Tools and Resources relating to: Create New Knowledge

  • Insight Maker | Simulation and Modeling - Insight Maker is a free tool to create simulations and modeling in your browser that lets you express your thoughts using rich pictures and causal loop diagrams. It then lets you turn these diagrams into powerful simulation models. Insight Maker integrates three general modeling approaches – System Dynamics, Agent-Based Modeling, and imperative programming. Insight Maker   Keywords: chart, graph
  • newtFire {DH} - The newtFire site serves as an incubator of learning and research collaboration between scholars and students in the Digital Humanities from multiple institutions, and is the project development site of Elisa Beshero-Bondar, Program Chair of Digital Media, Arts, and Technology (DIGIT) at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. This site contains numerous tutorials and exercises well suited for working within the digital humanities, computer science, and beyond. Current tutorials include: Git and GitHub | HTML | JavaScript | Network Analysis | Project Preparation | Python | QGIS | Regular Expressions | Relax NG | Schematron | SVG | TEI | XML | XPath | XQuery | XSLT   newtFire {DH}
  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops international standards for the Web: HTML, CSS, and many more. The W3C is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Led by Web inventor and Director Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C's mission is to lead the Web to its full potential. The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops standards and support materials to help understand and implement accessibility to make websites, applications, and other digital creations more accessible and usable to everyone. -- from W3C website   World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
  • 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
  • Crevado - One of the easiest free portfolio websites, Crevado lets you use a simple drag-and-drop tool to upload your projects and rearrange on the screen for true ease-of-use. The site is also automatically optimized for any device, so your portfolio can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet as well as a desktop. Best of all, you can customize your design to suit your preferences without writing any code.   Crevado  
  • Jimdo - Jimdo provides two products including the standard editor, Jimdo Creator, and Jimdo Dolphin which falls under a new category of website builder systems. These two products live side by side: Jimdo Creator enables building a website from scratch or running your blog or online store, and Jimdo Dolphin is used to get a beautiful website that's ready to go in just a few minutes.   Jimdo
  • Scalar - Scalar is a free, open-source publishing platform geared toward long-form scholarship with embedded multimedia. It also provides the capability for multimedia tagging and annotation, as well as for interacting with stories in a nonlinear way through different path structures. Scalar allows for the easy creation of a website using a book-type format. It was created by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture at the University of Southern California.   Scalar    
  • Stanford d.school - Everyone has the capacity to be creative. The Stanford d.school is a place where people develop problem-solving skills using methods from across the field of design. Resources on this site include toolkits to guide learners through design challenges. Stanford d.school Stanford d.school - Resources How to Design an Education Escape Room    
  • Brainstorming – Creativity Techniques from Mindtools.com - Brainstorming encourages people to create new ideas that, at first, may seem crazy.  However, the initial ideas can be further refined to be feasible and practical. Brainstorming can be enhanced to facilitate idea generation by using techniques such as brainwriting, the stepladder technique, and starbursting.   Brainstorming - Creativity Techniques from Mindtools.com   
  • Wikipedia List of Fact-checking Websites - In this age of misinformation, the internet and mass movement of data on the internet and plethora of data has made is more difficult to know what is true and what is not. People nowadays are looking for instant gratification and quick response and reaction. Fact-checking has become an extremely viable tool.   List of fact-checking websites
  • NoCoffee - NoCoffee is a vision simulator extension for Chrome. It simulates different vision impairments by putting a filter over web pages. Thus, it helps users understand the problems faced by people with slight to extreme vision problems. For example, it shows how web pages with very small text or click target are difficult to read for individuals with low acuity. The user can also experience how texts with very low contrast, e.g. light gray text on white, pose difficulty for individuals with low contrast sensitivity. In addition, this accessibility extension helps users simulate colorblindness, visual snow, glare, ghosting, cataracts, nystagmus, retinal detachment, hemanopia, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, etc. NoCoffee can be downloaded for free from the Chrome web store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nocoffee/jjeeggmbnhckmgdhmgdckeigabjfbddl?hl=en-US.   Keywords: Simulation, Vision, Accessibility
  • Equation Editor - This application includes a complete math equation editor along with the option to discuss math problems in a common forum. This application includes a full-featured math equation editor is included and you can easily write calculus, matrices, determinants, or trigonometry equations with a user-friendly interface. All symbols are included and most frequently used symbols are accessible with a single click. You can also share equations edited/created using this app as images and write a math equation using three different colors to explain solutions.   Equation Editor
