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Apps and Online Digital Tools

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With our highly connected and digital world, educators and businesses are increasingly finding easier and faster ways to use technology. Apps and Online Digital Tools are a great way to capitalize on modern technology.

Select the App or Online Tool that best lets you achieve the outcomes you require. Download it, try it, share it with others and keep on using it if it suits your needs – most Apps and On Line tools are free.

If you are using others already or discover new ones that you think are cool, please let us know so we can share them by clicking on the link below and filling out the recommendation form. Once we have tested your recommended app and if it is suitable, we will feature it on a monthly basis with credit to you for recommending it.

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Presentation

Kahoot – Promoted as ‘creating educational games’ but ideal as a quiz/discussion/survey builder.
Online at - https://getkahoot.com/ 
Android App available

Lucid press – easy drag and drop on line publishing tool. Ideal for collaborative publishing activities.
Online at - https://www.lucidpress.com/

Canva – drag and drop graphic design/publishing app
Online at – https://www.canva.com/
iPad App available

Newspaper clipping generator – cute way of creating an authentic looking published newspaper article. (Not an app, more for using with tablets or computers – cool to mirror up onto an Interactive Panel and annotate over to show parts of a newspaper e.g. heading, by-line etc).
Online at - https://www.fodey.com

Timeline – an easy time-line building tool. Apps for tablet/mobile devices also provided on the site. Designed for classroom use this has potential across multiple curriculum areas. A good tool to build collaboratively at an Interactive Panel and equally to mirror for modelling examples/discussions etc.
Online at - http://www.readwritethink.org/

Sutori – a collaborative story building/timelining tool. Students, teachers and businesses can create stories and comment on each addition to the story/timeline.
Online at - https://www.sutori.com/

Voki – FUN! Website where you can create an Avatar ‘hero’ or helper to vocally explain/review/re-tell something in a lesson. Good for capturing kids’ attention. Kids could also create their own to feedback what they’d learnt. Free and upgradeable subscription.
Online at – http://www.voki.com/
Android App available

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Drawing

Google drawing – use as an extension linked to your Google Drive. Platform where you can add text, wordart, images, tables, charts etc to create a ‘drawing’.
Online at - https://drawings.google.com/

Flaticon.net – website where you can customise your own icons
Online at - http://flaticons.net/

Pixlr – free photo/image editor. Available on-line and also in app form for tablet/mobile devices.
Online at - https://pixlr.com/
Android App available

InspirARTion - Cool art sketch & draw type tool. Has some great features; brush types, smudging, colour palettes, lines of symmetry.
Online at - http://intelloware.com/art/
Android App available

Piskel – free on-line 2D sprite editor. Can have an offline option but only for Mac/Windows PCs.
Online at - http://www.piskelapp.com/

Desmos – scientific and graphing calculator. Very cool.
Online at - https://www.desmos.com/
Android and Apple App available

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Video Recording

MoveNote – is a one-of-a-kind video presentation tool online and on your portable devices. Movenote is incredibly versatile and is being used in education for blended and flipped learning, in sales and marketing and in everyday messaging. Allows you to record video, audio and slides in a presentation. A good collaborative option for a group working at an Interactive Panel.
Online at - https://www.movenote.com/
Android and Apple App available

Wevideo – a cloud based, collaborative video creator/editor. Available on-line and for mobile/tablet devices. Easy and engaging!
Online at - https://www.wevideo.com/
Android and Apple App available

Screencastify – a Chrome extension. Record, edit, annotate and share video screen recordings. Can record specific Tab or whole desktop.
Online at - https://www.screencastify.com/
Chrome Extension available

You Tube capture – trim/edit clips and add sound tracks. Then upload to YouTube. Only available as Apple app at present.
Online at - https://www.youtube.com/capture
Apple App available

Stupeflix – on-line video maker. Just add photos, videos, music and text to make amazing videos.
Online at - https://studio.stupeflix.com/en/

