Tech Tools

Below, you'll find resources for collaborating & presenting, assessing, individualizing instruction, and encouraging creativity. For the most part, these are free except for items marked with an asterisk, which are freemium, meaning that they offer a limited free or light version, but premium feature are available for a cost.

Collaborating & Presenting

Bouncee - Buncee allows students and teachers to create engaging multimedia projects and presentations. Video.

BlendSpace - Also known as TES, BlendSpace helps you create interactive lessons, projects, presentations in under 5 minutes with a large library of content.

Book Creator* - Book Creator is the simple way to make ebooks using the Chrome App or iOS App. Book Creator has real-time collaboration and is ideal for making all kinds of books, portfolios, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more. Video.

Canva* - Canva is a graphic-design tool website that uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts.

Cospaces* - CoSpaces Edu is an application that allows students and teachers to easily build their own 3D creations, animate them with code and explore them in Virtual or Augmented Reality. Video.

Diigo - Diigo allows you to collect, annotate, and organize web pages and PDFs on the internet, and share them with students and colleagues. My favorite feature is adding sticky notes to the internet.

FlipGrid - Flipgrid is video discussion tool that allows teachers to create “grids,” of discussion topics. Students share their responses through recorded videos. Use this tool to encourage student voice, engage students, or connect and collaborate globally through their #GridPals program. Video.

Glogster* - With Glogster, you can make multimedia interactive posters and where students can express ideas with ease by combining images, graphics, audio, video and text on one digital canvas. Video.

Google Slides - Google Slides is Google's versatile presentation tool that allows users to create and edit with others at the same time. Get stuff done with or without an internet connection. Use Slides to edit PowerPoint files. Find out more here. Find some templates here.

HP Reveal* - HP Reveal (formerly known as Aurasma) turns any object, image, or place into an augmented reality experience.

Jamboard - Jamboard is Google's answer to an interactive smartboard. It allows you to sketch your ideas whiteboard-style while benefiting from the access and connectivity of an interactive canvas. Drop images, add notes, and pull assets directly from the web while collaborating with team members from anywhere. Video.

Lino - Lino is an online stickies app that lets you add sticky notes to the internet. Premium feature let you do more. Video.

Live Binders* - LiveBinders helps you or your students organize resources in an online ebinder. Video.

Nearpod* - Nearpod is an interactive presentation tool with lots of cool bells and whistles that help teachers assess and individualize instruction. Teachers can use it to create interactive lessons that contain quizzes, polls, videos, images, drawing-boards, web content and more, as well as use their “Nearpod Collaborate!” tool. Video.

Padlet - Padlet is a digital tool that allows you to create collaborative “walls.” I like to think of it like a digital bulletin board with digital sticky notes, but way better. Students can post just about anything–images, videos, documents, and text–from anywhere, and from any device (pcs, tablets, phones). Video.

Peardeck* - Pear Deck is an active learning and formative assessment tool that makes your presentations completely interactive! Pear Deck is fully loaded with templates for each stage of the assessment process, vocabulary games, Google tool integration, and helps teachers engage students and create collaborative conversations. Video.

Piktochart* - Piktochart is a simple, intuitive poster and infographic making tool that helps you create posters and infographics that can be easily converted into presentations. Video. Here's a sample I made.

Popplet* - A virtual mind-mapping tool that lets you organize and sort images, text, and symbols. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them. Video.

Prezi* - Prezi is a web-based presentation tool that isn't limited by linear thinking. Add cute animations between ideas and allows you to step back and look at the big picture. Has collaborative and cloudy features. Video.

Seesaw* - Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio tool. Teachers can empower students to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. Video.

Slides Carnival - Free visually compelling and aesthetically pleasing Powerpoint templates and Google Slides themes for your presentations.

SoundTrapEdu* - Soundtrap Edu is an online music studio where students can create together by recording and using loops. Video.

StorySpheres - StorySpheres is an easy to use tool for enhancing 360-degree images that lets you position audio within a scene, to easily create interactive experiences. If you don't own a 360-degree camera, download the Google Street View App which has a really good 360-camera feature. Video. Here's a sample.

Vocaroo - A free and super simple-to-use online recording service that makes a unique url for all of your your posting and sharing needs.

Wordle* - Wordle is a web-based tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.


Bubble Sheet Templates

EdPuzzle - EdPuzzle allows you to take any online video customize it to make it your lesson. It also allows you you track students' learning. Here's a sample.

Fluberoo - Fluberoo is like a Google Forms quiz, but on steroids. Video.


JeopardyLabs - JeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world, and it's completely free.

Jeopardy Template on Google Slides - Make and save your own customized Jeopardy templates (5 categories and 6 categories) using this Google Slide Deck created by Eric Curts. Check out his original blog post here.

Kahoot! - Kahoot! is a game-based learning and trivia platform for your classroom. Teachers can create Kahoots, or collaboratively create with students. Video.

Mt. Cleverest - (not to be confused with the Aussie alt-rock band, this online collaborative tool, according to their site, "Mt. Cleverest was built to be source-agnostic. You can bring your own favorite videos, lesson plans, and websites and we'll incorporate them instantly. You can also search through our archives by topic or website for the best content that other teachers and curriculum developers have submitted. Just drop in a URL to the content you want to include, and we do the rest!"

