Tech Tools to Make You Look Cool
Director of Information Resources - Central Methodist University
Good Web tools should be cross platform, (mostly) free, around for a little while, actually useful, intuitive, and sync-able
across devices! Never pay for anything; the internet is like a librarian, it wants to share and save you money!
My Powerpoint is Boring!
HaikuDeck– a great cross between prezi and powerpoint
Animoto - New and improved for better photo slideshows
PowToon- Make easy, animated presentations!
SpeakerDeck– Converts PDFs to lovely online presentations
Swipe.to – Beta, but looks super cool! Interactive presentations through any browser
Emaze – Super cool animated templates and online tools
Glogster.edu – Online poster/presentation tool, in a more user friendly format
I’m A Busy librarian! Help!
Pocket or Instapaper - Save articles, tweets, links for later. All platforms.
Yammer–Build your own social network for work or your imaginary friends!
Presenter – Make super cool presentations or infographics!
Vizify – Distills your social media presence into a visual biography!
Boolify – Use Boolean logic to create a smarter Google search
Yast – Track time, projects, performance, etc. Freelancer tools too!
Trello – Like a baby basecamp, create project boards, with updates! Add group members!
I have to teach/Demonstrate/Answer!
Mindmeister – Like Bubbl.us, but prettier! Cross platform and collaborative
Padlet – The new and improved WallWisher. Share whiteboards for any-level collaboration
MapTal.es – Pretend you are the red line from Indiana Jones!
UTellStory – Create your own story/presentations/narration. Like LittleBirdTales for grown ups.
Brainscape – Create your own flashcards or buy pre-made packs! Cross platform.
You know, For Kids!
Handipoints– To do lists, worksheets, or charts for kids, or adults motivated by cartoon animals!
Storybird – Make your own online storybooks. Any subject!
LittleBirdTales – Create your own art, narrate your own story! Super easy!
Smories - Stories for children, read by children. With Accents!
Kidopo – Online activities for kids, with coloring pages, games etc. All kid safe!
Starfall – Sort of a free “hooked on phonics.” Lots of literacy activities!
Let’s Manipulate Other people’s stuff!
HapYak! - add an interactive level to any video.
Phrase.it – Add your own speech bubble or text to still photos. So much potential.
Storify – Grad social media bits and articles to build a story/essay/commentary
DragonTape – Make a Youtubemixtape!
Yeah, Cindy is Weird!
Pimplepopper – Just what it says!
GymShamer – Didn’t make it to the gym? Your phone will make you feel bad about it!
GhostRadar – I always knew my library was haunted!
Cry Translator – Oh, so that’s what the baby is saying!
Melonmeter – Find the perfect watermelon!
iHobo – It’s a tamagotchi, but it’s also a homeless man!
Just Plain Websites
Glean.org – Information literacy lessons and tools for all grade levels and subjects.
Makeuseof – Online tech mag with constant updating!
Mashable – All the social media news that’s fit to print
TechCrunch – Tech news and reviews from all over the web