These are some of the best free internet resources for education. This page is constantly updated; every time I come across a new piece of software or an exciting website, I list it here. You might also want to take a look at my Diigo account for more links. This list is not exhaustive in any way. In fact, if you think there is a tool or application for use in education that should be added to this list, please don’t hesitate to get in touchand suggest it!
- 5min Life Videopedia is a place to find short video solutions for every practical questions.
- Acapela.tv is a fun site to create text-to-speech animations.
- Alice is a 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience.
- Animoto.com is a web application that produces professional quality videos from your pictures and music.
- Audacity is a programme that allows you to record sounds straight to your computer (you do need a microphone) and edit them afterwards. Very popular with languages teachers and podcasters.
- Audioboo is an audio-blogging site, you can send in updates through the web, phone or its own iPhone app. Perfect for blogging on the move, like on a school-trip, or sharing your class’s opinion about a topic.
- authorSTREAM allows you to publish and share your PowerPoint presentations. It also allows you to download published presentations as videos.
- Aviary is a suite of web applications which allow you to create, edit and manipulate images. They have also recently launched an audio editing tool called Myna (see below).
- BeFunky is a website that allows you to apply a variety of fun effects to your own photos or from photo sharing sites.
- Big Huge Labs is a collection of utilities and toys that allow you to edit and alter digital pictures. You can create puzzles, movie posters, magazine covers, mosaics, calendars, badges, billboards and many more besides.
- Bitstrips is a website that allows you to create comics and cartoons. There is a premium school version.
- Blabberize.com allows you to animate pictures to make the people, animals or objects in them appear as if they are talking. It only takes three simple steps.
- Block Posters is a web application that allows you to make full size posters from pictures in your computer. Perfect for classroom displays.
- Blogger is a free blogging platform by Google.
- Box.net is an online file storage and collaboration solution. Share content with your colleagues or students.
- Bubbl.us is a web application for creating mind-maps either on your own or collaborating with others.
- Build your Wild Self is a website by the New York Zoos that allows children to create human / animal hybrids. It can be used to practise personal descriptions.
- Bundlr is a free tool for online curation: it allows you to clip, aggregaten and share web content easily.
- Buzzword is an online word processor by Adobe, and is perfect for writing reports, proposals, and anything else you need to access online or work on with others. It looks and behaves like your normal desktop word processor, but it operates inside a web browser, so there’s no installation required.