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Directory of Learning Tools

Exhaustive, category-driven directory of digital learning tools, most of which are free and web-based. Browse around!


With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.

Prezi: Sample Prezi by T. Howe

Prezi is zooming sketches on a digital napkin. It's visualization and storytelling without slides. Your ideas live on stage and on the web. Have you ever wondered about presenting your thoughts as free as they come? Ever got tired of creating a slideshow? It's been said, that the best innovations come from people who are unhappy with the tools they use. We realized that our ideas won't fit into slides anymore. Putting together creative thinking and technology expertise, we have created Prezi, a living presentation tool.


SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations. SlideShare is the best way to get your slides out there on the web, so your ideas can be found and shared by a wide audience. Do you want to get the word out about your product or service? Do you want your slides to reach people who could not make it to your talk? Are you a teacher looking to share your lesson plans? It only takes a moment - start uploading now, and let your slides do the talking!


BrainSlides was developed to address a particular niche in the world of presentations: using slides in education. Many people are familiar with the Death by PowerPoint concept and a handful of books and blogs address the issue of designing good presentations in the business world. But PowerPoint presentations have also made their way into the classrooms at universities, colleges, high schools, and even some junior high and elementary schools. There simply aren’t any good online resources addressing the incorrect use – and overuse – of PowerPoint slides in the classroom

Mind42: Collaborative mind mapping in your browser

Isn't 42 the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything? Well, in this case it means FOR TWO and indicates the collaborative character of mind42. Manage all your ideas, whether alone, twosome or working together with the whole world - collaborative, browser-based and for free.


Simply type in your ideas. Drag and drop files and web pages. Any idea can be linked to anything else. Using your digital Brain is like cruising through a Web of your thinking. See new relationships. Discover connections. Go from the big picture of everything to a specific detail in seconds. Accelerate your mind.

MindMapping Links on Delicious

A collection of links related to mindmapping bookmarked by George Brett

12 Screencasting Tools from Mashable.com

A good overview of several screencasting technologies, which you can use to create video tutorials for your students. They vary in complexity; for very quick-and-dirty 4-minute screencasts, try Jing, which has a minimal learning curve. Another easy tool to use is CamStudio, a free version of Camtasia.

5 Best Screencasting Tools

Another collection, streamlined, of screencasting tools for video tutorial or other video creation. Jing is mentioned here, as is CamStudio, the free version of Camtasia.

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