Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

A-Z of apps

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Here are some apps and online tools we think you might find useful in your teaching and/or learning. We have included information about availability on iOS, Android and web, however some apps are also available on additional platforms. All apps listed here are free, unless stated otherwise, with most giving you the opportunity to upgrade to a paid version.

If you have any suggestions for apps you would like us to add or would like to discuss how you might use mobile devices and apps in your teaching and learning please contact


Adobe Spark    - A trio of tools for creating great looking content in minutes. Post for creating images with overlaid text, Page for creating scolling pages of text and media and Video for creating short narrated videos. Free to sign up and super easy to use. Adobe Spark is available on the weband seperately as Post, Pageand Videoapps on iOS only. 

Anchor FM - Radio by the people  -  a free app for Android and iPhone which allows you to broadcast live clips to a global audience.  Anchor FM enables mini-broadcasting and the creation of an audio conversation that can be likened to an audio version of Twitter. See Mini-broadcasting with Anchor FM.


Blendspace- create your own blended lessons to help flip your classroom. Collect web resources and add interactive quizzes to help track students’ progress (web).

Blogger  - Google’ s blogging platform. It is easy to use on the web or with mobile apps. Blogging is a good way of developing writing skills and spreading word about your work to a wider audience, see also Wordpress (iOS, Android, web).

Book Creator- an app that lets you create your own ebook. Add text, images, video, sound and links to create your very own multimedia ebook (iOS £ 3.99, Android £ 1.50).

Box  -  Staff and research students at Sussex can store an unlimited amount of files and data by logging on to with a University account. Box comes with an accompanying app.  -  use this free app to create shared mind maps with colleagues and students. Colourful and creative, these mind maps can be embedded in a webpage, saved as an image and easily shared (iOS, web).


CamScanner- scan paper documents using the camera on your mobile device. Easily scan and enhance your documents with notes and annotations before converting it into a PDF to share with others (iOS, Android).

Canva- from blog graphics and Facebook covers to posters, presentations and business cards Canva helps you to easily create and share exciting designs. Canva is a great tool to help anyone create professional designs (iOS, web).

Cogi - beyond notes  -  Cogi is an audio recorder with ‘ Back to the Future-esque’ features. Sit down at a conference, meeting or lecture and start a new session in your Cogi app. Cogi then begins to ‘ listen’ but not yet record. As soon as you are ready to record, tap your finger and Cogi will rewind and audio capture up to the last 60 seconds and continue to record from that moment. See the TEL post on Cogi in action


Digify- a secure way of sharing files that allows you to track and unshare them even after you have sent your files. Your files are view-only and cannot be copied or downloaded, you can also set a viewing limit meaning that once this time has elapsed your file will self-destruct (iOS, Android, web).

Diigo- asocial bookmarking tool that lets you keep a collection of bookmarks synced across devices, annotate and share bookmarks and join groups that interest you (iOS, Android, web). Read more in the blog post 5 essential apps for students.

Dropbox  - a cloud storage solution. A free account with Dropbox gives you 2GB of cloud storage helping you to access your documents quickly and easily on all of your devices (iOS, Android, web). See ITS advice on  using Dropbox at Sussex.

Duolingo- afree app designed to supplement language learning by gamifying the learning experience and utilizing the competitive nature in all of us (iOS, Android, web). Read our review of Duolingo

E allows you to quickly and easily create your own infographics. Choose from thousands of customisable templates or start from scratch to create an eye catching design which can be embedded or shared online (web).

EasyBib- a bibliography generator. EasyBib assists you in compiling and formatting your bibliography, choose from many different referencing systems including MLA, Chicago and Harvard (iOS, Android, web).

Evernote  - helps you to remember everything across all the devices you use including mobile phone, latop, PC, tablet. Allows you to take notes, record voice notes, save bookmarks, capture photos and create to do lists (iOS, Android, web).


Feedly  -  compiles news summaries from a variety of sources that you pre-select. You can customise and share your feed and a good use in HE is to use this app to access all of your students blogs easily  (iOS, Android, web). Read our review of Feedly

Figshare  - allows users to make their research available to others in a citable and sharable way, allowing for research to be more open and for alternative data such as images and videos to be shared (web).

