Cool Tools List

Online Tools Recommended by POT Faculty – for use on the web, free or close to it

  • Web pages and site builders 
  • Wikis and collaboration
  • Video and audio messaging
    • Eyejot (create easy video messages with no downloading – Pilar Hernández)
    • Wimba (located inside Blackboard and Moodle – Pilar Hernández)
    • Voki (create animated avatar, message or embed in site – Lisa)
  • Social bookmarking: develop and share collections of web resources
    • Diigo (allows highlighting, creation of groups)
    • Feedly
  • Images: creating, editing and sharing
    • Flickr (photo sharing and annotations)
    • Flaming Text (for making cool graphic text -Louisa Moon)
    • (quick mind maps or brainstorming charts)
    • Glogster (create posters from text, images, video and music – David Detwiler)
    • Wordle or Voyant (create word maps out of blocks of text)
    • Gliffy (make flowcharts)
  • Online office suites: dump MS Office
    • Zoho (word processing, presentations, spreadsheet, etc. — desktops apps on the web – Lisa M. Lane)
    • Google Docs
  • Screencasting
    • Screencast-o-matic (quick screencasting with no download, webcam can be picture-in-picture – Lisa)
  • Slideshows
    •  Slideshare (upload PowerPoints)
    •  Prezi (alternative presentation, with non-linear options and zooming)
  • Audio recording
    • Soundcloud (records and stores online, provides embed code)
  • Avatars and animation
    •  Voki (animation that talks with your voice – David Detwiler)
    • Powtoon (Laura Paciorek)
  • RSS feeds: aggregate all your info, blogs, feeds in one location
  • Videoconferencing and chat

    • (video conversation for up to 8, no login, free – Lisa M Lane)
    • Skype (voice conversation and instant messaging)
    • Tokbox (free – Robert Kelley)
    • CCCConfer (free synchronous conferencing for community college instructors)
    • Vyew (free conferencing for up to 20 participants)
    • Google Plus Hangout
  • Multimedia Creation, Editing and Hosting
    • YouTube (uploading, creation using webcam, captioning)
  • Chat (text)
  • Blogging
  • Storytelling, Puzzles and Games
  • Community / Discussion Boards
  • Pinboards– sharing web content and images on pages

For download – recommended by POT faculty

Learning Management Systems

Course Content

E-Books and Print Books on Online Teaching (MCC)

Professional Development



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