Tools and Resources relating to: Visualize Information

  • 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. 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 3.5 million amazing pre-created content. 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    
  • Clipchamp - With Clipchamp, you can edit, compress, convert, and record without compromising the quality of your video. It also allows you to create Facebook video ads, Youtube videos, Instagram promos, and Slideshow videos. Pick from the different available templates to meet your needs. Create your story now!   Clipchamp
  • What is a Cognitive Tool for Learning? - The idea of a cognitive tool or 'mind tool' was popularized in the 1990s by David Jonassen. It explains that not all educational technologies are beneficial for learning. According to this concept, only educational technologies that help us learn more deeply than before are beneficial. Definition We usually think of an educational technology as a cognitive tool if it supports higher-order cognition. It is contrasted to an educational technology that does not do anything to support higher-order cognition. Examples For example, a calculator might take the full cognitive load of a multiplication task from a student, thereby not supporting cognition but rather making us 'think less'. By contrast, a spreadsheet or mind map may be a tool that helps us think more deeply about a topic. It will help us sort and organize our thoughts so that we can develop theories and deeper understandings ...
  • 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
  • 9 Best Free PDF Editors - This list of the top 9 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 ...
  • Survey Anyplace - Free online survey tool for students and teachers. Also build quizzes, assessments, and calculators. There are plenty of survey tools out there. But to really make the most out of those tools, you’ll need a paying version. Not with Survey Anyplace, students and teachers are offered a professional license.   Survey Anyplace
  • 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, or picture. There are two fundamental types of data visualization: exploratory visualization and explanatory visualization. Data Visualization: University at Buffalo Libraries Research Guide    
  • Knight Lab - Northwestern University Knight Lab is a community of designers, developers, students, and educators working on experiments designed to push journalism into new spaces. The Lab provides an open, collaborative environment for interdisciplinary exploration and conversation, where students and professionals learn together and from one another. Products from Knight Lab include easy to create timelines, StoryMaps and a tool to juxtapose and compare images.   Northwestern University Knight Lab
  • PechaKucha - PechaKucha 20x20 is an alternative way to present information which was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in Tokyo in 2003. It is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.   PechaKucha   Keywords: presentations
  • VEED - VEED is a simple but powerful video editor. If you just need to do simple video editing and don't want to download any software then VEED is the perfect option. There are a bunch of great features such as Trim, Crop, Add Text, Add Subtitles, Add stickers and much more.   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
  • Public Health Image Library from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PHIL) - Much of the information critical to the communication of public health messages is pictorial rather than text-based. Created by a Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. Public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public are welcome to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages.   Public Health Image Library from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PHIL)   Keywords: copyright free
  • Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum, so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century. The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports 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 poster, and public service announcement.   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
  • PxHere - Over 1,000,000+ high-quality photos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required. Do whatever you want (CC0). PxHere   Keywords: stock photos, Creative Commons
  • Clips - Clips is an iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more. From choosing backgrounds to using animated special effect and 3D, Clips makes the whole experience of capturing a moment and sharing it more fun. As Clips is in sync with iCloud, creating memorable moments is equally available on all Apple products.   Clips   Keywords: mobile apps, photo and images, social media, video, personal identity
  • Visual Learning Center by Visme - The resource to help you become a better visual communicator. The site contains a wide array of resources visual learners and presenters. These resources will help you become a better presenter, communicator, and storyteller by creating better presentations and infographics.   Visual Learning Center by Visme   Keywords: visual learning, digital literacy, blogs and wikis, visualize information, presentation
  • A Rising Tide: How Closed Captions Can Benefit All Students - Closed captioning is higher education is generally geared toward students with some kind of disabilities. However, regardless of having any disability, studies suggest that most students in today's colleges and universities use closed captions at least some of the time, among whom about 90 percent find them at least moderately helpful for learning. Specific ways in which closed captions can aid learning include comprehension, accuracy, engagement, and retention.   A Rising Tide: How Closed Captions Can Benefit All Students   Keywords: accessibility, captions
  • Pexels - Free stock photos and videos that you can use everywhere. Free for commercial use No attribution required.   Pexels   Keywords: stock photos, images
