Webtools: No Registration Needed for Students

Image courtesy of OZinOH

Image courtesy of OZinOH

Welcome to my list of webtools that don’t require student registration. This started off as a simple curation for myself and has ballooned into something that I never thought would get this big. And it is still growing. I started added comments to each link, but that is taking a long time to complete. Please bear with me as I update it.

While I do try to verify each link on a regular basis, please be aware that websites do change and some of these sites may no longer be active or may have switched to a paid version. Also, some of these sites rely on advertisements and so be careful when using with younger students. To make it on this list, a site must be:

  1. Free. There may be paid versions, but there is an option to use without paying.
  2. Without the need for students to give their email address. Teachers may have to register, but there is an option for students to either sign-in or use without giving their own email address or log-in with their Facebook/Google/Twitter/etc. account.
  3. For the most part, interactive or creative. The ideal tool allows the student to express themselves through creation, but some of these tools are for teachers only.
  4. Completely online. There should be no need to install something to make it work. Some of these sites require things like Flash or Java which are on most desktop and laptop computers, but are normally not accessible on a tablet or phone.

Over the next while, I will be adding labels to each of these to designate whether you can use this site without any registration at all or will need the use of a class code given by the teacher. Also, where I find the tool especially useful, I have also added some sites that need an email address, but can be used with a completely fake email address since the site doesn’t require you to verify your email address.

If you find a bad link, bad site, or any other error, please let me know through the comment section. Also, if you know of sites to add to this list, let me know and I will post it giving credit to you. Thank you.


QR Codes
Surveys and Polls
Online Whiteboards/Corkboards
PDF Tools
Word Clouds
Reference (dictionary/thesaurus/concordance/corpus/citation)
Documents (webpages/text/paste/view)
Stories (create/read)
Screencapture (image/video)
Video (view/edit/create)

QR Codes


  • QRickit QR Codes: Create QR codes that will perform up to 18 different tasks including add a contact, sending an email or SMS message, go to a Google map location, or even send a Tweet! You have the option of choosing the code and background colours and including an image in the code. Download the image as a JPEG or PNG file. (★★★)
  • QR Code GeneratorCreate a QR code for a URL, VCard, text, email message, or SMS. High quality images can be downloaded or embedded, including JPG, SVG, and EPS. (★★★)
  • goQRCreate a QR code for nine different things: website, text, VCard, SMS, telephone call, geolocation, event, email, and wifi password. Image can be download as a high-quality SVG, EPS, PNG, or JPG. You can also change some of the colour and image settings for the image. (★★★)
  • QR-Code GeneratorCreate a QR code for a URL, VCard, text, email message, or SMS. Image can be downloaded or embedded. (★★★)
  • QR Stuff: Create a QR code from up to 23 different things including tweets and Google Maps location. Image can be downloaded or printed. (★★★)
  • Kaywa QR Code: Create a QR code for a URL, Facebook, contact, or coupon. High quality images can be downloaded as an EPS or PNG. (★★★)
  • Create QR Code: Nice, clean site that creates a QR code for up to nine different things. Download or embed the image. (★★★★)
  • QRcode business cards: Type in your information, choose an online image, and the site will create online business cards that you can download as a PDF file to print on Avery business card paper. People who can the card will have your information downloaded automatically to their contacts list. (★★)

Decode online

  • ZXing Decoder Online: Decode QR codes online without a dedicated app. The QR code can be uploaded or found online. (★★★)
  • Online Bar Code ReaderDecode QR codes online without a dedicated app. The QR code must be uploaded. (★★)
  • QR Code Scanner: Create a QR code from a URL and download the image. Decode QR codes online without a dedicated app. Images can be scanned using a webcam or images can be uploaded. (★★★★)

