The 18 Best Free Web Tools Chosen By You

best free web toolsIt’s the start of a new year and that means there’s infinite possibilities that lay before you. But you can’t move forward without arming yourself with the best free web tools and apps.

I was perusing some of my favorite education blogs, social networks, and other time-sucking online spots when I came back to the Edublog Awards. I’m proud that Edudemic was nominated for a bunch of awards (didn’t win but what can ya do) but more importantly I’m impressed with the amount of effort put forward by the Edublogs team. They’ve rounded up some of the best education and technology resources on the planet. Then they even orchestrated a worldwide vote! So, kudos to them for sure.

Below is the list of finalists for the best free web tools. It features some all-time favorites (Twitter, Diigo, Wordle) and some less-talked-about tools (KidBlog, Socrative, Google Hangout) too. If you’re not using one or two of these tools, why not take this opportunity to try them out?

Find, build and share resources with teachers across the hall or across the world — aligned with Common Core
Improve specific student behaviors and engagement by awarding and recording real-time feedback. Print or email beautiful behavior reports to easily engage parents and staff. Save time by recording behaviors and accomplishments right in class, with just one click: NO extra data entry required.
Diigo provides easy ways to highlight, bookmark, make sticky notes, take notes, save images, and use docs online while you browse. All saved in the cloud so it works on the go / in your classroom!
The big name in cloud storage for consumers. DropBox is free to start and offers a premium upgrade that might be worth the splurge if you’re saving videos or lots of images with your classroom and colleagues.
Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices.
The Evernote family of products help you remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you use.
Glogster EDU – Poster yourself – Make your interactive poster easily and share it with friends. Mix Images, Text, Music and Video. It is fantastic!
Google Apps for Education
Google Apps for Education includes dozens of critical security features specifically designed to keep your data safe, secure and in your control. Your data belongs to you, and Apps tools enable you to control it, including who you share it with and how you share it.
Google Drive
Another Google tool that’s free to use and a competitor with DropBox. Except Drive comes with insanely powerful online editing tools for docs, spreadsheets, even presentations. GDrive lets you have a folder on your desktop that syncs with your online storage up in the Google cloud.
Google Hangout
One of the least talked about ways to connect with other classrooms or even your own students and parents. Google+ Hangouts are great Skype alternatives and easier to use, in my opinion.
Kidblog is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs and user accounts.
LiveBinders is your 3-ring binder for the web, create an online binder for content curation.
A social bookmarking site that needs no introduction. However, you should check out the education section for some inspiring materials and learning opportunities!
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops.
Create rich images with music, video, sound, text and more. Share and discover deeper stories through images.
Storify helps making sense of what people post on social media. Our users curate the most important voices and turn them into stories.
Connect with educators around the world by using Twitter and the relevant hashtags. We talk about Twitter just about everyday on Edudemic so I won’t bore you here with the basics of what it is!
Make a word cloud (like the one you see at the top of this post!) that helps you visualize what you’re looking at. It’s a fun way to take a new look at a set of text.


  1. StationSix

    January 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

    The Wordle link should be not .com. Great list!

    • Jeff Dunn

      January 3, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Fixed! Doh!