Tools and Resources relating to: 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 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
  • 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  
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • Atavist for Education - Atavist is a publishing and storytelling platform to turn your ideas into stunning projects & portfolios.   Atavist for Education   Keywords: Blogs, Wikis
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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  
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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  
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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 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, ...
  • 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
  • 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), ...
  • 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  
  • 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
  • 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 ...