  • Pixabay - Over one million royalty free photos, illustrations and vector graphics - and thousands of free video clips. All images and footage on Pixabay are released under Creative Commons CCO: Free for commercial use, no attribution required.   Pixabay   Keywords: stock photos
  • Unsplash - All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible. Unsplash   Keywords: stock photos, image
  • Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking - In a world of competition and exhilaration, success comes to those who are actively organized. A vital tool to aide students in today's digital era where as much of learning happens online as it does in an in-person classroom is a proper note taking strategy. KQED Inc. describes how digital note taking strategies can enhance students' thinking ability and thus, assist them to achieve success.     Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking     Keywords: organization, note taking, digital notes, efficiency  
  • Screenshot Tools, Tips, and Shortcuts: How to Capture Anything on Your Screen - Screenshots are a simple way to show what displays on your screen. Screengrabs can help you point out a bug, save a picture on Facebook to your camera roll, or demonstrate anything you see on your screen. All operating systems comes equipped with a screenshot tool. Use this guide to help you take screenshots.   Screenshot Tools, Tips, and Shortcuts: How to Capture Anything on Your Screen: The Best Screenshot Apps and Shortcuts   Keywords: screengrab, screenshot
  • Mathway - Mathway is a problem solving tool, providing algorithms that will solve many algebraic problems. It is available on most cell phone and personal computer platforms. Using this tool, the instructor can create scenarios in which the learner can solve more realistic problems than normally included in many first year college math texts. A common complaint from students is 'when will I ever use this skill after I finish this course'. This tool is a means by which a student can help solve these more complex problems without the drudgery of manual methods. Mathway
  • 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
  • WiseMapping - WiseMapping is a web-based mind mapping tool. This tool allows users to create mind maps, share it on a web page, blog, and in social media posts. WiseMapping Keywords: Mindmap, concept map
  • Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language. Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!   Edulai  
  • 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
  • Behance - Behance is an Adobe app that lets you take a look at the portfolios of some of the most interesting artists of the moment. If you are creative yourself, you can create your own account and share your work with other users. It is one of the most widely-used free online portfolio websites in the designer communities, Behance attracts artists and photographers from around the world.   Behance   Keyword: ePortfolio
  • Thinglink - Thinglink can annotate images with text, audio, or video. You can then share your annotated media in a website, LMS, or present online. Educators can try it out for free.   Thinglink   Keywords: interactive poster
  • Visme - Visme is everything you need to tell powerful visual stories in the form of engaging presentations, infographics, and other visual content. Visme is a design tool to tell and present stories and translate boring data into stunning visual formats right in your browser. Visme is very easy to navigate and it offers free templates that can help you create more stunning and visually engaging presentations. Visme      
  • PixStori - Every picture has a story to tell. Now you can tell that story in your own voice and share it now and for the future. You start with a picture, then record your story and add a text caption. PixStori is a very useful app that we can use to combine pictures with audio. This is a great tool where we can take pictures with our phone and add audio to explain the picture, or even music and environment ambiance sounds related to it. This is a very easy alternative to recording videos and I really like using it to make mementos of moments or voice note for poster/academic/class presentations. Visit the site to get the app and start making your own PixStori!   PixStori   Keywords: storytelling, photo captions
  • Answer Garden - A tool that can be used for real-time classroom brainstorming or online homework. Can be used in the classroom, for professional development, creativity and more. Results can be displayed in a visual Wordcloud format with the most often used responses showing in relatively larger text-size. AnswerGarden   Keywords: response, polling, wordcloud, audience response, classroom response
  • NewsPrism - Newsprism offers links to a wide range of newspapers, commentary, and opinion sites.  The site arranges news and opinion content from Left/Liberal to Center to Right/Conservative enabling readers and researchers to explore differing perspectives, understand arguments from another perspective, and challenge their own ideas.   NewsPrism  
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pixistory - PixStori™ is an app to record stories about your smartphone photos. It links voice and still images in a multimedia PixStori that can be instantly shared on social media, uploaded into searchable cloud collections of family or group memories, and collected as crowdsourced field data for organizations and businesses. It is Oral History meets Instagram.   PixStori   Keywords: photos, images, storytelling, social media
  • SurfSafe - Defend the internet. Bring the world to the Internet without false news. If you see something that is false, report it! Supercharge your browser to catch fake news! SurfSafe is protecting users from misleading, photoshopped, and fake news throughout the Internet. The extension marks the level of safety of an image or article on the corners. Never again will you be misled by photoshopped images scattered throughout the Internet. You can also decide which organizations to base the truth off of. Add the extension to Chrome for free!   SurfSafe
