and CC licensed and hundreds of activities are available that can be directly embedded in your own blog or course site.   Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL)   This 30-minute webinar about the Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) was presented as part of the Open SUNY Fellow Cat series by Dr. Francesco (Frank) Crocco, Director of the Online Writing Lab at Excelsior College, and Dr. Elizabeth Johnston, ...
  • Public Domain Review – Collections - This site contains curated collections of images, books, audio and movies, illuminating the curiosities and wonders of a wide range of online archives.   Public Domain Review - Collections  
  • Open Education Group - The Open Education Research Group is supported by a group at Bringham Young University conducts research to measure the impact of OER use. The Open Education Group site's tagline is, "socially responsive research that concretely improves society." The site also shares stories about how OERs are used in the "real world." The scenarios are great starting points for faculty to think of ways to integrate OERs into their courses, going beyond providing a catalog of OER materials. Ideas are presented through this site as concrete examples of how OER-enabled pedagogy can be implemented in real-world instructional scenarios. The OER Adoption Impact Calculator is another great resource available through this site to calculate how much an individual course, program, or institution might potentially save by adopting OER.   Open Education Group   Keywords: lessons
  • SUNY OER – Ready-to-Adopt Catalog - The SUNY Ready-to-Adopt OER catalog, created by OER Services with support from our partner Lumen Learning, focuses on general education curriculum, course materials in this catalog include peer-reviewed content to replace expensive textbooks, plus ancillary materials like PowerPoint slides and test bank questions. Many courses also include online homework, auto-grading, adaptive tools, and analytics to improve learning and create more individualized educational experiences. The best part is that these high-quality course materials and tools are free to SUNY students!   SUNY Ready-to-Adopt OER catalog   Keywords: textbooks, OER
  • OER Community Course Experience - The OER Community Course Experience is created by the State University of New York (SUNY) OER Services. The SUNY OER Community Courses introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to Open Educational Resources. Throughout the learning space, you have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing, and licensing OER. In this course, participants have opportunities to connect in conversation with peers, and work with OER advocates from the SUNY community who can help you along your learning journey.   OER Community Course Experience   Keywords: Open Educational Resources, OER, tutorial  
  • Health (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health): Open Educational Resources for the Health Professions by New York University - The Libraries of New York University's collection of OER materials that are relevant to health professions, such as Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health.   Health (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health): Open Educational Resources for the Health Professions   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Open Attribution Builder - Open Attribution Builder is a tool to help you build attributions for Open Educational Resources (OER) and other items you find that have Creative Commons licensing. Fill out a form and the app automatically generates an attribution for you. This website is created by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.   Open Attribution Builder   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • ALISON - Alison is a free online site that offers courses from the world’s leading experts. Join 12 million learners in distance learning courses which contribute to the lifelong learning, share information and knowledge, and exchange ideas.   ALISON   Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Presentations, Resource Library, Video
  • Discovering Open Educational Resources OER – Temple University - This guide by Temple University is an introduction to open educational resources. It provides information about what open education resources are and how to discover and use them.   Temple University Libraries - Discovering Open Educational Resources OER   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • PhET Interactive Simulations for Active Learning in STEM -   PHET Interactive Presentations is a page with interactive simulations that can be used as an adjunct for courses such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, and Mathematics. It was created by the University of Colorado with the aim of enhancing learning and motivating students through playful discovery activities that support in many optional languages package. Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students in an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.   PhET Interactive Simulations for Active Learning in STEM   Here is a complete catalog of PHET Interactive Presentations.   " Science means constantly walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity; between expertise and creativity; between bias and openness; between experience and epiphany; between ...
  • allOpen.org - allOpen.org is a website that carefully curates open resources. The interface allows for filtering by type (video, images, music, etc.).   allOpen.org   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Resource Library, Video
  • TED Talks - TED Talks: ideas worth spreading include talks from speakers from a variety of backgrounds who provide thought-provoking presentations about a wide variety of topics. The short TED Talk videos average 10 to 18 minutes. This is a powerful tool for life long learning. The talks are given by people from all walks of life who share insights about a wide variety of topics.   TED Talks   5 Benefits Of Watching Ted Talks   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Video  
  • Digital Public Library of America - "The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society. DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions."   Digital Public Library of America   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Business Balls – Free Online Learning and Development Website - Business Balls is a free ethical learning and development resource for people and organizations. It is one of the most mind-boggling collections of free management training materials that you'll find on the Internet. New features include badges, learning plans linked to accredited competency frameworks, wikis (for collaborative content development), fresh content from international thought leaders and academics, and dynamic quizzes (to complement Quizballs.com). The concept began last century as an experimental online collection of learning and development ideas. The website is now used by about a million people each month. The philosophy of the website is intended to be ethical, practical, innovative, compassionate and enjoyable.   BusinessBalls   Make sure to also visit the Self-awareness Section   Below is an example of Critical Thinking Types according to "Howard Gardner - Theory of Learning that called 'Multiple Intelligence Theory' in the learning process to perceive information".    Keywords: Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, ...
  • FutureLearn: Free Online Courses - FutureLearn is a digital education platform founded in December 2012. The company is wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) learning platform, and as of May 2018 included 143 UK and international partners, including non-university partners. "Whether anyone wants to develop as a professional or discover a new hobby, there's an online course for that."  They can even take their learning further with online Programs and Degrees. Future Learn's courses span a broad range of topics. The first course opened on 14 October 2013 and since then 4,155,568 people have joined and taken part in courses. The first courses to be made available included: "Web science: how the web is changing the world" (University of Southampton), "Introduction to ecosystems" (The Open University), "Improving your image: dental photography in practice" (University of Birmingham), "Causes of war" (King's College London), "The discovery of ...
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Education – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or that have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   7 Things You Should Know About Open ...
  • SoundBible - SoundBible is a search engine for free and royalty-free sound clips and sound effects. This website updates weekly and all downloads are free.   SoundBible   Keywords: audio, Creative Commons, Open Educational Resources (OER), podcasts
  • Creative Commons USA - Creative Commons USA is a chapter of the CC Global Network. This site provides an array of resources that can be used to further your understanding or train others on Creative Commons such as what it is, how to use materials, implementing, etc.   Creative Commons USA   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Video
  • Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers - This electronic book helps readers learn how to fact-check claims made on the Internet on a variety of topics.   Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers   The author, Michael Caulfield, also has a companion blog: Four moves   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Searching
  • YouTube - Get started with YouTube, playing, watching, and creating videos. YouTube is a video-sharing site available in nearly every country and over fifty different languages. Anyone with an Internet connection can share content, whether they are organizations with large budgets or an individual with a video camera. The material is organized into channels and users can create their own private channels. YouTube is an extremely large platform that allows people to upload videos to the internet to inform, entertain, and share things with people around the world. Although many people think of YouTube as an entertainment-based website, the number of educational videos are innumerable. You can teach yourself almost any skill by watching Youtube videos. Youtube is a very useful tool to not only learn things but also to network with other people. So many people have connected through similar interests on Youtube. ...
  • Take Classroom Video to the Next Level - Common Sense Education put this short (3:45 minute) video together to provide tips about how to incorporate videos into the classroom. Their primary aim is to help instructors foster active viewing.  "When it comes to video in the classroom, students shouldn't just get what they're watching, they should have something to say about it. Check out the video for our tips on how to help students become better active -- and reactive -- viewers in class." An excellent, practical resource that mentions specific tech tools.   Take Classroom Video to the Next Level
  • Google – Advanced Image Search - Click the tab labeled "Images" when using Google to limit your searches to just images. You can then click on "Tools" to reveal advanced search options. Advanced options include size, color, type, and the timeframe of when the image became available. The most useful feature of the Google image search is being able to limit your results based on its usage rights to locate images that are able to be used based on the image's license information. Google recently changed the way image license info is displayed. When filtering by Usage Rights -> Creative Commons licenses, a badge that says “Licensable” is displayed over photos in search results. When you click a badged photo to view, you’ll see a link to the license details of that photo. A reverse image search option is also available by dragging an image into the Google search ...
  • Udacity - Udacity's tagline reads: "where lifelong learners come to learn the skills they need, to land the jobs they want, to build the lives they deserve." While Udacity offers many university-style MOOCs, this for-profit site is now oriented towards vocational education, offering courses and nanodegrees in technological fields.   Udacity Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access  
  • Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) - A State University of New York (SUNY) initiative to provide affordable educational alternatives to traditional textbooks. SUNY provides this service to assist faculty, librarians, and staff to identify lower-cost, electronic, free, and Open Educational Resources (OER).   Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS)   How to Search for an Open Textbook using SUNY ALS - A tutorial guide on locating open textbooks using Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions.   Keywords: Creative Commons, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Open SUNY Textbooks - A publishing model to support faculty adoption, remixing, and creation of open educational resources.   Open SUNY Textbooks   Information for Faculty - Information page for faculty who wish to implement OERs into their courses. Learn to navigate the Open SUNY Textbooks page and catalog.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • SUNY OER Course Development Support - SUNY OER Services is a well-organized collection of resources for courses in many disciplines with several subjects specialized within each. Each link provides a section for SUNY resources, where available, and another for Additional Offerings. The site is growing with resources being added regularly. Select your topic of interest to reach the individual support page for each subject area.   SUNY OER Course Development Support   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • MERLOT II - A program of the California State University System partnering with education institutions, professional societies, and industry to bring together a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. Each resource has been reviewed by faculty familiar with the discipline and rated by the community of users. OER include full courses, websites, videos, test sets, textbooks, and tutorials.   MERLOT II   MERLOT Help – A 'context-sensitive' help system designed for users who require information or assistance about the MERLOT website, functionality, or services. How to Use MERLOT – Resource guide providing links to several pages for using MERLOT in your classroom. Merlot Content Builder – offers a quick and easy way to deliver web-based open content, hosted through the CSU and MERLOT. Content Builder resources can easily be incorporated into MERLOT's vast OER search engine in addition.   Keywords: Open ...
  • OER Commons - OER Commons provides a single point of access from which users can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER. They include game-based learning objects, videos, full courses, and adult education materials. Some of the disciplines covered are communication, history, career training, anthropology, and economics. The site is a comprehensive infrastructure that allows site visitors to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners. OER Commons is one of the best resources for open content. It is indexed and searchable (by topic, by resource type, by academic level, and by standard) and the content is reliably open (and vetted).   OER Commons   OER Commons Help Center - Resource page to get users started in creating, building and evaluating content on the page. Open Educational Resources: - OERCommons Reviews - ...
  • OpenStax College - Publishes a collection of peer-reviewed, freely available online textbooks. It is an initiative of Rice University. They have a limited number of disciplines covered, but there is a gold mine of supplemental resources linked under each.   OpenStax   OpenStax Support - Resource page to get started in using the platform or find help from the question bank. Free Textbooks From Rice OpenStax: Too Good to Be True? - A discussion of Open Stax including its origins and the groups involved.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Open Textbook Library - A repository hosted by the University of Minnesota to provide access to complete textbooks licensed so teachers and students can freely use, adapt, and distribute the material. They cover a variety of disciplines including law, business, mathematics, and the natural sciences.   Open Textbook Library   Frequently Asked Questions - There are many ways you can use these quality books. This guide shows how these books will be a good match for you. Penn State joining Open Textbook Network to support affordable course content - This article about Penn States' recent decision to join Open Textbook Network discusses the value of OTN both educational and financial.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • College Open Textbooks Collaborative - This is a collaborative of educational non-profit and for-profit organizations that are affiliated with more than 200 colleges. The group is focused on raising awareness and adoptions of open textbooks for community and two-year colleges. The collaborative also offers training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks and mentoring online professional networks that support authors opening their resources. In addition to instructors at community and 2-year colleges, this site would also be useful for entry-level courses in a variety of disciplines.   College Open Textbooks Collaborative   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Open-NYS - Open-NYS is the collaboration of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide support for the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) across both systems.   Open NYS   Getting Started with Open Resources - Guide to help educators adopt, adapt and build open resources for the classroom.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • What are Open Educational Resources? – Lumen Learning - The guide below from Lumen learning that explains the best uses for OERs in the classroom and how to implement them into your teaching. Open Educational Resources (OER) includes any type of educational materials that are in the public domain, and are legally and freely available for use and reuse by anyone, without charge. Examples of OER include textbooks, course materials, tests, audio, videos, and software.   What are Open Educational Resources? - Lumen Learning   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - This concise and well-organized document by Educause explains Creative Commons and its relationship to copyright. Creative Commons allows copyright owners to release some of those rights while retaining others, with the goal of increasing access to and sharing of intellectual property. It further discusses who's using it and how; and the implications for teaching and learning. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons   What we do - What is Creative Commons? - Information about how Creative Commons works, its programs, platforms, and ...
  • Google Search Advanced Feature - Google can be helpful in finding reusable resources. It explains how to use their advanced search features and explains various types of usage rights.   Google Search Advanced Feature   Google Guide making searching even easier - More information about how to use this tool - with examples.   Keywords: Audio, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images Searching
  • Interesting Ways to find Creative Commons Resources - This slideshow is rich with resources that are about Creative Commons (CC) or that are a source of CC-licensed resources including music, videos, images, and more. There are also resources to explain copyright and information about other resources for finding Open Educational Resources.   Interesting Ways* to find Creative Commons resources   Your Digital Footprint Matters   Keywords: Audio, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Searching
  • Intellectual Property: Part I Video - This entertaining video explaining intellectual property rights and discussing how you can share and protect your rights simultaneously is created the State University of New York Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative.   Intellectual Property: Part I Video (3 min. video)   What is Intellectual Property? - A definition and resources from the World Intellectual Property Organization   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Wikiversity - Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. We invite teachers, students, and researchers to join us in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities. To learn more about Wikiversity, try a guided tour, learn about adding content, or start editing now.   Wikiversity   Wikiversity article About Wikiversity - This is a Wikiversity article regarding Wikiversity.   Keywords: Collaboration, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Wikis
  • Wikis in Higher Ed - The purpose of this wiki is to collect ideas, thoughts, suggestions, resources on ways in which wikis are being used in Higher Education.   Wikis in Higher Ed   Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Wikis

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  • Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide - This guide is an editable Google Doc that has a wide collection of resources to assist you to create an online community, class or conference. "Are you creating an online course, event or conference? If you’re not a programmer, and if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this guide will get you started. Read it from top to bottom to get a step-by-step guide to what you can do to set up your course or event. Then check the links to find free or cheap and easy tools that will get the job done for you." The document is licensed under Creative Commons and is open to editing. It was initially created and conceived by Stephen Downes, a Canadian philosopher and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media.   Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference - Quick Tech ...
  • 3D Warehouse - 3D Warehouse is a website of searchable, pre-made 3D models that works seamlessly with SketchUp. 3D Warehouse is a tremendous resource and online community for anyone who creates or uses 3D models. With the 3D Warehouse, you can. Download models.   3D Warehouse
  • Loomies - The Loomie App allows you to create and style your own customized avatar and stickers that can be used on various online platforms. First, you use a selfie to create your Loomie. You can choose among different accessories to make your Loomie. The shape and form of your Loomie can be customized using the built-in editing system of the Loomie app. After you save your avatar to your Loom Account, you can use it across different apps and integrations, such as Zoom, WhatsApp, etc. Loomies
  • VERO - Vero is a social media platform and mobile app company. Vero markets itself as a social network free from advertisements. Vero Members are a creative bunch and like nothing more than discovering new stories, people, causes, and projects to get behind.   Vero  
  • Snapseed - Snapseed is a photo editing app owned by Google. It comes with tools to enhance photos and add filters. Users can crop photos, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and more.   Snapseed
  • AZ Screen Recorder - This application is generally utilized for mobile screen recording with audio to record screen, live stream in high quality. AZ Screen Recorder is a stable, high-quality screen recorder for android that helps you record smooth and clear screen videos.  The application does not only record screen.  It can also perform functions such as screen capture, live stream screen, and video editor. Advantages of this screen recording application is a high-quality video (1080p, 12Mbps, 60FPS), unlimited recording time,  and no root needed.   AZ Screen Recorder
  • Ideament - Ideament is a great app if you need to brainstorm new ideas as it helps you organize the ideas. It is perfect for creating diagrams, mind maps, concept maps, or flow charts and is good at converting them to a text outline, just like Idea Sketch. The app’s cloud-friendly features allow you to save or share your ideas.   Ideament
  • fotor – online photo editor and design maker - Fotor is a photo editing platform, utilizing exclusive technology to bring an unprecedented level of editing control to everyone. [Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fotor] Fotor's software is available on every major mobile device, desktop computer, and online. Fotor One-Tap Enhance, a tool designed to improve the most common imaging problems in the shortest period of time is just one of the many unique features. Fotor GoArt, turn photos into classical painting style artwork. Fotor SDK, the ultimate solution to all users' graphic needs. Fotor   A few YouTube video tutorials are below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdYANMKO-qw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckhf4Nw59oI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vRZii0Yngw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp1_hmkXTYM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxxBFVYsfRE  
  • Google AR VR - This site shares information about Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and how they can be used to bridge the digital and physical worlds. They allow you to take in information and content visually, in the same way you take in the world. AR dramatically expands the ways our devices can help with everyday activities like searching for information, shopping, and expressing yourself. VR lets you experience what it's like to go anywhere — from the front row of a concert to distant planets in outer space. Augmented Reality can put answers right where your questions are, overlaying helpful visual content and information on your real world. Virtual Reality can bring you anywhere, helping you learn about different places and ideas by experiencing them as if you were actually there.   Google AR & VR
  • GIMP - GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program.  It is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows, and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins. GIMP is an excellent free alternative for Adobe Photoshop, with a familiar interface yet slightly different learning curve. GIMP
  • Krita - Krita is a professional, free, and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone. It is the full-featured digital painting studio for artists who want to create professional work from start to end.  Krita is used by comic book artists, illustrators, concept artists, matte and texture painters, and in the digital VFX industry. Krita has several features that are unique or a first among free software painting applications: support for colorspaces other than RGB, like CMYK, support for HDR painting, painting assistants, a perspective grid. Anyone looking to replace Adobe Photoshop with a free and full-featured alternative having a familiar interface and workflow, Krita might be the answer.   Krita
  • Inkscape - Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor for GNU/Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. It offers a rich set of features and is widely used for both artistic and technical illustrations such as cartoons, clip art, logos, typography, diagramming and flowcharting. It uses vector graphics to allow for sharp printouts and renderings at unlimited resolution and is not bound to a fixed number of pixels like raster graphics. Inkscape uses the standardized SVG file format as its main format, which is supported by many other applications including web browsers. It can import and export various file formats, including SVG, AI, EPS, PDF, PS, and PNG. It has a comprehensive feature set, a simple interface, multi-lingual support, and is designed to be extensible; users can customize Inkscape's functionality with add-ons. Inkscape is free and an excellent alternative for Adobe Illustrator. Its ...
  • Doodle Buddy - Doodle Buddy is the most fun your fingers can have on a Windows device! It's like finger-painting, but instead of getting your fingers messy, you get to create amazing works of art that you can share with friends. Even non-artists can create a masterpiece with thousands of colors, stencils, and stamps.   Doodle Buddy
  • PicsArt - PicsArt makes it easy to step-up your photo editing game, make amazing images, and share with friends. It lets you be truly creative with its almost limitless features ― and it’s starting a movement to help the people “go beyond the filter” and make awesome pictures.   PicsArt
  • Scannable - Scannable captures the paper in your life quickly and beautifully, transforming it into high-quality scans ready to save or share. Whether on the go or at the office, send paper on its way and move on. One of the best features of this scanner is that it scans in PDF, photos, and many other formats. You can even have a stack of pages and the camera focuses on each page and takes a photo each time the page is turned to the next one in the pile. It is a very powerful app but it seems that it is just for iOS at this time.   Scannable
  • GraphicSprings - A logo maker application that enables non-designers to create beautiful logos, whether that's for an entrepreneurial venture, school project, presentation or charitable cause. Another element available in the online interface is the ability to design graphics to use for digital badges (like the badges used in #EmTechMOOC).   GraphicSprings How to Edit Logo Graphic - this how-to video shows how users can easily edit graphics How to Edit Logo Text - this how-to video shows how users can customize their name and slogan        
  • Binumi - Video platform. Easy-to-use and free. Create a video in seconds from a vast video library. A collection of 4 million multimedia clips. Select frame-by-frame to create your storyboard.  Add voice recordings, edit in seconds. A great way to create. Videos can be public or private. Share on Binumi site, social media or YouTube. Mobile App too.   Binumi
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Knight Lab - Northwestern University Knight Lab is a community of designers, developers, students, and educators working on experiments designed to push journalism into new spaces. The Lab provides an open, collaborative environment for interdisciplinary exploration and conversation, where students and professionals learn together and from one another. Products from Knight Lab include easy to create timelines, StoryMaps, and a tool to juxtapose and compare images.   Northwestern University Knight Lab
  • CleverPDF – 27-in-1 Free Online PDF Tool - CleverPDF.com Offers 27 PDF tools online for free, which helps you create, convert or edit PDF documents. You can convert PDF to other document formats, such as PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, eBook formats, image formats, and more; create PDF from Office and images. It also allows you to combine or split, compress PDF, add watermark or pages numbers to a PDF file, manage PDF security, OCR, and many more PDF tasks. No software installation is required. With this web tool, you can enhance your productivity when working with PDF documents. This tool will also help to relieve some accessibility issues that arise with PDF format.   CleverPDF - 27-in-1 Free Online PDF Tool   Keywords: Productivity Tools
  • WeVu - WeVu, cloud software developed from the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) at UBC-Vancouver, focusses on hands-on skills learning where students self-record video using a camera or their phones and instructors provide time-stamped feedback and assessment. Users include health professions, business communication, trades education, and performing arts. WeVu also accommodates the collaborative annotation of audio, images, and PDF. Media files can be uploaded into the software or can be imported from YouTube, Dropbox, or other servers. WeVu also provides user activity logs, allowing .csv download of user activity and time-stamped and general comments. A free version of WeVu is available, limited to 1 site per site owner (unlimited site members) and with videos stored externally on YouTube or Dropbox.   WeVu  
  • Public Health Image Library from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PHIL) - Much of the information critical to the communication of public health messages is pictorial rather than text-based. Created by a Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. Public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public are welcome to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages.   Public Health Image Library from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PHIL)   Keywords: copyright free
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports the creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research posters, and public service announcements.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
  • PxHere - Over 1,000,000+ high-quality photos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required. Do whatever you want (CC0). PxHere   Keywords: stock photos, Creative Commons
  • Clips - Clips is an iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more. From choosing backgrounds to using animated special effect and 3D, Clips makes the whole experience of capturing a moment and sharing it more fun. As Clips is in sync with iCloud, creating memorable moments is equally available on all Apple products.   Clips   Keywords: mobile apps, photo and images, social media, video, personal identity
  • Visual Learning Center by Visme - The resource to help you become a better visual communicator. The site contains a wide array of resources visual learners and presenters. These resources will help you become a better presenter, communicator, and storyteller by creating better presentations and infographics.   Visual Learning Center by Visme   Keywords: visual learning, digital literacy, blogs and wikis, visualize information, presentation
  • Project Noah | Networked Organisms And Habitats - Project Noah is "a global citizen science platform to discover, share, and identify wildlife. It is a software tool that that nature lovers can use to explore and document local wildlife and share with others. It also provides a common technology platform for research groups, teachers and students interested in wildlife.   Project Noah | Networked Organisms And Habitats   Keywords: Wildlife    
  • Unsplash - All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible. Unsplash   Keywords: stock photos, image
  • Screenshot Tools, Tips, and Shortcuts: How to Capture Anything on Your Screen - Screenshots are a simple way to show what displays on your screen. Screengrabs can help you point out a bug, save a picture on Facebook to your camera roll, or demonstrate anything you see on your screen. All operating systems comes equipped with a screenshot tool. Use this guide to help you take screenshots.   Screenshot Tools, Tips, and Shortcuts: How to Capture Anything on Your Screen: The Best Screenshot Apps and Shortcuts   Keywords: screengrab, screenshot
  • Snapchat - Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are meant to disappear after they're viewed. It's advertised as a "new type of camera" because the essential function is to take a picture or video, add filters, lenses or other effects and share them with friends. It's like texting, but with pictures. Feeds are also created that lets others subscribe to be notified about newly added posts.   Snapchat   Keywords: photos, social media, messaging
  • Behance - Behance is an Adobe app that lets you take a look at the portfolios of some of the most interesting artists of the moment. If you are creative yourself, you can create your own account and share your work with other users. It is one of the most widely-used free online portfolio websites in the designer communities, Behance attracts artists and photographers from around the world. “Find what you want in a graphic design near you with Behance, a global catalog of graphic design.” Search for graphic design from throughout the world.   Behance   Keyword: ePortfolio
  • Thinglink - Thinglink can annotate images with text, audio, or video. You can then share your annotated media in a website, LMS, or present online. Educators can try it out for free.   Thinglink   Keywords: interactive poster
  • Visme - Visme is everything you need to tell powerful visual stories in the form of engaging presentations, infographics, and other visual content. Visme is a design tool to tell and present stories and translate boring data into stunning visual formats right in your browser. Visme is very easy to navigate and it offers free templates that can help you create more stunning and visually engaging presentations. Visme      
  • PixStori - PixStori™ is an app to record stories about your smartphone photos. It links voice and still images in a multimedia PixStori that can be instantly shared on social media, uploaded into searchable cloud collections of family or group memories, and collected as crowdsourced field data for organizations and businesses. It is Oral History meets Instagram. PixStori is a very useful app to combine pictures with audio. This is a great tool where we can take pictures with your phone and add audio to explain the picture, or even music and environment ambiance sounds related to it. This is a very easy alternative to recording videos and to create mementos of moments or voice note for poster/academic/class presentations. Every picture has a story to tell. Now you can tell that story in your own voice and share it now and for the future. ...
  • Public Domain Review – Collections - This site contains curated collections of images, books, audio and movies, illuminating the curiosities and wonders of a wide range of online archives.   Public Domain Review - Collections  
  • PROMO Image Resizer - This tool is a simple way to automatically resize any image. Resize images to perfectly fit social media and the web with the click of a button. This tool can be used straight from your browser. No download or logins are needed. Promo Image Resizer
  • Vyond (formerly Go Animate) - One of the animation and whiteboard building websites. Vyond has prebuilt templates that customize for business or education. You choose backgrounds and props or can upload custom images. Vyond has a diverse selection of ethnic characters or you can customize to resemble an actual person. You can choose music from their library and narrate with your voice or use text-to-speech software. Note: Vyond only has a 14-day free trial. Although it is costly, it has many capabilities for animation.   Vyond   Keywords: animation, storytelling
  • Wakelet - Share articles, videos, images, tweets and other great content with one link. Save them for later and create collections, called wakes, at any time. Organize the web, the way you want it. Save, curate and share from a wide variety of sources to create very visually pleasing presentations. Also very suitable for creating a personal portfolio.   Wakelet   Keywords: portfolio, pictures, social media, presentations  
  • SurfSafe - Defend the internet. Bring the world to the Internet without false news. If you see something that is false, report it! Supercharge your browser to catch fake news! SurfSafe is protecting users from misleading, photoshopped, and fake news throughout the Internet. The extension marks the level of safety of an image or article on the corners. Never again will you be misled by photoshopped images scattered throughout the Internet. You can also decide which organizations to base the truth off of. Add the extension to Chrome for free!   SurfSafe
  • Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.   Adobe Education Exchange   After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find: Lesson plans and other learning materials Self-directed workshop Live short courses Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities. https://youtu.be/2FTMCVBRQGc   Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
  • Pixabay - Discover the best source for free images and videos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required. Over one million royalty free photos, illustrations and vector graphics - and thousands of free video clips. All images and footage on Pixabay are released under Creative Commons CCO: Free for commercial use, no attribution required.   Pixabay   Keywords: photos, stock photos, images, videos  
  • Pexels - Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock images for personal and commercial use. The site includes a large collection of photos, videos, wallpaper, and more.   Pexels
  • EDpuzzle - EdPuzzle is a software that allows one to edit videos from a variety of places to personalize them to meet specific needs. For this application, one can take videos from YouTube, Kahn Academy, Vimeo, and several other places or upload their own video. The crop feature allows the user to focus the attention of the viewer on a particular segment of the video. EdPuzzle gives the editor an opportunity to add commentary as well as create quizzes. These features can enhance the interaction that viewers have with the videos that are edited/created. EdPuzzle requires instructors to create specific channels and then invite students to attend. Invitations can be managed by the instructor, or a link/code can be provided so students can opt in if they wish.   EDpuzzle   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Presentations, Quiz, Video
  • Snapguide - Bring together photos, videos, tweets, and documents on the go. Share them with everyone. Find new recipes, DIY projects, beauty hacks, technology, and lifestyle tips all in one place!   Snapguide   Keywords: File Management, Photos & Images, Social Media
  • Animoto - Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows.   Animoto   Keywords: Audio, Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Video
  • AutoDraw - Google's latest A.I. experiment is a web-based drawing tool called AutoDraw that converts your rough scribbles and doodles into beautiful, symmetrical drawings. Google AutoDraw   Keywords: Photos & Images, icons
  • Adobe Spark - Spark is a free software created by Adobe, who is the industry standard go-to for visual design applications. The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools includes Photoshop, which is by far the most popular graphic editor. Spark is freely available with premium features available for a fee. The rest of the Adobe toolset is available on a subscription basis and is not a freely available resource. Spark is useful to create online and mobile graphic designs. Easily create beautiful images, videos, web pages, animated videos & social graphics with beautiful typography. A variety of free templates are available to help inspire your creations. Spark also lets you get Creative with Memes & upgrades Instagram Stories with animated posts.   Adobe Spark   Keywords: ePortfolios, Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Video, Visual Design, Websites
  • allOpen.org - allOpen.org is a website that carefully curates open resources. The interface allows for filtering by type (video, images, music, etc.).   allOpen.org   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Resource Library, Video
  • Glogster - Glogster is a cloud-based (SaaS) platform for presentation and interactive learning. It allows users to mix all kinds of media on a virtual canvas to create multimedia posters, and access a library of engaging educational content created by students and educators worldwide. Glogster encourages interactive, collaborative education and digital literacy. Note that there are a number of limitations when using the free version of Glogster.   Glogster   Keywords: Media
  • ClipSafari - ClipSafari is a large collection of clipart that can be used freely for many purposes.   ClipSafari   Keywords: Collaboration, Copyright, Creative Commons    
  • The Fundamental Elements of Design - This 3-minute video, from PepRally, shares the basics of the elements of design. Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks behind design principles.   The Fundamental Elements of Design   The Fundamental Elements of Design from PepRally on Vimeo.   Keywords: Photos & Images, Presentations, Publishing, Visual Design, Websites
  • Elements of Design Quick Reference Poster - This poster, created by Paperleaf, is a handy reference that provides a quick overview of the C.R.A.P. principles of design; a refresher for those in the know, and a starting point for design newbies. C.R.A.P stands for Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. Keep these concepts in mind to remind yourself of prominent design principles.   Principles of Design Quick Reference Poster   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Publishing, Visual Design
  • Canva – A powerful online graphic design platform - Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, and other visual content. It is available on web and mobile and integrates millions of images, fonts, templates, and illustrations. Users can choose from many professionally designed templates, and edit the designs and upload their own photos through a drag and drop interface. The platform is free to use, and paid subscriptions like Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise offer additional functionality. Users can also pay for physical products to be printed and shipped. This free presentation software gives you access to hundreds of beautifully designed layouts to create presentations on any topic.   Canva   A Simple Video Guide to Canva - This video describes how to get started making infographics and presentations in the software. BESpoke ELA: Ten Ways to use Canva in the Classroom - A blog post ...
  • Google – Advanced Image Search - Click the tab labeled "Images" when using Google to limit your searches to just images. You can then click on "Tools" to reveal advanced search options. Advanced options include size, color, type, and the timeframe of when the image became available. The most useful feature of the Google image search is being able to limit your results based on its usage rights to locate images that are able to be used based on the image's license information. Google recently changed the way image license info is displayed. When filtering by Usage Rights -> Creative Commons licenses, a badge that says “Licensable” is displayed over photos in search results. When you click a badged photo to view, you’ll see a link to the license details of that photo. A reverse image search option is also available by dragging an image into the Google search ...
  • TinEye Reverse Image Search - Tineye is a reverse image search engine. Upon uploading a saved image a user has, TinEye creates a "unique and compact digital signature or fingerprint" of the image and matches it with other indexed images. It is helpful in finding the original source of an image to provide proper attribution.   TinEye Reverse Image Search   How to Use TinEye   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • Fotor - Fotor is a simplified suite of powerful editing tools for your images. Fotor's fast and intuitive design brings advanced photo editing techniques to anyone who wants to try. With just a few clicks you can achieve impressive results that will let you push your creativity without having to learn some of the confusing ins and outs of other graphics editors.   Fotor   Fotor Photo Editor Walkthrough - A YouTube video walkthrough for Fotor   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • Be Funky - Be Funky is a suite of graphic editing tools. Photo Editor includes amazing photo effects such as the world-famous Cartoonizer, oil painting, and pop art effects. You can also add extra flair to your photo with hundreds of one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn graphics, like hats, beards, jewelry, photo frames, and graphic overlays. You can also create photo collages with Collage Maker and Designer provides many tools and templates to create posters, flyers, invitations, and more. It has essential editing tools such as crop, resize, and exposure. Unique effects include Cartoonizer, Digital Art, and Enhance DLX. With its photo editor, you can turn photos you like into photos you love and helps to add a little extra flair to your images. If text is your thing, BeFunky photo editor has tons of fonts and customized text layouts for you to choose from as well.   Be Funky   Help Center   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • Flickr - Flickr is an image and video-hosting website and web services suite. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media. Flikr has an enhanced search function to allow searching for images that are under a creative commons license. Flicker allows members unlimited uploads of images that are licensed under Creative Commons.   Flikr   Help for Flickr - The Help - FAQ Support page for Flickr Users Flickr for Education - 18 Ways to Use Flickr in Schools - A blog post regarding the many uses of Flickr as a photo sharing website in schools and education.   Keywords: Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Video
  • Google Photos - Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google and gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution.   Google Photos   PC Magazine - 25 Tricks to Master Google Photos - A magazine article describing tricks, tips, and hints users can practice to become more proficient with Google Photos. Using Google Photos in the Classroom - An extensive YouTube video describing how to use Google Photos in the classroom.   Keywords: Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Video
  • Pinterest - Pinterest is a web and mobile application startup that operates a software system designed to discover information on the World Wide Web, mainly utilizing images and on a shorter scale, GIFs and videos.   Pinterest   The Atlantic - What is Pinterest? - A magazine article that defines what Pinterest is and how it has developed since its beginnings. The Teacher's Guide to Pinterest - An article describing the many uses of Pinterest within Academia and Education. What is Pinterest, and How Does it Work? - An article that describes Pinterest and how to use it.   Keywords: Collaboration, Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Resource Library, Searching
  • Instagram - Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately. Users can apply various digital filters to their images, and add locations through geotags and assign hashtags to link to other photos.   Instagram   University of New Hampshire - Instagram Help - A simple guide to using Instagram built by the UNH. Do more with Instagram - A board of posts relevant to using Instagram to its fullest.   Keywords: Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Video
  • Pixlr - Pixlr is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service. The suite was intended for non-professionals, however, the apps range from simple to advanced photo editing. PIXLR   Pixlr Support Page - The link to the Pixlr Support and FAQ page. WikiHow - How to Use the Pixlr Online Image Editor - This wikiHow teaches you how to navigate and use the options in the Pixlr online image editor in order to make changes to an image or photo.   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • GeniusScan - Puts a scanner in your pocket. Quickly scan anything with a smartphone or any camera-equipped tablet. Then email scans using JPG or PDF format for individual documents and for batch processing multiple documents. Using the pro version also saves directly to online storage services including DropBox and Google Drive.   GeniusScan   Articles that provide tutorials, best practices, and troubleshooting for GeniusScan for iOS. Productivity Tutorial: Using Genius Scan to Scan your Documents - In this video tutorial, learn how to scan documents with Genius Scan, which has the ability to automatically sense document boundaries and even enhance the quality of a scan.   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Photos & Images

