The software on this list should always be a
starting point for users to accomplish a digital task. However, should users find useful or innovative qualities of other applications, users should have the ability to pursue that application to meet their needs.
Audio Editing and Processing
Classroom Teacher Tools
Content Management Systems
Computing and Keyboarding
Picture/Image Editing and Processing
Royalty Free images and music
Student Response and Discussion
Video Editing and Processing
Tools for creating animated or sequential panel stories.
Anmish is one of the first application-based websites that provides free digital home-made animations and online entertainment. Without any previous knowledge of animation creation, Anmish enables its users to create their own animated video parodies through Anmish’s various ready-made collection of caricatures of famous figures in the world.
GoAnimate was created to minimize this difficulty, hassle and expense. We enable anyone and everyone to create videos quickly and easily, then share them with the world.
Free Subscription: Access to Some Video Makers, Limited Video Length, Limited Sharing Options. No Downloads, Can Upload Sound Files only.
GoAnimate for Schools is available for a subscription fee.
Make Belief Comix
Helps children tap into their creativity to create their own comic strips in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Latin. Users can select from 15 fun characters with different moods and write words for blank talk and thought balloons to make their characters talk and think. Users can also find story ideas and prompts to help them craft their graphic stories. Once they’ve created their comics, they can print them to create comic books or email them. There are also story ideas and prompts to help users create graphic stories. This site can be used by educators and parents to teach language, reading and writing skills, and by students to facilitate self-expression and storytelling as well as computer literacy. Make Beliefs has also started a page special needs usage.
Pixton introduces the world to Click-n-Drag Comics™. From fully poseable characters to dynamic panels, props, and speech bubbles, every aspect of a comic can be controlled in an intuitive click-n-drag motion.
Free version includes:
School / teacher subscriptions are available for an annual subscription fee.
A comic-creating tool. Students will be creating a unique array of free and customizable online games of educational value for children of all abilities. You can drag-drop or click to create comic strips that express your views, opinions, angst or fun.
The free version only allows for public posting.
There are private spaces available at ToonDooSpaces for subscription price.
Tools primarily designed to assess knowledge/skill or collect responses.
Flubaroo is a script you can add to a Google Form to allow you to
A simple web app for teachers, organizations, or anybody that only needs a form to administer a multiple choice test/survey without the processing, grading, and paper hassle. Fill in the blanks questions are now supported. Answers are automatically processed and graded. This is just an online form so an accompanying test via paper, pdf, docs, or web url will be needed of course. Teachers get a breakdown of scores.This web app works only in modern html5 browsers such as chrome.
Create your own assessments for search through many pre-made assessments in multiple formats.Quizlet gives the student 6 study modes to learn materials: Flashcards, Learn (Tracking your progress and review), Scatter (word match game), Speller (type what you hear), Test (teacher creates test online), Space Race (vocabulary game). Free and can be used on all devices.
Socrative is a smart student response system that teachers can use to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Teachers create a virtual classroom for quizzes and review games. Teachers may also add images to quizzes.
A gradebook for non-electronic assessment. In other words, paper projects, art, dance, PE, etc. Use the Android or iOS App to snap a photo of written work, capture video of presentations, or record audio of student discussions. You can also upload digital files from your computer.
Tools primarily designed to create, edit, and process various types of audio files
Make short audio recordings which can be embedded and shared. You can also upload mp3 files for embedding in websites, rip the audio track from a Youtube video, or enter text to be turned into an mp3 file.
Quick and easy online tool for cutting a section of an mp3 track. For example, if you want just the opening measures of a song, you can cut the section out and use it. This site also has mp3 joiner and audio file converter.
Make short online audio recordings which can be downloaded as mp3 for inserting into videos. You can also upload mp3 files for embedding in websites. This audio recorder does not allow editing. Very easy to use.
More Advanced (Medium Difficulty)
(PC/Mac download) Powerful full-featured sound editor for creating and mixing musical and voice tracks. User interface is simple enough for basic tasks, but powerful enough for professional-grade tracks. Should be used in computer labs.
(iOS $4.99) Record and create music tracks to integrate into projects. Must have iPad/iPod/iPhone to use app.
Soundation Studio is a powerful tool for creating music online with a more user-friendly for the musically challenged. It is recommended for middle or high school students.
More Advanced (Most Difficult)
Feature rich app that mimics analog sound recording board. Rather complicated online tool and app for creating original music tracks. Allows the user to create music under Creative Commons licensing. Recommended use for musically inclined high school students.
