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Online Tools: Cool Tools

COOL TOOLS

The online tools below were designed with providing solutions for content creation and a variety of other tasks, such as communicating and collaborating.
For the most part, all of the online tools below are free, or at least, free during this time of school closure. 
If there are any questions regarding the tools below, please don't hesitate to contact AskALibrarian via Office 365 email. 
Also, please send your suggestions or recommendations to be added. This libguide is constantly evolving so check in often!

Generating Ideas

Ideament

Ideament lets you draw a diagram - mind map, concept map or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline and vice versa

Mindmeister

Online mind mapping

Mindmup 2.0

Mindmapping that is integrated with Google Apps

Miro

Mindmap software built with teams in mind

Popplet

Simple, mind map organizing tool that help students think and learn visually.

Writing & Documents

Book Creator

Simple tool for creating digital books.

Canva

Create pamphlets - FREE 30 day trial

Evernote

Note taking app - can be used in conjunction with Penultimate

Ideament

Ideament lets you draw a diagram - mind map, concept map or flow chart - and convert it to a text outline and vice versa

Padlet

Make beautiful boards, documents, and webpages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to. *This is a licensed product, but teachers can get 3-4 with initial sign in

Pages

Apple product that helps to create documents

Penultimate

The digital handwriting tool that combines with Evernote

Writing A-Z

Writing A-Z delivers online writing lessons, resources, and tools to meet the needs of every student, at every learning level. Free Trial

 

Collaboration Tools

Edmodo

* New toolkit available for learning at home

Explain Everything

The online interactive whiteboard app where people share and learn without boundaries. Teach, present, sketchnote, create videos and collaborate.

Mural

Multifaceted interactive whiteboard for brainstorming and collaboration

NowComment

A versatile discussion platform for teaching, peer reviewing, and fostering active reading

Slack

A collaboration hub

 

 

Editing Tools

Presentations

Explain Everything

Teach, present, sketchnote, create videos and collaborate

Haiku Deck

Presentation and slide show creation

Prezi

Engaging templates allow for engaging and dynamic presentations

Show Me

Create lessons and tutorials to share

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Creating Videos

Adobe Voice

FREE app for iPad that produces short videos based on voice recordings, motion graphics, and images

Animoto

Create videos using drag and drop. No video editing skills necessary

Explain Everything

Teach, present, sketchnote, create videos and collaborate

Screen Capture

Camtasia

Free screen recorder - capture and record webinars, tutorials and lessons

Flashback Recorder

Free screen recorder and editing tool

Screencast-O-Matic

Simple and intuitive tool for video recording and editing

 

Creating Podcasts

Audacity

Free, open-source, cross platform audio software

National Public Radio (NPR) Podcast Guide for Students

An excellent student guide for planning and producing high quality podcasts

Soundtrap

Free month trial for audio record tool

Voice Recorder

A convenient and simple online tool that can be used right in your browse

Blogs & Wikis

Blogs vs. Websites? While both are excellent tools for sharing information, a blog generally requires more upkeep (sometimes daily) while a website can remain more static with less frequent maintenance.

Edublogs

Free, easy blogs for education

Glogster

Multimedia platform for posting online: express ideas with ease by combining images, graphics, audio, video and text on one digital canvas

Kidblog

Safe blog publishing for students

Weebly

Create your own website

 

Creating Surveys & Polls

Creating Code & Coding Games

Blockly

Educational games that teach programming

Codecademy

Learn the technical skills you need for the job you want

Code.org

Learn code. Change the world. For FREE!

Scratch

Free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations

Tynker 

Free access to premium coding courses during school closures

Tinkercad

Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything

Creating FUN

Tellagami

Create a fun character and live a virtual life (for Android)

Creating Music

Garage Band

GarageBand is a fully equipped music creation studio right inside your Mac. Also available for PC

Soundtrap

Free Month Trial

Virtual Musical Instruments

Learn to play the guitar, pan flute, piano, drums, and  bango with virtual instruments

Language Learning

7000.org

A free online language-learning courses in partnership with Indigenous, minority, and refugee communities so they can keep their languages alive.

Duolingo

Free mobile app or web tool to learn 30+ languages online with bite-size lessons based on science.

Rosetta Stone FREE for students

During school closures, K-12 students have free access to Rosetta Stone for Students.

Staying Fit

7 Minute Workout 

Ideal for busy students, this does what it says on the tin – outlines seven minutes worth of easy-to-understand exercises with video and text descriptions.

30 Day Fitness

Free digital personal trainer for fitness and weight loss - and to feel like the best version of yourself. 

iMapMyRun 

This health app lets you track your progress using the built-in GPS of your phone. It tracks your route, pace, how long you ran, how many calories you burned, and more.

Nike+ Training Club 

Described as ‘your personal trainer’, this app lets you chose from over 100 workouts, complete them with step-by-step guides and stay motivated. You can also share your progress on social media.

Eating Healthy

FoodPlanner

If you like planning meals in advance (or want to become more organized!) then this app is for you. It lets you import healthy recipes from blogs and websites to build your own customized meal plans. You can also use your own recipes and create grocery lists.

Fooducate 

This app lets you track your food intake and exercise, track quality and quantity of calories, share tips and ask questions in a community, scan thousands of product barcodes to see nutrition grades, and more

Rockin Ramen 

Designed for  students, this app provides you with many affordable and healthy meal options, with ramen as the main ingredient.

Rouxbe Cooking School on YouTube

Founded in 2005, Rouxbe (Roo-Be) is the world's leading online cooking school; includes basics like 'how to heat a pan' and easy basics. Students will have to subscribe to the channel to follow.

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