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Survey and Polls

  • PollEverywhere: A nice, clean poll without ads. Can be multiple choice, free response, true/false, image, or discourse questions. Participants can use the website or can send by SMS. Limitations on the number of free polls or users without registering. See live results on the screen. Very nice site and simple to use. (★★★★★)
  • OneQstn: A simple multiple choice poll option with a clean button-type interface. There are no options to change the look or to have users add their own options. One of the easiest to use and doesn’t use Flash or Java so it works on basically any website including iOS devices and can be embedded almost anywhere. (Note: It asks for name and email information, but you can leave them blank). (h/t http://www.thetoolbox.cc/) (★★★)
  • PollCode: This site provides a few additional functions such as multiple answers, colour, background, and font choices, as well as the ability to leave comments. People can also just view the results without giving an answer. The poll is hosted or can be embedded. One unique feature is the ability to use a dropdown menu instead of radio buttons. (★★)
  • Click2Answer: While not the prettiest poll. this site allows for users and administrators to get an email each time someone completes the survey. Participants can also add comments and all the answers and comments are presented in an easy-to-read chart. (★★)
  • Hanzo: This site allows some simple design choices as well as single or multiple votes. Results are given in a bar graph in percentage or numbers of votes. You can also set a start and end time for the voting. Easy and use and the poll can be embedded or hosted. (★★)
  • Flisti: This site allows for multiple answers and users can leave comments as well. Visitors can view the results without voting. It is hosted and can also be embedded. (h/t @rkiker) (★★★)
  • Poll Junkie: A clean, simple poll that allows for multiple choice, ranking, rating, and free text questions. You can set an expiration date, allow for comments, and download as a CSV. (★★★★)
  • Yarp: A very simple, yes or no type of survey. (★★)
  • Tally: Very simple, clean hosted poll creator. Users click on one or more answers and results are shown in the poll itself. Copy URL to share. No place to add text answers, but works on most devices. No ads. (★★★) (h/t @AnthipippiHarou)
  • Pollmaker: A poll creator with multiple options: multiple answers, type in your own answer, start and stop times, customizable themes, text field, commenting, and location reports. Fairly simple, yet quite robust for a free poll maker. No ads. (★★★★) (h/t @AnthipippiHarou)

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Online Whiteboards/Corkboards

  • scrumblr: This is an online sticky-note application that allows you to create columns to organize your notes. You can also categorize your notes using coloured dots and stars. (h/t @manssen) (★★★)
  • Awwapp: Draw or type on this whiteboard using a variety of coloured markers. Invite others to participate and post online or save the completed work to your computer. Here is my guide of it. (h/t @ICTmagic) (★★★)
  • Board800: This is an online collaborative whiteboard that allows for multiple pages. Draw, write, or type on the page or an image. Share with others. It is good for 90 days. (★★★)
  • draw.to: A small, simple whiteboard that you can share with others or embed on your website. Draw, type, or write on the board and have others join in. (★★)
  • interactive illimitably: An interesting chat and drawing tool that includes some drawing games as well. Collaborate with others on a
    drawing. Text, draw, and apply layers. (★★)
  • FlockDraw: Draw, add text, and chat online with up to 10 people at once. Embed the drawing or save it your computer. (★★)
  • GroupZap: This is made up of a number of great tools including drag-and-drop images and files from your computer, drawings, coloured notes, and exporting and embedding. Add a custom background, reply a history of how the board was created, and more. An email address is needed to join, but since you don’t need to receive a registration email, a fake email account works just fine (something@something.com). Boards are only active for 7 days. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★)
  • Padlet: One of the most well known of all of the stickynote sites. Add notes to a wall and others can go on and add theirs as well. The administrator needs to register with an email, but other can add without registration. Works well with tablets and phones. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★★)
  • CoSketch: Collaborate with others by drawing or typing on a whiteboard, image, or Google Map. Embed on your webpage as well. (★★★)
  • Twiddla: This is the most extensive of all the whiteboard tools here. You can annotate and draw on a whiteboard, Etherpad document, webpage, document, or image. Use audio including connecting with Skype and so much more. (h/t @rkiker) (★★★★)
  • Web Whiteboard: Create a simple post it whiteboard with multiple pens and pencils. Simple to set up and share. (★★★)
  • Smart Notebook Express: Different from most whiteboards in that it creates and uses Smart Notebook files that are used with Smartboards. It is an easy way to create a view Smart Notebook files when you don’t have access to the full Notebook software. Limited in usage, it is not meant to be collaborative, but can be used to share files. (★★)
  • Linoit: A robust corkboard / inboard that allows for multimedia items and has a navigation map. Requires registration, but students can use a fake email address. Also has mobile apps. No ads. Simple to use. (★★★★)
  • NoteBook CastAn online shareable whiteboard for up to 10 people. Works on HTML5 browsers, including tablets. Add images, text, and shapes. Screen capture your creations. Simple to use. No ads. (★★★★) (h/t @AnthipippiHarou)

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PDF Tools

  • PDFescape: The most comprehensive of all the free online PDF tools. Create, read, and edit PDF documents. Create and fill in PDF forms all within your browser without needing to register. Some of the more notable tools including the ability to insert and remove pages from a PDF document, annotate and markup a PDF, as well as creating fillable forms. (★★★★)
  • FoxyUtils SplitPDF: There are four simple, yet effective, tools: split a PDF (remove a range of pages), merge PDFs (combine 2 or more PDFs into one document), unlock a PDF (in case you forget the password), protect a PDF (add a password and restrict usage). (★★)
  • PDF Newspaper: Enter a webpage with an RSS feed and convert the last five posts into a nice looking PDF newspaper. Here is my guide to it. (★★★)
  • PDF to Word Online Converter: Upload a PDF and the site will convert it into a Word document without needing to install anything or provide and personal data. (★★)
  • PrintWhatYouLike: Enter a webpage URL on this website or use their bookmarklet and the site will grab the information from the website allowing you to remove what you don’t want before making it into a PDF to download and print. (★★★)
  • Online PDF Tools: Has a set of eight PDF tools including converting, merging, rotating, and unlocking PDFs. Some of the unique functions include creating a PDF flipbook and converting Instagram and Facebook photos to PDF (those two functions require your passwords). (h/t to @deewaker72) (★★★)
  • 2ePub Converter: Converts 14 different types of documents, including PDFs, into one of four different ebook files. (h/t to @NMHS_Principal) (★★★)
  • Capture Webpage: Create an image or PDF from a webpage. If you select one of the image files, it will create one long image of the site instead of splitting into seperate files or only what can be viewed on the screen. Great way of capturing an entire page. (★★)
  • Sejda: A number of advanced split and merge functions as well as encrypting and rotating PDFs. (h/t to @makeuseof) (★★★)
  • Witwall Tech: A super simply way of cropping a PDF online. Upload your own image or find one online. Create a preview, drag over the area you want to keep, and crop. Automatically downloads a cropped version. (★★)
  • I Love PDF: Extract, split, or merge PDFs quickly and easily. Even stores the finished files online for up to 1 hour. (★★★)
  • PDF Extractor: Extract images, fonts, and text from a PDF. Upload your own file or find one online. (★★★)
  • Neevia Online: Compress large PDFs, merge, or resize files. It also has a number of advanced options. h/t to @claganach (★★)
  • Print Friendly: This is one of the easiest and nicest ways of creating a clean PDF document of a webpage for printing. Select sections to delete and keep or remove images. Use the simple bookmarklet to access from any webpage. See my screencast on how to use PrintFriendly here. (★★★★)
  • Sciweavers: This is a series of online web applications inlcuding a number for PDFs. Merge, split, print, and extract images from PDFs. (★★★)
  • PDFSplit: Split and extract pages from PDF. (★★)
  • DocsPal: Convert many different types of files. Upload and view files. Share file links with others. (★★★)
  • PDF Zipper: Compress large PDF files for screen or print. (★★)
  • PDF Online Reader: Upload a PDF and annotate and markup a PDF. Can be downloaded, but not shared. (★★)
  • Cute PDF Editor Online: A great online PDF tool. Edit, crop, extract pages, merge, and more. Clean and simple. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★★)

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  • ChartGo: Create a bar, line, pie, or area graph in 2D or 3D. Options also include dimensions and orientation. Enter your data and you are then given a URL to edit and one to share. You can also embed the chart on your website or blog. Simple, yet nice looking results. (★★★)
  • Chartle: This site has the most options available including bar, pie, line, scatter plots, Venn diagrams, radar charts, organizational charts, tables, timelines, motion charts, gauges, and maps. Options for dimensions, data type, and either 2D or 3D shapes. Charts are hosted in the gallery or can be embedded on your website or blog. (★★★)
  • Piecolor: Create a piechart you can download. Very simple to use and can be in 2D or 3D. No hosting or embedding available. (★★)
  • Graph.tk: This is a mathematical graph creator. Type in your formulas and the graph is created automatically. Beautiful results that can be downloaded. No host or embed functions available. (★★★★)
  • Hohli: Create bar, line, and pie charts along with Venn diagrams, scatter plots and radar charts. Choose your chart size, colour, and add your data. The chart is hosted as an image, you can also download or embed to your website or blog. (★★★)
  • Kids’ Zone: Make a bar, line, area, pie or XY graph. Choose your shading and colour, add your data, labels, and fonts, and then download or email yourself the link. (★★★)
  • I Heart Venn Diagrams: Enter in the data for two or three circles including how much overlap and size of the circles. It creates the Venn diagram and gives you a url to the image which you can share or download. (★★★)
  • Classtools Venn Diagram: Choose either a two or three circle Venn diagram and then enter the data, title and notes. You cannot adjust the size or overlap. Download the HTML file or embed in your website. (★★★)
  • Fuel the Brain Venn Diagram: Choose a two or three circle Venn diagram and enter the labels. Add dots with initials to each circle. You can’t download or ember the diagram, but you can always make a screenshot. This works best on an IWB. (★★★)
  • Venny: Create a two, three, or four circle Venn diagram. Label your elements, add your notes, and then download the final image. (★★★)
  • ReadWriteThink Venn Diagram: Create a two circle Venn diagram, add labels and elements, and print out. You cannot save online or embed. (★★)
  • Online Chart Tool: Create up to ten different types of charts and download as an image, PDF, or CSV. (★★★★)
  • Plotvar: Create up to four different types of graphs and download as an image or PDF. (★★★)

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Word Clouds

  • Wordle: Probably the most popular site for creating word clouds and is one of the best for creating high-quality printable versions of the image. Paste in a text or put in a website URL and it creates a random word cloud. Change the font, style, colour and limit words. You can also check word counts as well. Print out as an image to save for later (if you have the capability of printing as a PDF, you can then print the cloud as large as you want without problems with losing quality). (★★★★★)
  • TagCrowd: Paste or upload a text or choose a website URL. Enter your criteria including word limitations and word counts, and create a square type word cloud that can be embedded or printed. The PDF download function didn’t work for me, but it may be just a temporary problem. (★★★)
  • Wispy.me: Grab text from Twitter or Facebook or paste in your text, choose your colour scheme and font, and create an instant word cloud. Save to a unique URL and then download the image to your computer or share with others. (★★★★)
  • ABCya! Word Clouds: This is a nice little word cloud generator designed for kids. It can’t handle larger texts (seems to have trouble beyond about 35 words), but the images are nice and can be downloaded as a jpeg image file or printed. You do have some control of fonts, colour, and layout as well. (★★★★)
  • WordItOut: This is the only word cloud generator listed here that needs an email address to save it. You can always do a screen shot or put in a temporary email address to get the file. You can paste text or get from a URL and create a word cloud with some control on font, colour, and layout. (★★★)
  • Jason Davies – Word Cloud Generator: A really nice and clean layout with lots of options for how the words or even sentences will be laid out. Download as an SVG or PNG: great for printing. (@PeterVogel mentions that it also works well with Chromebooks) (★★★★★)
  • HTML5 Word Cloud: A fantastic site with plenty of options for text input including Twitter feeds, WordPress sites, and simple plain text. Change shapes, colour schemes, and sizes. Download as an image. (★★★★★)
  • Semantic Word Cloud Visualization: Simple to use with some options for changing the appearance. Download as an image or PDF. (★★★)

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  • National Atlas Map Maker: Create, save, and print US based maps using a number of layers including geographic, political, and historical. (★★★)
  • Hypercities: Overlay historical maps over current satellite views of a number of places around the world. (★★★★)
  • Flash Earth: View Bing and Yahoo maps on one site. Zoom and rotate. (★★)
  • Map Generator: Create a simple Google map with one marker and text that you can share or embed without needing to register. (★★)
  • Aardvark Map: Create custom Google maps that can be embedded or shared without registration. Add multiple points or add custom overlay sets. (★★)
  • Scribble Maps: Draw on a Google Map and add markers, images, video, audio, and text as well. Save as an image, get a link, or embed. Even add a custom style to your map. (★★★★)
  • ZeeMaps: Create a custom Google map with markers, images, movies, and more. Share your custom map for free. (★★★★★)
  • Indiemapper: Create vector, shape based, or custom maps based on your own data. Change projection types and export as an image. (★★★)
  • OpenStreetMap: Created using data from users, OpenStreetMap is an alternative to Google maps where users can download images or data. (★★★★)
  • Quikmaps: Draw lines, scribble, and add markers with comments on a Google map without registration. Share the link or embed in your blog or website. (★★★)
  • Dual Maps: Combine Google maps, Streetview, and Bing maps as one map. Add Wikipedia and Panoramio layers as well. Embed on your website or blog. (★★★)
  • TravBuddy: Show a map with all the places you have visited in the world. Embed the map on your website or blog. (★★)
  • Roadtrip America: Create a road trip route with markers of things to do and see along the way. You are unable to save or print the map without registering, but you can always create a screenshot of the map to download. (★★)
  • MapFab: Draw, add markers and links, and share or embed a Google map without registering. (★★★)
  • MapFling: Search for a place and add markers and then share with others using a URL. (★★★)

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  • When Is Good: This is the website has very few options, but it is also the easiest to use. Choose your time increments of 15, 30, 60 minutes or a whole day and then highlight the times you are available. Use the show options to make full use of the site such as a description or giving the page a custom URL before naming the site and creating the event. You will be given a code that you will need to see the results later on, so make sure you write it down. You will then be supplied with three URLs: one for sharing, one for the results, and one for editing the calendar. Others can then choose their times and provide comments and their name. (★★★)
  • NeedtoMeet: Create a schedule by giving it a name, length, location (optional map), and description. You are then given a daytimer type of calendar where you select all possible meeting times. You are then given a shared URL and an administrator URL. Users who go the shared URL can then select the time that is good for them. It also shows what choices have already need selected by others. (★★★★)
  • Meetifyr: This is the most feature-rich site of the three with the options to include extras such as a custom map. You first must provide information such as what it is (title) and where (the location). You can also provide a more detailed description if you would like. For the location, you can choose a map. You then choose your date or date range and copy the URL to share. (★★★★)
  • TymFinder: Give your meeting a topic, enter the time-zone, a range of days, a time range and increment, and attendees’ names and it creates an embeddable or printable time sheet. There is no option to vote online. (★★)
  • Doodle: Doodle uses a polling type design to find a time to meet together. You first need to provide the basic information such as title, place, description, and name (email is optional) before proceeding. You then select a day and time through a calendar or use the free text option. Finally, you can choose a number of options for the poll such as a single answer per person or limiting the number of choices. You are then given two URLs: one for sharing and the other for editing. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★★)

