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↓ rank Tool Notes Pers Edu Ent Twitter Social network & micro- blogging service = 1 ✔ ✔ YouTube Video-sharing site = 2 ✔ ✔ Google Docs/Drive Office suite and data storage = 3 service ✔ ✔ (✔) Google Search Web search engine↑ 11 4 ✔ WordPress Blogging/website tool = 5 ✔ ✔ ✔ Dropbox File synchronization = 6 ✔ ✔ ✔ Skype Text and voice chat tool↓3 7 ✔ ✔ (✔) PowerPoint Presentation software↑ 11 8 ✔ ✔ ✔ Facebook Social network↑5 9 ✔ ✔ Wikipedia Collaborative encyclopaedia↑1 10 ✔ (✔) Moodle Course management system↓3 11 ✔ (✔) Evernote Note-taking tool↑5 12 ✔ Slideshare Slide sharing site↓4 13 ✔ ✔ Prezi Presentation software↓7 14 ✔ ✔ Blogger/Blogspot Blogging tool↓3 15 ✔ ✔ Google Reader RSS aggregator = 16 ✔ Google+ / Hangouts Social network/video meetings↑9 17 ✔ ✔ Diigo Social bookmarking/↓5 18 annotation ✔ ✔ Word Word processing software↑ 23 19 ✔ ✔ ✔ Yammer Private social networking↑ 11 20 engine (✔) ✔ ✔ EduGlogster Interactive posters↓ 11 21 ✔ Edmodo Educational social learning network platform = 22 ✔ LinkedIn Professional network↓2 23 ✔ ✔ Scoopit Curation software↑9 24 ✔ ✔ TED Talks /Ed Inspirational talks/lessons↑5 25 ✔ ✔ Jing Screencasting tool↓8 26 ✔ ✔ ✔ Gmail Web mail↓7 27 ✔ (✔) (✔) Camtasia Screencasting tool = 28 ✔ ✔ Audacity Audio recorder/editing tool = 29 ✔ ✔ ✔ Wikispaces Wiki hosting platform↓7 30 ✔ ✔ Voicethread Digital storytelling platform↓6 31 ✔ Adobe Connect Web conferencing software↑ 27 32 ✔ Google Sites Web/wiki hosting platform↑ 10 33 ✔ ✔ (✔) iPad and apps↑ 10 34 Apple tablet and apps ✔ ✔ Google Chrome Web browser↑ 10 35 ✔ Pinterest Virtual pinboardNEW 36 ✔ ✔ Articulate E-learning authoring software↑9 37 ✔ ✔ Google Maps Interactive maps = 38 ✔ ✔ ✔ Animoto Video creating software↓ 12 39 ✔ ✔ Tweetdeck Social media dashboard↓3 40 ✔ Hootsuite Social media dashboard↑ 32 41 ✔ Snagit Screen capture software↑5 42 ✔ ✔ ✔ Adobe Captivate E-Learning authoring software↑5 43 ✔ ✔ Livebinders Digital organizer↑ 20 44 ✔ ✔ Sharepoint Collaboration platform↑ 20 45 (✔) ✔ Mindmeister Mindmapping software↑6 46 ✔ ✔ iTunes and iTunesU Audio/video player / course distribution platform↑ 19 47 ✔ ✔ Delicious Social bookmarking tool↓ 24 48 ✔ ✔ Outlook Email client↑ 20 49 ✔ ✔ Blackboard Collaborate Web conferencing software (previously Elluminate)↑ 10 50 ✔ SurveyMonkey Survey software↑ 23 51 ✔ ✔ ✔ Google Scholar Search engine for scholarlyBACK 52 works ✔ (✔) Adobe Photoshop Image editing softwareBACK 53 ✔ ✔ WebEx Web conferencing softwareBACK 54 ✔ Google Apps Branded Google apps↓ 20 55 ✔ ✔ ✔ Khan Academy Video learning platform↑ 18 56 ✔ Google Translate Online language translatorNEW 57 ✔ Quizlet Flashcards & study games↑ 24 58 ✔ Scribd Document sharing site↓3 59 ✔ ✔ flickr Photo sharing site↓ 24 60 ✔ ✔ Flipboard Social magazine for iPad etcNEW 61 ✔ Bing Web search engineNEW 62 ✔ Ning Community platform↓6 63 ✔ ✔ ✔ Screenr Screencasting tool↓ 13 64 ✔ ✔ ✔ Firefox + addons Web browserBACK 65 ✔ Instapaper Read it later toolNEW 66 ✔ Udutu Collaborative course authoring↑2 67 ✔ ✔ MovieMaker Movie authoring toolBACK 68 ✔ ✔ Mindjet (prev Mindmapping toolBACK 69 MindManager) ✔ Kindle E-book reader↑ 12 70 ✔ OneNote