Flickr  - best known as a photo storage service, now offering one terabyte of storage with a free account. For teaching and learning it is also a great source of creative commons licensed images. The mobile apps don’ t include advanced search options, but they are great for syncing all your photos, organising and sharing them with others(iOS, Android, web). See the TEL blog for a handy Flickr attribution tool.

Flipboard  -  a newsfeed aggregator that also lets you build your own magazines by curating content from the web(iOS, Android, web). Read our review of Flipboard.

Freemind- A free open source software for mind mapping.


Google Drive  -  a file storage and synchronisation service which offers you on-line versions of documents. You can easily collaborate and share with colleagues using Google docs, sheets and slides(iOS, Android, web).

Google Hangouts  - a service for video and voice group conversations. Also  hangouts on air  for livestreaming and recording for YouTube. (iOS, Android, Web).

Google Cardboard Camera - an app that allows you to capture and share 360 images with a standard phone. (Android)


Haiku Deck  - presentation software. (iOS and Web).

Hootsuite  -  lets you manage all of your social media such as Twitter, Facebook and G+pages from one place, scheduling posts and monitoring lists(iOS, Android, web).


iBrainstorm- this app enables you to easily collect and manage your ideas. Assign colours and hierarchies to your notes and share a screengrab of your noteboard with others. You can also connect up to four iPhones to your iPad to work collaboratively on a noteboard (iOS).

iBooks Author  - another app that lets you create and publish ebooks. With many templates and styles to choose from you can add images, videos, interactive diagrams and 3D objects to create your own ebook for iPad (iOS).

IFTTT(If This Then That) - a web-based service, which now has mobile apps, that connects other platforms and tools. For example, you can set up an IFTTT ‘ applet’ so that every time you add a bookmark to Diigo a tweet is automatically sent with a particular hashtag - that could be useful in a teaching context. There are many ‘ channels’ available and a constantly growing choice of combinations. Anyone can use it - no programming needed! (iOS, Android, web)

Instagram  - an instant photo sharing and messenger app that can be used in a number of ways for education including digital story telling, photojournalism, creating photo prompts and ethnographic study(iOS, Android, web).


Jing- share screencaptures and screencasts quickly with this app and add text boxes, arrows, highlights or captions to add explanations. Jing allows you to capture videos up to five minutes long allowing you to create clear, concise tutorials (web).


Kahoot- a game based classroom response system with a competitive element. This app allows you to create online quizzes that students interact with using their mobile device without needing to sign up for an account (web).

Kindle  - you don’ t have to have a Kindle e-reader device to use the Kindle app. It is available for smartphones, tablets, computers and web browsers. The app allows you to buy and download books from Amazon (there are a lot of free titles, including out-of-copyright classics) and read them in a digital format.


LinkedIn  - a platform for professional networking. If you are using this tool, then the mobile apps will help you to keep on top of notifications and updates(iOS, Android, web).

Lino  - provides a virtual canvas or board where you can stick notes, photos and files. These can be just for yourself (and can include reminders) or can be shared with others(iOS, Android, web).


Mendeley  -  helps youorganise, share and discover. Quickly reference your citations, read and annotate PDF documents, connect with colleagues and share papers, notes and annotations securely(iOS, web).

Mindmeister  - a mindmapping app. Mindmaps are a great way to organise ideas  (iOS, Android, web). You can read more about Mindmeister in the 5 essential apps for studentsblog post.

Moovly- a cloud-based video and multimedia creator. Use library images as well as your own images, audio and videos to create and edit exciting content that can be shared, published or downloaded (web).


Nearpod  - allows teachers to share interactive presentations to students’ mobile devices, control the pace of the slides and display responses to quizzes etc. on the screen in real time(iOS, Android, web). See our blog post on Nearpodand if you are interested in joining the Nearpod pilot in 2017/18, please contact

The Noun Project- a project that aims to create a language of visual icons that anyone can understand. Search for previously made icons or create your own and add to this growing project (web).


