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The 101 Hottest EdTech Tools According to Education Experts

The 101 Hottest EdTech Tools According to Education Experts

If you work in education, you’ll know there’s a HUGE array of applications, services, products and tools created to serve a multitude of functions in education.

Tools for teaching and learning, parent-teacher communication apps, lesson planning software, home-tutoring websites, revision blogs, SEN education information, professional development qualifications and more.

There are so many companies creating new products for education, though, that it can be difficult to keep up - especially with the massive volumes of planning and marking teachers have to do, never mind finding the time to actually teach!

So how do you know which ones are the best?

Well, as a team of people passionate about education and learning, we decided to do a bit of research to help you out.

We’ve asked some of the best and brightest in education for their opinions on the hottest EdTech of 2020. These guys are the real deal - experts in education, teaching and new tech from all over the world from England to India, to New York and San Francisco. If it's just mobile applications you're looking for, check out our 60 best educational apps.

They’ve given us a list of 101 amazing, tried and tested tools that they absolutely could not live without as education professionals.

Looking for a new learning management system that fits your needs? Technology Advice have put together an excellent detailed breakdown of the market leaders and what features they offer. Read their trusted LMS reccomendations here.  

Their recommendations include a host of free, paid and free-trial options. Ready to take a look?

1. Twinkl - Saving Teachers Valuable Time

Twinkl are the educational publishing company that is revolutionising the way teachers work worldwide, with content creators in the UK, US and Australia.

Experienced, passionate teachers have created over half a million lesson plans, classroom activities and teaching tools tailored specifically to you as a teacher to download as and when you need them. Twinkl takes the stress out of lesson planning, giving teachers more free time and significantly fewer headaches!

Twinkl are pioneering EdTech in the classroom. The Twinkl Go! hub provides interactive educational games and activities for computers, tablets and smartphones. Twinkl are also making exciting strides into the world of augmented reality with their collection of AR education materials.

With an average subscription price of £6 / $8.99 a month, we think it’s complete no brainer to sign up to their full subscription package. Alternatively, you can try some free teaching resources by creating a free account.

Their motto is to help those who teach, and with their impressive forays into EdTech, we’re sure that they will.

2. Chalkie

As recommended by Ben Collins

“ Chalkie are on a mission to save teachers and tutors time when planning and creating lessons. Their app asks you a few questions based on the lesson you want to create. Then, within seconds produces entire lessons made up of unique and engaging slides full of key information, images and even exercises for the class. It’s real game-changer and we believe it could save you hours of time spent pulling together presentations for their students!"
"It's free to try out, and there is a pro subscription at £6.99/month, which feels like a real bargain given how much time it saves. I think we're going to see more and more of these sorts of AI tools in future."

3. Gimkit

As recommended by Jon Corippo - CUE Chief Learning Officer 

“GIMKIT- actually designed by a high school student and super popular with older students. Earn money for in-game prizes and even have "boss battles" where one player can take on the entire class.”  

Gimkit is a super innovative live quiz learning platform in which students answer questions on their own device at their own pace. Gimkit can be used in any classroom to introduce or review concepts; it's like a mashup of Kahoot! and Quizlet. The live gameplay is fast-paced and engaging like a game show, but when it's assigned for independent practice, Gimkit allows students to review on their own with many of the same game mechanics. 

4. Floop

As recommended by Jennifer Gonzalez of Cult of Pedagogy

Floop is a cloud-based website where students can receive annotated feedback from teachers and peers. Students upload images of an assignment to the platform, and teachers put markers in places where they want to provide written feedback. Students are able to see and respond to comments, creating a feedback loop that allows teachers to see patterns of student learning.

Students get the feedback they need when they need it. Give feedback 4x faster than traditional methods with a digital dropbox and comment banks.

“What makes this tool unique is the mechanism that allows students to point directly to places on their work that they need help with, then get assistance that can also target specific spots on the assignment. We’ve been able to do that with writing assignments through tools like the commenting feature in Google Docs, but it hasn’t been quite as available in other subject areas.” Jennifer Gonzalez

5. Splash Learn

As recommended by Yasir Shamim of purevpn.com

“I came across SplashLearn, a great application for teachers and kids. It has lots of useful content and great reporting features. It's great because as you get things correct it increases in complexity — so it continues to challenge even those learners that are ready to move on.
StudyPad’s flagship product SplashLearn is transforming the way elementary school children in grades K-5 learn and study math through a highly engaging, and personalized program. SplashLearn is available across all digital platforms (iOS, Desktops, Android) and has been used by more than 30 million students worldwide."

6. Nearpod - Create, Engage and Assess Through Mobile Devices

As nominated by Beth Holland, Katrina Keene of the Teach-In Tech Gal blog, Debbie Sachs from Cult of Pedagogy, Michael Cohen of The Tech Rabbi, Jon Corippo and Courtney Kofeldt.

As a teacher, it can be difficult to create engaging lessons that fully capture the attention of all of your students. Harder still is creating lessons that encourage learning through interactivity and action.

Nearpod is an amazing tool that solves these problems.

First, Nearpod provides a host of pre-made, fully-interactive lessons developed by subject matter experts for all school levels and subjects. Furthermore, Nearpod allows teachers to import lessons from any file type and begin adding interactive elements, web-links or video snippets to them.

Educators can then synchronise their prepared lessons to all students devices, casting the lesson simultaneously to each student and able to monitor their progress throughout the lesson.

What really set’s Nearpod out from the crowd is their innovative ideas for further enhancing interactive lessons. Nearpod users have access to Nearpod 3D, providing fully rotatable 3D images to use for teaching, and Nearpod VR, allowing integration with Smartphone VR headsets like Google Cardboard to create virtual field trips for students.

No wonder they were voted into the top spot!

7. Kahoot! - Making Learning Awesome!

As nominated by Michael Cohen of The Tech Rabbi, Bethany Petty of Teaching With Technology, and Neil Jarrett of EdTech for Beginners.

Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform and one of the world’s fastest-growing learning brands with more than 40 million monthly active users in 180 countries. Kahoot! makes it easy to create, discover, play and share fun learning games in minutes—for any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages.

Launched in 2013, with the mission to make learning awesome, Kahoot!’s free game-based platform engages the heart, hand and mind, creating a wildly more social, meaningful and powerful pedagogical experience. Kahoot!’s platform and easy-to-use features not only attract educators and students but reach beyond the classroom to corporate powerhouses, sporting and cultural events, and any social and learning context.

Kahoot! allows teachers to quickly create fun learning games for students based around multiple choice questions. After creating the game, students can use any device to sign-in to the game ‘room’ using a unique code to complete lessons and compete against their peers.

Displaying the questions and game on a primary display encourages students to use their personal devices only for choosing their answer. This means group engagement and discussion is promoted throughout the session, creating what the Kahoot! team call ‘campfire moments’.

Kahoot! then promotes students to proactively pursue their learning goals by creating their own Kahoots, attempting to beat previous scores and inciting class discussions around the learning topic.

Whether used as an attention grabber at the start of a lesson or a re-energising tactic part way through an intense revision class, Kahoot! Is surely a great tool for any teacher.

8. Buncee - Create, Present and Share Engaging Multimedia Lessons

As nominated by Nikolaos Chatzopoulos of Tech Trends for Teachers, Nicholas Clayton, and Shelly Terrell of 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers.

Buncee is a creation and presentation tool which supports educators as they foster the 4 Cs of learning in students: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Some of Buncee’s many features include over 10k student-friendly graphics designed by their team to help make learning fun, the ability to record audio and video directly into a Buncee, integration with YouTube and Pixabay images and much more.

Students are able to engage and immerse themselves in what they are learning, be more engaged with the material, and therefore improve their comprehension. Buncee can be used to develop future-ready skills in students of all abilities. Students from as young as six and seven years old are using Buncee to create multimedia presentations which demonstrate learning acquisition, critical thinking and creativity, while also communicating stories.

Teachers integrate Buncee as a tool for individualized, differentiated instruction, language learning and special education, as well as lessons and projects for any subject. It is used as a classroom presentation tool for reviewing and introducing content aligned with curriculum standards. Additionally, Buncee is integrated into modes of expressed student learning including alternative book reports, research projects, digital storytelling, project-based learning, passion projects, and genius hour. With Buncee's easy to use creation canvas making learning fun is just a drag and drop away.

Our experts recommended using Buncee for outside-the-box lessons, such as creating digital posters, micro-movies or simple games as a class activity.