Tools to host online video conversations. These require webcams and microphones, which are often integrated in personal devices. This option is blocked for students but can be accessed during class for teacher/whole class instruction / communication.
Classes can connect via video with up to 15 other locations at one time for online video conversations. This can be accessed through the teacher Google Chat or Google+ login. (open for teachers only)
Connect via video with one other person/location. Connect with up to 5 others with an audio only connection. (open for teachers only)
Tools for hosting online journals.
Easily create and manage your blog with Google Apps login integration you can use the same login as you use for email/drive.
Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts - it's safe, easy and secure. There is a free level and subscription pricing as well.
Elementary level student blogging. Kidblog provides teachers with the tools to help students safely navigate the digital – and increasingly social – online landscape. Kidblog allows students to exercise digital citizenship within a secure, private classroom blogging space. Kidblog’s security features put safety first:
Easily create and manage your blog. Wordpress is for the more technical/advanced blogger. Allows you to install scripts and widgets to customize your readers experience on the blog.
Tools for gathering / organize ideas.
Create online concept maps and export to a .jpeg or .png file.
Virtual sticky notes and canvas to allow for online collaboration and brainstorming. Integrated with Google Apps so you can use your Google account to log in. (Available for iOS)
Collaborative tool to make flow charts, diagrams,mind maps, etc. Integrates with Google Drive.
Free account features: Drag and drop simplicity, Extensive shape library, Real-time collaboration
Available in Google Apps. Please use your Google Login to access your account.
Padlet is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device. Think of it like a multimedia friendly, free-form, real-time wiki.
Tools used for classroom organization and management.
Create seating charts and provide positive and negative feedback in a class setting.
ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.
Easily award feedback points for behavior in class in real-time, with just one click of your smartphone or laptop. This actually improves behavior. ClassDojo provides instant notifications for your students (‘Well done Josh! +1 for teamwork!’). All fully customizable for your classroom. ClassDojo gives you behavior-tracking analytics and reports that can be shared with parents and administrators, all with just one click. No data entry needed, ever. (Available for iOS)
Random name generator, countdown timer, fake twitter and facebook, game generator.
A variety of tools for classroom management. Two different noise level meters that operate from your microphone.
Games creator, seating charts, random name generators, countdowns and more.
Teacher LED Buzzer Tool
Family Feud style buzzer for use with a SmartBoard
Project Management - Create a list of steps to complete a project. Share the template with students or groups, who then can assign tasks and indicate progress.
Tools for organizing, delivering, and recording files and activities by students. These systems typically offer a variety of services and can integrate existing services and resources.
A free and safe way for students and teachers to connect and collaborate. Teachers can
continue classroom discussions online and give polls to check for student understanding. Teachers
can monitor progress through quizzes and assignments given on Edmodo.
Online classroom management system that allows teachers and students to connect
and organize their learning. Teachers can organize their unit for students to then access from any
computer. Students can upload their completed work, thus making a paperless classroom. Many
tools are available for teachers and students to connect and collaborate.
Tools to help teach basic computing and keyboarding skills
Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding.
This typing application will help teachers:
This online program will assist you with learning and improving your typing speed. No registration needed to work on typing accuracy and speed.
Type Fu is an app for ChromeOS and Chrome that will help you learn how to touch type or improve your current touch typing skills.
Tools for organizing, accessing, and reading digital e-books on computers or personal devices. Most of these require some form of account before being able to access books.
Use with your school library to check book holdings and check out ebooks.
You can borrow eBooks from your library and transfer them to compatible eReaders using free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software on your Windows or Mac computer.
Tool to store photos online.
Free 1TB of storage for full resolution photos. Great place to search for Creative Commons Licensed images to use for presentations and projects.
Free photo sharing with albums and basic editing.
Google Drive is a great online storage ‘container’ to store, share, or embed photos in web pages. Change the settings on the item
Tools for organizing and arranging media for the purpose of presentation or publication on the web.
Create a professional looking presentation online. Access it anywhere and have the ability to share
and collaborate with others on the same document. Offers word processing, outlining, drawing,
graphing, and presentation management tools.
Cloud-based presentation software. You can add video and audio.
Create a professional looking presentation. Offers word processing, outlining, drawing, graphing,
and presentation management tools- all designed to be easy to use and learn. Can only be used on
Create and manipulate SMART notebook files online.