Presentations

  • Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide - This guide is an editable Google Doc that has a wide collection of resources to assist you to create an online community, class or conference. "Are you creating an online course, event or conference? If you’re not a programmer, and if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this guide will get you started. Read it from top to bottom to get a step-by-step guide to what you can do to set up your course or event. Then check the links to find free or cheap and easy tools that will get the job done for you." The document is licensed under Creative Commons and is open to editing. It was initially created and conceived by Stephen Downes, a Canadian philosopher and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media.   Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference - Quick Tech ...
  • Microsoft Digital Literacy Course - Learn how to effectively use devices, software, and the internet to collaborate with others and discover, use, and create information. The Microsoft Digital Literacy course is for anyone with basic reading skills who want to learn the fundamentals of using digital technologies. The course is at a reading level like that of most newspapers around the world. Learners who complete the course will understand basic computing concepts and skills. After completing each module, learners will receive a Digital Literacy Certificate of Completion that they can download and save. Microsoft Digital Literacy Course
  • Crevado - One of the easiest free portfolio websites, Crevado lets you use a simple drag-and-drop tool to upload your projects and rearrange on the screen for true ease-of-use. The site is also automatically optimized for any device, so your portfolio can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet as well as a desktop. Best of all, you can customize your design to suit your preferences without writing any code.   Crevado  
  • Loomies - The Loomie App allows you to create and style your own customized avatar and stickers that can be used on various online platforms. First, you use a selfie to create your Loomie. You can choose among different accessories to make your Loomie. The shape and form of your Loomie can be customized using the built-in editing system of the Loomie app. After you save your avatar to your Loom Account, you can use it across different apps and integrations, such as Zoom, WhatsApp, etc. Loomies
  • AZ Screen Recorder - This application is generally utilized for mobile screen recording with audio to record screen, live stream in high quality. AZ Screen Recorder is a stable, high-quality screen recorder for android that helps you record smooth and clear screen videos.  The application does not only record screen.  It can also perform functions such as screen capture, live stream screen, and video editor. Advantages of this screen recording application is a high-quality video (1080p, 12Mbps, 60FPS), unlimited recording time,  and no root needed.   AZ Screen Recorder
  • You Need A Wiki - You Need A Wiki (YNAW) is a simple, yet effective tool for creating a wiki utilizing Google Docs for editing and your Google Drive for storage. This tool is ideal if you work with Google regularly and maintain a Google Drive. You simply create an account and then import folders from Google drive into YNAW. Your folders are converted into a wiki-style page. It is so much easier to read and navigate than clicking through a folder in Google Drive. You can create and edit Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly in YNAW too. There are many wikis that are more powerful and multifunctional, but if you work in Google and want to share and collaborate this is a fantastically simple and easy tool to use. Even if you just want to put some of your most-used folders in a more functional ...
  • Mentimeter - With Mentimeter, you can create fun and interactive presentations, polls, brainstorming sessions in meetings, classes, gatherings, conferences, and others with real-time feedback. It is an easy-to-use PowerPoint presentation alternative that lets you engage and interact with your audience in real-time. You set the questions and your audience can give their input via a mobile phone or any other Internet-connected device. You can also link the results to your video-conferencing platforms. This is a fascinating tool to build interactive presentations with the easy-to-use online editor. Add questions, polls, quizzes, slides, images, and more to your presentation to create fun and engaging presentations. You can engage with your audience during the session and they can use their smartphones to connect to the presentation to answer questions. Visualize their responses in real-time to create a fun and interactive experience.   Mentimeter   Video tutorial Free for education   Keywords: #wordcloud
  • LibreOffice - LibreOffice is a powerful and free office suite, a successor to OpenOffice(.org), used by millions of people around the world. Its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. LibreOffice is compatible with a wide range of document formats such as Microsoft® Word (.doc, .docx), Excel (.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx) and Publisher. But LibreOffice goes much further with its native support for a modern and open standard, the Open Document Format (ODF). With LibreOffice, you have maximum control over your data and content – and you can export your work in many different formats including PDF. Beyond the many features shipped by default, LibreOffice is easily extensible through its powerful extensions mechanisms. Get even more features and document templates on our dedicated websites. LibreOffice is Free and Open Source Software, available for everyone to use, share ...
  • Mural - Mural is a digital workspace for visual collaboration. It enables people and innovative teams to think and collaborate visually to solve important problems. People benefit from MURAL’s speed and ease of use in creating diagrams, which are popular in design thinking and agile methodologies, as well as tools to facilitate more impactful meetings and workshops. Through Mural you can work with people across the room or around the world. It uses sticky notes, shapes, links, images, videos, to create, organize in a list, add flowcharts, diagrams, frameworks, methods, and drawings to activate and align your team. Mural also works with many integrations. You can organize your contents from private rooms and open rooms. Note: This is not a free resource but it does provide a free trial period.   Mural   Below are some guides to help you get familiar with Mural: Navigating the Mural ...
  • ScreenFlow - ScreenFlow is a video editing, screen recording and sharing tool from Telestream. It is specifically useful for educators who would like to record their presentations or any other computer software demos, then edit them, add info layers, voice over and other elements that would make the video more interesting and engaging.   Telestream ScreenFlow for Mac ScreenFlow Features for Education Easy to use, easy to learn: ScreenFlow is easy to use and easy to learn – even if you have no experience creating video. Record everything: Record your computer screen and / or your video camera and add your own narration. Easy video editing: Easily add zoom & pan effects, trim clips, add drop shadow & reflection, adjust audio levels, and more. Closed caption support with SRT import: Add, edit and publish ADA Compliant soft subtitles as caption tracks to your MPEG-4 movies ...
  • Animaker - Animaker is an online do-it-yourself (#DIY) animation video maker that brings studio quality presentations within everyone's reach. The software is cloud-based, and was launched in 2014. It allows users to create animated videos using pre-built characters and templates. In 2017, Animaker became the first tool to launch an animated vertical video creator. In February 2015 the software was officially launched based on a freemium model that allowed users a free account option.   Animaker
  • TEAMMATES - TEAMMATES is a free online tool for managing peer evaluations and other feedback paths for educators and students. It aims to provide a powerful peer feedback and peer evaluations mechanism with a very high degree of flexibility. It is provided as a cloud-based service for educators/students and is currently used by hundreds of universities across the world.     TEAMMATES  
  • GraphicSprings - A logo maker application that enables non-designers to create beautiful logos, whether that's for an entrepreneurial venture, school project, presentation or charitable cause. Another element available in the online interface is the ability to design graphics to use for digital badges (like the badges used in #EmTechMOOC).   GraphicSprings How to Edit Logo Graphic - this how-to video shows how users can easily edit graphics How to Edit Logo Text - this how-to video shows how users can customize their name and slogan        
  • Binumi - Video platform. Easy-to-use and free. Create a video in seconds from a vast video library. A collection of 4 million multimedia clips. Select frame-by-frame to create your storyboard.  Add voice recordings, edit in seconds. A great way to create. Videos can be public or private. Share on Binumi site, social media or YouTube. Mobile App too.   Binumi
  • Present with real-time, automatic captions or subtitles in PowerPoint - PowerPoint for Office 365 (PPT365) can transcribe your words as you present and display them as live on-screen as captions in the same language you are speaking, or as subtitles translated to another language. This can help accommodate individuals in the audience who may be deaf or hard of hearing, or more familiar with another language, respectively.   Present with real-time, automatic captions or subtitles in PowerPoint
  • Clipchamp - With Clipchamp, you can edit, compress, convert, and record without compromising the quality of your video. It also allows you to create Facebook video ads, Youtube videos, Instagram promos, and Slideshow videos. Pick from the different available templates to meet your needs. Create your story now!   Clipchamp
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Storyboarder - Storyboarder makes it easy to visualize a story as fast you can draw stick figures. Quickly draw to test if a story idea works.   Storyboarder   Keywords: video storytelling
  • Knight Lab - Northwestern University Knight Lab is a community of designers, developers, students, and educators working on experiments designed to push journalism into new spaces. The Lab provides an open, collaborative environment for interdisciplinary exploration and conversation, where students and professionals learn together and from one another. Products from Knight Lab include easy to create timelines, StoryMaps, and a tool to juxtapose and compare images.   Northwestern University Knight Lab
  • PechaKucha - PechaKucha 20x20 is an alternative way to present information which was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo in 2003. It is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.   PechaKucha   Keywords: presentations
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports the creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research posters, and public service announcements.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
  • PxHere - Over 1,000,000+ high-quality photos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required. Do whatever you want (CC0). PxHere   Keywords: stock photos, Creative Commons
  • Visual Learning Center by Visme - The resource to help you become a better visual communicator. The site contains a wide array of resources visual learners and presenters. These resources will help you become a better presenter, communicator, and storyteller by creating better presentations and infographics.   Visual Learning Center by Visme   Keywords: visual learning, digital literacy, blogs and wikis, visualize information, presentation
  • Populr.me - Populr.me can be used for social media, business, education, or many other uses. Build websites with templates for networking, sales, marketing, etc. Drop in text, video, pictures, embeds.  Upgrade for additional features, or keep it free.  Great for building interactive syllabi, professional profiles, ePortfolios, and other online information.   Populr.me   Keywords: web editing, websites
  • Accessible Course Design - This site helps instructors and instructional designers implement strategies for accessible course design. The goal is to provide information that is easily understandable to individuals who are not necessarily technology-oriented and may not know much about working with people with disabilities. The tips on this website have been written to accommodate students who are deaf or hard of hearing, use screen readers for a vision impairment, have learning or other disabilities, or are color blind. Many of these tips also improve learning for all students, which is called Universal Design. A particularly useful resource on this site is a video about how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to make PDF accessible.   Accessible Course Design   Keywords: Accessibility, PDF, video, captioning,
  • WiseMapping - WiseMapping is a web-based mind mapping tool. This tool allows users to create mind maps, share it on a web page, blog, and in social media posts. WiseMapping Keywords: Mindmap, concept map
  • Adobe Portfolio - As one of the free tools included in paid Adobe Creative Cloud plans, Adobe Portfolio enables designers to quickly create beautiful and high-quality personal portfolio sites in minutes. It also offers users a free Creative Cloud subscription service.   Adobe Portfolio   Keywords: ePortfolio
  • Behance - Behance is an Adobe app that lets you take a look at the portfolios of some of the most interesting artists of the moment. If you are creative yourself, you can create your own account and share your work with other users. It is one of the most widely-used free online portfolio websites in the designer communities, Behance attracts artists and photographers from around the world. “Find what you want in a graphic design near you with Behance, a global catalog of graphic design.” Search for graphic design from throughout the world.   Behance   Keyword: ePortfolio
  • StoryMap - StoryMap, by Knight Lab, can be used to tell a highlight of a particular image or historical map (its tagline is "maps that tell stories"). Users can guide viewers through a series of zoomed-in highlights to a particular image or map, highlight areas of interest in the image. Each item that's designated can feature text, images, audio, or video. One example is Arya's Journey, for you Game of Thrones fans. You can view Arya's journey from the book series on a historical map.   StoryMap
  • Thinglink - Thinglink can annotate images with text, audio, or video. You can then share your annotated media in a website, LMS, or present online. Educators can try it out for free.   Thinglink   Keywords: interactive poster
  • Visme - Visme is everything you need to tell powerful visual stories in the form of engaging presentations, infographics, and other visual content. Visme is a design tool to tell and present stories and translate boring data into stunning visual formats right in your browser. Visme is very easy to navigate and it offers free templates that can help you create more stunning and visually engaging presentations. Visme      
  • PixStori - PixStori™ is an app to record stories about your smartphone photos. It links voice and still images in a multimedia PixStori that can be instantly shared on social media, uploaded into searchable cloud collections of family or group memories, and collected as crowdsourced field data for organizations and businesses. It is Oral History meets Instagram. PixStori is a very useful app to combine pictures with audio. This is a great tool where we can take pictures with your phone and add audio to explain the picture, or even music and environment ambiance sounds related to it. This is a very easy alternative to recording videos and to create mementos of moments or voice note for poster/academic/class presentations. Every picture has a story to tell. Now you can tell that story in your own voice and share it now and for the future. ...
  • Answer Garden - A tool that can be used for real-time classroom brainstorming or online homework. Can be used in the classroom, for professional development, creativity and more. Results can be displayed in a visual Wordcloud format with the most often used responses showing in relatively larger text-size. AnswerGarden   Keywords: response, polling, wordcloud, audience response, classroom response
  • Captioning for Google Slides - Google Slides can automatically add real-time captions to live Google Slides presentations.  It's really quite easy: Start your presentation Click "CC" in the bar on the bottom to start closed captioning. Captions will appear as you speak. Captions will not include any punctuation. At this time, the captions are not saved.   Learn more about Captioning for Google Slides.   Keywords: accessibility, real-time captions, caption, captioning, transcript
  • Vyond (formerly Go Animate) - One of the animation and whiteboard building websites. Vyond has prebuilt templates that customize for business or education. You choose backgrounds and props or can upload custom images. Vyond has a diverse selection of ethnic characters or you can customize to resemble an actual person. You can choose music from their library and narrate with your voice or use text-to-speech software. Note: Vyond only has a 14-day free trial. Although it is costly, it has many capabilities for animation.   Vyond   Keywords: animation, storytelling
  • Wakelet - Share articles, videos, images, tweets and other great content with one link. Save them for later and create collections, called wakes, at any time. Organize the web, the way you want it. Save, curate and share from a wide variety of sources to create very visually pleasing presentations. Also very suitable for creating a personal portfolio.   Wakelet   Keywords: portfolio, pictures, social media, presentations  
  • LinkedR - Linkreducation is an associated platform in which you find, build, and manage educational & pedagogical collaborations. On this platform, you can add a class, invite students, find a collaborative partner, let students share with a larger group,  explore and assign them work, and the opportunity to exchange and to get feedback. The options are wide open.   Linkreducation
  • Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.   Adobe Education Exchange   After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find: Lesson plans and other learning materials Self-directed workshop Live short courses Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities. https://youtu.be/2FTMCVBRQGc   Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
  • RealtimeBoard - A simple whiteboard platform for cross-functional team collaboration. Data, images, spreadsheets, tasks, graphics, videos and more. The Realtime Board combines all of these parts in one place to allow teams or the entire organization to collaborate with each other. There are plenty of collaboration possibilities. Agile & Lean, Action plan, Strategy & Management, Kanban board, Meeting organizer, User story mapping, Gantt chart, Milestone chart, Retrospective, Product Management, Business model canvas, Persona, Product backlog, Six thinking hats, Random words, Empathy map, Timeline, Mindmap, UX & Design, Sitemap, Affinity diagram, Ideation, Wireframing, Lean UX. The image below visually shows just a few of the examples of how this tool can help to visually organize your ideas and processes. RealtimeBoard    Keywords: whiteboard
  • Infogram - Infographics (Information graphics) are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends. Infographics are a better way to: 1. Tell a compelling data-driven story 2. Make content with data that is easy to understand 3. Grab your viewer’s attention 4. Increase brand awareness and drive traffic with visuals Charts and maps help to: 1. Make data easier to understand and remember 2. Discover unknown facts, outliers, and trends 3. Visualize relationships and patterns quickly 4. Ask better questions and make better decisions   Infogram   Keywords: ePortfolios, Presentations, Social Media
  • Knovio - Knovio is a web-based application that can record web camera video and attach that video to presentation slides from Microsoft PowerPoint or image files. Overall it's a great way to get “virtual lectures” created in a quick and efficient manner. Educators: Deliver highly interactive, video-led teaching experiences with video presentations. It's the fast and easy way to share lectures and research insights, teaching notes and classroom instructions. Quickly measure learning outcomes with a 360° view of student engagement and activity. and have students record their own video presentations. Students: Add your personality and passion to your next assignment using video, audio narration and interactive features. Record your assignments and share them with team members and professors. Rehearse and review your big presentations and create unique multimedia experiences for job applications and internships.   Knovio   Keywords: Media, Presentations, Quiz Recording, Screencast, Video
  • OverLeaf - Overleaf is an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool that makes the whole process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents much quicker and easier. Real-time collaboration in your browser: The convenience of an easy-to-use WYSIWYG manuscript editor, with real-time collaboration and structured, fully typeset output produced automatically in the background as you type. Prefer to edit directly in LaTeX? Overleaf provides a full collaborative online LaTeX editor you can switch to at any time.   Overleaf   Keywords: Collaboration, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing
  • Final Cut Pro X - Final Cut Pro X is a professional quality, high-end video editing app for OS X from Apple Inc. and the successor to Final Cut Pro. It is a revolutionary app for creating, editing, and producing the highest-quality video. Final Cut Pro X combines high-performance digital editing and native support for virtually any video format with easy-to-use and time-saving features that let you focus on storytelling. (Note: this is not a free resource.)   Final Cut Pro X   Note: Final Cut Pro X is a proprietary software that is not free. Due to its popularity in the video editing industry, we do provide it as an EmTechWIKI resource.   Keywords: Media, Video
  • Camtasia - Record anything — your whole screen or just a window. Or, add video, images, audio, and PowerPoint presentations that you already have. A simple timeline makes editing video easy. Combine or split clips, trim, and speed up or slow down footage. Then, instantly preview inside the video editor. Give videos polish with professional video editor effects. Add highlights, animation, titles, transitions and more. Simply drag and drop the effects onto the timeline. You can: Create engaging video lessons without high learning curves. Improve learning with video Make videos for flipped, hybrid, or online learning. Interactive quizzes Add quizzes as part of the video and record results to see how students are performing. Track results See who is interacting with your videos to improve learning outcomes. (Note: This is not a free resource.)   Camtasia     Keywords: media, recording, screencast, video, podcasts
  • Animoto - Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows.   Animoto   Keywords: Audio, Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Video
  • H5P Interactive Content Creator - Hello HTML5! Goodbye flash! You can create, share and re-use interactive content in your browser or integrated right into your LMS! Create Richer HTML5 Content in Existing Publishing Platforms. Share Content Seamlessly Across Any H5P Capable Site. Reuse and modify Content in Your Browser at Any Time. Explore over 40 different types of interactive content including presentations, timelines,  games & quizzes. See a few examples of H5P or visit their website for complete and detailed information.   h5p.org   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Gamification, Media, Photos & Images, Podcasts, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Quiz, Recording, Screencast, Simulations, Video
  • Adobe Spark - Spark is a free software created by Adobe, who is the industry standard go-to for visual design applications. The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools includes Photoshop, which is by far the most popular graphic editor. Spark is freely available with premium features available for a fee. The rest of the Adobe toolset is available on a subscription basis and is not a freely available resource. Spark is useful to create online and mobile graphic designs. Easily create beautiful images, videos, web pages, animated videos & social graphics with beautiful typography. A variety of free templates are available to help inspire your creations. Spark also lets you get Creative with Memes & upgrades Instagram Stories with animated posts.   Adobe Spark   Keywords: ePortfolios, Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Video, Visual Design, Websites
  • PowToon - PowToon is a program for making small videos, presentations, and animations. It has several characters that can be animated, with different backgrounds and colors that make the construction of your presentation very easy. Web-based animations allow users to create presentations by manipulating pre-created objects, imported images, provided music and user-created voice-overs.   PowToon   PowToon Quick Start Guide - A series of engaging instructional videos about PowToons, from basic design to more advanced functions. 7 Alternative Technology in the Classroom Presentation Tools - This blog entry from TeachHub touches upon PowToon in the list of alternative technology in the classroom.   Keywords: Creative Commons, Media, Presentations, Video
  • Poll Everywhere - Poll Everywhere is a polling application to gather live responses using simple text messages or WIFI through a mobile device, phones, tablets, or laptops. Poll Everywhere lets people vote on options displayed on the screen by visiting a website, texting a number on their phones, using the iPhone/Android app, or using Twitter. The poll results are updated in real time. People can participate in the poll by visiting a web page, using an app, or sending text messages. Poll Everywhere   How it Works   Keywords: Presentations, Productivity Tools, audience response, classroom response
  • MindMeister - MindMeister is a tool that allows collaborative creation of mind maps / concept maps and share them online.   MindMeister   Keywords: Visual Design
  • Popplet - Popplet is a tool that allows users to visualize ideas. Create graphic organizers, timelines, and many other forms of visual organization.   Popplet   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Visual Design
  • Glogster - Glogster is a cloud-based (SaaS) platform for presentation and interactive learning. It allows users to mix all kinds of media on a virtual canvas to create multimedia posters, and access a library of engaging educational content created by students and educators worldwide. Glogster encourages interactive, collaborative education and digital literacy. Note that there are a number of limitations when using the free version of Glogster.   Glogster   Keywords: Media
  • ClipSafari - ClipSafari is a large collection of clipart that can be used freely for many purposes.   ClipSafari   Keywords: Collaboration, Copyright, Creative Commons    
  • The Fundamental Elements of Design - This 3-minute video, from PepRally, shares the basics of the elements of design. Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks behind design principles.   The Fundamental Elements of Design   The Fundamental Elements of Design from PepRally on Vimeo.   Keywords: Photos & Images, Presentations, Publishing, Visual Design, Websites
  • Elements of Design Quick Reference Poster - This poster, created by Paperleaf, is a handy reference that provides a quick overview of the C.R.A.P. principles of design; a refresher for those in the know, and a starting point for design newbies. C.R.A.P stands for Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. Keep these concepts in mind to remind yourself of prominent design principles.   Principles of Design Quick Reference Poster   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Publishing, Visual Design
  • University of Houston’s College of Education’s digital storytelling site - Digital story-telling is the use of technology to convey a story. With the use of multimedia, such as graphics, video, audio and web publishing, people are able to create their stories in a brand new creative way. Digital storytelling can be used to discuss any topic including, personal experiences, a lesson or to simply create your own tale.   University of Houston's College of Education's digital storytelling site
  • Screencasting – Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything - Screencasting is a digital video recording that captures what is on your computer screen and usually includes audio. This is also known as video screen capture. Screencasting or video screen capture is a great way to teach or share ideas. This guide provides links to information, ideas, rubrics and tools that teachers and students can use to create screencasts.   Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything - Screencasting in the Classroom
  • Screencast-o-matic - This tool is for anyone needing a fast recording app to create a video file, share on YouTube, or even upload to a custom branded site hosted by them. It makes it easy to record on-screen activity for short tutorials, visual presentations, and communicate while you demonstrate. Free and pro versions are available.   Screencast-o-matic   Screencast-o-Matic|Support - Support for Screencast-O-Matic including how to use and common issues. Screencast-O-Matic (SOM): Best Practices - Provides best practices for using Screencast-O-matic.   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Simulations, Video
  • Explain Everything - Explain Everything is a cloud collaboration platform built on the learning technology of tomorrow. Whether you're sending just-in-time messages to colleagues or recording lessons for students, Explain Everything is the imagination space that helps you tell your unique story. It works like an interactive whiteboard, allowing for quick communication with students, colleagues, and customers. Write, draw, and move objects to enhance your project. Add media from various sources including a built-in clipart library. Record voice/video and even create screencasts to make your story even more engaging.   Explain Everything   How to Use Explain Everything to Record Instructional Videos - A few key best practices when recording videos. This in-app help and guide features a video to guide you through how to use the Explain Everything app. There's the help file for Explain Everything, including a dedicated iBook showing all the functions of the app and pop up ...
  • ShowMe - ShowMe can be used to create beautiful tutorials with the top of your finger. With the ShowMe app, educators can use the iPad as an interactive whiteboard and record voice-over lessons. If desired, these can then be shared with the public. The best of the lessons are available online on the ShowMe.com Web site.   ShowMe   ShowMe Knowlege Base - Answers to 24 customer questions and a search feature.   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Presentations, Productivity Tools
  • Canva – A powerful online graphic design platform - Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, and other visual content. It is available on web and mobile and integrates millions of images, fonts, templates, and illustrations. Users can choose from many professionally designed templates, and edit the designs and upload their own photos through a drag and drop interface. The platform is free to use, and paid subscriptions like Canva Pro and Canva for Enterprise offer additional functionality. Users can also pay for physical products to be printed and shipped. This free presentation software gives you access to hundreds of beautifully designed layouts to create presentations on any topic.   Canva   A Simple Video Guide to Canva - This video describes how to get started making infographics and presentations in the software. BESpoke ELA: Ten Ways to use Canva in the Classroom - A blog post ...
  • Piktochart - An easy infographic design app that requires very little effort to produce beautiful, high-quality graphics. Infographics can be presented on slideshows with Presentation Mode.   Piktochart   Piktochart Support Page - This site provides a wide array of help for Piktochart users, from initial design to troubleshooting problems. Piktochart: Using Infographics in the Classroom - A blog post detailing the reasons why infographics can make learning for students more interesting, involving, and visual.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Easel.ly - Easel.ly is a simple web tool that empowers anyone to create and share powerful visuals (infographics, posters)... no design experience needed. How to Easel.ly Create Your First Infographic - A recording of a live training session for Easel.ly beginners. Venngage: 6 Ways eLearning Infographics Make Education Easier - A blog post detailing the reasons why infographics can make learning for students more interesting, involving, and visual.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Timetoast - Free timeline maker lets you create timelines online. Make educational timelines or create a timeline for your company website.   Timetoast   How to Create an Interactive Timeline with Timetoast - This YouTube video describes the ins and outs of how to make a timeline with this technological tool.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Slideshare - A service that allows you to create an online library and upload presentations that you've created elsewhere.   SlideShare   Getting Started with SlideShare - Designed with commercial users in mind (but also useful for educators and students), this site provides useful tips for all levels of users.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - PowerPoint is a slideshow presentation program that's part of the Microsoft Office suite of tools. PowerPoint makes it easy to create, collaborate, and present your ideas in dynamic, visually compelling ways. Powerpoint is not freely available except as a mobile app. However, this is a standard application used in education and business. Many companies and campus have enterprise-wide licensing for the Office suite of tools.   PowerPoint   Basic Tasks for Creating a Powerpoint Presentation - Step-by-step instructions from Microsoft about how to design a slide show.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Prezi Classic and Prezi Next - A "zooming presentation tool" that presents information non-linearly. It is an infinite whiteboard where the audience can see and interact with an overview of a topic or zoom in to see the relationship between topics. Prezi allows presenters to provide not only the big picture but takes it a step further to allow viewers to dissect each component. this web-based presentation tool allows you to edit, collaborate, and present online.   Prezi   Prezi Next Vs. Classic: Your Questions Answered - Because Prezi has debuted a new version---Prezi Next---current users should compare the Next with what is being called Prezi Classic. Both versions have educational plans. 7 Alternative Technology in the Classroom Presentation Tools - This blog entry from TeachHub touches upon Prezi in the list of alternative technology in the classroom.   Keywords: Collaboration, Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Emaze - Caters to the current PowerPoint user, using slide-by-slide presentation, but offers some spectacular results with very little effort. Emaze allows the user to choose from a variety of 3-D templates which are pre-formatted and not highly editable, allowing the user to concentrate on the content and not the bells and whistles.   Emaze   Emaze - Getting Started Tutorial - An easy-to-follow tutorial about using Emaze to create a new presentation from scratch or import a PowerPoint.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Haiku Deck - Haiku Deck is a free app that makes presentations simple, beautiful, and fun.   Haiku   Haiku Deck - Editing and Creating Decks - An instructional video about getting started with Haiku Deck. 7 Alternative Technology in the Classroom Presentation Tools - This blog entry from TeachHub touches upon Haiku Deck in the list of alternative technology in the classroom.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Google Slides - Google Slides is Google's free presentation editor. Because it is included in the Google Docs/Drive suite, you can readily use it to collaborate on presentations with colleagues or students no matter where you are. Google Slides is very similar to Microsoft's PowerPoint (PPT). Like many online tools, it allows groups to work together to create and edit online presentations. Google Slides is web-based - it is easy to access it from various mobile devices.   Google Slides   Get Started with Google Slide - Getting Started with Google Slides provides tips for the beginner. 2017 Updates to Google Slides - Youtube Video - Created by TeacherCast, this YouTube video details the new updates and functionality of Google Slides.   Keywords: Collaboration, Flipped Learning, Presentations

Productivity Tools

  • Insight Maker | Simulation and Modeling - Insight Maker is a free tool to create simulations and modeling in your browser that lets you express your thoughts using rich pictures and causal loop diagrams. It then lets you turn these diagrams into powerful simulation models. Insight Maker integrates three general modeling approaches – System Dynamics, Agent-Based Modeling, and imperative programming. Insight Maker   Keywords: chart, graph
  • newtFire {DH} - The newtFire site serves as an incubator of learning and research collaboration between scholars and students in the Digital Humanities from multiple institutions, and is the project development site of Elisa Beshero-Bondar, Program Chair of Digital Media, Arts, and Technology (DIGIT) at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. This site contains numerous tutorials and exercises well suited for working within the digital humanities, computer science, and beyond. Current tutorials include: Git and GitHub | HTML | JavaScript | Network Analysis | Project Preparation | Python | QGIS | Regular Expressions | Relax NG | Schematron | SVG | TEI | XML | XPath | XQuery | XSLT   newtFire {DH}
  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops international standards for the Web: HTML, CSS, and many more. The W3C is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Led by Web inventor and Director Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C's mission is to lead the Web to its full potential. The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops standards and support materials to help understand and implement accessibility to make websites, applications, and other digital creations more accessible and usable to everyone. -- from W3C website   World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
  • Creating Captioned Lectures on a Shoestring Budget (SUNY CPD Webinar recording) - This recorded workshop is part of the SUNY CPD Remote Teaching Clinic Webinar Series. A variety of options for creating captions using free and inexpensive tools are shared. The session includes links to a few how-to videos about techniques such as live captioning using Google Slides and PPT365 Live-captioning. Slides for the session are also available. Creating Captioned Lectures on a Shoestring Budget     
  • Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide - This guide is an editable Google Doc that has a wide collection of resources to assist you to create an online community, class or conference. "Are you creating an online course, event or conference? If you’re not a programmer, and if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this guide will get you started. Read it from top to bottom to get a step-by-step guide to what you can do to set up your course or event. Then check the links to find free or cheap and easy tools that will get the job done for you." The document is licensed under Creative Commons and is open to editing. It was initially created and conceived by Stephen Downes, a Canadian philosopher and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media.   Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference - Quick Tech ...
  • Microsoft Digital Literacy Course - Learn how to effectively use devices, software, and the internet to collaborate with others and discover, use, and create information. The Microsoft Digital Literacy course is for anyone with basic reading skills who want to learn the fundamentals of using digital technologies. The course is at a reading level like that of most newspapers around the world. Learners who complete the course will understand basic computing concepts and skills. After completing each module, learners will receive a Digital Literacy Certificate of Completion that they can download and save. Microsoft Digital Literacy Course
  • Perusall - Perusall is an e-reader platform that allows students and faculty to annotate the assigned readings and engage the reading material in a style akin to social media posting. Students can write full comments, “like” comments, use hashtags, link URLs to their comments and even use emoticons. -- from: Etools: Using Perusall in the Classroom Celeste C Wells, Boston College.   Perusall   Keywords: Annotation, collaborative document editing, close reading
  • PlantNet – Pl@ntNet - PlantNet is a participatory science project that enables scientists from all over the world to better understand plant biodiversity and to study the best ways to preserve it. Identify, explore, and share your observations of wild plants · Pl@ntNet is a tool to help to identify plants with pictures.   Pl@ntNet
  • How to Add ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Captions into a Video in Panopto - The Panopto video platform features Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) to vastly ease the process of adding closed captions to video lectures and instructional materials. Captions can be generated for newly created and existing video content in Panopto. While the accuracy of the ASR generated captions is not perfect, the Panopto editor allows for streamlined editing and publishing of captions. Panopto is a lecture-capture program that is freely available and also adopted by many educational institutions.   How to Add ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Captions into a Video in Panopto   Keywords: captioning, subtitles  
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Virtual Labs - Virtual labs are interactive, digital simulations of activities that typically take place in physical laboratory settings. Virtual labs simulate the tools, equipment, tests, and procedures used in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biology, and other disciplines. Virtual labs allow students to participate in lab-based learning exercises without the costs and limitations of a physical lab. Virtual labs can be an important element in institutional efforts to expand access to lab-based courses to more and different groups of students, as well as efforts to establish contingency plans for natural disasters or other interruptions of campus activities. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, ...
  • dotstorming - Dotstorming allows people to easily collaborate on a topic and come to decisions as a group. It uses dot voting which is a quick and simple method for prioritizing a list of options. It creates a sense of engagement and allows participants to see the decision process in action and understand how the final choice was made. dotstorming
  • oTranscribe - Have you ever had to transcribe an audio content before? You probably had to be listening for 5 seconds, switch to a notepad to type out what you just listened to, and that over and over again. With oTrascribe, you can do the listening and typing in the same environment. With some customizable key combination, you do the following, pause/play the loaded audio, fast-forward, go back a few seconds, etc. If you have some audio or video transcription to do, you can check out Otranscribe.   oTranscribe
  • Jimdo - Jimdo provides two products including the standard editor, Jimdo Creator, and Jimdo Dolphin which falls under a new category of website builder systems. These two products live side by side: Jimdo Creator enables building a website from scratch or running your blog or online store, and Jimdo Dolphin is used to get a beautiful website that's ready to go in just a few minutes.   Jimdo
  • Scalar - Scalar is a free, open-source publishing platform geared toward long-form scholarship with embedded multimedia. It also provides the capability for multimedia tagging and annotation, as well as for interacting with stories in a nonlinear way through different path structures. Scalar allows for the easy creation of a website using a book-type format. It was created by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture at the University of Southern California.   Scalar    
  • Loomies - The Loomie App allows you to create and style your own customized avatar and stickers that can be used on various online platforms. First, you use a selfie to create your Loomie. You can choose among different accessories to make your Loomie. The shape and form of your Loomie can be customized using the built-in editing system of the Loomie app. After you save your avatar to your Loom Account, you can use it across different apps and integrations, such as Zoom, WhatsApp, etc. Loomies
  • NoCoffee - NoCoffee is a vision simulator extension for Chrome. It simulates different vision impairments by putting a filter over web pages. Thus, it helps users understand the problems faced by people with slight to extreme vision problems. For example, it shows how web pages with very small text or click target are difficult to read for individuals with low acuity. The user can also experience how texts with very low contrast, e.g. light gray text on white, pose difficulty for individuals with low contrast sensitivity. In addition, this accessibility extension helps users simulate colorblindness, visual snow, glare, ghosting, cataracts, nystagmus, retinal detachment, hemanopia, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, etc. NoCoffee can be downloaded for free from the Chrome web store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nocoffee/jjeeggmbnhckmgdhmgdckeigabjfbddl?hl=en-US.   Keywords: Simulation, Vision, Accessibility
  • Equation Editor - This application includes a complete math equation editor along with the option to discuss math problems in a common forum. This application includes a full-featured math equation editor is included and you can easily write calculus, matrices, determinants, or trigonometry equations with a user-friendly interface. All symbols are included and most frequently used symbols are accessible with a single click. You can also share equations edited/created using this app as images and write a math equation using three different colors to explain solutions.   Equation Editor
  • Spy Dialer - Spy Dialer is a reverse phone number lookup tool. This tool will help you to know who you are getting phone calls and allow you to choose whether you want to receive a call or simply ignore it. Spy Dialer
  • Keepass - KeePass is a free, open-source, light-weight, and easy-to-use password manager.  In the world of information, you inevitably have to remember many passwords. People have to remember what password to use for a specific website, email, utility, or device. Some of them will use similar and even the same password for different sites. Passwords do not sync and it is very hard to memorize them. An old school method is to use a spreadsheet to store your passwords, however, a spreadsheet is not designed for this purpose. Hence it is not a good tool to store passwords.   KeePass
  • Edureka - Edureka is an online training provider that helps professionals learn trending technologies for career growth. Learn top trending courses like Big Data, Hadoop, RPA, Cloud, DevOps & More. Expert Educators. Flexible Batch Timings. 24/7 Lifetime Support. Instructor-led Classes. No Cost EMI Option. Edureka - E-Learning Platform
  • Xender - Xender is one of the world's leading application for file transfer and sharing. It offers users the convenience to transfer files of different types and sizes between mobile devices, either Android or iOS based, with no need for cables or Wi-Fi or cellular internet connection, and with absolutely no mobile data usage for transfer.   Xender
  • AZ Screen Recorder - This application is generally utilized for mobile screen recording with audio to record screen, live stream in high quality. AZ Screen Recorder is a stable, high-quality screen recorder for android that helps you record smooth and clear screen videos.  The application does not only record screen.  It can also perform functions such as screen capture, live stream screen, and video editor. Advantages of this screen recording application is a high-quality video (1080p, 12Mbps, 60FPS), unlimited recording time,  and no root needed.   AZ Screen Recorder
  • F.A.I.L. University: Fearless Adventures In Learning - FUN FREE Online Learning Tools   TRY ONE BEFORE YOU MAKE ONE! Escape this Breakout Room as/after you watch this 6 min. Gamification Intro!  (Answer KEY) See the FREE learning game-making tools below.  (Students can play your games without creating an account.) Want help?  Get FREE online gamification lessons at F.A.I.L. University   Hyperlinked Site Examples Help Center Tips Google Forms (with EquatIO add-on for STEM subjects) Google Form Escape Room Escape Room Instructions Learning Center Create a Google account Create a Google Form quiz Wisc-Online Baseball, Spin to Win... Contact, FAQ Save questions in Google Doc ProProfs Brain Games Crossword, Brain Teaser... Help Desk Save questions in Google Doc Purpose Games Image Quiz, Slide Quiz... Help Center Free, with ads Super Teacher Tools Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... Help Desk Google registration Class Tools Pac Man, Asteroids, Pong... Contact, FAQ Save Q’s in Google Doc, ads Quizlet Match, Gravity, Live... Help Center Google registration, with ads   FUN FREE online gamification lessons for teachers at F.A.I.L. University Questions?  Email Jeremy at info@FailU.org   F.A.I.L. University: Fearless Adventures ...
  • Hypothesis - Use Hypothesis to collaboratively annotate, highlight, and tag documents and hold discussions, read socially, organize your research, and take personal notes on webpages, PDFs, and EPUBs. Collaborative annotation helps people connect to each other and what they’re reading.   Hypothesis   Keywords: collaborative document editing, close reading
  • Toodledo - Toodledo is an incredibly powerful tool to increase your productivity and organize your life. More than just a to-do list, Toodledo provides you with a place to store your notes, outlines, and habits. Access your data on any device or browser. We’ll keep everything up to date with automatic syncing. Toodledo is flexible enough to work with many different productivity styles. You can use the popular GTD methodology, or you can use your own system. You can keep things simple, or you can add as much complexity as you need. Keeping track of your to-do list has never been easier.   Toodledo (info source: https://play.google.com/store/apps )
  • Mega - MEGA provides secure cloud storage and communication. Privacy protection is built-in by design. This service provides end-to-end encryption. In the future, MEGA will continue to develop innovative products and features that complement its existing platform to help improve security on the Internet without compromising on usability.   Mega
  • You Need A Wiki - You Need A Wiki (YNAW) is a simple, yet effective tool for creating a wiki utilizing Google Docs for editing and your Google Drive for storage. This tool is ideal if you work with Google regularly and maintain a Google Drive. You simply create an account and then import folders from Google drive into YNAW. Your folders are converted into a wiki-style page. It is so much easier to read and navigate than clicking through a folder in Google Drive. You can create and edit Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly in YNAW too. There are many wikis that are more powerful and multifunctional, but if you work in Google and want to share and collaborate this is a fantastically simple and easy tool to use. Even if you just want to put some of your most-used folders in a more functional ...
  • J.A.F.A.R. - J.A.F.A.R., The Skills Manager Pro™ is an individual skills management software which is developed to accompany an online course “How to Get Skilled: Introduction to Individual Skills Management” offered by OPEN SUNY® on Coursera® learning platform. The software uses the J.A.F.A.R. Individual Skills Management Model. The Model provides a comprehensive framework for increasing one’s effectiveness of career development by learning how to analyze, organize, develop, monitor, and present their work-related skills in a highly competitive job market environment. The acronym J.A.F.A.R is derived from letters in the main steps of the Model (Job Analysis, Full mastery, Assessment, and skillset Review).   J.A.F.A.R., The Skills Manager Pro™
  • GIMP - GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program.  It is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows, and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins. GIMP is an excellent free alternative for Adobe Photoshop, with a familiar interface yet slightly different learning curve. GIMP
  • Krita - Krita is a professional, free, and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone. It is the full-featured digital painting studio for artists who want to create professional work from start to end.  Krita is used by comic book artists, illustrators, concept artists, matte and texture painters, and in the digital VFX industry. Krita has several features that are unique or a first among free software painting applications: support for colorspaces other than RGB, like CMYK, support for HDR painting, painting assistants, a perspective grid. Anyone looking to replace Adobe Photoshop with a free and full-featured alternative having a familiar interface and workflow, Krita might be the answer.   Krita
  • MeisterTask - MeisterTask is an intuitive project and task management tool on the web and mobile. With its powerful collaboration features and flexible, Kanban-style project boards, MeisterTask lets you and your team manage projects of all types and sizes. It keeps you up to date on your project progress and it makes sure that you never lose focus on your to-dos and on your important deadlines.   MeisterTask
  • PowerNotes - The PowerNotes Chrome extension eliminates the need to copy and paste or employ other poor processes to capture content. PowerNotes users just highlight material they find useful, include an annotation if appropriate, and then categorize the highlight into a topic of their choosing. PowerNotes is designed to unify the steps of reading, gathering, saving, annotating, organizing, outlining, tracking, and citing research into a single, efficient workflow that feeds directly into the writing process.   PowerNotes   Tutorial Video Resources for Using PowerNotes with Assignments
  • Wordwall - Wordwall is a tool that helps you to create better lessons quicker. Wordwall is an easy-to-use tool that lets you create a series of interactive games and activities for students. Find a series of templates that you can freely copy and adapt to your requirements. It has a nice interface and is easy to use. The free version offers a quite large number of games. The monthly price for the full version is not too high. In addition, the tool is available in several languages. Wordwall Wordwall - HOW TO CREATE AN INTERACTIVE QUIZ Create Gamified Interactive Reviews with Wordwall  - An article that shows all 18 interactive games offered in the free version.   Keywords: gamification, flipped learning, quiz, classroom response
  • Mentimeter - With Mentimeter, you can create fun and interactive presentations, polls, brainstorming sessions in meetings, classes, gatherings, conferences, and others with real-time feedback. It is an easy-to-use PowerPoint presentation alternative that lets you engage and interact with your audience in real-time. You set the questions and your audience can give their input via a mobile phone or any other Internet-connected device. You can also link the results to your video-conferencing platforms. This is a fascinating tool to build interactive presentations with the easy-to-use online editor. Add questions, polls, quizzes, slides, images, and more to your presentation to create fun and engaging presentations. You can engage with your audience during the session and they can use their smartphones to connect to the presentation to answer questions. Visualize their responses in real-time to create a fun and interactive experience.   Mentimeter   Video tutorial Free for education   Keywords: #wordcloud
  • Joplin - Joplin is a free, open-source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organized into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged, and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format. The notes can be synchronized with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV, or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronizing the notes, notebooks, tags, and other metadata are saved to plain text files that can be easily inspected, backed up, and moved around. The application is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS (the terminal app also works on FreeBSD). Joplin App
  • Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies - The 2020 Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies from the EDUCAUSE research library contains 226 free technologies arranged into 40 types and 15 clusters that educators can use to promote more productive and interactive learning. Brief descriptions, example tools and pedagogical uses are provided for each category. This Typology has been developed by Matt Bower and Jodie Torrington from the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University, Australia.   2020 Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies 
  • Bitly - Bitly is a link management and URL shortening tool. It can help track how many clicks the shortened link receives, what geographic location the clicks are coming from, and automatically generates QR codes for your Bitly links. In addition, Bitly allows you to track engagement metrics, giving you a clearer picture of how well your content is performing.   Bitly      
  • Online Discussion Boards & Professor’s Presence – 10 Principles & 51 Strategies - This Quick Reference / Best Practice Card for online discussions is adapted from "The Professor’s Manual," by Victoria Nesnick, a Higher Education Faculty Development Consultant. The guide provides research-based guiding principles and strategies to help create and maintain effective presence and interaction between facilitators and participants as related to online discussion board participation. This resource from Dr. Nesnick's collection was made available with her permission.   Online Discussion Boards & Professor’s Presence - 10 Principles & 51 Strategies
  • Scannable - Scannable captures the paper in your life quickly and beautifully, transforming it into high-quality scans ready to save or share. Whether on the go or at the office, send paper on its way and move on. One of the best features of this scanner is that it scans in PDF, photos, and many other formats. You can even have a stack of pages and the camera focuses on each page and takes a photo each time the page is turned to the next one in the pile. It is a very powerful app but it seems that it is just for iOS at this time.   Scannable
  • LibreOffice - LibreOffice is a powerful and free office suite, a successor to OpenOffice(.org), used by millions of people around the world. Its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. LibreOffice is compatible with a wide range of document formats such as Microsoft® Word (.doc, .docx), Excel (.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx) and Publisher. But LibreOffice goes much further with its native support for a modern and open standard, the Open Document Format (ODF). With LibreOffice, you have maximum control over your data and content – and you can export your work in many different formats including PDF. Beyond the many features shipped by default, LibreOffice is easily extensible through its powerful extensions mechanisms. Get even more features and document templates on our dedicated websites. LibreOffice is Free and Open Source Software, available for everyone to use, share ...
  • Mural - Mural is a digital workspace for visual collaboration. It enables people and innovative teams to think and collaborate visually to solve important problems. People benefit from MURAL’s speed and ease of use in creating diagrams, which are popular in design thinking and agile methodologies, as well as tools to facilitate more impactful meetings and workshops. Through Mural you can work with people across the room or around the world. It uses sticky notes, shapes, links, images, videos, to create, organize in a list, add flowcharts, diagrams, frameworks, methods, and drawings to activate and align your team. Mural also works with many integrations. You can organize your contents from private rooms and open rooms. Note: This is not a free resource but it does provide a free trial period.   Mural   Below are some guides to help you get familiar with Mural: Navigating the Mural ...
  • Splitwise - This application is used to keep track of your shared expenses and balances with housemates, trips, groups, friends, and family.   Splitwise Main features of this application are:- Split Expenses, record debts Equal, unequal splits Calculate total balances Simplify debts Categorize expenses Easy CSV reports Offline mode, cloud sync As per BusinessInsider website: "I never fight with roommates over bills because of this genius expense-splitting app".
  • Google Analytics - Google Analytics is one of the most popular digital analytics software. It is Google’s free web analytics service that allows you to analyze in-depth detail about the visitors on your website which provides valuable insights that can help you to shape the success strategy of your business. Today, almost all the businesses have an online presence through a website. Therefore, it becomes very important for you to learn the inner structure of your site to see whether it is accomplishing its purpose or not. For this, you need to know the details of what people do when they visit your website, how long they stay and what all pages do they visit on your website. Irrespective of whether you are e-commerce website or an informative blog, you would definitely want to understand and study the behavior of your visitors to deliver better results. Google Analytics
  • BigBlueButton - BigBlueButton is an open-source web conferencing system. In addition to various web conferencing services. BigBlueButton supports multiple audio and video sharing, presentations with extended whiteboard capabilities - such as a pointer, zooming and drawing - public and private chat, desktop sharing, integrated VoIP using FreeSWITCH, and support for the presentation of PDF documents and Microsoft Office documents.   BigBlueButton BigBlueButton Wikipedia
  • NPTEL – A Centre of MOOCs - National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project of MHRD initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003, to provide quality education to anyone interested in learning from the IITs. The main goal was to create web and video courses in all major branches of engineering and physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level. It is cited as the largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects and is the most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world. Online courses are available on topics relevant to students in all years of higher education along with basic core courses in sciences and ...
  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy is an American non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. All resources are available for free to users of the website and app. Teachers can post their relevant subject quiz to their customized students with the class creating feature enabled as in Google Classroom.    Khan Academy
  • TEAMMATES - TEAMMATES is a free online tool for managing peer evaluations and other feedback paths for educators and students. It aims to provide a powerful peer feedback and peer evaluations mechanism with a very high degree of flexibility. It is provided as a cloud-based service for educators/students and is currently used by hundreds of universities across the world.     TEAMMATES  
  • Design for non-designers: five visual principles to give you a head start - A concise overview of five key principles of design including White space Typography Grids and alignment The power of contrast Colour and images Design for non-designers: five visual principles to give you a head start
  • Otter.ai - Generate rich notes for meetings, interviews, lectures, transcripts, files to create video captions, and other important voice conversations with this AI-powered assistant. Some of the features available with the free version include transcriptions in real-time, identification of speakers, generate summary keywords & word cloud, and 600 minutes of transcriptions (per month).   Otter.ai
  • CourseSites by Blackboard -   CourseSites by Blackboard is a free course management system (CMS) that is very similar to the institutional Blackboard commonly found in universities. Individual teachers can have up to five active CourseSites at any time. Teachers create an account with CourseSites and then build a course. CourseSites also has an ePortfolio platform as part of the LMS. The ePortfolio tool is an add-on to the standard package that a campus may have. If your institution uses Blackboard or another system, you should always choose to use your university's system.   CourseSites by Blackboard
  • FreeConferenceCalling - Free Conference Calling does not charge for its conference call service, it's free to use for conference calling anytime. All participants in the conference call dial a toll number, not a toll-free 1-800 number. Any costs incurred are based solely on the caller's long-distance plan with their provider. You can have up to 1,000 callers in a single conference call with up to 25 callers able to speak at any given time. This tool is an alternative for a video web conference when computer technology availability might be questionable.   FreeConferenceCalling
  • Websites blocked in mainland China – Wikipedia - Approximately 10,000 domain names are blocked in mainland China under the country's Internet censorship policy, which prevents users from accessing certain websites from within the country. This page contains a list of the most notable such blocked websites in the country. In addition, a few pages that can test to check if a particular URL is blocked are also linked to from this page.   Websites blocked in mainland China - Wikipedia  
  • New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help – LinkedIn free training resources - Almost overnight, remote work has become mainstream. Companies around the world are encouraging their employees to work from home to prioritize the health and safety of their workforce and communities amid coronavirus. Working through this rapid change can be hard and we’re moving quickly to help members get information they can trust, stay connected to their community and learn how to be more productive and successful in their jobs.   New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help - LinkedIn free training resources
  • Slido - Slido is a web-based Q&A and Polling platform to engage an audience with live questions and polls. Everybody can ask and vote for the best questions. Question and poll results are updated live on the interactive wall. Ask questions, vote in polls and be a part of the conversation at the event you’re attending. Visit the Slido website or download the Slido app and join an event by simply typing in the event code. No registration is required. Slido is an easy to use Q&A and polling platform.   Slido
  • Teachly - Teachly, developed at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS),  is a platform designed to help educators create a more effective and inclusive classroom to provide insight into teaching to be able to work towards providing an equitable learning space for all.   Teachly
  • Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME) - The Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME) is a web-based program designed for use in higher education to promote SMARTER Teamwork prepares students to function effectively in teams and supports faculty as they manage their students' group and team experiences. As an instructor, CATME can help you to: Gather information from students and provide feedback to students. Understand their student teams’ processes, team-members’ contributions, and students’ perspectives on their experience. Be aware of problems occurring in their students’ teams. Hold students accountable for contributing to their teams. Use best practices when managing student team experiences. Note: Creating a CATME account and testing the system is free for all users. Otherwise, there is a licensing fee for using this service. Instructors can create and modify surveys for free using CATME's Student Test Files.    Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME)
  • SMORE - Create newsletters, or electronic flyers in seconds for free. Easy-to-use and engaging. Collaborate with your audience even add text, images, video or clickable buttons. Colorful backgrounds and choice of font styles. Professional look achieved quickly. SMORE generates a clickable link that remains with your design. If you need to edit, just re-publish to update. Tool also provides analytics such as how many times your newsletter or flyer were viewed.   SMORE    
  • Clipchamp - With Clipchamp, you can edit, compress, convert, and record without compromising the quality of your video. It also allows you to create Facebook video ads, Youtube videos, Instagram promos, and Slideshow videos. Pick from the different available templates to meet your needs. Create your story now!   Clipchamp
  • What is a Cognitive Tool for Learning? - The idea of a cognitive tool or 'mind tool' was popularized in the 1990s by David Jonassen. It explains that not all educational technologies are beneficial for learning. According to this concept, only educational technologies that help us learn more deeply than before are beneficial. Definition We usually think of an educational technology as a cognitive tool if it supports higher-order cognition. It is contrasted to an educational technology that does not do anything to support higher-order cognition. Examples For example, a calculator might take the full cognitive load of a multiplication task from a student, thereby not supporting cognition but rather making us 'think less'. By contrast, a spreadsheet or mind map may be a tool that helps us think more deeply about a topic. It will help us sort and organize our thoughts so that we can develop theories and deeper understandings ...
  • Telegram - "Telegram is a messaging program with a focus on speed and security, it's super-fast, simple and totally free. It's possible to utilize Telegram on all of your devices at precisely the exact same time -- your own messages sync effortlessly across any range of your phones, tablets or tablets. It's possible to utilize Telegram on smartphones, tablets, and tablets. We've got programs for iOS (6 and over), Android (4.1 and up) along with Windows Phone. You might even utilize Telegram's web version or install one of the desktop programs such as Windows, OSX, and Linux." -- from Quora   Telegram
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Storyboarder - Storyboarder makes it easy to visualize a story as fast you can draw stick figures. Quickly draw to test if a story idea works.   Storyboarder   Keywords: video storytelling
  • 8 Best Free PDF Editors - This list of the top 8 free PDF editors help you to add, edit, and delete text and images, fill out forms, insert signatures, etc. Because not all of these free PDF editors support the same features, and some are restricted in what you can do, remember that you can process the same PDF in more than one tool. Some of the editors listed work right in a web browser, so all you have to do is upload your PDF file to the website, make the changes you want, and then save it back to your computer. Typically, an online editor isn't as fully featured as its desktop counterpart, plus the file is exposed to the internet (which might be of concern if it contains sensitive content). It is important to also note that PDF files are often less accessible than other ...
  • The Complete 2020 Google Classroom Review - Google Classroom has been around for a while now and has had many adjustments and improvements. So just how well does it work now? How can it make your life as a teacher easier? And... Is it worth investing your time setting up? Well, the short answer is yes... ...but I'm guessing you want more than that.   Don't fret, you'll find all the answers in the following review: The Complete 2020 Google Classroom Review   Google Classroom (both the app and the website) is an online learning environment, that, using the Google suite of apps (Google Drive, Docs, Sheets etc.), is a focal point for producing and storing work, for sharing learning material and a medium for student/teacher and student/student interaction.   Find more articles like this, see: teacherofsci.com   Keywords: Learning Management System, LMS
  • Survey Anyplace - Free online survey tool for students and teachers. Also build quizzes, assessments, and calculators. There are plenty of survey tools out there. But to really make the most out of those tools, you’ll need a paying version. Not with Survey Anyplace, students and teachers are offered a professional license.   Survey Anyplace
  • Internet Search Engines: How to Find What You Want on the World Wide Web: Web Search – University at Buffalo Libraries Research Guide - University at Buffalo librarians have evaluated Web directories and search engines and selected the most useful ones out of hundreds for you to help you locate whatever it is that you are looking for. The search tools are organized into the following categories: Web Search Web Directories Multi-Search Current News Search Find People Search Metasites Social Search Engines Internet Search Engines: How to Find What You Want on the World Wide Web: Web Search - University at Buffalo Libraries Research Guide
  • Data Visualization: University at Buffalo Libraries Research Guide - This guide provides an introduction to best practices, tools, and educational resources for data visualization, including tools, best practices, examples, and resources. Data visualization is the process of representing information using visual means, such as a chart/graph, diagram, map, concept map, or picture. There are two fundamental types of data visualization: exploratory visualization and explanatory visualization. Data Visualization: University at Buffalo Libraries Research Guide    
  • Freedcamp - Freedcamp is freemium project management software for an unrestricted number of projects and users. The company endeavors to deliver an agile experience free of charge to customers worldwide. It’s worth noting that Freedcamp provides all additional features at no cost to teachers and students. Created to accompany Agile methodologies in the software development process, Freedcamp also serves to cover organizational needs in any field and occupation. With a friendly, intuitive and clear interface design it can be used individually and in teams, via web, mobile and desktop. It has a great variety of modules and functionalities that are offered under a free subscription, with the possibility of accessing paid plans in which advanced functionalities are offered. It allows to create projects and track progress and comments in 2 visualization modes: to-do list or sticky notes. Some of the main functionalities in their free mode are: ...
  • Writing Resources - This site is a compiled collection of online Writing Resources. The collection has a few different sites which are linked from it. The list is created using Wakelet, which is a curation tool. Anyone is welcome to add or edit the resources on this list. Please add other useful sites to this growing collection.   Writing Resources
  • Hearing Impaired Students and Online College - Excellent opportunities exist for individuals with hearing impairments to attend college and universities. However, students with hearing impairments often have difficulty gaining the full benefits of learning in a traditional classroom setting. With evolving learning accommodations and assistive technologies like captioning and transcription services, online college offers students with hearing impairments a more accessible, flexible, and personalized educational experience. Check out this website to learn about new and exciting ways that learning accommodations and assistive technologies are creating learning opportunities for students with hearing impairments.   Hearing Impaired Students and Online College   Keywords: caption, live-caption, accommodation, assistive technology
  • CleverPDF – 27-in-1 Free Online PDF Tool - CleverPDF.com Offers 27 PDF tools online for free, which helps you create, convert or edit PDF documents. You can convert PDF to other document formats, such as PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, eBook formats, image formats, and more; create PDF from Office and images. It also allows you to combine or split, compress PDF, add watermark or pages numbers to a PDF file, manage PDF security, OCR, and many more PDF tasks. No software installation is required. With this web tool, you can enhance your productivity when working with PDF documents. This tool will also help to relieve some accessibility issues that arise with PDF format.   CleverPDF - 27-in-1 Free Online PDF Tool   Keywords: Productivity Tools
  • Miro - Miro is a free team collaboration application. It has several pre-built templates that are available in the free platform, including brainstorming, quizzes, mind maps and whiteboards. Miro   Keywords: concept maps
  • Atom – coding made easy for brand new Mac users - Hello fellow Mac coders! Atom is a free and easy to download application that allows coders to change and organize files easily. Once downloaded, any folder can be dragged and all the files will be ready to be used. Highly recommended if you're coding on any kind of Mac, since coding on Terminal can be troubling without proper help. Most help that's being given is by Windows users. Atom breaks the barrier between the two and if a Mac user needs any additional help, a windows user should be able to help through the use of atom. Give it a shot.   Atom.io
  • Creative Book Builder - Creative Book Builder allows you to create books in epub format, which can then be exported to iBooks and shared with others. Embed images, audio files, video files, and write text. The advantage of an epub document over a PDF document is that all of the media will be preserved and available for readers to interact with when the final product is published. (Excerpt from All about apps in YOUR classroom!)   Creative Book Builder
  • Sounds: The Pronunciation App - This app helps you with English pronunciation by providing a chart with sounds of each letter, practice quiz and practice test on typing it out and saying the English language the right way. You also can learn about vowels and consonants.   Sounds: The Pronunciation App       
  • Trello - Trello is an online tool for managing professional projects and personal tasks. Use Trello boards, lists, and cards to organize and prioritize projects and to-do lists. This task management app gives you a visual overview of what is being worked on and who is working on it. Trello is a web-based Kanban-style list-making application, useful in managing and maintaining task using different columns and move the task in between them. Columns are further divided into the to-do, in progress, done, and pending tasks. This tool can be used for personal and business purposes including project management, software project management, school bulletin boards, lesson planning, accounting, web design, gaming, and law office case management. This tool is very useful in the project management settings and since it is an interactive easy to use for the team to be efficiently used in the team environment.   Trello   Keywords: ...
  • SUNY’s Quality by Design (QbD) - SUNY's Quality by Design (QbD) is a four-week online course that provides a unique opportunity for anyone interested in learning about good course design. QbD focuses on four major topics that are a key component of any quality designed course, including: Learner Support Content Presentation & Accessibility Interaction & Collaboration Evaluation & Assessment The course is intended for anyone at all levels of experience with an interest in effective teaching practices.   Quality by Design (QbD)
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports the creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research posters, and public service announcements.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
  • Todoist – The Best To Do List App & Task Manager - Life has become much more demanding in this digital era than it has ever been before. To keep track of everything that needs our attention, we now seek aids of technological tools. Todoist is an organizational tool to tame life's chaos.   Todoist - The Best To Do List App & Task Manager   Keywords: Organization, tool, app, to-do list, personal organization, sticky notes, productivity tools  
  • Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking - In a world of competition and exhilaration, success comes to those who are actively organized. A vital tool to aide students in today's digital era where as much of learning happens online as it does in an in-person classroom is a proper note taking strategy. KQED Inc. describes how digital note taking strategies can enhance students' thinking ability and thus, assist them to achieve success.     Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking     Keywords: organization, note taking, digital notes, efficiency  
  • Screenshot Tools, Tips, and Shortcuts: How to Capture Anything on Your Screen - Screenshots are a simple way to show what displays on your screen. Screengrabs can help you point out a bug, save a picture on Facebook to your camera roll, or demonstrate anything you see on your screen. All operating systems comes equipped with a screenshot tool. Use this guide to help you take screenshots.   Screenshot Tools, Tips, and Shortcuts: How to Capture Anything on Your Screen: The Best Screenshot Apps and Shortcuts   Keywords: screengrab, screenshot
  • Internet Safety – GCFLearnFree.org - This site shares a number of Google search strategies and tips created by the Goodwill Community Foundation (GFC) Global to get you started on your quest to find new things to learn about.  This link connects you with a brief tutorial on searching better with Google. Exploring the site will bring you to multiple resources. For example: Internet safety is the focus @ Internet Safety - GCFLearnFree.org The dashboard presents many topical choices beyond searching @ https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/search-better-2018/ Keywords: digital literacy, lifelong learning
  • Boomerang for Gmail: Scheduled sending and email reminders - With so many emails per day from so many senders, it is a challenge to differentiate from important to not so important ones. Boomerang for Gmail makes organizing emails easier with integrated reminders and pre-scheduled sending ability for its users.   Boomerang for Gmail: Scheduled sending and email reminders   Keywords: Email reminders, scheduled email, organizing email    
  • Mathway - Mathway is a problem solving tool, providing algorithms that will solve many algebraic problems. It is available on most cell phone and personal computer platforms. Using this tool, the instructor can create scenarios in which the learner can solve more realistic problems than normally included in many first year college math texts. A common complaint from students is 'when will I ever use this skill after I finish this course'. This tool is a means by which a student can help solve these more complex problems without the drudgery of manual methods. Mathway
  • Sejda Web – Online PDF editor - Sejda Web is a quick and simple online service with no installation required to create, edit, and manipulate PDF files. Functions available include editing, merging, converting to other formats, OCR, splitting PDF files, and more.   Sejda Web - Online PDF editor   Keywords: PDF document editing
  • Populr.me - Populr.me can be used for social media, business, education, or many other uses. Build websites with templates for networking, sales, marketing, etc. Drop in text, video, pictures, embeds.  Upgrade for additional features, or keep it free.  Great for building interactive syllabi, professional profiles, ePortfolios, and other online information.   Populr.me   Keywords: web editing, websites
  • MOOC-list - MOOC-list allows you to search for freely available online courses from Coursera, edX, Futurelearn, and other providers. You can search using multiple criteria such as subjects, keywords, platforms, etc.   MOOC-list
  • Accessible Course Design - This site helps instructors and instructional designers implement strategies for accessible course design. The goal is to provide information that is easily understandable to individuals who are not necessarily technology-oriented and may not know much about working with people with disabilities. The tips on this website have been written to accommodate students who are deaf or hard of hearing, use screen readers for a vision impairment, have learning or other disabilities, or are color blind. Many of these tips also improve learning for all students, which is called Universal Design. A particularly useful resource on this site is a video about how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to make PDF accessible.   Accessible Course Design   Keywords: Accessibility, PDF, video, captioning,
  • WiseMapping - WiseMapping is a web-based mind mapping tool. This tool allows users to create mind maps, share it on a web page, blog, and in social media posts. WiseMapping Keywords: Mindmap, concept map
  • True Key By McAfee - True Key is the easier, safer way to unlock your digital world. It’s an application you can download on all your devices, to remove the hassle of passwords. Get started by logging in to the True Key app using unique factors such as your fingerprint or a device you own. From there, the app works quietly in the background to make your current passwords stronger, remembering them, and instantly logging you in – so you don’t have to. The True Key app offers customizable security so you can log in with one factor for fast access, or combine multiple factors together for added security – you decide. To log in to your favorite sites with True Key, click the site you want to access. True Key automatically fills in your login details to provide access.   True Key   Keyword: security
  • Flippity - Flippity is a series of web apps that can easily turn a Google Spreadsheet into a set of online Flashcards or Quiz Show. There are cards for helping a teacher create random groups, or mix and match activities. Students accomplishments can be tracked using the Badge Tracker and the Certificate Quiz. There is even a Spelling Words that can read the word to you. Other tools include a Timeline, Random Name Picker, Scavenger Hunt, Word Search, Crossword Puzzle, Mad Libs and more. An option is also available to use Flippity without connecting to a Google Sheet.   Flippity
  • Imaginary Teleprompter - Imaginary Teleprompter, by Imaginary Films, is a professional, free software, easy to use teleprompting software, that runs on many kinds of computers. We created it to promote the democratization of media by enabling more people to produce quality contents at low cost and to promote the adoption of free software solutions by the media industries. Available to download or to use directly in the browser with no sign-in required. The most complete, free, teleprompter app on the web!   Imaginary Teleprompter   Keywords: captions, teleprompter, video
  • PixStori - PixStori™ is an app to record stories about your smartphone photos. It links voice and still images in a multimedia PixStori that can be instantly shared on social media, uploaded into searchable cloud collections of family or group memories, and collected as crowdsourced field data for organizations and businesses. It is Oral History meets Instagram. PixStori is a very useful app to combine pictures with audio. This is a great tool where we can take pictures with your phone and add audio to explain the picture, or even music and environment ambiance sounds related to it. This is a very easy alternative to recording videos and to create mementos of moments or voice note for poster/academic/class presentations. Every picture has a story to tell. Now you can tell that story in your own voice and share it now and for the future. ...
  • Read&Write for Google Chrome™ - Makes documents, web pages and common file types in Google Drive (including: Google Docs, PDF & ePub) more accessible. It’s designed to help everyone engage with digital content in a way that suits his/her abilities and learning styles. A range of support tools to gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including: Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying Word prediction offers suggestions for the current or next word as you type Collect highlights from text in documents or the web for summarizing and research Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting   Read&Write for Google ...
  • Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators (HAPPE) - Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators, HAPPE, is a monthly blog series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.  The goal of the series is to connect practitioners and educators in the Helping Professions with mobile apps they may find useful in practice or in their pursuit of life-long learning.  We believe digital literacies are important skills for the new millennium. This series aims to educate and inspire Helpers to appropriately integrate technology into their professional lives.   Happe   Keywords: mental health, counseling, mobile apps
  • Equity Maps - Equity Maps is an iPad app to trace and assess interaction, performance, and involvement in class or group discussions. Chart & record the interactions to graphically illustrate levels of participation. Use in class discussions to encourage equitable dialogue, promote wider collaboration. Questions this app can help you address include: Is everyone sharing air-time? Is someone with many ideas a little too quiet? Is there someone who can't keep quiet? Is the teacher doing most of the talking?   Equity Maps   Keywords: diversity, inclusion, gender equity
  • YoTeach - This anonymous backchannel/chatroom allows text, drawing, photo uploads, and annotating functionality. Easy to use and no login is required. It is advertised as an alternative to TodaysMeet, a popular backchannel tool that is no longer available.   YoTeach   Keywords: chat, backchannel
  • Answer Garden - A tool that can be used for real-time classroom brainstorming or online homework. Can be used in the classroom, for professional development, creativity and more. Results can be displayed in a visual Wordcloud format with the most often used responses showing in relatively larger text-size. AnswerGarden   Keywords: response, polling, wordcloud, audience response, classroom response
  • Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) - This open education resource (OER) is designed to assist with reading and writing at the college level. The Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides multimedia support to students preparing for college-level writing, as well as students making the transition out of introductory-level writing courses. The Online Reading Comprehension Lab (ORC) is the, first of its kind, online reading resource, which offers an abundance of support materials designed to help students develop college-level reading skills. The OWL site is OER and CC licensed and hundreds of activities are available that can be directly embedded in your own blog or course site.   Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL)   This 30-minute webinar about the Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) was presented as part of the Open SUNY Fellow Cat series by Dr. Francesco (Frank) Crocco, Director of the Online Writing Lab at Excelsior College, and Dr. Elizabeth Johnston, ...
  • SurfSafe - Defend the internet. Bring the world to the Internet without false news. If you see something that is false, report it! Supercharge your browser to catch fake news! SurfSafe is protecting users from misleading, photoshopped, and fake news throughout the Internet. The extension marks the level of safety of an image or article on the corners. Never again will you be misled by photoshopped images scattered throughout the Internet. You can also decide which organizations to base the truth off of. Add the extension to Chrome for free!   SurfSafe
  • Studymate.com - Studymate.com helps to easily create interactive games and self-assessments. Enter terms, facts or multiple choice questions and then transform these items into Flash Cards, Pick A Letter, Fill in the Blank, Crosswords, and more. There are 11 self-assessments and games in all, supporting a range of learning styles and objectives. Note: The link below takes you to the free version of Studymate.com and not the campus-wide implementation. The enterprise-wide version of Studymate is purchased at a campus level. A benefit of a campus hosted version is that the assessment results can integrate with the campus LMS and the LMS grade book.   Studymate.com   Keywords: games, assessment, quizzes    
  • Qwickly Attendance - This robust course tool enables faculty to take attendance that is automatically graded in the Blackboard Grade Center. Faculty can take attendance using an attendance list on screen or allow students to check in on their own browser, complete with a PIN and countdown timer. One very helpful feature is the ability to have an email automatically generated and sent to a student when they are marked absent. When the student sees the email that they were marked absent, they are more likely to respond and be in contact with the instructor. The attendance record grid is color-coded and easy to read online. You also have the ability to download the record for the class. You can also permit the students to see their own attendance record. *This tool is especially helpful for tracking attendance at schools that require attendance confirmations.   Quickly   Keywords: attendance
  • Freshdesk Help Desk Software - A cloud-based help desk software which helps build relationships with their customers. Freshdesk is an intuitive, easy-to-use helpdesk software that enables efficient businesses processes for better customer experiences. Although a help desk system may fall slightly outside the realm of EmTechMOOC scope, there may be times where a free version of a help desk system could be useful for personal and educational uses.   Freshdesk   Keywords: business
  • Waze - This mobile app and web-based mapping combine social media with mapping.  It provides live commentary on your route.  In particularly dense areas, it's often impossible to know exactly what's happening ahead of you.  Waze takes advantage of real-time contributions of members to "light the way" for you.   Waze   Keywords: Maps
  • RealtimeBoard - A simple whiteboard platform for cross-functional team collaboration. Data, images, spreadsheets, tasks, graphics, videos and more. The Realtime Board combines all of these parts in one place to allow teams or the entire organization to collaborate with each other. There are plenty of collaboration possibilities. Agile & Lean, Action plan, Strategy & Management, Kanban board, Meeting organizer, User story mapping, Gantt chart, Milestone chart, Retrospective, Product Management, Business model canvas, Persona, Product backlog, Six thinking hats, Random words, Empathy map, Timeline, Mindmap, UX & Design, Sitemap, Affinity diagram, Ideation, Wireframing, Lean UX. The image below visually shows just a few of the examples of how this tool can help to visually organize your ideas and processes. RealtimeBoard    Keywords: whiteboard
  • Notability - This note-taking app helps to combine handwriting, photos and typing in a single note to bring projects to life. Use a wide range of note-taking and sketching tools to capture every detail. You can even add and annotate PDFs. It’s the perfect place to create and organize work, school, and life's information! Experiment with different tools to create beautiful, hand-crafted notes and sketches. Continue to scale, rotate, and recolor your ideas and sketches until your notes are just how you want them. Once you're done, organize your notes with ease so you always know where to find what matters most. Zoom in on the specifics, or explore the big picture by combining sketches, outlines, and type. Now you are ready to share your notes with colleagues or study partners through Google Drive, AirDrop, Email and Dropbox. Stay organized and up-to-date wherever ...
  • EDpuzzle - EdPuzzle is a software that allows one to edit videos from a variety of places to personalize them to meet specific needs. For this application, one can take videos from YouTube, Kahn Academy, Vimeo, and several other places or upload their own video. The crop feature allows the user to focus the attention of the viewer on a particular segment of the video. EdPuzzle gives the editor an opportunity to add commentary as well as create quizzes. These features can enhance the interaction that viewers have with the videos that are edited/created. EdPuzzle requires instructors to create specific channels and then invite students to attend. Invitations can be managed by the instructor, or a link/code can be provided so students can opt in if they wish.   EDpuzzle   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Presentations, Quiz, Video
  • Nozbe - Get things done. Personal scheduling and collaboration with peers. Busy people and effective teams get tasks and projects done thanks to Nozbe system and apps for the Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iPad and iPhone. Nozbe has been helping hundreds of thousands of busy professionals and organizations large and small get more done for the last 10 years. Thanks to our intuitive apps you’ll easily become a productivity ninja. You’ll learn how to deal with your incoming tasks, prioritize them, manage them within projects and get them done quickly and effectively. You’ll get easily organized with Nozbe’s famously easy-to-use web interface which works on any screen size! But it gets even better! You’ll be able to get things done anywhere, anyhow and anytime with a free accompanying Nozbe app for your computer, smartphone or tablet: Web, Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iPad ...
  • Bubbl - A mindmapping & brainstorming tool. A mind map is a graphical representation of ideas and concepts. It's a visual thinking tool for structuring information, helping you to better understand, remember and generate new ideas. Bubbl.us works the same on all platforms, for both desktop and mobile. You will never need to download or install an app to use Bubbl.us. Simply, bookmark the page, or add it to your home screen on a mobile device. Web-based with nothing to download Save your mind map as an image Share and collaborate with others One-click presentation Colorful and engaging concept maps   Bubbl   Keywords: Mindmaps, Photos & Images, Visual Design
  • Vizia - Engage viewers by integrating quizzes, polls, and Call-To-Actions (CTAs) into videos. Embed your Vizia videos anywhere — blogging platforms, site builders, e-commerce stores, you name it.Ask questions, multi-choice quizzes, and collect feedback through your videos. Turn passive viewers into active participants. Improve your content from feedback. Generate leads from your videos and make them even more shareable. This program is free!   Vizia   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Quiz, audience response, classroom response
  • Gliffy - Gliffy is a collaborative web-based diagram editor that can be used to create mind maps and other visual organizations of information such as; flow charts, org charts, schematic drawings, floor plans, technical drawings, concept maps, and more.   Gliffy   Keywords: Collaboration, Productivity Tools, Visual Design
  • iClicker - iClicker is a student response system that focuses on formative assessment and pedagogy. Allow your students to participate using laptops, mobile devices, or iClicker remotes. The choice is up to you and your students. Use GPS technology to ensure that students are attending class. No more attendance codes that can be easily shared via text. Ask polling questions on the fly. Facilitate active learning activities. Complete quizzes with mobile devices or clickers and grade in minutes. Students leave class with every question you ask to be used as a study guide. You can also choose to provide students with the correct answers and control when students receive the study guide. iClicker’s simple LMS integrations allow you to upload grades with the push of a button. Our student single sign-on ensures that all student data syncs flawlessly—even when students enter their names ...
  • OverLeaf - Overleaf is an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool that makes the whole process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents much quicker and easier. Real-time collaboration in your browser: The convenience of an easy-to-use WYSIWYG manuscript editor, with real-time collaboration and structured, fully typeset output produced automatically in the background as you type. Prefer to edit directly in LaTeX? Overleaf provides a full collaborative online LaTeX editor you can switch to at any time.   Overleaf   Keywords: Collaboration, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing
  • Tricider - Tricider is a free Web application that can be used for online classroom collaboration and brainstorming ideas. It allows teachers, students, and colleagues to collaborate together to collect ideas, discuss these ideas to find solutions and vote on the argument they think is the best.   Tricider   How to Use Tricider   Keywords: Collaboration, Productivity Tools, Websites
  • Top Hat - Top Hat makes it easy for professors to enhance student comprehension and engagement with this polling-clicker application, secure testing, and next-generation OER. Top Hat does not require the use of a physical clicker, but it instead works from a wide variety of devices including phones, mobile devices, and computers through which educators can utilize to assign textbooks, test, conduct interactive classroom activities, take attendance, administer polls, games and quizzes, and share notes. It also allows faculty to adopt and author interactive textbooks. Note: Students need to purchase a license to participate in Top Hat polls and activities, however, there are no charges for instructors to adopt the service for their classroom.   Top Hat   4 Ways to Bring Gamification to Your Classroom - A quick discussion that introduce the bringing in of games to the classroom alongside utilizing "badges" to indicate success.         Keywords: Gamification, Productivity Tools, audience ...
  • Hootsuite - Hootsuite is a social media management tool that allows users to schedule social media post, follow and engage in conversations and review social media campaign analytics.  It supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.   Hootsuite   Hootsuite Quick Start Guide The Beginner’s Guide to Hootsuite 7 Reasons Why You SHOULD Use Hootsuite   Keywords: Collaboration, Social Media
  • SLACK - Team collaboration and communication. Some of the built-in features of Slack include messaging, file sharing, Project management, to-do lists, and more. The features of Slack are extendible through integrations and bots, which add the functionality of pulling reports, starting phone calls, filing tickets, calendaring, polling, and many advanced other options.   Slack   Keywords: Collaboration, Productivity Tools, audience response, classroom response
  • HTML G - This free HTML WYSIWYG editor allows you to edit your source code online in a browser without downloading any application for times when tweaking source code for a website is necessary. Side-by-side views instantly show what the HTML code looks like in a browser.   HTML G   Keywords: Websites
  • Simplemind –  Mind Mapping Tool - This mind mapping app will help you connect up your ideas into a coherent whole Platform: Android, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows Sometimes the problem you have is not generating ideas, it’s organizing them into something that’s actually going to work. So if you have dozens of chaotic, free-floating ideas that don’t seem to connect up with each other, mind mapping is a technique that can help. At its most basic, a mind map is a diagram linking up different ideas, represented by words and/or images, in a way that helps you make sense of them. There’s often a central idea in the middle and other, related ideas branching out from those, although there are no strict rules: it’s whatever works for you. SimpleMind is a great app for mind mapping on your computer, tablet or phone, and it’s easy to swap your maps from ...
  • BrainyQuote - "A collection of inspirational and famous quotes by authors you know and love. Share Quotes of the Day on the web, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs." BrainyQuote
  • H5P Interactive Content Creator - Hello HTML5! Goodbye flash! You can create, share and re-use interactive content in your browser or integrated right into your LMS! Create Richer HTML5 Content in Existing Publishing Platforms. Share Content Seamlessly Across Any H5P Capable Site. Reuse and modify Content in Your Browser at Any Time. Explore over 40 different types of interactive content including presentations, timelines,  games & quizzes. See a few examples of H5P or visit their website for complete and detailed information.   h5p.org   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Gamification, Media, Photos & Images, Podcasts, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Quiz, Recording, Screencast, Simulations, Video
  • Business Balls – Free Online Learning and Development Website - Business Balls is a free ethical learning and development resource for people and organizations. It is one of the most mind-boggling collections of free management training materials that you'll find on the Internet. New features include badges, learning plans linked to accredited competency frameworks, wikis (for collaborative content development), fresh content from international thought leaders and academics, and dynamic quizzes (to complement Quizballs.com). The concept began last century as an experimental online collection of learning and development ideas. The website is now used by about a million people each month. The philosophy of the website is intended to be ethical, practical, innovative, compassionate and enjoyable.   BusinessBalls   Make sure to also visit the Self-awareness Section   Below is an example of Critical Thinking Types according to "Howard Gardner - Theory of Learning that called 'Multiple Intelligence Theory' in the learning process to perceive information".    Keywords: Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, ...
  • Using the Outline Feature in Microsoft Word - The Microsoft Office Word program has and Outline feature that makes it very easy to organize, and reorganize long documents. It allows you to generate an automatic Table of Contents as well.   Microsoft Office Word Outline View   This 5-minute video reviews the ways you can use this feature in your work.   https://youtu.be/swswieog5Os   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Productivity Tools, Publishing
  • Poll Everywhere - Poll Everywhere is a polling application to gather live responses using simple text messages or WIFI through a mobile device, phones, tablets, or laptops. Poll Everywhere lets people vote on options displayed on the screen by visiting a website, texting a number on their phones, using the iPhone/Android app, or using Twitter. The poll results are updated in real time. People can participate in the poll by visiting a web page, using an app, or sending text messages. Poll Everywhere   How it Works   Keywords: Presentations, Productivity Tools, audience response, classroom response
  • Google Forms - Google Forms lets you easily collect online survey responses. It’s completely free and has no restrictions on the number of surveys you can create the number of questions in each survey or the number of responses you can collect. You can also automatically export your results to Google Sheets for online access and sharing.   Google Forms   How to Use Google Forms   Keywords: Productivity Tools, Websites
  • Google Keep - Google Keep is like using post-it notes for your phone. It’s a great way to mind dump tasks as they come into your head. Simply create a note, write down the task and pin it onto your screen. It’ll stay there until you complete the task and delete the note. You can also set a reminder to be notified to complete a task so you do not have to worry about missing any important deadlines! You can access Google Keep it on your cellphone or your computer!   Google Keep   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools
  • Flora - Flora is an app that utilizes the Pomodoro technique to keep your focus on one task at a time. Once you set the timer, you may not check messages, answer calls or visit sites on your phone for that period of time. If you stick to your task without getting distracted by your phone, you grow a tree.  The point of the app is to build a forest of trees and look back later to see how productive you’ve been over the weeks.   Flora   Pomodoro Technique   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools  
  • FocusList - FocusList is a way to improve the Pomodoro technique, forcing you to focus on one task without getting distracted. It tracks the time you spend on a task and helps deepen your concentration while you do it.   FocusList   Pomodoro Technique   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools
  • Buffer - Buffer is an app that lets you pre-post your social media posts and “release” them at a specific time. This app allows you to schedule your posts to be visible during the times and days your audience is online.   Buffer   How to use Buffer   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Social Media
  • Blinkist - Blinkist is an app that takes a non-fiction book, summarizes it and reads it back to you (in audio or text) within 15 minutes. This app is great for people who love to learn new things but don't have the time to read an entire book. Note: a free trial is available. Otherwise, the app must be paid on a monthly or yearly subscription.   Blinkist   Keywords: Audio, Lifelong Learning, Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools
  • OneDrive - OneDrive is a file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage and then access them from a web browser or their local device.   OneDrive   OneDrive Help Center   Keywords: Collaboration, File Management, Productivity Tools
  • Blackboard Planner - Planner is a tool within the Blackboard app that helps you map out your academic path. Planner is available to help you discover careers, majors, and skills based on your interests and mark your favorites, browse programs offered at your school and make informed decisions with location-based labor data, salary information, and job trends.   Blackboard Planner   Getting Started with Planner   Keywords: Productivity Tools
  • Producteev - Producteev is a powerful web-based task management program that allows you to easily assign tasks to other team members, as well as hold them accountable. Project managers will find it easy to plan their projects, map their route, and organize files and categorize various elements.   Producteev   Producteev Review and Tutorial Keywords: Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Websites  
  • UberConference - UberConference is a web-based teleconferencing system. UberConference offers features such as call recording, screen sharing, document sharing, and call summaries are just a few of the features offered.   UberConference   Keywords: audio, mobile apps, productivity, recording, screencast, video, podcasts
  • ShareLaTeX - ShareLaTeX is an online LaTeX editor which allows for real-time collaboration and online compiling of projects to PDF format. Unlike the similar service writeLaTeX, ShareLaTeX requires registration and all projects are inherently private.   ShareLaTeX   Beginner's Tutorial for ShareLaTeX   Keywords: Collaboration, Publishing, Websites
  • Descript - Descript is a relatively inexpensive machine transcription and audio editing service/software package that currently runs only on a Mac operating system. Its main strength is that it provides a word-processing-like environment to jointly edit audio files and transcripts. You can move or delete words in the text editor mode and it automatically moves or deletes the corresponding audio. More expensive human transcription services are also available as an option.   Descript   Keywords: accessibility, audio, productivity, podcasts, speech-to-text
  • Pocket - Pocket was developed to help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It is free and available for major devices and platforms including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, Kobo, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Windows. It is integrated into current versions of Firefox and there are browser extensions for other browsers such as Chrome. One of its more unique features is that it gives you a clean look at the documents you save minus the advertisements and other extras. That makes it easier to print and share.   Pocket   A Review of Pocket Chrome Browser Extension & Android App Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Resource Library  
  • Doodle - Doodle is an online scheduling tool that can be used quickly and easily to find a date and time to meet with multiple people. First you suggest dates and times for your event participants to choose from, then Doodle creates a polling calendar that can be sent to participants for feedback. As each participant selects the dates and times from the polling calendar that he or she is free, Doodle aggregates the responses and tells you which option works best for everyone. Getting everyone on the same page is hard enough with just five other coworkers, let alone fifty new volunteers you may have never met. Doodle can be a valuable tool for coordinating a large event like volunteer training as well as a small event like a monthly meeting with the board.   Doodle   Doodle Help and Learning - Help with a section ...
  • EndNote Basic - The full desktop version of EndNote is the number one citation management product used by academics and it offers a comprehensive approach to citation management. Many institutions have site licenses available for faculty and students. If your institution does not provide access to the full featured version, you can use the free version online, EndNote Basic. Two advantages to using EndNote Basic is the ability to transfer references to and from EndNote on your desktop and share references with others who have EndNote.   EndNote Basic   How to use EndNote for Windows How to use EndNote for Mac   Keywords: Collaboration, Resource Library, Searching
  • Zotero - Zotero is far easier to learn and navigate than Endnote. Zotero is citation management software is available as a stand-alone desktop application and right in the browser as an add-in for Firefox. Since most searches are performed with a browser Zotero provides a seamless way to manage your citations. Zotero is most suited to organize scholarly literature such as book and articles. You can also add PDFs, images, audio and video files. Zotero allows you to organize, tag, highlight and make comments and notes on articles. Zotero allows you to create workgroups and share resources online, either with a private group or publicly.   Zotero   Zotero Quick Start Guide - A quick help guide to the Zotero interface.   Keywords: Collaboration, Resource Library, Searching
  • Google Sites - Google Sites is a structured wiki- and Web page-creation tool offered by Google as part of the G Suite productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files.   Google Sites   Sites Help - Information on creating, editing, previewing, sharing, publishing, and managing your Google site. 20/20 HindSITE: Best Practices for Google Sites - This site illustrates how organizations are using Google Sites, and includes a wealth of resources and tools.   Keywords: GoogleSites, Digital Footprint/Identity, Publishing, Websites, Wikis
  • Wix - Wix.com is a cloud-based web development platform that was first developed and popularized by the Israeli company also called Wix. It allows users to create HTML5 web sites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools.   Wix   Wix Help Center - This site has many articles organized into twenty topics plus several trending topics. There is also an opportunity to search. Landing pages 101 - Landing pages are an important marketing tool. This site focuses on creating effective landing pages.   Keywords: ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
  • Zoho Sites - Zoho is a suite of online applications (services) that you sign up for and access from our Website. The applications are free for individuals and some have a subscription fee for organizations. Our vision is to provide our customers (individuals, students, educators, non-profits, small and medium-sized businesses) with the most comprehensive set of applications available anywhere (breadth); and for those applications to have enough features (depth) to make your user experience worthwhile.   Zoho Sites   Zoho Sites- Beginner's Guide - A video plus Instructions for how to set up your Zoho site. More advanced features are also covered. Zoho Sites Review - Explains the simple and not-so-simple features of a Zoho site including some that might be more developed.   Keywords: Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
  • Google Calendar - Google Calendar is a time-management and scheduling calendar service developed by Google. Google Calendar allows users to create and edit events. Reminders can be enabled for events, with options available for type and time. Event locations can also be added, and other users can be invited to events.   Google Calendar   Google Help - Calendar Support - Help getting started with Google Calendar and information about notifications, sharing, syncing, importing events, and more. 26 tricks to help you tame Google Calendar - Many of Gcal's best features lurk beneath the surface. This site helps you handle it like a pro.   Keywords: File Management
  • Google Drive (and Google Docs) - Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google that allows users to store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, which are parts of the office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive. Google Docs is the original term that described the tools that now make up a portion of the Google Drive suite of applications. Drive is  a place to store your files and Docs refers to the applications that make up the suite of tools found within Google Drive to share, ...
  • Google Custom Search - Google Custom Search (formerly known as Google Co-op) is a platform provided by Google that allows web developers to feature specialized information in web searches, refine and categorize queries and create customized search engines, based on Google Search. The service allows users to narrow the 11.5 billion indexed webpages down to a topical group of pages relevant to the creator's needs.   Google Custom Search   Custom Search Help - Information and instructions for setting up your own specialized search engine. Rewriting Queries - Sophisticated advice on getting more from your custom search.   Keywords: Searching
  • Google Scholar - Google Scholar is a freely available web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Released in beta in November 2004, the Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online academic journals and books, theses and dissertations, preprints, abstracts, technical reports, and other scholarly literature, including court opinions and patents. While Google does not publish the size of Google Scholar's database, third-party researchers estimated it to contain roughly 160 million documents as of May 2014.   Google Scholar   Google Scholar - Search Tips - Get the most out of Google Scholar with some helpful tips on searches, email alerts, citation export, and more. Google Scholar Metrics - Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications.   Keywords: Searching
  • Google Books - Google Books (previously known as Google Book Search and Google Print and by its codename Project Ocean is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition (OCR), and stored in its digital database. Books are provided either by publishers and authors, through the Google Books Partner Program, or by Google's library partners, through the Library Project. Additionally, Google has partnered with a number of magazine publishers to digitize their archives.   Google Books   How to use Google Books - Discusses how to read, download, cite, or translate a book.   Keywords: Searching
  • Google Earth - Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery. The program maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography, and GIS data onto a 3D globe, allowing users to see cities and landscapes from various angles. Users can explore the globe by entering addresses and coordinates, or by using a keyboard or mouse. The program can also be downloaded on a smartphone or tablet, using a touchscreen or stylus to navigate. Users may use the program to add their own data using Keyhole Markup Language and upload them through various sources, such as forums or blogs. Google Earth is able to show various kinds of images overlaid on the surface of the earth and is also a Web Map Service client.   Google Earth   Google Earth Help - Instructions ...
  • Google Art Project - Google Arts & Culture (formerly Google Art Project) is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative's partner museums. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence.   Google Art Project   Keywords: Photos & Images, Searching
  • DropBox - Dropbox is a cloud drive service that provides file synchronization with personal computers as well as a mobile app. It is a free service that allows you to store and share files with others. It is commonly referred to as a way to backup your files online. Documents, pictures, videos, and presentations can be saved and shared on DropBox.   Dropbox   Advantages and disadvantages of using DropBox   Keywords: Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps
  • LastPass - In this current world of multiple sign-ins, it's difficult to impossible to remember all our passwords. Password managers can be a big help. LastPass remembers all your passwords so you don't have to. Once it's been stored in LastPass, you'll always have it wherever you go. LastPass generates long, randomized passwords that are a barrier to hacking. It goes further to fill in forms and payment details for you once the information is safely stored. It also makes it possible to store digital records and share important information safely.   LastPass   How to use a password manager and why you really should - As the title says, discusses the why and how of keeping passwords safe. Provides links to several informative articles as well as two other password manaagers. (Note: I'm not sure why they don't mention KeyPass - another popular password manager.)   Keywords: ...
  • Google Search Advanced Feature - Google can be helpful in finding reusable resources. It explains how to use their advanced search features and explains various types of usage rights.   Google Search Advanced Feature   Google Guide making searching even easier - More information about how to use this tool - with examples.   Keywords: Audio, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images Searching
  • GeniusScan - Puts a scanner in your pocket. Quickly scan anything with a smartphone or any camera-equipped tablet. Then email scans using JPG or PDF format for individual documents and for batch processing multiple documents. Using the pro version also saves directly to online storage services including DropBox and Google Drive.   GeniusScan   Articles that provide tutorials, best practices, and troubleshooting for GeniusScan for iOS. Productivity Tutorial: Using Genius Scan to Scan your Documents - In this video tutorial, learn how to scan documents with Genius Scan, which has the ability to automatically sense document boundaries and even enhance the quality of a scan.   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Photos & Images
  • Remind - The Remind app is a great way to communicate with higher education students. Students do not need to download this app to use it. Instructors can send text messages to students without having to see anyone's phone numbers. You can set up classes in Remind and students can enroll from a mobile device or computer. It allows for instant communication, that can be two-way. This communication tool helps teachers reach students where they are, at any time.   Remind   Remind Resources - Best Practices and resources to familiarize the user with the platform and tips for use. 25+ Ways to Use Remind in the Classroom - 25 + ways to use Remind in your classroom from the Remind Blog.   Keywords: chat, text
  • Dictation Software - An article that describes very best dictation apps to turn your voice into text, along with tips for finding the right microphone and creating detailed speech-to-text notes. Plus, you'll find out if voice dictation is right for you.   The Beginner's Guide to Dictation Software: The Best Apps for Voice to Text Productivity   Keywords: Accessibility, Audio, Mobile Apps
  • Evernote - A cross-platform app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving. The app allows users to create a "note" which can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can be tagged or placed into Notebooks for organizational purposes.   Evernote   Evernote Help & Learning - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks and technical support. How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Life - An article that lists the most productive uses for Evernote. To clip webpages simply add the web clipper app to your browser.   Keywords: Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Resource Library
  • Strikingly - Create a beautiful website for you & your business, in minutes. Zero code or design skills required. You can also convert a LinkedIn profile to a personal website in just a few clicks. Add a Blog section to any of your sites to start blogging right away. A separate page is created for each blog post.   Strikingly   Discover Strikingly Sites - A link to the Strikingly community to see what sites have been built recently.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Publishing, Websites
  • Weebly - Weebly is a complete platform that allows anyone to start and grow an online business with curated website templates, powerful e-commerce and integrated marketing. More than 40 million entrepreneurs around the world use Weebly to grow their customer base, fuel sales, and market their idea. Designed for any entrepreneur who wants to reach a global audience, Weebly gives everyone the freedom to create a high-quality site and store that works brilliantly on any device.   Weebly   Weebly Website Builder: Get a Pro Website in 60 Minutes or Less - A short tutorial on how to build an effective website through Weebly.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
  • WordPress - WordPress is an open-source blogging and a website creation platform. WordPress (often referred to as WP) is very widely used and makes up about 30% of all published websites.  There is a subtle but important difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. WordPress.org gives lots of freedom, but you need a self-hosted platform to deliver your site. This involves additional steps to set up a server and install the WordPress software or payment for a hosting service. WordPress.com allows free pages that are hosted directly on the WordPress.com site. Both versions of WordPress are user-friendly but some of the advanced themes are not an option that is available on WordPress.com. This is only available when you have your own server space to install your own version of WordPress. Themes and plugins are similar to webpage templates and provide advanced functionality for WordPress websites.   WordPress.com and WordPress.org   Beginner's Guide for WordPress - How to ...
  • Zoho Wiki - Zoho Wiki is a free online tool to create collaborative web portals. No downloads, no installation, no special IT infrastructure, no need for IT experts, no webmasters. You can access your wiki anywhere, anytime.   Zoho Wiki   FAQ and Help Page for Zoho Wiki - This is the ZohoWiki help and FAQ page.   Keywords: Collaboration, ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites, Wikis

