A Quick Look @ Free or Almost Free Tools and Applications

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Avatar A graphical representation of a person or their "alter-ego". It may be a 3D character in a computer game or the graphic/image associated with the user's identity on a website, blog, wiki, etc.

Awesome Highlighter Enter a web page address and click "highlight page", select the text you want to highlight, click "Done" when you're finished. Simply copy and paste the short URL and post to a web page or email the highlights to students. Each hihglight i slimited to 2000 characters. This tool DOES NOT work well in Internet Explorer.


Blog A blog is a type of a website that is usually maintained by one individual. The creator of the blog regularly posts commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. The majority of blogs allow visitors to leave comments and may allow visitors to exchange messages with each other. The term blog is derived by combining web and log to form "blog". Popular educational blogs: Edublogs and Edmodo 21st Century Learning Standard: Communication

Brainypic Upload a picture and write a sentence using the words from the word list. A fun way to learn new words and improve vocabulary.

BuiLD YouR WiLD SeLF Use the online tool to create fantastic characters (avatars) composed of a variety of animal and human body parts.


Chartle.net Simple, interactive online chart maker

ClassTools.Net A free site that can be used to create interactive Flash games and activities that are great for reviewing everything from vocabulary to math functions. Files that users create can be saved as an html file (webpage) and can be used in a blog, wiki, or opened as a website.Activities include games, timelines, Venn diagrams, and more. Templates provided on the site include step-by-step instructions.

Content Clips Content Clips helps you find and organize multimedia clips to quickly assemble simple web-based teaching activities and presentations. Use the collection of free resources or make your own. Create and save personal links to web sites or even to images from other collections and sites such as Flickr.

CutePDF Download and install this free utility and "print" any document, web page, or image as a PDF. Great for converting Word documents to PDFs or preserving a web document when you do not have access to a "real" printer.


Digital Goonies Link to Web 2.0 presentations


Evernote Web tool that provides a well-organized, searchable, private digital repository for notes you create, clips from Web pages and emails you want to save, audio memos you record, photos, important documents, and more. Your repository is constantly synchronized and is accessible through a Web browser, smart phone, or iPad.


Fakebook from Classtools.net users enter details in the template to create a "Fakebook" profile for a historical figure, fictional character, etc.

FlashCard Machine Create flash cards to prep for vocabulary tests, AP Exams, etc. You can include sound and pictures on flashcards.
FlashcardMachine Instructions.pdf


Go Animate Create animated cartoon presentations. There is a free version or you can obtain education account for a fee.

Go2Web20 Web applications index

Great Summary Paste the URL of a document and this tool will summarize the main points of the text




JeopardyLabs Create really quick and easy Jeopardy style games without using PowerPoint. The games you create are totally web based and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. The site also provides a list of games created by other users of the site. Example 1 (student created)

Jing Download and install to capture images and record a screencast of activity on your computer screen.



Lingro Convert any web page into a clickable dictionary in a variety of languages. Video tutorials for Lingo


Many Eyes Explore data through visual representations.

Media Converter Converts files, audio, and video files to the file type you need and download immediately

Myths and Legends Create and animate myths and legends


Nota A collaborative web platform that allows users to create, share and collaborate on presentations and other forms of online material.
User Guide 21st Century Learning Standard: Collaboration



Pixlr Easy to use online photo editor. Add text to images, crop, etc.

Polleverywhere Use cell phones and mobile devices for instant feedback. 21st Century Learning Standard: Communication

Prenzentit Create, share and show your presentstions online. 21st Century Learning Standard: Communication



RCampus Create a free account and utilize a range of open source tools including a rubric builder (iRubric), website builder for students and teachers, and eportfolio platform to display work.


Shelfari Create a virtual bookshelf, discover new books, share what your reading and recommend books for students, friends, teachers

SimplyBoxA web browser extension that helps you share links by capturing the web page and creating a visual representation or "box". This bookmarking tool creates an easy, grphical representation of a website that is especially useful for young children or non-readers.
Example: http://simplybox.com/public/?id=27729

SlideShareCreate a free account and upload to share presentations, documents and professional videos. SlideShare converts all presentations to the Flash format that will allow you to embed your presentations in a blog, wiki or on your webpage. One advantage is the fact that SlideShare uses Flash and your audience does not need PowerPoint or any other software installed to view the presentations online.

StoryJumper Create and publish online books

SparkLee Use this tool to create cool glitter text for your web projects.

SymbalooEDU Use this tool to create an organized visual collection of bookmarks. Preferred browser: Mozilla


Tagxedo Word clouds with shapes and interactive words

Testmoz Free, secure online test generator from the creator of JeopardyLabs

ThinkFree An online service (free) that provides users with the ability to view and edit office documents. The "My Office" tool can be used to store documents on the web and to automatically sync the documents.

Timetoast An interactive timeline creator that lets you create and share cool timelines that include images, links to websites or videos.
ToonDoo Online cartoon creation. Examples: http://www.toondoo.com/cartoon/364579 & http://www.toondoo.com/cartoon/126783



Vocaroo An online tool for recording audio files for use in multimedia projects.


Web Poster Wizard This free tool allows teachers to create a lesson, worksheet, or class page and immediately publish it online. Teachers can also set up classes and assign projects to students. Students complete the assignments by creating their own online projects or reports. Teachers and students can even add images and links to their pages.
Wiki A wiki is a web site that lets visitors become a participant. Visitors can create or edit the actual site contents without any special technical knowledge or tools. Some wikis require visitors to belong to an approved group before they have access to make changes. This is especially true in the k-12 setting. An Internet connection provides everything needed to contribute to a wiki. A wiki is continuously “under revision” since information is being added, edited and removed all of the time. It is a living collaboration that is designed to allow the sharing of the creative process and product by many. One famous example is Wikipedia andthere are thousands of special interest wikis on the web. Two popular education wikis: PBWorks and Wikispaces for Educators 21st Century Learning Standard: Collaboration
WuFoo Online form builder; create contact forms, online surveys, and invitations so you can collect the data



Yolink Education yolink streamlines the search process and has been described as the "first genuine 'find tool'". Download and install the yolink application and then enter your search in Google. Yolink quickly scans the search results, e-books, online documents, and web sites using key words, quotes, and word relationships to find what you are looking for.

You Are What You Read What five books have shaped your life? Share what you are reading and see what others share.


Zooburst ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books. Basic accounts are free and premium accounts are inexpensive. General Example High School Example

Zoodles A kidsafe mode for PC, MAC and smart phones (ages 2-8)

Extras...Cool little extras

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Web 2.0 Tools (Purdue University)