Education Technology Tools for In-Person, Online and Hybrid Teaching Environments

A selected and curated list of tools and sample assignments are below:
Whittier College Faculty Development Ed Tech list on Wakelet
Digital Tools & Assignments Toolkit from the Digital Library Foundation
Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities Tools & Assignments from MLA

Link to: Whittier College’s List of Tools (see spreadsheet below)

Select list of introductory videos for online teaching ed tech tools:

What do you want to do?

Multimedia Creation:

  • WeVideo: collaborative video editing application, web-based, multi-platform (Mac & PC) 

  • Audacity: audio recording & editing software

  • Powtoons: animated video creation application

  • YouTube: video dissemination, broadcast, archiving platform

  • Vimeo: video dissemination, broadcast, archiving platform

  • Flickr: Web-based photo archiving platform

  • SoundCloud: audio-based publication platform; save tracks, follow artists and build playlists for music, podcasts

Graphic Design:
  • Canva: design application for presentations, social media, banner, digital signage

  • Piktochart: Infographic design and creation application

  • Photoshop: graphic design and picture manipulation software

Online Publishing, Ebook, Emagazine:

  • Medium: e-publishing platform for narratives, e-magazine

  • Flipsnack: digital flipbook maker for magazine, brochures, catalogs, and more

Presentation Software and Applications:

  • PowerPoint: slide presentation software

  • Google Slides: slide presentation application

  • Prezi: Presentation application & software that uses motion & zoom

  • Haiku Deck: slide presentation application for web, iPad, or iPhone

  • Keynote: Apple’s slide presentation software

Web-based Conferencing, Video & Audio Engagement:

  • Zoom: video conferencing tool for online meetings

  • VoiceThread: Online communication platform with video, voice, and text commenting. 

  • Flipgrid: video discussion platform for collaborative responses

Personal Response Systems & Classroom Engagement Tools:

  • TurningPoint Clickers: clickers are small handheld devices used in the classroom to collect student responses to interactive tests and quizzes.

  • Poll Everywhere: similar to Clickers, can be used for live audience participation using mobile devices

  • Kahoot: educational gaming application used for easy to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes

  • Piazza: free web-based platform for Q & A


Document Creation (Collaborative) and Spreadsheets, PDF management:

  • Word: Microsoft’s word processing software

  • Google Docs: Google’s (collaborative) word processing application

  • Padlet: digital canvas, like a piece of paper to create projects to share and collaborate 

  • Excel: Microsoft’s spreadsheet creation software, includes various data charts

  • Google Sheets: Google’s spreadsheet application

  • Acrobat: software to convert, edit, and sign PDFs

Online Publishing, E-Book. E-Magazine Creation:

  • Medium: e-publishing platform for narratives, e-magazine

  • Flipsnack: digital flipbook maker for magazine, brochures, catalogs, and more

Podcast and Audio-Based Projects:

  • Audacity: audio recording and editing software

  • SoundCloud: audio-based publication platform for music, podcasts

  • Anchor: all-in-one application for podcast creation, web-based and for mobile devices

Screen Capturing Software for Online Tutorial Creation:

  • Camtasia: software to record your screen, add video effects, transitions and more, software available on Windows and Mac

  • Screencast: create shareable links for your videos/media created in Camtasia


  • My Maps (Google): create custom maps for personal use or sharing, users can add points, lines, and shapes on top of Google Maps

  • Google Earth: computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery, program can also be downloaded to mobile devices and users may use the program to add their own data

  • Zeemaps: create maps from location list, crowd source, or spreadsheets then publish and share interactive maps

  • StoryMaps (Esri): ability to combine maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content

  • StoryMap (JS): application developed out of Northwestern University’s Knightlab to help tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events 

  • Timeline (JS): open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines using Google spreadsheets

Social Annotation:

  • Diigo: research tool and knowledge-sharing with annotation capabilities, highlighter, sticky notes, archiving, bookmarking

  • annotation plugin to hold discussions, read socially, organize research, and take personal notes

  • Wikipedia: free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world and hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation

  • Genius: world’s biggest collection of song lyrics and musical knowledge added by artists, scholars, fans, verified by editors (similar to Wikipedia) can add to collaborative annotation assignments 

  • VideoAnt: web-based video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices

  • Distant Viewing Lab: software that uses and develops computational techniques to analyze visual culture with video clips 

  • Citation Builder: Research Organizer:

  • Zotero: easy-to-use tool to help collect, organize, cite, and share research

  • Easybib: website that helps create citations and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles

Check out our YouTube Channel for digital project examples & ideas.

We Can Help With: 

  • course (re)design
  • introduction to digital project design 
  • flipping your class (hybrid, online teaching)
  • finding Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • course websites
  • building digital literacy skills
  • copyright, fair use, Creative Commons
  • presentation best practices & tools
  • active learning strategies
  • e-polling tools
  • social annotation (text & video)
  • videoconference communication
  • lecture capture


Multimodal Storytelling Projects:

  • Digital Storytelling
  • Photovoice
  • Storymaps
  • Podcasting
  • Public Service Announcements (PSA)
  • Infographics
  • Web Publishing/Blogs
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Augmented Reality 
  • Video Editing
  • Sound Editing