Resource Libraries

  • Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide - This guide is an editable Google Doc that has a wide collection of resources to assist you to create an online community, class or conference. "Are you creating an online course, event or conference? If you’re not a programmer, and if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this guide will get you started. Read it from top to bottom to get a step-by-step guide to what you can do to set up your course or event. Then check the links to find free or cheap and easy tools that will get the job done for you." The document is licensed under Creative Commons and is open to editing. It was initially created and conceived by Stephen Downes, a Canadian philosopher and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media.   Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference - Quick Tech ...
  • Wikipedia List of Fact-checking Websites - In this age of misinformation, the internet and mass movement of data on the internet and plethora of data has made is more difficult to know what is true and what is not. People nowadays are looking for instant gratification and quick response and reaction. Fact-checking has become an extremely viable tool.   List of fact-checking websites
  • Torch - Torch is a free ai computing and scientific computing framework. It has huge database support for machine learning algorithms that prioritize GPUs processing. It is easy to use and efficient because it uses an easy and fast scripting language, LuaJIT, and an underlying C/CUDA implementation. The goal of Torch is to have maximum flexibility and speed in building your scientific algorithms while making the process extremely simple. It is a very useful creative tool for fast pace development in the agile team settings   Torch
  • Equation Editor - This application includes a complete math equation editor along with the option to discuss math problems in a common forum. This application includes a full-featured math equation editor is included and you can easily write calculus, matrices, determinants, or trigonometry equations with a user-friendly interface. All symbols are included and most frequently used symbols are accessible with a single click. You can also share equations edited/created using this app as images and write a math equation using three different colors to explain solutions.   Equation Editor
  • Edureka - Edureka is an online training provider that helps professionals learn trending technologies for career growth. Learn top trending courses like Big Data, Hadoop, RPA, Cloud, DevOps & More. Expert Educators. Flexible Batch Timings. 24/7 Lifetime Support. Instructor-led Classes. No Cost EMI Option. Edureka - E-Learning Platform
  • Hypothesis - Use Hypothesis to collaboratively annotate, highlight, and tag documents and hold discussions, read socially, organize your research, and take personal notes on webpages, PDFs, and EPUBs. Collaborative annotation helps people connect to each other and what they’re reading.   Hypothesis   Keywords: collaborative document editing, close reading
  • PowerNotes - The PowerNotes Chrome extension eliminates the need to copy and paste or employ other poor processes to capture content. PowerNotes users just highlight material they find useful, include an annotation if appropriate, and then categorize the highlight into a topic of their choosing. PowerNotes is designed to unify the steps of reading, gathering, saving, annotating, organizing, outlining, tracking, and citing research into a single, efficient workflow that feeds directly into the writing process.   PowerNotes   Tutorial Video Resources for Using PowerNotes with Assignments
  • Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies - The 2020 Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies from the EDUCAUSE research library contains 226 free technologies arranged into 40 types and 15 clusters that educators can use to promote more productive and interactive learning. Brief descriptions, example tools and pedagogical uses are provided for each category. This Typology has been developed by Matt Bower and Jodie Torrington from the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University, Australia.   2020 Typology of Free Web-based Learning Technologies 
  • Google Classroom - A classroom is a place where the knowledge transfer takes place. Usually a one-to-many interaction takes place in a classroom and different assessment tools are used at the end of every topic to evaluate the understanding levels of the students. All these activities which are carried out for centuries inside the physical classrooms are now available with more features and flexibility included in the Google Classroom. Google Classroom makes teaching more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and fostering communication. Educators can create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Classroom also seamlessly integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive.   Google Classrooms
  • OpenWHO - OpenWHO is the World Health Organization's new interactive platform that offers online courses to people preparing to work in epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies or already doing so. The OpenWHO platform delivers WHO’s and partners’ expertise closer to where it is needed and provides information in user-friendly formats for frontline responders and decision-makers. The platform is managed by the Learning and Capacity Development unit in the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme. Users take part in a worldwide, social learning network that is based on interactive, online courses and materials covering a variety of subjects. OpenWHO also serves as a forum for the fast sharing of public health expertise and in-depth discussion and feedback on key issues.   OpenWho
  • Clipchamp - With Clipchamp, you can edit, compress, convert, and record without compromising the quality of your video. It also allows you to create Facebook video ads, Youtube videos, Instagram promos, and Slideshow videos. Pick from the different available templates to meet your needs. Create your story now!   Clipchamp
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Open Access Journal Finder - The Open Access Journal Finder by Enago enables you to find quality open access journals that are pre-vetted to protect you from predatory publishers. Enago's free journal finder solves common issues on journal authenticity, predatory journals and article processing fees by utilizing a validated journal index provided by The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The Journal results are validated and certified by the Directory of Open Access Journals and also most relevant to your manuscript's subject area.   The Open Access Journal Finder by Enago  
  • Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) - With academic researchers as the target audience in mind, Directory of Open Access (DOAR) is a platform that conveys the true meaning of open access for full-text resources. It strives to enhance the access of resources so much to not include any site with limited access or sites that contain only metadata records. OpenDOAR is a quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held.   Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Project Noah | Networked Organisms And Habitats - Project Noah is "a global citizen science platform to discover, share, and identify wildlife. It is a software tool that that nature lovers can use to explore and document local wildlife and share with others. It also provides a common technology platform for research groups, teachers and students interested in wildlife.   Project Noah | Networked Organisms And Habitats   Keywords: Wildlife    
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • NewsPrism - Newsprism offers links to a wide range of newspapers, commentary, and opinion sites.  The site arranges news and opinion content from Left/Liberal to Center to Right/Conservative enabling readers and researchers to explore differing perspectives, understand arguments from another perspective, and challenge their own ideas.   NewsPrism  
  • Med-Tech Innovation News - This website is the UK and Ireland leading publication for medical design and manufacturing technology and innovation. Their expert editorial team brings together daily news, technical content, analysis, case studies and high-profile interviews with industry experts and thought leaders. Med-Tech Innovation News provides intelligence for professionals involved in the design and production of Class I, II & III medical engineering and manufacturing community with the latest innovations in technology, materials, processes, digital health, and R&D.   Med-Tech Innovation News   Keywords: Blogs, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Resource Library  
  • H5P Interactive Content Creator - Hello HTML5! Goodbye flash! You can create, share and re-use interactive content in your browser or integrated right into your LMS! Create Richer HTML5 Content in Existing Publishing Platforms. Share Content Seamlessly Across Any H5P Capable Site. Reuse and modify Content in Your Browser at Any Time. Explore over 40 different types of interactive content including presentations, timelines,  games & quizzes. See a few examples of H5P or visit their website for complete and detailed information.   h5p.org   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Gamification, Media, Photos & Images, Podcasts, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Quiz, Recording, Screencast, Simulations, Video
  • Flipboard - Flipboard is is your personal e-magazine, at your desk, in your back pocket or on your wrist. Filled with stories, photos, and videos on any interest, it’s a single place to keep up with your world. And now, the top ten stories can be sent right to your Apple Watch.   Flipboard     Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Resource Library
  • Pocket - Pocket was developed to help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It is free and available for major devices and platforms including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, Kobo, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Windows. It is integrated into current versions of Firefox and there are browser extensions for other browsers such as Chrome. One of its more unique features is that it gives you a clean look at the documents you save minus the advertisements and other extras. That makes it easier to print and share.   Pocket   A Review of Pocket Chrome Browser Extension & Android App Keywords: Collaboration, Lifelong Learning, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Resource Library  
  • EndNote Basic - The full desktop version of EndNote is the number one citation management product used by academics and it offers a comprehensive approach to citation management. Many institutions have site licenses available for faculty and students. If your institution does not provide access to the full featured version, you can use the free version online, EndNote Basic. Two advantages to using EndNote Basic is the ability to transfer references to and from EndNote on your desktop and share references with others who have EndNote.   EndNote Basic   How to use EndNote for Windows How to use EndNote for Mac   Keywords: Collaboration, Resource Library, Searching
  • Zotero - Zotero is far easier to learn and navigate than Endnote. Zotero is citation management software is available as a stand-alone desktop application and right in the browser as an add-in for Firefox. Since most searches are performed with a browser Zotero provides a seamless way to manage your citations. Zotero is most suited to organize scholarly literature such as book and articles. You can also add PDFs, images, audio and video files. Zotero allows you to organize, tag, highlight and make comments and notes on articles. Zotero allows you to create workgroups and share resources online, either with a private group or publicly.   Zotero   Zotero Quick Start Guide - A quick help guide to the Zotero interface.   Keywords: Collaboration, Resource Library, Searching
  • Diigo - Diigo is the tagging and social bookmarking site. Registered Diigo users can bookmark, tag and highlight webpages with the key feature of adding annotations. For collaborative projects, you can share those annotations with a group or create a share link to send to outside users. The social tagging feature has created a collection of quality content with the opportunity to find and connect with those with shared interests in the field.   Diigo   Watch this video about using Diigo to collect, highlight and select. (3 min. 36 sec.)  Diigo - Tour - Annotate Archive Organize - This page summarizes how Diigo works and some of the highlights of the tool. Using Diigo to Annotate, Archive, & Organize Student Learning with Diigo Apply for a Diigo Educator Upgrade to request a special premium account provided specifically to educators. Note: To get quick access to your Diigo libraries and be able to ...

Simulations

  • Insight Maker | Simulation and Modeling - Insight Maker is a free tool to create simulations and modeling in your browser that lets you express your thoughts using rich pictures and causal loop diagrams. It then lets you turn these diagrams into powerful simulation models. Insight Maker integrates three general modeling approaches – System Dynamics, Agent-Based Modeling, and imperative programming. Insight Maker   Keywords: chart, graph
  • PlantNet – Pl@ntNet - PlantNet is a participatory science project that enables scientists from all over the world to better understand plant biodiversity and to study the best ways to preserve it. Identify, explore, and share your observations of wild plants · Pl@ntNet is a tool to help to identify plants with pictures.   Pl@ntNet
  • Energy 3D - Energy3D is a simulation-based engineering tool for designing green buildings and power stations that harness renewable energy to achieve sustainable development. Users can quickly sketch up a realistic-looking structure or import one from an existing CAD file, superimpose it on a map image (e.g., Google Maps or lot maps), and then evaluate its energy performance for any given day and location.   Energy3D  
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Virtual Labs - Virtual labs are interactive, digital simulations of activities that typically take place in physical laboratory settings. Virtual labs simulate the tools, equipment, tests, and procedures used in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biology, and other disciplines. Virtual labs allow students to participate in lab-based learning exercises without the costs and limitations of a physical lab. Virtual labs can be an important element in institutional efforts to expand access to lab-based courses to more and different groups of students, as well as efforts to establish contingency plans for natural disasters or other interruptions of campus activities. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, ...
  • 3D Warehouse - 3D Warehouse is a website of searchable, pre-made 3D models that works seamlessly with SketchUp. 3D Warehouse is a tremendous resource and online community for anyone who creates or uses 3D models. With the 3D Warehouse, you can. Download models.   3D Warehouse
  • NoCoffee - NoCoffee is a vision simulator extension for Chrome. It simulates different vision impairments by putting a filter over web pages. Thus, it helps users understand the problems faced by people with slight to extreme vision problems. For example, it shows how web pages with very small text or click target are difficult to read for individuals with low acuity. The user can also experience how texts with very low contrast, e.g. light gray text on white, pose difficulty for individuals with low contrast sensitivity. In addition, this accessibility extension helps users simulate colorblindness, visual snow, glare, ghosting, cataracts, nystagmus, retinal detachment, hemanopia, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, etc. NoCoffee can be downloaded for free from the Chrome web store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nocoffee/jjeeggmbnhckmgdhmgdckeigabjfbddl?hl=en-US.   Keywords: Simulation, Vision, Accessibility
  • Stellarium Mobile Sky Map - Stellarium is a planetarium mobile app used to see the star when you look up in the sky. It uses the GPS location to track down the exact position and movement of the star, planets, comets, satellites, and more just by pointing it in the sky. This app is rated as one of the best astronomical applications because of its easy access and minimalist user interface for children and adults. This application can be easily used by pointing your device in the sky and by scrolling up and down, you can explore a catalog of 600,000 stars and other dark bodies in the night sky. Stellarium is available for both iOS and Android devices you can easily download it from the App Store or Play store.   Stellarium Mobile Sky Map
  • Thingiverse - Thingiverse is a collaborative space of creators focused on 3d printing. This platform provides many different designs that can be downloaded and used, downloaded and modified, or remixed and returned to the Thingiverse. There are areas for discussion on the best means to implement designs, ways they can be reused in a new context. The site also shares tips and tricks for getting the best results.   Thingiverse
  • Google AR VR - This site shares information about Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and how they can be used to bridge the digital and physical worlds. They allow you to take in information and content visually, in the same way you take in the world. AR dramatically expands the ways our devices can help with everyday activities like searching for information, shopping, and expressing yourself. VR lets you experience what it's like to go anywhere — from the front row of a concert to distant planets in outer space. Augmented Reality can put answers right where your questions are, overlaying helpful visual content and information on your real world. Virtual Reality can bring you anywhere, helping you learn about different places and ideas by experiencing them as if you were actually there.   Google AR & VR
  • Virtual Worlds best Practices in Education - Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is a global grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by the Second Life community to provide an opportunity to showcase the learning that takes place using virtual worlds. Everyone is encouraged to present, attend, and take part in this discussion of collaborative deeper learning and co-presence in virtual worlds and games. The organization holds a virtual conference every year and the VWBPE site has recordings of many of the sessions and access to the prior conference proceedings.   Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education  
  • J.A.F.A.R. - J.A.F.A.R., The Skills Manager Pro™ is an individual skills management software which is developed to accompany an online course “How to Get Skilled: Introduction to Individual Skills Management” offered by OPEN SUNY® on Coursera® learning platform. The software uses the J.A.F.A.R. Individual Skills Management Model. The Model provides a comprehensive framework for increasing one’s effectiveness of career development by learning how to analyze, organize, develop, monitor, and present their work-related skills in a highly competitive job market environment. The acronym J.A.F.A.R is derived from letters in the main steps of the Model (Job Analysis, Full mastery, Assessment, and skillset Review).   J.A.F.A.R., The Skills Manager Pro™
  • Second Life - Second Life is a virtual world used by many colleges and universities to provide immersive learning, real-time collaboration, a global community, and secure and safe virtual campuses. There are many campuses you can visit to get a feel for the power of a virtual world in education. Also, check out the education information relating to SecondLife.     SecondLife  
  • Metaverse - Metaverse is an easy way to create Augmented Reality Experiences on your computer and watch them come to life in the Metaverse app. When using AR always be aware of your surroundings, watch out for people, moving objects, still objects, and more. Have fun and be safe.   Metaverse
  • Virtual Labs Media Library – Stanford University - This website is a website created through a collaboration among a number of Stanford programs to share online interactive media to help students learn difficult concepts in human biology. The purpose of this site is to to collect and disseminate materials to educators and students. The Virtual Labs Project began in 1998 with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to create  As part of our outreach and sustainability efforts we teach an interaction design course at Stanford (CS377d), offer student and teacher internships, and lead workshops (in media development, educational technology, and implementation). Just a few of the topics included in this collection include: Physiology Brain And The Nervous System Biology Immunology Game And Quiz Frameworks Health Education     Interactive tutorials and hands-on activities for Biology, Medicine, Health, and Humanities
  • AutoDesk – 3D Modeling Software - Autodesk suite of software tools, include Fusion 360, which allows you to create 3D objects from 2D sketches, and subsequently allows you to obtain its projections easily from the drawn 3D object. There is a free trial period for educational use. Autodesk Fusion 360 Overview and more Info
  • Hubs by Mozilla - Share a virtual room with friends. Watch videos, play with 3D objects, or just hang out. Hubs is a VR chatroom designed for every headset and browser, but it is also an open source project that explores how communication in mixed reality can come to life. Step inside one of our virtual rooms or build one from the ground up. With Hubs, you can create a room with a single click.   Hubs by Mozilla
  • Twine - Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. You don't need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you're ready. Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for commercial purposes.   Twine What is Twine?  
  • Online Science Simulations and Laboratory Resources – POD Network - A plethora of STEM resources and ideas for lab teaching activities if new virtual lab experiences are needed. Just a few of the subject areas that are included are Biology, Business, Chemistry, Engineering, Medical, Math, Physics, and Psychology. Colleagues at many institutions have gathered these resources and are sharing back with the larger community. The original creators of this very helpful document is attributed to Kent State University. This list resulted from a crowd-sourced activity led through the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network.   Online Science Simulations and Laboratory Resources   Keywords: STEM, labs
  • Digital BreakoutEDU Sandbox - This site is a "sandbox" of examples of digital breakout lessons modeled after escape rooms and BreakoutEDU kits. Unlike traditional escape room-style lessons, a digital breakout is done entirely online through a webpage created by the instructor. Participants explore the curated site looking for clues and combinations that will unlock digital "locks," typically found in an embedded Google Form. The sandbox allows you to explore different game themes and subject areas, as well as sort by participant age or grade level.   BreakoutEDU Digital Sandbox
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • National Geographic – Including VR & 360° Video Content - National Geographic pushes the boundaries of visual storytelling. The National Geographic site has a large collection of stories that relate to critical issues affecting the world today and the impact on your life. The online series includes content from all over the world, including podcasts, virtual reality, and 360° videos.   National Geographic National Geographic 360° Video Playlist   Keywords: simulations
  • Vyond (formerly Go Animate) - One of the animation and whiteboard building websites. Vyond has prebuilt templates that customize for business or education. You choose backgrounds and props or can upload custom images. Vyond has a diverse selection of ethnic characters or you can customize to resemble an actual person. You can choose music from their library and narrate with your voice or use text-to-speech software. Note: Vyond only has a 14-day free trial. Although it is costly, it has many capabilities for animation.   Vyond   Keywords: animation, storytelling
  • Explorable Explanations – Learning through play - Explorable Explanation is a hub for learning through play that has been created by artists, coders & educators to reunite play and learning. It is a great tool to teach something interactively rather than the usual read-watch-listen-question-and-answer format.   Explorable Explanations   Keywords: Gamification, Simulations  
  • PhET Interactive Simulations for Active Learning in STEM -   PHET Interactive Presentations is a page with interactive simulations that can be used as an adjunct for courses such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, and Mathematics. It was created by the University of Colorado with the aim of enhancing learning and motivating students through playful discovery activities that support in many optional languages package. Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students in an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.   PhET Interactive Simulations for Active Learning in STEM   Here is a complete catalog of PHET Interactive Presentations.   " Science means constantly walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity; between expertise and creativity; between bias and openness; between experience and epiphany; between ...
  • H5P Interactive Content Creator - Hello HTML5! Goodbye flash! You can create, share and re-use interactive content in your browser or integrated right into your LMS! Create Richer HTML5 Content in Existing Publishing Platforms. Share Content Seamlessly Across Any H5P Capable Site. Reuse and modify Content in Your Browser at Any Time. Explore over 40 different types of interactive content including presentations, timelines,  games & quizzes. See a few examples of H5P or visit their website for complete and detailed information.   h5p.org   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Gamification, Media, Photos & Images, Podcasts, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Quiz, Recording, Screencast, Simulations, Video
  • OpenSimulator – Design your own Virtual Reality space for education, meetings, or games - The open source movement allowed complex avatar-based, game-engine software to become available free of charge using OpenSimulator.  Contributions from artists and designers now makes pre-developed virtual artifacts and design spaces available to educators, meeting planners, and game designers; easy modifications and adjustments allow for custom virtual environments for an infinity of purposes. Server rental companies, such as Kitely, are now making it possible to have up to 40 avatars at any time on up to 4 virtual islands for $20 per month; and, you can put a virtual island on your own institutional server (for free, sort-of).  This link brings you to a theory-and-practice based resource on outlines education uses and possibilities with these environments that have been used by its author for over 10 years in her own teaching. Here's a student during the creative learning/practice stage in a course where she ...
  • Shadow Health - Shadow Health is a fee-based virtual clinical patient simulation experience. It is a robust experience which simulates virtual patient examination for courses across the Graduate and Undergraduate Curriculum.   Shadow Health   Video demonstration Keywords: 3D, Simulations, Virtual Labs  
  • Google Expeditions - Google Expeditions is a tool to extend learning in and out of the classroom. Expeditions enable virtual field trips that help students see and experience the world in new ways. Students can get in the center of 360-degree photos and 3D scenes with historical importance. Self-guided expeditions enable anyone to explore anywhere. This is a great tool for classrooms and for home use.   Google Expeditions   See this additional information including a Youtube video and link to an Expeditions Kit. Although the full kits allow a classroom to get up and running with Google Expeditions all that's needed is a web server that allows shared access and the free Expeditions app. To use a smartphone as a viewing device, you must also purchase or make a VR Google Cardboard viewer.   Keywords: Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR)  
  • Second Life - Create interactive 3D content and social experiences. Monetize your creations in a global marketplace.   Second Life   Returning to Second Life - An analysis from Ars Technica about how Second Life is currently used by its social media platform.   Keywords: 3D
  • HP Reveal - HP Reveal is HP Autonomy's augmented reality platform. It is available as a software development kit or as a free app for iOS- and Android-based mobile devices. The app's image recognition technology uses a smartphone's or tablet's camera to recognize real-world images and then overlay media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages. HP Reveal is formerly known as Aurasma.   HP Reveal   A TED Talk by Matt Mills introducing the Aurasma App.   Keywords: Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Interactive Physics - The Interactive Physics site offers some insights into how to use Physics Interactive and allows the user to demo the software without installing it. A large number of high schools are investing in iPads and Chromebooks in an effort to provide every student with a web-connected computing device. This rapidly-growing trend leaves physics teachers in a bit of a predicament. We've learned to depend upon a collection of interactive web resources that were built on the backbone of plug-in technologies such as Java, Flash, and Shockwave. And now very few of these resources work on the devices that our students hold in their hands. The rapid emergence of these modern devices has left a void in our traditional curriculum and instruction. The Physics Interactives is our effort to help fill that void. The Physics Interactives is a growing collection of ...
  • iNaturalist - The iNaturalist app helps you upload citizen science observations of plants and animals to the iNaturalist.org online community for naturalists as well as other members of the iNaturalist network such as NaturaLista.mx in Mexico. You can: record observations with photos and GPS locations; explore observations from around the world; keep track of updates from people you follow.   iNaturalist   Getting started with iNaturalist - This page explains how to get started with iNaturalist and offers a wealth of resources, including video tutorials and a teacher's guide.   Keywords: Virtual Labs
  • SketchUp - SketchUp, formerly Google Sketchup, is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. It is available as a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, SketchUp Pro.   SketchUp   SketchUp video tutorials - This four-part series of videos helps the user learn how to get started with SketchUp.   Keywords: 3D
  • Tinkercad - Autodesk's Tinkercad is one of the most popular classroom tools for creating simple designs from scratch, quickly modifying existing designs. Its a free online 3D design program that you can use in your web browser without downloading any software. Tinkercad is extremely intuitive and easy to use and has built-in Lessons to help you learn the ropes, making it perfect for beginners both young and old.   Tinkercad   Getting started with Tinkercad - This pdf offers concrete advice about how to begin using Tinkercad. The manual was written with a K-12 audience in mind, but it can be adapted for use in Higher Education.   Keywords: 3D
  • Visible Body 3D Human Anatomy Atlas - Visible Body offers a whole world of visual human biology for healthcare professionals, professors, and students. Visible Body makes learning and teaching anatomy and physiology visual and engaging. Learn about the human body anatomy. This application can be a great help for healthcare professionals, instructors, and amateurs interested in biology.   Visible Body   Visible Body - This video is a walkthrough demonstration about how to use Visible Body.   Keywords: 3D
  • Shapeways - Shapeways is the world's leading 3D Printing marketplace and community. We enable anyone to make, buy, and sell products with 3D Printing.   Shapeways   3D printing and design tutorials - This series of tutorials will help you to get started using Shapeways.   Keywords: 3D
  • CallingThunder – Immersive Exploration of Natural History of Manhattan - Calling Thunder is the first chapter in a series of immersive explorations into the natural history of New York. Calling Thunder focuses on the fascinating but little-known history of Manhattan. The site is quite creative and explores storytelling the use of 360-degree videos.   CallingThunder   Calling Thunder: The Unsung History of Manhattan - This video offers sights and sounds that Henry Hudson encountered in 1609 compared to today's Manhattan.   CallingThunder   Calling Thunder: The Unsung History of Manhattan - This video offers sights and sounds that Henry Hudson encountered in 1609 compared to today's Manhattan.   Keywords: Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Edorble Academy - A learning community for those interested in 3D/VR technology, online learning, education technology, gamification, and more.   Edorble   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations

Social Media

  • Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide - This guide is an editable Google Doc that has a wide collection of resources to assist you to create an online community, class or conference. "Are you creating an online course, event or conference? If you’re not a programmer, and if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this guide will get you started. Read it from top to bottom to get a step-by-step guide to what you can do to set up your course or event. Then check the links to find free or cheap and easy tools that will get the job done for you." The document is licensed under Creative Commons and is open to editing. It was initially created and conceived by Stephen Downes, a Canadian philosopher and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media.   Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference - Quick Tech ...
  • Loomies - The Loomie App allows you to create and style your own customized avatar and stickers that can be used on various online platforms. First, you use a selfie to create your Loomie. You can choose among different accessories to make your Loomie. The shape and form of your Loomie can be customized using the built-in editing system of the Loomie app. After you save your avatar to your Loom Account, you can use it across different apps and integrations, such as Zoom, WhatsApp, etc. Loomies
  • VERO - Vero is a social media platform and mobile app company. Vero markets itself as a social network free from advertisements. Vero Members are a creative bunch and like nothing more than discovering new stories, people, causes, and projects to get behind.   Vero  
  • MeWe - MeWe is an alternative to Facebook. It is a social media platform that does not own or collect user data and resell it to advertising companies. MeWe was created by Mark Weinstein with the goal to let users control their own data and privacy. It has features similar to Facebook. MeWe
  • Bitly - Bitly is a link management and URL shortening tool. It can help track how many clicks the shortened link receives, what geographic location the clicks are coming from, and automatically generates QR codes for your Bitly links. In addition, Bitly allows you to track engagement metrics, giving you a clearer picture of how well your content is performing.   Bitly      
  • Google Classroom - A classroom is a place where the knowledge transfer takes place. Usually a one-to-many interaction takes place in a classroom and different assessment tools are used at the end of every topic to evaluate the understanding levels of the students. All these activities which are carried out for centuries inside the physical classrooms are now available with more features and flexibility included in the Google Classroom. Google Classroom makes teaching more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and fostering communication. Educators can create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Classroom also seamlessly integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive.   Google Classrooms
  • Yalla - Yalla is the most popular Live Group Voice Talking and Entertaining Community. Voice Chat and play games with people from nearby or all over the world. Meet new friends is never easier: Choose group voice rooms from thousands of live rooms daily, filter rooms by Countries or Topics. 50+ Countries have already been covered, while tons of topics are available to choose from. Party with friends with no distances: Group voice-talk with friends no matter where they are, broadcast your favorite music inside the room, sing karaoke together, and play a range of games directly in group chat. Let's get the party started. Enjoy free live voice chat over 3G, 4G, LTE, or WiFi.   Features: PUBLIC CHAT ROOMS — Browse 1,000's of live chat rooms from nearby or around the world that cover thousands of topics. PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS — Start private one-on-one text and voice conversations with your ...
  • HelloTalk - HelloTalk is the ultimate for foreign language exchange. Learn a language by chatting with native speakers around the world. HelloTalk is an app that combines social media with education and collaboration. It connects individuals from all over the globe in a single app and helps them learn language from each other. The idea behind the app is, if a Japanese person wants to learn Nepali, and if a Nepali person wants to learn Japanese, they can connect in the app with each other and help each other learn their language. HelloTalk  
  • Bandcamp - Bandcamp is a site for musicians who are eager to publish new content. It allows musicians to directly get support from the audience they are impacting. Bandcamp allows the musicians to get paid for their art from the audience that chooses to contribute to their endeavors. You can also sign up as a fan to listen to music and get new music daily. It will help you explore new music and expand your musical knowledge as well. If you are interested in signing up certain musicians you can do that as well by signing up as a label.   Bandcamp
  • ScreenFlow - ScreenFlow is a video editing, screen recording and sharing tool from Telestream. It is specifically useful for educators who would like to record their presentations or any other computer software demos, then edit them, add info layers, voice over and other elements that would make the video more interesting and engaging.   Telestream ScreenFlow for Mac ScreenFlow Features for Education Easy to use, easy to learn: ScreenFlow is easy to use and easy to learn – even if you have no experience creating video. Record everything: Record your computer screen and / or your video camera and add your own narration. Easy video editing: Easily add zoom & pan effects, trim clips, add drop shadow & reflection, adjust audio levels, and more. Closed caption support with SRT import: Add, edit and publish ADA Compliant soft subtitles as caption tracks to your MPEG-4 movies ...
  • Discord - Discord is a proprietary freeware VoIP application and digital distribution platform designed for video gaming communities, that specializes in text, image, video and audio communication between users in a chat channel. Discord is also gaining adoption in other communities, beuond just gaming, as well. Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in web browsers.   Discord
  • GraphicSprings - A logo maker application that enables non-designers to create beautiful logos, whether that's for an entrepreneurial venture, school project, presentation or charitable cause. Another element available in the online interface is the ability to design graphics to use for digital badges (like the badges used in #EmTechMOOC).   GraphicSprings How to Edit Logo Graphic - this how-to video shows how users can easily edit graphics How to Edit Logo Text - this how-to video shows how users can customize their name and slogan        
  • Clipchamp - With Clipchamp, you can edit, compress, convert, and record without compromising the quality of your video. It also allows you to create Facebook video ads, Youtube videos, Instagram promos, and Slideshow videos. Pick from the different available templates to meet your needs. Create your story now!   Clipchamp
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • 8tracks - 8tracks is a radio/social networking site that streams playlists, connects people, and is free to use. Users can create free accounts, or sign up for the pro version which has some perks like ad-free listening. It is user-friendly and you are able to browse for music that suits your needs, upload tracks, and listen to other user's works as well.   8tracks
  • Clips - Clips is an iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more. From choosing backgrounds to using animated special effect and 3D, Clips makes the whole experience of capturing a moment and sharing it more fun. As Clips is in sync with iCloud, creating memorable moments is equally available on all Apple products.   Clips   Keywords: mobile apps, photo and images, social media, video, personal identity
  • Snapchat - Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are meant to disappear after they're viewed. It's advertised as a "new type of camera" because the essential function is to take a picture or video, add filters, lenses or other effects and share them with friends. It's like texting, but with pictures. Feeds are also created that lets others subscribe to be notified about newly added posts.   Snapchat   Keywords: photos, social media, messaging
  • Populr.me - Populr.me can be used for social media, business, education, or many other uses. Build websites with templates for networking, sales, marketing, etc. Drop in text, video, pictures, embeds.  Upgrade for additional features, or keep it free.  Great for building interactive syllabi, professional profiles, ePortfolios, and other online information.   Populr.me   Keywords: web editing, websites
  • Podbean - Podbean is used to listen to podcasts and can be used on a phone, mobile device, or desktop. You can use Podbean to easily record and publish your own podcasts.   Podbean
  • NewsPrism - Newsprism offers links to a wide range of newspapers, commentary, and opinion sites.  The site arranges news and opinion content from Left/Liberal to Center to Right/Conservative enabling readers and researchers to explore differing perspectives, understand arguments from another perspective, and challenge their own ideas.   NewsPrism  
  • Wakelet - Share articles, videos, images, tweets and other great content with one link. Save them for later and create collections, called wakes, at any time. Organize the web, the way you want it. Save, curate and share from a wide variety of sources to create very visually pleasing presentations. Also very suitable for creating a personal portfolio.   Wakelet   Keywords: portfolio, pictures, social media, presentations  
  • SurfSafe - Defend the internet. Bring the world to the Internet without false news. If you see something that is false, report it! Supercharge your browser to catch fake news! SurfSafe is protecting users from misleading, photoshopped, and fake news throughout the Internet. The extension marks the level of safety of an image or article on the corners. Never again will you be misled by photoshopped images scattered throughout the Internet. You can also decide which organizations to base the truth off of. Add the extension to Chrome for free!   SurfSafe
  • LinkedR - Linkreducation is an associated platform in which you find, build, and manage educational & pedagogical collaborations. On this platform, you can add a class, invite students, find a collaborative partner, let students share with a larger group,  explore and assign them work, and the opportunity to exchange and to get feedback. The options are wide open.   Linkreducation
  • 9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen – using technology appropriately - This webpage from Digital Citizenship, developed by Mike Ribble, shares The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship. They fall into three categories, which are listed below.   Respect Your Self / Respect Others Etiquette Access Law Educate Your Self / Connect with Others Communicate Literacy Commerce Protect Your Self / Protect Others Rights & Responsibilities Safety (Security) Health and Welfare   9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen   Keywords: digital literacy, digital fluency
  • Edmodo - Edmodo is a controlled social media platform for teachers, students, and parents. It allows teachers to assign and grade homework on their mobile devices, students to connect with educators and classmates, and parents to stay up-to-date on what their kids are doing at school. Millions of learners around the world use Edmodo to find the resources they need and connect with educators. Use Edmodo to unite all the tools you already love and ensure your students have access to everything they need for learning. Create a safe space for discussion Edmodo lets you give a voice to shy or anxious students who would go unheard in traditional classrooms. Students are instantly familiar with Edmodo's interface and can communicate more easily with each other and with you. Edmodo   Keywords: Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Snapguide - Bring together photos, videos, tweets, and documents on the go. Share them with everyone. Find new recipes, DIY projects, beauty hacks, technology, and lifestyle tips all in one place!   Snapguide   Keywords: File Management, Photos & Images, Social Media
  • Infogram - Infographics (Information graphics) are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends. Infographics are a better way to: 1. Tell a compelling data-driven story 2. Make content with data that is easy to understand 3. Grab your viewer’s attention 4. Increase brand awareness and drive traffic with visuals Charts and maps help to: 1. Make data easier to understand and remember 2. Discover unknown facts, outliers, and trends 3. Visualize relationships and patterns quickly 4. Ask better questions and make better decisions   Infogram   Keywords: ePortfolios, Presentations, Social Media
  • Hootsuite - Hootsuite is a social media management tool that allows users to schedule social media post, follow and engage in conversations and review social media campaign analytics.  It supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.   Hootsuite   Hootsuite Quick Start Guide The Beginner’s Guide to Hootsuite 7 Reasons Why You SHOULD Use Hootsuite   Keywords: Collaboration, Social Media
  • Buffer - Buffer is an app that lets you pre-post your social media posts and “release” them at a specific time. This app allows you to schedule your posts to be visible during the times and days your audience is online.   Buffer   How to use Buffer   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Social Media
  • LinkedIn - LinkedIn is the most well-known social networking platform for your professional career. Make connections with colleagues (actual and potential) around the world. Employers may seek out new hires, and individuals may find new positions. Engage with groups and organizations to add your voice to the conversation.   LinkedIn   How to make a LinkedIn page that wows recruiters, according to the guy who overhauled its design - Use the tips in this article from Business Insider to make the most out of your LinkedIn profile. Social Media in Higher Education: Strategies, Benefits, and Challenges - This article from Hootsuite, a social media management platform, addresses some of the primary questions on social media and higher education.   Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, ePortfolios, Social Media
  • Facebook - Facebook is a well-known and free to use social networking platform. Utilizing Facebook can help you connect, share and market to people. User groups based on common interests, workplace, and more can provide you new methods to communicate. Now very often seen in news media, Facebook and other social media platforms are commonly used to give voice to social issues, customize marketing on an individual level, and further the spread of both news and fake news.   Facebook   Facebook tutorial - This tutorial will walk you through the set-up process, available features through the privacy settings and controls, essential to any social media platform. Branding in the age of social media - Learn more about branding yourself via social media from this Harvard Business Review article.   Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, Media, Social Media
  • Twitter - First reactions and breaking news flood Twitter as soon as they happen. With only a limited number of characters per tweet, Twitter users need to be brief and meaningful when composing. Official hashtags make conference tweeting is yet another place conversations (both professional and social) are held.   Twitter   Wired article to help you get up to speed on using Twitter. 100 Ways to Use Twitter in Education, By Order of Difficulty   Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, Social Media
  • Instagram - Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately. Users can apply various digital filters to their images, and add locations through geotags and assign hashtags to link to other photos.   Instagram   University of New Hampshire - Instagram Help - A simple guide to using Instagram built by the UNH. Do more with Instagram - A board of posts relevant to using Instagram to its fullest.   Keywords: Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Video

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  • Wikipedia List of Fact-checking Websites - In this age of misinformation, the internet and mass movement of data on the internet and plethora of data has made is more difficult to know what is true and what is not. People nowadays are looking for instant gratification and quick response and reaction. Fact-checking has become an extremely viable tool.   List of fact-checking websites

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  • Creating Captioned Lectures on a Shoestring Budget (SUNY CPD Webinar recording) - This recorded workshop is part of the SUNY CPD Remote Teaching Clinic Webinar Series. A variety of options for creating captions using free and inexpensive tools are shared. The session includes links to a few how-to videos about techniques such as live captioning using Google Slides and PPT365 Live-captioning. Slides for the session are also available. Creating Captioned Lectures on a Shoestring Budget     
  • Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide - This guide is an editable Google Doc that has a wide collection of resources to assist you to create an online community, class or conference. "Are you creating an online course, event or conference? If you’re not a programmer, and if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this guide will get you started. Read it from top to bottom to get a step-by-step guide to what you can do to set up your course or event. Then check the links to find free or cheap and easy tools that will get the job done for you." The document is licensed under Creative Commons and is open to editing. It was initially created and conceived by Stephen Downes, a Canadian philosopher and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media.   Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference - Quick Tech ...
  • QuickTime - QuickTime allows you to quickly make common movie edits like trim, rearrange, and rotate. You can also split a movie into multiple clips and manipulate each one individually. In addition, QuickTime also allows you to create screencasts by recording your Mac screen and capturing your screen from most iOS mobile devices. QuickTime is built into most Mac operating systems. QuickTime for Microsoft Windows is downloadable as a standalone installation.   QuickTime
  • Recast Studio – Online Video Editor - Recast focuses on helping creators to produce professional-quality videos in minimum clicks. Making video is time consuming. The entire process of editing the video is broken down to increase the speed of making the video, helping creators focus on the important aspects like storytelling and less on learning how to edit videos.   Recast Studio is built so that creators can spend more time doing what matters, such as publishing quality content.  Recast Studio is a cloud-based online video editor that help creators repurpose text, audio or video into dynamic social videos. Recast Studio’s online video maker comes with all the editing features like trim, crop, cut, rotate & flip videos and it has features like automatically adding captions to video, adding and animating images to videos.   Recast Studio - Online Video Editor
  • How to Add ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Captions into a Video in Panopto - The Panopto video platform features Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) to vastly ease the process of adding closed captions to video lectures and instructional materials. Captions can be generated for newly created and existing video content in Panopto. While the accuracy of the ASR generated captions is not perfect, the Panopto editor allows for streamlined editing and publishing of captions. Panopto is a lecture-capture program that is freely available and also adopted by many educational institutions.   How to Add ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Captions into a Video in Panopto   Keywords: captioning, subtitles  
  • oTranscribe - Have you ever had to transcribe an audio content before? You probably had to be listening for 5 seconds, switch to a notepad to type out what you just listened to, and that over and over again. With oTrascribe, you can do the listening and typing in the same environment. With some customizable key combination, you do the following, pause/play the loaded audio, fast-forward, go back a few seconds, etc. If you have some audio or video transcription to do, you can check out Otranscribe.   oTranscribe
  • Edureka - Edureka is an online training provider that helps professionals learn trending technologies for career growth. Learn top trending courses like Big Data, Hadoop, RPA, Cloud, DevOps & More. Expert Educators. Flexible Batch Timings. 24/7 Lifetime Support. Instructor-led Classes. No Cost EMI Option. Edureka - E-Learning Platform
  • AZ Screen Recorder - This application is generally utilized for mobile screen recording with audio to record screen, live stream in high quality. AZ Screen Recorder is a stable, high-quality screen recorder for android that helps you record smooth and clear screen videos.  The application does not only record screen.  It can also perform functions such as screen capture, live stream screen, and video editor. Advantages of this screen recording application is a high-quality video (1080p, 12Mbps, 60FPS), unlimited recording time,  and no root needed.   AZ Screen Recorder
  • Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) - Open Broadcaster Software is free and open-source software for video recording and live streaming. As of 2016, the software is now referred to as OBS Studio. There are versions of OBS Studio available for Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux. OBS is useful to create videos and add effects with webcam, screen and audio capture. It is also one of the best tools for streaming live your meeting, events, conferences on Facebook, YouTube, etc. It also makes OBS easier to use, especially for those new to the world of live-streaming. Anyone involved in live streaming needs to use a live video encoder. Encoding can be done at the software or hardware level. Software encoders like OBS Studio provide the most versatility and are used by the majority of professional broadcasters.   Open Broadcaster Software
  • Rules of (Zoom) Engagement by Ali Green - This document, created by Ali Green who is the CEO and co-founder of Pantera Press, provides tips and best practices to help people to adopt appropriate protocols for team meetings as they move from in-person to phone and video conferencing platforms. Topics addressed include reminders about muting when you are not speaking and when it's helpful to keep your video turned on.  Rules of (Zoom) Engagement
  • Google AR VR - This site shares information about Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and how they can be used to bridge the digital and physical worlds. They allow you to take in information and content visually, in the same way you take in the world. AR dramatically expands the ways our devices can help with everyday activities like searching for information, shopping, and expressing yourself. VR lets you experience what it's like to go anywhere — from the front row of a concert to distant planets in outer space. Augmented Reality can put answers right where your questions are, overlaying helpful visual content and information on your real world. Virtual Reality can bring you anywhere, helping you learn about different places and ideas by experiencing them as if you were actually there.   Google AR & VR
  • Kanopy - Kanopy offers thoughtful entertainment free of charge by partnering with public libraries and universities. Individuals affiliated with a library or educational institution can utilize these resources to educate and raise awareness about important issues. It has movies categorized by genre. The user may also use the search feature to find relevant content based on the title or the subject matter.   Kanopy
  • Metaverse - Metaverse is an easy way to create Augmented Reality Experiences on your computer and watch them come to life in the Metaverse app. When using AR always be aware of your surroundings, watch out for people, moving objects, still objects, and more. Have fun and be safe.   Metaverse
  • Web Captioner - A free web-based service that uses automated captioning and displays a real-time transcription in your browser. It works best in Google Chrome, on your personal computer and if you have an external microphone, though it also works well with your computer’s internal microphone as long as the environment is quiet and you are within a couple of feet from your computer. Web Captioner seems to solve a lot of the issues that are present with captions for accessibility. Web captioner puts the caption window in the hands of the user. Instead of being locked to a slide presentation, the captions appear in a separate window. The captions are text-based, not open (or burned in) captions if the screen is being recorded. This is helpful for many reasons: Burned-in captions cannot be corrected afterward for spelling or grammar. Burned-in captions conflict with viewing closed caption. ...
  • Live Captioning Without A Budget - The tools featured on this page from George Mason University offer options for streaming live captions using automatic speech recognition (ASR). ASR tools use artificial intelligence to convert speech into text. In recent years, educational technologies have started to integrate ASR into their platforms as a way to develop content that is more accessible and inclusive. Tools that are highlighted include Google Slides, PowerPoint 365, and Web Captioner.   Live Captioning Without A Budget   Keyword: caption
  • Virtual Labs Media Library – Stanford University - This website is a website created through a collaboration among a number of Stanford programs to share online interactive media to help students learn difficult concepts in human biology. The purpose of this site is to to collect and disseminate materials to educators and students. The Virtual Labs Project began in 1998 with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to create  As part of our outreach and sustainability efforts we teach an interaction design course at Stanford (CS377d), offer student and teacher internships, and lead workshops (in media development, educational technology, and implementation). Just a few of the topics included in this collection include: Physiology Brain And The Nervous System Biology Immunology Game And Quiz Frameworks Health Education     Interactive tutorials and hands-on activities for Biology, Medicine, Health, and Humanities
  • Effective Educational Videos: Principles and Guidelines for Maximizing Student Learning from Video Content - This is a research article available in CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE), a free, online quarterly journal published by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), is packed with links to other relevant research about using and creating videos for learning. Below is an excerpt from the abstract. "Educational videos have become an important part of higher education, providing an important content-delivery tool in many flipped, blended, and online classes. Effective use of video as an educational tool is enhanced when instructors consider three elements: how to manage cognitive load of the video; how to maximize student engagement with the video; and how to promote active learning from the video. This essay reviews literature relevant to each of these principles and suggests practical ways instructors can use these principles when using video as an educational tool." Brame CJ. Effective Educational Videos: Principles and ...
  • Seeing Isn’t Believing: The Fact Checker’s guide to manipulated video - The Fact Checker's guide to manipulated video is a multimedia module created by Nadine Ajaka, Glenn Kessler, and Elyse Samuels.of the Washington Post. The guide explains the three most common types of manipulated video (missing content, deceptive editing, malicious transformation) and two sub-types of each type. Examples of each type are provided, and at the end of the guide is a form readers can use to tell the authors about videos they believe have been manipulated. Videos in the presentation play without sound, which is helpful for viewing the guide in public and for people with hearing impairments. It is unclear when the guide was first published, but at the time of viewing (April 2020) video examples seemed to be mainly from 2018-2019.  The manipulated videos were usually about political figures, or ideas politicians were trying to promote. The guide may be ...
  • BigBlueButton - BigBlueButton is an open-source web conferencing system. In addition to various web conferencing services. BigBlueButton supports multiple audio and video sharing, presentations with extended whiteboard capabilities - such as a pointer, zooming and drawing - public and private chat, desktop sharing, integrated VoIP using FreeSWITCH, and support for the presentation of PDF documents and Microsoft Office documents.   BigBlueButton BigBlueButton Wikipedia
  • Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences - Key features of open video repositories are outlined, followed by brief description of specific sites relevant to the social sciences. Although most were created by instructors over the past 10 years to facilitate teaching and learning, significant variations in kind, quality, and number per discipline were discovered. The APA citation for this resource is: Miller, M. V., & CohenMiller, A. S. (2019). Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences. Online Learning Journal, 23(2), 40–66.     Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences
  • NPTEL – A Centre of MOOCs - National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a project of MHRD initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003, to provide quality education to anyone interested in learning from the IITs. The main goal was to create web and video courses in all major branches of engineering and physical sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and management courses at the postgraduate level. It is cited as the largest online repository in the world of courses in engineering, basic sciences, and selected humanities and social sciences subjects and is the most accessed library of peer-reviewed educational content in the world. Online courses are available on topics relevant to students in all years of higher education along with basic core courses in sciences and ...
  • ScreenFlow - ScreenFlow is a video editing, screen recording and sharing tool from Telestream. It is specifically useful for educators who would like to record their presentations or any other computer software demos, then edit them, add info layers, voice over and other elements that would make the video more interesting and engaging.   Telestream ScreenFlow for Mac ScreenFlow Features for Education Easy to use, easy to learn: ScreenFlow is easy to use and easy to learn – even if you have no experience creating video. Record everything: Record your computer screen and / or your video camera and add your own narration. Easy video editing: Easily add zoom & pan effects, trim clips, add drop shadow & reflection, adjust audio levels, and more. Closed caption support with SRT import: Add, edit and publish ADA Compliant soft subtitles as caption tracks to your MPEG-4 movies ...
  • Animaker - Animaker is an online do-it-yourself (#DIY) animation video maker that brings studio quality presentations within everyone's reach. The software is cloud-based, and was launched in 2014. It allows users to create animated videos using pre-built characters and templates. In 2017, Animaker became the first tool to launch an animated vertical video creator. In February 2015 the software was officially launched based on a freemium model that allowed users a free account option.   Animaker
  • WebEx - Cisco Webex is a web conference tool that enables fully interactive video and audio connections with people locally and around the world. WebEx provides web conferencing and desktop sharing through a web browser. Share whatever you're viewing on your computer with everyone in the meeting. A WebEx account isn't needed to connect to an established meeting. Collaborate in real-time using whiteboarding, note-taking, and annotation tools. WebEx also allows the option for participants to connect to a meeting using a phone. This is helpful when the person does not have access to a computer, if their computer does not have a microphone, to just to get better quality audio on low bandwidth connections.   WebEx   Keywords: webconferencing
  • Binumi - Video platform. Easy-to-use and free. Create a video in seconds from a vast video library. A collection of 4 million multimedia clips. Select frame-by-frame to create your storyboard.  Add voice recordings, edit in seconds. A great way to create. Videos can be public or private. Share on Binumi site, social media or YouTube. Mobile App too.   Binumi
  • Clipchamp - With Clipchamp, you can edit, compress, convert, and record without compromising the quality of your video. It also allows you to create Facebook video ads, Youtube videos, Instagram promos, and Slideshow videos. Pick from the different available templates to meet your needs. Create your story now!   Clipchamp
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Storyboarder - Storyboarder makes it easy to visualize a story as fast you can draw stick figures. Quickly draw to test if a story idea works.   Storyboarder   Keywords: video storytelling
  • National Geographic – Including VR & 360° Video Content - National Geographic pushes the boundaries of visual storytelling. The National Geographic site has a large collection of stories that relate to critical issues affecting the world today and the impact on your life. The online series includes content from all over the world, including podcasts, virtual reality, and 360° videos.   National Geographic National Geographic 360° Video Playlist   Keywords: simulations
  • Hearing Impaired Students and Online College - Excellent opportunities exist for individuals with hearing impairments to attend college and universities. However, students with hearing impairments often have difficulty gaining the full benefits of learning in a traditional classroom setting. With evolving learning accommodations and assistive technologies like captioning and transcription services, online college offers students with hearing impairments a more accessible, flexible, and personalized educational experience. Check out this website to learn about new and exciting ways that learning accommodations and assistive technologies are creating learning opportunities for students with hearing impairments.   Hearing Impaired Students and Online College   Keywords: caption, live-caption, accommodation, assistive technology
  • 5 Ways to Easily Extract Audio Clips from Your Favorite Videos - Extract and save audio from a video file so you can create a stand-alone audio track or MP3 file that can be easily listened to on a mobile device or uploaded to a podcast hosting service.   5 Ways to Easily Extract Audio Clips from Your Favorite Videos
  • WeVu - WeVu, cloud software developed from the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) at UBC-Vancouver, focusses on hands-on skills learning where students self-record video using a camera or their phones and instructors provide time-stamped feedback and assessment. Users include health professions, business communication, trades education, and performing arts. WeVu also accommodates the collaborative annotation of audio, images, and PDF. Media files can be uploaded into the software or can be imported from YouTube, Dropbox, or other servers. WeVu also provides user activity logs, allowing .csv download of user activity and time-stamped and general comments. A free version of WeVu is available, limited to 1 site per site owner (unlimited site members) and with videos stored externally on YouTube or Dropbox.   WeVu  
  • Ultimate Guide to Easily Make Instructional Videos - A wonderful outline on how to create educational videos, including how-to videos, tutorial, and instructional videos.   Ultimate Guide to Easily Make Instructional Videos
  • Teleprompt.me - The web's only voice-powered teleprompter. Drop in a script and it automatically scrolls as you speak. This voice-controlled teleprompter uses Chrome's built-in microphone to scroll as you speak. Creating a text-based script for your videos also helps to later generate captions, ensuring your video's content is accessible to the widest possible audience.   Teleprompt-me
  • VEED - VEED is a simple video editor with a bunch of great features such as Trim, Crop, Add Text, Add Subtitles/Captions, Add Stickers, and much more. VEED works directly in the browser and does not require download any software. An additional feature is that VEED can turn a podcast into a video by simply adding artwork to the podcast. VEED also adds an animated waveform as well. This function allows you to share podcasts on social media since most social media channels are not able to natively share audio-only podcasts.   VEED
  • Shotcut - Use this free software to edit videos and add effects. Shotcut is a free and open-source video editing software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux devices. The platform works with resolutions as high as 4K and has broad format support. It is an ideal solution for creating video thanks to its array of editing features and audio/video effects. This video editor makes editing tasks simple and effective.   Shotcut
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports the creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research posters, and public service announcements.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
  • HitFilm Express - Video editing and all the power you need to make something cool. Free starter software, HitFilm Express, is perfect for beginners, film students, and YouTubers.   HitFilm Express   Keywords: video editing
  • Clips - Clips is an iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more. From choosing backgrounds to using animated special effect and 3D, Clips makes the whole experience of capturing a moment and sharing it more fun. As Clips is in sync with iCloud, creating memorable moments is equally available on all Apple products.   Clips   Keywords: mobile apps, photo and images, social media, video, personal identity
  • Visual Learning Center by Visme - The resource to help you become a better visual communicator. The site contains a wide array of resources visual learners and presenters. These resources will help you become a better presenter, communicator, and storyteller by creating better presentations and infographics.   Visual Learning Center by Visme   Keywords: visual learning, digital literacy, blogs and wikis, visualize information, presentation
  • Ten Tips for Hosting a Web Meeting - This short article from Faculty Focus shares 10 tips for hosting web meetings. Web meetings allow participants to meet online to collaborate and share information. This article is published through the Faculty Focus website, but the tips provided are very relevant to any web meeting. Ten Tips for Hosting a Web Meeting   Keywords: Collaboration, webconference, video-conference
  • Snapchat - Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are meant to disappear after they're viewed. It's advertised as a "new type of camera" because the essential function is to take a picture or video, add filters, lenses or other effects and share them with friends. It's like texting, but with pictures. Feeds are also created that lets others subscribe to be notified about newly added posts.   Snapchat   Keywords: photos, social media, messaging
  • Accessible Course Design - This site helps instructors and instructional designers implement strategies for accessible course design. The goal is to provide information that is easily understandable to individuals who are not necessarily technology-oriented and may not know much about working with people with disabilities. The tips on this website have been written to accommodate students who are deaf or hard of hearing, use screen readers for a vision impairment, have learning or other disabilities, or are color blind. Many of these tips also improve learning for all students, which is called Universal Design. A particularly useful resource on this site is a video about how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to make PDF accessible.   Accessible Course Design   Keywords: Accessibility, PDF, video, captioning,
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • Imaginary Teleprompter - Imaginary Teleprompter, by Imaginary Films, is a professional, free software, easy to use teleprompting software, that runs on many kinds of computers. We created it to promote the democratization of media by enabling more people to produce quality contents at low cost and to promote the adoption of free software solutions by the media industries. Available to download or to use directly in the browser with no sign-in required. The most complete, free, teleprompter app on the web!   Imaginary Teleprompter   Keywords: captions, teleprompter, video
  • Visme - Visme is everything you need to tell powerful visual stories in the form of engaging presentations, infographics, and other visual content. Visme is a design tool to tell and present stories and translate boring data into stunning visual formats right in your browser. Visme is very easy to navigate and it offers free templates that can help you create more stunning and visually engaging presentations. Visme      
  • PixStori - PixStori™ is an app to record stories about your smartphone photos. It links voice and still images in a multimedia PixStori that can be instantly shared on social media, uploaded into searchable cloud collections of family or group memories, and collected as crowdsourced field data for organizations and businesses. It is Oral History meets Instagram. PixStori is a very useful app to combine pictures with audio. This is a great tool where we can take pictures with your phone and add audio to explain the picture, or even music and environment ambiance sounds related to it. This is a very easy alternative to recording videos and to create mementos of moments or voice note for poster/academic/class presentations. Every picture has a story to tell. Now you can tell that story in your own voice and share it now and for the future. ...
  • 7 Excellent Tools for Creating Interactive Video Quizzes - Design quizzes to integrate with video. Some of these tools also let you annotate video content. Import video clips and add a variety of interactive features (e.g., quizzes, comments, links, etc.). 7 Excellent Tools for Creating Interactive Video Quizzes   Keywords: video, quiz
  • Public Domain Review – Collections - This site contains curated collections of images, books, audio and movies, illuminating the curiosities and wonders of a wide range of online archives.   Public Domain Review - Collections  
  • Articulate 360 - Articulate 360 includes both Storyline and Rise plus other authoring apps. With Storyline 360 you can develop custom, interactive courses that work on every device. It's powerful enough for experts, but easy for beginners to create virtually any interaction imaginable. Choose Rise when you want to build fully responsive courses in minutes. All you need is a web browser to quickly create beautiful courses optimized for every screen size. Get the course assets you need to get going quickly. Articulate 360 includes a library of 3+ million photos, templates, characters, videos, icons, and more. (NOTE: Articulate is NOT a free resource.)   Articulate 360  
  • Vyond (formerly Go Animate) - One of the animation and whiteboard building websites. Vyond has prebuilt templates that customize for business or education. You choose backgrounds and props or can upload custom images. Vyond has a diverse selection of ethnic characters or you can customize to resemble an actual person. You can choose music from their library and narrate with your voice or use text-to-speech software. Note: Vyond only has a 14-day free trial. Although it is costly, it has many capabilities for animation.   Vyond   Keywords: animation, storytelling
  • OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) - The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries has created a web-based, system called OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) to inexpensively and efficiently enhance access to oral history online. OHMS provides users word-level search capability and a time-correlated transcript or indexed interview connecting the textual search term to the corresponding moment in the recorded interview online.   OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer)   Keywords: video, oral history, metadata, transcript
  • VideoAnt - VideoAnt is a web-based video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices. Use VideoAnt to add annotations, or comments, to web-hosted videos. VideoAnt-annotated videos are called “Ants”. VideoAnt   Keywords: peer review, video annotation
  • Panopto: Lecture Capture - Panopto is a lecture-capture program.  It is used to record any activity on a computer to an online video.  The video is then indexed automatically for certain events, such as each slide advance of PowerPoint slides.  Panopto records audio as well, along screen activity such as clicking on the screen and navigating web pages, the computer's folders, and the use of software to display any activity.  The videos can be saved on the local computer, but the real power is that they are saved in a Panopto server for streaming to many people at once. There is also an editing function available as part of the Panopto full software download.   Panopto   Keywords: lecture capture, screencast, podcasts
  • Adobe Premiere Rush - Unveiled at Adobe Max in October 2018, Premiere Rush CC is an easier-to-use version of Premiere aimed at YouTubers and other video content creators. You can capture, edit, color-correct, and more, then publish to YouTube, Instagram and elsewhere. Rush works on both desktop and mobile devices (iOS now, Android soon) - and it automatically syncs your projects to the cloud. See the intro video and basic tutorial below for help using this software. Note: there are fees to use this software.   Adobe Premiere Rush https://youtu.be/HcmHef3RvGE   https://images-tv.adobe.com/avp/vr/2bb6da60-1ec0-4a1b-8a9e-7194d1e28abb/45fb0b0b-40d1-495b-be88-cd945ce96844/c8e41bcf-2eef-449f-893b-6ddef345e7dd_20180908062846.854x480at800_h264.mp4   Keywords: video, edit
  • Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.   Adobe Education Exchange   After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find: Lesson plans and other learning materials Self-directed workshop Live short courses Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities. https://youtu.be/2FTMCVBRQGc   Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
  • Pixabay - Discover the best source for free images and videos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required. Over one million royalty free photos, illustrations and vector graphics - and thousands of free video clips. All images and footage on Pixabay are released under Creative Commons CCO: Free for commercial use, no attribution required.   Pixabay   Keywords: photos, stock photos, images, videos  
  • Pexels - Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock images for personal and commercial use. The site includes a large collection of photos, videos, wallpaper, and more.   Pexels
  • Biteable - Biteable offers you the possibility to organize and make videos. Pick from premade templates and just customize the text and visuals to meet your needs. The free plan allows you to create a limited number of videos per month. The pro version is a more robust environment to expand your creativity.   Biteable Keywords: video, animation
  • EDpuzzle - EdPuzzle is a software that allows one to edit videos from a variety of places to personalize them to meet specific needs. For this application, one can take videos from YouTube, Kahn Academy, Vimeo, and several other places or upload their own video. The crop feature allows the user to focus the attention of the viewer on a particular segment of the video. EdPuzzle gives the editor an opportunity to add commentary as well as create quizzes. These features can enhance the interaction that viewers have with the videos that are edited/created. EdPuzzle requires instructors to create specific channels and then invite students to attend. Invitations can be managed by the instructor, or a link/code can be provided so students can opt in if they wish.   EDpuzzle   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Presentations, Quiz, Video
  • Vizia - Engage viewers by integrating quizzes, polls, and Call-To-Actions (CTAs) into videos. Embed your Vizia videos anywhere — blogging platforms, site builders, e-commerce stores, you name it.Ask questions, multi-choice quizzes, and collect feedback through your videos. Turn passive viewers into active participants. Improve your content from feedback. Generate leads from your videos and make them even more shareable. This program is free!   Vizia   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Quiz, audience response, classroom response
  • Knovio - Knovio is a web-based application that can record web camera video and attach that video to presentation slides from Microsoft PowerPoint or image files. Overall it's a great way to get “virtual lectures” created in a quick and efficient manner. Educators: Deliver highly interactive, video-led teaching experiences with video presentations. It's the fast and easy way to share lectures and research insights, teaching notes and classroom instructions. Quickly measure learning outcomes with a 360° view of student engagement and activity. and have students record their own video presentations. Students: Add your personality and passion to your next assignment using video, audio narration and interactive features. Record your assignments and share them with team members and professors. Rehearse and review your big presentations and create unique multimedia experiences for job applications and internships.   Knovio   Keywords: Media, Presentations, Quiz Recording, Screencast, Video
  • Final Cut Pro X - Final Cut Pro X is a professional quality, high-end video editing app for OS X from Apple Inc. and the successor to Final Cut Pro. It is a revolutionary app for creating, editing, and producing the highest-quality video. Final Cut Pro X combines high-performance digital editing and native support for virtually any video format with easy-to-use and time-saving features that let you focus on storytelling. (Note: this is not a free resource.)   Final Cut Pro X   Note: Final Cut Pro X is a proprietary software that is not free. Due to its popularity in the video editing industry, we do provide it as an EmTechWIKI resource.   Keywords: Media, Video
  • Camtasia - Record anything — your whole screen or just a window. Or, add video, images, audio, and PowerPoint presentations that you already have. A simple timeline makes editing video easy. Combine or split clips, trim, and speed up or slow down footage. Then, instantly preview inside the video editor. Give videos polish with professional video editor effects. Add highlights, animation, titles, transitions and more. Simply drag and drop the effects onto the timeline. You can: Create engaging video lessons without high learning curves. Improve learning with video Make videos for flipped, hybrid, or online learning. Interactive quizzes Add quizzes as part of the video and record results to see how students are performing. Track results See who is interacting with your videos to improve learning outcomes. (Note: This is not a free resource.)   Camtasia     Keywords: media, recording, screencast, video, podcasts
  • Active Presenter - An online video editor that includes all the tools needed to record screen, annotate, edit screencast videos and create interactive eLearning contents in HTML5.   ActivePresenter   Keywords: Video
  • Animoto - Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows.   Animoto   Keywords: Audio, Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Video
  • VivaVideo - VivaVideo is a professional video editing app with tools to trim, merge, split, control the speed of a video, and play it in reverse. You can also transform clips and photos into memorable movies with text, music, transition, filters, themes, and stickers.   VivaVideo   Keywords: Video
  • FlipGrid - Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that allows students to record responses to teacher-posed questions or topics. This software was recently acquired by Microsoft and it has recently been changed to be a freely available tool. FlipGripd is similar to the popular VoiceThread.   Flipgrid   Check out 15 Ways to Flipgrid in Higher Ed This article, The Power Of Voice – Reflective Collaboration, talks about how to manage the limitations of the free version of FlipGrid. Keywords: Collaboration
  • H5P Interactive Content Creator - Hello HTML5! Goodbye flash! You can create, share and re-use interactive content in your browser or integrated right into your LMS! Create Richer HTML5 Content in Existing Publishing Platforms. Share Content Seamlessly Across Any H5P Capable Site. Reuse and modify Content in Your Browser at Any Time. Explore over 40 different types of interactive content including presentations, timelines,  games & quizzes. See a few examples of H5P or visit their website for complete and detailed information.   h5p.org   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Gamification, Media, Photos & Images, Podcasts, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Quiz, Recording, Screencast, Simulations, Video
  • Adobe Spark - Spark is a free software created by Adobe, who is the industry standard go-to for visual design applications. The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools includes Photoshop, which is by far the most popular graphic editor. Spark is freely available with premium features available for a fee. The rest of the Adobe toolset is available on a subscription basis and is not a freely available resource. Spark is useful to create online and mobile graphic designs. Easily create beautiful images, videos, web pages, animated videos & social graphics with beautiful typography. A variety of free templates are available to help inspire your creations. Spark also lets you get Creative with Memes & upgrades Instagram Stories with animated posts.   Adobe Spark   Keywords: ePortfolios, Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Video, Visual Design, Websites
  • TED Talks - TED Talks: ideas worth spreading include talks from speakers from a variety of backgrounds who provide thought-provoking presentations about a wide variety of topics. The short TED Talk videos average 10 to 18 minutes. This is a powerful tool for life long learning. The talks are given by people from all walks of life who share insights about a wide variety of topics.   TED Talks   5 Benefits Of Watching Ted Talks   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Video  
  • PowToon - PowToon is a program for making small videos, presentations, and animations. It has several characters that can be animated, with different backgrounds and colors that make the construction of your presentation very easy. Web-based animations allow users to create presentations by manipulating pre-created objects, imported images, provided music and user-created voice-overs.   PowToon   PowToon Quick Start Guide - A series of engaging instructional videos about PowToons, from basic design to more advanced functions. 7 Alternative Technology in the Classroom Presentation Tools - This blog entry from TeachHub touches upon PowToon in the list of alternative technology in the classroom.   Keywords: Creative Commons, Media, Presentations, Video
  • Introduction to Gamification video by Scott Nicholson - This video, presented by Scott Nicholson from the University of Syracuse, provides an Introduction to Meaningful Gamification and discusses in greater detail about what it means to develop gamified activities.   Introduction to Gamification video by Scott Nicholson   Keywords: Gamification, Lifelong Learning, Video
  • JoinMe - JoinMe is an online meeting app, with powerful collaboration features, such as customization of your meeting background, one-click screen-sharing and personalized URLs.   JoinMe   Keywords: Collaboration, Video
  • Loom - This Chrome extension provides simple screencasting with just a single click to record and then one-click to finish, resulting in a publicly shareable URL automatically copied to your clipboard. Individual videos on the LOOM free plan are limited to up to 5 minutes. Collaborative features allow teams to co-develop videos.   Loom   Keywords: Video
  • 24 Tips for Creating High Quality Screencasts - This article provides useful tips for creating screencasts. Screencasts capture the content on the computer screen which can also be combined with additional graphics, presentations, and audio.   24 Tips for Creating High Quality Screencasts   Keywords: audio, podcasts, presentations, recording, screencast, video
  • UberConference - UberConference is a web-based teleconferencing system. UberConference offers features such as call recording, screen sharing, document sharing, and call summaries are just a few of the features offered.   UberConference   Keywords: audio, mobile apps, productivity, recording, screencast, video, podcasts
  • Lynda - Lynda is an online education company that offers thousands of video courses on various topics like, software, technology, and business skills. Lynda.com has recently merged with LinkedIn. Lynda   Note: New York state residents are eligible for a New York Public Library (NYPL) card to access Lynda tutorials. Other library systems and institutions also make Lynda.com available to their communities. If you are aware of other options to access Lynda.com, please edit this entry ad add information.   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Mobile Apps, Video  
  • 17 Web Tools and Apps to Create Interactive Video Lessons and Quizzes - This blog post was written by Shelly Terell shares a number of tools that can be used to add interactivity to video.   17 Web Tools and Apps to Create Interactive Video Lessons and Quizzes   Keywords: Quiz, Video
  • WhatsApp - This app is a cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service that can be used to send text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media.   WhatsApp Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Video  
  • Teachers’ Guide to Using Freely Available Videos - This excellent guide out of the University of Michigan is geared to helping teachers cut through the tremendous amount of freely available videos on the web, to find the gems that enhance learning across subject areas. This guide helps educators make sense of the educational content that exists online, by first suggesting dividing videos into 2 categories: instructional (useful for instructing or explaining concepts) and supplemental (to complement instruction, spark further inquiry, motivate exploration). The guide includes links to recommended sites for both kinds of content, an explanation of how to curate and evaluate video content, how to blend video into your curriculum, and exercises for flipped classrooms.   Teachers Guide to Using Videos
  • YouTube - Get started with YouTube, playing, watching, and creating videos. YouTube is a video-sharing site available in nearly every country and over fifty different languages. Anyone with an Internet connection can share content, whether they are organizations with large budgets or an individual with a video camera. The material is organized into channels and users can create their own private channels. YouTube is an extremely large platform that allows people to upload videos to the internet to inform, entertain, and share things with people around the world. Although many people think of YouTube as an entertainment-based website, the number of educational videos are innumerable. You can teach yourself almost any skill by watching Youtube videos. Youtube is a very useful tool to not only learn things but also to network with other people. So many people have connected through similar interests on Youtube. ...
  • Vimeo - Vimeo is a popular video sharing site. Anyone can upload a video to this site for free, by signing up for the Vimeo basic membership package that offers video storage and privacy settings. Vimeo hosts videos in the highest quality possible. You can upload 4K Ultra HD quality, video management tools, no ads before, during, or after your videos, and professional live streaming plans. With Vimeo, you can use powerful editing tools made for creators and brands, review videos with collaborators, drive engagement, and embed anywhere. It is possible to easily see how your videos are performing. You can also find quality videos created by others.   Vimeo   Vimeo Help Center - Help in several main areas and a search bar. Vimeo help on Uploading your videos 5 Reasons to Host Videos on Vimeo Instead of YouTube - Compares Vimeo and youtube for hosting videos.   Keywords: Audio, ...
  • YouTube – Automatic transcriber - Converting the audio content of a digital file into text can be done through YouTube. Audio is converted automatically to text using Google speech recognition in YouTube. After uploading a video file, YouTube processes the video (time depends on the length of the video) and subtitles or closed captions are automatically generated. The speech portion of your video will be transformed into closed captions that are displayed in the video player when viewers use the CC button. Below are links to explanations of how to use the transcription function in YouTube.   How to transcribe video file into text with YouTube   Video explanation of how to transcribe with YouTube   Related resources: YouTube – Edit Captions YouTube - Contribute Captions and Translated Content in YouTube   Keywords: accessibility, podcasts, video, transcript, captioning  
  • YouTube – Edit Captions - When creating videos, it is important to use captioning so that the information is accessible to everyone regardless of disability. You can edit or remove the captions of your YouTube video by using the captions editor tool.   Edit Captions in YouTube Videos   Related resources: YouTube - Automatic transcriber YouTube - Contribute Captions and Translated Content in YouTube   Keywords: video, accessibility, captions, captioning, transcript
  • Speechnotes - Speechnotes is a powerful speech-enabled online notepad, designed to empower your ideas by implementing a clean & efficient design, so you can focus on your thoughts. They use up-to-date speech-recognition technology, powered by Google, for the most accurate results possible. This very handy tool works in a Chrome browser. No download, no install and even no registration needed, so you can start working right away. There are several useful features. Users can email their work and/or upload it directly to Google Drive or their own computers as a .txt or .doc file. Several languages are available and the text can be translated. In addition, a text-to-speech app is available.   Speechnotes   Voice Typing with Speechnotes - Briefly explains features of Speechnotes This video shows you how easy this tool is to use.   Keywords: Audio, Digital Literacy, Mobile Apps, Presentations, Productivity Tools
  • Google Docs Voice Typing - In Google Docs you can type with your voice instead of your fingers by using the Voice Typing tool, turning voice into written word. In addition to straight dictation, this tool enables you to edit a document. Some examples include highlighting text, inserting a link, deleting words, changing text layout, or adding comments.   Google Docs - Type with your voice   How to use Google Docs Dictation   Keywords: Audio, Blogs, Digital Literacy, Mobile Apps, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Wikis  
  • Windows Movie Maker - If you are using Windows 10, you can use this free video editor and slideshow maker app. Use it to easily create video stories and share them with your colleagues, students, friends, and family. Transform everyday moments into works of art as you want. There is easy to use professional editing tools. Users can trim and merge video, write subtitles, add stickers, choose a theme, and insert transitions between videos. .MOV and .MP4 support is now available. NOTE: Microsoft no longer supports MovieMaker; however, you can still download software that works similarly to the original. The version linked to below is a free version but there are advanced features only after paying for the Pro version. There are sites that provide non-free versions and also versions that pass along viruses. Proceed with caution!    Windows Movie Maker   Windows Movie Maker Software Tutorials - Tutorials for ...
  • Take Classroom Video to the Next Level - Common Sense Education put this short (3:45 minute) video together to provide tips about how to incorporate videos into the classroom. Their primary aim is to help instructors foster active viewing.  "When it comes to video in the classroom, students shouldn't just get what they're watching, they should have something to say about it. Check out the video for our tips on how to help students become better active -- and reactive -- viewers in class." An excellent, practical resource that mentions specific tech tools.   Take Classroom Video to the Next Level
  • Shooting Video with an iPhone - This instructional video is found on the Wistia site. Although Wistia is primarily focused on helping businesses to add videos to their websites, the instructions are easy-to-follow and applicable to non-business users. The video contains practical tips and is helpful both for novice and slightly more advanced iPhone users.   Shooting Video with an iPhone
  • WeVideo – Collaborative Online Video Editor in the Cloud - WeVideo is the online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies at up to 4K resolution for playback anywhere. Videos can be uploaded easily from DropBox, and edited online from multiple devices.   WeVideo   Review: WeVideo is a cloud-based video editor that makes editing in your browser fun and simple - An easy-to-read description of how this tool works. The Video Marketing Best Practices You Need To Know - This site offers a free download for the book, "Tips For Creating The 6 Most Common Business Videos"   Keywords: Presentations, Productivity Tools, Recording, Social Media, Video
  • Six Styles of Classroom Video Project - Six Styles of Classroom Video Projects is a guideline that helps teachers, who have never utilized video creation in their classrooms. Video creation is a great way to get students interested in researching and sharing their work with an audience. The guideline gives six different video styles such as animated videos, audio slideshow, and one-take videos.   Six Styles of Classroom Video Projects
  • 9 Best Free Online Video Editors - This article provides you with a list of some of the best free, online video editing options available. Review these options for quick and easy ways to edit your video and share directly to different social media platforms.   9 Best Free Online Video Editors   Keywords: Video
  • 50 Animation Tools and Resources For Digital Learners - Aimed at educators, this list has a collection of tools to create animated videos. Some options are educator-focused, while others are for student use or the general public. 50 Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners   Keywords: Video, Animations
  • University of Houston’s College of Education’s digital storytelling site - Digital story-telling is the use of technology to convey a story. With the use of multimedia, such as graphics, video, audio and web publishing, people are able to create their stories in a brand new creative way. Digital storytelling can be used to discuss any topic including, personal experiences, a lesson or to simply create your own tale.   University of Houston's College of Education's digital storytelling site
  • iMovie - With iMovie for iOS and macOS, you can enjoy your videos like never before. It's easy to browse clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on an iPhone or iPad, then finish on a Mac. And when your movie is ready, iMovie Theater rolls out the red carpet. There are styles for titles and credits, video filters for a cinematic touch, and special effects.   iMovie   26 best iMovie for Mac tips 2017 | How to edit video with iMovie for Mac - With tips about features and shortcuts. Apple iMovie (for Mac OS X) - Discusses the features of Apple's video editing software.   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Simulations, Video
  • Screencasting – Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything - Screencasting is a digital video recording that captures what is on your computer screen and usually includes audio. This is also known as video screen capture. Screencasting or video screen capture is a great way to teach or share ideas. This guide provides links to information, ideas, rubrics and tools that teachers and students can use to create screencasts.   Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything - Screencasting in the Classroom
  • Screencast-o-matic - This tool is for anyone needing a fast recording app to create a video file, share on YouTube, or even upload to a custom branded site hosted by them. It makes it easy to record on-screen activity for short tutorials, visual presentations, and communicate while you demonstrate. Free and pro versions are available.   Screencast-o-matic   Screencast-o-Matic|Support - Support for Screencast-O-Matic including how to use and common issues. Screencast-O-Matic (SOM): Best Practices - Provides best practices for using Screencast-O-matic.   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Simulations, Video
  • Explain Everything - Explain Everything is a cloud collaboration platform built on the learning technology of tomorrow. Whether you're sending just-in-time messages to colleagues or recording lessons for students, Explain Everything is the imagination space that helps you tell your unique story. It works like an interactive whiteboard, allowing for quick communication with students, colleagues, and customers. Write, draw, and move objects to enhance your project. Add media from various sources including a built-in clipart library. Record voice/video and even create screencasts to make your story even more engaging.   Explain Everything   How to Use Explain Everything to Record Instructional Videos - A few key best practices when recording videos. This in-app help and guide features a video to guide you through how to use the Explain Everything app. There's the help file for Explain Everything, including a dedicated iBook showing all the functions of the app and pop up ...
  • ShowMe - ShowMe can be used to create beautiful tutorials with the top of your finger. With the ShowMe app, educators can use the iPad as an interactive whiteboard and record voice-over lessons. If desired, these can then be shared with the public. The best of the lessons are available online on the ShowMe.com Web site.   ShowMe   ShowMe Knowlege Base - Answers to 24 customer questions and a search feature.   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Presentations, Productivity Tools
  • Skype - Skype is a well-known standard in video-calling. Skype provides video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, and mobile devices via the Internet. Premium subscriptions or Skype credit also allows calls to be placed to regular telephones Skype for Business is a subscription service that many schools and organizations subscribe to at an enterprise level. Skype for Business provides a number of additional features such as increased number of people joining online meetings, improved security as well as integration into Office programs. If an organization subscribes to Skype for Business internal technical support may be available.   Skype   Skype for Business Skype for Business on Windows Quick Start - This Microsoft support page will help you get started using this tool. Lync - Lync is the complimentary software of Skype for Business for the Macintosh platform.   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Screencast, Video, Online Group Meeting
  • Zoom - Zoom is a video conferencing and web conferencing service that provides video, phone, and chat services. The basic package is free and hosts up to 100 participants, and an unlimited number of meetings. The basic package includes video conferencing, web conferencing, group collaboration features such as polling and whiteboards, and security. ZOOM has been noted to be more reliable and easier to use than competing software. The use of the platform is free for video conferences of up to 100 participants, with a 40-minute time limit. For longer or larger conferences with more features, paid subscriptions are available. Features geared towards business conferences, such as Zoom Rooms for large audiences, are also available at higher subscription costs.   Zoom   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Recording, Screencast, Video, Webinar
  • AnyMeeting - AnyMeeting offers webconferencing and webinar services. It enables users to host and attend web-based conferences and meetings and share their desktop screen with remote users via the Web. AnyMeeting is geared for small business and different packages are offered. There is a free Lite version.   AnyMeeting   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps, Screencast, Video
  • VoiceThread - A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in multiple ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. The free version allows you to create up to 5 VoiceThreads, comment by microphone and text, and share your VoiceThreads via a share link.   VoiceThread   Creating a VoiceThread - This guide from VoiceThread will walk you through setting up and all the features available. Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Media, Recording, Video  
  • Google Meet - Google Meet is a web conferencing platform that includes instant messaging, voice, and video calls. It is useful for individual and group conversations. Technology that connects us while we're apart and video meetings can bring us together—whether we’re working with teammates, talking to healthcare professionals, sharing with loved ones, or learning from home. Note: Google Meet has replaced Google Hangouts within G Suite.   Google Meet   Review of Google Hangouts - This review discusses the pros and cons of Google Hangouts, features, and tips for getting started.   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps, Video, Webconference, Web meeting

