Learning tools by category


Every new tool is a new chance to connect to a kid and inspire learning. Exploring these tools and thinking about ways they can ignite young imaginations is a benevolent act. I wish you luck on your learning journey!

Odds & Ends

Annotate Online document review.
any-video converter Convert videos

for free.
authorGen E-learning presentation

software for multimedia Flash video

output in PowerPoint, and authoring

tools for e-tutoring and education.
authorstream Share slides and


AwayFind If you are in class but don’t

want to miss any truly important emails,

then use this tool to have only the emails

you select sent directly to you via SMS,

Twitter DM, IM, or a phone call.
Bighugelabs (cool tools for digital photos)
bubbl.us (Free and simple web application that lets you brainstorm online)

Campusbug Students will find resources for their homework and projects as well as connections with other students.
Classblogmeister (Safe, moderated blogging tool for teachers) (For teachers encouraging writing and feedback about writing)
classtools.net  (Free, customizable flash templates to embed into blogs, wikis and websites.)

Collanos Communication, notes, and discussions will benefit from this tool that allows all of that and more to be kept in one place.
Cooltext.com (Free "Graphics Generator" to make logos and website buttons; fun fonts you can download.)

del.icio.us (Keep, share, and discover the best of the Web using Delicious, the world's leading social bookmarking service.)
Dvolver Make your own movies with their tools and share them.
Diigo and Delicious (Social bookmarking and Web2.0 features)
Discover Education Clipart Clipart from Discovery Education.
Edheads Educational games including virtual surgery.
ePals (For teachers who want to encourage reading and writing while connecting their kids to kids around the world)

Flickr Photo sharing.

FruitNotes This online notebook offers a great way to keep and organize notes, store photos, and share with others. You can even send notes via your phone.
Gaggle Free filtered email for students and teachers.
gliffy (You can create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more.)
Go2Web20 (Web application index, you can watch for new tools here)
goanimate (You can create your own animated content for free. You need is an account!

Google Calendar Google Calendar is a great sharable calendar that a whole class can use to stay on task with assignments, tests, and more.
Google Earth (Any teacher who is teaching geography, measurement, math, history and more) (download)
Google Science Fair Google is looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today.

GradeMate Both teachers and students will enjoy the benefits of this tool that is made for managing grades and organizing and sharing assignments, notes, files, discussions, and more.
HotShot Business Business game.
Hulu (Movies and video resources, should be previewed by teachers as there are mainstream titles and themes here)
iGoogle iGoogle is your personalized Google page. Add news, photos, weather, and stuff from across the web to your page.
Impro-Visor   Free music accompaniment software to improve improvising skills
Intel Teach to the Future tools (Ranking items and provide reasoning to why, investigate relationships by comparing/contrasting, develop well reasoned arguments.)
itunes (download) Podcasts: (Any teacher who could use additional aligned curriculum resources in audio or video for their kids.)

Kablink File sharing and real-time meetings are two of the biggest highlights of this tool.

Kick Youtube (Teachers can convert Youtube videos into videos you can use)

Loomagoo Students can share notes and study guides and even buy and sell text books on this site.
mediacoder Convert media to other formats.
mediaconverter Audio/Video Converter.

MeetWithApproval Students working together can plan a meeting, study group, or other event with this tool.

MemberHub Up to 30 members can communicate in one place for free with this tool.
Minyanland Game to help kids learn about money.
Musescore   Free music notation software

Mystudiyo Create quizzes.

Nicenet This tool is made just for education and includes document sharing, communication, link sharing, and scheduling.
ning (Build your own social learning network in a few clicks. Build a site and experiment for a while before using with kids)
noodletools  The Web's most comprehensive and accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian bibliography composer with fully-integrated note-taking.

NoteCentric This tool was created by a student and allows college students to easily share and store notes.

NoteMesh Just for college students, this free tool allows you to share notes with others in your class.
Notaland (like Glogster)

Notefish This tool can aid students by saving web content, which can be organized and shared with others.
NVU Web design software. Free.
Open Options (Open Source and web base resources for teachers)
Pandora Pandora radio is the personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorites.

Paper Rater Grammar & Spelling Check / Free Online Proofreading

PBL Lessons These are lessons I have created in cooperation with my educator friends.

PBWorks Create wikis for the classroom.
Photobucket Free photo sharing.
Photostory 3 Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows: make show-n-tell cool again.
piclits.com Drag and drop words to create a piclit.
Pics4Learning Free clipart and photographs for education.
PollDaddy Create polls for your class.
PollEverywhere Create polls for your class.
posterous.com Microblogging made super simple
Prezi Zooming presentations.