  • Adobe Premiere Rush - Unveiled at Adobe Max in October 2018, Premiere Rush CC is an easier-to-use version of Premiere aimed at YouTubers and other video content creators. You can capture, edit, color-correct, and more, then publish to YouTube, Instagram and elsewhere. Rush works on both desktop and mobile devices (iOS now, Android soon) - and it automatically syncs your projects to the cloud. See the intro video and basic tutorial below for help using this software. Note: there are fees to use this software.   Adobe Premiere Rush https://youtu.be/HcmHef3RvGE   https://images-tv.adobe.com/avp/vr/2bb6da60-1ec0-4a1b-8a9e-7194d1e28abb/45fb0b0b-40d1-495b-be88-cd945ce96844/c8e41bcf-2eef-449f-893b-6ddef345e7dd_20180908062846.854x480at800_h264.mp4   Keywords: video, edit
  • Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.   Adobe Education Exchange   After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find: Lesson plans and other learning materials Self-directed workshop Live short courses Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities. https://youtu.be/2FTMCVBRQGc   Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
  • Pixabay - Discover the best source for free images and videos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required.   Pixabay   Keywords: photos, images, videos  
  • Pexels - Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock images for personal and commercial use. The site includes a large collection of photos, videos, wallpaper, and more.   Pexels
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • 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 this 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   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
  • 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, and more.   Gliffy   Keywords: Collaboration, Productivity Tools, Visual Design
  • Infogram - Infographics (Information graphics) are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends. Infographics are a better way to: 1. Tell a compelling data-driven story 2. Make content with data that is easy to understand 3. Grab your viewer’s attention 4. Increase brand awareness and drive traffic with visuals Charts and maps help to: 1. Make data easier to understand and remember 2. Discover unknown facts, outliers, and trends 3. Visualize relationships and patterns quickly 4. Ask better questions and make better decisions   Infogram   Keywords: ePortfolios, Presentations, Social Media
  • Knovio - Knovio is a web-based application that can record web camera video and attach that video to presentation slides from Microsoft PowerPoint or image files. Overall it's a great way to get “virtual lectures” created in a quick and efficient manner. Educators: Deliver highly interactive, video-led teaching experiences with video presentations. It's the fast and easy way to share lectures and research insights, teaching notes and classroom instructions. Quickly measure learning outcomes with a 360° view of student engagement and activity. and have students record their own video presentations. Students: Add your personality and passion to your next assignment using video, audio narration and interactive features. Record your assignments and share them with team members and professors. Rehearse and review your big presentations and create unique multimedia experiences for job applications and internships.   Knovio   Keywords: Media, Presentations, Quiz Recording, Screencast, Video
  • OverLeaf - Overleaf is an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool that makes the whole process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents much quicker and easier. Real-time collaboration in your browser: The convenience of an easy-to-use WYSIWYG manuscript editor, with real-time collaboration and structured, fully typeset output produced automatically in the background as you type. Prefer to edit directly in LaTeX? Overleaf provides a full collaborative online LaTeX editor you can switch to at any time.   Overleaf   Keywords: Collaboration, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing
  • Final Cut Pro X - Final Cut Pro X is a professional quality, high-end video editing app for OS X from Apple Inc. and the successor to Final Cut Pro. It is a revolutionary app for creating, editing, and producing the highest-quality video. Final Cut Pro X combines high-performance digital editing and native support for virtually any video format with easy-to-use and time-saving features that let you focus on storytelling. (Note: this is not a free resource.)   Final Cut Pro X   Note: Final Cut Pro X is a proprietary software that is not free. Due to its popularity in the video editing industry, we do provide it as an EmTechWIKI resource.   Keywords: Media, Video
  • Camtasia - Record anything — your whole screen or just a window. Or, add video, images, audio, and PowerPoint presentations that you already have. A simple timeline makes editing video easy. Combine or split clips, trim, and speed up or slow down footage. Then, instantly preview inside the video editor. Give videos polish with professional video editor effects. Add highlights, animation, titles, transitions and more. Simply drag and drop the effects onto the timeline. You can: Create engaging video lessons without high learning curves. Improve learning with video Make videos for flipped, hybrid, or online learning. Interactive quizzes Add quizzes as part of the video and record results to see how students are performing. Track results See who is interacting with your videos to improve learning outcomes. (Note: This is not a free resource.)   Camtasia     Keywords: media, recording, screencast, video, podcasts
  • 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
  • AutoDraw - Google's latest A.I. experiment is a web-based drawing tool called AutoDraw that converts your rough scribbles and doodles into beautiful, symmetrical drawings. Google AutoDraw   Keywords: Photos & Images, icons
  • 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
  • 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  
  • 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 ...
