Digital Tools Repository
A collection of free online resources to aid the enhancement of blended learning within your course. These digital tools are available as teaching aid/summative assessment for lecturers and as a means for students to demonstrate knowledge gain via the use of interactive technology.
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Animoto is a digital video tool, which allows you to create a video using images, video clips, music and text.
Blabberize is a tool which turns an image into an interactive/animated presentation clip.
Blog Ideas Generator
HubSpot's Blog Ideas Generator allows you to generate ideas for creative writing or blog posts based around themes or key words.
It can be useful for anyone creating accessible content or working on media/ marketing projects.
Box is an online file storage, sharing and collaboration tool.
It allows you to save and access files remotely, and you can also work on documents and projects with others.
Brainstorm and mind map online! Easy to share and good for class discussions. Link:https://bubbl.us/
Description: Simple online graphic design tool for making banners, magazine covers, menus, presentations and all whole range of promotional material.
Cite This For Me
Useful digital tool which will provide guidance with generating citations for various types of digital content. However, it may vary, so worthwhile checking over references with your lecturer or a member of Learning Centre staff.
Citelighter is a student research too. It creates a cloud based toolbar which allows students to save their online research activity as they browse resources, sites and articles, automatically creating a bibliography and selection of citations when saved. Other features include a note maker.
ClassDojo is a free digital classroom which allows teachers to create and share communications and learning with both parents and students. It includes messaging, story feeds to update about activities, achievements and events, and allows students to create a portfolio.
Classflow is an all-in-one platform for delivering interactive lessons with embedded content.
Combines a presentation tool with a student response system, for a variety of class and learning styles.
Code Academy is a free MOOC style online course which offers quick practical sessions teaching how to code and designed to have instant results.
Coffitivity is a white noise generator - for those who find it calming, this can help enhance productivity. You can also control intensity of sound.
Correctica is a free spell and grammar check which will check your documents, PDfs, and written content for errors.
CoSchedule is a headline analyser tool for those producing online content and interested in improving marketing, traffic and SEO.
Type your headline for digital content into the analyzer and it will score it and help you strengthen your marketing technique.
Free tool to create a crossword for teaching and learning activities.
Free tool to save, organise and discover digital content. Link: https://delicious.com/
DigitalLearn is offers free online refresher courses and classes on everything concerning IT - from Cloud storage and sending emails to Microsoft Office and social media.
Diigo is a research companion app - a web extension tool which is linked to browser activity, allowing you to collect and organise information as you research.
It also allows students to highlight, annotate, tag and save information, which is then accessible online from anywhere.
Doceri is an interactive whiteboard app for creation and presentation on the iPad (or Apple devices). It will also screencast content remotely.
Doodle is a digital polling tool which allows you to schedule events or activities by assessing which options work best for a large group of people.
You can also integrate existing calendars to enable better planning.
Dropbox is a cloud-based file storage application that allows you to back up data, documents, photos and more online.
Duck Duck Go
Search engine which doesn't track your activity online, promising less ads and spam, and quicker, more efficient searching.
Dvolver Movie Maker
DVolver is a free animation tool for creating and sharing short animated clips.
EdCite is an interactive content creation community for teaching and learning.
It allows you to create a range of technology-enhanced assignments and activities, and you can also view content and ideas generated by other users.
Edmodo is a digital classroom tool which allows the creation of groups, activities and assessments.
Evernote is a workspace application for documents, web links, presentations and more; with the ability to sync across devices, Evernote allows you to take notes, plan and write on any digital device.
Film It is an online resource which has digital lessons and activities covering a range of film-making skills. Useful for media students.
Formative is an interactive teaching tool to create, deliver and assess online learning content. Suitable for 1:1, flipped or blended classrooms, and BYOD.
Glogster is a multimedia tool which allows you to create a multimedia interactive poster - combining images, graphics, audio, video and text on one digital canvas.
It also has an iPad app.
GoConqr Quiz Maker
GoConqr is a free online quiz maker which allows you to create and share quizzes.
Google Docs is a digital word processing application which allows you to create, access, edit and share documents anywhere.
It also includes comment tools, editing and chat functions to allow group collaboration in real time.
Description: Drive starts you with 15 GB of free Google online storage, so you can keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos – anything.
Google Fonts is a free directory of 600 free fonts which can be easily used for web content or downloaded for wider application.
Free creation of forms, surveys, polls and quizzes - a good choice for current Google + and Gmail members as you need to sign in. Link: http://www.google.co.uk/forms/about/
Google Hangouts allows you to video call, audio call or instantly message others individually or in groups.
This is Google's own educationally minded, academically designed search engine, and is well worth checking out.
Google Sheets is a collaborative spreadsheet tool, which allows you to add and manage data, analyse and create graphs individually or collectively.
One of the Google suite of applications, you will require a Google account to use this tool.
Collaborative presentation tool from Google, allowing online collaboration in creating and presenting a slide presentation. Accessible online anywhere, and has Powerpoint conversion features.
Grammarly is a free digital tool which scans your typing and checks for grammatical errors within a browser window.
