Online Teaching Tools and Resources

This page contains a list of free educational technology tools and resources that you may use in your online or hybrid courses however these technologies are not fully supported by COLTT.

Teaching Tools

Audio Recording and Editing

  • Vocaroo
    An online tool for recording and sharing audio messages
  • Audacity
    Software for recording and editing audio (requires installation)

Photo Editing

  • Pixlr
    An online tool for editing photos
  • SumoPaint
    An online tool for editing photos
  • Gimp
    Software for editing images (requires installation)

Multimedia Projects

  • Sutori
    An online tool to create and share visual stories
  • Lingt
    A tool for creating online spoken assignments (using images and videos) and providing feedback to students
  • Quizlet
    Quizlet’s study sets work like flashcards, helping students memorize or reinforce information on any subject
  • Wordle
    Create visually appealing word clouds in an array of designs and colors, for printing, memory recognition and other uses
  • Pixton
    Make comics

Collaborative Working and Writing

  • GoogleDocs
    A set of applications for creating, sharing, and collaborating on online documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.
  • Kahoot
    Kahoot is a user-friendly tool for designing in-class questionnaires and quizzes
  • Duolingo
    Duolingo is a language-learning app and website that features comprehensive guides for nine of the most commonly taught languages in the U.S., including Spanish, French, and German.
  • Wikispaces
    An online wiki platform for collaborative writing and discussions
  • Office 365
    Access Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive from anywhere (access with UTRGV account)


  • VoiceThread
    An online presentation and collaboration tool that allows for creating multimedia slideshows and commenting using voice, text, audio file, or video. Free version limited to five VoiceThreads, which can’t be deleted once they are created
  • Plotly
    Plotly provides a user-friendly platform in which graphs can be created and shared in a Web-based format
  • Prezi
    An online tool for creating zooming and multimedia-rich presentations

Video Conferencing

  • Skype
    Software for text chatting, instant messaging, and video calling (requires installation)
  • Skype for Business
    Software for text chatting, instant messaging, and video calling (access with UTRGV account)
  • ooVoo
    Software for 12-way group video chatting and instant messaging
  • Zoom
    Software for video conferencing and web conferencing (40 minute limit on meetings with 3-50 people with Basic Plan)

Dictionaries and Vocabulary Learning

  • Wordreference
    Online dictionaries for various languages
  • Lingro
    An online tool for converting any website into an interactive audio-enhanced dictionary; also allows for creating flash cards
  • SpanishDict
    Spanish translation tool

Video Production and Editing

  • Amara
    An online tool for captioning and translating videos
  • Animoto
    An easy-to-use online tool for creating videos
  • PowToon
    Create animated videos and presentations
  • Soapbox
    Record your screen and your webcam simultaneously

Websites and E-portfolios

  • Weebly
    A platform for creating websites, blogs, and e-portfolios using the “drag-and-drop” method
  • Pathbrite
    Create your e-portfolio

Media Sources

  • Pixabay
    Over 1,000,000 free stock photos, vectors and illustrations
  • Pexels
    Free pictures and stock photos
  • Pikwizard
    Fee images library
  • Creative Commons
    Find content you can share, use and remix (images, music, videos, etc.)
  • Vecteezy
    Download free vector artwork
  • Kanopy
    Movies and documentaries
  • TEDEd
    Library of educational video lessons


  • GeoGebra
    Graphing calculator for functions, geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics and 3D math
  • Desmos
    esmos is an incredibly fast online calculator that can graph any imaginable function. It also allows users to add sliders, do regressions, and plot whole data tables, among other things.
  • PatrickJMT
    PatrickJMT gives students access to a wide variety of free online video tutorials in math
  • Wolfam Alpha
    One part calculator and one part encyclopedia. From showing you step-by-step solutions to complex equations to telling you everything you need to know about the 17th president of the United States (Andrew Johnson), this database provides systematized knowledge in an accessible way


  • Noteflight
    Create, view, print, share and listen to professional quality music notation on your computer, tablet or smartphone


  • Doodle
    The simple way to decide on dates, places & more


  • StudyBlue
    StudyBlue is a popular online studying platform. It boasts a gigantic library of user-created flashcards and study guides

Additional Tools