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Free Productivity Resources for Educators

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This listing is divided into two key groups – tools intended specifically for educators, and general applications intended for everyone.

We’ve made an effort to provide a worthy set of resources in each of these categories (and to avoid resources that seem of lesser quality or functionality). All of these applications are free (some have both free and paid versions). Some sites may require registration. If you know of any similar quality tools that you think deserve consideration, please drop a comment below.

This listing benefits greatly from reader input, so don’t hesitate to share! Thanks.


RESOURCES DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR EDUCATORS

Activity & Materials Creators

Communications Tools (Print & Electronic)

Course Management Systems & LMS alternatives
(You have to register to use these tools, so you can save your own personalized content. Note that these tools are generally more involved than many of the other resources on this page. Some of them offer both paid and free functionality)

Clipart

Educational Videos

Interactives (for White Boards, or Powerpoint)

iPhone, iPad, and Android Apps

Lesson Plans

Open Educational Resources

Presentation Tools

Quizzes & Tests
(These types of sites require sign up)

Rubrics

Social Learning & Collaboration

OTHER/Miscellaneous


GENERAL RESOURCES (not intended just for educators)

Animation

Blogging

Document Management

File Management

Group Projects

iPad Apps

Literature Summary/Analysis

Mind Mapping

Note Taking

Online Interactive White Boards

Picture, Photo, & Image Editing & Organizing

PowerPoint

  • Watch this video to learn about creating your own Custom Animations, and learn about many other free resources.
  • This tutorial from Online Tech Tips explains how to create slide transition automations using easy pre-configured tools in PowerPoint.
  • Click here to access a preconfigured search of Microsoft’s Office Site, set up to return dozens of articles with hundreds of free templates for PowerPoint.
  • PresentationMagazine.com provides tons of tips, articles, PowerPoint templates, and more

Screencasting & Presentations

Twitter

Other/Miscellaneous

If you have a resource you would like to see added to this list, please comment and tell us about it.

About 

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer and a faculty member at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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