Here are links that will take you to digital libraries full of content and web tools to help in the classroom and beyond. Each link has been hand-picked and evaluated as useful for students and faculty alike. The focus is on video, photographs, and audio tools. The majority of the content is free to view and use. If you have anything you would like us to consider adding, please email us.
This site let's you view and create animated maps. You can tag maps with pictures, captions, and markers that move on cue.
Aviary is a photo editor for web and mobile devices.
BibMe is a website for creating a works cited page. You can search for a book, article, website or film and it automatically generates the information for you. You can also enter in the information yourself if you have it on hand.
Use Bubbl.us to create colorful online mind maps.
Use Cramberry to create, study, and share your flashcards online. You can download the Cramberry app on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to access your flashcards on-the-go. It’s nice because it analyzes your progress and shows you cards that you need to focus on.
Use Create-a-Graph to make attractive graphs for free. Choose from bar, line, area, pie and simple XY coordinate graphs.
Use Diigo to highlight text and images on web pages that you’ve found and then access them at a later date from your Diigo account. You can also create sticky notes if you need to write additional comments. When you return to the website, all of the annotations you made are still there.
With Dipity, you can find, create and embed interactive timelines. You can add photos to customize the look of each timeline.
Animate basic web-based paint drawings with Disapainted.
A theme-based web app for creating infographics and visualizations. Easel.ly provides several themes as a starting point to your infograpgic. Then you can drag, edit, save, and share, to create an inforgraphic that's appealing to the eye.
Use EasyBib to automatically generate works cited and bibliography information for academic papers using MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles.
Flickr is a free image hosting service that allows you to access your files from any computer with an Internet connection.
Edmodo is a social network created for safely connecting students and teachers.
Edshelf is a site where teachers can find new digital tools for use in the classroom.
Convert Youtube clips to MP3s.
Forvo is the world’s largest pronunciation dictionary in many languages.
This website allows you to create free animated images.
With Gliffy you can create attractive and professional graphic organizers like Venn diagrams and flow charts. To receive full access to their services, you have to pay for it.
Create, share and collaboratively edit documents using a Google account.
Google in Education - Lesson Plans
Search for thousands of lesson plans with a powerful Google search. All areas are covered in this educational resource.
Grammarly is a user friendly way to improve a paper. Simply copy and paste text into the box and click “check text.” Within 30 seconds, it provides a detailed analysis that includes 150 different grammar rules, plagiarism, word choice and more. Grammarly is a premium service but you can sign up for a free seven day trial.
Create infographics using more than 30 chart types, and the have the ability to download them as pdf files. If your infographic contains sensitive data, you can create a password to make it viewable to whoever you wish.
Instapaper is a tool you pin to your browser that allows you to save web pages to read later.
Keepvid is a website that allows you to download and save YouTube videos for free.
KnightCite is an online citation generator.
This is another social network where users post blog posts or journal entries onto their own profile. Other users may read the entries of any user.
Penzu is home to what is probably the most realistic imitation of lined paper on the internet. This online journal is accessible from any computer with the internet.
Piktochart allows you to create inforgraphics in a 3 step process, and it's free to use. If you decide to upgrade your account you will gain access to more graphics, higher resolution, and more themes.
Pinterest is a social networking site that allows its users to "pin" content to their "pinboards." Members who "follow" the user can see his or her pins.
This tool is used to find duplicates of text in order to detect plagiarism.
Create and upload your own podcast or find a variety of free podcasts on Podomatic.
An easy polling site that allows for mobile and on screen classroom response. Results can be shown in real time. The free version limits the responses to 25 seats.
Popplet is a place for sharing ideas on boards with collaborators. Upload pictures, text boxes, and other things to mind maps.
Portaportal is a server-based online bookmarking tool. It serves the same functions as your bookmarks on your browser, but it stores the bookmarks in the server so you can access them on any computer with Internet.
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation program that allows you to zoom in and out. If you don’t mind your slides being public, you can sign up for a free account with 100MB of storage.
PrimaryPad is an online word processor that allows people to work together in real time.
Create study aids for yourself or to share with friends.
Screencast-O-Matic is an online screen recorder with a one-click recording feature. You can use it from your browser on either a Windows or Mac computer. You can video up to 15 minutes in length for free.
