A collection of tools, tips and other stuff for the digital age in education. What is missing? Share your ideas and tools.

Plattforms

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Kahoot: Instead of looking down into their textbooks or devices, learners in schools, offices and other social settings are encouraged to look up while playing and connect with each other. For us, engagement is about unlocking everyone’s potential.

Padlet: Collaborate better. Be more productive. Make beautiful boards, documents, and webpages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to. 

Moodle: Moodle is the world’s open source learning platform that allows educators to create a private space online and easily build courses and activities with flexible software tools for collaborative online learning.

Scratch: With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Nearpod: Create interactive lessons in minutes. Save prep time by importing existing lessons (pdfs, jpegs, ppts) and adding Virtual Field Trips, Collaborate boards, Quizzes, Polls, Matching Pairs activities + more. Or, start in Google Slides add your favorite Nearpod activities. It’s that easy.

H5P: Supercharge your website with H5P. H5P makes it easy to create, share and reuse HTML5 content and applications. H5P empowers everyone to create rich and interactive web experiences more efficiently - all you need is a web browser and a web site with an H5P plugin.

Geogebra: GeoGebra is dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. GeoGebra is a rapidly expanding community of millions of users located in just about every country. GeoGebra has become the leading provider of dynamic mathematics software, supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and innovations in teaching and learning worldwide.

Quizlet: Our mission is simple: To help students (and their teachers) practice and master whatever they are learning. Quizlet provides engaging, customizable activities with contributions from people everywhere.

Tutory: Tutory is an online-editor/authoring tool which allows fast creation, customization, legally correct and easy sharing of educational materials. Educators may use the tutory-editor to search materials already on the platform or create their own from scratch. It combines the most useful parts of any word processing software, wikipedia and publishing functions - tailored for educators.

Learningapps: LearningApps.org is a Web 2.0 application, to support learning and teaching processes with small interactive modules. Those modules can be used directly in learning materials, but also for self studying. The aim is to collect reusable building blocks and make them available to everyone. Blocks (called Apps) include no specific framework or a specific learning scenario. The blocks are therefore not suitable as complete lessons or tasks, instead they must be embedded in an appropriate teaching scenario.

Twinery: Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. You don't need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you're ready. Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for commercial purposes.

Prowise presenter: Create your own interactive lessons and presentations for free.  With the media library you have everything in store to teach your pupils anything they want to know. The Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) software Prowise Presenter is packed with educational content, including 3D models and videos. Easily make your file interactive by adding a quiz, building block or let pupils compete against each other.

Learning plattforms

Classcentral: Class Central is a search engine and reviews site for free online courses popularly known as MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses.

Khanacademy: For every student, every classroom. Real results. We’re a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Anton: ANTON is the new learning app for school. German and math exercises, without ads and 100% free.

Kialo education: A unique tool for teaching critical thinking. Kialo Edu is a custom version of Kialo (kialo.com), the world's largest argument mapping and debate site, specifically designed for classroom use. Its clear, visually compelling format makes it easy to follow the logical structure of a discussion and facilitates thoughtful collaboration. Kialo’s mission is to promote well-reasoned discussion online, and to that end, Kialo is free for educators to use.

Bettermarks: No free section. Bettermarks is an adaptive learning system for maths replacing printed textbooks or exercise books. With bettermarks, students are enabled to learn from their mistakes.

Learninglab: The Learning Lab is a platform that offers different tools, learning objects and research projects in the field of technology enhanced teaching and learning. The Learning Lab is a service by TU Graz Educational Technology.

Pearprogramming: Our learning platform PearUp was specially developed for teaching in schools and aims to teach students at lower secondary level the basics of computer science in a playful way. At the center of the game is the entry into programming as well as the basic understanding of algorithmic thinking.

Collaboration plattforms

Classroomscreen: "I'm a teacher in the Netherlands and I wanted to use a free and simple tool with all my favorite digiboard widgets to help my students focus more on their work. I could not find such a thing, so I decided to make it myself. And here it is!"

Oncoo: ONCOO is a project of the computer science seminar at the study seminar for teaching at vocational schools in Osnabrück. Tools are offered here that map familiar teaching methods from the field of cooperative learning with the help of a computer. In this way, the spatial restrictions that often exist in the computer room can be avoided. The tools provided here support teaching in the area of cooperative forms of learning. Cooperative methods can be helpful in different phases of teaching. For example, when starting out, in developing, deepening or reflecting and evaluating.

Mentimeter; Everything you need for interactive presentations. Make your audience feel involved by enabling them to contribute to presentations with their smartphones and show the results live.

