[free] Cool tools for learning & teaching


COMMENTARY & REFLECTIONS

Wallwisher

http://www.wallwisher.com
A 'web page' where people actually post messages and express their thoughts on a common topic easily.

Stixy

http://www.stixy.com/
Online visual bulletin board tool

VISUALISATIONS

Tagxedo

http://www.tagxedo.com/
Turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning tag cloud

Wordle

http://www.wordle.net/
Tag cloud generator

Gapminder

http://www.gapminder.org/
world trends

TIMELINES & HISTORY

Smarthistory

http://smarthistory.org/
A free and open, not-for-profit, art history textbook using multimedia to deliver unscripted conversations between art historians about the history of art.


SCREENCASTS & VIDEO

Screencastle

http://screencastle.com/
Java based screencasting tool with generated html code etc

QIK

http://qik.com/
Video capture app for smart phones

Skitch

http://skitch.com/
(download) Screengrab anything, add a note & share

Jing

http://www.techsmith.com/jing/
screengrabs and screencasts

Screentoaster

http://www.screentoaster.com/
no download - embed on blogs and webpages or send by email

DIGITAL STORYTELLING

Showbeyond

http://www.showbeyond.com
Showbeyond is a multimedia slidecast creator, online publishing platform and story sharing community.You can grab images, add sound and text to create multimedia stories, then share the stories with friends or post to blogs and social networking sites.

Storybird

http://storybird.com
Collaborative storytelling tool

Scrapblog

http://www.scrapblog.com/
scrapbooks online

Masher

http://www.masher.com/
create a video by mixing together video clips, music tracks, and photos

SOCIAL NETWORKING

HootCourse

http://hootcourse.com
A HootCourse is an online classroom which uses a combination of the most popular social networks and blogging platforms to provide a new type of online classroom.
HootCourses are built on tweets and status updates in real-time using Twitter or Facebook accounts.

Edmodo

http://www.edmodo.com
A social learning network for teachers, students, schools providing free classroom communication on a secure social network.
You can post classroom materials, store and share digital content and access online or using any mobile device

MINDMAPPING

Mindmeister

http://www.mindmeister.com/
Create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere

FILE SHARING

Dropbox

https://www.dropbox.com/
file sync and file share

DESKTOP SHARING

Teamviewer

http://www.teamviewer.com
Remote control a partner’s desktop to give online assistance, or show your screen without worrying about firewalls, IP addresses and NAT.

SYNCHRONOUS CHAT

Chatzy

http://www.chatzy.com/
registration free chat room