Explore these FREE multimedia tools for ideas to use in your own classroom. Click HERE to view these tools organized by category. Think of how these might be useful for organizing, composing, and communicating with others across the globe!

A-E
  • ABCYa! Word Clouds for Kids
  • Animoto: Create video slideshows (see Animoto for Education) - example of 2010 Webby Awards
  • Audacity: Downloadable, free open source sound editor/recorder.
  • Bitstrips for Schools: Simple way to create comics for your classroom (there is a fee involved, but there's a free trial)
  • Blabberize: Animate pictures to make the people, animals, or objects appear as if they are talking
  • Brainshark: Transform static content into voice-enriched video presentations that can be accessed anytime, on-demand
  • Bubble.us: Brainstorm ideas into an automatic idea web
  • Chatterous: Get your students actively involved in real-time group chats during a lecture
  • ClassChats.com: Free way to connect classrooms around the world
  • CoolText Graphics Generator - Create text banners for printable student work, PowerPoint presentations, websites, videos, or any digital student product.
  • Co-Sketch: Multi-user online whiteboard to quickly visualize and collaborate without even registering.
  • Creatly: Create professional looking online diagrams with up to 3 collaborators for free
  • Creaza: Use this suite of tools to create/edit audio and movies, cartoons, mindmaps, and many others.
  • Dabbleboard: Visualize, draw, explore, and collaborate with an online whiteboard
  • DebateGraph: Use this browser based, wiki-style site to synthesize, evaluate, expand, collaborate, contribute and substantiate your group's thoughts and ideas to both sides of the issues.
  • Delicious: Social bookmarking tool
  • Diigo: Visit webpages, highlight text, add stickynotes and annotate your thinking
  • Diigo WebSlides: Convert bookmarks, RSS feeds, and blogs to slideshows in minutes.
  • Dipity: Find, create, and embed interactive timelines
  • DomoAnimate: Create an animated cartoon - complete with music and dialogue bubbles
  • DoingText: Web-based collaborative writing and editing without signing up
  • Doodle: Schedule meetings quickly and see when everyone is available - all in one place
  • Dropbox: Sync files online and across computers
  • Drop.io: Share large files with others - up to 100MB free per drop
  • Easy Notecards: Create and study notecards for your textbooks
  • Edmodo: A private micro-blogging and social platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments.
  • Elluminate: Create live e-learning webinars and web collaboration (free for up to 3 participants)
  • Embed Plus: Embed annotations and reactions into YouTube videos to personalize for your own needs
  • Eyejot: Record a video and then send easily via email.
  • Evernote: Capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient and then make this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
  • ePals: Connect with students around the world in a project based learning environment
  • Exploratree: Use one of five categories of thinking maps to map your ideas, solve problems, explore new ideas, and analyse different perspectives


F-I
  • Flickr: Organize, annotate, and share your photos with the world
  • Freemind: Online mind-mapping software
  • Fuzzwich: Create your own animated masterpiece in moments.
  • iCUE: Collaborative and online interactive learning center with games, callenges, videos, and discussions
  • EverNote: Make notes and organize them online
  • Glogster: Make an interactive poster with text, images, music, and video
  • Go Animate: Create unique computer animated stories or cartoons
  • Google Docs: Collaboratively create, store, and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and online forms
  • Google Lit Trips: Follow or create virtual road trips to align with great literature
  • Googlios: Make your own e-portfolio to share with the world - great for highlighting your teaching skills!
  • Google Maps: Create and personalize your own maps
  • Google Moderator: Enable your audience (students, etc) to actively post or prioritize questions or surveys that are viewable by all (example)
  • Google Wave: Communicate and collaborate in real time
  • Gr.oups: Free online social networking tool to set up your own community, with blogs, wikis, chatrooms, discussions, calendars, and more.
  • iBreadcrumbs: Recording toolbar for your web browser keeps a bibliographic log of where you've been
  • Imagination Cubed: Multi-user drawing tool with a pen, stamp, line, or typing tool - can replay your drawings too in action
  • Issue: You Publish: Create and share professional looking publications
  • Infographics Free Online Creators including StatPlanet, Hohli Charts, Creately, NYTimes Visualizations Lab, Many Eyes, Google Public Data, and Wordle
  • KeepVid: Download streaming videos