OpenPaaS: Keep it simple, be efficient and more productive. All the tools you need to design and edit your documents. Reach everyone, anytime, anywhere on any devices. Live the ultimate teamwork experience.

Cryptpad: With CryptPad, you can make quick collaborative documents for taking notes and writing down ideas together.

Communication plattforms

Remind: Send messages that students and parents can’t miss. An easy way to manage communication—and make more time for teaching.

Ressources sharing

Openeducationweek: Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.

Open Education Global: Open Education Global is a worldwide community of organizations committed to improving education access, affordability, success and quality for all.

CCCOER: CCCOER is a growing consortium of community and technical colleges committed to expanding access to education and increasing student success through adoption of open educational policy, practices, and resources. We provide a community and resources to learn about the evolving practice of open education.

Courses

Understanding languages and speech

COR - civic online reasoning: "Students are confused about how to evaluate online information. We all are. The COR curriculum provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world."

Speechling: "Speak languages better. on a nonprofit language-learning platform focused on speaking. Get free language coaching on your speaking with 1000s of fun exercises." You can learn different languages (Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian, Russian, English). 

Creating Media

Mindmaps

Coggle: Coggle gives you a clear way to share and understand complex information. It's a collaborative document that simplifies complex things and a shared workspace to help your team work more effectively together.

Mindmup: Capture ideas at the speed of thought – using a mind map maker designed to help you focus on your ideas and remove all the distractions while mindmapping. Create unlimited mind maps for free, and store them in the cloud. Your mind maps are available everywhere, instantly, from any device.

Wisemapping: Open source. You can use it in your browser or install on your own server.

Mindomo: Collaborative mind maps, concept maps, outlines and Gantt charts. Achieve your goals by visually mapping out your ideas, plans and interests

Mind42: Mind42 allows you to manage all your ideas, whether alone, twosome or working together with the whole world. Mind42 runs in your browser, so no installation necessary for the ultimate hassle-free mind mapping experience. Just open your browser and launch the application whenever and wherever needed.

Mind-map-online: Mind-Map-online.de is a free online mind map software with which mind maps can be created quickly and easily. These can be saved as a graphic file or PDF or printed out directly. It is also possible to import / export "Freemind" or to share created mind maps with others via a link.

Stemic: Handle your data, build your thinking. Use Stemic to draw maps of situations or issues and understand their complexity. Visualize and act…

Image and video

Adobe Spark: Transform your ideas into stunning visual stories. Create impactful social graphics, web pages, and short videos in minutes with Adobe Spark.

Image creation

Canva for education: "The creativity tool for every classroom. 100% free, now and forever. Engage your students in rich and authentic learning experiences that reflect the challenges they’ll face in the real world. Our intuitive, drag-and-drop tools make visual communication easy, so students can spend more time interacting and responding effectively to their learning."

Hotspot (ClassTool.net): Enrich an image with hotspots and links to for example wikipedia.

Remove background: Remove Image Background

Making videos and animations

Powtoon Edu: "Create unique and beautiful videos and presentations easily with Powtoon. Over 25 million people use Powtoon to add a spark of awesomeness to their internal and external communications every day"

Unscreen: Upload a video or GIF to remove the background. 

Mysimpleshow: At mysimpleshow we are dedicated to promoting good explanation. We believe that a great story and strong visuals is key to get your message across. That’s why we created a tool that enables anyone to create concise and engaging explainer videos.

Edpuzzle: Edpuzzle is an easy-to-use platform allowing you to engage every student, one video at a time. Get to know more about us below.

 

Texts, Articles 

Learn with news: News articles written at 3 different level of complexity.

TweenTribune: A Free K-12 Resource for Teachers. Different level of lexile.

Commonlit: CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, especially students in Title I schools, graduate with the reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills they need to be successful in college and beyond.

New York Times, Learning Network: Teaching Resources for Bringing the World Into Your Classroom. Since 1998, The Learning Network has been helping people teach and learn with The New York Times.

15+ Awesome Article Sites for Students: Current event and general interest articles are a wonderful resource for students. They can be used for researching a topic, staying informed on what's happening in the news, pleasure reading, and more. 

Translations

Deepl: AI powered translation

Google translate: google translation tool 

 

 

YouTube clips

The Most Powerful Way to Remember What You Study

YouTube channel

TED-Ed: TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of TED-Ed animations, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed website (ed.ted.com).

Inspiration

Wonderopolis: Welcome to Wonderopolis®, a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, we pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways. Wonderopolis was created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) in 2010, and it has become one of the most popular education sites today. 

 

 

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