  • Ideament - Ideament is a great app if you need to brainstorm new ideas as it helps you organize the ideas. It is perfect for creating diagrams, mind maps, concept maps, or flow charts and is good at converting them to a text outline, just like Idea Sketch. The app’s cloud-friendly features allow you to save or share your ideas.   Ideament
  • F.A.I.L. University: Fearless Adventures In Learning - FUN FREE Online Learning Tools   TRY ONE BEFORE YOU MAKE ONE! Escape this Breakout Room as/after you watch this 6 min. Gamification Intro!  (Answer KEY) See the FREE learning game-making tools below.  (Students can play your games without creating an account.) Want help?  Get FREE online gamification lessons at F.A.I.L. University   Hyperlinked Site Examples Help Center Tips Google Forms (with EquatIO add-on for STEM subjects) Google Form Escape Room Escape Room Instructions Learning Center Create a Google account Create a Google Form quiz Wisc-Online Baseball, Spin to Win... Contact, FAQ Save questions in Google Doc ProProfs Brain Games Crossword, Brain Teaser... Help Desk Save questions in Google Doc Purpose Games Image Quiz, Slide Quiz... Help Center Free, with ads Super Teacher Tools Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... Help Desk Google registration Class Tools Pac Man, Asteroids, Pong... Contact, FAQ Save Q’s in Google Doc, ads Quizlet Match, Gravity, Live... Help Center Google registration, with ads   FUN FREE online gamification lessons for teachers at F.A.I.L. University Questions?  Email Jeremy at info@FailU.org   F.A.I.L. University: Fearless Adventures ...
  • LearningApps - LearningApps.org is a Web 2.0 application, to support learning and teaching processes with small interactive modules. Those modules can be used directly in learning materials, but also for self-studying. The aim is to collect reusable building blocks and make them available to everyone. Blocks (called Apps) include no specific framework or a specific learning scenario. The blocks are therefore not suitable as complete lessons or tasks. Instead, they must be embedded in an appropriate teaching scenario.   LearningApps
  • Wordle - Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from the text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out or save them to your own desktop. You may want to try installing a desktop version of it on your Mac or Windows computer. The desktop version is exactly the same as the old web version. You'll have to work around various scary security warnings because the app installers aren't signed.   Wordle   Keywords: wordcloud
  • PicsArt - PicsArt makes it easy to step-up your photo editing game, make amazing images, and share with friends. It lets you be truly creative with its almost limitless features ― and it’s starting a movement to help the people “go beyond the filter” and make awesome pictures.   PicsArt
  • Metaverse - Metaverse is an easy way to create Augmented Reality Experiences on your computer and watch them come to life in the Metaverse app. When using AR always be aware of your surroundings, watch out for people, moving objects, still objects, and more. Have fun and be safe.   Metaverse
  • 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 ...
  • OpenWHO - OpenWHO is the World Health Organization's new interactive platform that offers online courses to people preparing to work in epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies or already doing so. The OpenWHO platform delivers WHO’s and partners’ expertise closer to where it is needed and provides information in user-friendly formats for frontline responders and decision-makers. The platform is managed by the Learning and Capacity Development unit in the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme. Users take part in a worldwide, social learning network that is based on interactive, online courses and materials covering a variety of subjects. OpenWHO also serves as a forum for the fast sharing of public health expertise and in-depth discussion and feedback on key issues.   OpenWho
  • Bandcamp - Bandcamp is a site for musicians who are eager to publish new content. It allows musicians to directly get support from the audience they are impacting. Bandcamp allows the musicians to get paid for their art from the audience that chooses to contribute to their endeavors. You can also sign up as a fan to listen to music and get new music daily. It will help you explore new music and expand your musical knowledge as well. If you are interested in signing up certain musicians you can do that as well by signing up as a label.   Bandcamp
  • Khan Academy - Khan Academy is an American non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. All resources are available for free to users of the website and app. Teachers can post their relevant subject quiz to their customized students with the class creating feature enabled as in Google Classroom.    Khan Academy
  • ScreenFlow - ScreenFlow is a video editing, screen recording and sharing tool from Telestream. It is specifically useful for educators who would like to record their presentations or any other computer software demos, then edit them, add info layers, voice over and other elements that would make the video more interesting and engaging.   Telestream ScreenFlow for Mac ScreenFlow Features for Education Easy to use, easy to learn: ScreenFlow is easy to use and easy to learn – even if you have no experience creating video. Record everything: Record your computer screen and / or your video camera and add your own narration. Easy video editing: Easily add zoom & pan effects, trim clips, add drop shadow & reflection, adjust audio levels, and more. Closed caption support with SRT import: Add, edit and publish ADA Compliant soft subtitles as caption tracks to your MPEG-4 movies ...
  • Animaker - Animaker is an online do-it-yourself (#DIY) animation video maker that brings studio quality presentations within everyone's reach. The software is cloud-based, and was launched in 2014. It allows users to create animated videos using pre-built characters and templates. In 2017, Animaker became the first tool to launch an animated vertical video creator. In February 2015 the software was officially launched based on a freemium model that allowed users a free account option.   Animaker
  • SUNY OER Services - SUNY OER Services (SOS) is a shared service organization operating out of the State Uniiversity of New York's (SUNY) Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) who works directly with all SUNY campuses and faculty to provide assistance and knowledge to support OER adoption and sustained use as a driver of faculty choice and student success. Services include offering a ready-to-adopt OER catalog, facilitating the seamless integration of OER into the LMS, the remixing of OER from various sources, and the offline (print) production of OER. The services and resources offered by SUNY’s OER partners are at no cost to SUNY campuses or faculty. User-friendly technology to support adopting, adapting, and building of OER course content Professional development opportunities, online and on campus Networking across faculty and campuses to advance open educational practices Support in establishing sustainable OER programs Guidance around ...
  • SMORE - Create newsletters, or electronic flyers in seconds for free. Easy-to-use and engaging. Collaborate with your audience even add text, images, video or clickable buttons. Colorful backgrounds and choice of font styles. Professional look achieved quickly. SMORE generates a clickable link that remains with your design. If you need to edit, just re-publish to update. Tool also provides analytics such as how many times your newsletter or flyer were viewed.   SMORE    
  • Digital BreakoutEDU Sandbox - This site is a "sandbox" of examples of digital breakout lessons modeled after escape rooms and BreakoutEDU kits. Unlike traditional escape room-style lessons, a digital breakout is done entirely online through a webpage created by the instructor. Participants explore the curated site looking for clues and combinations that will unlock digital "locks," typically found in an embedded Google Form. The sandbox allows you to explore different game themes and subject areas, as well as sort by participant age or grade level.   BreakoutEDU Digital Sandbox
  • Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.   Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Storyboarder - Storyboarder makes it easy to visualize a story as fast you can draw stick figures. Quickly draw to test if a story idea works.   Storyboarder   Keywords: video storytelling
  • 8 Best Free PDF Editors - This list of the top 8 free PDF editors help you to add, edit, and delete text and images, fill out forms, insert signatures, etc. Because not all of these free PDF editors support the same features, and some are restricted in what you can do, remember that you can process the same PDF in more than one tool. Some of the editors listed work right in a web browser, so all you have to do is upload your PDF file to the website, make the changes you want, and then save it back to your computer. Typically, an online editor isn't as fully featured as its desktop counterpart, plus the file is exposed to the internet (which might be of concern if it contains sensitive content). It is important to also note that PDF files are often less accessible than other ...
  • 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    
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Teleprompt.me - The web's only voice-powered teleprompter. Drop in a script and it automatically scrolls as you speak. This voice-controlled teleprompter uses Chrome's built-in microphone to scroll as you speak. Creating a text-based script for your videos also helps to later generate captions, ensuring your video's content is accessible to the widest possible audience.   Teleprompt-me
  • Atom – coding made easy for brand new Mac users - Hello fellow Mac coders! Atom is a free and easy to download application that allows coders to change and organize files easily. Once downloaded, any folder can be dragged and all the files will be ready to be used. Highly recommended if you're coding on any kind of Mac, since coding on Terminal can be troubling without proper help. Most help that's being given is by Windows users. Atom breaks the barrier between the two and if a Mac user needs any additional help, a windows user should be able to help through the use of atom. Give it a shot.   Atom.io
  • Creative Book Builder - Creative Book Builder allows you to create books in epub format, which can then be exported to iBooks and shared with others. Embed images, audio files, video files, and write text. The advantage of an epub document over a PDF document is that all of the media will be preserved and available for readers to interact with when the final product is published. (Excerpt from All about apps in YOUR classroom!)   Creative Book Builder
  • SUNY’s Quality by Design (QbD) - SUNY's Quality by Design (QbD) is a four-week online course that provides a unique opportunity for anyone interested in learning about good course design. QbD focuses on four major topics that are a key component of any quality designed course, including: Learner Support Content Presentation & Accessibility Interaction & Collaboration Evaluation & Assessment The course is intended for anyone at all levels of experience with an interest in effective teaching practices.   Quality by Design (QbD)
  • Paywall: The Business of Scholarship - This full-length (1 hr.) documentary focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. This film is free to view both in personal and public venues with a CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons license.   Paywall: The Business of Scholarship   Keywords: Creative Commons, Copyright, Open Educational Resource (OER)
  • 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
  • Project Noah | Networked Organisms And Habitats - Project Noah is "a global citizen science platform to discover, share, and identify wildlife. It is a software tool that that nature lovers can use to explore and document local wildlife and share with others. It also provides a common technology platform for research groups, teachers and students interested in wildlife.   Project Noah | Networked Organisms And Habitats   Keywords: Wildlife    
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - With the ever rising cost of education, the textbook price is also rising. The open educational resources model has surfaced as a response to this problem and to meet the increasing demand of high-quality learning materials. Open textbooks can be offered by commercial publishers or found in open repositories. Open resources can promote active learning through student interaction with the text, particularly when they contribute to authorship. Although open textbooks face questions about the accuracy and reliability of their content, they allow higher education instructors to design content for their courses on an as-needed basis, choosing from an array of books, articles, videos, audio recordings, and readings. This EDUCAUSE resource provides concise information about OERs. The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and ...
  • Versal - Versal is a 'daily learning platform' with a holistic approach with educators as the target audience, Versal provides an online space for easy presentation of lecture materials with integrated interactive assignments. Versal makes online learning simple enough for anyone to deploy. Blend classroom lectures with interactive assignments, make distance learning more effective,   Versal
  • SOL*R - SOL*R is a repository service provided by BCcampus that allows educators to access free online learning resources. SOL*R includes learning resources from a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. Resources range from open textbooks, individual learning activities, and tools, all the way to full programs.   SOL*R
  • Open Culture - Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It's all free. It's all enriching. But it's also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high-quality content whenever and wherever you want it.   Open Culture 
  • Mason OER Metafinder - The Mason OER Metafinder searches seventeen targets in real-time, instantly returning the top several hundred or so relevant hits from each site. Searches include open textbooks, libraries, museums and organizations from around the world.   Mason OER Metafinder
  • Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) - Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 46 different sources and contains 151,178 records.   Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS)
  • Creative Commons - CreativeCommons.org is the official site for Creative Commons, which is an American non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. The organization has released several copyright-licenses, known as Creative Commons licenses, free of charge to the public. Use the tools found on Creative Commons tools to share your work. Free, easy-to-use copyright licenses offer a simple, standardized way to give your permission to share and use your creative work. Adopt one of the various CC licenses to share your work according to the conditions of your choice. Creative Commons Licenses dictate whether a resource can be revised and remixed, as well as whether or not commercial entities can use it. The two most “open” licenses are CC By and CC BY– SA because they allow for revisions and remixes along ...
  • SUNY OER Services – Embracing Open Pedagogy - Open Pedagogy is a commitment to learner-driven education AND a process to shape teaching approaches and use tools for learning that enable the learners to contribute by creating and sharing learning content.   SUNY OER Services - Embracing Open Pedagogy
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • Flippity - Flippity is a series of web apps that can easily turn a Google Spreadsheet into a set of online Flashcards or Quiz Show. There are cards for helping a teacher create random groups, or mix and match activities. Students accomplishments can be tracked using the Badge Tracker and the Certificate Quiz. There is even a Spelling Words that can read the word to you. Other tools include a Timeline, Random Name Picker, Scavenger Hunt, Word Search, Crossword Puzzle, Mad Libs and more. An option is also available to use Flippity without connecting to a Google Sheet.   Flippity
  • 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      
  • Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) - This open education resource (OER) is designed to assist with reading and writing at the college level. The Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides multimedia support to students preparing for college-level writing, as well as students making the transition out of introductory-level writing courses. The Online Reading Comprehension Lab (ORC) is the, first of its kind, online reading resource, which offers an abundance of support materials designed to help students develop college-level reading skills. The OWL site is OER and CC licensed and hundreds of activities are available that can be directly embedded in your own blog or course site.   Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL)   This 30-minute webinar about the Excelsior Online Writing Lab (OWL) was presented as part of the Open SUNY Fellow Cat series by Dr. Francesco (Frank) Crocco, Director of the Online Writing Lab at Excelsior College, and Dr. Elizabeth Johnston, ...
