Free Resources

Poll Everywhere
Poll Everywhere is a very simple way to get instant feedback from your audience. Ask a question and poll up to 30 people, and they are able to respond via text, the web, or even Twitter! This tool is valued for its simplicity and options available when creating new polls. 
Socrative turns any device with an internet connection into an instant polling tool. Simply verbally ask a question or create a quiz, and students can instantly enter their responses through their personal devices. An instructor version of Socrative is available for creating your polls.Yes


Piazza allows students to ask questions (even anonymously if they wish) and then get responses from professors and peers. Professors can endorse correct answers and/or responses made by other students, and give comments of their own.

Create a group, invite members, and create a central location where everyone can share posts, share links, upload files, create events on a calendar, send various types of messages (including text!), create polls, or set up various meetings.Yes
This website provides tons of flashcards for any subject. Create flashcards or use those made by others, and participate in challenging study games.


Browse through several of the free lesson plans offered, all organized in age groups. For grades ranging K-adults, you will find lesson plans organized by subject. Additionally, check out the great interactive tools to share with your students! 
The Best Free iPad Apps

This site was created by our team at UIS and consists of some of the best iPad apps available, with a large focus on those that are free! Here are a few to check out:

  • AirSketch: Turn your iPad into a wireless whiteboard, and project your images to a computer. Connect the computer to a projector and you can interact with the big screen while walking around the room!
  • ShowMe: Import images from your photos and write and annotate over them with the whiteboard. The best part? Record your voice to create a video tutorial, and then share with others!
  • PDF-Notes: Easily import PDF files and organize them on a bookshelf. Finger-write on the PDFs with pens, highlighters, and erasers, then export annotated PDF files to email.
  • Dragon Dictation: Speak into your iPad, and your words will be transcribed into text. Then, use cut and paste tools to transfer the text and clean up any inaccuracies.
  • LeafSnap: Take a photo of a leaf with your device, and this app will identify the species of the tree!

Voki is a website that allows users to create their own avatars, and then add voice to relay messages. The avatars can then be uploaded essentially anywhere-to your course website, your blog, etc.
Snag Learning
This website is full of films about any topic imaginable from some of the most respected organizations, including National Geographic and Sundance. These videos are different from other web-based videos because they are full-length, free to view and share, and perfect for viewers from middle school to college.
Khan Academy
From statistics to organic chemistry, these free videos cover just about every subject imaginable. Students can navigate through videos that explain concepts, go through specific examples, or they can work through exercises on their own.
TED is a website full of motivational, educational, and interesting videos of speeches from all over the world. TED’s mission is to spread ideas to change attitudes, lives, and successively, the world.
Create dynamic movies using still images complete with music and text. Post them on Facebook, your blog, or explore the other ways to share!


Prezi allows you to create a unique, dynamic presentation that is completely different than PowerPoint or any of the other slide-based presentation tools around! Focus in on specific words, phrases, pictures, and use the zooming and panning feature to highlight what is important.
Check out an example!
SlideRocket utilizes a slide-based format but offers an incredible set of design tools including themes and layouts, shapes, charts, tables, pictures, audio, HD video, and Flash. Share presentations with a click by distributing a URL and collaborate with others in the slide library.

GCFLearnFree creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy, and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life. 

AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it as a tool for online brainstorming or embed it on your website or blog as a poll or guestbook.



Goofram searches Google and Wolfram Alpha at the same time, showing the results of each in a split screen.

Is it down for everyone or just me
This site checks if a website is down for everyone.


Crocodoc converts Microsoft Office and PDF documents to HTML5 so your users can view them right in your web app. 
TubeChop allows you to easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video and share it.

Museum Box
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.
Simple Diagrams
SimpleDiagrams is a small desktop application that helps you express your ideas quickly and simply. There's just enough functionality to describe a thought or capture a process.

SimpleDiagrams keeps the visual expression of ideas clear through the simple design of library items and backgrounds. Because the last thing you want to do is overload your audience with an over-cooked visuals.



Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history. Everyone has history to share: whether its sitting in yellowed albums in the attic, collected in piles of crackly tapes, conserved in the 1000s of archives all over the world or passed down in memories and old stories. Each of these pieces of history finds a home on Historypin, where everyone has the chance to see it, add to it, learn from it, debate it and use it to build up a more complete understanding of the world.  Yes
Readability turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. 


Creating professional, dynamic, feature-rich apps has never been easier! AppBrick is a platform that offers individuals and organizations to launch any form of content using mobile and web applications without knowing programming and spending too much time and effort. is a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture. 
Jog the Web
Jog the Web is a web-based tool that allows anyone to create a synchronous guide to a series of web sites. Its step by step approach of taking viewers through web sites allowing the author to annotate and ask guiding questions for each page is unique. 
If you use Google Search for just about anything and everything, then MentorMob may be a great tool for you to try—bypass all the “not useful” information that pops up in your Google Search, and get the most relevant information instantly in a playlist created especially for your search! Yes
SendHub is a great solution for communicating outside the classroom with your students. At no charge, users can have a free SendHub account, and join a group where they can send and receive group wide texts! Yes
Include audio, video, images, text and weblinks in and online poster! This is a great way to get creative in the classroom—prompt students to create glogs on different subjects or to even present a new topic to the class.
Check out an example glog!
Create your own webmixes complete with all the tools you need in one location, at your fingertips! “Bookmark” the online web resources you use the most (think Blackboard, etc.) and then access them from any mobile device!
Google Drive
Google Drive is a must for all Google Users. Store all your documents and files in Google’s version of the cloud. If you are a Google Docs users, this tool integrates directly with Google Docs creating a single solution for your online document and storage needs. 

This free web-tool is great to utilize when creating multimedia projects! This tool allows users to easily record and upload music and audio. Share your sounds and then even explore the sounds of others!

Embed gadget


Learnist is a web-based tool allowing users to create Learn Boards on any topic they wish to learn about! On your Learn board, add videos, blogs, images and documents from the internet. This tool helps point out existing web resources for individuals trying to learn something new. Yes
WikiBrains is a unique, innovative way to brainstorm new ideas and gain inspiration. Share with others and gain new input. Create your own brainstorm boards, or open them up for others to contribute to as well! 
As an educator, a tool like UnderstoodIt can be very useful! This tool measures student’s understanding in real time during lecture. Students simply log on to the professor’s website, and during lecture they indicate whether they are confused or understand the information.  Yes
Grockit Answers
Grockit Answers is a tool for generating question and answer sessions on any YouTube video available online. With an entire ongoing playlist of questions and answers about the video, users are sure to have their questions answered, or an answer to their question shortly! 
This website is full of free educational videos on tons of subjects available for free at any time!