Note-taking software↑ 29 71 ✔ Wallwisher Online noticeboard↓ 18 72 ✔ Zite Social magazine for iPadNEW 73 ✔ iPhone and apps Apple smartphone and apps↓ 19 74 ✔ ✔ ✔ Poll Everywhere Live polling↑7 75 ✔ ✔ ✔ Pocket (prev Read it Read it later software↑ 14 76 Later) ✔ Edublogs Educational blogging platform↓3 77 ✔ ✔ Vimeo Video sharing site↓ 29 78 ✔ ✔ Wordle Word cloud generator↓ 40 79 ✔ ✔ Symbaloo (and Edu Visual bookmarking dashboard↓ 39 80 version) ✔ ✔ Excel Spreadsheet software = 81 ✔ ✔ ✔ Paper.li Curation tool↑8 82 ✔ lino.it Sticky note service↓ 15 83 ✔ ✔ Voki Speaking avatars↓ 44 84 ✔ Buddypress Social engine (WordPress↑5 85 plugin) ✔ ✔ eFront Course/Learning Management↓ 28 86 System ✔ ✔ OpenOffice Office software↓ 26 87 ✔ ✔ PBWorks Wiki software↓ 54 88 ✔ Learnist Pinboard learning sitesNEW 89 ✔ ✔ MentorMob Create Learning PlaylistsNEW 90 ✔ ✔ Mahara ePortfolio/social networking↓ 24 91 platform ✔ Doodle Event schedulingNEW 92 ✔ ✔ Keynote Presentation softwareBACK 93 ✔ (✔) Android phones and tablets Devices using Google mobile↓6 94 ✔ (✔) operating system Blackboard Course management system↓6 95 ✔ Tumblr Micro-blogging platformBACK 96 ✔ Quora Q&A platformNEW 97 ✔ Windows Skydrive File synchronizationNEW 98 ✔ Popplet Visual bookmarkingNEW 99 ✔ ✔ iMovie Video creation software↓6 100 ✔ ✔
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81 Excel Spreadsheet software82 Paper.li Curation tool83 lino.it Sticky note service84 Voki Speaking avatars Buddypress Social engine (WordPress plugin)85 eFront Course/Learning Management86 System87 OpenOffice Office software88 PBWorks Wiki software89 Learnist Pinboard learning sites90 MentorMob Create Learning Playlists Mahara ePortfolio/social networking91 platform92 Doodle Event scheduling93 Keynote Presentation software Android phones and Devices using Google mobile94 tablets operating system Blackboard Course management system9596 Tumblr Micro-blogging platform97 Quora Q&A platform Windows Skydrive File synchronization98 99 Popplet Visual bookmarking100 iMovie Video creation software
Flipboard Social magazine for iPad etc6162 Bing Web search engine63 Ning Community platform64 Screenr Screencasting tool Firefox + addons Web browser6566 Instapaper Read it later tool Udutu Collaborative course authoring6768 MovieMaker Movie authoring tool Mindjet (prev Mindmapping tool69 MindManager)70 Kindle E-book reader71 OneNote Note-taking software72 Wallwisher Online noticeboard73 Zite Social magazine for iPad iPhone and apps Apple smartphone and apps74 Poll Everywhere Live polling75 Pocket (prev Read it Read it later software76 Later) Edublogs Educational blogging platform7778 Vimeo Video sharing site79 Wordle Word cloud generator Symbaloo (and Edu Visual bookmarking dashboard80 version)
41 Hootsuite Social media dashboard42 Snagit Screen capture software43 Adobe Captivate E-Learning authoring software44 Livebinders Digital organizer45 Sharepoint Collaboration platform46 Mindmeister Mindmapping software iTunes and iTunesU Audio/video player / course47 distribution platform48 Delicious Social bookmarking tool49 Outlook Email client Blackboard Web conferencing software Collaborate50 (previously Elluminate)51 SurveyMonkey Survey software52 Google Scholar Search engine for scholarly works53 Adobe Photoshop Image editing software54 WebEx Web conferencing software55 Google Apps Branded Google apps56 Khan Academy Video learning platform57 Google Translate Online language translator58 Quizlet Flashcards & study games59 Scribd Document sharing site60 flickr Photo sharing site