  • Articulate 360 - Articulate 360 includes both Storyline and Rise plus other authoring apps. With Storyline 360 you can develop custom, interactive courses that work on every device. It's powerful enough for experts, but easy for beginners to create virtually any interaction imaginable. Choose Rise when you want to build fully responsive courses in minutes. All you need is a web browser to quickly create beautiful courses optimized for every screen size. Get the course assets you need to get going quickly. Articulate 360 includes a library of 3+ million photos, templates, characters, videos, icons, and more. (NOTE: Articulate is NOT a free resource.)   Articulate 360  
  • Vyond (formerly Go Animate) - One of the animation and whiteboard building websites. Vyond has prebuilt templates that customize for business or education. You choose backgrounds and props or can upload custom images. Vyond has a diverse selection of ethnic characters or you can customize to resemble an actual person. You can choose music from their library and narrate with your voice or use text-to-speech software. Note: Vyond only has a 14-day free trial. Although it is costly, it has many capabilities for animation.   Vyond   Keywords: animation, storytelling
  • Open Education Group - The Open Education Research Group is supported by a group at Bringham Young University conducts research to measure the impact of OER use. The Open Education Group site's tagline is, "socially responsive research that concretely improves society." The site also shares stories about how OERs are used in the "real world." The scenarios are great starting points for faculty to think of ways to integrate OERs into their courses, going beyond providing a catalog of OER materials. Ideas are presented through this site as concrete examples of how OER-enabled pedagogy can be implemented in real-world instructional scenarios. The OER Adoption Impact Calculator is another great resource available through this site to calculate how much an individual course, program, or institution might potentially save by adopting OER.   Open Education Group   Keywords: lessons
  • Panopto: Lecture Capture - Panopto is a lecture-capture program.  It is used to record any activity on a computer to an online video.  The video is then indexed automatically for certain events, such as each slide advance of PowerPoint slides.  Panopto records audio as well, along screen activity such as clicking on the screen and navigating web pages, the computer's folders, and the use of software to display any activity.  The videos can be saved on the local computer, but the real power is that they are saved in a Panopto server for streaming to many people at once. There is also an editing function available as part of the Panopto full software download.   Panopto   Keywords: lecture capture, screencast, podcasts
  • Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.   Adobe Education Exchange   After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find: Lesson plans and other learning materials Self-directed workshop Live short courses Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities. https://youtu.be/2FTMCVBRQGc   Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
  • 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
  • Biteable - Biteable offers you the possibility to organize and make videos. Pick from premade templates and just customize the text and visuals to meet your needs. The free plan allows you to create a limited number of videos per month. The pro version is a more robust environment to expand your creativity.   Biteable Keywords: video, animation
  • OER Community Course Experience - The OER Community Course Experience is created by the State University of New York (SUNY) OER Services. The SUNY OER Community Courses introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to Open Educational Resources. Throughout the learning space, you have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing, and licensing OER. In this course, participants have opportunities to connect in conversation with peers, and work with OER advocates from the SUNY community who can help you along your learning journey.   OER Community Course Experience   Keywords: Open Educational Resources, OER, tutorial  
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Animoto - Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows.   Animoto   Keywords: Audio, Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Video
  • VivaVideo - VivaVideo is a professional video editing app with tools to trim, merge, split, control the speed of a video, and play it in reverse. You can also transform clips and photos into memorable movies with text, music, transition, filters, themes, and stickers.   VivaVideo   Keywords: Video
  • Explorable Explanations – Learning through play - Explorable Explanation is a hub for learning through play that has been created by artists, coders & educators to reunite play and learning. It is a great tool to teach something interactively rather than the usual read-watch-listen-question-and-answer format.   Explorable Explanations   Keywords: Gamification, Simulations  
  • 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
  • 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
  • H5P Interactive Content Creator - Hello HTML5! Goodbye flash! You can create, share and re-use interactive content in your browser or integrated right into your LMS! Create Richer HTML5 Content in Existing Publishing Platforms. Share Content Seamlessly Across Any H5P Capable Site. Reuse and modify Content in Your Browser at Any Time. Explore over 40 different types of interactive content including presentations, timelines,  games & quizzes. See a few examples of H5P or visit their website for complete and detailed information.   h5p.org   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Gamification, Media, Photos & Images, Podcasts, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Quiz, Recording, Screencast, Simulations, Video
  • Adobe Spark - Spark is a free software created by Adobe, who is the industry standard go-to for visual design applications. The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools includes Photoshop, which is by far the most popular graphic editor. Spark is freely available with premium features available for a fee. The rest of the Adobe toolset is available on a subscription basis and is not a freely available resource. Spark is useful to create online and mobile graphic designs. Easily create beautiful images, videos, web pages, animated videos & social graphics with beautiful typography. A variety of free templates are available to help inspire your creations. Spark also lets you get Creative with Memes & upgrades Instagram Stories with animated posts.   Adobe Spark   Keywords: ePortfolios, Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Video, Visual Design, Websites
