Technology Tools for Students


The following free online tools may be of help to students in creating projects and papers for their courses by increasing the organization and sharing of information.

Note-taking Tools

Great organizational tool for text notes, web page clips, photos, screenshots.  "Everything you capture is automatically processed, indexed and made searchable."  Free, but you must register.

"Glinkr lets you create or edit your maps through the web using a simple browser. When they are made public, maps can be embedded in Web pages."


What if your whole academic life could be organized on a single page?  Check out NetVibes dashboards, a personal gateway to all of a student's digitized academics, including their digital bookmarks for useful articles and applications.

Online Timeline Tools

"Create an interactive, visually engaging timeline in minutes.  Use dynamic visualization tools to display photos, videos, news and blogs in chronological order."

Google News Timeline (
"Google News Timeline is a web application that organizes search results chronologically. It allows users to view news and other data sources on a browsable, graphical timeline. Available data sources include recent and historical news, scanned newspapers and magazines, blog posts, sports scores, and information about various types of media, like music albums and movies."

Allows users to create a timeline and share it on the Internet.  Already-created timelines by others are also viewable.  Free, but you must sign up and create a username and password. 

Oral Reports

"Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems."

This tool enables social reading online.  When you write notes, highlight text and bookmark important pages, your friends can follow along and respond back.

A free application created by the University of Minnesota which allows users to audibly annotate presentations.

Voice Thread
Allows students to add their own voice-over to their digital presentations such as video or slideshow.  According to this site "A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents and videos  and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too."  Free.

Yodio can be used for sound when creating book podcasts to upload.  You can use Yodio to add your stories to your photos or presentations, and share these narrated photos with your friends and colleagues by either tweeting or pushing them to your social network.


Easy to use application for making screencasts with a maximum record time of 15 minutes.  Free, but the Pro version is only $12 per year and gives you 60 minutes of record time.


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Last updated:  July 20, 2011                                                                   Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery