Screen Sharing -Tools to Share Your Computer Screen with Others

 Chrome Remote Desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files. All connections are fully secured.

Google Plus Hangout
This is one my favourite ways to screencast and record my screen. The recording you make is automatically saved to your YouTube channel where you can share it with others. Here is a step by step guide on how to record your screen using Hangout.

ScreencastO--Matic is another wonderful web tool to use for sharing your computer screen. I have been using it for a couple of years and I really love it. ScreencastO--Matic is web based so you do not need to install anything. The recording you create can be easily uploaded to your YouTube account, Vimeo, or several other social media websites.

Screen Leap
Screen Leap is pretty easy to use and no software download is required. Everything works right from your browser. To start sharing your screen using Screen Leap, simply head over to their home page and click on share your screen and then share the generated code with whoever you want to see your screen.

Quick Screen Share
Quick Screen Share as its name indicates allows you to instantly share your screen with others. The process is very simple. Visit the site, select "your screen", type in your name and click "start. A URL will be generated for you which you can share with others to enable them to see your screen.

Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software (aka. screencast recorder) for Chrome. It is able to record all screen activity inside a tab, including audio. Just press record and the content of your tab is recorded. So you can easily create a screencast for video tutorials, record presentations etc.


Sharing Tools-Ways to Share Web Content and Playlists with Students

There are several ways to create a curated content for your students. You can use a classroom blog or wiki to post links to online resources you deem important for them, you can also share links with students using social networking websites such  Twitter or Google Plus. But if you want a place where you can share aggregated collections of links, the three tools below are probably what you are looking for.

You can use these tools to create accounts for your class where you can aggregate, sort, organize, and share web content with your students. All of these tools are free and very easy to use.

Diigo is a social bookmarking web tool that allows users to bookmark, annotate, store, organize and share web content with others. Using Diigo enables you to create your own personal library in the cloud comprising links, pages, notes, and pictures.

Listly is another great web tool to use to aggregate, organize an share web links with your students. Listly links can be shared with others using a generated URL or through an HTML code to be embedded in a blog or website. To create a Listly list, head over to Listly's homepage and create a free account. When you are logged in, click on "New List" and type in the name of your list, its description then click "make list". Using Listly bookmarklet or Chrome extensions, you will be able to easily add links of webpages you stumble upon online.

Logs are collections of links to your favorite videos, sounds, or photos. Using these links you will be able to create  different playlists.You can use Minilogs Chrome extension to easily save and share your favourite pages, videos and photos. Similarly, Minilogs offers a bookmarklet that you can add to your bookmarks bar.

Search Tools

Search All  

Allows you to conduct a quick search on different search engines. With one click you can search for the same topic on a wide variety of search platforms that include : Google, Bing, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Amazon, WolframeAlha and eBay.

All The Internet
Great for online shoppers. It lets you search similar products and add a price comparison feature in some e-commerce sites such as Amazon and eBay. Here is a list of all the features Search All provides :
Simulations- Interactive

These are interactive physics simulations hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder. They are viewable in tons of different languages.

 Smithsonian Learning Lab
Price: Free; Platform: Website; Grades: 4–12
The Smithsonian Learning Lab brings the beauty, scholarship, and depth of over 1 million museum artifacts into your classroom. The ability to search, annotate, share, and remix resources opens the door for creative use in almost every classroom. The annotation tools are easy to use, and collections are completely customizable.

 Google Art Project
Field trips to museums are becoming increasingly rare in public school classrooms. This part of Google Arts and Culture gives students that chance when it isn’t in the budget. The Google team took professional photographs of artwork in museums all over the world, including close-ups.

Timelines Creation Tools

Capzles is an excellent web tool for creating visually interactive rich-media timelines using a number of materials including: videos, photos, text, audio, music and many more. You can use this tool with students in class to create timelines on various educational topics (e,g history and science projects). Capzles can be a great way for students to create digital portfolios and display their work. It can also be used for digital storytelling where students can experiment with different multimedia storylines.

Watch this excellent video tutorial from Anastasis Academy to learn more about how to create interactive timelines using Capzels.

Timeline Maker
Great resource that is a Web-based tool from SoftSchools.   students can use in class to create printable timelines. The tool is very easy and does not require any software installation. Unless you want to save an electronic copy of your timeline in which case you need to register, otherwise you can create a timeline and print it right away without registering.