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Analyze Data and Information

  • Insight Maker | Simulation and Modeling - Insight Maker is a free tool to create simulations and modeling in your browser that lets you express your thoughts using rich pictures and causal loop diagrams. It then lets you turn these diagrams into powerful simulation models. Insight Maker integrates three general modeling approaches – System Dynamics, Agent-Based Modeling, and imperative programming. Insight Maker   Keywords: chart, graph
  • newtFire {DH} - The newtFire site serves as an incubator of learning and research collaboration between scholars and students in the Digital Humanities from multiple institutions, and is the project development site of Elisa Beshero-Bondar, Program Chair of Digital Media, Arts, and Technology (DIGIT) at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. This site contains numerous tutorials and exercises well suited for working within the digital humanities, computer science, and beyond. Current tutorials include: Git and GitHub | HTML | JavaScript | Network Analysis | Project Preparation | Python | QGIS | Regular Expressions | Relax NG | Schematron | SVG | TEI | XML | XPath | XQuery | XSLT   newtFire {DH}
  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops international standards for the Web: HTML, CSS, and many more. The W3C is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Led by Web inventor and Director Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C's mission is to lead the Web to its full potential. The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops standards and support materials to help understand and implement accessibility to make websites, applications, and other digital creations more accessible and usable to everyone. -- from W3C website   World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
  • Perusall - Perusall is an e-reader platform that allows students and faculty to annotate the assigned readings and engage the reading material in a style akin to social media posting. Students can write full comments, “like” comments, use hashtags, link URLs to their comments and even use emoticons. -- from: Etools: Using Perusall in the Classroom Celeste C Wells, Boston College.   Perusall   Keywords: Annotation, collaborative document editing, close reading
  • PlantNet – Pl@ntNet - PlantNet is a participatory science project that enables scientists from all over the world to better understand plant biodiversity and to study the best ways to preserve it. Identify, explore, and share your observations of wild plants · Pl@ntNet is a tool to help to identify plants with pictures.   Pl@ntNet
  • Energy 3D - Energy3D is a simulation-based engineering tool for designing green buildings and power stations that harness renewable energy to achieve sustainable development. Users can quickly sketch up a realistic-looking structure or import one from an existing CAD file, superimpose it on a map image (e.g., Google Maps or lot maps), and then evaluate its energy performance for any given day and location.   Energy3D  
  • dotstorming - Dotstorming allows people to easily collaborate on a topic and come to decisions as a group. It uses dot voting which is a quick and simple method for prioritizing a list of options. It creates a sense of engagement and allows participants to see the decision process in action and understand how the final choice was made. dotstorming
  • Stanford d.school - Everyone has the capacity to be creative. The Stanford d.school is a place where people develop problem-solving skills using methods from across the field of design. Resources on this site include toolkits to guide learners through design challenges. Stanford d.school Stanford d.school - Resources How to Design an Education Escape Room    
  • Wikipedia List of Fact-checking Websites - In this age of misinformation, the internet and mass movement of data on the internet and plethora of data has made is more difficult to know what is true and what is not. People nowadays are looking for instant gratification and quick response and reaction. Fact-checking has become an extremely viable tool.   List of fact-checking websites
  • ResearchGate - ResearchGate is a collaboration tool you can use to connect with other researchers. You can learn about new research and post your new research by following and being followed by other researchers in your field. It a good way to know about recent publications and who is working in your field. You can also ask questions and experts can post answers to questions.   ResearchGate
  • Torch - Torch is a free ai computing and scientific computing framework. It has huge database support for machine learning algorithms that prioritize GPUs processing. It is easy to use and efficient because it uses an easy and fast scripting language, LuaJIT, and an underlying C/CUDA implementation. The goal of Torch is to have maximum flexibility and speed in building your scientific algorithms while making the process extremely simple. It is a very useful creative tool for fast pace development in the agile team settings   Torch
  • Spy Dialer - Spy Dialer is a reverse phone number lookup tool. This tool will help you to know who you are getting phone calls and allow you to choose whether you want to receive a call or simply ignore it. Spy Dialer
  • Ideament - Ideament is a great app if you need to brainstorm new ideas as it helps you organize the ideas. It is perfect for creating diagrams, mind maps, concept maps, or flow charts and is good at converting them to a text outline, just like Idea Sketch. The app’s cloud-friendly features allow you to save or share your ideas.   Ideament
  • F.A.I.L. University: Fearless Adventures In Learning - FUN FREE Online Learning Tools   TRY ONE BEFORE YOU MAKE ONE! Escape this Breakout Room as/after you watch this 6 min. Gamification Intro!  (Answer KEY) See the FREE learning game-making tools below.  (Students can play your games without creating an account.) Want help?  Get FREE online gamification lessons at F.A.I.L. University   Hyperlinked Site Examples Help Center Tips Google Forms (with EquatIO add-on for STEM subjects) Google Form Escape Room Escape Room Instructions Learning Center Create a Google account Create a Google Form quiz Wisc-Online Baseball, Spin to Win... Contact, FAQ Save questions in Google Doc ProProfs Brain Games Crossword, Brain Teaser... Help Desk Save questions in Google Doc Purpose Games Image Quiz, Slide Quiz... Help Center Free, with ads Super Teacher Tools Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... Help Desk Google registration Class Tools Pac Man, Asteroids, Pong... Contact, FAQ Save Q’s in Google Doc, ads Quizlet Match, Gravity, Live... Help Center Google registration, with ads   FUN FREE online gamification lessons for teachers at F.A.I.L. University Questions?  Email Jeremy at info@FailU.org   F.A.I.L. University: Fearless Adventures ...
  • Hypothesis - Use Hypothesis to collaboratively annotate, highlight, and tag documents and hold discussions, read socially, organize your research, and take personal notes on webpages, PDFs, and EPUBs. Collaborative annotation helps people connect to each other and what they’re reading.   Hypothesis   Keywords: collaborative document editing, close reading
  • Toodledo - Toodledo is an incredibly powerful tool to increase your productivity and organize your life. More than just a to-do list, Toodledo provides you with a place to store your notes, outlines, and habits. Access your data on any device or browser. We’ll keep everything up to date with automatic syncing. Toodledo is flexible enough to work with many different productivity styles. You can use the popular GTD methodology, or you can use your own system. You can keep things simple, or you can add as much complexity as you need. Keeping track of your to-do list has never been easier.   Toodledo (info source: https://play.google.com/store/apps )
  • J.A.F.A.R. - J.A.F.A.R., The Skills Manager Pro™ is an individual skills management software which is developed to accompany an online course “How to Get Skilled: Introduction to Individual Skills Management” offered by OPEN SUNY® on Coursera® learning platform. The software uses the J.A.F.A.R. Individual Skills Management Model. The Model provides a comprehensive framework for increasing one’s effectiveness of career development by learning how to analyze, organize, develop, monitor, and present their work-related skills in a highly competitive job market environment. The acronym J.A.F.A.R is derived from letters in the main steps of the Model (Job Analysis, Full mastery, Assessment, and skillset Review).   J.A.F.A.R., The Skills Manager Pro™
  • MeisterTask - MeisterTask is an intuitive project and task management tool on the web and mobile. With its powerful collaboration features and flexible, Kanban-style project boards, MeisterTask lets you and your team manage projects of all types and sizes. It keeps you up to date on your project progress and it makes sure that you never lose focus on your to-dos and on your important deadlines.   MeisterTask
  • Wordle - Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from the text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out or save them to your own desktop. You may want to try installing a desktop version of it on your Mac or Windows computer. The desktop version is exactly the same as the old web version. You'll have to work around various scary security warnings because the app installers aren't signed.   Wordle   Keywords: wordcloud
  • Wordwall - Wordwall is a tool that helps you to create better lessons quicker. Wordwall is an easy-to-use tool that lets you create a series of interactive games and activities for students. Find a series of templates that you can freely copy and adapt to your requirements. It has a nice interface and is easy to use. The free version offers a quite large number of games. The monthly price for the full version is not too high. In addition, the tool is available in several languages. Wordwall Wordwall - HOW TO CREATE AN INTERACTIVE QUIZ Create Gamified Interactive Reviews with Wordwall  - An article that shows all 18 interactive games offered in the free version.   Keywords: gamification, flipped learning, quiz, classroom response
  • Mentimeter - With Mentimeter, you can create fun and interactive presentations, polls, brainstorming sessions in meetings, classes, gatherings, conferences, and others with real-time feedback. It is an easy-to-use PowerPoint presentation alternative that lets you engage and interact with your audience in real-time. You set the questions and your audience can give their input via a mobile phone or any other Internet-connected device. You can also link the results to your video-conferencing platforms. This is a fascinating tool to build interactive presentations with the easy-to-use online editor. Add questions, polls, quizzes, slides, images, and more to your presentation to create fun and engaging presentations. You can engage with your audience during the session and they can use their smartphones to connect to the presentation to answer questions. Visualize their responses in real-time to create a fun and interactive experience.   Mentimeter   Video tutorial Free for education   Keywords: #wordcloud
  • Joplin - Joplin is a free, open-source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organized into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged, and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format. The notes can be synchronized with various cloud services including Nextcloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, WebDAV, or the file system (for example with a network directory). When synchronizing the notes, notebooks, tags, and other metadata are saved to plain text files that can be easily inspected, backed up, and moved around. The application is available for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS (the terminal app also works on FreeBSD). Joplin App
  • Hoax or Fact - Hoax or Fact is an attempt to spread knowledge and wisdom. To bring out the truths and facts behind all kinds of online rumors and hoax messages. The people, at Hoax or Fact, research, and analysis of various online issues in-depth, so as to put a check on all kinds of online spammers, thus preventing their unfair motives. They thrive to encourage healthy wisdom. Their main goal is to educate Internet users by exposing all kinds of scams, viruses, deceptions, misconceptions, misbeliefs, and unfair hoaxes and rumors. This way, they educate, alert, and save the internet users from unwanted dangers and frauds online. They also provide necessary safety measures and tips to avoid any kind of damage from these online hoax messages.   Hoax or Fact
  • Bitly - Bitly is a link management and URL shortening tool. It can help track how many clicks the shortened link receives, what geographic location the clicks are coming from, and automatically generates QR codes for your Bitly links. In addition, Bitly allows you to track engagement metrics, giving you a clearer picture of how well your content is performing.   Bitly      
  • Virtual Labs Media Library – Stanford University - This website is a website created through a collaboration among a number of Stanford programs to share online interactive media to help students learn difficult concepts in human biology. The purpose of this site is to to collect and disseminate materials to educators and students. The Virtual Labs Project began in 1998 with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to create  As part of our outreach and sustainability efforts we teach an interaction design course at Stanford (CS377d), offer student and teacher internships, and lead workshops (in media development, educational technology, and implementation). Just a few of the topics included in this collection include: Physiology Brain And The Nervous System Biology Immunology Game And Quiz Frameworks Health Education     Interactive tutorials and hands-on activities for Biology, Medicine, Health, and Humanities
  • Mural - Mural is a digital workspace for visual collaboration. It enables people and innovative teams to think and collaborate visually to solve important problems. People benefit from MURAL’s speed and ease of use in creating diagrams, which are popular in design thinking and agile methodologies, as well as tools to facilitate more impactful meetings and workshops. Through Mural you can work with people across the room or around the world. It uses sticky notes, shapes, links, images, videos, to create, organize in a list, add flowcharts, diagrams, frameworks, methods, and drawings to activate and align your team. Mural also works with many integrations. You can organize your contents from private rooms and open rooms. Note: This is not a free resource but it does provide a free trial period.   Mural   Below are some guides to help you get familiar with Mural: Navigating the Mural ...
  • Splitwise - This application is used to keep track of your shared expenses and balances with housemates, trips, groups, friends, and family.   Splitwise Main features of this application are:- Split Expenses, record debts Equal, unequal splits Calculate total balances Simplify debts Categorize expenses Easy CSV reports Offline mode, cloud sync As per BusinessInsider website: "I never fight with roommates over bills because of this genius expense-splitting app".
  • Google Analytics - Google Analytics is one of the most popular digital analytics software. It is Google’s free web analytics service that allows you to analyze in-depth detail about the visitors on your website which provides valuable insights that can help you to shape the success strategy of your business. Today, almost all the businesses have an online presence through a website. Therefore, it becomes very important for you to learn the inner structure of your site to see whether it is accomplishing its purpose or not. For this, you need to know the details of what people do when they visit your website, how long they stay and what all pages do they visit on your website. Irrespective of whether you are e-commerce website or an informative blog, you would definitely want to understand and study the behavior of your visitors to deliver better results. Google Analytics
  • TEAMMATES - TEAMMATES is a free online tool for managing peer evaluations and other feedback paths for educators and students. It aims to provide a powerful peer feedback and peer evaluations mechanism with a very high degree of flexibility. It is provided as a cloud-based service for educators/students and is currently used by hundreds of universities across the world.     TEAMMATES  
  • Online Science Simulations and Laboratory Resources – POD Network - A plethora of STEM resources and ideas for lab teaching activities if new virtual lab experiences are needed. Just a few of the subject areas that are included are Biology, Business, Chemistry, Engineering, Medical, Math, Physics, and Psychology. Colleagues at many institutions have gathered these resources and are sharing back with the larger community. The original creators of this very helpful document is attributed to Kent State University. This list resulted from a crowd-sourced activity led through the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network.   Online Science Simulations and Laboratory Resources   Keywords: STEM, labs
  • Slido - Slido is a web-based Q&A and Polling platform to engage an audience with live questions and polls. Everybody can ask and vote for the best questions. Question and poll results are updated live on the interactive wall. Ask questions, vote in polls and be a part of the conversation at the event you’re attending. Visit the Slido website or download the Slido app and join an event by simply typing in the event code. No registration is required. Slido is an easy to use Q&A and polling platform.   Slido
  • Teachly - Teachly, developed at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS),  is a platform designed to help educators create a more effective and inclusive classroom to provide insight into teaching to be able to work towards providing an equitable learning space for all.   Teachly
  • Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME) - The Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME) is a web-based program designed for use in higher education to promote SMARTER Teamwork prepares students to function effectively in teams and supports faculty as they manage their students' group and team experiences. As an instructor, CATME can help you to: Gather information from students and provide feedback to students. Understand their student teams’ processes, team-members’ contributions, and students’ perspectives on their experience. Be aware of problems occurring in their students’ teams. Hold students accountable for contributing to their teams. Use best practices when managing student team experiences. Note: Creating a CATME account and testing the system is free for all users. Otherwise, there is a licensing fee for using this service. Instructors can create and modify surveys for free using CATME's Student Test Files.    Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME)
  • SMORE - Create newsletters, or electronic flyers in seconds for free. Easy-to-use and engaging. Collaborate with your audience even add text, images, video or clickable buttons. Colorful backgrounds and choice of font styles. Professional look achieved quickly. SMORE generates a clickable link that remains with your design. If you need to edit, just re-publish to update. Tool also provides analytics such as how many times your newsletter or flyer were viewed.   SMORE    
  • What is a Cognitive Tool for Learning? - The idea of a cognitive tool or 'mind tool' was popularized in the 1990s by David Jonassen. It explains that not all educational technologies are beneficial for learning. According to this concept, only educational technologies that help us learn more deeply than before are beneficial. Definition We usually think of an educational technology as a cognitive tool if it supports higher-order cognition. It is contrasted to an educational technology that does not do anything to support higher-order cognition. Examples For example, a calculator might take the full cognitive load of a multiplication task from a student, thereby not supporting cognition but rather making us 'think less'. By contrast, a spreadsheet or mind map may be a tool that helps us think more deeply about a topic. It will help us sort and organize our thoughts so that we can develop theories and deeper understandings ...
  • Survey Anyplace - Free online survey tool for students and teachers. Also build quizzes, assessments, and calculators. There are plenty of survey tools out there. But to really make the most out of those tools, you’ll need a paying version. Not with Survey Anyplace, students and teachers are offered a professional license.   Survey Anyplace
  • Knight Lab - Northwestern University Knight Lab is a community of designers, developers, students, and educators working on experiments designed to push journalism into new spaces. The Lab provides an open, collaborative environment for interdisciplinary exploration and conversation, where students and professionals learn together and from one another. Products from Knight Lab include easy to create timelines, StoryMaps, and a tool to juxtapose and compare images.   Northwestern University Knight Lab
  • Trello - Trello is an online tool for managing professional projects and personal tasks. Use Trello boards, lists, and cards to organize and prioritize projects and to-do lists. This task management app gives you a visual overview of what is being worked on and who is working on it. Trello is a web-based Kanban-style list-making application, useful in managing and maintaining task using different columns and move the task in between them. Columns are further divided into the to-do, in progress, done, and pending tasks. This tool can be used for personal and business purposes including project management, software project management, school bulletin boards, lesson planning, accounting, web design, gaming, and law office case management. This tool is very useful in the project management settings and since it is an interactive easy to use for the team to be efficiently used in the team environment.   Trello   Keywords: ...
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports the creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research posters, and public service announcements.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - With the ever rising cost of education, the textbook price is also rising. The open educational resources model has surfaced as a response to this problem and to meet the increasing demand of high-quality learning materials. Open textbooks can be offered by commercial publishers or found in open repositories. Open resources can promote active learning through student interaction with the text, particularly when they contribute to authorship. Although open textbooks face questions about the accuracy and reliability of their content, they allow higher education instructors to design content for their courses on an as-needed basis, choosing from an array of books, articles, videos, audio recordings, and readings. This EDUCAUSE resource provides concise information about OERs. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and ...
  • Mathway - Mathway is a problem solving tool, providing algorithms that will solve many algebraic problems. It is available on most cell phone and personal computer platforms. Using this tool, the instructor can create scenarios in which the learner can solve more realistic problems than normally included in many first year college math texts. A common complaint from students is 'when will I ever use this skill after I finish this course'. This tool is a means by which a student can help solve these more complex problems without the drudgery of manual methods. Mathway
  • WiseMapping - WiseMapping is a web-based mind mapping tool. This tool allows users to create mind maps, share it on a web page, blog, and in social media posts. WiseMapping Keywords: Mindmap, concept map
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • StoryMap - StoryMap, by Knight Lab, can be used to tell a highlight of a particular image or historical map (its tagline is "maps that tell stories"). Users can guide viewers through a series of zoomed-in highlights to a particular image or map, highlight areas of interest in the image. Each item that's designated can feature text, images, audio, or video. One example is Arya's Journey, for you Game of Thrones fans. You can view Arya's journey from the book series on a historical map.   StoryMap
  • Thinglink - Thinglink can annotate images with text, audio, or video. You can then share your annotated media in a website, LMS, or present online. Educators can try it out for free.   Thinglink   Keywords: interactive poster
  • Equity Maps - Equity Maps is an iPad app to trace and assess interaction, performance, and involvement in class or group discussions. Chart & record the interactions to graphically illustrate levels of participation. Use in class discussions to encourage equitable dialogue, promote wider collaboration. Questions this app can help you address include: Is everyone sharing air-time? Is someone with many ideas a little too quiet? Is there someone who can't keep quiet? Is the teacher doing most of the talking?   Equity Maps   Keywords: diversity, inclusion, gender equity
  • Four Moves & A Habit (infographic) - Michael Caulfield, Washington State University Vancouver, leads the American Association of State Colleges and Universities"s Digital Polarization Initiative ("DigiPo"). The work is framed by his "Four Moves & A Habit" strategy from his OER Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers. Caulfield's work is important, and this infographic of Four Moves & A Habit, provide an exceptional resource for anyone who is trying to teach or practice digital literacy.   Four Moves & A Habit
  • Answer Garden - A tool that can be used for real-time classroom brainstorming or online homework. Can be used in the classroom, for professional development, creativity and more. Results can be displayed in a visual Wordcloud format with the most often used responses showing in relatively larger text-size. AnswerGarden   Keywords: response, polling, wordcloud, audience response, classroom response
  • NewsPrism - Newsprism offers links to a wide range of newspapers, commentary, and opinion sites.  The site arranges news and opinion content from Left/Liberal to Center to Right/Conservative enabling readers and researchers to explore differing perspectives, understand arguments from another perspective, and challenge their own ideas.   NewsPrism  
  • OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) - The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries has created a web-based, system called OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) to inexpensively and efficiently enhance access to oral history online. OHMS provides users word-level search capability and a time-correlated transcript or indexed interview connecting the textual search term to the corresponding moment in the recorded interview online.   OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer)   Keywords: video, oral history, metadata, transcript
  • SurfSafe - Defend the internet. Bring the world to the Internet without false news. If you see something that is false, report it! Supercharge your browser to catch fake news! SurfSafe is protecting users from misleading, photoshopped, and fake news throughout the Internet. The extension marks the level of safety of an image or article on the corners. Never again will you be misled by photoshopped images scattered throughout the Internet. You can also decide which organizations to base the truth off of. Add the extension to Chrome for free!   SurfSafe
  • VideoAnt - VideoAnt is a web-based video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices. Use VideoAnt to add annotations, or comments, to web-hosted videos. VideoAnt-annotated videos are called “Ants”. VideoAnt   Keywords: peer review, video annotation
  • Freshdesk Help Desk Software - A cloud-based help desk software which helps build relationships with their customers. Freshdesk is an intuitive, easy-to-use helpdesk software that enables efficient businesses processes for better customer experiences. Although a help desk system may fall slightly outside the realm of EmTechMOOC scope, there may be times where a free version of a help desk system could be useful for personal and educational uses.   Freshdesk   Keywords: business
  • RealtimeBoard - A simple whiteboard platform for cross-functional team collaboration. Data, images, spreadsheets, tasks, graphics, videos and more. The Realtime Board combines all of these parts in one place to allow teams or the entire organization to collaborate with each other. There are plenty of collaboration possibilities. Agile & Lean, Action plan, Strategy & Management, Kanban board, Meeting organizer, User story mapping, Gantt chart, Milestone chart, Retrospective, Product Management, Business model canvas, Persona, Product backlog, Six thinking hats, Random words, Empathy map, Timeline, Mindmap, UX & Design, Sitemap, Affinity diagram, Ideation, Wireframing, Lean UX. The image below visually shows just a few of the examples of how this tool can help to visually organize your ideas and processes. RealtimeBoard    Keywords: whiteboard
  • Vizia - Engage viewers by integrating quizzes, polls, and Call-To-Actions (CTAs) into videos. Embed your Vizia videos anywhere — blogging platforms, site builders, e-commerce stores, you name it.Ask questions, multi-choice quizzes, and collect feedback through your videos. Turn passive viewers into active participants. Improve your content from feedback. Generate leads from your videos and make them even more shareable. This program is free!   Vizia   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Quiz, audience response, classroom response
  • Gliffy - Gliffy is a collaborative web-based diagram editor that can be used to create mind maps and other visual organizations of information such as; flow charts, org charts, schematic drawings, floor plans, technical drawings, concept maps, and more.   Gliffy   Keywords: Collaboration, Productivity Tools, Visual Design
  • Infogram - Infographics (Information graphics) are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends. Infographics are a better way to: 1. Tell a compelling data-driven story 2. Make content with data that is easy to understand 3. Grab your viewer’s attention 4. Increase brand awareness and drive traffic with visuals Charts and maps help to: 1. Make data easier to understand and remember 2. Discover unknown facts, outliers, and trends 3. Visualize relationships and patterns quickly 4. Ask better questions and make better decisions   Infogram   Keywords: ePortfolios, Presentations, Social Media
  • Med-Tech Innovation News - This website is the UK and Ireland leading publication for medical design and manufacturing technology and innovation. Their expert editorial team brings together daily news, technical content, analysis, case studies and high-profile interviews with industry experts and thought leaders. Med-Tech Innovation News provides intelligence for professionals involved in the design and production of Class I, II & III medical engineering and manufacturing community with the latest innovations in technology, materials, processes, digital health, and R&D.   Med-Tech Innovation News   Keywords: Blogs, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Resource Library  
  • Tricider - Tricider is a free Web application that can be used for online classroom collaboration and brainstorming ideas. It allows teachers, students, and colleagues to collaborate together to collect ideas, discuss these ideas to find solutions and vote on the argument they think is the best.   Tricider   How to Use Tricider   Keywords: Collaboration, Productivity Tools, Websites
  • SAMR Model - The SAMR model, developed by Ruben Puentedura, is a theoretical framework for scaffolding technology integration into education. The video below describes SAMR (Substitution - Augmentation - Modification - Redefinition) and introduces you to the model. The Emerging Ed Tech website provides a few Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle. SAMR Model   (Video length: 2 minutes)   Keywords: 3D, Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps
  • Top Hat - Top Hat makes it easy for professors to enhance student comprehension and engagement with this polling-clicker application, secure testing, and next-generation OER. Top Hat does not require the use of a physical clicker, but it instead works from a wide variety of devices including phones, mobile devices, and computers through which educators can utilize to assign textbooks, test, conduct interactive classroom activities, take attendance, administer polls, games and quizzes, and share notes. It also allows faculty to adopt and author interactive textbooks. Note: Students need to purchase a license to participate in Top Hat polls and activities, however, there are no charges for instructors to adopt the service for their classroom.   Top Hat   4 Ways to Bring Gamification to Your Classroom - A quick discussion that introduce the bringing in of games to the classroom alongside utilizing "badges" to indicate success.         Keywords: Gamification, Productivity Tools, audience ...
  • PhET Interactive Simulations for Active Learning in STEM -   PHET Interactive Presentations is a page with interactive simulations that can be used as an adjunct for courses such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, and Mathematics. It was created by the University of Colorado with the aim of enhancing learning and motivating students through playful discovery activities that support in many optional languages package. Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students in an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.   PhET Interactive Simulations for Active Learning in STEM   Here is a complete catalog of PHET Interactive Presentations.   " Science means constantly walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity; between expertise and creativity; between bias and openness; between experience and epiphany; between ...
  • H5P Interactive Content Creator - Hello HTML5! Goodbye flash! You can create, share and re-use interactive content in your browser or integrated right into your LMS! Create Richer HTML5 Content in Existing Publishing Platforms. Share Content Seamlessly Across Any H5P Capable Site. Reuse and modify Content in Your Browser at Any Time. Explore over 40 different types of interactive content including presentations, timelines,  games & quizzes. See a few examples of H5P or visit their website for complete and detailed information.   h5p.org   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Gamification, Media, Photos & Images, Podcasts, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Quiz, Recording, Screencast, Simulations, Video
  • Digital Public Library of America - "The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society. DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions."   Digital Public Library of America   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Libby, by OverDrive – an app for library ebooks and audiobooks - Download thousands of ebooks and audiobooks from your local library. You can borrow items, instantly, for free, using a mobile device. The app works together with Overdrive. Since a Library card is needed to check out items, the use of this app may be slightly limited.   Libby   Keywords: Lifelong Learning
  • Geocaching – The Largest Treasure Hunt Game - Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil. The geocacher signs the log with their established code name and dates it, in order to prove that they found the cache. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets, usually of more sentimental worth than financial. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, waymarking, and Munzee. Geocaches For the traditional geocache, a geocacher will place a waterproof container containing a log book ...
  • Blinkist - Blinkist is an app that takes a non-fiction book, summarizes it and reads it back to you (in audio or text) within 15 minutes. This app is great for people who love to learn new things but don't have the time to read an entire book. Note: a free trial is available. Otherwise, the app must be paid on a monthly or yearly subscription.   Blinkist   Keywords: Audio, Lifelong Learning, Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools
  • Flipboard - Flipboard is is your personal e-magazine, at your desk, in your back pocket or on your wrist. Filled with stories, photos, and videos on any interest, it’s a single place to keep up with your world. And now, the top ten stories can be sent right to your Apple Watch.   Flipboard     Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Resource Library
  • Shadow Health - Shadow Health is a fee-based virtual clinical patient simulation experience. It is a robust experience which simulates virtual patient examination for courses across the Graduate and Undergraduate Curriculum.   Shadow Health   Video demonstration Keywords: 3D, Simulations, Virtual Labs  
  • ShareLaTeX - ShareLaTeX is an online LaTeX editor which allows for real-time collaboration and online compiling of projects to PDF format. Unlike the similar service writeLaTeX, ShareLaTeX requires registration and all projects are inherently private.   ShareLaTeX   Beginner's Tutorial for ShareLaTeX   Keywords: Collaboration, Publishing, Websites
  • Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers - This electronic book helps readers learn how to fact-check claims made on the Internet on a variety of topics.   Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers   The author, Michael Caulfield, also has a companion blog: Four moves   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Searching
  • The 10 Best Fact Checking Sites - This list of the top 10 sites helps students, or anyone, determine the bias and accuracy of information, which is published by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). This site introduces you to 10 fact-checking sites.   Top 10 sites to help students check their facts   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • ALA Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education which has been published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions. The six concepts that anchor the frames are presented alphabetically: Authority Is Constructed and Contextual Information Creation as a Process Information Has Value Research as Inquiry Scholarship as Conversation Searching as Strategic Exploration ALA Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning
  • How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world? - This article, published by Trudi Jacobson and Tom Mackey in the journal "The Publication," talks about what it means to be a metaliterate person in today's society that is filled with fake news. It also provides strategies to become a critical consumer of information.   How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world Keywords: Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning  
  • Public Records and Factual Research (Harvard Law School Library) - This website maintained by the Harvard Law School Library has numerous resources to find public records consisting of business, property, and personal records. Many of the resources are freely available and some provide more in-depth information for a fee.   Public Records and Factual Research (Harvard Law School Library)   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity
  • What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains? - This video, produced by KarmaTube, discusses the hazards of surfing from page to page on the Internet without taking time to deeply consider what we are interacting with. It brings this point to our attention so that we instead take time to try to focus and contemplate on the information that we do come across.   What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains? (4-min. video)  
  • Doodle - Doodle is an online scheduling tool that can be used quickly and easily to find a date and time to meet with multiple people. First you suggest dates and times for your event participants to choose from, then Doodle creates a polling calendar that can be sent to participants for feedback. As each participant selects the dates and times from the polling calendar that he or she is free, Doodle aggregates the responses and tells you which option works best for everyone. Getting everyone on the same page is hard enough with just five other coworkers, let alone fifty new volunteers you may have never met. Doodle can be a valuable tool for coordinating a large event like volunteer training as well as a small event like a monthly meeting with the board.   Doodle   Doodle Help and Learning - Help with a section ...
  • EndNote Basic - The full desktop version of EndNote is the number one citation management product used by academics and it offers a comprehensive approach to citation management. Many institutions have site licenses available for faculty and students. If your institution does not provide access to the full featured version, you can use the free version online, EndNote Basic. Two advantages to using EndNote Basic is the ability to transfer references to and from EndNote on your desktop and share references with others who have EndNote.   EndNote Basic   How to use EndNote for Windows How to use EndNote for Mac   Keywords: Collaboration, Resource Library, Searching
  • Zotero - Zotero is far easier to learn and navigate than Endnote. Zotero is citation management software is available as a stand-alone desktop application and right in the browser as an add-in for Firefox. Since most searches are performed with a browser Zotero provides a seamless way to manage your citations. Zotero is most suited to organize scholarly literature such as book and articles. You can also add PDFs, images, audio and video files. Zotero allows you to organize, tag, highlight and make comments and notes on articles. Zotero allows you to create workgroups and share resources online, either with a private group or publicly.   Zotero   Zotero Quick Start Guide - A quick help guide to the Zotero interface.   Keywords: Collaboration, Resource Library, Searching
  • Diigo - Diigo is the tagging and social bookmarking site. Registered Diigo users can bookmark, tag and highlight webpages with the key feature of adding annotations. For collaborative projects, you can share those annotations with a group or create a share link to send to outside users. The social tagging feature has created a collection of quality content with the opportunity to find and connect with those with shared interests in the field.   Diigo   Watch this video about using Diigo to collect, highlight and select. (3 min. 36 sec.)  Diigo - Tour - Annotate Archive Organize - This page summarizes how Diigo works and some of the highlights of the tool. Using Diigo to Annotate, Archive, & Organize Student Learning with Diigo Apply for a Diigo Educator Upgrade to request a special premium account provided specifically to educators. Note: To get quick access to your Diigo libraries and be able to ...
  • Google Custom Search - Google Custom Search (formerly known as Google Co-op) is a platform provided by Google that allows web developers to feature specialized information in web searches, refine and categorize queries and create customized search engines, based on Google Search. The service allows users to narrow the 11.5 billion indexed webpages down to a topical group of pages relevant to the creator's needs.   Google Custom Search   Custom Search Help - Information and instructions for setting up your own specialized search engine. Rewriting Queries - Sophisticated advice on getting more from your custom search.   Keywords: Searching
  • Google Scholar - Google Scholar is a freely available web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Released in beta in November 2004, the Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online academic journals and books, theses and dissertations, preprints, abstracts, technical reports, and other scholarly literature, including court opinions and patents. While Google does not publish the size of Google Scholar's database, third-party researchers estimated it to contain roughly 160 million documents as of May 2014.   Google Scholar   Google Scholar - Search Tips - Get the most out of Google Scholar with some helpful tips on searches, email alerts, citation export, and more. Google Scholar Metrics - Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications.   Keywords: Searching
  • Google Books - Google Books (previously known as Google Book Search and Google Print and by its codename Project Ocean is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition (OCR), and stored in its digital database. Books are provided either by publishers and authors, through the Google Books Partner Program, or by Google's library partners, through the Library Project. Additionally, Google has partnered with a number of magazine publishers to digitize their archives.   Google Books   How to use Google Books - Discusses how to read, download, cite, or translate a book.   Keywords: Searching
  • Google Earth - Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery. The program maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography, and GIS data onto a 3D globe, allowing users to see cities and landscapes from various angles. Users can explore the globe by entering addresses and coordinates, or by using a keyboard or mouse. The program can also be downloaded on a smartphone or tablet, using a touchscreen or stylus to navigate. Users may use the program to add their own data using Keyhole Markup Language and upload them through various sources, such as forums or blogs. Google Earth is able to show various kinds of images overlaid on the surface of the earth and is also a Web Map Service client.   Google Earth   Google Earth Help - Instructions ...
  • Google Art Project - Google Arts & Culture (formerly Google Art Project) is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative's partner museums. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence.   Google Art Project   Keywords: Photos & Images, Searching
  • Pinterest - Pinterest is a web and mobile application startup that operates a software system designed to discover information on the World Wide Web, mainly utilizing images and on a shorter scale, GIFs and videos.   Pinterest   The Atlantic - What is Pinterest? - A magazine article that defines what Pinterest is and how it has developed since its beginnings. The Teacher's Guide to Pinterest - An article describing the many uses of Pinterest within Academia and Education. What is Pinterest, and How Does it Work? - An article that describes Pinterest and how to use it.   Keywords: Collaboration, Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Resource Library, Searching
  • Evernote - A cross-platform app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving. The app allows users to create a "note" which can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can be tagged or placed into Notebooks for organizational purposes.   Evernote   Evernote Help & Learning - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks and technical support. How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Life - An article that lists the most productive uses for Evernote. To clip webpages simply add the web clipper app to your browser.   Keywords: Collaboration, File Management, Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Resource Library

