- Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education -
“Education is the only business still debating the usefulness of technology.”
Educational Technology Resources
This page provides a curated list of technology resources for educational contexts.
"For instance, in considering the rate of adoption and integration of newer technologies into educational settings, Former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige (2002) observed that "…education is the only business still debating the usefulness of technology. Schools remain unchanged for the most part despite numerous reforms and increased investments in computers and networks. The way we organize schools and provide instruction is essentially the same as it was when our Founding Fathers went to school. Put another way, we still educate our students based on an agricultural timetable, in an industrial setting, but tell students they live in a digital age." (cover letter)" (Swenson, 2006, para. 4).
Swenson, J. (2006). Guest editorial: On technology and English education. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education [Online serial], 6(1). Retrieved from https://citejournal.org/volume-6/issue-2-06/english-language-arts/guest-editorial-on-technology-and-english-education
Online Resources Lists
There are so many amazing resources for schools and students online, but they also change so quickly, so a comprehensive list is very difficult to maintain. While I have some specific links to tools at the bottom of this page, I felt it was more useful and important to link cites that curate and maintain specific educational tool lists. Just click on the image.
Kathy Schrock, Education Technologist, is an amazing resource, with several websites and a blog, with links in the menu bar on the pages below. I have linked two of her very useful pages below, her Online Tools page (which she maintains and updates), and her Bloomin' Apps page (which organises tools by Blooms Revised Taxonomy).
Cybrary Man, Jerry Blumengarten, is an incredible currator of online resources. While his site may not look impressive at first glance, his organised lists are! I linked his home page for Educators below.
Cool Tools for Schools is a large and comprehensive site that is organised and easy to navigate. The tools are also briefly summarised to assist with your tool selection.
Phenomenal Websites is created by Nathan Smith, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. It has a wide variety of categories, but under Education and Learning is the "Tech in Subjects" tab - a treasure trove of tools with brief descriptions.
These all provide excellent and comprehensive lists of Ed Tech resources, but in the miscellaneous section below I have linked, listed or embedded various other resources. Happy browsing!
Both Schrock and Blumengarten provide excellent and comprehensive lists of ed tech resources, but below these I have linked, listed or embedded various other resources that I have found interesting and useful. Happy browsing!
The Conversation Prism, first created in 2008 by Brian Solis and JESS3 and most recently updated in 2013, has been widely shared in its various versions. It is a "visual map of the social media landscape. It’s an ongoing study in digital ethnography that tracks dominant and promising social networks and organizes them by how they’re used in everyday life. Social media has democratized information and shifted the structures of influence." (Solis, 2013)
Solis, B. (2013). Social media has changed everything. Introducing the conversation prism version 5.0! Retrieved from https://conversationprism.com/
School Library Journal is an excellent general resource, and it often has helpful tech articles with great teaching tool ideas, such as this one listing 18 excellent tech tools:
Snelling, J. (2020, February 11). 18 tech tools for content creation, coding, VR, audio, and video. Retrieved from
Click on each image to go to that site.
Hackastory Tools is aimed at journalists, and while high school students and teachers are not the intended audience, their lists of preferred tools are excellent resources. For example:
Hackastory. (n.d.). Tools used by newsmedia.
Retrieved from https://tools.hackastory.com/tools/tools-used-newsmedia/
Tools Used by Newsmedia:
"Curious how news organisations apply tools in their work?
We made a list with examples."
Scroll down for more examples. Click on the url links to try them out!
Non-Stop Media is "dedicated to the freedoms
of expression and media" and is not specifically for education, but it's list of New Media Tools provides brief explanations and help and/or training links to get started.
Non-Stop Media. (n.d.). New media tools. Retrieved from http://non-stopmedia.org/new-media-tools/
Where to look for tools, apps, ideas...
EdShelf - "A socially-curated discovery engine of websites, mobile apps, desktop programs, and electronic products for teaching and learning."
Gifted & Talented Teacher Resources: Tools & Resources page - lists numerous useful tools.
Best Apps for Kids - Apps rated, reviewed, and organised by best for age/grade, type, and topic.
Kindertown - Focused on early learners, with ideas, blog, educational app reviews which are searchable by type, subject and age range.
Amazon (e.g. search "android app"
Google Play (Apps for Education)
Where to look for tools, apps, ideas...
News, Articles, Guides, Blogs:
Edutopia - Techology Integration (good articles/ideas)
eSchool News (check out their guides)
... and of course search YouTube and Pinterest!
Just a few amazing websites:
"I used Pixton to make the comic. I've made comics using Pixton in the past, but this definitely seemed like a new version! The characters look a lot better, there are tons of expressions and poses, you can put things in characters hands, you can change where the camera is focused (I didn't use the close-up focus, but it is an option too!), you can move the characters anywhere in the frame, etc. I really liked it as an easy way to make comics. One thing I felt a little restricted by was the word bubbles. They are highly limited where they can be placed. They cannot overlap at all and they have to be directly above the character. You can adujst how high they are above the character, but that's about it. That made it a little difficult when I had both characters talking in the same scene, but I wanted the one on the right to be talking before the one on the left."
- Danielle Blackstock - 28 May 2020 (Shared with permission)
Just a few favourite FREE tools:
Just a few learning/activity websites (for parents and/or teachers):
Thanks to Jean Parnell (2020, March 13) for her Facebook post, "
"School closures will no doubt come, for any parents worrying this list was put together by the home ed community 💗 feel free to share." for the original list.
Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
BBC Learning - http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Futurelearn - https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
Seneca - https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Openlearn - https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Blockly - https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Scratch - https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming
Ted Ed - https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids - https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Duolingo - https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Mystery Science - https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This - https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos
Crash Course - https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids - https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience
Crest Awards - https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.
iDEA Awards - https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges - https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
Tinkercad - https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.
Prodigy Maths - https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Cbeebies Radio - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.
Nature Detectives - https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetect…/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
British Council - https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project - https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Geography Games - https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Blue Peter Badges - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent - https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art - https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree - https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Toy Theater - https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games
DK Find Out - https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/…
Activities and quizzes