Tech Tools for Creativity





AheadLogo.jpg - Create dynamic, non-linear presentations (similar to Prezi) with this flash-based tool

AnimotoLogo.jpg- Upload photos, select your music, and then it will turn them into videos

BeFunkyLogo.jpg - Photo effects

BigHugeLabsLogo.png - Create badges, billboards, CD covers, collages, cubes, jigsaw puzzles, magazine covers, mosaics, movie posters, trading cards, and more

BlabberizeLogo.jpg- Take any image, add a mouth to it, record something for it to say, and watch it become a moving conversationalist!

BookrLogo.jpg - Create free photobooks from copyright-safe Flickr images and a template

BubblejoyLogo.png - Record a short video w/ a webcam, select a card design, share via URL or Twitter

bubblePLY_logo.gif - "Write" on online videos by adding pop-up speech bubbles and effects, then save and play

Create Your Scenario - Generates simple playscripts - especially good for elementary

dabbleboard_logo.png- Collaborative whiteboard

DumprLogo.png - Make coloring books and other interesting things from photos, save as JPEGs and use as illustrations for assignments or worksheets

EdmodoLogo.jpg - Collaborative social community (a la Facebook) for students and teachers in educational settings

FlashpaintLogo.jpg - Flash drawing editor

FotobabbleLogo.jpg- Upload photos, record a message, and share

GliffyLogo.gif - Create diagrams, graphic organizers

GlogsterLogo.jpg - Free, multimedia poster-maker. Set up student accounts for educational use.


GoAnimateLogo.gif - Create animated videos from stock characters, images, music, and effects, or upload your own and lay them in tracks. Students have to type text into Word and then copy and paste it in order to get diacritical marks.

GoogleDocsLogo.gif- Free, online, collaborative suite of office tools (forms, presentations, spreadsheets, word processing)
wave_logo_product.png- Collaborative software (games, playback, threaded conversations, whiteboard)

HootcourseLogo.jpg - An online community similar to Twitter, but designed for use in education
ImageChefLogo.gif- - Dress up photos with interesting frames and your own captions, then save and share

IssuuLogo.jpg- Create your own, digital magazines

LetterpopLogo.jpg - Create newsletters with photos from templates and host up to 10 online for free at any given time

MixbookLogo.jpg- Create and share photo scrapbooks online (you can also print them)

MotivatorPoster.jpg - Create motivational posters by adding your own photos and text


My Brochure Maker - Brochures

OurStoryLogo.jpg - Create collaborative timelines with text, photos, and videos. You can also choose a type of album, answer questions, and it will generate it for you

PikistripsLogo.png - Create your own comic strips

PreziLogo.jpg - Create dynamic, non-linear presentations and concept maps

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SnapshirtsLogo.jpg - Type in text, it generates a tag cloud you can print on t-shirts

solvrlogo.png- Allows threaded brainstorming

StorybirdLogo.gif- Students can select illustrations from real children's picture book illustrators, then use them to illustrate their own, original stories. Diacritical marks must be cut and pasted in (via Word, for example)

stroome-masthead-logo.png - Collaborative video editing

SuperstickiesLogo.png- Put your own text on a Post-it note image

TagulLogo.png - Make tag (word) clouds in different shapes

TagxedoLogo.jpg - Upload your text (or the URL of your blog) to make tag clouds in all sorts of very detailed shapes

ToufeeLogo.gif- Make flash movies for free

TrakAxPcLogo.gif - Free audio/video editing software you can download and use to make mashups

VocarooLogo.gif- Click, record, share

VoicethreadLogo.jpg- Photo stories that allow audio voiceovers and audio comments


VokiLogo.jpg- Speaking avatars

Wallwisher - Collaboratively "graffiti" by posting "stickies" on this online "wall"

WeeblyLogo.gif - Free, online website creation

XtranormalLogo.png - Create mini, animated videos (or greeting cards) from stock elements
  • Camila y Gozo - Sample conversation between 2 roommates made in Xtranormal (in Spanish)

Webquest Generator

WikispacesLogo.pngWikispaces- Make your own wiki!

AFLTA Festival Wiki - Publicize language festivals
Autonomous Technology-Assisted Language Learning - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks - A wiki-book by Gary Cziko
Bishop Blogs
Chinese (Mandarin) - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks - Not a very well developed text, but could be used for ideas
Curriki - BrowseSearch - Wiki designed for resource sharing that contains entries from multiple subject areas (365 entries for FL)
DHS Espanol
Deutsch 21 - Create curriculum projects across schools
Digitale-schule - Create separate pages for small group work to guide students in dividing up project responsibilities, gathering necessary information, and working through the writing process
Español 3: Wesley - Display individual student work
Ecce Romani Wiki / German Exchange - Organize exchange trips
Flat Classroom Project - Develop transliteracy skills by engaging in the collaborative exploration of real-world issues through social technologies
FL Teaching Wiki - Have students collaboratively develop and display content as a resource for others (higher ed)
Flushing French
Fun/Chinese - Plan lessons and keep an organized repository of resources
Gramatica - Grammar lessons
Intercultural-it-aus - Converse with students from the target culture and discuss cultural perspectives using chat, discussion forums, or Skype
International Collaborative Wiki - Jerusalem - Facilitate joint explorations of literature and culture (among students in Canada and Jerusalem in this case)
KWR-Deutschwiki - Create galleries of student work that demonstrate the growth of students' language skills
Learning Latin America
Le français, le FLE, les TICE . . . - Comics in the target language
LHSWLC: District Rubrics - Articulate curriculum across schools
LHSWLC: Spanish Cover Sheets - Articulate curriculum across sections
Loveland High School Professional Learning Communities Wiki Workspace - Facilitate professional learning communities
Madame Krause's Wiki - Cultural video
Madame Shackelford - Organize unit resources (L'Afrique Francophone)
MadameSpace
MIC USI français - Post assignment models
Mon Espace
NHS German - Post homework calendars
Park School Languages Wiki - Collaboratively brainstorm grant proposals
Pormesfleurs Wiki - Involve parents in reinforcing what their children are learning
Tarea - Listening exercises and comprehension questions
Toulouse Study Abroad Program - Manage study abroad programs
Vermont FL Teachers Tech Resources - Participate in professional world language associations
Waterford School Japanese - Post course syllabi, assignment instructions, and worksheets
We Are the World - Develop interdisciplinary curriculum across grade levels
Wikiaula - Automatically notify students and parents any time a page is updated using the RSS feature of the page
Wikitaller - Post copies of presentations or video clips showed during class


