Online Tools For Teachers

On this page we will share, discuss, review some of the huge array of online tools for teachers. While there may be some overlap, these are typically resources that are primarily accessed via a computer, rather than a tablet or smartphone device.

Below are some tools that you can use. If you add to them then please fill in as many of the details as possible. In the final four columns (conversation, creation, correcting, chaos) simply place an "x" to indicate if the tool can be used to support one of these digital pedagogies.

Name/Link
Type
Cost
Description/Comment
Ideas/Examples
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Chaos
Flisti
Poll
Free
This is an easy to use site that allows for the setting up of quick polls. This works well on multiple devices, like phones. However can only do MCQs.
Get your class to go to the url for a poll you have done on their devices or a computer as a quick brain warmer. See an example here. As this needs no registration you could also get your class to create their own quick poll and use it on each other.
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AnswerGarden
Poll
Free
Word cloud type poll, where users respond with short typed answers. There are a number of simple settings that can be applied to control the answers.
This provides an easy way to either let people ask questions or make comments. There is a limit on the words that can be used. So it could be used to ask a class to answer a question and then see what are the most common responses - represented by larger text. See an example here.
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Kahoot
Quiz/Discussion
Free
This site provides options to set up a quiz, discussion or survey. It provides a gamified environment where all the participants can see their names on the screen and compete to win.
You can use this to test course material and let pupils compete. Or you can use it to set up a discussion have the answers appear on the screen. Here is an example quiz you can play.
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Quizbean
Quiz
Both
This site allows for the setting up online quizzes. There is quite a lot of control over the types of quizzes and class setup etc. It is possible to also share a quiz without pupils having to create an account.
This provides an easy way to set up summative assessments for courses. While pupils can take the quiz without creating an account this will not provide the teacher with pupils' results. Here is an example of a quiz. Another option is to allow pupils to setup their own accounts and create quizzes that they give to each other. This is a really useful way to see, based on the questions and answers set, whether pupils understand the material.
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PollEverywhere
Poll/Discussion
Both
This is quite sophisticated in that the polls can also be embedded into Powerpoint shows. While this is not necessary it does allow for live class participation in a presentation.
Rather than simply just using it as as poll, you can use it to allow pupils to ask questions by setting up a "Any questions" or "What do you think?" poll. Also see webclicker, tricider,
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Socrative
Quiz
Free
Socrative provides a variety of gamified quizzes that are intended to encourage participation. Such as a Space Race or an Exit Ticket quiz.
While similar to other quiz/poll sites, this site allows for a more ramified version of quizzes similar to kahoot. Use this to require pupils to have to get a certain question correct before they can do something else. Or alternatively divide them into teams and get them to create quiz questions for each other. This provides a great way to not only engage them but see if they are understanding the material. You can try a quiz in our room here by using room name "teachnology".

