Tools for eLearning to use in VLEs like Moodle for schools

Below is a quick list of tools which can be used for eLearning. For example they could help you the teacher, as well as the student (think flipped classroom) to create content for:

  • Introducing skills & concepts - think scaffolding, and 'the best way to learn is to have to teach something'
  • Reviewing skills, concepts, content - think 'bringing it all together' and having a nice personalised intro to material next year for the next cohort
  • The experience and process of creating content - think engagement!
  • A record of work done during the course / year - think ePortfolio
  • Hands-on engagement & motivation

List of Useful eLearning Tools: (most are deliberately FOSS or very cheap :))

  • Head & Shoulders Video intros / summaries [use phone/camera &]
  • Radio-type interviews [use Audacity]
  • Open-ended questioning / Discussion Forums [use Moodle Discussion Forums]
  • Vimeo & YouTube videos [free accounts cater for up to 500Mb uploads per week, but Plus account enables important schoolcontrols]
  • Audio-Enhanced Powerpoints [Articulate Presenter is best, but expensive - no real FOSS alternative)
  • PhotoStory 3 presentations [Microsoft photostory3 - excellent multimedia authoring tool]
  • Screencasts [Jing is good/free; Camtasia is great / not so free]
  • Web 'Services':
    • DropBox or SkyDrive [Essential for teacher productivity, has its own Android & iOS app]
    • Evernote or One Note [Essential for teacher productivity, has its own Android & iOS app]
    • Google Docs / Apps for Schools [serious potential for revolutionising your IT infrastructure]
    • Prezi [nice visual presentation tool]
    • EdModo [excellent group collaboration / network creation facility for schools]
    • Twitter [excellent potential when used correctly]
    • SurveyMonkey [online surveys]
  • Any combination of tools [be creative!]

Approaches to Using these Tools


  • To Present Stuff
    • Teacher - use Various Tools to present learning experiences
    • Students - Use various tools to present learning experiences
  • To Study Stuff
    • Introduce / contextualise the factual/research
    • Review & revise
  • To Engage students & teachers
    • Get them to prepare / document / ePortfolio
    • Assignments: (single/group; file upload; etc.)


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