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  • Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences - Key features of open video repositories are outlined, followed by brief description of specific sites relevant to the social sciences. Although most were created by instructors over the past 10 years to facilitate teaching and learning, significant variations in kind, quality, and number per discipline were discovered. The APA citation for this resource is: Miller, M. V., & CohenMiller, A. S. (2019). Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences. Online Learning Journal, 23(2), 40–66.     Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences
  • SUNY OER Services - SUNY OER Services (SOS) is a shared service organization operating out of the State Uniiversity of New York's (SUNY) Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) who works directly with all SUNY campuses and faculty to provide assistance and knowledge to support OER adoption and sustained use as a driver of faculty choice and student success. Services include offering a ready-to-adopt OER catalog, facilitating the seamless integration of OER into the LMS, the remixing of OER from various sources, and the offline (print) production of OER. The services and resources offered by SUNY’s OER partners are at no cost to SUNY campuses or faculty. User-friendly technology to support adopting, adapting, and building of OER course content Professional development opportunities, online and on campus Networking across faculty and campuses to advance open educational practices Support in establishing sustainable OER programs Guidance around ...
  • CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER) - This guide was created by the City University of New York (CUNY) to assist Librarians, faculty, staff & OER developers create accessible content and accessible Open Educational Resources (OER). On this guide you will find information on: Creating Accessible Content: Platforms: Evaluating your OER site: VPATs: Voluntary Product Accessibility Template   CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Paywall: The Business of Scholarship - This full-length (1 hr.) documentary focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. This film is free to view both in personal and public venues with a CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons license.   Paywall: The Business of Scholarship   Keywords: Creative Commons, Copyright, Open Educational Resource (OER)
  • Public Health Image Library from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PHIL) - Much of the information critical to the communication of public health messages is pictorial rather than text-based. Created by a Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. Public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public are welcome to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages.   Public Health Image Library from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PHIL)   Keywords: copyright free
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports the creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research posters, and public service announcements.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - With the ever rising cost of education, the textbook price is also rising. The open educational resources model has surfaced as a response to this problem and to meet the increasing demand of high-quality learning materials. Open textbooks can be offered by commercial publishers or found in open repositories. Open resources can promote active learning through student interaction with the text, particularly when they contribute to authorship. Although open textbooks face questions about the accuracy and reliability of their content, they allow higher education instructors to design content for their courses on an as-needed basis, choosing from an array of books, articles, videos, audio recordings, and readings. This EDUCAUSE resource provides concise information about OERs. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and ...
  • SOL*R - SOL*R is a repository service provided by BCcampus that allows educators to access free online learning resources. SOL*R includes learning resources from a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. Resources range from open textbooks, individual learning activities, and tools, all the way to full programs.   SOL*R
  • Open Culture - Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It's all free. It's all enriching. But it's also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high-quality content whenever and wherever you want it.   Open Culture 
  • Mason OER Metafinder - The Mason OER Metafinder searches seventeen targets in real-time, instantly returning the top several hundred or so relevant hits from each site. Searches include open textbooks, libraries, museums and organizations from around the world.   Mason OER Metafinder
  • Creative Commons - CreativeCommons.org is the official site for Creative Commons, which is an American non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. The organization has released several copyright-licenses, known as Creative Commons licenses, free of charge to the public. Use the tools found on Creative Commons tools to share your work. Free, easy-to-use copyright licenses offer a simple, standardized way to give your permission to share and use your creative work. Adopt one of the various CC licenses to share your work according to the conditions of your choice. Creative Commons Licenses dictate whether a resource can be revised and remixed, as well as whether or not commercial entities can use it. The two most “open” licenses are CC By and CC BY– SA because they allow for revisions and remixes along ...
  • Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship - Mike Ribble identified Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship that comprise a digital citizen and he explains each on his website. The updated Digital Citizenship definition is "the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use."   Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship   Keywords: Digital literacy, Digital Fluency
  • SUNY OER Services – Embracing Open Pedagogy - Open Pedagogy is a commitment to learner-driven education AND a process to shape teaching approaches and use tools for learning that enable the learners to contribute by creating and sharing learning content.   SUNY OER Services - Embracing Open Pedagogy
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • Open Education Group - The Open Education Research Group is supported by a group at Bringham Young University conducts research to measure the impact of OER use. The Open Education Group site's tagline is, "socially responsive research that concretely improves society." The site also shares stories about how OERs are used in the "real world." The scenarios are great starting points for faculty to think of ways to integrate OERs into their courses, going beyond providing a catalog of OER materials. Ideas are presented through this site as concrete examples of how OER-enabled pedagogy can be implemented in real-world instructional scenarios. The OER Adoption Impact Calculator is another great resource available through this site to calculate how much an individual course, program, or institution might potentially save by adopting OER.   Open Education Group   Keywords: lessons
  • SUNY OER – Ready-to-Adopt Catalog - The SUNY Ready-to-Adopt OER catalog, created by OER Services with support from our partner Lumen Learning, focuses on general education curriculum, course materials in this catalog include peer-reviewed content to replace expensive textbooks, plus ancillary materials like PowerPoint slides and test bank questions. Many courses also include online homework, auto-grading, adaptive tools, and analytics to improve learning and create more individualized educational experiences. The best part is that these high-quality course materials and tools are free to SUNY students!   SUNY Ready-to-Adopt OER catalog   Keywords: textbooks, OER
  • Pixabay - Discover the best source for free images and videos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required. Over one million royalty free photos, illustrations and vector graphics - and thousands of free video clips. All images and footage on Pixabay are released under Creative Commons CCO: Free for commercial use, no attribution required.   Pixabay   Keywords: photos, stock photos, images, videos  
  • Pexels - Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock images for personal and commercial use. The site includes a large collection of photos, videos, wallpaper, and more.   Pexels
  • 9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen – using technology appropriately - This webpage from Digital Citizenship, developed by Mike Ribble, shares The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship. They fall into three categories, which are listed below.   Respect Your Self / Respect Others Etiquette Access Law Educate Your Self / Connect with Others Communicate Literacy Commerce Protect Your Self / Protect Others Rights & Responsibilities Safety (Security) Health and Welfare   9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen   Keywords: digital literacy, digital fluency
  • OER Community Course Experience - The OER Community Course Experience is created by the State University of New York (SUNY) OER Services. The SUNY OER Community Courses introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to Open Educational Resources. Throughout the learning space, you have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing, and licensing OER. In this course, participants have opportunities to connect in conversation with peers, and work with OER advocates from the SUNY community who can help you along your learning journey.   OER Community Course Experience   Keywords: Open Educational Resources, OER, tutorial  
  • SAMR Model - The SAMR model, developed by Ruben Puentedura, is a theoretical framework for scaffolding technology integration into education. The video below describes SAMR (Substitution - Augmentation - Modification - Redefinition) and introduces you to the model. The Emerging Ed Tech website provides a few Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle. SAMR Model   (Video length: 2 minutes)   Keywords: 3D, Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps
  • Open Attribution Builder - Open Attribution Builder is a tool to help you build attributions for Open Educational Resources (OER) and other items you find that have Creative Commons licensing. Fill out a form and the app automatically generates an attribution for you. This website is created by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.   Open Attribution Builder   Keywords: Digital Literacy, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Education – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or that have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   7 Things You Should Know About Open ...
  • Creative Commons – CC License Definitions, Search for Materials, & Share Your Work - The links below explain the various levels of permissions and Creative Commons licenses, enable searching for Creative Commons licensed materials, and provide information to those who wish to share their work using Creative Commons licenses.   Creative Commons Website   Creative Commons Licenses Search Creative Commons Materials Share Your Work using Creative Commons Licenses   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Searching
  • Creative Commons USA - Creative Commons USA is a chapter of the CC Global Network. This site provides an array of resources that can be used to further your understanding or train others on Creative Commons such as what it is, how to use materials, implementing, etc.   Creative Commons USA   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Video
  • Google – Advanced Image Search - Click the tab labeled "Images" when using Google to limit your searches to just images. You can then click on "Tools" to reveal advanced search options. Advanced options include size, color, type, and the timeframe of when the image became available. The most useful feature of the Google image search is being able to limit your results based on its usage rights to locate images that are able to be used based on the image's license information. Google recently changed the way image license info is displayed. When filtering by Usage Rights -> Creative Commons licenses, a badge that says “Licensable” is displayed over photos in search results. When you click a badged photo to view, you’ll see a link to the license details of that photo. A reverse image search option is also available by dragging an image into the Google search ...
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - This concise and well-organized document by Educause explains Creative Commons and its relationship to copyright. Creative Commons allows copyright owners to release some of those rights while retaining others, with the goal of increasing access to and sharing of intellectual property. It further discusses who's using it and how; and the implications for teaching and learning. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons   What we do - What is Creative Commons? - Information about how Creative Commons works, its programs, platforms, and ...
  • Intellectual Property: Part I Video - This entertaining video explaining intellectual property rights and discussing how you can share and protect your rights simultaneously is created the State University of New York Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative.   Intellectual Property: Part I Video (3 min. video)   What is Intellectual Property? - A definition and resources from the World Intellectual Property Organization   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access

Apply & Understand Creative Commons

  • Brainstorming – Creativity Techniques from Mindtools.com - Brainstorming encourages people to create new ideas that, at first, may seem crazy.  However, the initial ideas can be further refined to be feasible and practical. Brainstorming can be enhanced to facilitate idea generation by using techniques such as brainwriting, the stepladder technique, and starbursting.   Brainstorming - Creativity Techniques from Mindtools.com   
  • PicsArt - PicsArt makes it easy to step-up your photo editing game, make amazing images, and share with friends. It lets you be truly creative with its almost limitless features ― and it’s starting a movement to help the people “go beyond the filter” and make awesome pictures.   PicsArt
  • Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences - Key features of open video repositories are outlined, followed by brief description of specific sites relevant to the social sciences. Although most were created by instructors over the past 10 years to facilitate teaching and learning, significant variations in kind, quality, and number per discipline were discovered. The APA citation for this resource is: Miller, M. V., & CohenMiller, A. S. (2019). Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences. Online Learning Journal, 23(2), 40–66.     Open video repositories for college instruction: A guide to the social sciences
  • SUNY OER Services - SUNY OER Services (SOS) is a shared service organization operating out of the State Uniiversity of New York's (SUNY) Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) who works directly with all SUNY campuses and faculty to provide assistance and knowledge to support OER adoption and sustained use as a driver of faculty choice and student success. Services include offering a ready-to-adopt OER catalog, facilitating the seamless integration of OER into the LMS, the remixing of OER from various sources, and the offline (print) production of OER. The services and resources offered by SUNY’s OER partners are at no cost to SUNY campuses or faculty. User-friendly technology to support adopting, adapting, and building of OER course content Professional development opportunities, online and on campus Networking across faculty and campuses to advance open educational practices Support in establishing sustainable OER programs Guidance around ...
  • CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER) - This guide was created by the City University of New York (CUNY) to assist Librarians, faculty, staff & OER developers create accessible content and accessible Open Educational Resources (OER). On this guide you will find information on: Creating Accessible Content: Platforms: Evaluating your OER site: VPATs: Voluntary Product Accessibility Template   CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Paywall: The Business of Scholarship - This full-length (1 hr.) documentary focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. This film is free to view both in personal and public venues with a CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons license.   Paywall: The Business of Scholarship   Keywords: Creative Commons, Copyright, Open Educational Resource (OER)
  • Public Health Image Library from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PHIL) - Much of the information critical to the communication of public health messages is pictorial rather than text-based. Created by a Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. Public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public are welcome to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages.   Public Health Image Library from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PHIL)   Keywords: copyright free
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports the creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research posters, and public service announcements.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - With the ever rising cost of education, the textbook price is also rising. The open educational resources model has surfaced as a response to this problem and to meet the increasing demand of high-quality learning materials. Open textbooks can be offered by commercial publishers or found in open repositories. Open resources can promote active learning through student interaction with the text, particularly when they contribute to authorship. Although open textbooks face questions about the accuracy and reliability of their content, they allow higher education instructors to design content for their courses on an as-needed basis, choosing from an array of books, articles, videos, audio recordings, and readings. This EDUCAUSE resource provides concise information about OERs. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and ...
  • Unsplash - All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible. Unsplash   Keywords: stock photos, image
  • SOL*R - SOL*R is a repository service provided by BCcampus that allows educators to access free online learning resources. SOL*R includes learning resources from a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. Resources range from open textbooks, individual learning activities, and tools, all the way to full programs.   SOL*R
  • Open Culture - Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It's all free. It's all enriching. But it's also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high-quality content whenever and wherever you want it.   Open Culture 
  • Mason OER Metafinder - The Mason OER Metafinder searches seventeen targets in real-time, instantly returning the top several hundred or so relevant hits from each site. Searches include open textbooks, libraries, museums and organizations from around the world.   Mason OER Metafinder
  • Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) - Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 46 different sources and contains 151,178 records.   Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS)
  • Creative Commons - CreativeCommons.org is the official site for Creative Commons, which is an American non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. The organization has released several copyright-licenses, known as Creative Commons licenses, free of charge to the public. Use the tools found on Creative Commons tools to share your work. Free, easy-to-use copyright licenses offer a simple, standardized way to give your permission to share and use your creative work. Adopt one of the various CC licenses to share your work according to the conditions of your choice. Creative Commons Licenses dictate whether a resource can be revised and remixed, as well as whether or not commercial entities can use it. The two most “open” licenses are CC By and CC BY– SA because they allow for revisions and remixes along ...
  • Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship - Mike Ribble identified Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship that comprise a digital citizen and he explains each on his website. The updated Digital Citizenship definition is "the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use."   Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship   Keywords: Digital literacy, Digital Fluency
  • SUNY OER Services – Embracing Open Pedagogy - Open Pedagogy is a commitment to learner-driven education AND a process to shape teaching approaches and use tools for learning that enable the learners to contribute by creating and sharing learning content.   SUNY OER Services - Embracing Open Pedagogy
  • Open Education Group - The Open Education Research Group is supported by a group at Bringham Young University conducts research to measure the impact of OER use. The Open Education Group site's tagline is, "socially responsive research that concretely improves society." The site also shares stories about how OERs are used in the "real world." The scenarios are great starting points for faculty to think of ways to integrate OERs into their courses, going beyond providing a catalog of OER materials. Ideas are presented through this site as concrete examples of how OER-enabled pedagogy can be implemented in real-world instructional scenarios. The OER Adoption Impact Calculator is another great resource available through this site to calculate how much an individual course, program, or institution might potentially save by adopting OER.   Open Education Group   Keywords: lessons
  • SUNY OER – Ready-to-Adopt Catalog - The SUNY Ready-to-Adopt OER catalog, created by OER Services with support from our partner Lumen Learning, focuses on general education curriculum, course materials in this catalog include peer-reviewed content to replace expensive textbooks, plus ancillary materials like PowerPoint slides and test bank questions. Many courses also include online homework, auto-grading, adaptive tools, and analytics to improve learning and create more individualized educational experiences. The best part is that these high-quality course materials and tools are free to SUNY students!   SUNY Ready-to-Adopt OER catalog   Keywords: textbooks, OER
  • Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.   Adobe Education Exchange   After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find: Lesson plans and other learning materials Self-directed workshop Live short courses Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities. https://youtu.be/2FTMCVBRQGc   Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
  • Pixabay - Discover the best source for free images and videos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required. Over one million royalty free photos, illustrations and vector graphics - and thousands of free video clips. All images and footage on Pixabay are released under Creative Commons CCO: Free for commercial use, no attribution required.   Pixabay   Keywords: photos, stock photos, images, videos  
  • 9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen – using technology appropriately - This webpage from Digital Citizenship, developed by Mike Ribble, shares The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship. They fall into three categories, which are listed below.   Respect Your Self / Respect Others Etiquette Access Law Educate Your Self / Connect with Others Communicate Literacy Commerce Protect Your Self / Protect Others Rights & Responsibilities Safety (Security) Health and Welfare   9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen   Keywords: digital literacy, digital fluency
  • RealtimeBoard - A simple whiteboard platform for cross-functional team collaboration. Data, images, spreadsheets, tasks, graphics, videos and more. The Realtime Board combines all of these parts in one place to allow teams or the entire organization to collaborate with each other. There are plenty of collaboration possibilities. Agile & Lean, Action plan, Strategy & Management, Kanban board, Meeting organizer, User story mapping, Gantt chart, Milestone chart, Retrospective, Product Management, Business model canvas, Persona, Product backlog, Six thinking hats, Random words, Empathy map, Timeline, Mindmap, UX & Design, Sitemap, Affinity diagram, Ideation, Wireframing, Lean UX. The image below visually shows just a few of the examples of how this tool can help to visually organize your ideas and processes. RealtimeBoard    Keywords: whiteboard
  • OER Community Course Experience - The OER Community Course Experience is created by the State University of New York (SUNY) OER Services. The SUNY OER Community Courses introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to Open Educational Resources. Throughout the learning space, you have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing, and licensing OER. In this course, participants have opportunities to connect in conversation with peers, and work with OER advocates from the SUNY community who can help you along your learning journey.   OER Community Course Experience   Keywords: Open Educational Resources, OER, tutorial  
  • SAMR Model - The SAMR model, developed by Ruben Puentedura, is a theoretical framework for scaffolding technology integration into education. The video below describes SAMR (Substitution - Augmentation - Modification - Redefinition) and introduces you to the model. The Emerging Ed Tech website provides a few Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle. SAMR Model   (Video length: 2 minutes)   Keywords: 3D, Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps
  • PowToon - PowToon is a program for making small videos, presentations, and animations. It has several characters that can be animated, with different backgrounds and colors that make the construction of your presentation very easy. Web-based animations allow users to create presentations by manipulating pre-created objects, imported images, provided music and user-created voice-overs.   PowToon   PowToon Quick Start Guide - A series of engaging instructional videos about PowToons, from basic design to more advanced functions. 7 Alternative Technology in the Classroom Presentation Tools - This blog entry from TeachHub touches upon PowToon in the list of alternative technology in the classroom.   Keywords: Creative Commons, Media, Presentations, Video
  • Creative Commons – CC License Definitions, Search for Materials, & Share Your Work - The links below explain the various levels of permissions and Creative Commons licenses, enable searching for Creative Commons licensed materials, and provide information to those who wish to share their work using Creative Commons licenses.   Creative Commons Website   Creative Commons Licenses Search Creative Commons Materials Share Your Work using Creative Commons Licenses   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Searching
  • Creative Commons USA - Creative Commons USA is a chapter of the CC Global Network. This site provides an array of resources that can be used to further your understanding or train others on Creative Commons such as what it is, how to use materials, implementing, etc.   Creative Commons USA   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Video
  • Google – Advanced Image Search - Click the tab labeled "Images" when using Google to limit your searches to just images. You can then click on "Tools" to reveal advanced search options. Advanced options include size, color, type, and the timeframe of when the image became available. The most useful feature of the Google image search is being able to limit your results based on its usage rights to locate images that are able to be used based on the image's license information. Google recently changed the way image license info is displayed. When filtering by Usage Rights -> Creative Commons licenses, a badge that says “Licensable” is displayed over photos in search results. When you click a badged photo to view, you’ll see a link to the license details of that photo. A reverse image search option is also available by dragging an image into the Google search ...
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - This concise and well-organized document by Educause explains Creative Commons and its relationship to copyright. Creative Commons allows copyright owners to release some of those rights while retaining others, with the goal of increasing access to and sharing of intellectual property. It further discusses who's using it and how; and the implications for teaching and learning. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.   7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons   What we do - What is Creative Commons? - Information about how Creative Commons works, its programs, platforms, and ...
  • Intellectual Property: Part I Video - This entertaining video explaining intellectual property rights and discussing how you can share and protect your rights simultaneously is created the State University of New York Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative.   Intellectual Property: Part I Video (3 min. video)   What is Intellectual Property? - A definition and resources from the World Intellectual Property Organization   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access

