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Most resources are simply methods, techniques or software that saves us time.  They are intended to make our life easier so we can use our efforts on higher priority aspects of the project.

We have divided these resources into the sections:

  • SEO tools
  • Link building tools
  • Coding tools
  • Conversion tools
  • Convenience tools
  • Social media tools
  • Forums
  • News & blogs
  • Social profiles

Please note, there’s no specific order to this list, they’re all worth looking at. And please, in the comments below include your feedback on these tools or suggestions for additional tools to look at that fit the “free or affordable” theme of this article.

Also, be warned that I’m a hug fan of Firefox and so some of these tools are Firefox extensions though many are also available on Chrome.

SEO Tools

  1. FREE – Google’s Keyword Suggestion Tool: A great resource for exploring keyword possibilities. Make sure to understand the different between broad match and exact match and also consider that this is a PPC tool. The number of estimated searches are those conducted for a phrase, not estimated unique searchers.
  2. FREE – SEO Quake: A great free extension for Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. Gives quick access to key factors such as PageRank, position, age, etc. for the site appearing on a search results page. When on a site, more information is available such as quick links to diagnose issues, a link through all nofollow links for quick recognition, etc.
  3. $99/month – SEOmoz: A whole slough of professional-grade tools make this worth the price of admission. Tools cover everything from links to onsite to social media.
  4. FREE – Copyscape: The free version lets you check a page on your site to see how often it’s been copied (and if you rank wellà it probably has been). Also good for testing upcoming copy for potential issues.
  5. $99/month – RavenTools: A full suite of SEO, link building, social media and advertising tools. It doesn’t quite match the SEOmoz suite for pure function but the reporting abilities have some advantages.
  6. FREE – SEO For Firefox: A free Firefox extension from SEO Book. Along the lines of SEO Quake but different data sources.
  7. FREE – XML Sitemaps: A free XML sitemap generator.

Link Building Tools

Overlap – SEOmoz and RavenTools are listed under SEO tools but much of their suites are dedicated to link building.

  1. ~$50/month (there is free access but it’s not overly useful) – Majestic SEO: Offers some very useful tools for tearing apart your competitor backlinks. From comparing multiple competitors to finding niche link hubs to break down individual domains into very thorough data, this is one of my go-to tools when I’m researching competitor backlinks.
  2. FREE – Blekko: We were all sad when Yahoo! retired their link counts. Blekko is a solid backup with the classic link: command.

Coding Tools

  1. FREE – Web Developer Toolbar: This Firefox extension give you quick access to a number of useful functions such as turning on an off aspects of a page (images, scripts, etc.) Quick access to website verification tools, ability to outline elements on a page such as table cells and much, much more.
  2. FREE – Webmaster Tools: Find errors on your site, broken links (both internal and external) and so much more.
  3. FREE – Firebug: This Firefox extension allows you to look at any page on the web as usual or select specific elements and see what code (including lines in style sheets) is responsible for the appearance of that element. As you select different areas on the web page, Firebug changes the code displayed. Great for isolating issues and reviewing competitor’s code.
  4. FREE – CSS Validator: A free W3C tool that validated your CSS for compliance.
  5. FREE – Markup Validator: A free W3C tool for the validation of your code.
  6. FREE – WAI (Accesssibility) Validator: Easily the most difficult of the validations this tools helps make sure your site complies with accessibility standards. If nothing else, you’ll end up with virtually perfect code if you can pull this off.
  7. FREE – Xenu: Run a crawler over your site and find all your broken links.
  8. FREE – Redirect Checker: Check the status of a redirect and make sure it’s delivering the right response.
  9. FREE – Page Speed Test: Test the speed of your page and get suggestions on how to improve it. You can also compare the results with another site.

Conversion Tools

  1. FREE – Google Website Optimizer: Run A/B tests free with this tool from Google.
  2. FREE – Google Analytics: It’s not possible to get into all the details and features here save to say, it’s worth reading up on all that it can do and poke around and test all the functionality. Every time I do, I find fun new ways to look at visitor data.
  3. $59/10 heatmaps – Attention Wizard: Gives an algorithm-generated heatmap of your page. Good as a first stop when you’re looking at a redesign or A/B testing.
  4. $9/month – Crazy Egg: Produces a heatmap of your pages based on user behavior such as clicks, scrolling, etc. and can break it down by traffic source.
  5. $99/month – ClickTale: Record visitors and watch how they interact with your site.
  6. $39/visitor – User Testing: Send visitors through your site and listen to them interact. Visitors will record their visits following your directions and provide feedback on what they like and don’t like. A great tool during a redesign.
  7. FREE – Wirify: A fun tool that turns any web page into a wireframe. For $6 more you can buy a credit that makes the wireframe editable.
  8. FREE – Five Second Test: Visitors land at a snapshot of your site, view it for 5 seconds and then answer questions. With the free version you’ll have to earn tests by viewing the pages of others. They have paid services from $20/mth.

Convenience Tools

  1. FREE – FireFTP: It’s an FTP client built into the Firefox browser. Effective and very convenient.
  2. $99/year – Advanced Web Ranking: A highly customizable ranking report generating software. I’ve tried many, this is my favorite.
  3. FREE – Search Status: Gives access to PageRank on the fly but also, with the click of a button gives fast access to Google caches, Trends, related links and more.
  4. $12.95/month – MetroFax: There are many Internet-based fax providers out there, I’m just listing the one I use. Far better than the typical fax scenario.
  5. FREE – Domain Tools – Quick and easy access to domain information including registration, server details and location and some basic SEO information.
  6. FREE – Character Count: When you’re crafting titles and descriptions you need to stick to the right lengths. I generally write them directly into the tool so I know as I go how many characters I have to “play with”.
  7. FREE – Archive.org: View old copies of the web. Ever wonder what Google looked like back in 1998? Click here and wonder no more.
  8. FREE – Fireform: Firefox form filler. Saves a ton of time.
  9. $78.66/year – HMA: Not the perfect proxy solution but an extremely good one at the price. Great for seeing exactly how rankings appear from different locations on the fly or running systems as though they’re from another IP address in a different location.
  10. FREE (single project) – Basecamp: A client management, communication and productivity tool. It’s one thing to do all the work, it’s another to report that you’ve done it and know that anyone from your company (or your clients) can find that information easily.

Social Media Tools

  1. FREE – Tweet Deck: A good piece of software for organizing your Twitter profiles.
  2. FREE – Twellow: A directory of Twitter users to help you find people in related niches faster.
  3. FREE – Twitter Feed: Used right, this service allows you to automate things like Tweeting and Facebooking your blog or other useful resources.
  4. FREE – Hootsuite: Allows you to manage multiple social profiles quickly and easily.


  1. SEO Chat: Always lots of folks around to help though it’s rankings in the SERPs, also add a lot of new people who may be less experience but still hazard a guess.
  2. High Rankings: A great forum and Jill (Whalen) tends to hang out there a lot to weed out the crud.
  3. Black Hat World: I’m not suggesting you join the dark side but these folks know a few tricks that you should probably know about too. Being aware of what others may use against you can be extremely valuable. They do also chat traditional, Google-santioned strategy as well.
  4. Digital Point: This forum has been around for ages and has almost 50,000 active members. As always, you have to watch who you listen to but if you’ve got question, ask here and you’ll get answers.
  5. Web Pro World: An active user base and large array of subjects being discussed.
  6. Adobe: While this isn’t an SEO forum, pretty much all of us use one Adobe product or another. Questions get answered quickly here.

News and Blogs

  1. Search Engine Watch: I’m not an employee of Search Engine Watch but I am a biased author. That said, it’s my first go-to when I’m looking to find out what’s going on in the search world.
  2. Google’s Blog: The official blog of Google. Get news from the horse’s mouth.
  3. Bing Blogs: Believe it or not, Google doesn’t have 100 percent market share. Bing’s blogs are a good read too.
  4. Webmaster Radio: Too busy to read? Webmaster Radio plays live radio geared to webmasters and Internet marketers and the podcasts can be downloaded for convenient later listening.
  5. Matt Cutts: The personal blog of Google’s Matt Cutts. While his opinions are rightfully tainted with a Googley spin, there’s always wisdom in them; even if you have to read between the lines.
  6. Search Engine Land: Another good daily news source.
  7. SEOmoz: Apparently they get a hat tip for tools as well as information. Rand Fishkin and the SEOmoz team do a solid job of giving good advice that’s easy to understand.
  8. Search Engine Journal: Up-to-date news that crosses a lot of related territory.
  9. SEO By The Sea: The search world from a more technical perspective. From patent analysis to viewing “what may be”, Bill Slawski does a bang-up job of summarizing the areas many of us get glassy-eyed thinking about.

Social Profiles

Note: I’m including only Twitter and Google+ so you can follow them without those included beinging inundated with Facebook “friend” requests.

  1. Google+ – Matt Cutts: Google’s Head Of Web Spam
  2. Twitter – he’s on there too.
  3. Google+ – Search Engine Watch: Their official G+ page.
  4. Twitter – Search Engine Watch: SEW’s official Twitter profile.
  5. Google+ – Search Engine Land: Their official G+ page.
  6. Twitter – Danny Sullivan: Editor-in-Chief, Search Engine Land.
  7. Twitter – Lee Odden: CEO of TopRank Online Marketing
  8. Google+ – SEOmoz: their official G+ page.
  9. Twitter – Rand Fishkin: CEO of SEOmoz.
  10. Twitter – Andy Beal, CEO of Trackur
  11. Twitter – Brian Eisenberg: Well-published author and conversion optimization guru.
  12. Twitter – Ralph Tegtmeier: A top notch black hat SEO better known as fantomaster.
  13. Twitter – Mike Grehan: Global VP Content, Search Engine Watch, ClickZ, SES Conference and Expo.
  14. Twitter – Barry Schwartz: CEO of RustyBrick, Executive Editor of Search Engine Roundtable.
  15. Twitter – Dave Davies: CEO of Beanstalk SEO (I had to include myself somewhere in the list)
  16. Twitter – Daron Babin: Co-founder of Webmaster Radio.
  17. Twitter – Dave Naylor: Head of Search Marketing at Bronco.co.uk.
  18. Twitter – Brent Tabke: Founder of WebmasterWorld.
  19. Twitter – Ann Smarty: Seasoned SEO and owner of MyBlogGuest.com.
  20. Twitter – Brent Payne: Owner of BaldSEO (aptly named).
  21. Twitter – Jonathan Allen: Director of Search Engine Watch.
  22. Twitter – Aaron Wall: Founder of SEOBook.
  23. Twitter – Todd Mailcoat: SEO Consultant and all-round solid guy.

Here’s another 200 or more resources that can be used to enhance your Internet Marketing business.  Many of these resources are not known to many marketers.  Check them out and we hope you find them useful.

Check back often as we update this list.

Acapela.tv is a fun site to create text-to-speech animations.

  • Alice is a 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience.
  • Animoto.com is a web application that produces professional quality videos from your pictures and music.
  • Audacity is a programme that allows you to record sounds straight to your computer (you do need a microphone) and edit them afterwards. Very popular with languages teachers and podcasters.
  • Audioboo is an audio-blogging site, you can send in updates through the web, phone or its own iPhone app. Perfect for blogging on the move, like on a school-trip, or sharing your class’s opinion about a topic.
  • authorSTREAM allows you to publish and share your PowerPoint presentations. It also allows you to download published presentations as videos.
  • BeFunky is a website that allows you to apply a variety of fun effects to your own photos or from photo sharing sites.
  • Big Huge Labs is a collection of utilities and toys that allow you to edit and alter digital pictures. You can create puzzles, movie posters, magazine covers, mosaics, calendars, badges, billboards and many more besides.
  • Bitstrips is a website that allows you to create comics and cartoons. There is a premium school version.
  • Blabberize.com allows you to animate pictures to make the people, animals or objects in them appear as if they are talking. It only takes three simple steps.
  • Block Posters is a web application that allows you to make full size posters from pictures in your computer. Perfect for classroom displays.
  • Blogger is a free blogging platform by Google.
  • Box.net is an online file storage and collaboration solution. Share content with your colleagues or students.
  • Bubbl.us is a web application for creating mind-maps either on your own or collaborating with others.
  • Build your Wild Self is a website by the New York Zoos that allows children to create human / animal hybrids. It can be used to practise personal descriptions.
  • Bundlr is a free tool for online curation: it allows you to clip, aggregaten and share web content easily.
  • Buzzword is an online word processor by Adobe, and is perfect for writing reports, proposals, and anything else you need to access online or work on with others. It looks and behaves like your normal desktop word processor, but it operates inside a web browser, so there’s no installation required.
  • Camstudio is a free desktop application that allows you to record your computer screen.
  • Capzles is a free web application that allows you to combine your photos, videos, blog posts and mp3s into rich multimedia storylines.
  • Cartoonster is a website aimed at children with tutorials on how to create animations. Perfect to introduce the concept and possibilities of animation to youngsters.
  • Cellsea is ideal to quickly add effects to your pictures.
  • Class Dojo is a mobile app supported classroom management tool.
  • Classtools.net allows you to create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! The games can then be hosted on your own blog, website or intranet.
  • Collaborize Classroom is a very decent online alternative to clunky learning platforms with a terrible name.
  • Comicbrush allows you to create and share a comic using any combination of your own drawings, photos and ready-to-use artwork.
  • Commoncraft is a useful website which explains web products and services in plain English using short, unique and understandable videos in a format they call Paperworks.
  • Conceptboard is a visual collaboration tool. Share and discuss ideas live, in one place.
  • ContentGenerator.net provides free flash game makers. Premium content also available.
  • Create a Graph allows pupils to do just that.
  • Creative Commons Search allows you to sieve through massive repositories of media and resources which you are legally free to use and share.
  • Dabbleboard is an online whiteboard that will help you visualize, explore and communicate ideas
  • Delicious is a social book-marking site which allows you to access your book-marks from any computer. It also allows your colleagues and students to share your bookmarks.
  • Diigo also allows you to access and share your bookmarks from anywhere. With Diigo you can also annotate and highlight websites, which is perfect if you want to share resources with your students after having added your own notes to it.
  • Diipo  connects teachers with students by making it easy to communicate with your class. Diipo also connects you with other educators and your class with other classes. Similar to Facebook and Twitter, Diipo is social networking for the classroom. See also Edmodo, below.
  • Dipity is a web application that allows you to create embedable media-rich timelines. Great for research and history projects.
  • DivShare is a service that allows you to upload, store, manage and then embed any file -including video files- into websites. Perfect for the teacher-blogger or a classroom blog.
  • Doink.com is a website that allows you to create and share animations.
  • Domo is a school friendly version of Go!Animate (below) in which all inappropriate content is filtered out. Domo allows you and your students to create animations that can be embedded onto blogs, wikis, etc.
  • DotSUb is a website that allows you to upload videos and put subtitles on them. Perfect to share foreign language resources or to set translation projects to your students.
  • Dropbox is software that enables file storage, back up, sharing and synchronisation online and across different computers. Premium service with a basic free account.
  • Dropmocks allows you to create photo galleries really easily by dragging photos form your desktop or any folder in your computer and drop them into your browser to create and share photo galleries.
  • Easel.ly is a tool for creating stunning infographics either from scratch or using some fantastic templates.
  • Edmodo is a micro-blogging/private social network service for teachers and students. Use it with your students to share information, set and collect assignments and much more.
  • Edublogs.org based on WordPress.com, Edublogs is a hosted blogging platform designed for education.
  • Educaplay is a platform that allows you to create multimedia teaching activities.
  • Embedit.in is a service that allows you to upload and embed documents into blogs or other websites quickly and easily. Perfect for a classroom blog or a teacher-blogger.
  • eThink.org.uk is an online community supporting education by supplying free blog space.
  • Evernote is a cross-platform note taking tool that allows you and/or your students to take notes. Text, pictures, voice memos and more are automatically synced across all your devices: save once, save everywhere. It also offers a premium service for schools.
  • Facebook can be used to set up pages and provide your students with updates about your subject or department. Students don’t have to be your friends to enjoy the benefits of this facility. Your students are all on Facebook anyway, might as well make the most of it!
  • Filezilla is a very useful desktop application that allows you upload content to your web pages or blogs using FTP (File Transfer protocol).
  • 5min Life Videopediais a place to find short video solutions for every practical questions.
  • Flickr is a web service for storing and sharing your digital photographs. It also contains a massive collection of Creative Commons photographs and pictures which can be used to illustrate presentations or for other creative tasks.
  • Fotobabble enables you to create talking photos in a few clicks by adding a voice to customisable slide-shows.
  • Fotoflexer is a fun online picture editor.
  • Freemind is a desktop application for creating mind-maps. Available for Linux, OSX and Windows.
  • Geogebra is free software for maths teachers and learners.
  • Gimp is an Open Source image manipulation program. A bit like Photoshop, only free! It tackles tasks such as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
  • GlassGiant is a website that allows you to make fun, custom pictures.
  • Gliffy is an online application with which you can easily create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans and technical drawings.
  • Glogster is a web application tha allows you to create online posters or glogs. Not strictly blogging, glogging is making media rich online posters that can be shared online or embeded onto wikis.
  • Go!Animate is a web application with which you can create animated comic strips and cartoons.
  • GoAnimate for schools is a school friendly version of the above. Get your teacher account and control the content your students create.
  • Google, as well as the search engine, provides a comprehensive suite of web-based and desktop applications like Gogle Docs, Google Earth, Blogger, Google Mail and much, much more…
  • Greenfoot allows you to make graphical representation of objects and simulations.
  • Hot Potatoes is an application that allows you to create interactive exercises, such as quizzes, multiple choice questions and crosswords, which can be added to websites. Free for schools.
  • ImageChef is a website that allows you to create custom images by combining text, symbols and photos. Great for classroom displays, starter activities or homework.
  • Instapaper allows you to easily save web pages for reading later, when you have time, so you don’t just forget about them or skim through them. Very good research tool.
  • iPadio allows you to broadcast from any phone to the Internet live, creating phlogs – live voice-blogs
  • Isle of Tune allows users to create musical journeys using street layouts. Streetlights become instruments and passing cars play them! Great fun for budding composers of all ages.
  • iTALC is a free and powerful didactical tool for teachers. It lets you view and control other computers in your network in several ways: overview, remote control, lock down stations, send messages to students etc (available only for Linux and Windows 2000/XP operating systems).
  • iTunes whether you run a Mac or a PC, whether you have an iPod or not. This programme from Apple allows you to manage your music collection and converts CDs and other sound recordings to mp3.
  • Jamendo is an European podsafe music site. Download royalty-free, Creative Commons music in all major european languages.
  • JClic is a desktop application that creates interactive exercises and multimedia educational activities (using Java) fro your website or VLE.
  • Jigsaw Planet is a site that allows users to create their own jigsaw puzzles.
  • Jing is a free desktop application that allows you to capture your desktop as you work. Excellent for creating video tutorials.
  • Kerpoof allows children to draw, tell stories and create cartoons and animations. Very popular website, now part of the Disney family of companies.
  • Khan Academy has a library of almost 3000 education videos from a wide variety of subjects.
  • Kompozer is an Open Source desktop HTML editor and web authoring application.
  • Languages Online Australia free flash game makers from Department of Education of the State of Victoria, Australia. This website also contains a wealth of ready-made interactive language exercises.
  • Lingro allows you to view any foreign language website through its own online browser, allowing you then to click on any word on the screen to find out its meaning in English or your chosen language. Not only that, it remembers which words you clicked and then tests you… a fantastic resource for language learners.
  • Lingus.tv Beginner, intermediate and advanced level videos for the learner of Spanish. Comes with transcript, translations and grammar points.
  • Lingt is a web application that allows you to create and edit language assignments incorporating voice, video, images, and text.
  • Lino allows you you create online noticeboards and, by creating  a group, it becomes a really useful tool for students to collaborate. See also Wallwisher, below.
  • Lore is a social learning platform. Also see Edmodo, above.
  • Mahara is open source software that allows you to create electronic portfolios, weblogs, and social networking systems, among other things. It provides you with the tools to set up an online personal learning environment.
  • Make Beliefs Comix allows you to create comic strips online.
  • Masher is an online video editor that allows user to create videos using their own uploaded material or its own library of resources, including photos, videos and music.
  • MediaWiki is a free piece of software that allows you to install and maintain an infinite number of wikis. Because it requires server-side installation, you may find it less complicated to get your school to install it for you.
  • MentorMob allows you to create learning playlists, that is to say you can add specific web pages in the sequence you want your students to read them.
  • Mindomo is a web application for creating and sharing mind-maps.
  • Mindmeister is another web application that allows you to create collaborative mind-maps.
  • Minus allows you to create photo galleries really easily by dragging photos form your desktop or any folder in your computer and drop them into your browser to create and share photo galleries.
  • Mouse Mischief is free educational software from Microsoft that allows your whole class to connect to your computer/interactive whiteboard using individual mice. It integrates into Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, letting you insert questions, polls, and drawing activity slides into your lessons. Students can actively participate in these lessons by using their own mice to click, circle, cross out, or draw answers on the screen.
  • Museum Box provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box.
  • My Award Maker is a web service for creating your own awards to hand out to your students. Awards are printable, in .pdf format.
  • Myplick is a free service that lets you share and embed presentations online.  Formats supported are powerpoint, pdf,  and openoffice odp. You can also add narration or sound effects to your presentation by uploading an audio file. You can then share your presentation with everyone or only share it within a small private group.
  • Nearpod enables teachers to use their iPads to manage content on students’ iPads, iPhones or iPods. It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.
  • Ning allows you to create your own public or, importantly for education, private social networks. Use it to communicate and share resources with your colleagues and students. Unfortunately, no longer free but still worth considering.
  • OneTrueMedia.com produces slide shows from templates with your own photos and music which you can then post online.
  • Online Photo Tool is a website that allows you to edit and save your images, screenshots and photos online.
  • Open Office is an Open Source office suite complete with draw, database, spreadsheet, presentation and word-precessing tools, fully compatible with Microsoft. Perfect if you or your students need to install an office suite but can’t afford (or won’t pay) the licence fee.
  • Paint.NET is a very good Open Source image and photo editing desktop application for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
  • PBWorks (previously known as PBWiki) allows you to create wikis for your classes. Its education edition focuses on safety and collaboration.
  • PDFCreator is a desktop application that turns anything in your computer (Windows only, I think) into a PDF file, be it word documents, PowerPoint presentations, web pages… anything. Very good if you want to create hand-outs or lesson notes quickly and easily.
  • Pen.io describes itself as simple online publishing. This website allows users to quickly create, publish and share text based web pages. Here are a few ideas about this tool could be used.
  • Penzu allows you or your students to keep a journal. I’s supported by mobile apps for Apple and Android products.
  • Phixr is an online photo editor.
  • PhotoPeach is a slide show maker simple enough for young children to use independently. It easily allows you to add text to slides for added impact.
  • Photo Story 3 is a Windows desktop application that makes film clips of your photo slide shows to which you can add commentary, soundtrack and transition effects.
  • PhotoSynth is a free Microsoft web application that allows you to take a bunch of photos of the same scene or object and automatically stitch them all together into one big interactive 3D viewing experience that you can share with anyone on the web (currently Windows only).
  • Photovisi is a web application that turns your pictures into a collage which you can then download free (high quality paid versions are also available). Great to illustrate story telling or just for decoration!
  • Picture2Life is a web service that allows you to edit, collage and animate pictures online.
  • Pimpampum is a collection of web applications that allow you to work with Flickr photographs and turn them into books, comics and more…
  • Piratepad allows you to collaborate online. See also Titanpad, below.
  • Pixer is another online photo editor.
  • Pixorial allows you to upload, edit and organise video files.
  • Pixton is an online comic creator with an education section, allowing the creation of safe sharing environments.
  • plannerLIVE is a tool that allows teachers to set homework and and students to submit it, all online (UK only).
  • Podomatic is a podcast publishing service. Upload your audio or video files and they do the rest! Free for the first 500MB
  • Poisson Rouge hosts a wealth of flash-based activities to help you revise, teach and learn about all sorts of subjects, from Music and Biology to Mandarin Chinese!
  • Poll everywhere is the easiest way to gather live responses from your students, whether they are in your classroom or not.
  • Polldaddy is another web service that enables you to create online surveys and polls.
  • Popcorn Maker allows you to combine video and audio with content from the rest of the web — from text, links and maps to pictures and live feeds.
  • Popplet is an innovative take on mind mapping. Easily add pictures, text and videos to help you explore ideas in a visual way.
  • Posterous is perhaps the simplest easiest and most intuitive of all blogging platforms. I use Posterous to keep live blogs of school trips and residential visits because I can simply email updates and Posterous does all the rest!
  • Prealoader is a web based photo editor that claims to be the best way to upload and optimize photos to Flickr.
  • Prezi is a web application that allows you to create stunning visual presentations. Think PowerPoint meets mind map.
  • Quizlet allows you to create and share flaschcards. Great to help your students revise material or for you to create resources for the Interactive Whiteboard.
  • Random Activity Generator allows you to generate a creative classroom activity, homework or task instantly.
  • RealPlayer 11 is a desktop media player that also allows you to download .flv video content. In practical terms this means that you can download video from YouTubeTeacherTube or any other such video sharing site at the click of a button for later viewing off-line. Perfect if your school network blocks or filters video sharing sites.
  • Save Skellyflash game generator that allows you to create interactive assessments which can be uploaded to a website or stored in your computer as a .swf file. Great for Interactive Whiteboards.
  • Seesmic is a video blogging service which allows its users to post and share video updates. Similar to 12 Seconds (above).
  • Sclipo If you have something to teach the rest of us, you post it here. Alternatively, go and learn something new.
  • Scoopit is a web curation tool. Gather the best and most relevance bits of the internet and share them with this tool.
  • Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.
  • Screencast allows you to record and share what goes on in your computer screen. Perfect for demonstrations or even flipping classrooms.
  • Screenr is another screencast tool for Twitter that allows you to easily record your screen and share it with your followers.
  • Scribd is a document sharing service that allows you to store and share almost any document format for easy viewing online. It also offers the possibility of embedding a document viewer into your website, blog or wiki. Very handy to share resources with staff and students.
  • Scribus is an Open Source desktop publishing application that allows you to create professional documents and page lay-outs and then exports them into PDF format. Perfect for newsletters and worksheets.
  • SketchUp is a desktop application from Google that allows teachers or students to create and share stunning 3D models easily and intuitively.
  • Skype for education allows you to connect your classroom to the world.
  • Slatebox allows you to create collaborative mind-map style idea visualisations. Perfect for embedding into a website or view on the interactive whiteboard.
  • Slideshare allows you to upload and share your PowerPoint presentations. Presentations can then be embedded into blogs or wikis.
  • Smilebox is a website where you can create e-cards, scrapbooks, slideshows and photo albums from digital photographs.
  • Snipshot is a web based picture editing application.
  • Songbird is a free and open-source customizable music player. Think of it as an open source iTunes.
  • Socrative is a student response system that allows teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops and tablets.
  • Spicynodes allows you and your students to create visualisations, mindmaps or organizational chart which can then be embedded into websites, blogs and wikis.
  • Stixy allows you to share and collaborate on flexible, web-based bulletin boards. Users can create tasks, appointments, files, photos, notes, and bookmarks which can then be then be shared with friends, students and colleagues.
  • Storybird helps you or your pupils to create short, visual, digital stories which can then be shared and embedded into blogs and wikis.
  • Stripgenerator is a simple, yet effective and intuitive cartoon strip generator.
  • Stupeflix.com is a web service that allows you to create videos by combining image and audio. A very easy way to get into video podcasting.
  • Stykz is free software that allows you and your students to create simple animations with stick figures.
  • Survey Monkey is a web service that enables you to create online surveys and polls.
  • Switchzoo allows users to create new animals by switching their parts. The site features animal games, music performed using animal voices, a reference section about all of the animals in Switch Zoo, lesson plans, and poetry, stories and artwork created by students and visitors.
  • Sync.in is a web based word processor for people to collaborate in real-time
  • TagGalaxy is a web application that allows you to search Flickr tags and displays the results in a stunning visual way. Perfect to introduce topics on the IWB or to get discussions going.
  • Tagul is similar to Wordle. Both create customisable word or tag clouds, the difference is that Tagul’s clouds are embeddable into other websites such as blogs or wikis.
  • Tagxedo is another app following Wordle’s footsteps. Tagxedo, however, allows for greater customisation of the final images, including a large variety of colour schemes and the ability to change the shape of the could. Word clouds can then be saved as .jpeg or .png image files.
  • TeacherTube. Name says it all: like YouTube but for educational purposes.
  • Textivate allows you to create online browser-based interactive exercises from any text.
  • Textorizer allows you to turn a logo (web app) or a picture (free desktop app) into text by substituting colours with the text you supply.
  • Timeglider is an web application that allows you to create visual time lines of events. Perfect for History, but useful for any subject exploring a sequence of events.
  • Timetoast also allows you to create interactive time lines, which can be shared anywhere on the web.
  • Tinychat allows you to create private video conferences. You can have up to twelve people in a room with HQ video, protected by passwords and moderators, share your desktop with them, and your conferences can be recorded and embedded on your website.
  • Titanpad is based on Etherpad and does exactly the same thing. It allows multiple users to collaborate on a document simultaneously.
  • TED is a collection of inspired talks from the world’s greates thinkers and doers.
  • Toondoo is a web application that allows you to create your own comic characters and comic strips.
  • Triptico is a free desktop application with over twenty resources to use in your classroom… excellent for your interactive whiteboard.
  • Tubechop allows you to cut and edit YouTube videos so that you can concentrate on the interesting bits or remove offending scenes.
  • Tumblr is a simplified blogging platform that allows you to post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop or email. See Posterous, above.
  • Tutpup has lots of fun games to reinforce numeracy and literacy (spelling only currently)
  • Twiducate is a Twitter-like (see below) micro-blogging service for schools.
  • Twitter is a micro-blogging service. Sign up and join the ever growing network of teachers and educators sharing their experiences and practice (I’m @josepicardo on Twitter, follow me to get started and then see whom I follow and who follows me).
  • TypeIt.org is a website that allows you type in text requiring foreign accented characters in a variety of languages, even if you don’t have a specialist keyboard. You can edit your text in the box and then copy it to your document, e-mail message, etc.
  • Ubuntu is an Open Source, Linux-based operating system. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.
  • Udemy allows you to create online courses. You can upload presentations, videos, host live classroom sessions and write blog posts. And it’s free.
  • Ustream allows you to broadcast, watch and share live events – lessons, experiments, etc
  • VectorMagic converts images to vector images, this basically means that it allows you to scale an image without making blurry or pixelated, retaining its crispness.
  • Vimeo is a simple and elegant video sharing service, perhaps my favourite.
  • Vocaroo is a web service for sending voice messages across the internet.
  • Voicethread is a web application that allows you to collaborate online by sharing media and comments. The perfect tool for whole class projects.
  • Voki.com is a web application that produces animated characters to which you can add your voice (or anybody else’s).
  • Voxopop is essentially a message board/forum system that uses voice recordings instead of text. You can set up a private talkgroup that will be hidden from the public – ideal for classrooms!
  • Vuvox enables you to create personal, collaborative slideshows or presentations using your own digital media – including video, photos, music and text.
  • Wallwisher is an online notice board maker where either just you or a group of people can post messages. Ideal for a personal to-do list or group discussion and collaboration on a given topic.
  • Webquest allows you to put together inquiry-oriented lessons from material on the Internet.
  • Wetpaint allows you can create websites that mix all the best features of wikis, blogs, forums and social networks into a rich, user-generated space.
  • Wikispaces provide wikis free of charge to educators. Its simplicity and the ability to easily set up multiple accounts are its greatest strengths.
  • WiZiQ is a free web-based platform for anyone and everyone who wants to teach and learn live, online. Teachers and students can use WiZiQ’s virtual classroom, create and share online educational content and tests, and connect with people who have similar subject interests.
  • Wolfram Alfa is a fantastic way to gather knowledge that doesn’t search the web – instead it does all its all computations to get to the right answer.
  • Wordle allows users to create customisable word clouds from any given texts or web address and it’s an excellent tool for text analysis. See also Tagul, above.
  • WordPress.com is a hosted blogging platform and content management system. As it hosted, you don’t need to find your own web space, WordPress supplies it for you.
  • WordPress.org is a self-hosted version of the above. It’s highly customisable but you need your own web space and basic knowledge of html coding.
  • Xmind is an Open Source mind mapping desktop application.
  • Xtranormal is a web application that allows you to produce short films with virtual characters and a text to speech facility.
  • Yacapaca allows you to create quizzes, test, surveys and e-portfolios. It’s an online Virtual learning Environment.
  • Yammer allows you to create your own, private social network.
  • Youconvertit.com allows you to covert file formats to any other file format, download videos from sites such as YouTube and make unit conversions as well!
  • YouTube EDU is a huge collection of educational videos supplied by college and universities.
  • YouTube for Schools allows access to videos in a controlled environment.
  • Zamzar Convert file format to any other file format and download YouTube videos.
  • Zimmer Twins is a fun website that allows children to create animated cartoons. The resulting movie can be saved on the site, although, sadly, it cannot be embedded elsewhere.
  • Zoho is a comprehensive suite of web based applications that allow you to create, share and store your files online. It has a word processor, a spreadsheet maker, a presentation tool, a wiki editor, an e-mail client and much more…
  • Zoho Challenge, part of Zoho, above, allows you to create online tests and quizzes in minutes
  • Zondle is a website that allows you and your students to create games and quizzes to help with revision. The games are accessible via desktop and though a mobile app.
  • ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that is designed to let anyone easily create their own customized 3D pop-up books.

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