  • PowToon - PowToon is a program for making small videos, presentations, and animations. It has several characters that can be animated, with different backgrounds and colors that make the construction of your presentation very easy. Web-based animations allow users to create presentations by manipulating pre-created objects, imported images, provided music and user-created voice-overs.   PowToon   PowToon Quick Start Guide - A series of engaging instructional videos about PowToons, from basic design to more advanced functions. 7 Alternative Technology in the Classroom Presentation Tools - This blog entry from TeachHub touches upon PowToon in the list of alternative technology in the classroom.   Keywords: Creative Commons, Media, Presentations, Video
  • 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
  • Blinkist - Blinkist is an app that takes a non-fiction book, summarizes it and reads it back to you (in audio or text) within 15 minutes. This app is great for people who love to learn new things but don't have the time to read an entire book. Note: a free trial is available. Otherwise, the app must be paid on a monthly or yearly subscription.   Blinkist   Keywords: Audio, Lifelong Learning, Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools
  • 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
  • Blogger - Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. Although there are more complex blogging tools available, the combination of cost (free) and flexibility makes Blogger an attractive option, whether you’re updating friends and family about your life, hosting your own advice column, or discussing political views. Your blog can have multiple contributors or you only. You can even use Blogger to make podcast feeds. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com.   Blogger   Blogger Help Page - This is the Blogger Help page put together by Google.   Keywords: Blogs, ePortfolios, Websites
  • Lynda - Lynda is an online education company that offers thousands of video courses on various topics like, software, technology, and business skills. Lynda.com has recently merged with LinkedIn. Lynda   Note: New York state residents are eligible for a New York Public Library (NYPL) card to access Lynda tutorials. Other library systems and institutions also make Lynda.com available to their communities. If you are aware of other options to access Lynda.com, please edit this entry ad add information.   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Mobile Apps, Video  
  • 17 Web Tools and Apps to Create Interactive Video Lessons and Quizzes - This blog post was written by Shelly Terell shares a number of tools that can be used to add interactivity to video.   17 Web Tools and Apps to Create Interactive Video Lessons and Quizzes   Keywords: Quiz, Video
  • Creative Commons USA - Creative Commons USA is a chapter of the CC Global Network. This site provides an array of resources that can be used to further your understanding or train others on Creative Commons such as what it is, how to use materials, implementing, etc.   Creative Commons USA   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Video
  • Teachers’ Guide to Using Freely Available Videos - This excellent guide out of the University of Michigan is geared to helping teachers cut through the tremendous amount of freely available videos on the web, to find the gems that enhance learning across subject areas. This guide helps educators make sense of the educational content that exists online, by first suggesting dividing videos into 2 categories: instructional (useful for instructing or explaining concepts) and supplemental (to complement instruction, spark further inquiry, motivate exploration). The guide includes links to recommended sites for both kinds of content, an explanation of how to curate and evaluate video content, how to blend video into your curriculum, and exercises for flipped classrooms.   Teachers Guide to Using Videos
  • YouTube - Get started with YouTube, playing, watching, and creating videos. YouTube is a video-sharing site available in nearly every country and over fifty different languages. Anyone with an Internet connection can share content, whether they are organizations with large budgets or an individual with a video camera. The material is organized into channels and users can create their own private channels. YouTube is an extremely large platform that allows people to upload videos to the internet to inform, entertain, and share things with people around the world. Although many people think of YouTube as an entertainment-based website, the number of educational videos are innumerable. You can teach yourself almost any skill by watching Youtube videos. Youtube is a very useful tool to not only learn things but also to network with other people. So many people have connected through similar interests on Youtube. ...
  • Vimeo - Vimeo is a popular video sharing site. Anyone can upload a video to this site for free, by signing up for the Vimeo basic membership package that offers video storage and privacy settings. Vimeo hosts videos in the highest quality possible. You can upload 4K Ultra HD quality, video management tools, no ads before, during, or after your videos, and professional live streaming plans. With Vimeo, you can use powerful editing tools made for creators and brands, review videos with collaborators, drive engagement, and embed anywhere. It is possible to easily see how your videos are performing. You can also find quality videos created by others.   Vimeo   Vimeo Help Center - Help in several main areas and a search bar. Vimeo help on Uploading your videos 5 Reasons to Host Videos on Vimeo Instead of YouTube - Compares Vimeo and youtube for hosting videos.   Keywords: Audio, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • HP Reveal - HP Reveal is HP Autonomy's augmented reality platform. It is available as a software development kit or as a free app for iOS- and Android-based mobile devices. The app's image recognition technology uses a smartphone's or tablet's camera to recognize real-world images and then overlay media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages. HP Reveal is formerly known as Aurasma.   HP Reveal   A TED Talk by Matt Mills introducing the Aurasma App.   Keywords: Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Interactive Physics - The Interactive Physics site offers some insights into how to use Physics Interactive and allows the user to demo the software without installing it. A large number of high schools are investing in iPads and Chromebooks in an effort to provide every student with a web-connected computing device. This rapidly-growing trend leaves physics teachers in a bit of a predicament. We've learned to depend upon a collection of interactive web resources that were built on the backbone of plug-in technologies such as Java, Flash, and Shockwave. And now very few of these resources work on the devices that our students hold in their hands. The rapid emergence of these modern devices has left a void in our traditional curriculum and instruction. The Physics Interactives is our effort to help fill that void. The Physics Interactives is a growing collection of ...