Screenr is one of the best instant screencast tools available. It’s free and you can record on your PC or Mac, play it anywhere—even on your iPhone—and there’s nothing to download (as long as you have JAVA installed on your computer).
Skype is a tool for free video chatting with one person or for conference calls around the world.
SlideShare is one of the most popular ways to upload and share PowerPoint presentations and other documents.
This web 2.0 tool uses cell phones and/or laptops to gather feedback from others. You can post as many questions as you’d like.
With Storybird you can create short, art-inspired stories you can share with the world through the Internet.
Create and publish your own online survey or quiz in minutes. You can make 10-question surveys with 100 respondents for free.
Tagul is a website where you can create word clouds, like Wordle. The difference is that Tagul tags links to the words, either from your website or from the general web.
Tricider is great for online brainstorming and voting. You can even embed and share your topic which makes it easy to get responses.
TubeChop allows you to easily cut a section from a YouTube video for use in other mediums.
Tumblr is a micro-blogging social networking website. Users can post multimedia and other content to their blog, follow the posts of others, and re-post other bloggers' posts.
Twitter is a social network where you can post up to 140-words at a time.
UStream allows you to upload and watch live streaming videos, chat live with others, and follow tweets and Facebook posts.
Visual.ly helps you take data visualizations to the next level, by allowing you to upload yours for feedback and exposure, all the while working with the Visual.ly team. They can even create your project for you for a fee.
This is a website that allows you to host and save group voice conversations. A VoiceThread is a slideshow that incorporates these group conversations. You can attach images, documents, and videos to your VoiceThread
This is a search engine to find any species of bird found in North America. Its interface makes it easier to use than many other bird search engines. Listen to bird calls and use the search engine to narrow down the bird you seek.
Create beautiful word clouds from text that you provide. Like Tagxedo, it gives prominence to words that appear most frequently. You can save, print and share your creation.
WordPress is a blogging platform that allows you a lot of versatility in the kind of content you can offer. It’s free to sign up and start a blog.
Zamzar is a free website that will convert any type of file into any other type of file, assuming it is the same type of file. You can convert document files, sound files, video files, images files, and e-book files.
Academic Earth is a website that offers free online classes and online learning tools. Academic Earth can also introduce you to universities that match your interests.
This is another free education service online. Alison.com offers free college-level courses for basic workforce-related skills.
Take courses in a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others. Video content comes from many different universities with some offering certificates for completion.
edXfounded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, provides free college courses from 27 of some of the top universities around the world.
Google in Education
This part of Google is to help teachers discover resources for bringing technology into the classroom such as apps and innovative lesson plans. It also can be used as a social network for sharing lesson plans and strategies with other teachers.
This website provides daily one-minute videos discussing and explaining the most popular tools the Internet offers.
This site provides free 10-minute instructive videos including K-12 Mathematics, sciences, and humanities subjects.
Annenberg Learner provides free videos for teacher advancement and classroom resources to help develop teacher abilities.
This site provides free downloadable videos of real classroom lectures from universities around the world on a variety of subjects.
This site provides educational videos of teachers and professors giving lectures in a variety of subjects.
With this site you can design and share lesson plans with other teachers.
The Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching is a free online resource for teachers and students to share educational and pedagogical resources with other students and teachers.
MIT Open Course
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology publishes course materials from almost all of their courses free online for public use.
A comprehensive, cultural and educational media site. Contains audiobooks, ebooks, online courses, movies and other collected content.
Open Learning Initiative
OLI is a part of Carnegie Mellon University that offers free online courses to the public.
Take college classes online for free with this collection of college-level courses developed by a group of college professors. After each completed course you earn a certificate acknowledging that you completed it.
Ted Talks is a collection of videos from their conferences presenting "Ideas worth spreading." Each TED talk, 18 minutes in length, presents some innovative idea.
Berkeley posts webcasts from many of their certain classroom lectures and events on campus.
An alternative way to traditional schooling, Udacity offers interactive online courses for free. Want to make your work count? You can also pay for these classes and have it count as real college credit.
University of Reddit
The University of Reddit offers courses on a variety of subjects for free. People can sign up for courses, and teach courses, all while given the freedom to approach it as they want.
Unplug the TV
A site whose purpose is to be an healthier alternative to TV, providing a number of educational videos for viewing.