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Reference (dictionary/thesaurus/concordance/corpus/citation)

  • SnappyWords: This is a visual dictionary and thesaurus that uses lines and arrows together with coloured circles to show connections between words. Double-click on other circles will show new connections. (★★★)
  • RhymeZone: Find words that rhyme, are synonyms, antonyms, definitions, and so much more. (★★★)
  • WebCorp: Use the web as a corpus. (★★★)
  • BibMe: Create citations for APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian using WorldCat. (★★★)
  • WordNet: An extensive corpus and text vocabulary and phrase analyzer. Find how often a word is used and in what context. Analyze vocabulary level of a text. (★★★★)
  • Compleat Lexical Tutor: While not the prettiest site in the world, Lexical Tutor provides a robust set of lexical tools for students, teachers, and researchers. (★★★★★)
  • Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA): Probably the most common corpus on the internet providing vocabulary text search within a wide variety of genres. (★★★★★)
  • Textalyser: A comprehensive text analysis tool. Easy to use with loads of data. (★★★★★)
  • WordHippo: A simple tool for finding synonyms, antonyms, and sample sentences. (★★★)
  • WORDCOUNT: A nice, clean tool for finding the frequency of a word in everyday usage. (★★★)
  • Readability-Score.com: Paste in a text or URL, upload a PDF, or use a bulk list to analyze text for readability. (★★)
  • PaperRater: A decent amount of text analysis for grammar, overuse of sentence or phrases, and other review information. (★★★★)
  • WordCounter: Ranks word usage for a pasted text. (★★)
  • Voyant Tools: A very nice tool for analyzing text using word clouds, graphs, and even a custom corpus. (★★★★★)
  • Frequency Level Checker : Another site that doesn’t look very nice, but works well. Paste in a text and compare vocabulary level for each word. Great for finding difficult words for language learners. (★★★★)
  • The Readability Test Tool: Paste in a text and  analyze text for readability. (★★)
  • Alphabetizer: Sorts the vocabulary in a text alphabetically. (★)
  • Pro Writing Aid  (h/t @makeuseof): Check a text for grammar and plagiarism. (★★★★)

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Documents (webpages/text/paste/view)

Realtime Collaborative Writing

  • TitanPad: Realtime, collaborative document editing using a version of Etherpad that allows for private groups. Simple to use and no ads throughout the site. Documents can be downloaded as PDF, text, DOC, or HTML. Hosted in Germany. My guide to TitanPad is found here. (★★★★★)
  • MozillaPad: Same as TitanPad, except hosted by Mozilla, the organization behind FireFox. (★★★★★)
  • PiratePad: Same TitanPad and MozillaPad, except no options for private pads or groups. (★★★) (h/t @AnthipippiHarou)
  • PrimaryPad: Same as PiratePad, except you can choose to pay for hosting a private group. Free pads are only active for 30 days. (★★★) (h/t @AnthipippiHarou)
  • WriteURL: A realtime, collaborative document editor with image, font, and link options. Clean and simple to use. Document can be downloaded as a word document. No ads. My guide to it is found here. (★★★★★)
  • Notepad: A very simple, plain text notepad that allows for realtime editing between users of a shared document along with audio and video chat. No ads. My guide to Notepad is found here. (★★★★)
  • Kl1p: Create a plain or rich text document online, upload documents or images, or make a list or sketch without registering. No ads. Set expiration dates. Share via unique URL or QR code. Clean and simple to use. My guide to Kl1p is found here. (★★★★★)

Document / Webpage Creation

  • justpaste.it: Create rich text documents or HTML that become single webpages that can be password protected and downloaded as a PDF. No ads. (★★★)
  • pageOrama: Create a simple, clean, single-page website using a rich-text editor or HTML. No ads. (★★★)
  • wePaste.com: Paste or type in text with some simple options. Set a password and expiration date. Can also view history. Can share a editable or only viewable. No ads. (★★★)
  • FreeTextHost: Paste or type in simple text. Add passwords or administration or viewing. Can set an expiration date. Ads on viewing page. (★★)
  • Snippi (h/t http://www.thetoolbox.cc/): A very simple, clean place to paste in plain text and share via a unique URL. No ads. Can set an expiration date. (★★)