“A powerful, yet easy-to-use creative platform that empowers students” - Nikolaos Chatzopoulos
“Buncee hits all 4 C's by allowing students the opportunity to take a blank canvas and create something amazing. The company has awesome customer support, a content rich blog, and a gallery of ideas. As one of my student's said ‘it's the best app we have used all year!’ ” - Laurie Guyon

9. Canvas LMS

As recommended by Quincy Smith of eslauthority.com & Daniel Christian 

“One of the biggest adjustments we’ve seen teachers have to make is figuring out how to grade/mark assignments in an online environment.
As a solution for this, we’ve been recommending the Canvas LMS for their Speed Grader functionality. Canvas is a platform with a ton of features but we recommend teachers just start with what they need (in this case a solution to online grading) and get everyone familiar with it.
Even better is that Canvas has a free plan for teachers that has a ton of functionality so the only real hurdle is getting students to submit assignments via the platform. Once they do that, teachers have an array of markup tools that allow them to give feedback and suggestions much easier than simply using Preview or Google Sheets.
It’s important to note that Canvas is really an enterprise platform for schools and school systems, but we were happy to find they had the perfect solution for one of our biggest pain points." - Daniel Christian

10. Make Wonder, Dash's Neighbourhood - Robots that make learning to code fun

As nominated by Nikolaos Chatzopoulos of Tech Trends 4 Teachers, Jasmin Saab & Vanina Sandel

Founded in 2012, Wonder Workshop is the market-leading platform for children to learn computer science and robotics beginning at elementary school age. The company's first-generation robots, Dash and Dot, are widely recognized in education and have won many major industry awards.

“Dash's Neighborhood is a fun and engaging way for students to continue coding their favourite robot virtually! I have loved utilizing Wonder Workshop robots in my classroom, and Dash's Neighborhood takes everything to the next level! Coding dash virtually, came at the perfect time because I was able to continue working with my student’s coding abilities during distance learning without missing a beat! I loved how students were able to complete coding challenges at their own pace, and they were able to get more one-on-one instruction. Students love Dash's Neighborhood because they are able to experiment with their codes and there aren't time restrictions like there normally would be in the classroom. I recommend the integrated virtual puzzles that are included for anyone who would like to learn the basics of computer programming!”  - Jasmin Saab, 4th grade teacher from South Carolina

"As a STEAM Coordinator who teaches students from K-8th grade, I look for products that show certain requisites such as;
-Products can “grow with” the students and students can “grow with” the products
-Products are aligned with certain required standards
-Products are reasonable priced
Wonder Workshop products help students from Kindergarten all the way to 8th grade to understand the basic concepts of Computer Science better in a dynamic and fun way. Different disciplines like engineering and math are integrated with simple and complex coding in order to solve different puzzles and problems. Moreover, students are challenged to think outside the box in order to conquer different missions.. From Dot and Dash for the younger students to Cue for middle school students, the robots share with the students their educational journey. To conclude, the addition of Dash Neighborhood elevates Wonder Workshop to a higher level by providing a platform where more students under different circumstances can have access to Robotics"           - Vanina Sandel - K-8 Steam Coordinator at the Yavneh Day School 

11. GoBoard

As recommended by Lauren Keys of Math Nation

GoBoard is a free online tool that combines video chatting and a interactive canvas. Students can simply create a GoBoard on the site, share the link with a friend and start learning. GoBoard was designed to help students collaborate one-on-one, on virtually any topic. All in browser with nothing to download

"With no software to download, anyone can start and launch a session in less than 60 seconds. The pro version offers additional features such as unlimited session length and additional participants as well as recording and other compliance needs” - Lauren Keys

12. Classtools.net

As recommended by Leon Hady, Leon is a former Headteacher and now trains thousands of teachers online at Guideteachertraining.com

“As silly as it sounds, one of my favourite pieces for in class Edtech is Classtools.net. It is surely one of the oldest and most primitive tools out there, but it’s like a Swiss Army knife for engagement.
It is hugely popular in other countries but didn’t catch on as much in the UK. This is a shame as it has wonderful ‘use-in-class-tools, like a crossword generator, musical countdown timer, random name picker -, so many little gadgets that can make the mundane in-class activity that much faster and more interesting.
I know it’d be far more fun to mention the new-fangled, fancy bits of tech - but classtools.net is as easy to use as it is hideous to look at. However as a gentle engagement or starter and plenary tool, there is nothing that beats it for simplicity and range.” Leon Hady 

13. AdmitHub - Free, Expert College Admissions Advice

University Ventures, and Daniel Christian.

Focussing on a different area of EdTech, AdmitHub provides an easily accessible source of expert advice about US college applications - in the form of a friendly online chatbot!

AdmitHub’s mission is to provide all students with free, expert guidance along the path from high school, to and through college. Through SMS text and integration with Facebook Messenger, AdmitHub’s chatbot Oli mixes artificial intelligence with human guidance coaches from individual schools.

Once a student’s goals are assessed, they have 24/7 access to a personal ‘virtual campus guide’ to help them through application and enrolment processes and embodying each school's’ ‘unique spirit’ and personality.

AdmitHub are currently ahead of the game and applicable to US students only, but the rise of chatbot tech means we should soon start seeing many more innovative bots within the education sector.

14. Remind - School Communication Shouldn’t Be So Hard

Alex Corbitt and Andoni Sanz.

Remind is a classroom messaging app that helps teachers, students, and parents communicate quickly and efficiently. By connecting school communities, Remind makes it easy for everyone to succeed together. Based in San Francisco, Remind is used by more than 20 million people in 90% of school districts in the United States.

Whilst many organisations are starting to embrace technology to communicate with school stakeholders, messages typically end up being split across an array of channels. Facebook messages, WhatsApp groups, individual text messages or emails - the list goes on.

Remind removes the tedious process of remembering which message came from which person on which platform. Contacts can reach each other directly, schedule reminders, include attachments and see read-receipts - all with translation in 70 languages!

Remind is a great example of an alternative application of technology to support the wider community involved with schooling and education.

"My coworkers and I use remind to keep students and families updated about upcoming projects, events, and assessments. Our parent outreach is better than ever before and our students have demonstrated significant academic gains as a result." - Alex Corbitt

15. Go Noodle - Get Kids Moving

North Tyneside Learning Trust, and Nicholas Clayton.

Go Noodle gamifies movement and exercise, getting kids out of their seats and allowing them to be energetic, playful and and active - with a touch of silliness mixed in just for good measure.

The platform features hundreds of pre-recorded, custom-created videos designed to get kids moving. There’s also a handful of videos specifically made to start introducing children to concepts of mindfulness, including breathing and meditation.

The awesome thing about Go Noodle is how it can be used everywhere. Teachers can use it as an intro exercise to a lesson, a break in the middle of a long class or even as a piece of homework for children to do alongside their siblings or parents at home.

“GoNoodle has inspired many of our schools to promote physical activity in schools using their brilliant videos. We actually had a Mass GoNoodle in July last year where 800 children came together to get active as one big group.” - Laura Dickinson

16. Matific - Maths Games and Worksheets For Kids

Cool Cat Teacher, and Danielle Bartram of Miss B’s Resources.

Matific is an award-winning primary maths resource which uses common objects in ordinary settings that children can connect to for a deep understanding of maths. Matific episodes were designed to support each other to allow children to master core maths concepts. Encouraging children to experiment and play to foster understanding, Matific provides engagement across all year groups. With long term use, children can reconnect with core maths concepts that increase in difficulty and reinforce previously learned skills.

Matific is aligned to the UK Primary Maths curriculum and popular textbooks such as Maths-No Problem. It promotes inclusive learning through its platform with the ability to choose the language student's view the activities in - fantastic for EAL students and the visual presence in the activities cater well to special needs students.”

Matific provides a library of amazing resources for teaching maths to children age 4 - 11. Resources are split across bite-sized, immersive and interactive applications designed for mobiles and tablets.

Their resources are based entirely on the UK mathematics curriculum, making the apps a perfect companion to standard maths textbooks and activities, or to be used as a standalone pillar around which to plan a lesson. A recent research paper by Dr. Catherine Attard "Research Evaluation of Matific Mathematics Learning Resources" found Matific positively impacted on primary students learning.

“Matific is awesome. One particularly amazing thing to me is the ability for Matific to deliver instruction and parent information in a child's native language. That way you can focus purely on the math.” - Vicki Davis

17. ThingLink - Annotate Images and Videos

Seymour Educate, and Nikolaos Chatzopoulos of Tech Trends for Teachers.

Amongst the various interactive annotation applications available, ThingLink stands apart. Not only can ThingLink be used to edit, annotate and teach with images and videos in real-time, it also supports 360 degree video and VR/AR content.

Thinglink allows over 70 different tags to be used within content, such as links, videos, maps, images, social media and more. It’s intuitive interface allows users to create interactive content in just three steps and using an embeddable sharing link, it’s easy to distribute the content to your students wherever they are and whatever device they’re using. It even integrates natively with Facebook!

With it becoming increasingly more easy to create 360 and VR content using everyday tools like our smartphones, there are very few barriers to entry to begin trialling tools like Thinglink in your lessons.

