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Hundreds of digital education tools have been created with the purpose of giving autonomy to the student, improving the administration of academic processes, encouraging collaboration, and facilitating communication between teachers and learners. 


Multimedia Creation
  • WeVideo: collaborative video editing application, web-based, multi-platform (Mac & PC) 

  • Audacity: audio recording & editing software

  • Powtoons: animated video creation application

  • YouTube: video dissemination, broadcast, archiving platform

  • Vimeo: video dissemination, broadcast, archiving platform

  • Flickr: Web-based photo archiving platform

  • SoundCloud: audio-based publication platform; save tracks, follow artists and build playlists for music, podcasts

Graphic Design
  • Canva: design application for presentations, social media, banner, digital signage

  • Piktochart: Infographic design and creation application

  • Photoshop: graphic design and picture manipulation software


Online Publishing, Ebook, Emagazine
  • Medium: e-publishing platform for narratives, e-magazine

  • Flipsnack: digital flipbook maker for magazine, brochures, catalogs, and more


Presentation Software and Applications
  • PowerPoint: slide presentation software

  • Google Slides: slide presentation application

  • Prezi: Presentation application & software that uses motion & zoom

  • Haiku Deck: slide presentation application for web, iPad, or iPhone

  • Keynote: Apple’s slide presentation software


Web-based Conferencing, Video & Audio Engagement
  • Zoom: video conferencing tool for online meetings

  • VoiceThread: Online communication platform with video, voice, and text commenting. 

  • Flipgrid: video discussion platform for collaborative responses


Personal Response Systems & Classroom Engagement Tools
  • TurningPoint Clickers: clickers are small handheld devices used in the classroom to collect student responses to interactive tests and quizzes.

  • Poll Everywhere: similar to Clickers, can be used for live audience participation using mobile devices

  • Kahoot: educational gaming application used for easy to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes

  • Piazza: free web-based platform for Q & A


Document Creation (Collaborative) and Spreadsheets, PDF management
  • Word: Microsoft’s word processing software

  • Google Docs: Google’s (collaborative) word processing application

  • Padlet: digital canvas, like a piece of paper to create projects to share and collaborate 

  • Excel: Microsoft’s spreadsheet creation software, includes various data charts

  • Google Sheets: Google’s spreadsheet application

  • Acrobat: software to convert, edit, and sign PDFs


Online Publishing, E-Book. E-Magazine Creation
  • Medium: e-publishing platform for narratives, e-magazine

  • Flipsnack: digital flipbook maker for magazine, brochures, catalogs, and more


Podcast and Audio-Based Projects
  • Audacity: audio recording and editing software

  • SoundCloud: audio-based publication platform for music, podcasts

  • Anchor: all-in-one application for podcast creation, web-based and for mobile devices


Screen Capturing Software for Online Tutorial Creation
  • Camtasia: software to record your screen, add video effects, transitions and more, software available on Windows and Mac

  • Screencast: create shareable links for your videos/media created in Camtasia

  • My Maps (Google): create custom maps for personal use or sharing, users can add points, lines, and shapes on top of Google Maps

  • Google Earth: computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery, program can also be downloaded to mobile devices and users may use the program to add their own data

  • Zeemaps: create maps from location list, crowd source, or spreadsheets then publish and share interactive maps

  • StoryMaps (Esri): ability to combine maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content

  • StoryMap (JS): application developed out of Northwestern University’s Knightlab to help tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events 

  • Timeline (JS): open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines using Google spreadsheets


Social Annotation
  • Diigo: research tool and knowledge-sharing with annotation capabilities, highlighter, sticky notes, archiving, bookmarking

  • annotation plugin to hold discussions, read socially, organize research, and take personal notes

  • Wikipedia: free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world and hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation

  • Genius: world’s biggest collection of song lyrics and musical knowledge added by artists, scholars, fans, verified by editors (similar to Wikipedia) can add to collaborative annotation assignments 

  • VideoAnt: web-based video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices

  • Distant Viewing Lab: software that uses and develops computational techniques to analyze visual culture with video clips 

  • Citation Builder: Research Organizer:

  • Zotero: easy-to-use tool to help collect, organize, cite, and share research

  • Easybib: website that helps create citations and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles

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