Online Tools


Multimedia Creation

  • WeVideo: collaborative video editing application, web-based, multi-platform (Mac & PC) 
  • Audacity: audio recording & editing software
  • Powtoons: animated video creation application
  • YouTube: video dissemination, broadcast, archiving platform
  • Vimeo: video dissemination, broadcast, archiving platform
  • Flickr: Web-based photo archiving platform
  • SoundCloud: audio-based publication platform; save tracks, follow artists and build playlists for music, podcasts

Graphic Design

  • Canva: design application for presentations, social media, banner, digital signage
  • Piktochart: Infographic design and creation application
  • Photoshop: graphic design and picture manipulation software

Online Publishing, Ebook, Emagazine

  • Medium: e-publishing platform for narratives, e-magazine
  • Flipsnack: digital flipbook maker for magazine, brochures, catalogs, and more

Presentation Software and Applications

  • PowerPoint: slide presentation software
  • Google Slides: slide presentation application
  • Prezi: Presentation application & software that uses motion & zoom
  • Haiku Deck: slide presentation application for web, iPad, or iPhone
  • Keynote: Apple’s slide presentation software

Web-based Conferencing, Video & Audio Engagement

  • Zoom: video conferencing tool for online meetings
  • VoiceThread: Online communication platform with video, voice, and text commenting. 
  • Flipgrid: video discussion platform for collaborative responses

Personal Response Systems & Classroom Engagement Tools

  • TurningPoint Clickers: clickers are small handheld devices used in the classroom to collect student responses to interactive tests and quizzes.
  • Poll Everywhere: similar to Clickers, can be used for live audience participation using mobile devices
  • Kahoot: educational gaming application used for easy to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes
  • Piazza: free web-based platform for Q & A

Document Creation (Collaborative) and Spreadsheets, PDF management

  • Word: Microsoft’s word processing software
  • Google Docs: Google’s (collaborative) word processing application
  • Padlet: digital canvas, like a piece of paper to create projects to share and collaborate 
  • Excel: Microsoft’s spreadsheet creation software, includes various data charts
  • Google Sheets: Google’s spreadsheet application
  • Acrobat: software to convert, edit, and sign PDFs

Online Publishing, E-Book. E-Magazine Creation

  • Medium: e-publishing platform for narratives, e-magazine
  • Flipsnack: digital flipbook maker for magazine, brochures, catalogs, and more

Podcast and Audio-Based Projects

  • Audacity: audio recording and editing software
  • SoundCloud: audio-based publication platform for music, podcasts
  • Anchor: all-in-one application for podcast creation, web-based and for mobile devices

Screen Capturing Software for Online Tutorial Creation

  • Camtasia: software to record your screen, add video effects, transitions and more, software available on Windows and Mac
  • Screencast: create shareable links for your videos/media created in Camtasia


  • My Maps (Google): create custom maps for personal use or sharing, users can add points, lines, and shapes on top of Google Maps
  • Google Earth: computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery, program can also be downloaded to mobile devices and users may use the program to add their own data
  • Zeemaps: create maps from location list, crowd source, or spreadsheets then publish and share interactive maps
  • StoryMaps (Esri): ability to combine maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content
  • StoryMap (JS): application developed out of Northwestern University’s Knightlab to help tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events 
  • Timeline (JS): open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines using Google spreadsheets

Social Annotation

  • Diigo: research tool and knowledge-sharing with annotation capabilities, highlighter, sticky notes, archiving, bookmarking
  • annotation plugin to hold discussions, read socially, organize research, and take personal notes
  • Wikipedia: free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world and hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation
  • Genius: world’s biggest collection of song lyrics and musical knowledge added by artists, scholars, fans, verified by editors (similar to Wikipedia) can add to collaborative annotation assignments 
  • VideoAnt: web-based video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices
  • Distant Viewing Lab: software that uses and develops computational techniques to analyze visual culture with video clips 
  • Citation Builder: Research Organizer:
  • Zotero: easy-to-use tool to help collect, organize, cite, and share research
  • Easybib: website that helps create citations and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles