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.
GoConqr Quiz Maker
Kaizena is a Google add-on tool which enables you to leave voice comments and types of feedback for students. It includes a trackable Skills suite.
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.
Wikidot is a free wiki authoring and hosting site, allowing you to set up online forum based communities for creating and sharing content.
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.
LinkedIn is the professional social network, connecting you to colleagues, future employers and allowing you to showcase your achievement digitally.
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.
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.
Zoho is a cloud based spreadsheet application which allows you to work collaboratively online.
A game-based learning and trivia platform, allowing creation and sharing of quizzes, games, discussions and surveys.
Mathigon is an online maths resource with lesson content and interactive activities and virtualisation. Can be used for GCSE and A Level.
NLN is a substantial and wide-ranging collection of e-learning materials for post-16 education in the UK.
ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard
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
Code Academy is a free MOOC style online course which offers quick practical sessions teaching how to code and designed to have instant results.
Free tool to create a crossword for teaching and learning activities.
Dvolver Movie Maker
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.
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.
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.
Inklewriter is a free interactive storymaker - allowing students to make and play interactive stories from any web browser.
Quizziz is a free tool to create interactive quizzes and content for students, and is especially designed for distance learning.
Read Write Think Resources
Educational teaching and learning website with interactive resources arranged via subject or skill.
SumoPaint is an online image editor and drawing tool which allows you to create and edit images and photographs in intricate detail.
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.
Thinglink is a free digital tool that allows the creation of interactive hyperlinked images. Both website and app are available.
Year of Code Initiative
Digital resource for those interested in learning to code, to find courses or online informational content for projects.
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.
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.
Google Fonts is a free directory of 600 free fonts which can be easily used for web content or downloaded for wider application.
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.
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.
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.
Cite This For Me
Cite This For Me is a 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.
Duck Duck Go
Search engine which doesn't track your activity online, promising less ads and spam, and quicker, more efficient searching.
This is Google's own educationally minded, academically designed search engine, and is well worth checking out.
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.
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.
iSeek is a targeted search engine for students and teachers, which searches trusted academic resources and allows you to filter by levels, subjects and more.
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.
link to download https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/penultimate/id354098826
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.
Virtual LRC is designed as 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.
Meta search engine that organises results in topical clusters and allows you to pinpoint exact resources quickly.
Coffitivity is a white noise generator - for those who find it calming, this can help enhance productivity. You can also control intensity of sound.
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.
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.
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.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
Quill offers an interactive teaching tool for writing and grammar skills.
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.