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Free Productivity Resources for Educators

NOTE: I wrote this way back in 2010 and naturally a good number of these freebie sites have since disappeared. Feel free to browse, but my apologies for any broken links. For more up to date free resources, try the Free Tools and Resource Category. Thanks! – KW

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.


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)


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)


Social Learning & Collaboration


GENERAL RESOURCES (not intended just for educators)



Document Management

File Management

Group Projects

iPad Apps

Literature Summary/Analysis

Mind Mapping

Note Taking

Online Interactive White Boards

Picture, Photo, & Image Editing & Organizing


  • 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



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


  1. Online education has benefited greatly from presentation software and document sharing programs. Many teachers are now updating websites with important information.

    Software programs like Google Docs and presentation programs like Slideshare make new information easier for students to get their hands on. I would suggest adding a product like ours to the list as it incorporates all of the aspects of each of the products into one.


  2. Great List. No doubt i can understand how much effort one need in research to keep all this in one place. Thumps Up Guys.
    I would also suggest you add edtechreview.in which is for students, teachers, and all educators who want to know about education. Its a dream site for any educator who want to learn better in a competitive world like India.Have a look. Everything on this site is free

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  5. I would like to add a presentation application to this list, where teachers can create narrated power-point presentations without Audio/video tools for free(for academic purpose only) !! Sounds interesting ? Yeah !! it uses powerful text-voice engine to create narrated presentations looking as good as video. See a Demo here at http://www.slidespeech.com/
    It supports all the mobile devices – Apple , Android and Windows phone.

  6. I would like to suggest Knowble Articles. It’s an online language learning program that helps students improve their English. The program uses news articles that fit with the language proficiency and personal interests of every individual student. It also monitors progress, and helps improve vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. It has a free and premium version.

  7. Great list! A family recently graduated from college and is perusing education – and she was surprised how little up and coming teachers are aware of the technology that is available to them.

    I would like to suggest a couple of our research pages that deal in the benefits and dangers of multitasking and productivity. It’s important for students and educators to understand that multitasking is not always an option. Thanks again for sharing this list.


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  9. Thanks for compiling this list! I would also suggest you add Enterthegroup.com which is a free site for students to manage their group projects online. It also enables teachers to create online classrooms. Check it out.


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