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Tools for Digital Literacy

The following list highlights some key tools for digital literacy in education and other spheres of work. Most are completely online which means they can be accessed anywhere with internet connectivity.
The links within the titles on the left-hand column give access to detailed guidance and instructions on the use of each tool; access to the tool itself is given via a link within the information on the right-hand side of the table. Note that it is often worthwhile to watch videos introducing these tools (eg. on YouTube).
For a more comprehensive list of tools, visit the C4PLT website or Paul's e-Learning Resources
(competence in Microsoft Office is assumed, but more information about effective and interactive use can be obtained from eGuides)

 Google Docs  free to use tools to produce online documents, presentations, spreadsheets etc . Documents can be retrieved at any time and place provided there is internet connectivity. Google Docs also provde opportunities for collaboration (see below). To start using Google Docs, you will first need to register for a (free) Google account at https://accounts.google.com/NewAccount
 CamStudio  Free screencasting tool that provides an excellent means of producing a video of any screen-based activity. Annotation and voice-over is possible. Good in many different subject and teaching contexts eg. demonstrating IT tasks, calculations, explaining structure, annotating old texts etc.  Very good tool for producing video feedback; could also be used by students to create presentations, 'digital poster' etc. Download here
 Prezi Online, free to use, presentation tool that is not as 'linear' as Power-Point and gives scope for including large amounts of information. Downloadbale as a flash video, though online form is more reliable. Sign up for Prezi here

 Freemind  Open source, downloadable, mind-mapping tool that helps organise information for assignments, exam revision. Mind-mapping is an useful way of providing a lot of information in a concise way, and is particularly helpful for those with visual learning preferences. Another mind-mapping tool with more flexibility is Vue.
 Google Calendar  An easy to use online calendar to which can be added appointments, tasks etc. This is associated with Google suite of applications which you automatically get when you register for a Google account. Google Calendar will send reminders etc to Google mail, and this is a really handy system on Android mobile phones.
 Dropbox  free online storage for files of any type, with options for inviting others to view and/or collaborate. Very useful for accessing large files and for accessing files at any time/place provided there is internet connectivity (avoids having to use e-mail). Good back-up for memory sticks etc
 Delicious  a popular tool for social bookmarking, a system by which useful websites can be tagged for easy retrieval - really useful for online research. Tagged sites deemed useful by others can also be viewed. Join Delicious here

 Skype  Skype has become an invaluable tool for communication with audio and video: you can see the person you are talking to, even if they are on the other side of the world! This is an online tool, but apart from the cost associated with using the internet, the service is free. Skype can be used by more than two people simultaneously in 'group' calls, though quality decreases with the number of participants (if you need a 'conferencing' tool for more than about 5 people, it's better to use a tool such as Vyew). You can sign up to Skype at: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/home
 TypeWith.me  This is an free online service useful for messaging or taking notes, and several people can  use simultaneously (individuals can be invited via e-mail. No login or download is required - just go to:  http://typewith.me
 Dabbleboard  This is an online 'whiteboard' that can be used to share and collaborate using drawings and images as well as text. Operates in a very similar way to 'TypeWith.me' with no login. Very useful tool to help explain structures, concepts etc to small groups. To start using, go to: http://www.dabbleboard.com/
 Twitter  Twitter is a 'micro-blogging' application that can be used on PCs and internet-enabled mobile phones. It allows individuals to 'post' small amounts of information and links, and to follow the posts of others. It has become a very popular and important way of getting up to date information and communicating with 'followers', and has many education uses. Register at www.twitter.com

 Google Docs;  The author of any Google Doc can invite (via e-mail) individuals to view and/or to co-author. This provides an excellent way of collaborating on the production of a piece of text or presentation without the need to send e-mails back and forth
This is an online mind-mapping application which can be edited simuntaneously by several individuals (the paid-for version allows many more collaborators). Mindmeister provides an excellent way of gathering information, or collaboratively planning a project or assignment from several different locations. Sign up at : http://www.mindmeister.com
Information Literacy
 Internet Detective
 This is an entertaining online tutorial giving tips on effective, safe ways to carry out online research - a good introduction to the topic of Information Literacy. Find it at : http://www.vtstutorials.ac.uk/detective