It can be installed as a free Chrome or Firefox extension.
Link: Moodle Activity (https://h5p.org/)
Description: H5P is an interactive digital took that 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.
Hemmingway App is a free editing application which helps fine tune your writing skills. Users paste written content into the app, and it assesses your writing and makes suggestions for improvement, including tips on rewording sentences, simpler alternatives, and allowing for formatting.
Hour of Code Initiative
The Hour of Code Initiative provides free hour-long tutorials on how to code and create a variety of projects, games, applications and web page materials.
How To: Beginners Guides to IT
The Digital Unite website provides comprehensive guides and support in building a wide variety of digital skills.
These guides focus on assisting and supporting beginners to IT, including guides on:
What is a Computer?
What is a PC?
What is a Mac?
What is a Tablet?
How To: Blogs
This Digital Unite guide to blogs is an introductory how-to which explains how to begin blogging.
How To: Browse and Search Online
How To: Computer and Internet Terms
A Digital Unite How To guide about computer terminology and common terms used online.
How To: Email
This Digital Unite guide covers everything you may need to know about email; including how to create an email account, sending documents and attachments, e-safety tips and more.
How To: Microsoft Office
The Digital Unite website provides comprehensive and useful guides for a wide variety of digital skills.
These guides introduce Microsoft Office applications, and how to create a document on: Word; Excel; WordPad; Powerpoint.
How To: RSS Feed
This Digital Unite guide demonstrates how to set up an RSS feed for content.
How To: Smartphones
Digital Unite guide on using smartphones, their various functions and applications, and how to keep them secure and safe.
How To: Windows 8
This Digital Unite How To Guide covers Window's latest operating system, Windows 10.
How to: YouTube
Digital Unite's collection of informative guides about YouTube, including how to set up a channel, upload videos, embed content and more.
iCloud is a cloud based storage drive for files, documents, images and more. Useful for those using Apple products, you can sync documents between devices and access online anywhere.
Image Color Picker
Image Color Picker is an online colour matching service which allows you to find the specific color code (in HTML, RGB, or HSV) to match an image or design.
Infogram is a creative tool which allows you to create infographics, charts, maps, graphics and dashboards.
It is compatible with Microsoft Excel via Infogram Charts and their infographics also work well with mobile devices.
Inklewriter is a free interactive storymaker - allowing students to make and play interactive stories from any web browser.
A targeted search engine for students and teachers, which searches trusted academic resources and allows you to filter by levels, subjects and more. Link - http://education.iseek.com/iseek/home.page
Join Me is a screensharing tool to enable digital meetings.
With enabled audio and customizable features, you can invite participants to online meetings and share items easily. It offers a free download but to use it entirely online is billed.
A game-based learning and trivia platform, allowing creation and sharing of quizzes, games, discussions and surveys.
LinkedIn is the professional social network, connecting you to colleagues, future employers and allowing you to showcase your achievement digitally.
Transforms video clips and photographs into short videos, allowing you to choose themes and add music or voice-overs. You can then share your masterpiece with different audiences.
The MERLOT System is a digital curated repository of free and open online teaching and learning digital tools and resources.
Searchable and collaborative, you can add, share and locate materials.
Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud-based file storage application which allows you to save documents, photos and files from any device and access them anywhere via an Internet connection.
Description: Create unlimited mind maps for free, and store them in the cloud. Your mind maps are available everywhere, instantly, from any device.
Brainstorm, create presentations and document outlines with mind maps, and publish your ideas online and to social networks.
Description: Online animation tool which allows users to create unique animated videos and tutorials.
Nearpod is an interactive lesson creation tool, which allows existing lesson materials such as Powerpoints and PDFs to be incorporated into an interactive lesson structure with activity creation options. It also allows live sessions across devices for classroom use.
Nimbus Screenshot and Screen Video Recorder
Nimbus Capture is a handy digital tool for advance screenshot techniques.
It allows you to capture the visible part of a screen, specific areas, a selected scroll of content, an entire window; it allows for flexible capture and manipulation of images. You can also edit and add notes, print and save.
Not suitable for use on campus.
Ning allows you to create your own online community or social network that can be customised to allow groups, blogs and other features - it does require a paid subscription.
NLN is a substantial and wide-ranging collection of e-learning materials for post-16 education in the UK.
OER Commons is a public digital library of open access educational resources.
It also offers interactive lesson creation tools and opportunities to share content.
Penflip is a free collaborative writing tool. It allows you to create, share and download different file format documents and e-books online.
Penultimate is a free digital handwriting app for the iPad or Apple devices. It allows you to sketch, write notes, and record what you need.
Highly popular social media site which allows users to create virtual themed pinboards of images, media, websites and any online content. Easy to share and great to curate a wide variety of digital content into an interactive format.
Description: Excellent tool for creating and sharing free infographics.Can be used for posters, charts, presentations and more.
Plickers is a formative assessment tool for assessing student learning.
It supplies instant feedback to assist with teaching and learning.
Pocket is a free app which allows you to store online content - files, articles, videos, blogs, etc - for reading offline, anytime.
