Grab Bag: Tools

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On this page, you will find various types of tools. They include a list of some of my favorites (but not all of them).

Have fun exploring!

Toolkits You Can Use

Content Creation

  1. Screencast-o-Matic - Screencast-O-Matic is a fantastic tool that will let you record directly form the site. You can record up to 15 minutes and it allows for webcam picture recording. Videos are saved in .mp4, .flv, or .avi video format or you can upload directly to YouTube.
  2. Screencastify - Screencastify is a Chrome extension that allows you to Record, Edit, Annotate, Store, and Share video screen captures. Record a specific tab, or your whole desktop at the click of a button. The free Lite version limits recording time to 10 minutes per video and has a watermark. 7 Super Screencasting Activities for School by Eric Curts.
  3. Nimbus Screencapture/Screenrecording - Nimbus is a Chrome extension for capturing web pages, either part of it or the whole browser window. You can also edit your screenshots. In addition screen record your desktop or a particular tab.
  4. - Flipgrid is a free, fun, and easy way to have a video chat. It is a great way to get student feedback while incorporating student voice. There is an iOS and Android app.
  5. Recap - Like Flipgrid, Swivl's Recap provides teachers with new, creative ways to gather evidence of student thinking using video.
  6. - Have students use this Google Drive App in conjunction with their Google account in order to take notes while they watch a video that you assign. Their notes are synced with the video - click on a line in the notes and have it jump to that portion of the video.
  7. Vialogues - Vialogues allows you to create conversations that revolve around a video.
  8. Office Mix - Office Mix is an add-on for powerpoint that allows you to incorporate screencasts, quizzes, and whiteboard drawings into your powerpoints. Upload them to the Mix gallery to turn them into videos and track student assessments.
  9. EdPuzzle - EdPuzzle allows you to use only what you need from any video, insert audio notes or record over a video with your voice, and add questions at any point in the video and track your students' understanding.
  10. Educannon (Playposit) - A great way to annotate already existing Youtube videos for students to watch at home.


1. Today's Meet

This free back-channel tool can help you and your students. Use it as for collaborative notes, to check for understanding/questions, or as an informal way to communicate with your students.


2. Google Plus

Google Plus is a great place to have discussions. Google Plus recently added "collections" as a new way to group posts by topic. Learn more here:


Example: Discussion about Online Elements

3. Remind

Easily communicate with your students via texting without needing to know their phone numbers OR without their needing to know your phone number.



  1. Exit Tweet: Ask students to briefly summarize what has been learned.
  2. Text Polling: Use tools like Google or Microsoft Forms, Kahoot, Quizizz to capture student responses to a question. You can also use Office Mix‘s built-in question feature!
  3. Classroom Response Tool: Use Socrative, Kahoot, Plickers,, or to get insight into student learning in real time or a video with
  4. Additional “Rev Up Your Review” strategies: These are shared by Lisa Monthie (@lisamonthie) in the #tceachat Voxerchat:

Media Resources

Check out these media resources!

At the link above, you will find:

  • Copyright-friendly
    • Image Search Sites
    • Audio Sources
    • Video Sources
  • Presentation/Drawing Slide Templates
  • Online News Sources for Students