With the many 1000s of educational apps on the market, staying up-to-date with learning technologies can be a time consuming and bewildering process. So consider this list a tiny attempt at elevating some of the confusion surrounding teaching with technology for tertiary educators, particularly those working in the arts and humanities sector. All apps and services listed below are free to use or offer free versions with some user restrictions.
InstaGrok is free for students and everyone else. Use it like a search engine to show important facts about the topic (with links to the original content page). Interactive visual interface allows the user to quickly grasp important concepts, key facts and relationships. Integrated journals allow easy note-taking or writing of research reports. Create an account to customize, save and share concept maps.
A clear way to share complex information. Coggle is a collaborative mind-mapping tool that helps you make sense of complex things. Create unlimited mind maps and easily share them with friends and colleagues.
If you want to grab the attention of the YouTube generation you better start sharing learning videos with your groups. To be able to personalize their learning, you might want to create and modify video lessons with embedded questions easily, and you might want to see how those lessons perform. Metta helps you with all that. Check it out now!
Make an explainer video for your business online with Raw Shorts. Select a video template and customize it with our easy to use drag and drop software.
Explee allows you to make eyecatching and interactive animated video. Go for video scribing and whiteboard animation to blow your audience away.
Mind Map in the cloud. Zero-friction, free online mind mapping. Opensource mindmapping software. The most productive online mind map canvas on the Web. Supports Freemind mindmap import/export.
Make your own whiteboard video animations with Sparkol VideoScribe – award-winning video scribing app for PC, Mac and iPad. Free trial available.
A multimedia encyclopaedia featuring text, audio, images and video, Mashpedia is a real-time encyclopaedia that allows people to visualize variety of content about specific topics and promotes active social engagement around these topics.
Stormboard is a slick new service designed for hosting collaborative online brainstorming activities. Stormboard allows you to create an unlimited amount of "idea boards" or Stormboards with up to five collaborators on each one. Each of your Stormboards can include sticky notes, images, videos, drawings, and word documents. Moving items around on your Stormboard is a simple drag and drop process like the one you may have used on services like Padlet. Each item that you add to your Stormboard includes a commenting option that your collaborators can use to give you feedback on your ideas.
Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!
Simply put, Educreations is an interactive whiteboard app that allows you to create easy to follow tutorials for students. You can record audio to narrate your actions as well, allowing you to create diagrams, commentary, simple animations, or instructions with coupled audio covering any topic. Plus, you can share video via email, Facebook, or Twitter in addition to the classroom.
Make any video your lesson by trimming and adding questions to increase engagement.
Collaborative, cloud elearning authoring tool allowing users to create beautiful multi-device learning for desktop, tablet and mobile.
From your hobby to your career, your class notes to your final exam, your mood board to your runway show, padlets help you organize your life.
Engage students, improve collaboration and spark creativity with Tackk. The easiest way for students and teachers to create + share pages on the web. Embed over 300+ of your favorite apps.
H5P empowers everyone to create, share and reuse interactive content - all you need is a web browser and a web site that supports H5P.
The new Adobe Spark suite includes Adobe Spark Video (formerly Voice), Adobe Spark Page (formerly Slate), and Adobe Spark Post (which was just Post before). For iOS and web, lets you quickly design nice-looking images for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or your own blog with a handy selection of presets. Pick a size, color palette, and title themes. You can also choose from ready-made templates to design videos and web pages. Spark will guide you through each step, doing all the heavy lifting behind the scenes. Most of the themes are stylish and modern, which gives it a leg up over most of the competition. It also allows a lot of flexibility, if you want to avoid making a cookie-cutter image just like everyone else using the same app. On iOS the app is split into three parts for posts, videos, and web pages.
SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool. It lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, calendar events, etc. in free-form maps. You can collaborate and share those maps online!
Realtime Board is a nice tool for hosting online, collaborative brainstorming sessions. The service allows to work with any information and visual content on one board individually or with the team. You can draw, work with images, post videos, post and mark PDFs, write notes, and comment on materials through the use of colourful post-it stickers. Realtime Board offers a free education version. The education version provides schools with all of the features of the Pro version for free. That means you can create unlimited private and public boards, have an unlimited number of collaborators, and 3GB of storage space.
Lucidchart helps students and teachers easily create diagrams and other visualizations online—and it’s completely free for educators.
Planboard by Chalk.com makes it simple to plan lessons, add curriculum sets, and organize your schedule. Take lessons with you using Planboard for iPad.
PlanbookEdu.com is an online lesson planner that makes it easy for teachers of all grade levels to create, share and print their lesson plans. Other features include attaching files, Common Core Standards and iPad Support.
School technology for building lesson plans, curriculum and enhancing instruction. Chalk keeps teachers and administrators on the same page.