"Through our goal of creating more digital projects, we discovered ThingLink. ThingLink has allow our students to take the traditional "create a poster" project to a whole new level." - Brian Seymour

18. Flash Academy

FlashAcademy® is a language-learning platform teaching English curriculum content from 45 home languages to support pupils with English as an Additional Language. Accessible on smartphones, tablet, and PC, the platform delivers learning via lessons, games, and enables teachers to remotely assign work and track progress. FlashAcademy® is a core part of the curriculum at Anderton Park Primary School, and hundreds of more schools, to accelerate learning and help close the gap. Thanks to its accessibility and independent learning style, pupils can continue to advance their English language skills at home during these challenging times. Claire Evans, Deputy Head, commented:

“Attainment for pupils with EAL has doubled since using the FlashAcademy® which is remarkable. Pupils love it and having their own app makes them feel really special.”
“We sent all of our 500 children home with their logins for FlashAcademy® and can see from our dashboard that they are logging on regularly which is great; completing lessons, playing the games and using the resources just like they would in school. Based on our data of how much progress children who use the platform make, we know this can only help them - knowing they are having fun but rapidly improving their English language skills at the same time.”

FlashAcademy® are currently offering free trials to help schools explore how it can support them to deliver a targeted ‘catch-up’ intervention for pupils with EAL."

Follow them on twitter at @FlashAcademyHQ 

19. Book Creator - The Simple Way To Create Beautiful eBooks

Beth Holland, and Michael Cohen of The Tech Rabbi.

Book Creator is a simple app for making ebooks on the iPad (and soon to be cross-platform). Red Jumper is the team behind Book Creator. Established in 2011, their mission is to empower the next generation of content creators and improve their educational outcomes.

Teachers and educators have the opportunity with Book Creator to develop interactive and evolving teaching resources that can easily be shared with or collaborated on by students. As an e-resource, it’s really easy to keep resources up to date for each year group and make edits on the fly during lessons.

Book Creator is also a great tool for students to explore their creative side and produce a tangible piece of content through their learning. Potential applications might include creating a portfolio of learning after each lesson, or a homework assignment to create an interactive story or comic book.

After creation, resources can then be shared online with anyone worldwide. Your students could support the learning of students on the other side of the world, or maybe even collaborate with them on a new project!

"Book Creator gives teachers and students a flexible multimedia creation platform with unlimited potential.” - Beth Holland
“BookCreator’s ease of use is perfect for young children to apply their speaking, listening, reading & writing skills.” - Amy Kingsley

Adam Chase

20. Wakelet - The Best Way To Share And Collect Content

Wakelet is a free to use content curation platform that allows you to save and organise all kinds of online content into visual, engaging collections. For example, you can simply copy and paste the address of a Youtube video into a Wakelet collection, and it will embed - allowing viewers to watch it without leaving the site. The same applies to social media posts, podcasts, music, and much more. You can also add articles, online documents, and upload your own content like text, PDFs, images, and even Flipgrid videos. Wakelet has a long list of integrations, layouts and options that allow you to share content and tell stories exactly how you want.

You can also use Wakelet's collaboration feature to create memorable and meaningful learning experiences for your classes. Students can both access and contribute to collections across devices without even needing to sign up!

Educators across the world are using Wakelet to create and share resources, lesson plans, presentations, newsletters, digital storytelling assignments, online portfolios, journals and much more.

Head to learn.wakelet.com to discover how you can get the most out of online content, and enhance learning experiences across the board!"

“I find Wakelet has multipurpose use for education: organizing course materials in one place, recapping Twitter chats, ePortfolios and more. The ease of use is key; you'll be up and running with a new Wakelet account in no time. Finally, the Wakelet support team has been super accessible and supportive. I appreciate and value that."Kim Fox, Professor at American University of Cairo

21. Times Table Rockstars - Sequenced Programmes to Help Kids Learn Times Tables

Bruno Reddy, and Danielle Bartram of Miss B’s Resources.

"Times Table Rock stars is an online learning platform, engaging primary and secondary school students in daily times tables practice. Its adaptive question generator is cleverly sequenced to provide measurable improvements in times tables recall speeds, increasing confidence and enjoyment in maths. 

The animated theme and motivational reward system have captivated pupils, teachers and families alike, resulting in widespread success across the UK. Children can practice by themselves, compete against other students and complete homework assignments tailored to their ability, online or using the mobile application. 

“Times Table Rockstars is an amazing site for to practise their times table recall skills in both a fun and engaging way. TTRockstars has motivated our students to become proactive in improving their times table recall skills whilst in the pursuit of the 'rock hero' status.” - Danielle Bartram.

22. Explain Everything - Collaborative, Interactive Whiteboard App

Beth Holland, and Michael Cohen of The Tech Rabbi.

For a number of years, Bartosz Gonczarek (CEO) and Piotr Sliwinski (CTO) had a hobby of making funny podcasts. They thought about filming them but the budget to make real movies with their ideas (space aliens, large explosions, monsters destroying whole city quarters) would have been too costly. The only plausible way to capture their ideas was to make simple cartoons.

The concept for an app to create these cartoons appeared in Piotr’s head in 2008 when a colleague showed him an animation that he had made. After a week, Piotr had a working proof of concept. It was a simple app for the Mac that displayed a funny face that could be moved around a checkered window, while its movement was recorded. Fast forward and on August 19, 2011, Explain Everything made its debut on the iPad App Store.

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard app with real-time collaboration that lets you animate, record, annotate, collaborate, and explore ideas, knowledge and understanding. Explain Everything provides teachers and students an opportunity to share thinking, reflect upon knowledge building, and assess both products and processes of learning.

23. Quizizz - Fun Multiplayer Classroom Quizzes

CUE, and Bethany Petty of Teaching With Technology.

Quizizz allows you to find amazing quizzes made by other teachers, or create your own quizzes and share them with the world. Start a "Live" game in class, or assign Quizizz as a fun "Homework" task. Teachers can control the competition by toggling the leaderboard, timer and other settings. Thanks to Quizizz being available on all devices, students play together, but each at their own pace. Gamification elements like avatars, leaderboard and funny memes add to the fun! Review your work in the end and use Quizizz’ detailed class and student-level reports to understand where your students need help.

“Quizizz is a game changer in formative assessment because it's easy for teachers to adopt. It has just the right visual layout for entertaining kids and getting teachers the actionable data they crave. As a plus, there's no "app" to download - Quizizz works on great on any device!” - Jon Corippo

The Best of the Rest

Each of the following EdTech companies received a single nomination from our education experts, but all of them deserve a mention for being fantastic tools to support teaching, learning and education!

24. Education City - Kids Educational Games and Teacher Resources

Sophie’s Nursery.

EducationCity is one of the leading online teaching, learning and assessment resources. It was established in 1999 and now has subscribers in over 70 countries worldwide.

Ideal for children aged between 3-12 years old and children with SEN of all ages, EducationCity’s engaging and interactive educational resources cover English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, French, Spanish and English as an additional language. Offering a variety of content types, it lends itself to group and whole-class instruction as well as personalised learning.

It can be used anytime and anywhere on various devices, including interactive whiteboards, laptops and mobile devices, and also includes many time-saving features for the teacher. As a curriculum-based resource, EducationCity is mapped to UK and worldwide curricula.

25. Flipgrid - Video for Student Engagement and Formative Assessment

Alec Couros.

Flipgrid is video platform used in over 50,000 classrooms to empower student voice and ignite discussion. In Flipgrid, teachers post discussion topics to which students respond via video, creating a social learning environment that provides every student an equal voice and increases engagement.

With the advent and increasing popularity of short video based communication a la Snapchat, Instagram Stories and more, allowing students to communicate and learn through a medium they are familiar with can improve engagement and knowledge retention.

Created ‘grids’ can also be embedded or connected with a variety of other platforms such as Blackboard, Wordpress, Moodle and more.

26. Padlet - The Easiest Way to Create and Collaborate

Teaching With Technology.

Padlet is like paper for your screen. Start with an empty page and then put anything you like on it. Upload a video, record an interview, snap a selfie, add text or upload some documents, and watch your padlet come to life. Invite as many people as you like and watch the page update in real time with the contributions of others. Used by teachers, students, professionals, and individuals of all ages, all around the world, Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate wherever you are.

Padlets easy, intuitive interface makes it a breeze to quickly create a new document. You could hold a live collaboration lesson where students can all share and add content to your sheet at the same time, or set a task to create a summer holiday scrapbook before school returns in September.

27. Microduino - DIY Electronics for Makers of All Ages

Tech Trends 4 Teachers.

Microduino designs and manufacturers digital electronic building blocks which are connectable to a large selection of digital input and digital/analog output devices. Compatible with Arduino, the Microduino Series blocks are packaged in multi-piece kits that allow users to build, animate and control objects that they construct. Kits also include interactive components that sense physical attributes and output devices. In its most popular form, mCookies are stackable, magnetically and electronically connectable and colour-coded to easily identify the functional family type.

mCookies are physically compatible with LEGO blocks. Connected in stacks, mCookies are available into the consumer, maker space and educational markets as components and/or in convenient kits such as the Microduino ‘Itty Bitty City’.

Microduino recent awards include Time Magazine named Microduino 1 of the top 5 STEM education kits to teach kids engineering and coding, Gold winners of the 2016 IDEA awards by the IDSA. Microduino modules are on permanent display at the Henry Ford museum of Innovation, One of the ‘Five Best Things’ from the World Maker Faire.

“Microduino is the perfect tool for STEM/STEAM education” - Nikolaos Chatzopoulos

28. TouchCast - Leading the Smart Video Revolution

Brad Gustafson.

At the core of TouchCast are Smart Videos. What makes video smart? Tools to create and stream video that are blissfully simple to use. The means for any file to be shared inside video. Interactive elements that make them more engaging. The ability to collaborate with your team anywhere in the world.

With TouchCast Studio, you have a full-blown TV studio at your fingertips. Use the green-screen feature to place yourself against a background or inside content. Or step inside a virtual set. Read from a scrolling script. Add titles. Annotate. Record your video, edit it, and share securely. Live stream it privately to a small group, the whole company, or publicly to the entire world.

This is smart video creation, where broadcasting is easy.

"We use TouchCast to supercharge school communications and unleash student creativity. TouchCast is like having a free professional recording studio in your classroom." - Brad Gustafson

29. Puzzlets - Make Game Time, Brain Time

Seymour Educate.

Puzzlets is a hardware accessory for your tablet or computer used to play Puzzlets-specific games. Each game focuses on a traditionally “tough” STEAM subject, such as: coding, math, and colour theory. Each game comes with its themed set of physical Puzzlets tiles.

Puzzlets apps use these toy puzzle pieces to control video games for K-2 (ages 6+). This hands-on learning game philosophy starts with fun first and offers endless possibilities to the educational market. Cork the Volcano, the first game for Puzzlets, enriches logic, sequencing, fine-motor skills through physical interaction and gameplay. New Puzzlets games on the topics of Math and Art, releasing Summer 2017, will expand the platform and learning.

30. Ebookadabra - 100’s of Children's Books in One App

Sophie’s Nursery.

Ebookadabra is the ‘Netflix’ of kids picture books. Aimed at children aged 3-7, it offers a huge library of picture books from well-known publishers, educational games and rewards - all within an environment that is safe and fun.

For a single monthly subscription that covers the whole family, parents and up to four kids can join in the fun – with everyone being able to access Ebookadabra simultaneously on an unlimited number of devices. Families can message each other, post reviews and record audio books.

The Ebookadabra library is constantly growing and new stickers, games, avatars and emoji are added regularly to maintain a fresh and engaging world of reading.

31. Smart Feed - Quality Movies and TV Shows for Kids

Daisy Dyer Duerr.

SmartFeed is the parents' trusted platform to curate, deliver, manage and connect to their kids' digital media – across all content and devices. Media is increasingly everywhere, especially in front of our children. Kids find and consume it easily, just like junk food. SmartFeed aims to change the paradigm: rather than just filtering out the junk, this tool helps parents feed their kids positive, engaging, healthy content instead.

It’s also an incredibly useful tool within schools that provide digital devices to students to use during lessons, ensuring attention is focussed on their learning goals and not on ‘junk media’. Additionally, the Smart Feed screening and filtering process mean teachers and educators can be safe in the knowledge that any external media used in their lessons has already been flagged as appropriate for their students age group.

32. TinyTap - Create Games and Learn from Others

30 Goals Challenge for Teachers.

TinyTap is a marketplace of interactive educational games created by teachers. TinyTap empowers students to learn through play, with over 100,000 learning activities from a worldwide community of educators. Master concepts through curated courses and measurable lessons, that you can play on your mobile device or computer. Create interactive presentations for school work, or detailed study guides for tests and quizzes with TinyTap's easy-to-use creation tool. Special needs teachers and caretakers can utilise this simple and powerful platform to come up with new ways to help those in need and personalise activities to fit each person individually.

The TinyTap team also believe that there is no better way to learn than by teaching - which is why they created the TinyTap Market. The TinyTap Market is an online community of millions of kids, teachers and parents that create and share their fun educational games everyday. Created games can be published  on the TinyTap Market, giving creators the option to sell their games - whether created by an author, illustrator, educator or just someone full of imagination.

“TinyTap is a wonderful app to encourage children to create interactive games and presentations for others with their own images, sound effects, and much more.” - Shelly Terrell

33. EDPuzzle - The Easiest Way to Engage Your Students With Videos

Teaching With Technology.

Edpuzzle allows teachers to easily customize a video by adding questions and audio throughout the video to have more engaging video-lessons. Helping to dispel the classic problem of students dozing off during longer videos, Edpuzzle allows you to add natural stopping points throughout the video. Add pauses at the end of each key video segment to trigger questioning and discussion amongst the class - all while making sure they’re still paying attention!

Edpuzzle also allows teachers to encourage self-paced learning by adding their own voice recording on top of the existing video. This means students can watch or review videos individually depending on their level of progress, helping to remove the chance of them becoming bored due to learning something they have already mastered.

34. UpGrad - Online Education Programmes for Professionals

Lightbox VC.

UpGrad was founded with an aim to empower working professionals and individuals to reach their full professional potential by providing them with high quality industry-relevant online programs in upcoming technological areas, which have high demand and increasing job opportunities.

So far, UpGrad has successfully launched programs in new age verticals like Product and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Digital (including areas in Marketing), and Data Analytics. Merging the latest technology, pedagogy and services, UpGrad offers an impactful and engaging learning experience for the digital world.

In its first year, UpGrad's Start Up India Learning Program has become the single largest online program in India, by enrolment. In addition, UpGrad's Data Analytics PG Diploma Program has become the single largest online program in India, by revenue. With a strong community of 50,000+ students, UpGrad is redefining online education in India, both in terms of enrolment/retention achievements as well as perception.

35. Loop - Student Feedback Made Easy

Loop allows teachers to collect structured feedback from their students about their learning experience and wellbeing. Providing a private, digital setting gives students more confidence to speak out about things that might be holding back their learning.

Teachers can enable anonymous responses, schedule questions, reply to feedback one on one or to groups of students with similar feedback, track changes over time, send announcements, and more. Loop is web and app based, and integrates with Google Classroom.

Loop provides multiple benefits for students and teachers, including giving students a greater voice in their education, especially those who are shy, or fear speaking out in front of their peers. Teachers can more easily spot and support struggling students and gain insight into what is or isn't working in the classroom for a particular cohort of students.

Loop provides a mechanism for professional development as teachers can refine their teaching style. Replacing student surveys, which can be slow and the results of which typically can only applied once students have finished a semester or learning module. This makes feedback more actionable than traditional student surveys using Google Forms or similar.

36. Quizlet - Improve your grades by studying with flashcards and games

Teaching With Technology.

Quizlet aims to harness the world’s knowledge to allow anyone to unlock their learning potential. They do this by making it simple for students and teachers to create and share online learning materials, currently used by more than 20 million students and teachers each month.

Quizlet offers tools for students to make flashcards, practice spelling, play learning games, test their knowledge, collaborate with other students and more, providing engaging, customizable activities with contributions from people everywhere.

37. Tinybop - Toys for tomorrow

As nominated by Terry Heick, Director at Teach Thought.

Tinybop builds elegant, educational apps to spark the curiosity, creativity, and kindness of kids around the world. Tinybop apps inspire kids to learn, create, and grow by diving into big ideas, testing how things work, and making connections about the world they live in. Tinybop’s flagship app The Human Body, has reached the #1 spot on the App Store’s education charts in 143 countries, and has been downloaded by more than six million families across the globe. Other Tinybop apps have won multiple awards from Children’s Technology Review, KAPi, Parent’s Choice, and AASL.

Tinybop builds elegant, educational apps to spark the curiosity, creativity, and kindness of kids around the world. Tinybop apps inspire kids to learn, create, and grow by diving into big ideas, testing how things work, and making connections about the world they live in. Tinybop's flagship app The Human Body, has reached the #1 spot on the App Store's education charts in 143 countries, and has been downloaded by more than six million families across the globe. Other Tinybop apps have won multiple awards from Children's Technology Review, KAPi, Parent's Choice, and AASL. Tinybop has recently brought their award-winning collection to the web through their new platform Tinybop Schools.

38. CommonLit - Free literacy resources and progress tracking tools


Founded by former teachers, CommonLit is a nonprofit EdTech organisation that operates an award-winning reading and writing platform. With CommonLit, teachers can create a free account to gain access to a host of standards-aligned, levelled, digital library of short texts including news articles, poems, historical documents and more. Their formative assessment tools help teachers target instruction and support struggling readers. 

39. Living Tree - The private social network for your school community


LivingTree is your district's own private, social network for family engagement. It replaces public social media, websites, emails, blogs, single purpose apps, paper flyers, etc. LivingTree simplifies engagement for both families and teachers. Each classroom and school has a private network which nests into the broader district network. Within your network, you have all the engagement features you need in one easy to use app (web or mobile) and even two-way translation to 100+ languages. LivingTree was recognised at the 2016 Stevie Gold Award winner for Community Involvement Program of the Year and 2016 Stevie Silver Award winner for Smartphone App of the Year.