21 EduGlogster Interactive posters Edmodo Educational social learning22 network platform23 LinkedIn Professional network24 Scoopit Curation software TED Talks /Ed Inspirational talks/lessons2526 Jing Screencasting tool27 Gmail Web mail28 Camtasia Screencasting tool Audacity Audio recorder/editing tool2930 Wikispaces Wiki hosting platform Voicethread Digital storytelling platform31 Adobe Connect Web conferencing software32 Google Sites Web/wiki hosting platform3334 iPad and apps Apple tablet and apps35 Google Chrome Web browser36 Pinterest Virtual pinboard Articulate E-learning authoring software3738 Google Maps Interactive maps39 Animoto Video creating software40 Tweetdeck Social media dashboard
Twitter Social network & micro-blogging1 service2 YouTube Video-sharing site Google Docs/Drive Office suite and data storage service34 Google Search Web search engine5 WordPress Blogging/website tool6 Dropbox File synchronization7 Skype Text and voice chat tool8 PowerPoint Presentation software9 Facebook Social network Wikipedia Collaborative encyclopaedia10 Moodle Course management system1112 Evernote Note-taking tool13 Slideshare Slide sharing site14 Prezi Presentation software Blogger/Blogspot Blogging tool1516 Google Reader RSS aggregator Google+ / Hangouts Social network/video meetings17 Diigo Social bookmarking/ annotation18 Word Word processing software19 Yammer Private social networking engine20
Mobile Apps to SupportBloom’s Revised Taxonomy
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“The 100 Best (And Free) Online Learning Tools”
Apple Learning Interchange. Educators create and share lessons and activities here.MoodleShare. For teachers on Moodle, this resource offers lesson plans, activities, andeven entire courses for K-12 and higher education.Connexions. The modules provided here can be used as lessons, books, reports, or classes.Free Curricula Center. Find educational material such as textbooks and instructor guidesfor higher education classes.OER Commons. This OER community provides materials for both K-12 and higher ed.Curriki. This site aims to distribute free curricula and educational resources to teachersaround the world.Google for Educators. Google has compiled an enormous amount of information andresources for teachers here.Open Educational Resources. Find classes, tools, and other resources at this site.iBerry. This “academic porthole” provides links to open resources as well as a newsaggregator so you can stay on top of all the OER news.K12EdCom.org. This site provides open courseware curriculum material specifically forthose in K-12 education.WiZiQ. Teachers can use this site for uploading content, teaching online, and more whilestudents can find classes on just about anything.MERLOT. Get peer-reviewed online learning materials for higher education at this site.
