Apps for Teaching and Learning

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.

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Raw Shots

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.


Flipgrid is where social and emotional learning happens! The leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families.


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!


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!


Make your own whiteboard video animations with Sparkol VideoScribe – award-winning video scribing app for PC, Mac and iPad. Free trial available.

Easy Planner

Take a look at The easiest & most powerful way to plan your lessons and keep record of important school events


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.


Planboard by makes it simple to plan lessons, add curriculum sets, and organize your schedule. Take lessons with you using Planboard for iPad.


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.

Webjets allows you managing any kind of information with ease.
Place cards freely, or group them at the speed of thought. Any content collected from the web automagically turns into an interactive card. Use drag and drop, a bookmarklet or even IFTTT to push your data into Webjets.


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.

Mind Mup

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.


Explee allows you to make eyecatching and interactive animated video. Go for video scribing and whiteboard animation to blow your audience away.


Kialo is the platform for thoughtful, respectful and rational debate, empowering reason through friendly and open discussions. Explore popular debates, practice critical thinking, create your own discussion threads and invite others to participate. Among many features, Kialo also allows you to visualise the discussion from different perspectives and vote on perspectives that make the most impact.

Get Revising

This is an excellent multi-tool and is a must for teachers who want to quickly and effectively generate high-quality learning materials. Features include a unique revision timetable creator, interactive revision cards, games, and a shared resource library created by our members.

PlanBook 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.


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.


Gomo learning multi device authoring tool for collaborative, cloud elearning allowing users to create beautiful multi-device learning for desktop, tablet and mobile.


You and your team already collaborate on documents, project planners, CRM’s, and learning management systems. With Loom, any video you record can be watched directly where it is shared.


Clipicious is a powerful collaborative knowledge vault for you & your team. Collect, Organize, Annotate & Share Knowledge. Manage all your learnings effortlessly in one single place.


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.



H5P empowers everyone to create, share and reuse interactive content - all you need is a web browser and a web site that supports H5P.


Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting. Upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. Over 50 different types of media can be used in a VoiceThread.

Adobe Spark

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.


Experience the power of the #1 visual collaboration platform to create, collaborate, and centralize communication across your company on a single online whiteboard.

Lucidchart for Education

Lucidchart helps students and teachers easily create diagrams and other visualizations online—and it’s completely free for educators.


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!


Create, print and publish your tests online! EasyTestMaker makes it easy for you to perfectly format multiple question types, print alternate versions, and publish to the web for online tests. Online tests are automatically graded!


Capture, edit and share your screen with our lightweight, simple Chrome extension. Save to Google Drive and publish to YouTube. No download required.


Empower student and teacher voice by making it easier than ever to listen to each other and build conversations in bytes. Video demands your focus and time to consume. This limits the potential of voice. Podcasting makes voice more convenient and approachable than ever before.


Educators are using PowerNotes in ways we never anticipated, from teaching students to read and understand academic articles, to improving the efficacy of their students' online reading and research process. PowerNotes is the best way to gather and organize research. The PowerNotes browser Extension allows you to highlight, take notes, and save your sources across the web.