40. Diagnostic Questions - Better results, more confidence, less time.

Bruno Reddy.

Diagnostic Questions is a world leading assessment tool that provides detailed insights into student understanding in a fraction of the time, simultaneously reducing your workload and improving student results and confidence.

In just three steps, assign a year’s worth of assessments to your students created exclusively by AQA, OCR and EdExcel. Create your own quizzes and assessments or choose from the thousands created by teachers, awarding bodies and publishers.

41. Bloomz - One app for all your parent communications

Cool Cat Teacher.

Bloomz is the mobile and web app that allows teachers to share instant messages, announcements, photos, calendars, volunteer and conference sign-ups, student portfolios and more through one easy-to-use interface. Teachers can control who can reach them and when without shutting down the communication pipeline, and with the recent addition of Robocalling, Bloomz is truly a comprehensive solution to school-wide communication.

Free to use for parents and teachers, Bloomz creates a private and secure environment for their community to thrive in. Online portfolios mean that assignments don’t get lost, and make distance learning painless. With the ability to translate more than 100 languages, Bloomz makes sure that even language barriers can’t get in the way of school communication.

Administrators use the app to track parental involvement through engagement reports, gain visibility into classroom communications, and target specific audiences for announcements by sending information to individuals, specific classrooms, or the whole school or district.

“Bloomz is my parent connection tool. It is so awesome that grandparents and students are now wanting to join. The biggest advantage is that it’s available as either an app or email and parents can set it up in the way they like best. Parents love it!” - Vicki Davis

42. My Simple Show - Create your own explainer video in minutes

Cool Cat Teacher.

The My Simple Show video maker tool allows users to create professional educational explainer videos in minutes. The tool is a great resource to be used inside or outside the classroom, both for teachers and students. To create a video, users simply choose a storyline and write the script, copy the script from a document, or upload a PowerPoint, and My Simple Show will create the video for you, with graphics and voiceover.

My Simple Show is so easy to use and intuitive to learn that it make a great tool for setting homework or assignments. Get students to create animated presentations or explanations of key topics to cement their understanding and allow them to demonstrate their knowledge.

43. Ozobot - Smart toy robots to learn and play

Seymour Educate.

Ozobot launched in fall 2014 with the vision to create an innovative way to play, learn and socially interact in an ever-expanding digital world. Through game applications and creative curriculums, Ozobot introduces interactive robots by blending entertainment and education in the family room as well as the classroom. Their mission is to provide learners as well as gamers of all ages a new option to play, learn and interact as well as inspire them to make the jump from using technology to actively shaping and creating it.

"As we have a K-12 computer science pathway we were looking for CS toys to use at our younger grade levels, and of course students love robots! Ozobot is a fantastic tool for teaching coding as the robot and programs are scaffolded allowing us to use Ozobots at numerous grade and skill levels." - Brian Seymour

44. Airhead - The open cloud desktop for teaching and learning


Winner of the prestigious ‘Innovation in ICT’ award at Bett 2015, Airhead is simply the best cloud desktop for schools, colleges and universities. With Airhead you'll save time, make the cloud more easily accessible and support communication and sharing. Airhead’s integration with Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite means you'll also be able to improve collaboration and productivity across one or many establishments. In short, you'll supercharge your journey to the cloud. Airhead is the glue that turns the Web into a meaningful educational service that delivers on the promise of anytime, anywhere, any device learning.

45. Tiggly - Interactive toys and iPad learning apps for kids

Seymour Educate.

Tiggly believes in the power of connected play - the magic that happens when you bring the best of physical play into digital apps. They design fun hands-on toys that interact with engaging learning apps on tablets! Tiggly has three learning systems, Tiggly Words, Tiggly Math, and Tiggly Shapes, and has been featured on TIME, Forbes, BBC, CNBC, Huffington Post and many others.

"Tiggly has been a great addition to our kindergarten classes in allowing students to interact and learn their numbers and letters on the iPad. Students like using the large letters and numbers and seeing the different apps work as they select the correct letters or numbers." - Brian Seymour

46. Canva - Empowering the world to design

I Heart Edu.

Canva makes it amazingly simple for everyone to create professional quality graphic designs. Its online design platform brings together a simple drag-and-drop design tool and a library of more than one million photographs, graphics and fonts, allowing anyone to take an idea and present it beautifully in print or online.

Canva can be used to design almost anything: presentations, posters, blog content, cards, online marketing materials, invitations, flyers and so much more. Since launching, Canva has grown to more than 10 million users in 179 countries around the world. It is now available in 25 different languages, and recently launched on iPhone and iPad.

Because it’s so easy to pick up and use, Canva is a brilliant tool for creating educational content. Potential applications include using Canva to create resources for the classroom, or asking students to collaborate on projects like digital posters or infographics.

47. Lithan - On Demand Learning and Mentoring

Red Dot Ventures.

Lithan’s mission is to redefine adult education through learning innovation. They provide lifelong career progression and learning to individuals and provide training solutions for enterprises.

Through virtual and blended delivery in the classroom, at the workplace, at home, and even overseas, Lithan allows non-invasive learning without geographic boundaries. Using innovative technology, Just-in-time learning delivery allows individuals and enterprise learners to study at their own pace, anytime and anywhere while still experiencing close mentorship and support.

By providing easy to access learning solution, Lithan is supporting adult learners to skill-up competencies and develop their talents to be future ready within the working environment.

48. Kami - Online PDF and Document Viewer, and Annotation Tool

I Heart Edu.

Kami is an educational technology application that provides educators and students tools to view and edit documents and PDF files.

Kami offers easy-to-use and valuable tools to millions of educators and students needing a document and PDF solution. Kami also enables the increasing number of American K-12 schools to edit and collaborate on worksheets and interact with publisher-supplied PDF files.

Kami is a proud Google Partner, a 2012 The University of Auckland Velocity 100K Challenge finalist, and the 2015 New Zealand Innovation Award winner.

49. Peardeck - Powerful Learning Moments for Every Learner, Every Day

Connect Safely.

Pear Deck was founded by educators on a mission to help teachers create powerful learning moments for every student, every day. Pear Deck’s intuitive solutions guide teachers towards best practices in the classroom and are used in flexible learning environments around the world to connect with learners of every age and ability. With Pear Deck, educators can easily assess student understanding in real-time, while facilitating student equity and creativity.

Educators using Google Apps for Education or Microsoft Office 365 apps like PowerPoint Online and Teams can easily add formative assessments and interactive questions to their classroom experience with Pear Deck. Pear Deck's powerful Teacher Dashboard and Student-Paced Mode make it a must-have tool in flexible learning environments. New product enhancements include Add Audio, which allows educators using Pear Deck for Google Slides to record or upload audio files to each slide; and Teacher Feedback, which enables teachers to give students feedback on individual responses, prompting understanding, driving metacognition, and promoting a growth mindset in students.

50. SiLAS Solutions - Avatar animation software for social skills

The Teched Up Teacher.

SiLAS is a browser-based web app that allows students to act out social scenes using video game pads and microphones to control their 3D avatars. SiLAS records the interaction in real-time, then produces a studio-quality animation that teachers and students can re-watch, critique, and assess. Student-performance data is tracked and animations are saved in guardian accounts allowing for crucial carryover year-to-year and outside the classroom. Kids can also create and watch interactions in full virtual reality.

The instructor selects the setting location for where the students will interact. Does the student need help initiating conversation in the cafeteria? The students can now practice the situation in the virtual cafeteria setting before going to eat their actual lunch. SiLAS is a great tool for helping kids who have social anxiety or interaction difficulties and for educating those with SEN about different social situations.

51. Showbie - The heart of your paperless classroom

Connect Safely.

Showbie combines all of the essential tools for assignments, feedback, and communication in one easy-to-use platform.

Showbie’s features were designed with teachers and students in mind. Unlike other learning management systems that require extensive training and time to implement, teachers can start using Showbie’s powerful platform within minutes. Teachers who use Showbie love how it transforms their classrooms into engaging, collaborative, and organized learning environments. Showbie’s suite of tools make it easy to give rich, differentiated feedback to students, so everyone gets the help they need to succeed. Showbie allows students to share files and ideas with each other, ensuring everyone is on the same page and encouraging collaboration.

Showbie lets teachers work with their peers and easily engage with families. Teachers can set up groups to work directly with colleagues, share best practices, or discuss the needs of particular students. Parents can easily be part of the conversation too; teachers can set up groups just for families where they can post class updates and even permission slips. 

52. Black Bullion - Opening the doors to financial education

Vivi Friedgut.

The lack of a financial education can have a crippling effect on students’ wellbeing. Through empowering students to take control of their financial future, BlackBullion positively impact on the student experience as well as retention, lifelong attainment and employability.

The platform educates users through easy to understand native content and interactive modules that engage but never patronise. Users can then access intelligent insights through smart analytics and reporting for minimum hassle and maximum efficiency, empowering learners to achieve lifelong learning and personal development. As Blackbullion put it, it’s more like a chat with a knowledgeable friend than a lecture from a bank manager!

53. Quizalize - The Easy Way to Differentiate Your Teaching.

54. Trovvit - Learn It, Save It, Share It

House of EdTech Podcast.

Trovvit allows you to create a "record" of what you are learning - save school work, maker projects, sports photos, art work, camp crafts, after school certificates. Once you save your record, you'll have it forever.

Trovvit's mission is to help learners at every stage - from toddler to senior citizen - learn, save records of their work, share their passions and grow their network. The team behind the app believe that creating a personal and permanent record of a learning experience is an important part of reflection and growth.

As building a community network is critical to successful learning, so Trovvit encourages learners to share their work and experiences with family and mentors through a private, secure feed and portfolio. Through sharing, they can get feedback, encouragement and ideas, telling their personal development story with an online profile and curated portfolio.

55. Labster - Empowering the Next Generation of Scientists to Change the World

Daniel Christian.

Labster is a company dedicated to developing fully interactive advanced lab simulations based on mathematical algorithms that support open-ended investigations. They combine these with gamification elements such as an immersive 3D universe, storytelling and a scoring system which stimulates students’ natural curiosity and highlights the connection between science and the real world.

The labs are being used by California State University, Harvard, Gwinnett Technical College, MIT, Exeter University, University of New Haven, Stanford, University of New England, Trinity College, University of Hong Kong and Berkeley among others internationally.

56. ABCya - Educational Computer Games and Apps for Kids


"ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students which offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. 

Over 125 million users visited ABCya in 2019, playing over a billion games! Apple, The New York Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine and Scholastic, to name just a few, have featured ABCya’s popular educational games."

57. DoodleMaths - Rapidly Accelerating Children’s Progress in Maths

Sophie’s Nursery.

Aimed at 4-14 year olds, DoodleMaths system diagnoses a child’s strengths and weaknesses and creates a work program that ensures progression (validated by University of Bath studies). By harnessing all that is good about mobile technology, it fosters regular daily use from its users in bite-sized chunks over long periods of time. DoodleMaths is emerging as a popular choice in the home-learning market, and as a homework tool within primary schools, and has been the recipient of many awards including winning at the Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace competition.

58. AspirEdu - Educational Analytics to Identify your At-Risk Students

Josh Murdock.

Founded by educators who are creating solutions to the problems of educators, AspirEDU helps schools help more students graduate. They analyse the data that schools already have, allowing their solutions to identify students that are most at risk of dropping out of or failing courses, and to identify the best practices that instructors can use to maximise the performance of their students. Retaining more students is good for schools and even better for the students themselves.

59. Brix Learning - Teaching the World Maths

Bruno Reddy.

Brix believe that every Maths student should have the support they require to fulfill their Mathematical potential, both in the classroom and at home. Brix is the only Maths learning platform in the world engineered around a deeply researched pedagogy designed to deliver impact. Their approach is focussed on increasing student engagement, confidence and enjoyment in order to drive achievement.

60. App Ed Review 

As recommended by Kreigh Knerr 

App ed review is an online database of in-depth educational app reviews designed to support teacher’s use of apps in the classroom. In addition, they have also gone a step further and started to build a bank of lesson plans designed around certain apps that are different, fun and engaging for students. 

“Not only does it review apps via, but its research has been published in multiple international education journals. The platform even includes lesson plans based on some of the apps” - Kreigh Knerr 

61. ButterflyFields - DIY Science Projects for 8 to 13 Year Olds


Butterfly Fields was founded by people with a passion to create more ‘doers’ in India. They felt that the Indian educational system, with its emphasis on theory and exams, was taking the joy out of learning and more importantly, its very purpose. As with many great journeys, Butterfly Fields began its journey by asking some simple questions that challenged the status quo:

  • Shouldn’t education be more about understanding and less about marks?
  • Shouldn’t schools be training children in improving intelligence rather than memory?
  • Shouldn’t learning be about solving real-life problems rather than answering some questions in a paper?

The ButterflyFields Innovative DIY kits have been designed indigenously by their in house R&D team comprising of highly qualified engineers and designers from top institutions. These products have been tried and tested as part of school programs by over 5000 children.

62. EduBlogs - Blogs and Websites for Teachers, Students and Schools

The Daring Librarian.

Since 2005, Edublogs has grown into the largest educational blogging network in the world

The team believe that blogging transforms the educational experience of students and have seen first hand how Edublogs increases ownership of learning, engages students, and becomes a source of pride in the classroom. Edublogs is a project of the prominent WordPress company Incsub; the same team behind CampusPress and WPMU DEV.

63. Flubaroo - Easy Grading of Assignment and Assessments

Ben Collins, Instructor at General Assembly.

Flubaroo is a free tool that helps you quickly grade multiple-choice or fill-in-blank assignments. More than just a grading tool, Flubaroo also computes average assignment score, computes average score per question and flags low-scoring questions. It can also display a grade distribution graph, gives you the option to email each student their grade and an answer key, and finally provides the facility to send individualised feedback to each student.

64. Formative - Get Deeper Insights into your Classroom

Beth Holland.

Formative was born out of research during the founding team's time as UCLA graduate students. Prototyped in the Startup UCLA program, vetted by teachers in the 4.0 Schools incubator, and turned into a company in the Imagine K12 accelerator, Formative was launched for educators in January 2015. The company is now partnered with the Jefferson Education Accelerator and schools around the U.S. in an effort to bring "formative teaching" to educators everywhere, eroding the need for assessments after the fact.

Formatives goal is to help all stakeholders have more recent and actionable data by using its platform both for formative assessments and daily activities, such as lab reports, homework, and more. A teacher can use previously created materials, share with colleagues, or create something on the fly. All responses are served back to the educators in a clean and helpful dashboard that helps them see overall and individual trends. Very soon, those same educators will see the students' progress on standards as they go through the year, getting ahead of their summative assessments.

65. Istation - Computer-Adaptive Assessments, Instruction, and More

Revision Buddies - GCSE Revision Apps

67. ZipGrade - Don’t take your Grading Home!

Alex Corbitt.

ZipGrade turns your phone or tablet into an optical grading machine similar to a Scantron. It reads free-to-download answer sheets in multiple sizes. Provide instant feedback to students by grading exit tickets, quizzes, and formative assessments as soon as they finish. Many teachers now grade as soon as students complete a quiz or test. Students receive immediate feedback and teachers can redirect differentiated learning quickly.

68. Zeemaps - Create and Publish Interactive Maps

Tech Stories.

"ZeeMaps is an enterprise-class mapping service that allows you to easily create, publish, and share interactive maps. You can construct dynamic visualizations of geographic information, producing maps from your list of locations. For example, you can create a map of places your class has visited on field trips. You can make maps pinning the locations of your tutoring clients, key locations of famous events for a history class, locations from news article stories, friends, or relatives. In addition to marking pins on a map, you can highlight areas of interest, e.g., zip codes, counties, city, state and country boundaries. Once areas are highlighted, you can restrict (and download) pins that fall within an area.

You can overlay real-time traffic information on the maps, and plan for multi-point trips with ZeeMaps. ZeeMaps takes information security seriously, having recently gone through a US HIPAA audit from a third party."

69. Unimersiv - Virtual Reality Educational Experiences

Daniel Christian.

Unimersiv’s mission is to help students of all ages learn faster through virtual reality.

They believe that Virtual Reality can strongly improve the capacity of the human mind to remember the things it learned for a long time.

Unimersiv believe that virtual reality should not only be used for gaming, but also for education. Research has shown students remember 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see and up to 90% of what they do or simulate. Virtual reality yields the latter scenario impeccably; students can interact with the virtual environment in person and manipulate the various objects within it. This supports “learning by doing” and also results in creativity by constructionism.

70. Thrively - Kids Activities and Strength Assessment


Every child is a genius. Every child deserves to thrive. Thrively are guided by those two core beliefs. With a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, they’re helping kids reach their potential, helping parents understand their children better and helping teachers connect with their students on a more personal level.

71. The Writing Project - Private and Professional Writing Platform

Tech Trends for Teachers.

The Writing Project provides a free platform for teachers, students, schools and anyone involved in education to share their thoughts, advice and expertise in writing. With over 10,000 pieces contributed to the site in the past half a year, The Writing Project is a brilliant opportunity to have your voice heard in a wider, worldwide educational community.

72. PicMonkey - Photo editor. Design maker. Idea Realizer.

The Daring Librarian.

Everything you need to make your ideas come to life—photo editing, collage making, graphic design—PicMonkey's got it. It's never been easier to feed your creative beast. PicMonkey makes creative tools for photo editing and graphic design because they want you to rock the universe. PicMonkey want your images to show your creativity, your style, and your spot-on brilliance.