  • 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 tool set 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.   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
  • OpenSimulator – Design your own Virtual Reality space for education, meetings, or games - The open source movement allowed complex avatar-based, game-engine software to become available free of charge using OpenSimulator.  Contributions from artists and designers now makes pre-developed virtual artifacts and design spaces available to educators, meeting planners, and game designers; easy modifications and adjustments allow for custom virtual environments for an infinity of purposes. Server rental companies, such as Kitely, are now making it possible to have up to 40 avatars at any time on up to 4 virtual islands for $20 per month; and, you can put a virtual island on your own institutional server (for free, sort-of).  This link brings you to a theory-and-practice based resource on outlines education uses and possibilities with these environments that have been used by its author for over 10 years in her own teaching. Here's a student during the creative learning/practice stage in a course where she ...
  • MindMeister - MindMeister is a tool that allows to collaboratively create mind maps and share them online.   MindMeister   Keywords: Visual Design
  • Popplet - Popplet is a tool that allows users to visualize ideas. Create graphic organizers, timelines, and many other forms of visual organization.   Popplet   Keywords: Mobile Apps, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Visual Design
  • ClipSafari - ClipSafari is a large collection of clipart that can be used freely for many purposes.   ClipSafari   Keywords: Collaboration, Copyright, Creative Commons    
  • The Fundamental Elements of Design - This 3-minute video, from PepRally, shares the basics of the elements of design. Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks behind design principles.   The Fundamental Elements of Design   The Fundamental Elements of Design from PepRally on Vimeo.   Keywords: Photos & Images, Presentations, Publishing, Visual Design, Websites
  • Elements of Design Quick Reference Poster - This poster, created by Paperleaf, is a handy reference that provides a quick overview of the C.R.A.P. principles of design; a refresher for those in the know, and a starting point for design newbies. C.R.A.P stands for Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. Keep these concepts in mind to remind yourself of prominent design principles.   Principles of Design Quick Reference Poster   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Publishing, Visual Design
  • UberConference - UberConference is a web-based teleconferencing system. UberConference offers features such as call recording, screen sharing, document sharing, and call summaries are just a few of the features offered.   UberConference   Keywords: audio, mobile apps, productivity, recording, screencast, video, podcasts
  • Lynda - Lynda is an online education company that offers thousands of video courses on various topics like, software, technology, and business skills. Lynda.com has recently merged with LinkedIn. Lynda   Note: New York state residents are eligible for a New York Public Library (NYPL) card to access Lynda tutorials. Other library systems and institutions also make Lynda.com available to their communities. If you are aware of other options to access Lynda.com, please edit this entry ad add information.   Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Mobile Apps, Video  
  • 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 makes 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, 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 skills including videography, mathematics, auto-mechanics, chemistry, physics, and so much more just by watching Youtube videos. Youtube is a very useful tool to not only learn things but also to network with other people. ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 are 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.   Windows Movie Maker   Windows Movie Maker Software Tutorials - Tutorials for eight important areas. Best Practices for Student Video Production (iMovie and Movie Maker) - Ten best-practice video tutorials on major topics.   Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Mobile Apps, Presentations, 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 ...