  • WixLogo.jpg - Create free flash websites


  • ZooburstLogo.jpg- 3D, augmented reality pop-up books

50 Open Source Tools That Replace Popular Education Apps



Tech Tools for Personal Productivity



CutePDFLogo.jpg- Create PDFs for free (download the program, the select print, change the printer to CutePDF, and voila!)

DaveSeah.jpg - Printable CEO Series contains printable tracking sheets to improve productivity

DeliciousLogo.jpg- Save your bookmarks (a.k.a. "favorites") online & then access them from any computer

DiigoLogo.jpg- Same as Delicious, but on steroids (allows highlighting and archiving of webpages, social interaction, etc.)

DonorsChooseLogo.gif - Propose a classroom project. Donors can donate to your cause.

EviteLogo.jpg- Design invitations and send them via e-mail. See who has RSVP'd

FirstgivingLogo.gif- Online fundraising . . . quickly create a webpage regarding the cause of your choice, send the link to associates, clients, family, and friends, and track your progress

FoxitLogo.gif- "Write" on the PDFs you save

FundableLogo.gif- Online fundraising: Solicit pledges, people pay via credit card or Paypal, but accounts are not charged until at least $1,000 is raised. Project does not have to be service-oriented


GoogleAlertsLogo.gif- Make information come to you. Set up the alert and it searches the web and delivers updates to you

GoogleDocsLogo.gif- Collaborate with other members of your department or school and easily share information without e-mail

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Language Tools

GoogleScholarLogo.gif- Search for only scholarly articles
JingLogo.gif- Free screencasting (requires free download)

MediaConvertLogo.png- - Free file conversion from one format to another

MeetingWizardLogo.jpg- Set up meetings, see a grid of people's availability

OnlineStopwatchLogo.gif - Online Stopwatch - Use this to monitor group work, to count down how much "English Break Time" is left, etc.

PicnikLogo.gif- Edit photos online for free


PandoraLogo.jpg - You select the artist or genre and it generates a station that plays music similar to the style of the selected artist

PlaylistLogo.jpg - Search for songs, save them, and then make the playlist available to your students by giving them the direct link or embedding it into a wiki or website



PollEverywhereLogo.jpg - Quickly post a question and watch as the votes change while students text their answers to the poll. You can also download your poll as a PowerPoint slide to include in a presentation

PrioritizerLogo.jpg- Make a "to do" list, it helps you prioritize your tasks through a series of forced choices



RequallLogo.jpg - Leave yourself a 60-second message. It transcribes it and sends the text and audio file to your e-mail and to your online account

Rubistar.jpg- Edit existing rubrics or create your own

SAPLogo.gif- Great PowerPoint tools for soliciting feedback from your audience (including several that integrate with Twitter)

ScribdLogo.png - Upload documents to share with others

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Send Tab URLs Firefox Extension

Send Tab URLs Firefox Extension
- Send Tab URLs - Send a list of links from open tabs to yourself or others in an e-mail message with this Firefox extension

SkypeLogo.png- Hold videoconferences with colleagues from around the world for free

SlideshareLogo.gif - Upload ppt presentations to share with others (Example: STARTALK: Developing Teacher Leaders)

SplashupLogo.jpg- - Similar to Photoshop, but free & online

StockXchngLogo.gif- Find copyright safe photos for free that you can use in student projects as well as published or web-based materials

twitter_logo_header.png- A great tool for keeping up with the latest developments in your chosen fields

ViddlerLogo.jpg- Upload up to 500MB of video, then bookmark particular segments within it or allow others to comment on it

WikispacesLogo.pngWikispaces - Use a wiki to remove writer's block--allows you to make continual changes to your text, to move things around, and to keep a constant outline of the various sections of your writing in view via the navigation bar. If you cut a section, but think you might want to use it later? No problem--just make a "parts pile" page, paste the deleted section in, and find it later. Also removes the "Word crashed and I lost everything" phenomenon. Everything you type is captured in the history (as long as you save frequently), and you can always revert to a previous version of the paper if you change your mind midstream. GREAT for collaborative authoring as well.

YouSendItLogo.gif- Send large files to others using this service

YugmaLogo.gif- Free collaborative meeting software (requires download)
ZamzarLogo.jpg- Download and convert YouTube videos

ZoteroLogo.jpg- Maintain an annotated, sharable research library with searchable, printable notes and reports