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


Online mind mapping

Mindmup 2.0

Mindmapping that is integrated with Google Apps


Mindmap software built with teams in mind


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

Writing & Documents

Book Creator

Simple tool for creating digital books.


Create pamphlets - FREE 30 day trial


Note taking app - can be used in conjunction with Penultimate


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


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


Apple product that helps to create documents


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


* 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.


Multifaceted interactive whiteboard for brainstorming and collaboration


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


A collaboration hub



Editing Tools


Explain Everything

Teach, present, sketchnote, create videos and collaborate

Haiku Deck

Presentation and slide show creation


Engaging templates allow for engaging and dynamic presentations

Show Me

Create lessons and tutorials to share

Online Learning


Creating Videos

Adobe Voice

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


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

Explain Everything

Teach, present, sketchnote, create videos and collaborate

Screen Capture


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

Flashback Recorder

Free screen recorder and editing tool


Simple and intuitive tool for video recording and editing


Creating Podcasts


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


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.


Free, easy blogs for education


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


Safe blog publishing for students


Create your own website


Creating Surveys & Polls

Creating Code & Coding Games


Educational games that teach programming


Learn the technical skills you need for the job you want

Learn code. Change the world. For FREE!


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


Free access to premium coding courses during school closures


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


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


Free Month Trial

Virtual Musical Instruments

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

Language Learning

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


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. 


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


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.


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.