ProBoards Create an online discussion board easily and quickly with this tool that works like online forums and can be made private.
protopage.com  free news reader and start page- really easy!

seedwiki Create a wiki.

Scratch Create and share your own interactive stories, games, music and art
Sharetabs Share links as tabs.
Skype (Any educator who wants to collaborate or let their students collaborate with authors, experts or other teachers and students in remote locations.)
slideshare Share Powerpoints.

Squeak Squeak is the vehicle for a wide range of projects from multimedia applications, educational platforms to commercial web application development.

Stop Disasters Disaster simulation game.
Story Chasers (A multi-state (and potentially multi-national) educational collaborative empowering students and teachers to responsibly record and share stories of local, regional and global interest as citizen journalists.
Student.com High school and college students can find help with school work, prepare for college admission, and socialize with other students.

StudyStack Create study tools including flash cards and games.

StumbleUpon Suggests sites based on your interests.

sumopaint Online image editor.

Symbaloo Easily collect your favorite links!

Tagxedo (like Wordle)
Ustream (free video broadcasting with embeddable player)

Viddler  Video sharing.
Visuwords (online graphical dictionary)

Vocaroo Records voice for posting on a blog or website.
vozMe (Convert text to speech in a snap)
Web2.0 Key Ring In Excel (To help unlock educational resources and to keep key-learning in the palm of your hand)
wikispaces Create wikis for the classroom.

WiZiQ Teachers and learners can all take part in this web-based learning opportunity that is free for anyone to participate in.

Wordstash Make online flashcards and share them with your students.
yackpack YackPack connects group members with live talk and voice messages.
You Are the Historian Investigate the first Thanksgiving.
Youtube Video sharing.

zamzar (Free online file conversion, turn that Youtube video into a video you can add to a powerpoint)

Let’s explore!


animoto (tutorial) (For any teacher who wants to create and let kids create a quick video presentation.) (Education account  http://animoto.com/business/education)

ArtSnacks (For any teacher who wants to let kids draw while learning aligned curriculum concepts in science, writing and more.)

audacity (tutorial) (A tool for creating audio files that can be for local consumption or become podcasts)

BlessthisChick Make your own emoticons

Bighugelabs (cool tools for digital photos)

Game Maker ( Free site that lets kids develop and share their own 2-D video games!

gizmoz Create avatars.

Google Sketchup (Any teacher who wants to give kids a hands on experience while learning measurement, geometry concepts and creative design) (download)

Image Mosaic Generator (Recreate cool versions of pictures as mosaics)

Jewelbeat Use these free music tracks & free sound effects for any production - advertising, education, videos, photos, YouTube...etc.

Kevin’s Free Images These are images you can use the way you need to in the classroom.

kerpoof create original artwork, animated movies, and stories.

MakeBeliefsComix (cartoon editor)

TheHeroFactory (Design superheroes for stories)

Tuxpaint Drawing program

Create Books


Bookr Book creator, uses Flickr


Epubbud Publish e-books

Little Bird Tales

LULU Create and sell books,

calendars, DVD’s and more!

Mixbook Create photo books online.
movie maker (tutorial)

Storyjumper Publish your own children’s book

tikatok Every child has a story

Shared Collaborative Space

Corkboard.com Free sharing space that

looks like a cork board or a

bulletin board.

EtherPad Allows multiple users to work

simultaneously on a document.

Each person’s work is highlighted in a

different color to keep everything


Google Docs  (Let's you collaborate on documents in a word-like, excel-like environment)

Linoit Free online bulliton boards, easy to post, see and peel off your stuff.

Redliner Allows multiple users to easily edit Word documents.

Springnote Use this tool as a group notebook to keep notes for classes, projects, or other tasks.

Thinkfree The free services here include document creation and sharing, file sharing, collaboration, and more.

Thinkature Use this tool to collaborate, organize research and ideas, and prepare final projects.

ThinkFold Perfect for the planning stages of a group project, ThinkFold helps students create real-time outlines collaboratively.

ToonDoo (cartoon editor)

Wallwisher Customizable, hared bulletin board where kids click and add content

Writeboard Groups can write, collaborate, share their individual work, and more with this simple and free web-based tool.

99Chats Create your own chat room with this tool.

wridea A great way to keep brainstorming sessions documented and organized, this free tool is a must-have for groups working together.

