Public Domain image from Pixabay
Public Domain image from Pixabay

Last month, I focused on different methods to enhance your learning and professional development. This month, I’m just going to share some of my favorite tech tools. Some of these are really simple (Snaggy, a screencapture editing tool) and some are more complex (Audacity, an audio editor) but all of are useful!

Teaching & Training Tools
•    Remind – text students and parents –  mobile app – https://www.remind.com
•    Socrative –  create educational activities for students – online and apps –http://www.socrative.com/
•    NaturalReader – text to speech software – online and mobile apps – http://www.naturalreaders.com/
•    Plickers – collect real-time feedback without the need of student devices (tools uses mobile) – https://www.plickers.com/
•    PollAnywhere – collect real-time feedback  using mobile phones, twitter, and the web – mobile – http://www.polleverywhere.com
•    Google Docs – Create, edit, and share forms, spreadsheets, and documents — http://www.google.com/docs/

Video/Multimedia
•    Jing  – screencapture and share images and video – desktop – http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
•    Youtube – edit, share, store video – includes transcription tools – online, http://www.youtube.com
•    Snapchat – edit and share short video – typically one time (now has storage) – mobile https://www.snapchat.com/
•    Vine – edit and share short video – mobile – https://vine.co/
•    Facebook video – edit and share videos – online and mobile – http://www.facebook.com/
•    Voki – create animated avatar/video clips http://www.voki.com/

Image Editing
•    Snaggy – online tool to use print screen to capture anything on your monitor, paste into snaggy for simple edits (crop, highlight, etc.) – http://snag.gy/
•    Pixlr – robust online and mobile image editing – crop, effects, adjust color, down images – https://pixlr.com/
•    GIMP (Desktop) – robust image editing (like Photoshop) – http://www.gimp.org/
•    Picasa – web based photo galleries and basic image editing from Google — http://picasa.google.com/
•    Facebook – web based photo galleries and basic image editing– mobile and online – http://www.facebook.com/
•    Flickr – web based photo galleries and basic image editing from Yahoo – mobile and online – https://www.flickr.com/
•    Instagram – basic image editing and social sharing – mobile – http://instagram.com
•    Aviary – robust image editing and social sharing from Adobe – mobile — https://www.aviary.com/

Organization
•    Evernote – organize the web, your documents, and other stuff – online and mobile apps – https://evernote.com/
•    Evernote Clearly – removes ads, reformats, and makes the web easier to read – desktop or browser add-on – https://evernote.com/clearly/
•    Pocket – save/clip from social media, web, and more – mobile, web, or email – https://getpocket.com/
•    GoQRme – online tool to create QR Codes – http://Goqr.me

Content
•    TEDalks – Learn & find inspirational content to share – http://ted.com
•    TEDEd – Online tool to create lessons around TED content or Youtube videos – http://ed.ted.com
•    Google http://tinyurl.com/google-tips-ctl
•    Open Access http://goo.gl/5HVfXq