73. Prodigy Maths - The Most Engaging Math Platform in the World


Prodigy has content from all major topics to help ensure your students are ready for standardized testing. With a diagnostic test to place students in the correct grade, embedded assessments, and automatic differentiation, Prodigy ensures that each one of your students succeed at their own pace. Everything your students work on in Prodigy is reported back to you in real time. Quickly see which skills your students have mastered, and where they may need some additional support.

74. Learn Around The World - Virtual Field Trips

Nicholas Clayton.

Learn Around The World are constantly thinking of how they can leverage technology to bring new and unique programs to your classroom. Their sole mission is to provide you with fun, interactive and meaningful programs that will not only flatten your classroom, but increase student engagement and enthusiasm.

Learn Around The World are your go-to guide to the world providing virtual field trips, guest speakers, and collaborations. They strive to make programs interactive, unique and an experience that will get your students excited about global education.

75. Desmos - Beautiful, Free Math

Bruno Reddy.

Desmos wants to help every student learn math and love learning math. But “every student” is a lot of students. So they create digital math tools and let the Internet take them to anyone who wants them!

Desmos has built the best-in-class HTML5 graphing calculator, which millions of students around the world use for free. That calculator catches stellar reviews in app stores and from happy users on Twitter. The team also create activities on top of that calculator, helping students use a powerful tool to experience all the curiosity, beauty, and sense that math has to offer. Those activities were used so often by so many teachers around the world that the Desmos team decided to create an Activity Builder, helping every teacher create digital math activities that equal and exceed the activities created by the team themselves.

76. Dream Learners - Animated bedtime story experiences

Sophie’s Nursery.

It's a sad reality that only 1 in 5 children get a bedtime story on a regular basis and, although children are traditionally taught in the daytime, knowledge and fact-based learning is most effective in the 90 minutes before sleep. The home has three times more impact on a child's learning outcomes than school but supplementary learning can be expensive. Getting the learning right at home, is key to a child's future but often parents don't have the tools or knowledge to be able to be effective teachers themselves.

This is why Dream Learners' stories are so beneficial for everyone in the family. After extensive research they are developing a multi-platform library of magical, animated story experiences that broadly cover the curriculum and are optimised for safe use in the 90 minutes before bedtime - the best time to learn. The magical learning stories and accompanying resources are aimed at children aged 3 - 9 to use on their own, or for maximum learning impact, with a parent. Dream Learners are constantly expanding their library of stories and resources.

77. CodaQuest - The Ultimate Learning Adventures!

Tech Trends 4 Teachers.

What’s better than playing a game? Playing a game while learning and completing homework at the same time! Coda Quest is a online role-playing game that delivers academics through a game-based 3D environment.

78. TES iBoard - Hundred of Interactive Resources Ideal for Whiteboards

Sophie’s Nursery.

iBoard provides packs of interactive resources and printables, ranging from assembly materials to everyday tools: Perfect to crack a concept or secure knowledge in a new skill. There are hundreds of interactive resources linked to core curriculum areas, including complete units of work with detailed lesson plans, handouts and more.

79. PlayPosit - Interactive Video Learning

Connect Safely.

PlayPosit is an online learning environment to create and share interactive video lessons. Teachers begin with any online video (screencasts, Khan Academy, TED, etc.) and transform what is traditionally passive content into an active experience for students, with time-embedded activities. 

80. SMART Technologies - Collaboration Software and Displays


Write. Touch. Swipe. Pinch. SMART interactive displays, whiteboards and collaboration software are so easy to use, they're second nature. Out in the schoolyard students tackle all sorts of imaginative projects together. SMART encourages that same back-and-forth interaction inside the classroom and beyond.

81. Simple K12 - Practical Online Teacher Training

30 Goals Challenge for Teachers.

Simple K12 help motivate, inspire, and enrich more than 600,000 teachers per year. In turn, these teachers are also there for each other. They are all in the same boat. They stay up late and get up early. They grade papers in the car. Make lesson plans while making dinner. Email parents while folding laundry. Run the school newspaper while watching ballet practice… and SimpleK12 gives them the ideas and support they need to never give up.

82. (g)Math - The Tool that’s making Math Digital

Ben Collins, Instructor at General Assembly.

Despite the recent advancements in edtech, math teachers and students have still predominantly been using pencil and paper to create math and respond to math questions. Thanks to the g(Math) Add-On, it’s quick and easy to create equations, graphs, stats displays and math quizzes to insert into Google Docs, Sheets, or Forms. Now students at all levels - and their teachers - can write virtually any mathematical expression directly on their PC or Chromebook’s keyboard or touchscreen. 

83. Lifeliqe - Interactive 3D Models to Augment Classroom Learning

Daniel Christian.

Lifeliqe is the world's first learning platform that enables users to drag & drop any of its 1,000 interactive 3D and augmented reality models into lesson plans, e-books and other learning resources. Students, teachers and homeschoolers can access premium, ready-to-use 3D models and lesson plans for learning, creating and sharing their own content. Lifeliqe's mission is to spark in students memorable light bulb moments and create a passion for lifelong learning. Lifeliqe is now also available in virtual reality as HTC Vive's strategic partner for educational VR content.

84. SchoolTube - The Best Video from Students and Teachers Everywhere

Don Goble.

SchoolTube.com is the nation's largest K-12 moderated video sharing platform, specifically designed for students and educators - exclusively endorsed by over twenty national education associations. Empowering students and teachers through the use of video, with a safe, informative, and fun video sharing experience.

85. OohLala - Improving the Student Experience

University Ventures.

OohLaLa provides a Platform for Students to Interact. The campus wall allows students to post questions about housing, purchasing books or finding the best places to eat and get answers quickly from the campus community. Admin can post important information and create custom channels that are specific to life at their campus.

86. Newsela - Teach Reading the Way You’ve Always Wanted To

Alex Corbitt.

Newsela is an education technology startup dedicated to transforming the way students access the world through words. Their team combines powerful technological know-how with real-world experience earned in the classroom, the newsroom, and the boardroom. They publish high-interest news and nonfiction articles daily at five levels of complexity for grades 2-12 using a proprietary, rapid text-leveling process. By combining relevant and interesting nonfiction content with standards-aligned assessments, Newsela gives educators the primary solution to dramatically improve students’ literacy skills for the 21st century.

87. IXL - Maths and English Practice

Teach Thought.

IXL Learning are passionate about creating and supporting the best educational technology possible. They develop groundbreaking products used by millions of learners, from children to adults to make learning as effective as it can be. IXL are committed to solving the real-world challenges faced by students and teachers around the planet.

From a 2-year-old starting to count, to a university student tackling a foreign language, from teachers creating educational games for their class, to parents reviewing concepts with their kids. IXL’s Maths product alone is used by over 10% of US schoolchildren, who have answered a whopping 26 billion questions to date!

88. Khan Academy - Free Online Courses, Lessons and Practice

I Heart Edu.

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. Khan Academy are also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

89. ClassDojo - Happier Classrooms

Nicholas Clayton and Alexandra from the Adventure Classroom

ClassDojo connects teachers with students and parents to build amazing classroom communities. Teachers can encourage students for any skill or value — whether it's working hard, being kind, helping others or something else. Students can showcase and share their learning by adding photos and videos to their own portfolios. It’s also easy to get parents engaged by sharing photos and videos of wonderful classroom moments.

“ClassDojo is a platform for teachers, students and parents alike. As a teacher, ClassDojo can be used to take attendance, create random groupings, post instructions, and display Think Pair Share questions. It is so convenient to leave the website open on the projector screen and have multiple uses for it during one lesson. As a student, ClassDojo provides access to all assignments and activities; work can be submitted in written, visual and audio format. 
 As a bonus, students love seeing their cute alien avatars on the homepage -- even my high school students! Parents can join their child’s ClassDojo in order to stay up to date with the activities of the classroom. Parents and teachers have access to a messaging section, which can translate text into many languages; this can be especially useful for language learners or those in international schools. I highly recommend this platform as a way to stay organized, maintain parent-teacher communication, and simplify the process of student submissions. ClassDojo is a fun platform that is easy to navigate, and houses everything in one place!“ - Alexandra from the Adventure Classroom

90. The Creativity Hub - Games and Playthings that Foster Imagination

Beth Holland.

The Creativity Hub make games and playthings that foster imagination, empathy and self esteem, because we want to see a world where these three things are fostered in every individual.

The Creativity Hub has built a reputation these past few years for designing intelligent, playful games that are full of heart. Rory's Story Cubes is connecting millions around the world through the power of storytelling, while The Extraordinaires Design Studio is helping children develop the empathy and creative thinking skills they need to navigate an increasingly complex and divided world.

91. Osmo - Play Beyond the Screen

Tech Trends 4 Teachers.