  • Google Expeditions - Google Expeditions is a tool to extend learning in and out of the classroom. Expeditions enable virtual field trips that help students see and experience the world in new ways. Students can get in the center of 360-degree photos and 3D scenes with historical importance. Self-guided expeditions enable anyone to explore anywhere. This is a great tool for classrooms and for home use.   Google Expeditions   See this additional information including a Youtube video and link to an Expeditions Kit. Although the full kits allow a classroom to get up and running with Google Expeditions all that's needed is a web server that allows shared access and the free Expeditions app. To use a smartphone as a viewing device, you must also purchase or make a VR Google Cardboard viewer.   Keywords: Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR)  
  • Second Life - Create interactive 3D content and social experiences. Monetize your creations in a global marketplace.   Second Life   Returning to Second Life - An analysis from Ars Technica about how Second Life is currently used by its social media platform.   Keywords: 3D
  • HP Reveal - HP Reveal is HP Autonomy's augmented reality platform. It is available as a software development kit or as a free app for iOS- and Android-based mobile devices. The app's image recognition technology uses a smartphone's or tablet's camera to recognize real-world images and then overlay media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages. HP Reveal is formerly known as Aurasma.   HP Reveal   A TED Talk by Matt Mills introducing the Aurasma App.   Keywords: Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR)
  • SketchUp - SketchUp, formerly Google Sketchup, is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. It is available as a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, SketchUp Pro.   SketchUp   SketchUp video tutorials - This four-part series of videos helps the user learn how to get started with SketchUp.   Keywords: 3D
  • Tinkercad - Autodesk's Tinkercad is one of the most popular classroom tools for creating simple designs from scratch, quickly modifying existing designs. Its a free online 3D design program that you can use in your web browser without downloading any software. Tinkercad is extremely intuitive and easy to use and has built-in Lessons to help you learn the ropes, making it perfect for beginners both young and old.   Tinkercad   Getting started with Tinkercad - This pdf offers concrete advice about how to begin using Tinkercad. The manual was written with a K-12 audience in mind, but it can be adapted for use in Higher Education.   Keywords: 3D
  • Shapeways - Shapeways is the world's leading 3D Printing marketplace and community. We enable anyone to make, buy, and sell products with 3D Printing.   Shapeways   3D printing and design tutorials - This series of tutorials will help you to get started using Shapeways.   Keywords: 3D
  • CallingThunder – Immersive Exploration of Natural History of Manhattan - Calling Thunder is the first chapter in a series of immersive explorations into the natural history of New York. Calling Thunder focuses on the fascinating but little-known history of Manhattan. The site is quite creative and explores storytelling the use of 360-degree videos.   CallingThunder   Calling Thunder: The Unsung History of Manhattan - This video offers sights and sounds that Henry Hudson encountered in 1609 compared to today's Manhattan.   CallingThunder   Calling Thunder: The Unsung History of Manhattan - This video offers sights and sounds that Henry Hudson encountered in 1609 compared to today's Manhattan.   Keywords: Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Doodle - Doodle is an online scheduling tool that can be used quickly and easily to find a date and time to meet with multiple people. First you suggest dates and times for your event participants to choose from, then Doodle creates a polling calendar that can be sent to participants for feedback. As each participant selects the dates and times from the polling calendar that he or she is free, Doodle aggregates the responses and tells you which option works best for everyone. Getting everyone on the same page is hard enough with just five other coworkers, let alone fifty new volunteers you may have never met. Doodle can be a valuable tool for coordinating a large event like volunteer training as well as a small event like a monthly meeting with the board.   Doodle   Doodle Help and Learning - Help with a section ...
  • 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
  • Google Custom Search - Google Custom Search (formerly known as Google Co-op) is a platform provided by Google that allows web developers to feature specialized information in web searches, refine and categorize queries and create customized search engines, based on Google Search. The service allows users to narrow the 11.5 billion indexed webpages down to a topical group of pages relevant to the creator's needs.   Google Custom Search   Custom Search Help - Information and instructions for setting up your own specialized search engine. Rewriting Queries - Sophisticated advice on getting more from your custom search.   Keywords: Searching
  • Google Scholar - Google Scholar is a freely available web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Released in beta in November 2004, the Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online academic journals and books, conference papers, theses and dissertations, preprints, abstracts, technical reports, and other scholarly literature, including court opinions and patents. While Google does not publish the size of Google Scholar's database, third-party researchers estimated it to contain roughly 160 million documents as of May 2014.   Google Scholar   Google Scholar - Search Tips - Get the most out of Google Scholar with some helpful tips on searches, email alerts, citation export, and more. Google Scholar Metrics - Google Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications.   Keywords: Searching
  • Google Books - Google Books (previously known as Google Book Search and Google Print and by its codename Project Ocean is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition (OCR), and stored in its digital database. Books are provided either by publishers and authors, through the Google Books Partner Program, or by Google's library partners, through the Library Project. Additionally, Google has partnered with a number of magazine publishers to digitize their archives.   Google Books   How to use Google Books - Discusses how to read, download, cite, or translate a book.   Keywords: Searching
  • Google Earth - Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery. The program maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography, and GIS data onto a 3D globe, allowing users to see cities and landscapes from various angles. Users can explore the globe by entering addresses and coordinates, or by using a keyboard or mouse. The program can also be downloaded on a smartphone or tablet, using a touchscreen or stylus to navigate. Users may use the program to add their own data using Keyhole Markup Language and upload them through various sources, such as forums or blogs. Google Earth is able to show various kinds of images overlaid on the surface of the earth and is also a Web Map Service client.   Google Earth   Google Earth Help - Instructions ...
