36 digital tools to make your lessons come alive

DigitalToolboxDigital technology can help students see the relevance of the learning we ask them to experience, it can also introduce much needed variety into classroom activities which otherwise may not excite them. Becoming proficient with digital technology is also an important part of preparing them for an increasingly digital world, and there are many easy-to-use tools online which can begin to make this happen:

  • Evernote (online note collation, also stores links, images. Could be a real gem for students notes)
  • Prezi (create and publish presentations with wonderful zoom effects. Embed-able into blog posts)
  • Audio boo (create and share audio recordings)
  • Poppet (digital mind mapping tool)
  • Blippit (simple online mobile web app maker)
  • Appshed (more complex app making for free online)
  • Thinglink (an online image editor, adding links and comments etc to images)
  • Socrative (a free web based quizzing and testing tool)
  • QR code treasure hunt generator
  • Fakebook (to create a fake timeline in the style of Facebook for research purposes)
  • Padlet (to create an online noticeboard of electronic post it notes)
  • Draft (online collaborative writing tool)
  • Doceri (to control and record laptop screen, and annotate it using aniPad)
  • Airserver (to display an iPad screen on a laptop/whiteboard cheaply)
  • Trello (online collaboration, discussion and project management tool)
  • Crazy talk (Produces animated characters whose mouths move as we talk)
  • Maptales (create map based stories and embed them in a webpage)
  • Imagequiz (upload an image and create questions, kids click on relevant parts of the image to answer them)
  • Mosey (a site where staff or students can create a map, add their own places of interest and publish their creation online)
  • Pinwords (adds text annotations to images and save them)
  • Educlipper (like a Pinterest for education, create your own noticeboard of resources for a particular task)
  • Sketchalot (online drawing creator which produces embedable images)
  • Realtimeboard (an online whiteboard which can be used by multiple people at once)
  • 121writing (an online project submission/marking solution. Kids upload their written work and we can record verbal comments and send this to them easily)
  • PhraseIt (upload an image and annotate it with speech and thought bubbles)
  • Quiz bean (create a 'this or that' quiz without registering)
  • Brainscape (flash card creator)
  • Hapyak (lets you take a YouTube or Vimeo video and annotate it, and make it interactive adding buttons and links to other things)
  • TimelineJS (let's you create timeline slide shows with images, video and text and save them)
  • I wish u to (creates an online drawing space and records what you draw, saving it. You can send or embed the creation)
  • Fotobabble (upload a picture and record a voice over the top of it)
  • Mashme.tv (online video conferencing tool, allowing watching of shared video or collaborative drawing of up to 10 people)
  • Marqueed (share images and ideas, discuss and collaborate in chat windows - this is amazing technology)
  • Blendspace (create an interactive webpage with resources for a learning experience)
  • Kwiqpoll (create a poll without registration and share it)
  • Pandamian (create and publish an ebook online for free)