Open CourseWare Consortium. This site will search all memberinstitutions for open courseware classes.Creative Commons. One of the leaders in the OER movement, CreativeCommons offers licenses for those who create open content and alsoprovide access to several search engines to help locate material.DiscoverEd. Search for open educational resources with this experimentalproject from Creative Commons.OCW/OER Search. This Google search engine will look up open and freematerials for higher education.
TU Delft OpenCourseWare. Find free classes focusing on engineering and technology here.Stanford Engineering Everywhere. See what Stanford has to offer in computer science, artificialintelligence, and electrical engineering courses.Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative. If you have students planning to go pre-med,then these classes will be an awesome resource.MIT OpenCourseWare. Teachers and students can access almost 2,000 courses from MIT. There isalso a section just for high school students called Highlights for High Schools.Tufts OpenCourseWare. Tufts University has a selection of life science courses on their site.Sophia Project. Find eight open courseware classes at this site modeled after the MITOpenCourseWare project.UC Berkeley Webcasts. Be sure to search through the archives to find all the classes offered by UCBerkeley on this site.Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health OpenCourseWare. Johns Hopkins offers a varietyof free public health courses here.Notre Dame OpenCourseWare. Notre Dame offers a few beginning level liberal arts classes on theirsite.Open Learning Initiative. Carnegie Mellon provides access to several classes in a variety ofdisciplines.Utah State OpenCourseWare. See the classes Utah State University has to offer here.Open Yale Courses. Find introductory classes from Yale here.Open UW. Check out the classes offered by the University of Washington here.The UMass Boston OpenCourseWare. Most of these classes from the University of MassachusettsBoston are math and science-based.
Open Vault. Teachers will discover content produced by public TV and radio onthis site.Nova Teachers Watch Video Online. Teachers can choose from short videos orlonger videos from the Nova magazine and TV program.YouTube EDU. YouTube has a special section devoted to education-relatedvideos.TeacherTube. Rest assured that all the videos here are made by and especiallyfor educators.Teachers TV Videos. These educational videos cover a wide range of topics andare sponsored by an organization from the UK.Teacher’s Domain. Get video and audio segments from PBS programming justfor educators.Learner.org. Find tons of free videos to enhance your teaching here.
Academic Earth. Find video courses and lectures from major universities on AcademicEarth.Forum Network. This site provides free video lectures from public stations, communitypartners, and respected speakers.MIT World. MIT publishes open lectures and events that occur at MIT on this site.TED. Find inspirational lectures given by fascinating people from all walks of life on TED.Lectr. This “knowledge sharing community” posts educational video lectures from classesaround the world.Princeton University WebMedia. Get video and podcast lectures and events fromPrinceton on this site.Free Science Videos and Lectures. These videos and lectures vary from basic to complexand stretch across several different scientific fields.Intercollegiate Studies Institute Lecture Program. These academic lectures support themission of ISI–to promote and sustain a free and humane society.VideoLectures.NET. This European project shares open education through academic videosharing.LearnersTV. Not only can you watch video lectures here, but you will also find scienceanimations and lecture notes.Harvard@Home. While these videos haven’t been updated in the past year, the site is stillworth visiting for the awesome video lectures from Harvard events.
Purdue Online Writing Lab. This online writing lab has a vast amount of knowledge for anyone who wants toimprove their writing skills.Open Directory Project. This OER project provides links to thousands of open resources online.Internet Public Library. Students and teachers can visit this online library to find reference material on a widerange of topics.FREE. The Federal Resources for Educational Excellence is a repository for all teaching and learning resources fromfederal agencies.Dictionary.com. Get an online dictionary plus much more with this tool.The Math Forum @ Drexel. This awesome resource will help both teachers and students with their tools, practiceproblems and puzzles, and offers a teacher exchange.Online Etymology Dictionary. This online resource provides the origins and history of many words and phrases.Bartleby.com. Get access to a massive list of reference books on this site.Awesome Stories.This site provides original sources from national archives, libraries, universities, museums, andgovernment databases that are just right for research projects.Fact Monster. Get the facts as well as several reference resources on this site.Dynamic Periodic Table. This interactive periodic table is easy for any student to use and offers detailedinformation on each of the specific elements.refdesk.com. Discover facts, quotes, news, and use searches for a variety of other information all in one place atthis site.Graphing Calculator. Students won’t need to invest in an expensive graphing calculator when you share this onlineresource with them.Library Spot Grammar/Style. Students and teachers will appreciate the tutorials, how-tos, and style guidesprovided here to help learn proper grammar and style.Searching for Stuff. Find what you need with this simple search site.
