Creation Tools

One of the Three C's of Digital Literacy, Creation is a skill our students need now. This page is dedicated to providing the tools for them to do just that - CREATE!

Audio Recording/Editing (podcasts/tutorials)
  • Audacity - Add audio to your screenshots or videos
  • AudioBoo - Also comes in an easy-to-use iPad/iPod app
  • Jing - Add audio to screenshots for tutorials and podcasts
  • iTunes: Making a Podcast - Learn how to record and share your own lessons via podcasts
  • KissTunes - Create notes on computer keyboard, choose instruments; play and record without registration; save music library
  • iMovie - An iOS app that allows sleek and professional-looking movies
  • Podomatic - 500MB free storage; 15GB per month; ability to share podcasts
  • SoundCloudAn audio platform that enables sound creators to upload, record, promote and share their originally-created sounds.
  • SnagIt - Another great production resource from TechSmith
  • Vocaroo - Easy voice recording; no limit on audio length
Blogs, Wikis and Websites
  • Blogger - Google's blogging gem
  • ClassTell - Create a beautiful, easy-to-use website for your classes and students in minutes
  • Edmodo - FaceBook-like site for posting assignments, blogs, dialogue with your students
  • KidBlog - Safe and secure platform for your students to express themselves
  • Posterous - One of the originals; used by millions; now owned by Twitter
  • Primary Wall - Teachers and students can create online sticky notes collaboratively
  • Tumblr - Photoblogging
  • Twitter - Microblogging; say everything you need in 140 characters or less
  • Weebly - Easily create a classroom website and blog; manage your students' accounts; accept homework assignments online; keep your parents up-to-date
  • Wikispaces - Collaboration without the learning curve; great place to collect collaboratively
  • WordPress - Blog, curate and share
Citation Tools
  • BibMe - MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian formats; designed for education
  • EasyBib - MLA format is free; APA, Chicago, Turabian formats required paid account
  • Mendeley - Easily organize your papers, read & annotate your PDFs, collaborate in private or open groups, and securely access your research from everywhere.
  • NoodleBib Express - One-time citation creator for MLA, APA, or Chicago formats; does not save citations created in free version
  • Plagium - Plagiarism detector
  • TurnItIn - Leading plagiarism checker and online grader
  • Zotero - Great research tool for organization, citation, bibliographies
Copyright-Free Media/Creative Commons
  • 3D Toad - Free 3D images that you can rotate; comes with instructional tutorials for suggestions for integrating into lessons/presentations
  • Behold  A visual image search engine for high quality Creative Commons images
  • Blip TV - Published original video content licensed under Creative Commons
  • CompFight - image search engine tailored to find images for blogs, websites, and research; good connection for Creative Commons images
  • Creative Commons - This site is devoted to helping creators license and choose sharing rights of their original works
  • Findicons -  Search through 300000 free icons in more than 2000 icon packs
  • Jamendo - Copyright-free music for videos
  • Music Shake -Copyright-free music for every student
Digital Storytelling
  • Alice - Free downloads for Windows users
  • Bitstrips for Schools - Comics maker tool; hundreds of curriculum-cnnected activities
  • Blabberize - strange and creative way to share stories
  • Future Me - Students can write themselves letters, set goals, write in varying perspectives; can sent to either private email or post publicly as anonymous
  • Kerpoof Create comic strips, movies storyboard and more
  • Little Bird Tales - Allows users to record voice to digital stories
  • MadLibs
  • Mixbook for Educators - Free student accounts
  • Myths and Legends - This site is for students, teacher and all those who enjoy stories and storytelling
  • Penzu - Great site for posting online journals
  • Pixton - Private and secure site to create comics with audio recording
  • PowToon - PowToon is the Do-It-Yourself animated presentation tool that supercharges your presentations and videos! 
  • StoryBird -Artful storytelling
  • Story Jumper - Publish you own children's book; create and discover stories for kids
  • Voice Thread - Collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents and videos; allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in multiple ways
  • Zimmer Twins - Educational portal for safe student creation and sharing
  • ZooBurst - Create digital pop out books
  • Creately - Diagrams, flow charts, mind maps, wire frames for collaborative graphing; integrates into Google Apps
  • Dippity - Bring history to life with this free digital timeline tool; can add multimedia
  • - Create infographics for your class with pre-designed themes (visual themes)
  • Gliffy - Create 
    professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings and more; integrates into Google Apps
  • Hohli - Flow charts, Venn diagrams, graphs - all pre-designed; part of Google Developers Projects
  • iCharts - Interactive and easy-to-share charts of data