Compare Documents

  • Mergely: Paste in two versions on the same text and compare for changes between them. Merge changes item by item. Clean, simple interface with no ads. (★★★★)
  • DiffNow: Paste in text, upload documents, or enter URLs to compare text changes. Simple website with minimal ads. (★★★)

Document Viewing

  • View Docs Online: View MS Offics documents, PDFs, ebooks, and more online. Document can also be embedded in a website or blog and can be downloaded. Has ads when viewing. (★★★)
  • DocDroid: Upload most types of documents to get a clean, simple online viewer with shareable link. Document can also be downloaded. Is hosted for up to 60 days from last viewing. No ads. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★)

Blogs / Wikis

  • Kidblog: Create a class set of blogs for your students. Students register using a class code. Nice interface and simple to use. (★★★★★)
  • ClassChatter: Create a class online with discussion boards, blogs, and private email. Students register with class code. (★★★★)
  • tiddlyspot: Create a basic hosted wiki without registering. Not terribly simple to use. (★★)

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  • Markkit.net: A simple bookmarklet that works with most browsers that allows users to highlight sections of a website and then share the unique URL with others. Simple with no ads. (★★★)
  • szoter: Capture a webpage, upload an image, or take a picture from your webcam and draw on it or add text. Share link with others. No ads, but needs Java. (★★★★)
  • Bounce: Add a URL and annotate the screenshot. Share with others online using a unique URL. Very clean an easy to use with no ads.. (★★★★★)
  • Thinkport Tool: Annotator: Create or paste text and share with students who can highlight using multiple colour highlighters. Simple, no ads, and useful for student work. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★)

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Stories (create/read)

  • StoryJumper: Create an illustrated storybook using cartoon images. Free registration with no email, but need to verify age. Share online. (★★★)
  • Fractured Fairy Tales: Use three different fairy tales to re-write into your own story and print out. Simple with no ads. (★★)
  • Little Bird Tales: Create story slideshows using drawing tools, image uploads, or from a preloaded gallery. Add text and record audio to create a self-playing story you can share with others using a unique link. No ads, although there is a limit to the amount of stories you can create. Teachers create a class so students don’t need to register. (★★★★)
  • Storybird: A beautiful site where users can create online story books using incredible artwork. Teachers create classes so students don’t need to register. (★★★★★)

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Video conferencing / chat

  • Appear.in: Video chat with up to eight people without registering. Uses HTML5, so no need for Adobe Flash. Has an iOS app. No ads. Super simple to use. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★★)
  • AV by AOL: Create a simple, 4-person video chat without registration. Needs flash. Simple and clean without ads. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★)
  • Ubiqq.tv: Create a simple two-person video chat. Requires Adobe Flash. No ads. (★★★)

Text chat

  • stinto.net: Create a simple text chat that you can share with others using a unique URL. No ads. (★★)
  • Neat Chat!: Create a simple text chat that you can share with others using a unique URL. No ads. (★★)
  • TodaysMeet: Create a simple text chat room that can be used in projection mode. You can also share with others using a QR code. Download the transcript and set a time for chat to be active. Get an embed code to put in your website or blog. (★★★★)
  • Tlk.io: Create a beautiful text chat that can be embedded and used on most devices. No ads. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★)

Discussion boards / forums

  • Forummotion: Create a discussion forum where students can post messages, links, and images. Requires an administration (i.e. teacher) registration, but students are not required to sign up, depending on administrative settings. Needs a bit of learning at first, but not that complex. Free forums have ads. (★★★)
  • Boardhost: Create a discussion forum where students can post messages, links, and images. Has an RSS feed option and polling options. Requires an administration (i.e. teacher) registration, but students are not required to sign up, depending on administrative settings. Needs a bit of learning at first, but not that complex. Free forums have ads. (★★★)

