Below are 10 technology tools I highly recommend for use in education, professional and personal arenas. Each tool is free or at least has a free version that provides great value at no cost. The tools below can be utilized for supporting collaboration, encouraging engagement, inspiring creativity and expanding knowledge. I encourage you to explore the affordances and constraints these tools may have in your world.
Zoom Video Conferencing – https://zoom.us
The free version of this video conferencing software allows for up to 100 participants to meet for 40 minutes sessions. Features include audio and video communication, screen sharing, screen annotation, breakout rooms and more.
Kahoot! – https://getkahoot.com/
Make lecture time fun by creating engaging interactive quizzes to encourage participation. Participants do not have to create accounts and there is no cost. Nearly any device can be used to participate.
Google Suite – https://gsuite.google.com/
Collaborate, communicate and store nearly everything you need related to your digital life. One account controls email, calendars, docs, sheets, slides, forms, sites and more.
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/
Learn nearly anything and share your knowledge with the world. This tool is all in how you use it. From education to entertainment, YouTube turns nearly all information into video form.
Haiku Learning – https://www.myhaikuclass.com
Use this free learning management system to create a fully online course or supplement pieces of face-to-face sessions. Create learning modules and add calendar events, discussions, quizzes, polls, grades and more.
Piktochart – https://piktochart.com/
Display information in an aesthetically pleasing manner using this free infographic creation tool. Utilize text, charts and graphics to express your point-of-view.
screencast-o-matic – https://screencast-o-matic.com/
Create up to 15-minute screen and webcam recordings with ease. Once recordings are completed, save them to your local computer as a video file or publish them directly to YouTube.
Adobe Spark – https://spark.adobe.com/
Turn graphics and text into inspiring videos using built-in fonts, images and themes. Add a personal touch by using your own images and insert music to complete a professionally designed product with ease.
TweetDeck – https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/
Organize your Twitter experience to streamline consumption and minimize searching. Build custom columns for easy access to the handles, hashtags and all information you enjoy on Twitter.
WeVideo – https://www.wevideo.com/
Get a taste of video editing with the free version of this cloud-based tool. Utilize up to 5 min/month of publishing time and 1 GB of cloud storage. The free version may be limited in the size of videos you can create, but it is a great beginners-level tool to practice video editing.
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