  • - Import raw data and create a nice, full-blown infographi in minutes
  • Many Eyes - Easy, pre-designed visuals from IBM
  • Piktochart - Offers many different themes and colors for infographics; user friendly with drag-and-drop of shapes, schemes and fonts. Can export to easily embed into websites and blogs.
  • Timeline JS - Pull media from YouTube, Twitter, SoundCloud, Flickr, Google Maps and more into an intuitive timeline.
  • - Customize infographics in seconds; create a list of favorites from others
  • - Create an online resume that is beautiful, relevant and fun. Share your professional accomplishments and optimize your LinkedIn Profile all at once.
Mind Mapping
  • Bubbl - Simple mind-mapping - a student favorite!
  • Cacoo - Concept mapping tool; create flowcharts, diagrams and layouts (Chrome app also)
  • Exploratree - Create customized thinking guides and share with others
  • Mind Meister - Apps also available for iPad, iPhone and Android
  • PearlTrees - social library. It lets you cultivate your interests. Collect, organize and share everything you like
  • Popplet - Record thoughts, create galleries, explore ideas collaborate, collect inspiration
  • Webspiration - Collaborate with your peers, communicate with teachers or work independently, anytime and anywhere you have Internet access
  • Ahead - Design and publish impressive zooming presentations, websites and widgets
  • Animoto - Turn your photos, video clips and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone; fast, free and shockingly easy
  • Author Stream - Share your PowerPoint presentations on the web
  • Aviary Education - Create private student accounts; all content and images are 100% school safe
  • Big Huge LabsDo fun stuff with your digital photos. Create and print personalized motivational posters, calendars, movie posters, magazine covers, badges, mosaics, collages, etc.
  • Brain Shark - Voice-enriched video presentations that can be accessed anytime, on-demand
  • Empressr - Rich, high-quality online slideshows and presentations
  • FlipSnack - Create digital flip books with PDF files
  • Glogster - Create posters for your students, or them create their own and share
  • GoAnimate - Create an animated lesson for your class; make a demo video for your students or a training video for your staff
  • Google Presentations - Use your Google account to create easy presentations accessible on-demand in your Google Drive anywhere
  • HelloSlide - Give voice to your presentations in 20 different language; great for ELL classrooms!
  • Jux - Create slideshows, articles, videos, etc.
  • Knovio - Bring life to "flat" presentation with your webcam and microphone
  • Padlet - Formerly Wallwisher, start with a blank wall. Add multi-media resources collaboratively
  • PhotoStory 3 - Free Windows download to create videos from photos
  • PosteriniProduce great professional posters in seconds. Posters can be public or private and can be as simple or as complex as you like, combining templates, effects, montage, 100% customizing controls and much more
  • - You show. You tell. You share.
  • Prezi - Make your presentations zoom
  • Slide Rocket - Create, collaborate and share stunning, media-rich presentations 
  • Slide Share - Like Power Point but for sharing on the cloud
  • SlideStaxx - gather various social media into a beautiful slideshow for your blog, website or post directly on
  • Smore - Design captivating flyers to promote and spread the word, for free
  • Toontastic - Create cartoons with puppets and voice recordings
  • VuVox - Interactive slideshow from photos, videos, music from Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, YouTube, FaceBook, etc.
  • Xtranormal - Turns your words into a 3D animated movie
  • Zentation - Combine video and slides to create online presentations that best simulate the live experience; easily create high-end webinars, webcasts, elearning, training and visual events
Video and Image Recording/Editing (for podcasts/vodcasts/tutorials)
  • Camtasia Studio - Create professional screen videos without formal training
  • iTunes Podcasts/Vodcasts - Suscribe or create and share your podcasts/vodcasts
  • iMovie  An iOS app that allows sleek and professional-looking movies
  • Jing - Create screenshots for podcasts and tutorials; may come with a subscription fee
  • Pixlr - photoshop-type web tool
  • Screenr - Create and  share screencasts around the wbe
  • Snagit - Another great production resource from TechSmith
  • SonicPics - lets you add images from your iPhone's photo library or camera, arrange your photos, and then narrate the project to create an enhanced m4v video
  • TubeChop - Chop a funny, inspirational or educational clip from any YouTube video and share instantly
  • Zamzar - Convert video (and other) file formats
Word Cloud
  • Tagul - This word cloud resource works really well with tags for inserting into a website or blog
  • Tagxedo - Another great word cloud creation site
  • Wordfoto - iPhone/iPad app the allows you to turn a photo into a mosaic of chosen words; reinforces vocabulary development and language literacies
  • Wordle - World cloud - great for expression or assessment

1 comment:

  1. Great resource. Recently I leaned about ThingLink (, seems promising in education.