Communicate with Others

  • newtFire {DH} - The newtFire site serves as an incubator of learning and research collaboration between scholars and students in the Digital Humanities from multiple institutions, and is the project development site of Elisa Beshero-Bondar, Program Chair of Digital Media, Arts, and Technology (DIGIT) at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. This site contains numerous tutorials and exercises well suited for working within the digital humanities, computer science, and beyond. Current tutorials include: Git and GitHub | HTML | JavaScript | Network Analysis | Project Preparation | Python | QGIS | Regular Expressions | Relax NG | Schematron | SVG | TEI | XML | XPath | XQuery | XSLT   newtFire {DH}
  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops international standards for the Web: HTML, CSS, and many more. The W3C is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Led by Web inventor and Director Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C's mission is to lead the Web to its full potential. The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops standards and support materials to help understand and implement accessibility to make websites, applications, and other digital creations more accessible and usable to everyone. -- from W3C website   World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
  • Creating Captioned Lectures on a Shoestring Budget (SUNY CPD Webinar recording) - This recorded workshop is part of the SUNY CPD Remote Teaching Clinic Webinar Series. A variety of options for creating captions using free and inexpensive tools are shared. The session includes links to a few how-to videos about techniques such as live captioning using Google Slides and PPT365 Live-captioning. Slides for the session are also available. Creating Captioned Lectures on a Shoestring Budget     
  • Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide - This guide is an editable Google Doc that has a wide collection of resources to assist you to create an online community, class or conference. "Are you creating an online course, event or conference? If you’re not a programmer, and if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this guide will get you started. Read it from top to bottom to get a step-by-step guide to what you can do to set up your course or event. Then check the links to find free or cheap and easy tools that will get the job done for you." The document is licensed under Creative Commons and is open to editing. It was initially created and conceived by Stephen Downes, a Canadian philosopher and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media.   Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference - Quick Tech ...
  • Edublogger’s Guide to Podcasting - This guide will help you understand what podcasts are, why they’re popular, and how to access or create your own podcasts. We’ve also included a PDF with 50 ideas for student created podcasts. Podcasts are simply audio files that are published online. Podcasts can also include video or other sorts of file formats but within this guide, they talk about audio podcasts.   Edublogger's Guide to Podcasting
  • Anchor - Anchor is a free platform for podcast creation. It contains tools that allow users to record and edit audio, arrange it into podcast episodes, publish podcasts to listening platforms, and monetize content by collecting listener contributions or adding advertisements into episodes.   Anchor
  • Microsoft Digital Literacy Course - Learn how to effectively use devices, software, and the internet to collaborate with others and discover, use, and create information. The Microsoft Digital Literacy course is for anyone with basic reading skills who want to learn the fundamentals of using digital technologies. The course is at a reading level like that of most newspapers around the world. Learners who complete the course will understand basic computing concepts and skills. After completing each module, learners will receive a Digital Literacy Certificate of Completion that they can download and save. Microsoft Digital Literacy Course
  • How to Add ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Captions into a Video in Panopto - The Panopto video platform features Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) to vastly ease the process of adding closed captions to video lectures and instructional materials. Captions can be generated for newly created and existing video content in Panopto. While the accuracy of the ASR generated captions is not perfect, the Panopto editor allows for streamlined editing and publishing of captions. Panopto is a lecture-capture program that is freely available and also adopted by many educational institutions.   How to Add ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) Captions into a Video in Panopto   Keywords: captioning, subtitles  
  • Jimdo - Jimdo provides two products including the standard editor, Jimdo Creator, and Jimdo Dolphin which falls under a new category of website builder systems. These two products live side by side: Jimdo Creator enables building a website from scratch or running your blog or online store, and Jimdo Dolphin is used to get a beautiful website that's ready to go in just a few minutes.   Jimdo
  • Scalar - Scalar is a free, open-source publishing platform geared toward long-form scholarship with embedded multimedia. It also provides the capability for multimedia tagging and annotation, as well as for interacting with stories in a nonlinear way through different path structures. Scalar allows for the easy creation of a website using a book-type format. It was created by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture at the University of Southern California.   Scalar    
  • Brainstorming – Creativity Techniques from Mindtools.com - Brainstorming encourages people to create new ideas that, at first, may seem crazy.  However, the initial ideas can be further refined to be feasible and practical. Brainstorming can be enhanced to facilitate idea generation by using techniques such as brainwriting, the stepladder technique, and starbursting.   Brainstorming - Creativity Techniques from Mindtools.com   
  • Loomies - The Loomie App allows you to create and style your own customized avatar and stickers that can be used on various online platforms. First, you use a selfie to create your Loomie. You can choose among different accessories to make your Loomie. The shape and form of your Loomie can be customized using the built-in editing system of the Loomie app. After you save your avatar to your Loom Account, you can use it across different apps and integrations, such as Zoom, WhatsApp, etc. Loomies
  • NoCoffee - NoCoffee is a vision simulator extension for Chrome. It simulates different vision impairments by putting a filter over web pages. Thus, it helps users understand the problems faced by people with slight to extreme vision problems. For example, it shows how web pages with very small text or click target are difficult to read for individuals with low acuity. The user can also experience how texts with very low contrast, e.g. light gray text on white, pose difficulty for individuals with low contrast sensitivity. In addition, this accessibility extension helps users simulate colorblindness, visual snow, glare, ghosting, cataracts, nystagmus, retinal detachment, hemanopia, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, etc. NoCoffee can be downloaded for free from the Chrome web store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nocoffee/jjeeggmbnhckmgdhmgdckeigabjfbddl?hl=en-US.   Keywords: Simulation, Vision, Accessibility
  • ResearchGate - ResearchGate is a collaboration tool you can use to connect with other researchers. You can learn about new research and post your new research by following and being followed by other researchers in your field. It a good way to know about recent publications and who is working in your field. You can also ask questions and experts can post answers to questions.   ResearchGate
  • Spy Dialer - Spy Dialer is a reverse phone number lookup tool. This tool will help you to know who you are getting phone calls and allow you to choose whether you want to receive a call or simply ignore it. Spy Dialer
  • Jitsi Meet - Jitsi Meet is an open-source free video conferencing tool. It is very useful for online meetings. It is also available on mobile and desktop platforms. Jitsi Meet
  • VERO - Vero is a social media platform and mobile app company. Vero markets itself as a social network free from advertisements. Vero Members are a creative bunch and like nothing more than discovering new stories, people, causes, and projects to get behind.   Vero  
  • F.A.I.L. University: Fearless Adventures In Learning - FUN FREE Online Learning Tools   TRY ONE BEFORE YOU MAKE ONE! Escape this Breakout Room as/after you watch this 6 min. Gamification Intro!  (Answer KEY) See the FREE learning game-making tools below.  (Students can play your games without creating an account.) Want help?  Get FREE online gamification lessons at F.A.I.L. University   Hyperlinked Site Examples Help Center Tips Google Forms (with EquatIO add-on for STEM subjects) Google Form Escape Room Escape Room Instructions Learning Center Create a Google account Create a Google Form quiz Wisc-Online Baseball, Spin to Win... Contact, FAQ Save questions in Google Doc ProProfs Brain Games Crossword, Brain Teaser... Help Desk Save questions in Google Doc Purpose Games Image Quiz, Slide Quiz... Help Center Free, with ads Super Teacher Tools Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... Help Desk Google registration Class Tools Pac Man, Asteroids, Pong... Contact, FAQ Save Q’s in Google Doc, ads Quizlet Match, Gravity, Live... Help Center Google registration, with ads   FUN FREE online gamification lessons for teachers at F.A.I.L. University Questions?  Email Jeremy at info@FailU.org   F.A.I.L. University: Fearless Adventures ...
  • Rules of (Zoom) Engagement by Ali Green - This document, created by Ali Green who is the CEO and co-founder of Pantera Press, provides tips and best practices to help people to adopt appropriate protocols for team meetings as they move from in-person to phone and video conferencing platforms. Topics addressed include reminders about muting when you are not speaking and when it's helpful to keep your video turned on.  Rules of (Zoom) Engagement
  • Association for Authentic, Experiential, & Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Collaboratory - A collection of ePortfolio examples, tools, and resources shared through community contributions to the Association for Authentic, Experiential, & Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting's Collaboratory. Association for Authentic, Experiential, & Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL ) Collaboratory
  • Virtual Worlds best Practices in Education - Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is a global grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by the Second Life community to provide an opportunity to showcase the learning that takes place using virtual worlds. Everyone is encouraged to present, attend, and take part in this discussion of collaborative deeper learning and co-presence in virtual worlds and games. The organization holds a virtual conference every year and the VWBPE site has recordings of many of the sessions and access to the prior conference proceedings.   Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education  
  • Hypothesis - Use Hypothesis to collaboratively annotate, highlight, and tag documents and hold discussions, read socially, organize your research, and take personal notes on webpages, PDFs, and EPUBs. Collaborative annotation helps people connect to each other and what they’re reading.   Hypothesis   Keywords: collaborative document editing, close reading
  • Mega - MEGA provides secure cloud storage and communication. Privacy protection is built-in by design. This service provides end-to-end encryption. In the future, MEGA will continue to develop innovative products and features that complement its existing platform to help improve security on the Internet without compromising on usability.   Mega
  • Second Life - Second Life is a virtual world used by many colleges and universities to provide immersive learning, real-time collaboration, a global community, and secure and safe virtual campuses. There are many campuses you can visit to get a feel for the power of a virtual world in education. Also, check out the education information relating to SecondLife.     SecondLife  
  • MeisterTask - MeisterTask is an intuitive project and task management tool on the web and mobile. With its powerful collaboration features and flexible, Kanban-style project boards, MeisterTask lets you and your team manage projects of all types and sizes. It keeps you up to date on your project progress and it makes sure that you never lose focus on your to-dos and on your important deadlines.   MeisterTask
  • Medium - Medium is a publishing platform with a social twist. The platform has 120 million readers that are able to directly follow the publisher or the writer they want and read their articles. The platform encourages writers from all over the world to become a member and publish on its platform. The social aspect of the platform makes it easy for readers to follow the writers. The more followers you have, more widely your work will get published. The writers can also choose to publish freely or for a fee. This management is done by the Medium platform that has either free membership of paid membership with only the paid members able to view materials that demand fees.   Medium
  • PowerNotes - The PowerNotes Chrome extension eliminates the need to copy and paste or employ other poor processes to capture content. PowerNotes users just highlight material they find useful, include an annotation if appropriate, and then categorize the highlight into a topic of their choosing. PowerNotes is designed to unify the steps of reading, gathering, saving, annotating, organizing, outlining, tracking, and citing research into a single, efficient workflow that feeds directly into the writing process.   PowerNotes   Tutorial Video Resources for Using PowerNotes with Assignments
  • MeWe - MeWe is an alternative to Facebook. It is a social media platform that does not own or collect user data and resell it to advertising companies. MeWe was created by Mark Weinstein with the goal to let users control their own data and privacy. It has features similar to Facebook. MeWe
  • Web Captioner - A free web-based service that uses automated captioning and displays a real-time transcription in your browser. It works best in Google Chrome, on your personal computer and if you have an external microphone, though it also works well with your computer’s internal microphone as long as the environment is quiet and you are within a couple of feet from your computer. Web Captioner seems to solve a lot of the issues that are present with captions for accessibility. Web captioner puts the caption window in the hands of the user. Instead of being locked to a slide presentation, the captions appear in a separate window. The captions are text-based, not open (or burned in) captions if the screen is being recorded. This is helpful for many reasons: Burned-in captions cannot be corrected afterward for spelling or grammar. Burned-in captions conflict with viewing closed caption. ...
  • Live Captioning Without A Budget - The tools featured on this page from George Mason University offer options for streaming live captions using automatic speech recognition (ASR). ASR tools use artificial intelligence to convert speech into text. In recent years, educational technologies have started to integrate ASR into their platforms as a way to develop content that is more accessible and inclusive. Tools that are highlighted include Google Slides, PowerPoint 365, and Web Captioner.   Live Captioning Without A Budget   Keyword: caption
  • Online Discussion Boards & Professor’s Presence – 10 Principles & 51 Strategies - This Quick Reference / Best Practice Card for online discussions is adapted from "The Professor’s Manual," by Victoria Nesnick, a Higher Education Faculty Development Consultant. The guide provides research-based guiding principles and strategies to help create and maintain effective presence and interaction between facilitators and participants as related to online discussion board participation. This resource from Dr. Nesnick's collection was made available with her permission.   Online Discussion Boards & Professor’s Presence - 10 Principles & 51 Strategies
  • Google Classroom - A classroom is a place where the knowledge transfer takes place. Usually a one-to-many interaction takes place in a classroom and different assessment tools are used at the end of every topic to evaluate the understanding levels of the students. All these activities which are carried out for centuries inside the physical classrooms are now available with more features and flexibility included in the Google Classroom. Google Classroom makes teaching more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and fostering communication. Educators can create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Classroom also seamlessly integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive.   Google Classrooms
  • Effective Educational Videos: Principles and Guidelines for Maximizing Student Learning from Video Content - This is a research article available in CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE), a free, online quarterly journal published by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), is packed with links to other relevant research about using and creating videos for learning. Below is an excerpt from the abstract. "Educational videos have become an important part of higher education, providing an important content-delivery tool in many flipped, blended, and online classes. Effective use of video as an educational tool is enhanced when instructors consider three elements: how to manage cognitive load of the video; how to maximize student engagement with the video; and how to promote active learning from the video. This essay reviews literature relevant to each of these principles and suggests practical ways instructors can use these principles when using video as an educational tool." Brame CJ. Effective Educational Videos: Principles and ...
  • Yalla - Yalla is the most popular Live Group Voice Talking and Entertaining Community. Voice Chat and play games with people from nearby or all over the world. Meet new friends is never easier: Choose group voice rooms from thousands of live rooms daily, filter rooms by Countries or Topics. 50+ Countries have already been covered, while tons of topics are available to choose from. Party with friends with no distances: Group voice-talk with friends no matter where they are, broadcast your favorite music inside the room, sing karaoke together, and play a range of games directly in group chat. Let's get the party started. Enjoy free live voice chat over 3G, 4G, LTE, or WiFi.   Features: PUBLIC CHAT ROOMS — Browse 1,000's of live chat rooms from nearby or around the world that cover thousands of topics. PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS — Start private one-on-one text and voice conversations with your ...
  • LibreOffice - LibreOffice is a powerful and free office suite, a successor to OpenOffice(.org), used by millions of people around the world. Its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. LibreOffice is compatible with a wide range of document formats such as Microsoft® Word (.doc, .docx), Excel (.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx) and Publisher. But LibreOffice goes much further with its native support for a modern and open standard, the Open Document Format (ODF). With LibreOffice, you have maximum control over your data and content – and you can export your work in many different formats including PDF. Beyond the many features shipped by default, LibreOffice is easily extensible through its powerful extensions mechanisms. Get even more features and document templates on our dedicated websites. LibreOffice is Free and Open Source Software, available for everyone to use, share ...
  • Mural - Mural is a digital workspace for visual collaboration. It enables people and innovative teams to think and collaborate visually to solve important problems. People benefit from MURAL’s speed and ease of use in creating diagrams, which are popular in design thinking and agile methodologies, as well as tools to facilitate more impactful meetings and workshops. Through Mural you can work with people across the room or around the world. It uses sticky notes, shapes, links, images, videos, to create, organize in a list, add flowcharts, diagrams, frameworks, methods, and drawings to activate and align your team. Mural also works with many integrations. You can organize your contents from private rooms and open rooms. Note: This is not a free resource but it does provide a free trial period.   Mural   Below are some guides to help you get familiar with Mural: Navigating the Mural ...
  • HelloTalk - HelloTalk is the ultimate for foreign language exchange. Learn a language by chatting with native speakers around the world. HelloTalk is an app that combines social media with education and collaboration. It connects individuals from all over the globe in a single app and helps them learn language from each other. The idea behind the app is, if a Japanese person wants to learn Nepali, and if a Nepali person wants to learn Japanese, they can connect in the app with each other and help each other learn their language. HelloTalk  
  • BigBlueButton - BigBlueButton is an open-source web conferencing system. In addition to various web conferencing services. BigBlueButton supports multiple audio and video sharing, presentations with extended whiteboard capabilities - such as a pointer, zooming and drawing - public and private chat, desktop sharing, integrated VoIP using FreeSWITCH, and support for the presentation of PDF documents and Microsoft Office documents.   BigBlueButton BigBlueButton Wikipedia
  • Discord - Discord is a proprietary freeware VoIP application and digital distribution platform designed for video gaming communities, that specializes in text, image, video and audio communication between users in a chat channel. Discord is also gaining adoption in other communities, beuond just gaming, as well. Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in web browsers.   Discord
  • Design for non-designers: five visual principles to give you a head start - A concise overview of five key principles of design including White space Typography Grids and alignment The power of contrast Colour and images Design for non-designers: five visual principles to give you a head start
  • Otter.ai - Generate rich notes for meetings, interviews, lectures, transcripts, files to create video captions, and other important voice conversations with this AI-powered assistant. Some of the features available with the free version include transcriptions in real-time, identification of speakers, generate summary keywords & word cloud, and 600 minutes of transcriptions (per month).   Otter.ai
  • CourseSites by Blackboard -   CourseSites by Blackboard is a free course management system (CMS) that is very similar to the institutional Blackboard commonly found in universities. Individual teachers can have up to five active CourseSites at any time. Teachers create an account with CourseSites and then build a course. CourseSites also has an ePortfolio platform as part of the LMS. The ePortfolio tool is an add-on to the standard package that a campus may have. If your institution uses Blackboard or another system, you should always choose to use your university's system.   CourseSites by Blackboard
  • FreeConferenceCalling - Free Conference Calling does not charge for its conference call service, it's free to use for conference calling anytime. All participants in the conference call dial a toll number, not a toll-free 1-800 number. Any costs incurred are based solely on the caller's long-distance plan with their provider. You can have up to 1,000 callers in a single conference call with up to 25 callers able to speak at any given time. This tool is an alternative for a video web conference when computer technology availability might be questionable.   FreeConferenceCalling
  • New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help – LinkedIn free training resources - Almost overnight, remote work has become mainstream. Companies around the world are encouraging their employees to work from home to prioritize the health and safety of their workforce and communities amid coronavirus. Working through this rapid change can be hard and we’re moving quickly to help members get information they can trust, stay connected to their community and learn how to be more productive and successful in their jobs.   New to Working Remotely? These Resources Can Help - LinkedIn free training resources
  • WebEx - Cisco Webex is a web conference tool that enables fully interactive video and audio connections with people locally and around the world. WebEx provides web conferencing and desktop sharing through a web browser. Share whatever you're viewing on your computer with everyone in the meeting. A WebEx account isn't needed to connect to an established meeting. Collaborate in real-time using whiteboarding, note-taking, and annotation tools. WebEx also allows the option for participants to connect to a meeting using a phone. This is helpful when the person does not have access to a computer, if their computer does not have a microphone, to just to get better quality audio on low bandwidth connections.   WebEx   Keywords: webconferencing
  • Slido - Slido is a web-based Q&A and Polling platform to engage an audience with live questions and polls. Everybody can ask and vote for the best questions. Question and poll results are updated live on the interactive wall. Ask questions, vote in polls and be a part of the conversation at the event you’re attending. Visit the Slido website or download the Slido app and join an event by simply typing in the event code. No registration is required. Slido is an easy to use Q&A and polling platform.   Slido
  • Teachly - Teachly, developed at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS),  is a platform designed to help educators create a more effective and inclusive classroom to provide insight into teaching to be able to work towards providing an equitable learning space for all.   Teachly
  • Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME) - The Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME) is a web-based program designed for use in higher education to promote SMARTER Teamwork prepares students to function effectively in teams and supports faculty as they manage their students' group and team experiences. As an instructor, CATME can help you to: Gather information from students and provide feedback to students. Understand their student teams’ processes, team-members’ contributions, and students’ perspectives on their experience. Be aware of problems occurring in their students’ teams. Hold students accountable for contributing to their teams. Use best practices when managing student team experiences. Note: Creating a CATME account and testing the system is free for all users. Otherwise, there is a licensing fee for using this service. Instructors can create and modify surveys for free using CATME's Student Test Files.    Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness (CATME)
  • Binumi - Video platform. Easy-to-use and free. Create a video in seconds from a vast video library. A collection of 4 million multimedia clips. Select frame-by-frame to create your storyboard.  Add voice recordings, edit in seconds. A great way to create. Videos can be public or private. Share on Binumi site, social media or YouTube. Mobile App too.   Binumi
  • SMORE - Create newsletters, or electronic flyers in seconds for free. Easy-to-use and engaging. Collaborate with your audience even add text, images, video or clickable buttons. Colorful backgrounds and choice of font styles. Professional look achieved quickly. SMORE generates a clickable link that remains with your design. If you need to edit, just re-publish to update. Tool also provides analytics such as how many times your newsletter or flyer were viewed.   SMORE    
  • Present with real-time, automatic captions or subtitles in PowerPoint - PowerPoint for Office 365 (PPT365) can transcribe your words as you present and display them as live on-screen as captions in the same language you are speaking, or as subtitles translated to another language. This can help accommodate individuals in the audience who may be deaf or hard of hearing, or more familiar with another language, respectively.   Present with real-time, automatic captions or subtitles in PowerPoint
  • Digital BreakoutEDU Sandbox - This site is a "sandbox" of examples of digital breakout lessons modeled after escape rooms and BreakoutEDU kits. Unlike traditional escape room-style lessons, a digital breakout is done entirely online through a webpage created by the instructor. Participants explore the curated site looking for clues and combinations that will unlock digital "locks," typically found in an embedded Google Form. The sandbox allows you to explore different game themes and subject areas, as well as sort by participant age or grade level.   BreakoutEDU Digital Sandbox
  • Clipchamp - With Clipchamp, you can edit, compress, convert, and record without compromising the quality of your video. It also allows you to create Facebook video ads, Youtube videos, Instagram promos, and Slideshow videos. Pick from the different available templates to meet your needs. Create your story now!   Clipchamp
  • Telegram - "Telegram is a messaging program with a focus on speed and security, it's super-fast, simple and totally free. It's possible to utilize Telegram on all of your devices at precisely the exact same time -- your own messages sync effortlessly across any range of your phones, tablets or tablets. It's possible to utilize Telegram on smartphones, tablets, and tablets. We've got programs for iOS (6 and over), Android (4.1 and up) along with Windows Phone. You might even utilize Telegram's web version or install one of the desktop programs such as Windows, OSX, and Linux." -- from Quora   Telegram
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Storyboarder - Storyboarder makes it easy to visualize a story as fast you can draw stick figures. Quickly draw to test if a story idea works.   Storyboarder   Keywords: video storytelling
  • The Complete 2020 Google Classroom Review - Google Classroom has been around for a while now and has had many adjustments and improvements. So just how well does it work now? How can it make your life as a teacher easier? And... Is it worth investing your time setting up? Well, the short answer is yes... ...but I'm guessing you want more than that.   Don't fret, you'll find all the answers in the following review: The Complete 2020 Google Classroom Review   Google Classroom (both the app and the website) is an online learning environment, that, using the Google suite of apps (Google Drive, Docs, Sheets etc.), is a focal point for producing and storing work, for sharing learning material and a medium for student/teacher and student/student interaction.   Find more articles like this, see: teacherofsci.com   Keywords: Learning Management System, LMS
  • Data Visualization: University at Buffalo Libraries Research Guide - This guide provides an introduction to best practices, tools, and educational resources for data visualization, including tools, best practices, examples, and resources. Data visualization is the process of representing information using visual means, such as a chart/graph, diagram, map, concept map, or picture. There are two fundamental types of data visualization: exploratory visualization and explanatory visualization. Data Visualization: University at Buffalo Libraries Research Guide    
  • Freedcamp - Freedcamp is freemium project management software for an unrestricted number of projects and users. The company endeavors to deliver an agile experience free of charge to customers worldwide. It’s worth noting that Freedcamp provides all additional features at no cost to teachers and students. Created to accompany Agile methodologies in the software development process, Freedcamp also serves to cover organizational needs in any field and occupation. With a friendly, intuitive and clear interface design it can be used individually and in teams, via web, mobile and desktop. It has a great variety of modules and functionalities that are offered under a free subscription, with the possibility of accessing paid plans in which advanced functionalities are offered. It allows to create projects and track progress and comments in 2 visualization modes: to-do list or sticky notes. Some of the main functionalities in their free mode are: ...
  • Writing Resources - This site is a compiled collection of online Writing Resources. The collection has a few different sites which are linked from it. The list is created using Wakelet, which is a curation tool. Anyone is welcome to add or edit the resources on this list. Please add other useful sites to this growing collection.   Writing Resources
  • How To Upload A Podcast (To iTunes Or Any Other Directory) - It’s a fairly common misconception that iTunes and other podcast directories host your podcast media files (typically an MP3). You don’t actually upload your podcast episode files to iTunes. What really happens is that you show iTunes where your podcast files are located in the form of an RSS feed. Then every time you upload a new episode, your feed is automatically updated – and iTunes updates your show listing with the new episode accordingly. This website shares the process to upload a podcast to iTunes (now Apple Podcasts).   How To Upload A Podcast (To iTunes Or Any Other Directory)
  • 5 Ways to Easily Extract Audio Clips from Your Favorite Videos - Extract and save audio from a video file so you can create a stand-alone audio track or MP3 file that can be easily listened to on a mobile device or uploaded to a podcast hosting service.   5 Ways to Easily Extract Audio Clips from Your Favorite Videos
  • PechaKucha - PechaKucha 20x20 is an alternative way to present information which was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo in 2003. It is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.   PechaKucha   Keywords: presentations
  • WeVu - WeVu, cloud software developed from the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS) at UBC-Vancouver, focusses on hands-on skills learning where students self-record video using a camera or their phones and instructors provide time-stamped feedback and assessment. Users include health professions, business communication, trades education, and performing arts. WeVu also accommodates the collaborative annotation of audio, images, and PDF. Media files can be uploaded into the software or can be imported from YouTube, Dropbox, or other servers. WeVu also provides user activity logs, allowing .csv download of user activity and time-stamped and general comments. A free version of WeVu is available, limited to 1 site per site owner (unlimited site members) and with videos stored externally on YouTube or Dropbox.   WeVu  
  • Miro - Miro is a free team collaboration application. It has several pre-built templates that are available in the free platform, including brainstorming, quizzes, mind maps and whiteboards. Miro   Keywords: concept maps
  • Ultimate Guide to Easily Make Instructional Videos - A wonderful outline on how to create educational videos, including how-to videos, tutorial, and instructional videos.   Ultimate Guide to Easily Make Instructional Videos
  • Sounds: The Pronunciation App - This app helps you with English pronunciation by providing a chart with sounds of each letter, practice quiz and practice test on typing it out and saying the English language the right way. You also can learn about vowels and consonants.   Sounds: The Pronunciation App       
  • Trello - Trello is an online tool for managing professional projects and personal tasks. Use Trello boards, lists, and cards to organize and prioritize projects and to-do lists. This task management app gives you a visual overview of what is being worked on and who is working on it. Trello is a web-based Kanban-style list-making application, useful in managing and maintaining task using different columns and move the task in between them. Columns are further divided into the to-do, in progress, done, and pending tasks. This tool can be used for personal and business purposes including project management, software project management, school bulletin boards, lesson planning, accounting, web design, gaming, and law office case management. This tool is very useful in the project management settings and since it is an interactive easy to use for the team to be efficiently used in the team environment.   Trello   Keywords: ...
  • VEED - VEED is a simple video editor with a bunch of great features such as Trim, Crop, Add Text, Add Subtitles/Captions, Add Stickers, and much more. VEED works directly in the browser and does not require download any software. An additional feature is that VEED can turn a podcast into a video by simply adding artwork to the podcast. VEED also adds an animated waveform as well. This function allows you to share podcasts on social media since most social media channels are not able to natively share audio-only podcasts.   VEED
  • Shotcut - Use this free software to edit videos and add effects. Shotcut is a free and open-source video editing software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux devices. The platform works with resolutions as high as 4K and has broad format support. It is an ideal solution for creating video thanks to its array of editing features and audio/video effects. This video editor makes editing tasks simple and effective.   Shotcut
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports the creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research posters, and public service announcements.   Remix project   Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
  • HitFilm Express - Video editing and all the power you need to make something cool. Free starter software, HitFilm Express, is perfect for beginners, film students, and YouTubers.   HitFilm Express   Keywords: video editing
  • Screenshot Tools, Tips, and Shortcuts: How to Capture Anything on Your Screen - Screenshots are a simple way to show what displays on your screen. Screengrabs can help you point out a bug, save a picture on Facebook to your camera roll, or demonstrate anything you see on your screen. All operating systems comes equipped with a screenshot tool. Use this guide to help you take screenshots.   Screenshot Tools, Tips, and Shortcuts: How to Capture Anything on Your Screen: The Best Screenshot Apps and Shortcuts   Keywords: screengrab, screenshot
  • Versal - Versal is a 'daily learning platform' with a holistic approach with educators as the target audience, Versal provides an online space for easy presentation of lecture materials with integrated interactive assignments. Versal makes online learning simple enough for anyone to deploy. Blend classroom lectures with interactive assignments, make distance learning more effective,   Versal
  • Creative Commons - CreativeCommons.org is the official site for Creative Commons, which is an American non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. The organization has released several copyright-licenses, known as Creative Commons licenses, free of charge to the public. Use the tools found on Creative Commons tools to share your work. Free, easy-to-use copyright licenses offer a simple, standardized way to give your permission to share and use your creative work. Adopt one of the various CC licenses to share your work according to the conditions of your choice. Creative Commons Licenses dictate whether a resource can be revised and remixed, as well as whether or not commercial entities can use it. The two most “open” licenses are CC By and CC BY– SA because they allow for revisions and remixes along ...
  • Sejda Web – Online PDF editor - Sejda Web is a quick and simple online service with no installation required to create, edit, and manipulate PDF files. Functions available include editing, merging, converting to other formats, OCR, splitting PDF files, and more.   Sejda Web - Online PDF editor   Keywords: PDF document editing
  • Ten Tips for Hosting a Web Meeting - This short article from Faculty Focus shares 10 tips for hosting web meetings. Web meetings allow participants to meet online to collaborate and share information. This article is published through the Faculty Focus website, but the tips provided are very relevant to any web meeting. Ten Tips for Hosting a Web Meeting   Keywords: Collaboration, webconference, video-conference
  • Snapchat - Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are meant to disappear after they're viewed. It's advertised as a "new type of camera" because the essential function is to take a picture or video, add filters, lenses or other effects and share them with friends. It's like texting, but with pictures. Feeds are also created that lets others subscribe to be notified about newly added posts.   Snapchat   Keywords: photos, social media, messaging
  • Populr.me - Populr.me can be used for social media, business, education, or many other uses. Build websites with templates for networking, sales, marketing, etc. Drop in text, video, pictures, embeds.  Upgrade for additional features, or keep it free.  Great for building interactive syllabi, professional profiles, ePortfolios, and other online information.   Populr.me   Keywords: web editing, websites
  • SUNY OER Services – Embracing Open Pedagogy - Open Pedagogy is a commitment to learner-driven education AND a process to shape teaching approaches and use tools for learning that enable the learners to contribute by creating and sharing learning content.   SUNY OER Services - Embracing Open Pedagogy
  • Accessible Course Design - This site helps instructors and instructional designers implement strategies for accessible course design. The goal is to provide information that is easily understandable to individuals who are not necessarily technology-oriented and may not know much about working with people with disabilities. The tips on this website have been written to accommodate students who are deaf or hard of hearing, use screen readers for a vision impairment, have learning or other disabilities, or are color blind. Many of these tips also improve learning for all students, which is called Universal Design. A particularly useful resource on this site is a video about how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to make PDF accessible.   Accessible Course Design   Keywords: Accessibility, PDF, video, captioning,
  • Podbean - Podbean is used to listen to podcasts and can be used on a phone, mobile device, or desktop. You can use Podbean to easily record and publish your own podcasts.   Podbean
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • StoryMap - StoryMap, by Knight Lab, can be used to tell a highlight of a particular image or historical map (its tagline is "maps that tell stories"). Users can guide viewers through a series of zoomed-in highlights to a particular image or map, highlight areas of interest in the image. Each item that's designated can feature text, images, audio, or video. One example is Arya's Journey, for you Game of Thrones fans. You can view Arya's journey from the book series on a historical map.   StoryMap
  • Thinglink - Thinglink can annotate images with text, audio, or video. You can then share your annotated media in a website, LMS, or present online. Educators can try it out for free.   Thinglink   Keywords: interactive poster
  • Visme - Visme is everything you need to tell powerful visual stories in the form of engaging presentations, infographics, and other visual content. Visme is a design tool to tell and present stories and translate boring data into stunning visual formats right in your browser. Visme is very easy to navigate and it offers free templates that can help you create more stunning and visually engaging presentations. Visme      
  • Read&Write for Google Chrome™ - Makes documents, web pages and common file types in Google Drive (including: Google Docs, PDF & ePub) more accessible. It’s designed to help everyone engage with digital content in a way that suits his/her abilities and learning styles. A range of support tools to gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including: Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying Word prediction offers suggestions for the current or next word as you type Collect highlights from text in documents or the web for summarizing and research Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting   Read&Write for Google ...
  • 7 Excellent Tools for Creating Interactive Video Quizzes - Design quizzes to integrate with video. Some of these tools also let you annotate video content. Import video clips and add a variety of interactive features (e.g., quizzes, comments, links, etc.). 7 Excellent Tools for Creating Interactive Video Quizzes   Keywords: video, quiz
  • Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators (HAPPE) - Helping Apps for Practitioners and Educators, HAPPE, is a monthly blog series of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.  The goal of the series is to connect practitioners and educators in the Helping Professions with mobile apps they may find useful in practice or in their pursuit of life-long learning.  We believe digital literacies are important skills for the new millennium. This series aims to educate and inspire Helpers to appropriately integrate technology into their professional lives.   Happe   Keywords: mental health, counseling, mobile apps
  • Equity Maps - Equity Maps is an iPad app to trace and assess interaction, performance, and involvement in class or group discussions. Chart & record the interactions to graphically illustrate levels of participation. Use in class discussions to encourage equitable dialogue, promote wider collaboration. Questions this app can help you address include: Is everyone sharing air-time? Is someone with many ideas a little too quiet? Is there someone who can't keep quiet? Is the teacher doing most of the talking?   Equity Maps   Keywords: diversity, inclusion, gender equity
  • YoTeach - This anonymous backchannel/chatroom allows text, drawing, photo uploads, and annotating functionality. Easy to use and no login is required. It is advertised as an alternative to TodaysMeet, a popular backchannel tool that is no longer available.   YoTeach   Keywords: chat, backchannel
  • Answer Garden - A tool that can be used for real-time classroom brainstorming or online homework. Can be used in the classroom, for professional development, creativity and more. Results can be displayed in a visual Wordcloud format with the most often used responses showing in relatively larger text-size. AnswerGarden   Keywords: response, polling, wordcloud, audience response, classroom response
  • Captioning for Google Slides - Google Slides can automatically add real-time captions to live Google Slides presentations.  It's really quite easy: Start your presentation Click "CC" in the bar on the bottom to start closed captioning. Captions will appear as you speak. Captions will not include any punctuation. At this time, the captions are not saved.   Learn more about Captioning for Google Slides.   Keywords: accessibility, real-time captions, caption, captioning, transcript
  • PROMO Image Resizer - This tool is a simple way to automatically resize any image. Resize images to perfectly fit social media and the web with the click of a button. This tool can be used straight from your browser. No download or logins are needed. Promo Image Resizer
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) from the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) - Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. It is described by the National Center for UDL as, "a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs." In designing a course with UDL in mind, an instructor wants to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to learn.   Universal design for learning (UDL) - CAST   Keywords: UDL, accessibility
  • VideoAnt - VideoAnt is a web-based video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices. Use VideoAnt to add annotations, or comments, to web-hosted videos. VideoAnt-annotated videos are called “Ants”. VideoAnt   Keywords: peer review, video annotation
  • Panopto: Lecture Capture - Panopto is a lecture-capture program.  It is used to record any activity on a computer to an online video.  The video is then indexed automatically for certain events, such as each slide advance of PowerPoint slides.  Panopto records audio as well, along screen activity such as clicking on the screen and navigating web pages, the computer's folders, and the use of software to display any activity.  The videos can be saved on the local computer, but the real power is that they are saved in a Panopto server for streaming to many people at once. There is also an editing function available as part of the Panopto full software download.   Panopto   Keywords: lecture capture, screencast, podcasts
  • Freshdesk Help Desk Software - A cloud-based help desk software which helps build relationships with their customers. Freshdesk is an intuitive, easy-to-use helpdesk software that enables efficient businesses processes for better customer experiences. Although a help desk system may fall slightly outside the realm of EmTechMOOC scope, there may be times where a free version of a help desk system could be useful for personal and educational uses.   Freshdesk   Keywords: business
  • Teaching Tolerance - Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use the materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. The program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias. The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. The Social Justice Standards show how anti-bias education works through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice and action.   Teaching Tolerance   Keywords: diversity, global citizenship,
  • LinkedR - Linkreducation is an associated platform in which you find, build, and manage educational & pedagogical collaborations. On this platform, you can add a class, invite students, find a collaborative partner, let students share with a larger group,  explore and assign them work, and the opportunity to exchange and to get feedback. The options are wide open.   Linkreducation
  • Adobe Premiere Rush - Unveiled at Adobe Max in October 2018, Premiere Rush CC is an easier-to-use version of Premiere aimed at YouTubers and other video content creators. You can capture, edit, color-correct, and more, then publish to YouTube, Instagram and elsewhere. Rush works on both desktop and mobile devices (iOS now, Android soon) - and it automatically syncs your projects to the cloud. See the intro video and basic tutorial below for help using this software. Note: there are fees to use this software.   Adobe Premiere Rush https://youtu.be/HcmHef3RvGE   https://images-tv.adobe.com/avp/vr/2bb6da60-1ec0-4a1b-8a9e-7194d1e28abb/45fb0b0b-40d1-495b-be88-cd945ce96844/c8e41bcf-2eef-449f-893b-6ddef345e7dd_20180908062846.854x480at800_h264.mp4   Keywords: video, edit
  • Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.   Adobe Education Exchange   After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find: Lesson plans and other learning materials Self-directed workshop Live short courses Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities. https://youtu.be/2FTMCVBRQGc   Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
  • 9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen – using technology appropriately - This webpage from Digital Citizenship, developed by Mike Ribble, shares The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship. They fall into three categories, which are listed below.   Respect Your Self / Respect Others Etiquette Access Law Educate Your Self / Connect with Others Communicate Literacy Commerce Protect Your Self / Protect Others Rights & Responsibilities Safety (Security) Health and Welfare   9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen   Keywords: digital literacy, digital fluency
  • RealtimeBoard - A simple whiteboard platform for cross-functional team collaboration. Data, images, spreadsheets, tasks, graphics, videos and more. The Realtime Board combines all of these parts in one place to allow teams or the entire organization to collaborate with each other. There are plenty of collaboration possibilities. Agile & Lean, Action plan, Strategy & Management, Kanban board, Meeting organizer, User story mapping, Gantt chart, Milestone chart, Retrospective, Product Management, Business model canvas, Persona, Product backlog, Six thinking hats, Random words, Empathy map, Timeline, Mindmap, UX & Design, Sitemap, Affinity diagram, Ideation, Wireframing, Lean UX. The image below visually shows just a few of the examples of how this tool can help to visually organize your ideas and processes. RealtimeBoard    Keywords: whiteboard
  • Notability - This note-taking app helps to combine handwriting, photos and typing in a single note to bring projects to life. Use a wide range of note-taking and sketching tools to capture every detail. You can even add and annotate PDFs. It’s the perfect place to create and organize work, school, and life's information! Experiment with different tools to create beautiful, hand-crafted notes and sketches. Continue to scale, rotate, and recolor your ideas and sketches until your notes are just how you want them. Once you're done, organize your notes with ease so you always know where to find what matters most. Zoom in on the specifics, or explore the big picture by combining sketches, outlines, and type. Now you are ready to share your notes with colleagues or study partners through Google Drive, AirDrop, Email and Dropbox. Stay organized and up-to-date wherever ...
  • EDpuzzle - EdPuzzle is a software that allows one to edit videos from a variety of places to personalize them to meet specific needs. For this application, one can take videos from YouTube, Kahn Academy, Vimeo, and several other places or upload their own video. The crop feature allows the user to focus the attention of the viewer on a particular segment of the video. EdPuzzle gives the editor an opportunity to add commentary as well as create quizzes. These features can enhance the interaction that viewers have with the videos that are edited/created. EdPuzzle requires instructors to create specific channels and then invite students to attend. Invitations can be managed by the instructor, or a link/code can be provided so students can opt in if they wish.   EDpuzzle   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Presentations, Quiz, Video
  • Edmodo - Edmodo is a controlled social media platform for teachers, students, and parents. It allows teachers to assign and grade homework on their mobile devices, students to connect with educators and classmates, and parents to stay up-to-date on what their kids are doing at school. Millions of learners around the world use Edmodo to find the resources they need and connect with educators. Use Edmodo to unite all the tools you already love and ensure your students have access to everything they need for learning. Create a safe space for discussion Edmodo lets you give a voice to shy or anxious students who would go unheard in traditional classrooms. Students are instantly familiar with Edmodo's interface and can communicate more easily with each other and with you. Edmodo   Keywords: Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Nozbe - Get things done. Personal scheduling and collaboration with peers. Busy people and effective teams get tasks and projects done thanks to Nozbe system and apps for the Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iPad and iPhone. Nozbe has been helping hundreds of thousands of busy professionals and organizations large and small get more done for the last 10 years. Thanks to our intuitive apps you’ll easily become a productivity ninja. You’ll learn how to deal with your incoming tasks, prioritize them, manage them within projects and get them done quickly and effectively. You’ll get easily organized with Nozbe’s famously easy-to-use web interface which works on any screen size! But it gets even better! You’ll be able to get things done anywhere, anyhow and anytime with a free accompanying Nozbe app for your computer, smartphone or tablet: Web, Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iPad ...
  • Bubbl - A mindmapping & brainstorming tool. A mind map is a graphical representation of ideas and concepts. It's a visual thinking tool for structuring information, helping you to better understand, remember and generate new ideas. Bubbl.us works the same on all platforms, for both desktop and mobile. You will never need to download or install an app to use Bubbl.us. Simply, bookmark the page, or add it to your home screen on a mobile device. Web-based with nothing to download Save your mind map as an image Share and collaborate with others One-click presentation Colorful and engaging concept maps   Bubbl   Keywords: Mindmaps, Photos & Images, Visual Design
  • Vizia - Engage viewers by integrating quizzes, polls, and Call-To-Actions (CTAs) into videos. Embed your Vizia videos anywhere — blogging platforms, site builders, e-commerce stores, you name it.Ask questions, multi-choice quizzes, and collect feedback through your videos. Turn passive viewers into active participants. Improve your content from feedback. Generate leads from your videos and make them even more shareable. This program is free!   Vizia   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Quiz, audience response, classroom response
  • Snapguide - Bring together photos, videos, tweets, and documents on the go. Share them with everyone. Find new recipes, DIY projects, beauty hacks, technology, and lifestyle tips all in one place!   Snapguide   Keywords: File Management, Photos & Images, Social Media
  • How to Improve Audio Quality with Audacity - This blog post from LearnUpon has a few practical tips on how to improve sound quality in audio recordings. The tips are targeted to using Audacity and they are also applicable to the use of other audio authoring tools. Poor audio quality is one of the most frustrating things you can subject your learners to. Not everyone has access to studio-quality equipment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have great audio in your training courses. In this post, we’ll show you how you can use a free audio program to create high-quality audio for your eLearning courses.   How to Improve Audio Quality with Audacity   Keywords: podcasts
  • Gliffy - Gliffy is a collaborative web-based diagram editor that can be used to create mind maps and other visual organizations of information such as; flow charts, org charts, schematic drawings, floor plans, technical drawings, concept maps, and more.   Gliffy   Keywords: Collaboration, Productivity Tools, Visual Design
  • iClicker - iClicker is a student response system that focuses on formative assessment and pedagogy. Allow your students to participate using laptops, mobile devices, or iClicker remotes. The choice is up to you and your students. Use GPS technology to ensure that students are attending class. No more attendance codes that can be easily shared via text. Ask polling questions on the fly. Facilitate active learning activities. Complete quizzes with mobile devices or clickers and grade in minutes. Students leave class with every question you ask to be used as a study guide. You can also choose to provide students with the correct answers and control when students receive the study guide. iClicker’s simple LMS integrations allow you to upload grades with the push of a button. Our student single sign-on ensures that all student data syncs flawlessly—even when students enter their names ...
  • Infogram - Infographics (Information graphics) are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends. Infographics are a better way to: 1. Tell a compelling data-driven story 2. Make content with data that is easy to understand 3. Grab your viewer’s attention 4. Increase brand awareness and drive traffic with visuals Charts and maps help to: 1. Make data easier to understand and remember 2. Discover unknown facts, outliers, and trends 3. Visualize relationships and patterns quickly 4. Ask better questions and make better decisions   Infogram   Keywords: ePortfolios, Presentations, Social Media
  • Knovio - Knovio is a web-based application that can record web camera video and attach that video to presentation slides from Microsoft PowerPoint or image files. Overall it's a great way to get “virtual lectures” created in a quick and efficient manner. Educators: Deliver highly interactive, video-led teaching experiences with video presentations. It's the fast and easy way to share lectures and research insights, teaching notes and classroom instructions. Quickly measure learning outcomes with a 360° view of student engagement and activity. and have students record their own video presentations. Students: Add your personality and passion to your next assignment using video, audio narration and interactive features. Record your assignments and share them with team members and professors. Rehearse and review your big presentations and create unique multimedia experiences for job applications and internships.   Knovio   Keywords: Media, Presentations, Quiz Recording, Screencast, Video
  • OverLeaf - Overleaf is an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool that makes the whole process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents much quicker and easier. Real-time collaboration in your browser: The convenience of an easy-to-use WYSIWYG manuscript editor, with real-time collaboration and structured, fully typeset output produced automatically in the background as you type. Prefer to edit directly in LaTeX? Overleaf provides a full collaborative online LaTeX editor you can switch to at any time.   Overleaf   Keywords: Collaboration, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing
  • Camtasia - Record anything — your whole screen or just a window. Or, add video, images, audio, and PowerPoint presentations that you already ha