Free Tools for Project-Based Learning and Authentic Assessment
Presented:WAMLE 2013TIES 2013

ISTE National Educational Technology Standards

Presenter's favorite Free Digital Tools to use in the Classroom:

  • Animoto
    Create videos using your pictures and music, the Animoto library, or copyright free files.
    (It's worth going through the steps to access the FREE Education account - Start with a Basic account, click on Education --> Learn More --> Apply Now)
  • Tagxedo -or- Wordle
    Create word documents, projects & posters, evaluate text.
  • Padlet
    Create wall announcements, notes, projects, backchannel chats & more!
    Try this Example
  • Piktochart
    Try creating your own Infograph to present data, ideas, and concepts learned. (Resource from ISTE/Verizon project

  • Google Forms (part of Google Docs) -or- Socrative -or- Survey Monkey
    For simple poll / quiz creators that allow for varied questions.
  • Edmodo
    Flipped learning, course management, and online discussions are easy with the free CMS.
    Classroom collaboration is easy with the brainstorming website.
  • Kidblog
    Kid created, easy to use, great way to share writing projects.
  • Voki
    Talking Avatars for vocab, sharing concepts, and more. Also includes lesson plans!
  • Prezi
    Instead of always using PowerPoint to present ideas.
  • Wiki
    Educational student/teacher created website - can be or do nearly anything!
  • Weblists
    Digital lists help you to maintain all of your favorite Web 2.0 Tools for easy student access.
    Check out this Sample. The list includes many more sites to explore (about 20 in all).