Educational Technologies

Through this page, I plan to share some of the educational technologies that I have used in the past or hope to use in the future. None of these organizations have offered any compensation to be included in this list.


Canvas LMS

Canvas is a free learning management system (LMS). Functionally, it is similar to Blackboard, Desire2Learn, or Sakai, but it offers numerous features and integrations that some other LMSs are still lacking.


Blogs

WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr all support free blogging. These platforms offer varying degrees of customizability and different features that will support different pedagogical needs.


Student Websites

Sites like Google Sites, Wix, and Weebly allow anyone to make a free website using convenient tools. For more involved projects, students can pursue establishing their own website through a provider like Reclaim Hosting; however, this will require that students pay for the service.


YouTube

YouTube offers a free platform for distributing video based content and find high-quality content from other educators and organizations. Producers like CrashCourse and TED-Education as well as universities like MIT’s OpenCourseWare offer great supplemental content for a variety of topics.


Collaborative Annotation

Hypothesis and NotaBene offer options for collaborative annotation. Hypothesis is a free web-based annotation tool created to facilitate discussions on any website with anyone else who uses the software. NotaBene is a free group annotation software program created at MIT, which allows individuals to upload PDFs and invite others to read and comment on the text.


Wikis

Wiki sites like MediaWiki.org provide space for collaboratively composed entries about various topics. Wikis can be public or private, allowing the creator to control distribution and access.