Edublogs. Get a free blog for your class on this site that is only for those in education.Class Blogmeister. This free service, designed just for educators, will have you creating a classblog in no time.Blogger. While this Google-based blogging platform isn’t education-specific, it is free and easy touse.WordPress. If you are a more experienced blogger looking for more creative opportunities, thencheck out free WordPress blogs.21Classes. This free service helps you create classroom homepages as well as manage blogs forstudents or the class as a whole.Twitter. Twitter has become an incredible tool for connecting teachers and students incollaborative learning environments.Edmodo. Edmodo is like Twitter, but just for those in education.QuoteURL. This Twitter tool helps organize tweets so they are all on one page–helpful for Twitter-based projects.CiteMe. Students can use this Facebook app to learn about properly formatted citationsaccording to major styles such as APA, Chicago, or MLA.DoResearch4Me. If your students are relying too heavily on Wikipedia, have them use thisFacebook app to find information from reputable online sources.Hey Math! Challenge. For struggling math students, have them use this Facebook app to watchFlash movies that clearly explain difficult math concepts.Flashcards. Teachers and students can create flashcards for any subject they are studying withthis Facebook app.Class Notes. Share your class notes, assignments, and reminders with this app.
WikiEducator. Get free content here or sign up to learn how to create and contributeyour own content.eToolBox. This wiki from Wissahickon School District is all about integrating technologyinto the classroom.Wikiversity. With over 12,500 resources available here, you will find projects, research,and more on this wiki.Digitally Speaking. Teachers will find ideas and resources for using technology in theclassroom in innovative ways on this wiki.Educational Origami. Become a part of bringing 21st century learning into the classroomwhen you visit this wiki.Welker’s Wikinomics. Economics teachers and students can find tons of information onthis wiki and are also invited to contribute.Flat Classroom Project. This project wraps up its fifth year promoting globalcommunication and collaboration between classrooms.GoAPES. This wiki is for secondary and college-level teachers of life sciences.Salk’s Periodic Table. This unique wiki is an interactive periodic table.Kidpedia. Kidpedia is an online encyclopedia written for and by kids.Qedoc. This wiki provides learning resources on a variety of subjects, including foreignlanguages, history, math, science, and business.
Project Gutenberg. Find tons of free books online here, including everything fromclassics to text books.Open Textbooks. The Community College Consortium for Open EducationalResources provides links to over 450 open texts appropriate for the communitycollege level.Wikibooks. Find textbooks that are not only free to learners, but open to editing byanyone.International Children’s Digital Library. This resource provides free online books tochildren around the world.Read Print. Teachers and students will find tons of books, stories, and poemsavailable for free here.
NextGen Teachers. If you’d like to be part of an organization that is all about teachersmaking positive changes in education through technology, then check out thisnetwork.Edutagger. This site facilitates knowledge-sharing by allowing users to find interestingarticles and tag them to share with other teachers.Classroom 2.0. This popular and very active professional networking site focuses oncollaborative technology in education.Education Leadership. Become part of the discussion about what makes effectiveleaders in education here.Passionate Teachers. Passionate teachers share ideas, strategies, and resources topromoting quality education on this site.TeachAde. Get professional resources and connections with other educators here.The Schools United. Educators around the world connect here tocollaborate, communicate, and share resources for education.