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Celly
Social Network
Free
This site allows you to create your own "cells" or social networks. They are private and can be controlled.
Similar in some ways to Edmodo but not as "school" focused, Celly allows you to set up small social networks where teachers and pupils can easily interact. Also available on iOS and Android.
This is a useful space for teachers to set up group based discussions that are in a "walled" area. Invite pupils to join a discussion or get them to post items relating to a specific topic and talk about this topic.
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Diigo
Bookmarking
Both
Diigo is a social bookmarking website which allows users to bookmark and tag webpages. It also allows users to highlight parts of webpages or attach sticky notes to them.
This works best when the extension is installed (it needs to be installed on all the browsers being used). Pupils can then easily save multiple pages in categories or they can add comments to pages. This provides a useful way for people to talk about content on a page. See this example about halfway through video. Here is a group used to bookmark and share resources for teachers.
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Edmodo
Social Network
Free
Edmodo is a Facebook like social network designed specifically for schools. Also available as an app for iOS and Android.
Edmodo provides a great environment to allow students to feel like they are using Facebook but with control. It can become either the main platform for sharing files/videos etc. or a controlled environment to engage pupils in a discussion. Simply post a comment/question and get the pupils to respond.
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Hipchat
Chatroom
Both
Hipchat provides an easy to use space for allowing pupils to engage in a realtime chatroom. The chatroom can be accessed via the computer or mobile devices.
Chatrooms, with large classes can be an ideal place for chaotic learning. There are a variety of ways to use a chatroom. One is to get pupils into two groups and then get a few to enter at a time as members on opposite teams and to debate each other. Another way is to allow them to ask questions and for the teacher to ask pupils questions in the room. The nice feature is that the transcript can be saved and then used later as part of the learning by getting students to examine it to answer questions like, "analyse the answer to the question on WW2, what was the main point and did people answer it correctly?". Here is a test room that you can join. This is a public room, but you can create private rooms.
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Youtube
Video sharing
Free
Youtube provides an easy too use channel to share and comment on videos. Also see using Youtube's education channel.
Rather than using Youtube purely as a consumption channel, it can be used as a place for pupils to upload their own videos. In addition to uploading their own videos, they can also use the commenting feature to engage in a conversation around these videos. Pupils can use smartphones to record videos or screen recording sites like screencast, goview, screenr. In addition pupils can either edit their videos on iPads or online with animoto, wevideo, magisto.
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Prezi
Presentation
Both
Prezi provides a creative way for students to create presentations.
Unlike sequential presentations found in powerpoint, prezi provides a visual way of creating presentations. Pupils can create a mind-map style presentation of an area and then zoom in on individual elements as they discuss the topic.
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Powtoon
Presentation
Both
Powtoon allows users to easily create fun animated presentations. There are some special offers for schools.
Pupils can be asked to create a presentation on any topic, but to present it in an original way using animation.
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Xtranormal
Movie/Present.
Both
This site provides a way to easily create animated movies. Also see similar site GoAnimate.
This is a great way to inspire pupils to come to grips with topics by creating a movie on that topic. Allow them to work individually or in groups and create an animated movie to explain material.
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SchoolNotebook
Note taking
Free
This is an online note taking service. You can create notes and lessons and then these can easily be shared. There is also an iOS and Android app.
This is a great way for pupils to take notes while they are in lessons. The notes are also accessible even if the computer is not connected to the internet.
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PrimaryWall
Shared Posts
Free
This site allows for a teacher to have a "wall" that can be shared. People can then post sticky notes to it.
This could be used as an easy way for pupils to either post comments or questions. The poster could be anonymous as they choose their name. Post to my shared wall by visiting here and using password "teacher"
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Google Drive
File sharing.
Free
This is a private/shared space that can be used to easily upload files, or work together on documents etc.
This provides an easy space to allow pupils to upload files to a teacher or for pupils to work together collaboratively on a document. You can access this shared folder and either create/upload a file or work together and chat while creating a document.
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Google Drive
Surveys/Test
Free
By using Sheets, you can create online forms that can be used for surveys or tests.
This is a great way to do a survey or to even do an online test. It will not be automatically marked, but you can ask a variety of MCQ and text questions. All the results are then stored in a single spreadsheet. You can even have the question order to be mixed if students when the test is done.
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Google Drive
Collaboration
Free
Google provides a wide range of tools that can be used to collaborate on work, such as Docs, Slides, Drawings etc.
Wiki's such as wikispaces provide a way to also collaborate. However a simpler solution might simply be to get pupils to create a document in Google Drive and then share it so that multiple pupils can be working on the same document/project at the same time. The environment is more like a word processor making easier than a wiki which may be less familiar.
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Wikispaces
Collaboration
Free
A teacher focused wiki that allows for easy creation of wikis
This site has been created with wikispaces. A wiki provides a collaborative way for multiple people to be working on something at the same time. Rather than working together on a traditional document pupils can create web pages around a project. Wikispaces allows admins to undo any changes and also track changes. There is a useful "assessment" feature that lets the teacher see who has been active on the page. There are also a range of widgets that can be added to pages as well as a conversation thread that can be used to talk about pages. Additionally participants can add comments to specific points on a page to create activity within the page.
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ScribLink
Whiteboard
Free
This is an online whiteboard where multiple parties can draw and type at the same time.
This is a fun way for pupils to work together in a single space. They can both draw and type text and text chat at the same time. Good for brain storming or planning. Here's a whiteboard to test.
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Memonic
Web Clip
Free
This tool allows you to easily clip and save portions of websites or paste comments. Similar to diigo.
This is a nice way to grab content from multiple places and store it in one file. Useful if pupils are researching a topic. Also you can add comments onto webpages.
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Wordpress
Blog
Free
Wordpress provides an easy to use site for pupils to set up their own blog.
Blogging puts the pupils work in the public domain. So while there may be issues of privacy that need to be considered it is also a great way to help pupils showcase their work and get comments from a wider audience. Also see Blogger.
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Penzu
Blog/Diary
Both
Penzu is more of an online diary than a blog, but it can be used to both publicly and privately share posts. There are free and paid options.
Penzu provides a paper-like environment where pupils can journal and record their thoughts. This provides more control than a public blog, but there is an option to share posts if the pupils wish to.
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