The internet is agog with useful resources for teaching one way or another. Tutors, teachers and of course students are already benefiting from the use of such tools. And, a great thing about them is that a lot of these resources are actually available for use absolutely free of any charge.
Now if you are trying to figure out which tools these are here is a list of 10 top-notch free online resources that teachers, tutors and others are already making use of in no particular order:
Blogger, which many are already familiar with, is the first on this list. And, even though a lot of people might not be aware of this it can be used as a wonderful resource for teaching. For one class blogs can be created making use of this website with links as well as resources placed on them with students subscribing to these blogs. Also, these sites can be updated with assignments, helpful links, etc.
Students as well as their teachers can make use of Wikispaces to publish, post, share text, images, videos, et al. via this virtual space platform. Now making use of privacy settings it is possible for one to either allow everyone access to see your pages or for this to be granted to just a number of students.
This is another great free resource from Google. It allows students as well as teachers to make original documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms, etc. and then share these with one another as they deem fit. Also, your work is automatically saved as you create them with Google Drive (formerly Google Docs).
4teachers as the name suggests is a website that is replete with educational tools for teachers to use. Now this site helps them in locating as well as in creating ready-to-use web lessons, rubrics, quizzes, etc. Also, there are tools available for students to make use of here.
This service allows one to have files kept in sync across many computers with the Dropbox system itself serving as backup. And, these files can be accessed from anywhere. Meaning that automatic backups of these files are available and can be accessed 24/7. Although this service has a free plan, others include for pay plans.
Evernote is a good free resource that can be used to effortlessly capture information with whatever operating system or device that you use. After which, such information is then made accessible plus search-able from just anywhere. Notes, task lists, white boards, web pages and pictures can be captured to Evernote. Making it a great resource for both teachers and students to organize their information or work and also collaborate among their peers.
Educational videos can be created using Animoto. This tool offers both teachers plus tutors the opportunity of creating presentations that feature texts, videos, music clips, and images. With completed videos easily shared via email, a website or blog, YouTube, or just downloaded to be used in the classroom.
Voki can be used for free. This service allows you to create speaking avatars that can be used in teaching your students. As an effective learning tool it can help in motivating your students to take part in school work, and help introduce technology to them in a lively and funny way.
If you consider learning through pictures or images to be fun and a great way for your students to learn a thing or two on virtually any subject-matter, then Tag Galaxy is it. Type in any subject or topic and watch this tool pull in images to construct or create a virtual planet of photos. You can spin these images around as well as enlarge them.
This service is similar to Voki above. You can easily and quickly make your own videos with Go! Animate. Some of the things that it can be used for include: creating topic summaries and topic introductions for your students.
This post is written by Jason Phillips. He is an experienced freelancer blogger who covers career and higher education, as well as he is a professor at Texas University.