J-N
  • Jing: Snap a picture or record a short video and share instantly on the web
  • Jog the Web: A web-based tool that allows anyone to create a synchronous guide to a series of web sites.
  • Kideos: Online kids video network with safe videos for young children to view and use in their projects
  • KidZui: Download a free and safe Internet browser for kids
  • Letterpop: Create eye popping newsletters (free plan to publish up to 10 newsletters)
  • LiveBinders.com: Collect, organize, and display your digital creations in an online binder - see example of how it can be used to organize a school project
  • Lunapic Online Photo Editor: Lots of cool ways to quickly edit photos for online use - see the short tutorial for directions
  • MeBeam: Create your own chatroom - just type in a title and invite people to join
  • MentorMob: Organize your best content resources into your customized play list - example
  • Mixbook: Create your own annotated photo books or scrapbooks to share with others - an example
  • MP3 Cutter and Editor: Windows software for editing MP3 files
  • MuseumBox: This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box.
  • My Fake Wall: Create a fake Facebook page with friends, dialogue, etc. for a famous person's profile
  • Mystudiyo: Create interactive quizzes in minutes
  • National Geographic Young Explorer: Listen and Read Stories about science and animals
  • Notefish: Track your web inquiries with automatically bibliography generator and annotate/organize your reflections


O-Q
  • Off the Charts Web Karaoke: Listen to or create your own songs
  • One True Media: create your own videos with sound, animation, imagery, amazing backgrounds, and much more
  • Outliners and Mind Mapping Tools include: Quicklyst (notes and outlines), Knowcase (record and organize ideas), Spider Scribe (mind map creation with images and notes), Folder Boy (organize in folders), WiseMapping (collaborative notes), Exploratree (templates and thinking guides), and Slatebox (collaborative mind maps and organizational charts)
  • Pageflakes: Create a personalized homepage with all of your electronic tools and social networks
  • Palbee: Set up free web video conferences or video chat rooms and record your presentations to share with others
  • Pdf to Word: Easily convert pdf files into word documents
  • Penzu: Easy journal-writing tool
  • Picasa 3: Edit your photos and store/display them online (for Macs only)
  • Pinterest: Create an online pinboard to share the things you love.
  • PIXresizer is a free photo resizing program to easily create web and e-mail friendly versions of your images with reduced file sizes.
  • Photostory 3 for Windows: Teachers can download and use for free (example) - Digital Storytelling Guide to get started with examples
  • PhotoPeach: Create high quality slideshows with images, text, and music and share with classrooms around the world
  • Piclit: Create your own combination of words and pictures to capture the essence of the picture
  • Pivot Stickfigure Animator Create stick figure animations easily and save as an animated .gif file. WINDOWS ONLY
  • Poll Everywhere: Instant audience feedback from mobile devises that's displayed live on Powerpoint, Keynote, or the web
  • Podcast Generator: Create, upload, and publish podcasts in a web format
  • Preceden: Build simple, powerful timelines
  • Prezi: Online presentation tool like Powerpoint