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  • ReelApp: Upload a PDF or PowerPoint presentation and get a link to share the slides or pages or get an embed code to put in your website. Clean, easy to use, and viewers can give a thumbs up or down for each slide/page for feedback. No ads. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★)
  • Slides: This site does require registration, you can use a fake email address as long as you remember what it was for logging back in. This is a wonderful site for creating, importing, and sharing presentations. It also allows for embedding and for a ‘live’ view link of the presentation that users can use to follow along as you control the presentation. Lots of features with no advertising. There is a limit of 250mb of storage, but you can remove presentations to save space. (★★★★★)
  • Prezi: This is another site that requires registration, but you can use a fake email address as long as you remember what it was for logging back in. Prezi is a popular site for creating presentations that are more of a mind map or outline in design. Very slick in operation, although can be taken too far, making it quite distracting at times for the viewer. Share and embed. Add a voiceover. Import other presentations. Storage is limited to 100mb for the free accounts. No ads. (★★★★★)
  • PowToon: Teachers can create a class account and then allow students to create presentations without needing an email address. PowToon allows users to create animated style presentations with audio voiceovers. There are some limitations with the free version (5 minute length, watermarking, no downloading), but it would be fine for a class situation. Lots of features, but can be a bit overwhelming at first. (★★★★★)
  • Knovio: This is another site that requires registration, but you can use a fake email address as long as you remember what it was for logging back in. Knovio allows users to upload up to five PowerPoint presentations and users can record a video and / or audio of themselves sharing their presentation. The length is limited to seven minutes for each presentation. While the web version requires Adobe Flash, there is an iPad app as well. (★★★★)
  • Zentation: This is another site that requires registration, but you can use a fake email address as long as you remember what it was for logging back in. Take a YouTube video, upload a PowerPoint presentation, and synchronize them with chapter markers. Share with others who can skip to chapters and also add comments. It does have some ads and there is no way to change the layout with the free option, but students could use it to talk about a video they found on YouTube and make a presentation about it. Does need Adobe Flash. (★★★★)

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  • SpeakPipe Voice Recorder: Record audio online (up to five minutes) and save online for up to three months without registering or download. No ads. Embed code is available as well. Requires Adobe Flash for desktop or laptop, but can be used with mobile devices in combination with built in recorder. Simple and clean. Here is my guide to using it. (★★★★)
  • croak.it! (h/t @larryferlazzo): Record a 30 second recording online without registration and share a link with others. Upload a file and trim to 30 seconds to share with others. Mobile apps available for iOS and Android devices. Files are made public and can be found by anyone on the site. The main page also shares files from others on it, which may be a problem in some situations. Simple to use with no ads. (★★★)
  • RecordMP3Online: Record an MP3 file online and download to your computer. No hosting available. Simple to use. Very few ads. Needs Adobe Flash. (★)
  • Online Voice Recorder: Record up to seven minutes of audio online and download to your computer. No hosting available. Has a simple trim function as well. A few ads. Needs Adobe Flash. (★★)
  • Soundation: Powerful online audio recorder and editor. Up to four channel audio editing. Needs registration for hosting, but can download files without. Even had a virtual piano keyboard. Creates a WAV file. No ads. (★★★)
  • Clyp.it: You can upload or record audio files online. Host them and share a link. Files are made public and other public links are shown on the main page. Works best with FireFox and Chrome. Does not need Adobe Flash. Mobile app available, but requires Facebook login. No ads. (★★★)
  • Chirbit: This is a site that requires registration, but you can use a fake email address as long as you remember what it was for logging back in. Record audio files online and share with others. Can type in transcriptions to go with the file. Can even add an image to a file. Require Adobe Flash. (★★★)
  • Audior.ec: Record audio online and download to computer. No hosting available. Needs Adobe Flash. Simple with no ads. (★★)


  • Free Ringtone Maker: Upload and trim an audio file online. Lots of ads. Somewhat tricky to use. Requires Adobe Flash. Some options for editing the audio as well. No hosting online. (★)
  • Cut MP3 Files Online: Trim an MP3 file online. A few ads. Requires Adobe Flash. No hosting online. (★)
  • Online Audio Joiner: Upload or record multiple audio tracks. Trim and combine audio files online and then download. No hosting available. Needs Adobe Flash. Some ads. Simple to use. Here is my guide to it. (★★)
  • Online Audio Cutter: Upload an audio file and trim with some fade options. Download to computer. No hosting available. Needs Adobe Flash. Some ads. Simple to use. (★★)


  • PicoSong: Upload up to a 15mb MP3 file and host online. Share link with others. Two links: one for sharing with others and one for deleting. Listeners can also download the file. Some comments appear at the bottom of the page from other files. No ads. Requires Adobe Flash. Simple to use. (★★)
  • Instaud.io Private: Upload up to a 15mb MP3, OGG, or WAV file. Share the private link with others. Has stats for number of visitors and also has a download button. There is some ads. Also, you can access public uploads. Can be used on phones and tablets. Simple to use. (★★★)

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Screencapture (image/video)


  • Screenshot Machine: Paste a URL and create a fullscreen image of a webpage. No ads. My post on it is here. (★★★)
  • thumbalizr: Create a small image of a webpage to put in your own website. No ads. (★)
  • kwout: A unique screenshot tool for websites. Select an area to copy and receive an embed code that you can put in a website. Maintains all links within the image as well. No ads. Somewhat tricky to use at first. (★★★)
  • Ctriq Screen Capture: Paste a URL and create a fullscreen PNG image of a webpage. No ads.


