Check out these e-learning tools to support research, collaboration and communication in your classroom. This is just the tip of the iceberg and new tools come out every day so visit again for updates.
For a complete list of the 100 best e-learning tools, check out Jane Hart's Learning Tools Compendium.
Blogging tool specifically designed for educational use ("Made by educators for educators"). Includes useful forums with info on how to use blogs for teaching and learning.
One of the best known, most powerful blogging platforms out there, wordpress.com offers free, hosted blogging with a multitude of design themes and functionality to choose from. Use Wordpress for classroom blogging or create an entire website for your course or organization.
Post links, photos, videos, MP3s, files and comments to your own blog via email. Customize your blog, set permissions and use the email posts to update your other social networking sites.
Upload PPT, documents and PDF presentations and share publicly or privately. Synchronize with podcasts, embed in websites, add comments to slideshares and connect with people with similar interests.
Free screen-capture tool. Create and annotate screen snaps. Record video and add your own narration.
Free presentation tool which allows you to show the flow of ideas from both a macro and micro level via content zoom and non-linear movement. Great for presenting mindmaps and dynamic presentations.
Create interactive timelines with text, images, videos and updates from Twitter, Facebook, iPhones, blogs, etc.
Audio, Video & Images
Free, open-source, cross-platform audio recorder and editor. Create audio and visual podcasts. Can import and export files, edit, add effects and use with third-party plug-ins. Great for podcasts, software demos and multimedia projects.
Educational videos from hundreds of colleges and universities. YouTube EDU grants one enhanced channel per educational institution. The UO's channel is http://youtube.com/uoregon.
Free photo storage, editing and sharing. Tag photos, search for Creative Commons licensed photos, commenting on photos or aspects of photos, geotagging, photo groups for people sharing common interests
Free cross-platform tool to capture information in multiple formats (photos, audio, websites, text) via web, desktop app and phone app and then archive, organize and search for this information.
Collaboration and Communication
Create your own course website, content management system or social network for free with Ning. Ning allows you to create communities around a class or interest and add communication tools like discussion boards, blogs, groups, events, pages, chat, file sharing and more.
Website bookmarking tool which allows you to highlight text, add sticky notes, add tags, share pages, create personal learning networks, create collaborative research group to share sites, annotations, comments and have threaded discussions.
Free tool for synchronous and asynchronous communication. Use for videoconferencing, guest lectures, virtual office hours.
Work collaboratively by creating web pages that multiple people can contribute to and edit. The free version of Wikispaces allows unlimited users, unlimited pages and up to 2GB of file storage to support collaborative learning in your classroom
Formally known as Etherpad, this collaborative authoring tool allows multiple people to create and edit a single document in real time. Files can be exported as Microsoft Word, PDF, HTML.