R-T
  • ReadItLater: Save online pages and access them offline to read from anywhere
  • RealeBooks.com: Read or create striking picture books to share with the world
  • Remix America: Remix the great words, speeches, and images of American History
  • Scoop It!: Be the curator of your own topic-centered media and then publish on a favorite social media site.
  • Scrapblog: Create and share digital scrapbooks
  • Scratch: Digital storytelling tool that uses a puzzle piece drag and drop system.
  • Screenr: Instate screencasting tool that plays everywhere on the web
  • Screentoaster: Online screen recorder to share and stream videos online in Flash
  • Screencast-o-matic: Record screencapture video for up to 15 minutes for free
  • SearchEngine MegaList: Explore the many types of search engines to find just what you need on the Internet.
  • Sharendipity: Build and employ interactive games, widgits, and other educational learning tools - browse the Education collection for ideas
  • SideVibe: create your own webquests very easily!
  • Skitch.com and Skitch: Take screenshots, edit them, and then upload to share with others
  • Shidonni: Draw virtual pets and then play with them
  • SimpleBooklet: Create product guides, promotions, and brochures you can post to your website and across the web.
  • Slideshare: Upload and share powerpoint presentations loaded with audio podcasts
  • Skype: Free audio or video conference calls
  • Spiderscribe: Create online mind maps and brainstorm ideas
  • Sqworl: Visually bookmark your websites in categories and share only one URL with friends/work partners
  • Storybird: Collaborative storytelling with families, friends, and real artists art - take the tour to learn more!
  • Stixy: Online bulletin board to share notes, photos, documents, and to do lists
  • Stratalogica: Actively engage in a multilayered world while you collaborate and share content
  • Symbaloo: Create your own image-based bookmarking system that's published on one page (Example: Grade 2 literacy centers)
  • Sumo Paint: Online image editor
  • Tagxedo: Make word clouds in real-time and publish in a range of ways
  • Text 2 Mind Map: The text-to-mind-map converter
  • Themeefy: Discover, create, curate, and publish knowledge from the web to share with others
  • Thinglink: Turn any image into a multimedia launcher (Examples and Teaching Ideas)
  • TimeToast: Create interactive timelines and share them on the web
  • TopicMarks: Electronically summarize any text document in seconds
  • Trailfire: Create your own educational trails on the Internet
  • ToonDoo: The Cartoon Strip Creator
  • TypeWithMe: Create an immediate live-text document to collaborative write


U-W
  • udutu: build and publish your own online course for free!
  • Vialogues: upload a video and create an online dialogue about it to share with the world
  • Vimeo: Free video sharing environment (Example: Personification)
  • Vixeynet: Download and convert video files (including YouTube Flash videos) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP)
  • VoiceThread: Group conversations around images, documents, and video (see Education examples) - now VoiceThread includes M5 commenting (to capture voice while you move interrupted from one piece of media to the next)
  • Voki: Create personalized speaking avatars
  • Vuvox: Create slide shows that read linearly across the screen
  • Wallwisher: Online notice board maker
  • Webspiration: Online visual thinking tool
  • WebNote: A very simple online notetaking tool - puts all your notes on the page.
  • WebTreats: Locate and use images from this collection of icons, textures, and Photoshop resource files
  • Weebly: Create a free website and blog
  • Wetoku: Online interview tool that automatically records, saves, and prepares for embedding and sharing with others.
  • WetPaint: Another free wiki creator with a different look - mix all the best features of wikis, blogs, forums, and more
  • When in Time: Create, view, explore and contribute to interactive digital timelines on the topic of their choice
  • Wiggio: A social networking online toolkit to send emails, surveys, set up video conferences, & keep track of group tasks
  • Wikidot in Education: Create your own wikispace for classroom use
  • Wikispaces for Educators: Create your own wikispace for your personal or classroom use
  • WooFoo: Build powerful online forms
  • WordSift: Visualize text and improve your vocabulary
  • Worldometers - World wide statistics updated in real time. See the world statistics for populations, births, deaths - numbers of tonnes of food eaten, water drunk etc etc etc. This is an amazing site which will keep you and your class occupied for a long time!
  • Wordle: Beautiful Word Clouds


X-Z
  • YouTube (and Top Ten Alternatives to YouTube for Educators)
  • YouTube Grabber: Download YouTube videos to use in your classroom
  • YouSendIt: Send and track large digital files too big for an email box
  • XtraNormal: Type something and it turns into a movie (you write the script and direct the action!)
  • Zamzar: Download YouTube videos (and other files) and save in any format
  • zinepal Students can create pdf and ebooks for sharing
  • ZooBurst: Create your own interactive 3D Books (free for first one, but then a fee involved)
  • Zotero: Collect, cite, manage, and share your research sources


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