Technology Tools for Teaching and Learning

Collaboration Tools and Whiteboards
Communication and Networking
Presentation, Authoring and Screencasting
Tests, Quizzes and Online Games
Creating Web-based Timelines
Web-based Mindmaps/graphic organizers
Online Writing and Publishing
Online Discussions
Search Engines and Research
Creating Online Portfolios
Creating Online Books, Magazines, Posters, or Newsletters
Audio Recording and Editing Tools
Creating and Editing Maps
Drawing or Creating Comics on the Web
Rubrics for Multimedia Projects

Collaboration Tools and Whiteboards


Twiddla is an easy to use, collaborative online Whiteboard which can be used to mark up websites, graphics, photos. You can draw on a blank canvas and browse the web with your students, making remote tutoring more productive and interactive. The free version is limited to 10 participants and 20-minute meetings.  See how it works

Google Drive

Google Drive is a free web-based service which can be used to share and collaboratively edit Google Docs with anyone else who has a Google account, for free. It can be used for interactive classroom activities and projects. See how it works

A free concept mapping tool which allows users to easily create bubble maps, that can be exported in various formats and can be edited collaboratively. See how it works


Cacoo is a cloud-based, diagramming tool for creating wireframes, flowcharts, network diagrams and more. The free trial is for 14 days after which there is an individual monthly fee of $4.95 and other plans based on individual requirements. See how it works


A web-based tool where users can review, notate, share, and discuss any web page. Just grab a web page address or screen shot and make notes on it and send to others. Users can share ideas on the same site by each grabbing, notating, and then sharing their work. See how it works


NING is a platform allowing you to build online presence from the ground up. Ning has helped thousands of users across the globe to create their own custom social networks and stay connected with the world. Ning has come a long way to offer clients a comprehensive SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) platform with a wide range of useful features and customization tools. See how it works



Communication and Networking Tools


Edmodo offers a collaboration, and coaching platform to instructors and teachers. The Edmodo network enables teachers to share content, distribute quizzes, assignments, and manage communication with students, colleagues, and parents. It is available with Office 365. See how it works


Yammer is a freemium enterprise social networking service used for private communication within organizations. It is a private social network to share files, co-edit content and Is available with Office 365. See how it works


Skype is a telecommunications application software product that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet and to regular telephones. Skype additionally provides instant messaging services. A platform for group meetings tools that can be particularly effective for remote participants to come together. If you're thinking about collaborating with a remote classroom, Skype can be huge asset in doing so. It can also bring students who might be stuck at home due to illness or other situations into the classroom to join the class for a collaborative dialogue or other activity. See how it works


Twitter is an American online news and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as "tweets". Search out a unique hashtag and you're in business. See 100 ways to teach with Twitter and how it works

Google Hangouts

A Popular alternative to Skype for bringing remote groups of people together to communicate and collaborate. With Hangouts you can have a one on one conversation or a group chat with your whole class, Make calls from your Android, iOS or desktop to other Hangout users, or turn any conversation into a free video call with just one tap. Hangout meetings can be recorded. See how it works


TakingITGlobal is one of the world's leading networks of young people learning about, engaging with, and working towards tackling global challenges. This online community brings together like-minded youth to take part in programs that span across the world. From grants and mentorship helping young social innovators get their ideas off the ground, to international art collaborations, we open doors for young people to have impact. See how it works



Presentation, Authoring and Screencasting Tools


Prezi is a virtual whiteboard that transforms presentations so viewers can better see your ideas, understand them, and remember them. The free version lets you store your presentations online and can be viewed online. See how it works

Adobe Presenter

A rapid authoring tool that allows you to create stunning HD training videos and interactive e-learning courses from your PowerPoint slides. You can convert your PowerPoint presentations to engaging eLearning content. Add quizzes, scenarios, and out-of-the-box assets, and publish as HTML5 for access using desktop and mobile browser. See how it works

Ezvid is a free-to-use video wiki, the largest and most comprehensive video wiki on the planet providing useful, unbiased information and actionable guidance users around the world. It is a 100% free video creation tool that allows you to capture everything that appears on your computer screen. You can edit videos, insert text and audio, control video speed and draw directly on your screen. You can also save your videos and share them on YouTube. See how it works


Screenr is a free web-based screen recorder which means you wouldn't have to install it on your computer. Capture your screen and save it on the website. Share, embed link when you're finished. See how it works


A free screen recorder to record your screencasts and is used by millions around the world, from educators to businesses to bloggers. There are numerous ways you can use a screen recorder. You can record how-to videos, tutorials, product demos and more! See how it works

AceThinker Free Online Screen Grabber and Recorder

An intuitive and powerful screen grabber and recording program that lets you take screenshots and record your computer screen with sound simultaneously. You can record the entire screen or just capture a specified area according to your needs. During the recording process, you can annotate the screen with texts, watermarks, highlights and even insert your webcam video to achieve a video-in-video effect. View tutorial 1 or tutorial 2 for guidance



Tests, Quizzes and Online Games

Economic Games

A free, ready to play game site for teaching microeconomic, industrial organization and game theory. Just choose a game, enter the number of players, communicate logins to your students and have them connect to the game on their phones, tablets or laptops, while you observe and debrief the game through your interface. See how it works

Hot Potatoes

The Hot Potatoes software suite includes five applications that can create exercises for the World Wide Web. The applications are JCloze, JCross, JMatch, JMix and JQuiz. There is also a sixth application called The Masher, that will compile all the Hot Potatoes exercises into one unit. A beta version of Hot Potatoes 6.4 (Windows version), which uses HTML5-compliant source files, is available for download. This is a test version and Hot Potatoes is expecting to do a final version 6.4 release in early 2019.


EasyTestMaker is an online test generator to help you create and manage your tests! 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! All version free or paid are ad free. See how it works


Use QuizStar to create online quizzes for your students, disseminate quizzes to students, automatically grade quizzes and view the quiz results online. You can manage classes and quizzes, attach multimedia files to questions, make quizzes in multiple languages, duplicate your quizzes and share it fellow instructors and allow students to complete and review. See how it works


Quizlet is the world's largest student and teacher online community. It allows you to sign up for free and create study sets. You can search millions of study sets or create your own. Students can learn using flashcards, games and more. See how it works



Creating Web-based Timelines


Timetoast is an easy to use timeline tool that lets you take your narrative to the next level using interactive timelines. It helps you bring your story to life that not only looks good but also adds context. Create a public free account and start using the web based easy to use app. See how it works


Timeglider is s free web-based timeline tool which is free for students only. Create, collaborate, and publish zooming and panning interactive timelines. It is a flexible time-based visualization tool that can be used to quickly enhance your projects by organizing information. See how it works

ReadWriteThink Timeline

ReadWriteThink Timeline allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line. Timelines can be organized by time of day, date, or event, and the tool allows users to create a label with short or long descriptive text. Adding an image for each label makes a timeline more visually appealing. See how it works



Web-based Mindmaps/graphic organizers


MindMeister is an online mind mapping tool that lets you capture, develop and share ideas visually. You can use the MindMeister editor for brainstorming, note taking, project planning and tons of other creative tasks. MindMeister is completely web-based, which means there's no download and no updating! Whether you're working on Windows, Mac OS or Linux, you can always access your mind maps right inside the web-browser. The basic version is free to use. See how it works


Mindomo is a collaborative mind mapping, concept mapping and outlining web based tool for creating min maps for brainstorming and understanding ideas revolving around a central topic. Use concept maps to see how concepts are connected. Use outlines to refine maps and save them in a linear way. It's very simple to add and use Mindomo from the school's Google Apps or Office365 account. See how it works


A free online mind mapping editor that needs no downloads or installs on your computer. Create Mindmaps to present ideas in a radial, graphical, non-linear manner which encourages a brainstorming approach to planning and organizational tasks. Use mind maps to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid to studying and organizing information, solving problems, making decisions, and writing. See how it works



Online Writing and Publishing


Issuu is the world's largest digital publishing and discovery platforms available for writers, editors, educators and more to tell stories, build a brand or educate learners. Content is available in a gorgeous magazine like reading experience, with interactive web, shopping, video and social media links. See how it works


Yudu is a professional software for Online Publishing and critical communications. Yudu can Simply and rapidly publish high quality digital magazines, interactive retail catalogues or the full spectrum of business documentation to both web and apps. Yudu combines the latest mass broadcasting in-app solutions for SMS and voice communication which provides a vital and unique information tool and is available for iOS, Android and Windows. See how it works


Calaméo enables you to create, track and share interactive, enriching content and learn why it remains the number one innovative online solution essential for your business needs. See how it works



Online Discussions


Chatzy is a great alternative to Facebook, Yahoo Chat, Skype, and other messengers because it has no registration steps, it free and has no popup ads, does not require Flash or any installation on your computer (= no spyware), works on all major browsers, with any language and through corporate firewalls and is simple and easy to use. See how it works


Poll Everywhere transforms one-sided presentations into two-way conversations with the audience. This web-based audience response system lets you embed interactive activities directly into your presentation. The audience responds on the web or via SMS texting on their phones. See how it works


