Appendix 1 Extensive List of Free Tools

Appendix description or content:
This is a list of free applications and tools that you can find online. Students can use these to create multimedia projects, collaborate with others, conduct research, and present their findings.
It is a long list, but by no means exhaustive. Please contact to suggest other tools to add to the list.

Blogs - We suggest using this service for your in-class blogs. Edublogs blocks content not appropriate for educational contexts. - Mainly used for image blogs. Other users of the service may have objectionable content on their blogs. - Other users of the service may have objectionable content on their blogs. - Other users of the service may have objectionable content on their blogs.

Graphic Design - This is an awesome collection of free digital media creation tools. Image editing of all types, screen capture, even audio editing. - Downloadable graphics editor - enables users to use the popular image editor online, within your browser. Requires registration. - Free easy to use graphics editor - Online photo editor - Online image editor - Create multimedia posters with text, images, audio and video. - Another free image editor - Create 3D graphics

Comics/Animation/StoryTelling - Kerpoof allows users to create cartoons with stock shapes and character bubbles, but can also be used to create movies, cards, t-shirts, and more. - Turn photos, "doodles", and text into a multipane comic strip with a real comic book like style. Import photos from Flickr or upload from desktop. Add bubbles, text. - Create characters and comics. 14 day free trial then charges a fee. - Provide the link to a video from any URL (e.g., and then annotate with text "bubbles" - Create cartoons from scratch - Create games, animations, music and art. Learn basics of programming languages. Popular educational tool in schools today. - Allows children to create and publish books. Students write and illustrate their own stories. Use a teacher account to get lesson plans, digital proofs, and classroom accounts.

Media Presentation - Shareable online slideshows. - Create slideshows with your images. Share on social networks and the web. - Zooming online presentation tool - Online slideshows with chat - Online media album that can holds images, documents and videos and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. They can even be exported to an Archival Movie for offline use on a DVD or video-enabled MP3 player. - Google's free site for storing and sharing photo serves a similar service as flickr, but it also offers the ability to create slideshows with captions, and to associate images with a location on a map. - Powerful and well designed timeline. Attach images or embed media to any entry, provide source info (for historical timelines?), tags. Can import data from Excel/CSV files. Several users report uneven performance and data loss, however, proceed with caution. - Turn your photos, video and music into very high quality presentations that can be easily shared. - Create newsletters, posters, brochures, pamphlets, collages, etc. Provides free templates. - Easily create brochures or pamphlets with this program.

Information visualization - Create word clouds- input text (paragraphs, surveys, answers) and Wordle creates a cloud of words with the most common displayed more prominently - Create graphs - Create many different types of online graphs and charts.

Collaboration Tools - Create a collaborative digital work space for your classroom. Collaborate with videos, audio, images and text. Tracks contributions and contributors. - Allows for simultaneous writing over the internet for multiple contributors. - Online collaborative mindmapping in your browser - Online collaborative mindmapping in your browser - Graphic organizers for mapping discussions, plans, arguments, flow charts. - Create documents, forms, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings. Publicly share the documents or only with a select group. For more information on how to use Google docs in the classroom, check out our Resources page. - Project polls or message boards on a large screen, have everyone send their input via their cell phones and see results instantly! Basic service is free, but then costs a small amount. - Wikis are simple web pages that groups, friends, and families can edit together. - Collaborate by sharing “Notebooks”, that users can edit  and organize individually and as a group. - Collaboratively create multimedia presentations or posters by mixing audio, video and images with this tool - Allows multiple users to write text simultaneously and have it displayed. - Collaborative storytelling, skews to a younger audience

Audio - Free downloadable audio editor and recorder. The user interface is a bit challenging, but there is a manual and tutorials on the web.

Useful but hard to categorize tools: - Like Microsoft Office, or iWork, only free. Provides a text editor, image editor, spreadsheet creator, database designer, and presentation creator. (Word, Photoshop/Paint, Excel, and Powerpoint in other words)
Use these sites to shorten long web addresses. Once you understand the purpose, can come in quite handy.
Use these sites to send files that are too large to be sent via email. Free up to 100MB. -If you have any computer geniuses in your classroom, they already probably know about this site. This site provides source codes for open source computer applications.