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Special Research Guide -- Educational Technology
Last Updated: May 12, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Audio Editing and Recording

  • Audacity
    Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds
  • Vocaroo
    Online tool for recording and sending audio files
  • Fotobabble
    Tool for recording narrations over photos and other graphics.

Photo Editing and Sharing

  • Animoto
    Online video and photo sharing site
  • Flickr
    Interactive photo sharing site
  • Fotor
    Fotor can be used to create photo effects, clip art, and offers mosaic tool to customize the appearance of visual offerings
  • iPiccy
    Online photo editing tool.
  • Picasa
    Google's online tool for organizing, editing and sharing photos.
  • Sumopaint
    Graphics editing software for web browser and PC
  • UnFREEz
    Us this tool to animate .gif images

Video and Animation Editing and Sharing

  • YouTube
    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.
  • Storybird
    Online tool for reading, creating and sharing visual content.
  • Zimmer Twins
    Site for creating and sharing animated stories. Focused on content for young audiences.
  • ToonDoo
    Online tool for creating your own cartoons.

Screen Capture

  • Camtasia
    Screen recorder and video editing tool
  • Screenr
    Web-based screen recording tool
  • Captivate
    Top-of-the-line Adobe product for creating video tutorials from screen captures


  • Prezi
  • Glogster
  • Google Drive Slides
  • Skitch
    Tool for live annotation and for 'drawing' on your desktop to draw attention to items displayed there.
  • Empressr
    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.

Online Collaboration Sites

  • VoiceThread
    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
  • Wikispaces
    Website where multiple users can share and create work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media.

Software Reviews

  • Software PhD
    A forum for finding and posting reviews about academic software.

Polling and Surveying

  • Doodle
    Interactive polling tool
  • Survey Monkey
    Easy-to-use survey creation, deployment and assessment portal.

Education Apps for Mobile Devices and Computer

  • Doceri
    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.
  • Zeemaps
    Customize maps w/information relevant to a particular subject.
  • ThingLink
    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.
  • ipadio
    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)

Bookmarking and Note Taking Tools

  • Evernote
    A tool to help you remember everything.
  • Delicious
    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.
  • Penultimate
    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.

Backup and File Sharing

  • DropBox
    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.

Pod- and Web-cast sites

  • iPodder
    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.
  • Storify
    User-curated collections of social media posts and articles on of-the-moment topics.
  • Pixton
    Online animation/drawing tool for creating comics and illustrated videos.
  • Snagit
    Tool for adding visuals to your conversations

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