Recommended tools for teachers

Software tools and websites provided by others.

A range of outstanding free tools are available to educators, and below is my pick of the best. First are free tools, then paid tools, and then some common approaches that will save you some time and grief.

Free software tools and websites.

Take a look and add them to your favourites.

Socrative

Outstanding free formative and summative assessment tool via in class response or out of class quiz. From their website "Through the use of real-time questioning, result aggregation, and visualization, you have instant insight into levels of understanding so you can use class time to better collaborate and grow as a community of learners."
Socrative

Screencastomatic

Screenrecorder with a million and one uses, icluding supporting flipped classrooms and differentiated content. From their website: "Use our world famous recorder to record on-screen activity for short tutorials, visual presentations, and communicate while you demonstrate!"
Screencastomatic

Wordpress

Simply the best free content management and website building platform, supported by some outstanding free and paid plugins.
Wordpress

Prezi

A very different take on slides, and can anchor online learning. From their website: "Unlike static slides, Prezi combines motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to engage your audience and help them remember your message".
Prezi

Kahoot

Gamification in the classroom with custom quizes and engagement. Learning game can have text, videos and the usual content.
Kahoot

Skitch

A great way to screenshot and annotate. SnagIt is also very good but has a small cost.
Skitch

Padlet

A cool virtual wall that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. Like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.
Padlet

Top 100 Learning Tools

For more reading, checkout the list!
Top 100 Learning tools

Or take a look at Free Technology for Teachers blog

Quizlet

A website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes.
Quizlet

gFlash flashcards

Flashcards created based on google doc spreadsheets that are then usable on mobile devices
Gflash flashcards

ShowMe

Excellent free ipad app for screen recording and explanation.
ShomeMe

Dragon Dictate

Free iPad and ios app that enables text to speech. Very useful for providing feedback on formative and summative assessment tasks and for writing report text.
Dragon Dictate

Paid software and websites of great value.

Great things sometimes come at a small cost.

Datawrapper

Outstanding German journalism tool for data visualisation.
Datawrapper

ZipGrade

Great app for ipads and iphones which uses the camera as a scanner to process multiple choice answer sheets and provide data analytics.
Zipgrade

Articulate Studio and Storyline

Best of breed online learning authoring suite. Not cheap, but very powerful.
Articulate

SurveyGizmo

Outstanding tools to support creation, distribution and analysis of surveys and feedback processes.
SurveyGizmo

Free hacks and gold suggestions.

There is always a way and clever people before you.

SMH

Avoid the paywall restriction by either private browsing, or by changing the www in the url to m. and all good to go.
SMH

Economist

Read the article you want - but only if it is the first link from a google search results. So search for the article in google, hit the link, voila.
Google link to Economist article

Locate a web page based on a clause

Don't forget that using quotation marks at the beginning and end of a search phrase means that that exact phrase must be returned. A really quick way of both checking plagarism, but as well, locating documents on the web based on a phrase of a few words.

Private browsing

Avoid paywells for news sites by using private browsing (incognito) in your browser)
Google help - private browsing