Osmo is an award-winning game system that will change the way your child interacts with the iPad by opening it up to hands-on play. Tangible Play Inc. – the business behind the Osmo brand – was founded in 2013 by Pramod Sharma and Jerome Scholler, who set out to create “something awesome that inspires the youngest generation,” while at the same time addressing a concern of many parents about how to have their children interact with technology without losing the value of hands-on play.

92. Hegarty Maths - School Maths. Sorted.

Miss B’s Resources.

The Hegarty Maths vision was to try and take as much of what makes a great classroom teacher and put it into an online format so this included: well-thought out maths explanations with carefully modelled examples, all learning built on pre-requisite knowledge, all videos followed by bespoke assessments perfectly matching the video and finally a simple and easy to use tracking system that allowed teachers to focus on pupils' mistakes whilst making the collection of tracking data easy. The plaform was built on what the founders wished they always had as maths teachers.

93. iLos Video - The Fastest Growing Video Platform

Josh Murdock.

Record, edit, host, and share your video content inside a single app. Replace videos shared anywhere without changing any links or embed codes. Managing and updating content across the web has never been this easy. Never guess whether or not your videos are being watched. Create trackable links to see exactly where your videos are being played and by whom.

94. Legends of Learning - Learning Games That Give Your Lessons Superpowers

Legends of Learning is an online game-based learning platform with over 1000 games and simulations covering 3rd-8th grade science curricula. Since launching in March 2017, more than 30,000 teachers have deployed Legends of Learning games to 250,000+ students.

Games are organized on the Legends of Learning Platform into 147 different learning objectives across Earth and Space, Life, and Physical Sciences, making it easy for teachers to locate the subject matter they need. Most learning objectives contain 8-10 different games. Teachers can read fellow educators' reviews, curriculum concepts, and discussion questions for each game, and give it a try themselves.

Once they select a game or three, they drag and drop games and quizzes into custom playlists and launch the playlists for students to conquer in class or at home. While a playlist is live, teachers can track student progress in real time via the Legends of Learning teacher dashboard. This shows them how much progress each student has made, their answers to each quiz question, and even whether a student has wandered off-task into another browser tab. Question and answer data is immediately available for download in spreadsheet form, and also stored in the platform for future reference.

The platform is designed to run entirely within a web browser, optimized for Chromebooks and iPads. There are no apps to download and no software to install. Just games, simulations, and quizzes, available online for introductory pedagogy, follow-up review, test prep, and homework, mixing fun with versatility.

"It warmed my heart to see students who struggle with traditional learning methods blossom under the opportunity to learn through simulation. Students that rarely verbally/physically participate in class were out of their seats, volunteering to help guide classmates. If you haven't checked out these games yet, please do!" - Shannon Bobryk

95. Sutori - Create and share visual stories. Together.

"Kids get bored of powerpoint and so do I lol"
"We worked on #Sutori all week, but it was worth it because we are now ready for the test."

When the Sutori team got wind of these comments on the same day through one of their numerous feedback channels, they knew they were doing something right. But it was no surprise to them either; from the days of the first prototype, they had followed the same rule: let the users tell you how they want to use your product and build out what they need.

Sutori (formerly HSTRY) enables teachers and students to create interactive stories through a simple and intuitive interface. Adding images, videos, audio files is done in a few clicks while embedding quiz questions and a commenting system add further interactivity and engagement.

Teachers use a variety of edtech tools so why not provide an easy interface to gather them all in one place? Sutori also allows users to embed any kind of teaching tool (Thinglink, EdPuzzle, Buncee, Flipgrid...) and resource (Google Maps, Docs, PDF, Prezi...) into a story.

96. SpiderScribe - Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming app

A picture, as the saying goes, is worth a thousand words. Similarly, visualizing ideas helps comprehension and retention.

SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool. It helps organize and visualize ideas by connecting notes, images, documents, calendar dates and geographical locations into free-form maps. These maps can be shared online and collaborated on by multiple people in real time.

Teachers and students find it easy to use – SpiderScribe is employed as a digital tool in classrooms all around the world. Teachers use it to create lessons plans, compliment their presentations, organize their curriculum, etc. They also find it very helpful when collaborating with their professional learning team, because it serves as a central location for files, video links, pictures and much more. Students are given assignments they can complete in SpiderScribe then share the results with the teacher. SpiderScribe also works well for team projects as multiple people can work on the same map. Not to mention – it is also a lot of fun for the students.

SpiderScribe Jr. is an independent companion app built for iPads. It is very simple to use and works offline too. The maps can then be emailed as an image to other people, making it easy for students to work with and send the completed work to their teacher. 

97. Creaza - Creative and Playful Learning 

Creaza is a creative and playful learning tool that enables students and teachers to easily create mind maps, presentations, cartoons, videos, and digital stories. Creaza consists of the tools Cartoonist and Mindomo, a massive library of content, and hundreds of ready-made activities related to different subjects and topics. Students' learning abilities are as unique as their DNA, and teachers are struggling now more than ever to meet their students' needs. When learners are struggling with learning, their chances of success in life are hurt.

Creaza helps teachers to turn learning into something creative and fun - giving ALL students a chance to tell their story in any way they prefer (without borders & format)!

Storytelling is data, wrapped in context, delivered by meaning.

When learning becomes meaningful and barriers for learning are removed, Both learners and teachers will flourish and succeed! Their new AudioEditor allows you to create exciting podcasts and audio mixes. The tool contains hundreds of audio clips, music as well as sound effects. These can be combined with audio recordings and your own uploaded audio files.

In Cartoonist, you can create cartoons, videos, and digital stories. Cartoonist consists of a wide variety of themes, backgrounds, characters, props, video clips, and audio files. The tool’s integrated content can be combined with the users’ own uploaded files and audio recordings. With new features such as Animation, audio editing, video editing and much more.

In Mindomo, you can create mind maps with text, links, images, video, and audio. You can combine content from the web with Mindomo’s library and your own uploaded files. The mind maps can quickly be transformed into presentations. It is also possible to collaborate in real-time.

Teachers can easily assign Creaza’s ready-made activities to their students. The activities can either be used as they are, or they can be modified, but teachers can also create their own ones from scratch. Once an activity has been assigned, teachers can follow their students’ work from start to finish. They can view, comment, and give feedback along the way, and approve or reopen the work once it has been handed in.

Creaza is all about Creative and Playful Learning.

98. Wizer - Amaze your students with smarter worksheets

Can you answer the question ― How do you teach twenty five neurodiverse learners? Wizer can! The award winning program revolutionizes interactive digital worksheets for students. Teachers can create interactive digital worksheets for all their students. No more waiting to use or unjamming the copier. Done are the days of grading worksheets by hand (red pens, be gone!).

Worksheets come to life with Wizer!

Wizer was built with the student in mind when it comes to individualized and personalized instruction. With its Premium version, teachers create a database of their students’ learning (called Learner Profiles) based on any criteria the teacher determines to be helpful. Educators can assign worksheets or questions within worksheets to specific students based on their Learner Profiles. This means, teachers can individualize students’ work.and personalize the learning by creating questions that focus on the skill sets while taking into account students’ interests. 

Start building and creating today!

99. Kidblog - Safe Student Publishing 

Kidblog empowers students to write with a meaningful purpose for a real audience, and enables them to connect with other classes down the hallway, across your district, or around the world. With Kidblog, students are practicing digital citizenship within a secure environment.

With no manual curation required, Kidblog enables schools to document student learning over time. Students' portfolios are built automatically across classes, demonstrating growth year-over-year. Parents can celebrate their children's achievements throughout their academic journey.

Kidblog is integrated with a number of other platforms for seamless lesson assimilation:

Google and Clever Login
Google Drive

Kidblog also offers a few key unique features including:

Media Library
Class Connections
Publishing Statistics
Lesson Ideas and Resources 

100. Insert Learning - Insert instructional content on any web page.

With InsertLearning, teachers turn web pages into interactive lessons by inserting questions, videos, discussions, insight and more into the text. Students stay focused, engaged, and active participants in their learning by annotating text, answering text-dependent (“un-googleable”) questions, and live discussions. 

The platform also gives teachers and students access to a curated search engine of quality content on the Internet including textbooks, primary sources, stories, and the news. InsertLearning is a Google Classroom Partner and was designed for Chromebooks.

101. Foundry College

A very innovative and new approach to the college environment. Courses are live and replicate the traditional classroom environment. The scrolling video grid lets students see their classmates and instructor continuously, but without overwhelming them by looking at all the students all the time. Learners can ‘raise their hand’ to ask questions and immediately get answers, and the chat feature provides continuous interaction. In breakout groups, students can see and speak directly with their classmates and the instructor. Additionally, the Forge is enhanced with tech-enabled data collection, reporting, and analytics. There is simply no other product on the market today with these important data- and science-driven features.

Phew! It's a long list from some brilliant education and EdTech experts, but hopefully, you've found a few new tools to try out in your teaching.

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Adam B

Adam B

22nd Jun 2020