Digital Toolbox

Digital tools used in this course are varied, but open, accessible, and free are key requirements. While many tools require a sign up or sign in, some will not ask you, as a student in this class, to acquire an account. As an educator, I try to minimize this, in order to limit where your personal contact information will be shared. With that in mind, I’ve also selected tools that are being used in Ontario classrooms, to expose you to how these digital resources may impact teaching and learning. Some tools have their own page of resources – Google (GSuite), Mindomo, Padlet, and Twitter. Here are some additional tools that you should know about. Let’s open the box and see what’s inside.

Answer Garden

This tool creates a crowd sourced word cloud. Participants and creators do not need to sign up or sign in. This tool can be used as a pre or post formative assessment tool to gain a quick summary of student ideas and understanding. Learn more about Answer Garden brainstorming.  This Answer Garden Tutorial  video will get you started.

Word cloud generators

There are many you can use, but my favourite ones include Word Art (used to be called Tagul) and Wordle. Try using different internet browsers if you experience troubles. This quick video provides some basic information.

Sketchnote resources


This tool creates annotations and hypertext links on images. This video is a great way to get started. Create a ThingLink for EDU – by Susan Oxnevad.


With this tool you can create grid board collections to support your information management or have a set of links ready for a lesson/unit of study.