Videonot.es – connects with Google Drive. Allows you to type notes on the same screen as you watch a video, time sequences all notes to video. Great for working on an Interactive Panel in a group/collaborative activity although we’d suggest a wireless keyboard!
Online at - http://www.videonot.es/

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Computational Thinking (coding)

Scratch and Scratch Junior – A free coding program where students can build stories, games and animations and share them in an on-line community. Website based but software downloadable so you can work off line. Also apps for Tablets/ Mobile devices.
Online at - https://scratch.mit.edu/ and https://www.scratchjr.org/
Android and Apple App available

Tynker – Very similar to Scratch. Free coding program where kids can build own games, animations etc. Available via website and also tablet/mobile app versions.
Online at - https://www.tynker.com/
Android App available

GeoGebra – free mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus. Website and Tablet/mobile apps. Looks good (if you’re into maths!).
Online at - https://www.geogebra.org/
Android and Apple App available

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Graphic Organisers

Bubbl.us – a web based brainstorming programme. Pretty simple/easy.
Online at - https://bubbl.us/

Padlet – like paper or a scrapbook for your screen. Can add anything to it (text, photos, videos). Lots of practical uses for the classroom or in business. Great for collaboration and supports (almost) every file type.
Online at - https://padlet.com/
Android and Apple App available

Trello – lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. An organising app that let’s you add text, images etc and organise/catergorise.
Online at - https://trello.com/
Android and Apple App available

Thinglink – allows you to easily enhance images and videos with additional notes, photos, audio, video, and other multi-media content.
Online at - https://www.thinglink.com/edu
Android and Apple App available

Flipsnack EDU – allows teachers or students to create flipbooks (on-line magazines) from their own PDFs or create content from scratch. Free and subscription pricing.
Online at - http://flipsnackedu.com/

Bundlr – a free tool to collect everything about your favorite topics. Bring together photos, videos, tweets and documents on the go. Share them with everyone.
Android App available

Mindmup2 – an online mind-mapping programme. Lots of features and you can store in your Google Drive.
Online at - https://www.mindmup.com/

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3D Design

Tinkercad – Simple online 3D design and 3D printer app.
Online at - https://www.tinkercad.com/

Onshape – A cloud based collaborative CAD platform. Definitely a secondary/tertiary or business app.
Online at - https://www.onshape.com/
Android App available

Cyberix 3D – a free online game maker. Can also download a Cyberix 3D game player so you can play the games you make on your android device.
Online at - http://www.gamemaker3d.com/

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Creative Writing

BookTrack – lets you add soundtracks and sound effects to an e-book.
Online at - https://www.booktrack.com/content/

Storyboard That – website based storyboarding programme with versions for both education and business. Colourful and quite intuitive to use. Pitch a new product or bring a story to life.
Online at - http://www.storyboardthat.com/

Powtoon – online tool website and tablet/mobile app versions available. Allows you to create cartoon explanation or presentation videos. Very cool!
Online at - https://www.powtoon.com/
Android Apps available

Write About this – NZ version of a visual writing prompt & creation platform.
Online at - http://www.writeaboutapp.com/nz/
Android and Apple App available

The literacy Shed – a website housing a collection of video/ visual prompts or inspirations for teachers to use in lessons. Cross curriculuar links too. Mostly aimed at Primary level.
Online at - http://www.literacyshed.com/

100 word challenge – a writing community. Each week the website delivers a writing prompt and the challenge is for students under 16 years of age to create a piece of writing (under 100 words) from the prompt. They publish to class blog and link it to 100 word challenge’s blog. Looks good.
Online at - https://100wc.net/

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Plan/Organise

Popplet – a planning/mind mapping tool. Very easy to use, great features, very visual.
Online at – http://popplet.com/
Apple App available

Coggle – an online tool for creating and sharing mindmaps. It works online in your browser: there's nothing to download or install. Chrome extension available so you can link to your Google Drive and collaborate with others.
Online at - https://coggle.it/