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SET Tech Tools

School of Education and Technology Technology Tools

This is not a recommendation for one tool over another, but merely a compilation of tools and software we have come across that may be useful to students and professionals in the education and/or technology sectors.

Powtoon
  • Animated presentations, with music and text (cartoony)
  • Free, 5 min video limit
  • No download
  • Pay for additional features, quality
  • Example
Lino
  • Sticky notes, canvas surface
  • Example
Go Animate
  • Simple to complex animated videos
  • As a free user, you can only make videos up to 30 seconds in length
  • Example
Voki
  • Animated, talking avatars; classroom version allows students to produce privately
  • Free account (stores avatars)
  • Not time-limited
  • 60 sec audio
  • Pay for classroom or presenter versions
  • Share by email or social media or embed in website
  • Example/tutorial
StoryBoardThat
  • Create storyboards, cartoon strips
  • Easy drag and drop
  • Do 3 scenes for free
  • Need to login to save/export
  • Example
Tagxedo
  • Word clouds with styles, create visuals of discussions, speeches, introductions
  • Free, beta; may change to pay requirement at any time
  • Tutorial
VideoScribe
  • Imagery and music while the hand draws
  • 7-day free trial 
  • Example
Flipgrid
  • Community building
  • No account necessary
  • Tutorial
Padlet
  • Sticky-notes; good for community building
  • Example
Emaze
  • Slide presentation software; similar to Prezi
  • Example
Playposit
  • Video editing software designed for teachers
  • Intended for use in a flipped classroom
  • Tutorial
iMindMap
  • Concept mapping software
  • Good for creating info-graphics
  • Example
Poll Everywhere
  • Classroom/audience real-time response tool
  • Responses can be via text or URL
  • Tutorial
Remind
  • Safe way to text students and parents
  • Tutorial
Tubechop
Scribblemaps
  • Create and edit your own maps
  • Example
Dipity
Classtools
  • Create quizzes, games, activities and diagrams
  • Example
Cool Tools for Schools
  • General resources
SoundCloud
iSpring
  • Create courses in PowerPoint with quizzes, videos, characters, interactions.
  • Free trial
  • Tutorial
Quizlet
  • Flashcards, tests and study games
  • Free
  • Tutorial
Wondershare
Audacity
Animoto
Edmodo
  • K-12 social learning network
  • Free
  • Example
Blooms Taxonomy for iPads
  • Educational apps for iPads
MIT app inventor
Gamestar Mechanic
  • Design video game-based quests and courses
Camtasia
  • Screen recording and editing
  • Free trial version
  • Example
Groupme
  • Group text messaging; private chat group
  • Tutorial
Mastery Connect
  • MasteryTracker
  • Grading tools
  • Common assessment sharing
  • Learning community
  • Socrative instant response
  • Tutorial
Puppet Pals for iPad
  • Create shows/animation in real-time
  • Tutorial
Weebly
  • Make a website, blog or online store
  • Free
  • Tutorial
MyHomework
  • A planner that syncs across devices helping students to stay organized 
  • Tutorial
Dictionary.com
  • Online dictionary
Documents to Go
  • Small fee
  • Provides ability to view Microsoft files on a smart phone or tablet
  • Example
Wikipanion
  • Assists in search, navigation and display of Wikipedia entries
  • Tutorial
VitalSource
  • Access eTextbooks on any web-enabled device
  • Allows highlighting, notes, copy and pasting of passages
  • Tutorial
Evernote
gFlashPro
Bingo card app
Etherpad
  • Collaborating
  • Organizing
  • Editing
  • Brainstorming
  • Real-time
  • Tutorial
AnswerGarden
  • Online brainstorming tool
  • Real-time feedback
  • Tutorial
Piktochart
  • Infographic maker; also useful for making posters, reports and presentations
  • Free lifetime account, plus several for-pay options including some specifically for educators
  • Tutorial
Vialogues
  • Asynchronous video discussion tool
  • Example
Asana
  • Chat, messaging, scheduling, check-ins and document sharing
  • Organizational tool (business and education)
  • Integrates with Dropbox, Hipchat, Sunrise, Google Drive, Box, Okta, Evernote, Wufoo and others
  • Mobility: iPhone, iPad and Android
  • Built-in and customized reports for completed work
  • Example
Basecamp
  • Organizational tool
  • Chat (campfire), messaging, scheduling, check-ins, document sharing (synchronous options)
  • Links with Googel Docs
  • Embed outside content: Twitter, Flickr, Hulu, Instagram, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Vine and YouTube
  • Mobility: iPhone, iPad and Android
  • Tutorial
Bitrix 24
  • Organizatoinal tool (business)
  • Social media interface with task management, document sharing, and time tracking
  • Group and provate messaging
  • Tutorial
Samepage
  • Organizational tool (business and education)
  • Uses pages to create collaboration worspaces
  • Integrates with Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, YouTube and GoogleDrive
  • Mobility: iOS, Android, Windows and Mac apps
  • Example (on main page)
Meaningful Technology Tools
  • A wiki with other useful tools