Top tips for “cool tools”


Get organised with Evernote

Bring your work and projects together in one digital workspace. Evernote is the place to collect inspirational ideas, write meaningful words, and store your important images and videos. Evernote is a comprehensive note taking and collaboration tool, whch is web based and available across all your platforms: browser and as an App on your tablet and smartphone.

Watch this short video on using Evernote as a teacher – it includes some helpful tips for organising your preparation etc. Evernote-for-teachers  

Mind Mapping

A mind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual thinking tool that helps structuring information, helping you to better analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas.  A mind map is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Use them for: project planning, storyboarding, evaluation, task lists etc. This is what a simple mind map looks like.


Check out a couple of simple Apps for mindmapping:

iMindMap on Android


iBrainstorm and Popplet on iOS ibrainstorm app



Instagram is a free and simple tool to share visuals from your life and keep up with other people. Take a picture or video, then customize it with filters and creative tools. Post it on Instagram and share instantly on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more—or send it directly as a private message. 

For some engaging ways to use Instagram in the classrom – check out this infographic.



Effective use of PowerPoint

PowerPoint is commonly used for presentations and lecture slides. However, it can be used very badly. Check out good practice for doing presentations and using Powerpoint.  If you must use Powerpoint for your lecture slides and presentations, then have a look at these great new templates from Articulate.

PP template image

Also have a look at our Learning Module in Blackboard on delivering effective presentations.



Infographics are a modern and visual way to display and share data, information and research outcomes as well as useful facts and figures. They are very easy to create and there a few free and simple tools to do this such as Piktochart. Here are some free templates to use in PowerPoint:



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