  • Google Art Project - Google Arts & Culture (formerly Google Art Project) is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative's partner museums. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence.   Google Art Project   Keywords: Photos & Images, Searching
  • Canva - Free presentation software gives you access to hundreds of beautifully designed layouts to create presentations on any topic.   Canva   A Simple Video Guide to Canva - This video describes how to get started making infographics and presentations in the software. BESpoke ELA: Ten Ways to use Canva in the Classroom - A blog post that speaks to ten specific ways one could use Canva in the classroom to make learning more fun for students and teachers alike.   Keywords: Collaboration, Flipped Learning, Presentations  
  • Piktochart - An easy infographic design app that requires very little effort to produce beautiful, high-quality graphics. Infographics can be presented on slideshows with Presentation Mode.   Piktochart   Piktochart Support Page - This site provides a wide array of help for Piktochart users, from initial design to troubleshooting problems. Piktochart: Using Infographics in the Classroom - A blog post detailing the reasons why infographics can make learning for students more interesting, involving, and visual.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Easel.ly - Easel.ly is a simple web tool that empowers anyone to create and share powerful visuals (infographics, posters)... no design experience needed. How to Easel.ly Create Your First Infographic - A recording of a live training session for Easel.ly beginners. Venngage: 6 Ways eLearning Infographics Make Education Easier - A blog post detailing the reasons why infographics can make learning for students more interesting, involving, and visual.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Timetoast - Free timeline maker lets you create timelines online. Make educational timelines or create a timeline for your company website.   Timetoast   How to Create an Interactive Timeline with Timetoast - This YouTube video describes the ins and outs of how to make a timeline with this technological tool.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Slideshare - A service that allows you to create an online library and upload presentations that you've created elsewhere.   SlideShare   Getting Started with SlideShare - Designed with commercial users in mind (but also useful for educators and students), this site provides useful tips for all levels of users.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Microsoft PowerPoint - PowerPoint is a slideshow presentation program that's part of the Microsoft Office suite of tools. PowerPoint makes it easy to create, collaborate, and present your ideas in dynamic, visually compelling ways. Powerpoint is not freely available except as a mobile app. However, this is a standard application used in education and business. Many companies and campus have enterprise-wide licensing for the Office suite of tools.   PowerPoint   Basic Tasks for Creating a Powerpoint Presentation - Step-by-step instructions from Microsoft about how to design a slide show.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Prezi Classic and Prezi Next - A "zooming presentation tool" that presents information non-linearly. It is an infinite whiteboard where the audience can see and interact with an overview of a topic or zoom in to see the relationship between topics. Prezi allows presenters to provide not only the big picture but takes it a step further to allow viewers to dissect each component. this web-based presentation tool allows you to edit, collaborate, and present online.   Prezi   Prezi Next Vs. Classic: Your Questions Answered - Because Prezi has debuted a new version---Prezi Next---current users should compare the Next with what is being called Prezi Classic. Both versions have educational plans. 7 Alternative Technology in the Classroom Presentation Tools - This blog entry from TeachHub touches upon Prezi in the list of alternative technology in the classroom.   Keywords: Collaboration, Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Emaze - Caters to the current PowerPoint user, using slide-by-slide presentation, but offers some spectacular results with very little effort. Emaze allows the user to choose from a variety of 3-D templates which are pre-formatted and not highly editable, allowing the user to concentrate on the content and not the bells and whistles.   Emaze   Emaze - Getting Started Tutorial - An easy-to-follow tutorial about using Emaze to create a new presentation from scratch or import a PowerPoint.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Haiku Deck - Haiku Deck is a free app that makes presentations simple, beautiful, and fun.   Haiku   Haiku Deck - Editing and Creating Decks - An instructional video about getting started with Haiku Deck. 7 Alternative Technology in the Classroom Presentation Tools - This blog entry from TeachHub touches upon Haiku Deck in the list of alternative technology in the classroom.   Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Google Slides - Google Slides is Google's free presentation editor. Because it is included in the Google Docs/Drive suite, you can readily use it to collaborate on presentations with colleagues or students no matter where you are. Google Slides is very similar to Microsoft's PowerPoint (PPT). Like many online tools, it allows groups to work together to create and edit online presentations. Google Slides is web-based - it is easy to access it from various mobile devices.   Google Slides   Get Started with Google Slide - Getting Started with Google Slides provides tips for the beginner. 2017 Updates to Google Slides - Youtube Video - Created by TeacherCast, this YouTube video details the new updates and functionality of Google Slides.   Keywords: Collaboration, Flipped Learning, Presentations
