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Teaching Tools

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Activities

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Blogging

Blogger
Blogger is a Google site where free blog sites can be set up.
WordPress
WordPress is a free blogging site run by the makers of WordPress blogging software
LiveJournal
Another site where free blogs can be set up. In addition to blogs or journals, LiveJournal is a community with some social networking features. It is owned by Six Apart.

Surveys

Survey Monkey
Basic subscribers can use SurveyMonkey free for up to 10 questions and 100 responses.

Wikis

PBworks
Set up a free wiki or pay extra for premium services.
Scratchpad Wiki Labs
A place where anyone can create a free mini wiki
Wetpaint
Free wiki with ads or pay extra for ad-free

Assessment

Tests & Quizzes

Hot Potatoes
Hot Potatoes is a tool to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is free for use by public nonprofit educational institutions, whose pages are available on the web.

Communication

Voice over Internet

Skype
Free VoIP software enables voice communication anywhere in the world. Both parties must have Skype software installed.

Whiteboards

The following are virtual whiteboards that allow Web based collaboration without the need for server installation.

Image Editing Software

Graphics

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
This is a sophisticated photo and image manipulation program with many capabilities similar to Adobe Photoshop.®
Seashore (Mac)
Image editor based on GIMP technology built in Mac Cocoa to eliminate the need to run the program in X11. Also available as a universal binary for Intel Macs.
Sumo Paint
The free version of this uses a Flash application. Results can be stored on the Sumo server or downloaded to your computer.

Alternative Office Suite

The office suites below are no-cost alternatives to commercial products.

OpenOffice
Apache OpenOffice is the branch of OpenOffice maintained and distributed by ApacheCon. It is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute. The suite includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing components.
Libre Office
Libre Office is a branch of OpenOffice developed and distributed by The Document Foundation. It is also a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute. The suite includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing components.

Multimedia

Photo Albums

Flickr
Free web-based photo sharing site. Can create more than one album in an account and add commentary.
Snapfish
Free web-based photo sharing site.
Google Photos
Software from Google. Enables organization of photos on PC or Mac plus ability to easily share them on the Web.

PDF Document Creation and Editing

Mac PDF Solutions
A good place to check out solutions to use with Apple computers is Pocket-lint’s “Top 5 PDF editors for Mac in 2018.” MacWorld UK also has an article on “How to edit PDFs on Mac for free” using Preview and PDFelement
Pdf995 for Windows
This is a free application that can be used to convert documents to PDF format. Although Pdf995 is offered by a commercial organization, it is a no-cost product, worthwhile for those who cannot afford Adobe Acrobat Professional—or do not need all its capabilities. It is available only for Windows operating systems.

Multi-User Virtual Environments

OpenSim Grids
After following the link above, scroll down for a list of and links to the websites of public Open Simulator grids.
Second Life
Second Life (SL) is a 3D virtual world built and owned by its residents. Basic account is free. Land ownership requires Premium membership. A number of education-focused organizations have a presence in SL.