It is an online collaborative tool which provides a kind of a wall where you can express your thoughts on a common topic, collect your ideas through text, link, images, videos, bookmarks and more. Share your Padlet with as many or with as little people as you wish and you control how you want your invites to contribute to your Padlet. Padlet lets you customize the look of your wall and the style of your content placement. While Padlet is free to use, there are certain features that do require a membership. See how it works


Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families in 180+ countries. Create a Grid community for your classroom, school, PLC, #GridPals, families, and more! Share your voice anywhere by using any Surface, Chromebook, laptop, iPad, iPhone, or Android device. There are free Windows 10, iOS, and Android apps that can be downloaded from App Store, Google Play and Microsoft. See how it works



Search Engines and Research


RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers. RefSeek's unique approach offers students comprehensive subject coverage without the information overload of a general search engine—increasing the visibility of academic information and compelling ideas that are often lost in a muddle of sponsored links and commercial results. See how it works


Since 2009, SweetSearch has been the best place for students - and anyone else - to begin their research. It leverages Google to search only a fully vetted "whitelist" of websites. The original index was created by 50+ librarians, educators and researchers who collectively invested over 100,000 hours in finding the best resources. See how it works


The introduction of Wolfram|Alpha defined a fundamentally new paradigm for getting knowledge and answers—not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms and methods. Bringing broad, deep, expert-level knowledge to everyone… anytime, anywhere. Wolfram|Alpha's long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. See how it works

Wayback Machine

The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet. It was launched in 2001 by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, United States. It crawls the web and saves visual copies of websites and archives them for reference of how websites looked in the past. See how it works


NoodleTools is an online research management platform that promotes critical thinking and authentic research. Students stay organized as they evaluate information, build accurate citations, archive source material, take notes, outline topics, and prepare to write. Three differentiated levels support individual students across grades and abilities. The classroom environment allows librarians and teachers to provide feedback, monitor individual contributions to group work, and view statistics about source use. In contrast to an auto-cite, auto-evaluate product, we support students to engage deeply in research and produce original work. NoodleTools is also designed with online student privacy in mind. See how it works


If you're looking for a way to go beyond rote learning and disengaged learners. this is the place for you. QuestGarden is useful for pre-service teachers, working teachers, and professional developers and teacher educators who work with them. The lessons created on this site are available for use by educators everywhere. It is only free for the first 30-day trial period. See how it works



Creating Online Portfolios


PBWorks provides a broad set of collaboration products that help businesses work more efficiently and effectively.  Products such as Agency HubLegal Hub, and Project Hub serve markets such as advertising and marketing agencies, law firms, and education, as well as the broader business market. Educators can create a free account and then create student accounts without requiring email addresses, set up automated notifications, edit and format Wiki pages, allow other professors and staff to collaborate, store, discuss, research and share wiki pages, files, and documents and access every wiki page or file, by computer, smartphone or tablet. See how it works


Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. The blogs are hosted by Google and generally accessed from a subdomain of See how it works


WordPress is the most popular online publishing platform, currently powering more than 32% of the web. you can start a blog or build a website in seconds without any technical knowledge. The website says that "Almost everything on is free, and what's currently free will remain so in the future." See how it works



Creating Online Books, Magazines, Posters, or Newsletters


Glogster is an online Multimedia Interactive Poster tool where you can express your ideas with ease by combining images, graphics, audio, video and text on one digital canvas. See how it works


Need to whip up a newsletter in a matter of minutes? LetterPop gives you the tools. If you can drag and drop, you can create a pretty dazzling newsletter with this web-based app. It couldn't be much easier to use: Choose a template, drop in some photos and write your text. When you're done, you can e-mail the newsletter to friends and family, print it, or post it online. See how it works


Mixbook is the most powerful design tool to create fully customizable photo products like books, cards, calendars and wall canvases. With Mixbook's free online editor, you're not limited to static pre-designed templates, you have the freedom to edit to your heart's content. See how it works


BookRix is a free self-publishing platform that offers eBook distribution services to independent writers. Our users can share their writing, connect with other readers, and discover new books and authors – all in one place. See how it works


Whether you're looking for a tool to record your daily emotions and activities in a reflective journal, keep track of milestones in a food diary or pregnancy journal, or even record your dreams in a dream journal, Penzu has you covered. Penzu gives you all the tools you need to focus on the ideas you want to preserve, rather than the process of writing itself. Penzu keeps your journals safe with double password protection and military strength encryption so you can rest easy knowing that your entries are secure in the Penzu Vault. See how it works


A digital classroom publishing studio for K – 12 students to write and illustrate their own digital and printed books. See how it works