  • Google – Advanced Image Search - Click the tab labeled "Images" when using Google to limit your searches to just images. You can then click on "Tools" to reveal advanced search options. Advanced options include size, color, type, and the timeframe of when the image became available. The most useful feature of the Google image search is being able to limit your results based on its usage rights to locate images that are freely able to be used. A reverse image search option is also available by dragging an image into the Google search field.   Google - Advanced Image Search   Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Searching
  • TinEye Reverse Image Search - Tineye is a reverse image search engine. Upon uploading a saved image a user has, TinEye creates a "unique and compact digital signature or fingerprint" of the image and matches it with other indexed images. It is helpful in finding the original source of an image to provide proper attribution.   TinEye Reverse Image Search   How to Use TinEye   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • Fotor - Fotor is a simplified suite of powerful editing tools for your images. Fotor's fast and intuitive design brings advanced photo editing techniques to anyone who wants to try. With just a few clicks you can achieve impressive results that will let you push your creativity without having to learn some of the confusing ins and outs of other graphics editors.   Fotor   Fotor Photo Editor Walkthrough - A YouTube video walkthrough for Fotor   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • Be Funky - Be Funky is a suite of graphic editing tools. Photo Editor includes amazing photo effects such as the world-famous Cartoonizer, oil painting, and pop art effects. You can also add extra flair to your photo with hundreds of one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn graphics, like hats, beards, jewelry, photo frames, and graphic overlays. You can also create photo collages with Collage Maker and Designer provides many tools and templates to create posters, flyers, invitations, and more. It has essential editing tools such as crop, resize, and exposure. Unique effects include Cartoonizer, Digital Art, and Enhance DLX. With its photo editor, you can turn photos you like into photos you love and helps to add a little extra flair to your images. If text is your thing, BeFunky photo editor has tons of fonts and customized text layouts for you to choose from as well.   Be Funky   Help Center   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • Flickr - Flickr is an image and video-hosting website and web services suite. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media. Flikr has an advanced search function to allow searching for images that are under creative commons license. Flicker allows members unlimited uploads of images that are licensed under Creative Commons.   Flikr   Help for Flickr - The Help - FAQ Support page for Flickr Users Flickr for Education - 18 Ways to Use Flickr in Schools - A blog post regarding the many uses of Flickr as a photo sharing website in schools and education.   Keywords: Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Video
  • Google Photos - Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google and gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution.   Google Photos   PC Magazine - 25 Tricks to Master Google Photos - A magazine article describing tricks, tips, and hints users can practice to become more proficient with Google Photos. Using Google Photos in the Classroom - An extensive YouTube video describing how to use Google Photos in the classroom.   Keywords: Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Video
  • Pinterest - Pinterest is a web and mobile application startup that operates a software system designed to discover information on the World Wide Web, mainly utilizing images and on a shorter scale, GIFs and videos.   Pinterest   The Atlantic - What is Pinterest? - A magazine article that defines what Pinterest is and how it has developed since its beginnings. The Teacher's Guide to Pinterest - An article describing the many uses of Pinterest within Academia and Education. What is Pinterest, and How Does it Work? - An article that describes Pinterest and how to use it.   Keywords: Collaboration, Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Resource Library, Searching
