Inspiring Digital Tools

Inspiring Digital Tools for Thinking, Learning and Communicating

Take the challenge to categorize digital tools by FUNCTIONS!


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More than just using digital tools - it's about HEADWARE not Hardware. This curation of digital tools unfolds the knowledge-making process [inquiry] of going beyond FACTS all the way through to creating media products as learning evidence. The digital tools suggested here are organized into categories of FUNCTIONS, many of these tools are able to serve in more than one role.

While there are many, many more tools not listed here - the goal of this page is to share the BEST-of-the-BEST as well as suggest a consumer framework for thinking about ALL tools as providing functions in the learning, thinking and communication process rather than the latest, greatness on the market. e.g. If you have a mind mapping tool that works [even paper] - reflect on whether you need another mind-mapping FUNCTION. What will you gain or lose when adding one more digital tool or APP?

FINAL ADVICE: Every tool used has a learning curve. Strive to select tools that give you the highest return-on-learning [R.O.L.] for the time invested. After exploring what's new in digital tools, begin sorting them into FUNCTIONS and calculating R.O.L. points to assure added-value for learning is the guiding value for YOUR consumer consumption.


* Tools suggested were evaluated and curated using R.O.L. consumer points: multimedia-and-graphic-design.png

              • maximum flexibility for multiple platforms
              • streamlined, doable learning curves;
              • easiest class management [no log-in required etc] and portability of files;
              • range of grade levels and multiple intelligences;
              • pricing value for high use and low cost including FREE [dollar signs added to signify cost];
              • overall durability of product to serve overtime.


B.F.O. aka blinding-flash-of-the-obvious: Use your "magic" glasses to peer past the glitter of digital tools. It is the cognitive tasks and extended roles that tools enable learners to accelerate owning their learning that determines the added-value of using technology tools.






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Meaning-Making Tools

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Preparing Media Elements Tools

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Final Production Media-Making Tools

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Public Publishing Tools

































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Public Publishing Tools