Take your Word document, Google presentation, or PDF file and upload it to simplebooklet. You'll have a brand new microsite in minutes that you can use in all your digital communications. Click on the link to see a simplebooklet. See how it works



Audio Recording and Editing Tools


Audacity is a free and open-source, multi-track digital audio editor and recording application software, available for Windows, macOS/OS X and Unix-like operating systems. See how it works


GarageBand is a fully equipped music creation studio right inside your Mac — with a complete sound library that includes instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and an incredible selection of session drummers and percussionists. With Touch Bar features for MacBook Pro and an intuitive, modern design, it's easy to learn, play, record, create, and share your hits worldwide. See how it works


Vocaroo is a service for recording and sending voice messages across the interwebs. It's still under development though, so problems may occur. You will need an Adobe Flash Player. No registration necessary! Just go to and get started. One of the best Vocaroo features is that it gives you a QR code to your voice recordings so that anyone who scans the code will hear your voice recording. You can also save, share, download as.mp3, Ogg, flac, or wav file and also embed the audio in an LMS or online social media. See how it works


VoiceThread is a cloud-based application that allows users to upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. Over 50 different types of media can be shared in VoiceThread. Users can comment on VoiceThread slides using one of five commenting options: microphone, webcam, text, phone and audio-file upload. Additionally, using VoiceThread's "doodle" tool, you can markup or annotate the multimedia you have uploaded when leaving a typed, video or audio comment. Users can keep a VoiceThread private, share it with specific people, or open it to all. Requires Adobe Flash. See how it works


Chirbit is all you need to share your audio on social media or your own website. Record yourself on Chirbit or upload existing audio then share it with the world. See how it works


AudioPal is the Web's free website audio maker. Anyone with a personal website or blog can easily add audio to their site. Engage your visitors by creating an instantly interactive website using AudioPal. Just create your message and embed your flash audio player. See how it works


Triptico is a collection of interactive resources which enable imaginative educators to create engaging learning for their classroom or workplace. Creating, saving, adapting and sharing interactive learning content is easy with Triptico. Your free account will give you a free trial of Triptico Plus. You can then decide if you would like to subscribe or simply use your account to access the free resources.
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Creating and Editing Maps


OpenStreetMap is a free wiki world map built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world. See how it works

Scribble Maps

Create and Share maps with friends, embed maps on websites and create images using Scribble Maps. The basic service is completely free and allows you to create custom maps, widgets, and images. Share your custom maps with friends or publish them to your website/blog. See how it works



Drawing or Creating Comics on the Web


ToonDoo is a cool, comic-creating tool from Jambav, a fun site for kids. Jambav is devoted to creating a unique array of free and customizable online games of educational value for children of all abilities. ToonDoo was the happy result of brainstorming session that was aimed at creating a new way of expression for those who do not have the talent to draw. You can now just drag-drop or click to create comic strips that express your views, opinions, angst or to just have fun, loads of it! See how it works


Make Beliefs Comix provides a list of ways you can use site content in the classroom to teach writing, storytelling, literature analysis, and other principles. It is very easy to learn and is suited for young learners and learners who are new to an online comics tool. See how it works


The world's most popular and easy to use comic and storyboard creator. Create impressive comics with simple click-and-drag tools. You can introduce it to your students and let them create their own comics and share them with each other. See how it works


With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge. Organize, Bookmark, and Edit Your research Online. See how it works


Evernote helps you capture and prioritize ideas, projects, and to-do lists, so nothing falls through the cracks. It is a single place for your notes, ideas, lists and reminders. Plan, keep records, and manage projects from any device–even offline. Manage projects, deadlines, clients, and meetings with ease. See how it works


Diigo is a multi-tool for personal knowledge management dramatically improve your workflow and productivity easy and intuitive, yet versatile and powerful. Diigo helps Save and tag your online resources for easy access anytime, anywhere, annotate web pages and PDFs directly as you browse online, organize your links, references and personal input to create a structured research base through Outliner and Share your research with friends, classmates, colleagues or associates. See how it works



Rubrics for Multimedia Projects


RubiStar is a free tool to help teachers create quality rubrics. Registered users can save and edit rubrics online. You can access them from home, school, or on the road. Registration and use of this tool is free. See how it works

University of Wisconsin Stout Rubric Page

A collection of sample rubrics from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. Here's a video by professor Tim Dale of University of Wisconsin talking about Value Rubrics and how they were created through collaboration with the AAC&U - the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,400 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size. See how it works

TeAchnology Rubrics Tools

The website has hundreds of printable rubrics. They also have rubric maker tools that make it simple to create a rubric. offers teachers FREE access to thousands of teacher resources, lesson plans, and rubrics. See how it works