  • iNaturalist - The iNaturalist app helps you upload citizen science observations of plants and animals to the iNaturalist.org online community for naturalists as well as other members of the iNaturalist network such as NaturaLista.mx in Mexico. You can: record observations with photos and GPS locations; explore observations from around the world; keep track of updates from people you follow.   iNaturalist   Getting started with iNaturalist - This page explains how to get started with iNaturalist and offers a wealth of resources, including video tutorials and a teacher's guide.   Keywords: Virtual Labs
  • SketchUp - SketchUp, formerly Google Sketchup, is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. It is available as a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, SketchUp Pro.   SketchUp   SketchUp video tutorials - This four-part series of videos helps the user learn how to get started with SketchUp.   Keywords: 3D
  • Visible Body 3D Human Anatomy Atlas - Visible Body offers a whole world of visual human biology for healthcare professionals, professors, and students. Visible Body makes learning and teaching anatomy and physiology visual and engaging. Learn about the human body anatomy. This application can be a great help for healthcare professionals, instructors, and amateurs interested in biology.   Visible Body   Visible Body - This video is a walkthrough demonstration about how to use Visible Body.   Keywords: 3D
  • Shapeways - Shapeways is the world's leading 3D Printing marketplace and community. We enable anyone to make, buy, and sell products with 3D Printing.   Shapeways   3D printing and design tutorials - This series of tutorials will help you to get started using Shapeways.   Keywords: 3D
  • EndNote Basic - The full desktop version of EndNote is the number one citation management product used by academics and it offers a comprehensive approach to citation management. Many institutions have site licenses available for faculty and students. If your institution does not provide access to the full featured version, you can use the free version online, EndNote Basic. Two advantages to using EndNote Basic is the ability to transfer references to and from EndNote on your desktop and share references with others who have EndNote.   EndNote Basic   How to use EndNote for Windows How to use EndNote for Mac   Keywords: Collaboration, Resource Library, Searching
  • Zotero - Zotero is far easier to learn and navigate than Endnote. Zotero is citation management software is available as a stand-alone desktop application and right in the browser as an add-in for Firefox. Since most searches are performed with a browser Zotero provides a seamless way to manage your citations. Zotero is most suited to organize scholarly literature such as book and articles. You can also add PDFs, images, audio and video files. Zotero allows you to organize, tag, highlight and make comments and notes on articles. Zotero allows you to create workgroups and share resources online, either with a private group or publicly.   Zotero   Zotero Quick Start Guide - A quick help guide to the Zotero interface.   Keywords: Collaboration, Resource Library, Searching
  • Diigo - Diigo is the tagging and social bookmarking site. Registered Diigo users can bookmark, tag and highlight webpages with the key feature of adding annotations. For collaborative projects, you can share those annotations with a group or create a share link to send to outside users. The social tagging feature has created a collection of quality content with the opportunity to find and connect with those with shared interests in the field.   Diigo   Watch this video about using Diigo to collect, highlight and select. (3 min. 36 sec.)  Diigo - Tour - Annotate Archive Organize - This page summarizes how Diigo works and some of the highlights of the tool. Using Diigo to Annotate, Archive, & Organize Student Learning with Diigo Apply for a Diigo Educator Upgrade to request a special premium account provided specifically to educators. Note: To get quick access to your Diigo libraries and be able to ...
  • 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, ...
  • Coursera - Perhaps the best-known provider of online MOOCs, Coursera describes itself as providing "universal access to the world s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online." While courses are mostly free or low-cost, students must pay to secure a certificate of completion. Students can even complete degrees online via Coursera and partnering institutions.   Coursera   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Udacity - Udacity's tagline reads: "where lifelong learners come to learn the skills they need, to land the jobs they want, to build the lives they deserve." While Udacity offers many university-style MOOCs, this for-profit site is now oriented towards vocational education, offering courses and nanodegrees in technological fields.   Udacity Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access  
  • Canvas Network - Canvas Network provides an open platform where "teachers, students, and institutions worldwide can connect and plan their own course for personal growth, professional development and academic inquiry." Learners can choose between enrolling in a MOOC or courses that have enrollment caps. Canvas does not award certificates or degrees although many partnering institutions do. The Canvas Learning Management Platform allows schools to build the digital learning environment that meets the unique challenges faced by their institution. Canvas simplifies teaching, elevates learning, and eliminates the headaches of supporting and growing traditional learning technologies. Canvas is made up of a powerful set of highly integrated learning products that allow institutions to get all of the functionality they need and none that they don’t. Instructure built Canvas with open, adaptable, reliable, native cloud technologies that empower learning in every context.   Canvas Network   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & ...