Designed for use with mobile phones, tablets and other devices.
Pocket Schedule Planner
Pocket Schedule Planner is an Apple app which creates a digital schedule and planner for users to organise their classes, courses and exams.
It has different views, assignment management, notification settings and other organisation tools.
Excellent digital software allowing creation of polls and quizzes where students can participate via free SMS messages from their mobile, so you can view the results live and enable interactive discussion.
Description: Make quirky, fun and engaging animated videos and presentations. Simple to use and can be embedded easily in files, presentations and on webpages.
Description: A prezi is a presentation of text and visuals that you zoom in and out of. It is very similar to a power point, except you do not make slides. Instead, you make one big prezi and zoom in to different views. You can show a prezi to others on a computer through your prezi account, or you can link to them.
Read Write Think Resources
Educational teaching and learning website with interactive resources arranged via subject or skill.
Web Search engine designed for students and anyone in education aiming to make academic knowledge easily accessible to everyone. Searches a huge number of books, journals, web pages, encyclopaedias and more.
Scratch is free online software that allows you to program and create your own interactive stories, games and animations.
ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard
ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard is an Apple app which allows you to turn an iPad or compatible device into an interactive whiteboard.
Includes voiceover recording capacity, easy to share and upload, etc.
Skitch is an Apple app which allows you to take a photo, annotate and mark it, then share it.
Useful for revision or note taking.
Description: Community repository for sharing slides, infographic, presentations and documents to inform and educate. Fantastic for networking and showcasing knowledge. SlideShare presentations can be inported into your LinkedIn account.
Create your own digital How To Guide . Link: https://snapguide.com/
Classroom app for creation of quizzes and assessments; includes multiple choice, true/false and open ended question options, with instant grading and results.
Flipped classroom assessment platform which allows collaborative working and creation of a variety of learning activities, grading and student portfolios.
Online curation tool which allows users to link interactive digital content - and insert their own text - to "tell a story". Great for both students and teaching staff to create interactive presentations and more.
A fantastic interactive tool which allows you to create simple stories as online childrens' book. Using illustrations on the site, it would be useful for students studying and working in childcare or health and social care. Link: http://www.storybird.com/
Excellent digital software (with mobile apps availiable) allowing the creation of flashcards and study notes for individuals and classes.
It also generates a variety of interactive quizzes for users to test their knowledge.
SumoPaint is an online image editor and drawing tool which allows you to create and edit images and photographs in intricate detail.
One of the best known survey websites, Survey Monkey is simple to use and distribute, with different features and tools to help create surveys and crunch data.
A free data visualisation tool which requires you to download the software before use. Creates an interactive visualisation that can be embedded in a website or shared.
Search and collect social media posts and links to information by using Tagboard to search and organise any hashtag. You can also create embeddable, personalised tagboards for linked users and groups to share information and research swiftly.
Description: Create instantly engaging word clouds to illustrate and inform your displays, posters and presentations.A fantastic way to introduce and explore key terms and issues by displaying linked words.
Teaching Tree is an advanced searchable platform that allows anyone to organise educational content. Contains information on computer science, databases, computer systems and coding for creation.
Ted Ed is a digital lesson tool, allowing you to curate content from the TEd Ed collection to create an interactive digital lesson.
Integral to TED's youth and education initiative, this site also has original educational videos, TED talks and content.
The Noun Project
The Noun Project is a collection of royalty free icons that can be used for free as long as you credit the creator correctly and reference them.
Thinglink is a free digital tool that allows the creation of interactive hyperlinked images. Both website and app are available.
Trello is a digital tool which enables you to create online lists, boards and share projects, tasks and activities. Useful for managing collaborative projects.
Tricider is a free communal voting tool - use this digital tool to ask questions or vote on decisions. It allows participants to comment and share ideas in an online environment.
Supposedly like an online LRC, this indexes thousands of the best academic information websites, selected by teachers and library professionals worldwide, in order to provide to students and teachers current, valid information for school and university academic projects. Which might be handy. Link: http://www.virtuallrc.com/
Visual CV is a free digital tool for creating a CV or resume, which can be published online, saved to PDF format or shared with prospective employers.
VoiceThread is an Apple app which allows the creation of an interactive dialogue or conversation linked to documents, presentations and resources.
It can be linked to multiple devices in multiple locations.
Wikidot is a free wiki authoring and hosting site, allowing you to set up online forum based communities for creating and sharing content.
Word2Clean is a digital conversion tool which allows you to easily transfer Word document content (or text written in a different program) to an HTML format exactly as written and without glitches.
An online word cloud generator. It creates a word cloud image with words and terms you enter. A great way to quickly highlight key concepts and topics visually.
Year of Code Initiative
Digital resource for those interested in learning to code, to find courses or online informational content for projects.
Meta search engine that organises results in topical clusters and allows you to pinpoint exact resources quickly.
Zoho is a cloud based spreadsheet application which allows you to work collaboratively online.
Zotero is a digital tool that helps you collect, organise, cite and share research.
Includes a citation creation tool, web search tool, organisation tool and more.