Plickers - With Plickers, teachers can formatively assess their students in a jiffy. Students hold up QR codes to answer questions, while teachers simply point their camera across the room. Video and a quick start video.

Poll Everywhere - Poll Everywhere is a web-based audience response system lets you embed interactive activities directly into your presentation. The audience responds on the web or via SMS texting on their phones.

Quizlet Live- Quizlet Live is a collaborative, game-based classroom vocabulary studying tool. Video.

Respondo! - Respondo! creates writing prompts using a Mad Libs-esque interface.

Socrative - Socrative gives teachers instant insight into student learning with easy-to-create quizzes, polls, and exit tickets. Video.

Testmoz - Testmoz is a free, easy-to-use test generator that sports 4 question types, automatic grading, a really simple interface and creates detailed reports. You can build a fully functional test in about a minute. Video.

Individualizing Instruction

Augmented, Virtual + Mixed Reality Immersive Technology in Education

Digital Breakout Rooms - Escape rooms are new pop-culture trend is escape rooms that are both fun and require critical thinking. Always at the cutting edge, teachers have found ways to edu-fy it. Here are some crowd-sourced resources curated by Quartz Hill High School English teachers Jordan Jenison and Richard Rosenblatt to help get you build your own. They also put together this planning guide.

Common Lit - Common Lit is one of the best new tools out there. I cannot heap praises on it enough! CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 3-12, and allows the teacher to track student learning. Video.

Classcraft - Classcraft is a gamefication approach to teaching and behavior management. It’s designed to encourage participation, good behavior, and 21st-century skills like collaboration. Video.

The Differentiator - Based on Bloom's Taxonomy, Kaplan and Gould's Depth and Complexity, and David Chung's product menu, the Differentiator helps you write objectives to individualize instruction in a jiffy.

EdPuzzle - EdPuzzle allows you to take any online video customize it to make it your lesson. It also allows you you track students' learning. Here's a sample.Imaginative, Immersive Education - Using storytelling RPGs to create immersive education experiences to help students understand storytelling, history and more.

Newsela - According to the site, “Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. It's easy and amazing.” Newsela allows the teacher to assign a common reading assignment, but at one of 5 different reading levels, so every student can access the same content, but at a Lexile that is appropriate for them. The site also allows for annotating, collaborating and tracking.

PowToon - PowToon is an easy-to-use tool for making cartoon presentations.

Random Group Creator and Random Name Generator - These do what their names say, boo. These are pretty cool.

Ways to Clone Yourself

EdPuzzle - EdPuzzle allows you to take any online video customize it to make it your lesson. It also allows you you track students' learning. Here's a sample.

Explain Everything - Explain everything is an interactive and collaborative whiteboard platform that helps you do what the name indicates. Here's 2 samples: PRAW & Incredibles. Here's a how to guide.

G Suite, of course.

ScreenCastify - Screencastify is a free screen recorder extension for the Chrome browser. Capture, edit and share screencasts without installing any software required. Works on Mac, Windows and Chromebooks.

Screencast-o-Matic - An intuitive screen casting tool. (Video)


Try these templates on for size, or better yet, let your students go nuts with them.

Build Your Owns- Eric Curts shared these "Build-You-Owns" on his blog: Jack-o-Lanterns and Turkey

Comic Book Template - Also created by Mr. Barcenas, I adapted this comic book template that uses Google Slides into a syllabus.

The Daily Prophet - Did you know Google Slides can be used for more than just presenting? Originally developed by George Barcenas, this Slide Deck was created as a template for a newsletter, and I adapted it to serve as a Harry Potter-themed syllabus.

Clue! Template - Play Clue with your class by using these templates.

Customize a Fake Text Message

Customize a Fake Ticket Generator

Customize a Fake Receipts

Customize a Fake Tombstone

Customize a Fake Road Sign

Customize a Fake Medal

Customize a Fake Wedding Sign

Customize a Fake Motel Sign

Customize a Fake Prescription

Customize a Fake Eye Chart

Customize a message on a cake

Customize a Fake Instagram post.

Fortnite - Leverage the popularity of the latest video game craze with Tom Spall's choice menu template.

HyperDocs - Nadine Gilkison's generously shares her prolific Hyperdocs template library. Here are many more.

Instagram Stories on Google Slides - This one's a bit complicated, but it looks great!

Jigsaw Planet - Makes any image into a jigsaw puzzle - you determine the number and shape of the pieces.

Magazines - Ryan O'Donnel has a Time Magazine and National Geographic templates.

Morse Code Translator - Generates and translates messages to/from Morse Code.

Newsletter Templates from Google Trainers Mr. Michael Filippeti and dmamolito.

RPG Playground - RPG Playground is a really easy way to design your own Role Playing Games sans programming or any artistic skills . Games can be shared.

Rotten Tomato - Rather than merely having students write a book report, have them write a critique of the book. Use this Rotten Tomato template for a book review.

Snapchat Games in Google Slides - Matt Miller shows you how to use in class and gives you free copies of all templates.


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