VoiceThread is a cloud application, so there is no software to install. The only system requirement is an up-to-date version of Adobe Flash. VoiceThread will work in any modern web browser and on almost any internet connection. Upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. Over 50 different types of media can be used in a VoiceThread. Comment on VoiceThread slides using one of five powerful commenting options: microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload. Keep a VoiceThread private, share it with specific people, or open it up to the entire world. District license is available for all features. See your ITS for assistance. (Available for iOS) Access VoiceThread through your Google Apps account.
Tools for cropping, resizing, and otherwise editing and processing image.
Basic storing, editing, and organizing photos. Integrated with your Google Apps account.
Free picture editor and collage maker. No registration required. Can download or share edited photos.
It's easy to improve your photos on your iPad. Choose from a variety of one-touch effects, or simply drag your finger across the screen to crop, rotate, or adjust color. Add artistic filters like Soft Focus or Sketch.
Graphics editor for your web browser. Free with basic on-line tools.
Tools for safe dependable research online offered to all teachers and students in South Carolina.
South Carolina’s Virtual Library is the “information place” for all South Carolinians. DISCUS – which stands for Digital Information for South Carolina Users – provides free access to an electronic library that’s available 24/7. The program objectives are fully outlined in the DISCUS Goals and Vision.
What does DISCUS provide?
DISCUS provides a variety of organized resources, called databases, for individuals of all ages, educational levels and interests. The databases include: magazines, professional journals, newspapers
encyclopedias, e-books, reference material, student and teacher resources, maps, pictures , recommended Web links, multimedia, and much more!
Please see your media specialist for the annual login information and ideas of how to use DISCUS in your classroom.
ETV, partnering with the SC State Department of Education and the K-12 Technology Initiative, created StreamlineSC to improve and manage learning resources in South Carolina schools. The resource is available for free to all South Carolina public, private, and home schools.
ETV's StreamlineSC a standards-based video-on-demand service utilizing Discovery Education streaming
Resources for ethical and legal use of images and music for students and staff
Searches for high quality, multi-size images in Flickr. Options to filter to Creative Commons only images.
Find and share high-quality pictures. Free to use in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use without attribution requirement to the original author.
Contains high-quality stock photography images free for either public or personal use.
Public Domain Pictures
PublicDomainPictures.net is a repository for free public domain images. Royalty free stock photos. All pictures are free for commercial and personal use.
Collection of images from the U.S> Government. Searchable by topic. Some of the images are in public domain and may be used without permission.
US Federal Public Domain Images
Collection of public domain images from the US Federal Government.
Collection of images. Many in public domain and are free to use without permission.
Offers a wide variety of music, audio themes and sound effects for grades K -12 and universities that ensures your copyright safety. School subscription needed.
Collection of audio music from taken from early 20th century recordings. Many are in public domain and are free to use without permission.
Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress
Royalty free music available for download categorized by emotion. All music is free to use with attribution to purple planet.
Interactive tools to get immediate digital feedback and discussion. Can be used for assessments, discussion, and other uses.
Backchannel room. Allows for online discussions. You can keep your room active for up to one month.
Tools to create and collect responses and data.
Create online polls with no signup required.
Available in Google Drive. Allows you to create surveys, forms, or quizzes quickly. All information is captured on a spreadsheet.
Tools for editing and processing previously recorded video into a more finished, publishable product.
Automatically edits your video using your video, adds your chosen music, themes and effects and splices them in a movie which can be shared with others.
Remix images, audio, and video on the internet to create a ‘pop up video.’
(iOS) Splice together HD photos and videos. Add music tracks from your iPod library, sound effects, transitions, borders, effects (like Ken Burns, slow motion and fast forward), trim video and audio, narrate with your own voice, and much more. Free alternative to iMovie
Online collaborative video editing platform. Integrates with Google Drive. District license information forthcoming.
Tools to add video, images, text to create content.
Pinterest for education. Teachers and students can create boards to pin sites based on content being taught in the classroom
information from students under 13.
Create online timelines and add images. Requires Flash Player 9.0 or above installed.
Tools to create and maintain websites, whether as a class or individually.
Free website creation tool. Integrated with your Google Apps account.
Free website creation tool. Has an easy drag and drop interface.
Free website creation too. Has easy drag and drop interface.
Tools to visualize text.
Turn text into a visual word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text.
Generate “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.
Tools primarily used for word processing and text creation.
Note taking in the cloud. Allows you to access notes from any computer or mobile device.
Available in Google Drive. Allows you to create, edit, share, and collaborate on documents online.
Available for participants using iWork on iPads. Allows you to create, edit, share, and collaborate on documents online. The iWork Suite apps must be purchased for use.