  • Instagram - Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately. Users can apply various digital filters to their images, and add locations through geotags and assign hashtags to link to other photos.   Instagram   University of New Hampshire - Instagram Help - A simple guide to using Instagram built by the UNH. Do more with Instagram - A board of posts relevant to using Instagram to its fullest.   Keywords: Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Video
  • Pixlr - Pixlr is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service. The suite was intended for non-professionals, however, the apps range from simple to advanced photo editing. PIXLR   Pixlr Support Page - The link to the Pixlr Support and FAQ page. WikiHow - How to Use the Pixlr Online Image Editor - This wikiHow teaches you how to navigate and use the options in the Pixlr online image editor in order to make changes to an image or photo.   Keywords: Media, Photos & Images
  • Socrative - An instant response tool designed to initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Teacher app. Students receive immediate feedback to enhance student engagement. Quickly assess students with either prepared quizzes or on the fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Student answers to open-ended questions can lead to great classroom discussions. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results to help identify opportunities for further instruction.   Socrative   Socrative Resources - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks, and technical support. The Socrative Review: 9 Ways the Formative Assessment App Can Benefit Your Classroom - An article that explains how to get started with using Socrative in the classroom and the usefulness of the app's functions.   Keywords: Gamification, Mobile Apps, audience response, classroom response
  • Digication - Digication is the leading provider of ePortfolio and assessment management systems. Digication develops its platform with students, faculty, programs and institutions needs in mind, and enables institutions to close the loop that links student learning to institutional assessment and reporting. #EmTechMOOC provides free access to the "New" Digication on under Open SUNY. You are welcome to use any available platform or tool to create your ePortfolio. Just a few of the many alternatives that are available to build your portfolio can be located through EmTechWIKI and searching the ePortfolio category.   Digication's Official Website   Request an ePortfolio Account There are a few different ways you can create an ePortfolio for #EmTechMOOC. If you are enrolled in #EmTechMOOC may Request a Digication Account under Open SUNY. If your institution has its own ePortfolio platform, we strongly recommend you make use of it. Not only will you develop more ...
  • Pathbrite - Pathbrite offers the best-in-class, cloud-based Portfolio Platform in the market, whereby users can aggregate and showcase all digital evidence of what they have created, achieved and mastered. The portfolio platform transforms individual and community assessment to make understanding the skills, achievements, and knowledge of a person, or group, holistic, continuous and easy. Thousands of higher ed and k-12 schools, as well as companies, rely on Pathbrite to support student and employee success.   Pathbrite   EduTopia: Five Ways to Use Online Porfolios in the Classroom - Five Ways to Use Online Portfolios in the Classroom by Heather Hiles - A blog post that describes the effectiveness and "5 Best Practices" of using ePortfolios in the classroom.   Keywords: ePortfolios, Visual Design
  • PortfolioGen - Developed by teachers, Portfoliogen allows users to easily create a web-based portfolio and display their skills beyond conventional paper-based binders. Users can share their portfolios with prospective employers, principals, professors, and peers. Portfoliogen is for teachers, educators, students and anyone else who desires a simple way to create their own customized portfolio website. Thousands of teachers, students, and educators from all over the world have used Portfoliogen to showcase their skills.   PortfolioGen   Getting Started with PortfolioGen - This is a Youtube video which goes through the step by step process of creating a Portfolio within PortfolioGen.   Keywords: ePortfolios, Visual Design
  • FolioSpaces - FolioSpaces, powered by "Mahara", enables you to create an online portfolio. You do this by assembling a selection of your resume (curriculum vitae/CV), files, journals and links to your files onto a web page and sharing the page.   FolioSpaces   CUOnline ePortfolio Guide Using FolioSpaces - A resource created by Dr. Anne Dickinson of Coventry University that goes through the step by step process of creating an ePortfolio within FolioSpaces.   Keywords: ePortfolios, Visual Design
  • Strikingly - Create a beautiful website for you & your business, in minutes. Zero code or design skills required. You can also convert a LinkedIn profile to a personal website in just a few clicks. Add a Blog section to any of your sites to start blogging right away. A separate page is created for each blog post.   Strikingly   Discover Strikingly Sites - A link to the Strikingly community to see what sites have been built recently.   Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Publishing, Websites
  • 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