Voicethread Create collaborative projects.

All things science

Celestia (free download) (For any teacher who is teaching space science or the solar system and wants to engage kids)

Cosmosphere Learning Network

A great community to share lesson ideas and science resources.

Google Science Fair Google is looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today.

Interactive whiteboard activities

Solar System Simulator Show the movements of the bodies of the solar system.

Video creation

camstudio (Free streaming video software)

screencast-o-matic Screen capture

screenr Screencast creator

Screencastle Record a screencast directly

from you browser.

Screenjelly Screenjelly records your screen

activity with your voice so you can share it.

Telavision Create a Video-Vision using photos, music, effects and transitions. Share on the web.

For the nerds....

Alice (Computer programming in a

3D environment)

App Creator An app for creating apps

Free iPhone app maker

Google App Inventor

Mobile App Publishing

Yapper App Maker

Cite your sources!

Bibme Fast and easy bibliography maker

Citation Machine Citation machine helps

students and professional researchers to

properly credit the information that they use.

CiteULike When students find scholarly

articles on the Internet, they can share them,

then organize and store their work with this tool.

Ignite writing!

Blogger (tutorial)(Free blogging tool, best to

start your own and learn the ins and outs first)

Download Comic Life (download) (Any teacher

who is teaching writing concepts and wants to

add a creative twist)

edublogs Student and teacher blogs. LULU

Create and sell books, calendars, DVD’s and


Myths & Legends Story Creator Explore

element of story like character, setting and more and let kids create.

Storybird Art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print.

StoryJumper  Publish children’s books

Voki ( allows you to create personalized speaking avatars)

wetpaint Create wikis for the classroom.

Wordle Create word clouds with sizes affected by word frequency.

Wordpress Create blogs.

21classes Free classroom and teacher blogs.

Build a PLN!

Classroom2.0 (For teachers who want to join a world-wide professional learning community)

Plurk (A way for teachers to build their own, custom support think-tank)

Twitter Social networking

Free video resources

Hulu (Movies and video resources, should be previewed by teachers as there are mainstream titles and themes here)
Joost Like cable TV with some good nature and science content (teacher should preselect shows to share)

Schooltube Sharing space for student and teacher videos

Teachertube Educational videos

Podcasting resources

Podbean Podcast hosting.
Podcast Alley Podcast hosting.
Podcast Pickle Podcast hosting.
Podomatic (A tool for creating and publishing podcasts)


surveymonkey User Friendly Online Survey Tool.

Wiggio Free web based collaboration tool with surveys and more

Math stuff

DimensionM Online video games to learn math.

Math Lesson Creator (Any teacher looking for a

tool to create new math lessons)

Math Snacks  (Any teacher who wants to let kids review key math concepts in a non-threatening


Twitter and social networking rehearsal space

Edmodo Similar to Twitter, Edmodo is just for the educational setting and offers a more private way to engage in microblogging.

Many of these tools lend themselves to teaching multiple content areas. Be creative and imagine what learning engines they may become!                           ~Kevin

Interactive whiteboard resources

Interactive sites

Language arts

Learning games

Math resources


More resources

SMART exchange Find Lesson Plans for Your SMART Board and Connect with Teachers.

SMARTboard resources

Social Studies

Create an online storefront

Try using sites like LULU.com, Cafe Press, storyjumper, tikatok, Zazzle, Spreadshirt, Pikistore, Createspace, Blurb, Tastebook, The Game Crafter, Spoonflower, Ponoko, Shapeways, Artbreak Imagekind, and a host of similar sites that allow you to create an account, design products like books, cd's, DVD's calendars, tee shirts, clocks, hats, printed art, 3-D products from your designs. These sites allow you and your kids to market your products and create revenue streams if you're successful. Tell your booster club about these!

Practice for social networking

Everloop Security is so tight that they ask for your credit card. They use it to establish your identity and to make sure every child account is associated with a responsible adult. Absolutely no one communicates on Everloop unless they’ve verified that grown-up and approved their profile.

Imbee imbee has security settings and is COPPA compliant. imbee requires identity authentication via a credit card from a parent or a teacher, exactly how the US Post Office verifies identity.

MyBigCampus This platform is a service of Lightspeed’s filtering services. It looks a lot like Facebook and provides a platform for teaching netiquette.

Scuttlepad ScuttlePad is designed exclusively for kids ages 6-11 years.

Only guided communication is allowed by using predefined word lists

All photos are manually reviewed and approved.

No predators, solicitation, harassment or bullying is assured