Special Research Guide -- Educational Technology
Last Updated: May 12, 2014
Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds
Online tool for recording and sending audio files
Tool for recording narrations over photos and other graphics.
Online video and photo sharing site
Interactive photo sharing site
Fotor can be used to create photo effects, clip art, and offers mosaic tool to customize the appearance of visual offerings
Online photo editing tool.
Google's online tool for organizing, editing and sharing photos.
Graphics editing software for web browser and PC
Us this tool to animate .gif images
YouTube now has a basic video editing tool which users can take advantage of when uploading video.
Enter the URL of streaming videos you find online and this tool will download them to your computer.
Online tool for reading, creating and sharing visual content.
- Zimmer Twins
Site for creating and sharing animated stories. Focused on content for young audiences.
Online tool for creating your own cartoons.
Screen recorder and video editing tool
Web-based screen recording tool
Top-of-the-line Adobe product for creating video tutorials from screen captures
- Google Drive Slides
Tool for live annotation and for 'drawing' on your desktop to draw attention to items displayed there.
Web service for creating and sharing high quality online slide presentations
- Slide Rocket
A slide presentation tool with some very nice features, such as 3-D transitions and a collaboration feature that enables other users to co-create presentations.
VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected with images, documents, and videos. It allows people to navigate through the slides and leave comments in 5 ways: using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file (for VoiceThread Pro users), or video (via a webcam).
- iTunes U Course Manager
Apple's answer to course management software
Website where multiple users can share and create work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media.
Available in iTunes. Contains whiteboard and screencasting tools.
Allows students to take notes that synchronize with the video they're watching. Requires students to take notes every 15 seconds so you know they've watched the assigned video.
- People Graph
App for Excel that allows for the visualization of data.
Customize maps w/information relevant to a particular subject.
Create interactive images tagged with video, music, comments, links, and other web content.
- Poll Everywhere
Polling system where students use their mobile devices to respond to questions.
Use your smartphone to "phlog" ("phonecast") by using your smartphone to create audio files with a transcript.
- QR Voice
Create a QR code that links to an audio clip (useful for interactive classroom activities)
A tool to help you remember everything.
A social bookmarking service, which allows you to share and save the addresses of online resources.
- Google Bookmarks
Integrated with your Google and Chromes accounts, this private bookmarking tool offers some public elements for those who desire them.
A free iPad app that allows you to use a stylus to handwrite and draw in a digital notebooks. You can drag and drop pages into any order at any time.
A free service for saving photos, docs, and video files in 'the cloud' where they can be accessed from multiple devices. It allows for file-sharing between DropBox users.
- Google Drive
A free service for Google account users to saving photos, docs, and video files in 'the cloud' where they can be accessed from multiple devices. It allows for file-sharing between Google users.
- Microsoft SkyDrive
Microsoft's 'cloud' solution, which allows for storage and multi-device access to personal content. It comes with in-browsers versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote in. Comes pre-installed with Windows 8 - can be downloaded for MAC.
Portal for discovering and viewing podcasts and/or downloadable audio programs.
- Podcast Alley
Online podcast 'community'.
- iTunes U
Heavily used portal for posting and discovering podcasts and webcasts of academic lectures and events
- TED Talks
TED (Technology, Education & Design) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading knowledge. It's "Talks" database contains 1100+ lectures and documentaries.
- Kaywa QR Code Generator
Free online tool for creating QR (quick response) codes.
User-curated collections of social media posts and articles on of-the-moment topics.
Online animation/drawing tool for creating comics and illustrated videos.
Tool for adding visuals to your conversations