YouTube Time Machine
This simple tool allows users to search and filter by time period. Unfortunately it depends on users who uploaded videos to accurately tag content. But it can be a useful tool for finding footage from historical moments relevant to class discussions and it’s also possible to filter by subject.
This tool is great for educators worried about what kind of ad might pop up on a YouTube video played in class, or the comments at the bottom. To generate a safe view, copy the YouTube link into this website. The site strips everything away and leaves just the video.

There are tons of powerful YouTube videos for learning available now, but it can be a giant task to search through everything to find the best clips.

 Check out the  database of YouTube Channels that Monica Martinez created. by subject to help educators with discoverability (hint subjects are by tab along the bottom of the document).


Teacher Tube is designed to look like the popular website You Tube.
The red and black colours and even the logo are in the same style. Unlike video sharing You Tube, which was launched in 2005, Teacher Tube started in 2007. The goal of the site is to “provide an online community for sharing instructional videos.” The site also states:

“We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.”

URL Shortening Tools
Web Shortening Tools to Use with Your Students

Google URL Shortener
 Toogle URL shortener allows you to shorten your URLs and share them with others. It also enables you to keep track of how many people have clicked on your link. This is a wonderful tool to use with your students.

Bitly is another excellent tool to use for shortening URLs. To use Bitly you need to open an account with them. Registration is free. Bitly is also integrated into Twitter and several other popular social media platforms. You can also use its browser extension or mobile app to shorten, access, and share URLs anywhere you are with an internet connection.

NOTE: You can create a custom link. EXAMPLE:

Tiny URL
TinyURL lets you easily shorten URLs and share them with others. You don't even need to be registered to use this service. TinyURL also has a bookmarklet that you can drag to your browser toolbar and use anytime you want to shorten a URL.

Is,gd is another pretty basic URL shortening service that you can use without any registration. Just type in your URL and a shortened form will be provided for you. You can also generate a QR code from your URLs.

Video Tools
Is a web-based tool that allows you to create explainer videos to share with your students. Explainer videos are short animated clips that make use of a wide variety of visuals and multimedia materials to communicate a message in a concise and comprehensible way.
You can create explainer videos to explain key concepts, create instructional guides and tutorials to share with students and many more.

Shadow Puppet:  This easy-to-use app allows students as young as five to create videos. They can add their voice over the images and explain their thinking or their story. This app is only for iOS devices.

Explee is a tool for creating animated video presentations. Check out their whiteboard animation tutorials and see how simple it is to create compelling media.

Turntool renders remarkable 3D imagery. You install the free Turn Toolbox to get started, and can upgrade to premium features later on.

Web Conferencing Tools

Below are some great web tools I would recommend for anyone planning to host a webinar, organize a discussion panel, an online conference, or a tutoring session for free or with the least cost possible. You can also use these tools to host discussions with your students around topics of interest to the class.

Google Plus Hangout
Google Plus Hangout allows you to organize video and text conversations with your contacts.  Within hangouts, users can share files, documents, and photos. Video calls on Hangouts are limited to only 10 members but using Hangout on Air will let you share your hangout live on YouTube or your website. The hangout will also be recorded and automatically saved on your YouTube channel.


Web platform for hosting virtual panel discussions and tutoring sessions. Just a few months ago Skype made group video calls free. You can use Skype group video calls to organize online live meetings with your guests. You can share your screen with them or share documents, diagrams, and pictures simultaneously while talking.

Platform for hosting virtual classrooms and webinars using a wide set of live audiovisual and communication tools. Using Wiziq, you will be able to easily create online courses using the integrated Course Wizard. You will also be able to engage students in live discussions using interactive whiteboards, screen sharing, video and text chatting, HD video streaming, and polling tools. 30 day FREE trial

Any Meeting
Any Meeting is a freemium platform for hosting online conferences. Using this service you will be able to hold webinars where you can share anything that can be displayed on your computer, including PowerPoint, Excel, Word and web pages. You can also upload PDFs and slides to Any Meeting and share them with your guests. Up to six people can video conference at once  with the possibility of recording the whole conference online.

Web Literacy & Web Pages

Maker Party
Mozilla’s Maker Party is a place for artists to connect with educators; for activists to trade ideas with coders; and for entrepreneurs to chat with makers. It’s a place to network, innovate and make a difference.

Thimble (tool)
Thimble is an online code editor that makes it easy to create and publish your own web pages while learning HTML, CSS & JavaScript.

X-Ray Goggles (tool) - Hack the News (activity)
Learners will use X-Ray Goggles to remix a news website, learning about openly-licensed resources, different forms of media, and how to create something new on the Web through remix.

Erase All Kittens (activity)
E.A.K. teaches code using 'stealth learning' - our goal is to provide learners with their first steps towards digital literacy in the most entertaining way possible. By changing the source code of the levels - written in HTML and CSS, just like a web page - players must rescue kittens to complete the game. E.A.K. is available to play online at Read more on the Webmaker blog.

The IP Address Tracer (activity)
This activity was remixed from Hive Toronto, and the original project was funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC). Remixed for Clubs by Mozilla.  Learners will explore internet protocol (IP) addresses and learn how it may be associated with themselves, a device, or a website. They will trace IP addresses and make a map.

 Web Page Create
Use to quickly create one-page sites.

Offline app for Window and Mac for easily creating small/medium websites.

 Web Tools- Interactive Learning Space

A great website where you can create a class for your students and get them engaged in a wide variety of collaborative learning activities. It offers a number of key tools to help you conduct quick formative assessments, design interactive presentations, annotate public videos, create video quizzes and video lesson plans, and many more. Spiral does not require any software download and is completely free of charge for teachers.  Free version or $39 a year

Spiral offers the following tools to help you turn your class into an interactive learning space:
‘Quickfire is an ideal tool to use during a lesson to introduce, assess, review and reinforce student knowledge and understanding in class. It provides the teacher with the responses of the entire class in real time. Student answers are displayed anonymously on a whiteboard to develop confidence and encourage risk-taking.’

‘Discuss is a powerful tool that encourages students to share their ideas in class. The content created forms a valuable shared knowledge base which can be accessed in the future for reviewing and assessing student progress as to inform future planning.’

Team Up
‘Team Up improves the process and outcomes of group work. Students work in teams during one or more lessons - contributing ideas and building shared presentations in the form of slide shows. Teams can work from individual or shared devices to create high quality outcomes that everyone can learn from.’

‘Spiral Clip: Turns any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes. Provide instant feedback and see how the class is performing.’


Enjoy all the features of a blog without worrying about student privacy. Easy platform to introduce your students to blogging and get them writing in any class.

Ghost - Simple, bare-bones blogging platform. Great features


Create your class and individual student blogs in minutes. Select and add subjects.
Simple to subscribe and notify class parents.

Writing - Creative

Middle School Writing Apps and Websites | Common Sense Education

5 of the Best Sites for Student Writing - Fractus Learning
This fantastic website has it all – up-to-date resources for teachers and parents with innovative new ideas and articles on teaching creative writing, plus great tools for students helping them to explore different forms of writing, from exposition and narrative to persuasive rhetoric.
Three Minute Tales
Tell a three-five minute story, most of us stumble.  Writing a 500-word story "strikes at the very heart of the short story as a project, which is to get something going rapidly.“

 This I Believe
International project engaging people in writing, sharing, the core values that guide their daily lives short statements of belief

The Best Part of Me
Students will identify a positive physical feature of themselves.
Students will work in pairs to take part in an online writer's workshop.
Students will create a descriptive poem about their favorite feature.
Students will create a digital photo of the physical feature.
Students will create a Photo Story Frame about their favorite feature.
Students will record the audio of their poem for Photo Story about their favorite feature.
The Best Part of Me | Scholastic

Lark by Storybird: This digital storytelling tool is especially good for poetry. It’s available free on both mobile devices and on a web-based platform and allows kids to embellish their poetry with illustrations and text that capture their emotions. Creations can be kept private or published and they also print well.

Quill (Activity Packs)
Free, web-based tool that provides personalized, interactive writing and grammar activities. Students using Quill learn writing and grammar skills by writing sentences and proofreading passages.

Storyboard That: Librarians have noticed that increasingly teachers are asking students to storyboard before writing. This Chrome app is great for that.