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Multimedia Tools



Explore these FREE multimedia tools for ideas to use in your own classroom.

A-E
  • Animoto: Create video slideshows (see Animoto for Education)
  • Bitstrips for Schools: Simple way to create comics for your classroom (there is a fee involved, but there's a free trial)
  • Blabberize: Animate pictures to make the people, animals, or objects appear as if they are talking
  • Bubble.us: Brainstorm ideas into an automatic idea web
  • Chatterous: Get your students actively involved in real-time group chats during a lecture
  • ClassChats.com: Free way to connect classrooms around the world
  • CoolText Graphics Generator - Create text banners for printable student work, PowerPoint presentations, websites, videos, or any digital student product.
  • Co-Sketch: Multi-user online whiteboard to quickly visualize and collaborate without even registering.
  • Creatly: Create professional looking online diagrams with up to 3 collaborators for free
  • Dabbleboard: Visualize, draw, explore, and collaborate with an online whiteboard
  • Delicious: Social bookmarking tool
  • Diigo: Visit webpages, highlight text, add stickynotes and annotate your thinking
  • Diigo WebSlides: Convert bookmarks, RSS feeds, and blogs to slideshows in minutes.
  • DomoAnimate: Create an animated cartoon - complete with music and dialogue bubbles
  • DoingText: Web-based collaborative writing and editing without signing up
  • Doodle: Schedule meetings quickly and see when everyone is available - all in one place
  • Dropbox: Sync files online and across computers
  • Drop.io: Share large files with others - up to 100MB free per drop
  • Edmodo: A private micro-blogging and social platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments.
  • Elluminate: Create live e-learning webinars and web collaboration (free for up to 3 participants)
  • Evernote: Capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient and then make this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
  • ePals: Connect with students around the world in a project based learning environment


F-I
  • Flickr: Organize, annotate, and share your photos with the world
  • Freemind: Online mind-mapping software
  • iCUE: Collaborative and online interactive learning center with games, callenges, videos, and discussions
  • EverNote: Make notes and organize them online
  • Glogster: Make an interactive poster with text, images, music, and video
  • Go Animate: Create unique computer animated stories or cartoons
  • Google Docs: Collaboratively create, store, and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and online forms
  • Google Lit Trips: Follow or create virtual road trips to align with great literature
  • Google Maps: Create and personalize your own maps
  • Google Moderator: Enable your audience (students, etc) to actively post or prioritize questions or surveys that are viewable by all (example)
  • Google Wave: Communicate and collaborate in real time
  • Gr.oups: Free online social networking tool to set up your own community, with blogs, wikis, chatrooms, discussions, calendars, and more.
  • iBreadcrumbs: Recording toolbar for your web browser keeps a bibliographic log of where you've been
  • Imagination Cubed: Multi-user drawing tool with a pen, stamp, line, or typing tool - can replay your drawings too in action
  • Issue: You Publish: Create and share professional looking publications
  • KeepVid: Download streaming videos


J-N
  • Jing: Snap a picture or record a short video and share instantly on the web
  • Kideos: Online kids video network with safe videos for young children to view and use in their projects
  • KidZui: Download a free and safe Internet browser for kids
  • Letterpop: Create eye popping newsletters (free plan to publish up to 10 newsletters)
  • LiveBinders.com: Collect, organize, and display your digital creations in an online binder
  • MeBeam: Create your own chatroom - just type in a title and invite people to join
  • National Geographic Young Explorer: Listen and Read Stories about science and animals
  • Notefish: Track your web inquiries with automatically bibliography generator and annotate/organize your reflections


O-Q
  • Off the Charts Web Karaoke: Listen to or create your own songs
  • Pageflakes: Create a personalized homepage with all of your electronic tools and social networks
  • Palbee: Set up free web video conferences or video chat rooms and record your presentations to share with others
  • Penzu: Easy journal-writing tool
  • Picasa 3: Edit your photos and store/display them online (for Macs only)
  • PIXresizer is a free photo resizing program to easily create web and e-mail friendly versions of your images with reduced file sizes.
  • Photostory 3 for Windows: Teachers can download and use for free (example) - Digital Storytelling Guide to get started with examples
  • Pivot Stickfigure Animator Create stick figure animations easily and save as an animated .gif file. WINDOWS ONLY
  • Poll Everywhere: Instant audience feedback from mobile devises that's displayed live on Powerpoint, Keynote, or the web
  • Podcast Generator: Create, upload, and publish podcasts in a web format
  • Prezi: Online presentation tool like Powerpoint


R-T
  • ReadItLater: Save online pages and access them offline to read from anywhere
  • RealeBooks.com: Read or create striking picture books to share with the world
  • Remix America: Remix the great words, speeches, and images of American History
  • Scrapblog: Create and share digital scrapbooks
  • Screenr: Instate screencasting tool that plays everywhere on the web
  • Screentoaster: Online screen recorder to share and stream videos online in Flash
  • Screencast-o-matic: Record screencapture video for up to 15 minutes for free
  • Sharendipity: Build and employ interactive games, widgits, and other educational learning tools - browse the Education collection for ideas
  • Skitch.com and Skitch: Take screenshots, edit them, and then upload to share with others
  • Shidonni: Draw virtual pets and then play with them
  • Slideshare: Upload and share powerpoint presentations loaded with audio podcasts
  • Skype: Free audio or video conference calls
  • Storybird: Collaborative storytelling with families, friends, and real artists art - take the tour to learn more!
  • Stixy: Online bulletin board to share notes, photos, documents, and to do lists
  • Sumo Paint: Online image editor
  • Text 2 Mind Map: The text-to-mind-map converter
  • TimeToast: Create interactive timelines and share them on the web
  • Trailfire: Create your own educational trails on the Internet
  • ToonDoo: The Cartoon Strip Creator
  • TypeWithMe: Create an immediate live-text document to collaborative write


U-W
  • udutu: build and publish your own online course for free!
  • Vimeo: Free video sharing environment
  • Vixeynet: Download and convert video files (including YouTube Flash videos) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP)
  • VoiceThread: Group conversations around images, documents, and video (see Education examples)
  • Voki: Create personalized speaking avatars
  • Wallwisher: Online notice board maker
  • Webspiration: Online visual thinking tool
  • WebNote: A very simple online notetaking tool - puts all your notes on the page.
  • WebTreats: Locate and use images from this collection of icons, textures, and Photoshop resource files
  • Weebly: Create a free website and blog
  • Wetoku: Online interview tool that automatically records, saves, and prepares for embedding and sharing with others.
  • WetPaint: Another free wiki creator with a different look - mix all the best features of wikis, blogs, forums, and more
  • Wiggio: A social networking online toolkit to send emails, surveys, set up video conferences, & keep track of group tasks
  • Wikidot in Education: Create your own wikispace for classroom use
  • Wikispaces for Educators: Create your own wikispace for your personal or classroom use
  • WordSift: Visualize text and improve your vocabulary
  • Worldometers - World wide statistics updated in real time. See the world statistics for populations, births, deaths - numbers of tonnes of food eaten, water drunk etc etc etc. This is an amazing site which will keep you and your class occupied for a long time!
  • Wordle: Beautiful Word Clouds


X-Z
  • YouTube Grabber: Download YouTube videos to use in your classroom
  • YouSendIt: Send and track large digital files too big for an email box
  • XtraNormal: Type something and it turns into a movie (you write the script and direct the action!)
  • Zamzar: Download YouTube videos (and other files) and save in any format
  • zinepal Students can create pdf and ebooks for sharing
  • Zotero: Collect, cite, manage, and share your research sources