  • Edorble Academy - A learning community for those interested in 3D/VR technology, online learning, education technology, gamification, and more.   Edorble   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) - A State University of New York (SUNY) initiative to provide affordable educational alternatives to traditional textbooks. SUNY provides this service to assist faculty, librarians, and staff to identify lower-cost, electronic, free, and Open Educational Resources (OER).   Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS)   How to Search for an Open Textbook using SUNY ALS - A tutorial guide on locating open textbooks using Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions.   Keywords: Creative Commons, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Open SUNY Textbooks - A publishing model to support faculty adoption, remixing, and creation of open educational resources.   Open SUNY Textbooks   Information for Faculty - Information page for faculty who wish to implement OERs into their courses. Learn to navigate the Open SUNY Textbooks page and catalog.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • SUNY OER Course Development Support - SUNY OER Services is a well-organized collection of resources for courses in many disciplines with several subjects specialized within each. Each link provides a section for SUNY resources, where available, and another for Additional Offerings. The site is growing with resources being added regularly. Select your topic of interest to reach the individual support page for each subject area.   SUNY OER Course Development Support   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • MERLOT II - A program of the California State University System partnering with education institutions, professional societies, and industry to bring together a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. Each resource has been reviewed by faculty familiar with the discipline and rated by the community of users. OER include full courses, websites, videos, test sets, textbooks, and tutorials.   MERLOT II   MERLOT Help – A 'context-sensitive' help system designed for users who require information or assistance about the MERLOT website, functionality, or services. How to Use MERLOT – Resource guide providing links to several pages for using MERLOT in your classroom. Merlot Content Builder – offers a quick and easy way to deliver web-based open content, hosted through the CSU and MERLOT. Content Builder resources can easily be incorporated into MERLOT's vast OER search engine in addition.   Keywords: Open ...
  • OER Commons - OER Commons provides a single point of access from which users can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER. They include game-based learning objects, videos, full courses, and adult education materials. Some of the disciplines covered are communication, history, career training, anthropology, and economics. The site is a comprehensive infrastructure that allows site visitors to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners. OER Commons is one of the best resources for open content. It is indexed and searchable (by topic, by resource type, by academic level, and by standard) and the content is reliably open (and vetted).   OER Commons   OER Commons Help Center - Resource page to get users started in creating, building and evaluating content on the page. Open Educational Resources: - OERCommons Reviews - ...
  • OpenStax College - Publishes a collection of peer-reviewed, freely available online textbooks. It is an initiative of Rice University. They have a limited number of disciplines covered, but there is a gold mine of supplemental resources linked under each.   OpenStax   OpenStax Support - Resource page to get started in using the platform or find help from the question bank. Free Textbooks From Rice OpenStax: Too Good to Be True? - A discussion of Open Stax including its origins and the groups involved.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Open Textbook Library - A repository hosted by the University of Minnesota to provide access to complete textbooks licensed so teachers and students can freely use, adapt, and distribute the material. They cover a variety of disciplines including law, business, mathematics, and the natural sciences.   Open Textbook Library   Frequently Asked Questions - There are many ways you can use these quality books. This guide shows how these books will be a good match for you. Penn State joining Open Textbook Network to support affordable course content - This article about Penn States' recent decision to join Open Textbook Network discusses the value of OTN both educational and financial.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • Open-NYS - Open-NYS is the collaboration of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide support for the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) across both systems.   Open NYS   Getting Started with Open Resources - Guide to help educators adopt, adapt and build open resources for the classroom.   Keywords: Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • SoundCloud - Discover, stream, and share a constantly expanding mix of music from emerging and major artists around the world. SoundCloud is described as a 'social sound platform' and is basically the same as Youtube but for audio files. With SoundCloud you can follow millions of people, musicians, radio channels and podcasts on a vast range of topics or you can create your own channel and upload recordings for people to listen to.   SoundCloud   Get Started on SoundCloud - Guide to starting and managing a SoundCloud account with support resources. Podcasting on SoundCloud - Resource page to get started with recording your podcasts.   Keywords: audio, media, recording, podcasts
  • 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 ...