  • Screenr: Record screencasts (ie. videos of your screen) of up to five minutes in length. Needs Java access. Add audio as well. Download or share online. Simple to use. No ads. (★★★★)
  • Screencast-O-Matic: Record screencasts (ie. videos of your screen) of up to ten minutes in length. Needs Java access. Add audio and webcam as well. Download or share online. Simple to use. No ads. (★★★★)

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Video (view/edit/create)


  • mailvu: Record a video online using your webcam (up to 16 minutes). Get a unique URL to share. Requires Adobe Flash. No ads. Simple to use. Videos are deleted after 30 days. No option to download. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★)
  • videomessageonline: Record a video online using your webcam (up to 2 minutes). Get a unique URL to share. Requires Adobe Flash. No ads. Simple to use. Videos can be embedded. Videos are deleted after 30 days. No option to download. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★)
  • Webcamera.io: Record a webcam video online and download to your computer. No option to host. Some ads. Requires Adobe Flash. Simple to use. (★★)


  • Stupeflix: Create a video up to 20 minutes long using photos, videos, and audio. Access to creative commons work with automatic attribution. Registration free, although free videos can’t be downloaded, but can be uploaded to Facebook, YouTube, or Vimeo and downloaded from there. They are also hosted by Stupeflix so they can be embedded and shared. Also, all free videos are private, but once transferred they can be deleted. Very simple to use with a variety of templates. (★★★★★)
  • Shotclip: Upload videos, audio files, and images to create videos online. Requires registration, but a fake email works. Limit on 5GB of storage, 480p resolution, and 15 minutes export per month. Somewhat slower, but works fine. Videos made with the free account have a watermark. (★★★)
  • Kizoa: Upload videos (up to 1 minute in length), images, and audio files. Trim and combine with transitions. Needs free registration, but fake email works. Can’t download files, but a shared link is given. Viewers can comment without registration. There is a 1GB storage limit. No ads (except the Kizoa ads). Not terribly simple, but works. (★★★)
  • TubeChop: Trim a YouTube to a smaller section and get a link to share with others. A few ads. Requires Adobe Flash. Simple to use. Here is my guide to it. (★★★)
  • safeshare.tv: Paste in a YouTube link and get a ‘safe’ URL (i.e. a link that takes away everything but the video). Option to trim video (start and end points). Very simple to use. No ads. (★★★)
  • ViewPure: Paste in a YouTube link and get a ‘safe’ URL (i.e. a link that takes away everything but the video). Option to trim video (start and end points). You can also create a ‘custom’ URL and set a password. Very simple to use. No ads. (★★★★)

Upload and Share

  • SendVid: Upload an share a video without registration or ads. Works with mobile devices. Videos are not listed in a public list or searchable. Link can be shared or video embedded in a website. Great site for students to share videos. (★★★★★)
  • vid.me: Upload and share a video online without registration or ads. Does show some videos on the front page. Videos uploaded from web can be set as not publicly listed. App for Android devices allows for recording and uploading videos without an account (although videos may appear in the public list). Very simple to use. Allows others to download video as well. (★★★★)


  • Video ANT: A fabulous site from the University of Minnesota. Paste in a YouTube video or host your own on your own server. Viewers can add text annotations at any point in the video and can reply to comments as well. Comments can be downloaded. Registration is required, but a fake email is fine. No ads. Simple to use. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★★)

Watch Together

  • TogetherTube: Watch a video or listen to an audio recording together with others online in realtime (synchronized). Vote on a YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, or Soundcloud file to watch or listen to. Chat together in a room. Rooms can be made private, although no password option. No ads. Somewhat simple to use. Here is my guide to it. (★★★★)
  • myCircle.TV: Watch a video or listen to an audio recording together with others online in realtime (synchronized). Find a YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, or Soundcloud file to watch or listen to. Text and audio chat together in a room. Rooms can be made private, although no password option. No ads. Somewhat simple to use. (★★★★)
  • Gaze: Create a private one-to-one video, text, and audio chat while watching a YouTube or locally hosted video together. Very simple to use. No ads. (★★★★)

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Diagramming/Mind Mapping

Photos and Drawing (find/edit/share)

URL Shortener

  • BridgeURL
  • Bitly
  • tr.im
  • Ow.ly
  • Bit.do
  • Tiny.cc
  • Brief.ly: Paste or type in multiple URLs to create a single short URL. Visitors to the link will find a nice list of the links and can view them in a single frame, or open them in new tabs. No ads. Very simple to use. (★★★★)












File Sharing

Forum / Discussion

Games (create and play)

Invoice creation


Comic Creation

Group Texting




Financial Literacy


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