One Drive- Microsoft’ s cloud storage service. As a member of the university you are provided with 1 TB of storage, Microsoft Office for computers and mobile devices as well as Office Online, allowing you to access and edit your documents across all of your devices. Have a look at the ITS help pagesto find out more. (iOS, Android, web).

OneNote  - Microsoft’ s solution to keeping all your notes synced across all your devices. Similar in some ways to Evernote and Google Keepit allows you to write text notes, clip content from the web, add photos and send material by email(iOS, Android, web).

OneTab- reduce tab clutter with this Chrome and Firefox extension which converts all of your tabs into an easy to manage list. Helps you save up to 95% of memory and speeds up your computer, tabs can be reopened individually or all at once (web).

Overdrive  - lets you electronically borrow e-books and audio books from your local library once you are a member(iOS, Android, web).


Padlet- an online wall on which you can post text, images, videos, links and files which enables instant collaboration with others (iOS, web). Please see our Padlet page for more information. create and publish your own online newspaper. Compile articles, images and videos that interest you from across the web and share them with others (web).

Pearltreesis ‘ a placefor your interests’ . Built around collections and communities it offers a space to curate web pages, files, photos and notes (iOS, Android, web).

Photos for Class  - search and download Creative Commons images with the attribution embedded in the image. (Web)

Piktochart  - an online tool for creating infographics. With lots of templates and easy ‘ drag-and-drop, point-and-click’ editing you can make your data / information into a visually appealing, easy to understand infographic that can be downloaded or shared online. (web)

Pinterest  - lets users ‘ pin’ visual bookmarks to themed ‘ boards’ and share them with the world (or not)(iOS, Android, web).

Plickers- a quizzing/polling tool that doesn’ t require the use of individual apps or computers by participants. Quickly ask multiple-choice questions to   groups of up to 63 and collect answers in real time. Useful to check understanding of key concepts in a seminar setting or gathering popular opinions. (iOS & Android)

Pocket  - you can save articles, videos or anything from the web in your pocket with Pocket app. Find out more about Pocket in this blog post.    (iOS, Android, web).

Poll Everywhere  - a mobile-based student response system. Students can vote by text, Twitter or using a web browser, but the mobile apps are another alternative  (iOS, Android, web). If you are interested in using Poll Everywhere please contact

Pomotodo- based on the Pomodoro Technique, helps you to get things done by encouraging you to work for 25 minutes at a time with 5 minute breaks to increase productivity and improve mental agility. (web, iOS & Android).

Powtoon  - allows you to create animated videos and presentations from a template or from scratch to make learning resources more visually engaging. Allows direct video exporting to Youtube and Vimeo or download as Microsoft Powerpoint File. (web) 


Quip- a mobile productivity suite for group work. Create shared task lists, use the chat function to communicate without the need for email and simultaneously edit documents to avoid sending back and forth multiple versions of documents (iOS, Android, web).

Quizlet  - flashcards, tests, and study games to make learning more fun(iOS, Android, web).


Realtime Board- online whiteboard and collaboration tool. Outline projects with a team, track and develop ideas with brainstorming and add files and documents to your boards (web).

S  - a curation tool that lets you collect and  publish content online in a meaningful, easy and rewarding way (iOS, Android, web).

Screencastify- video screen capturing software that works with Google Chrome. Allows you to capture what is happening on your screen and add audio to it in order to create great tutorials or resources for flipped learning (web).

Skype  - a video calling system that could be used for distance tutorials or meetings(iOS, Android, web). The university has a licence for Skype. Read more about Skype on the ITS Skype webpage

Slack  - an alternative to traditional email. Slack includes real-time messaging, archiving and serach facilities to enable effective team communication. (iOS, Android, Web)

Slideshare  - a way of sharing presentations. Often used by conference presenters, there is a wealth of useful content(iOS, Android, web)

Socrative  - a mobile-based student response system. It is limited to 50 students and does not embed into PowerPoint so you may prefer Poll Everywhere(iOS, Android, web).

SoundCloud  - a service for uploading your own audio files and finding those created by others. There is a strong social element with easy sharing and options to add comments to tracks(iOS, Android, web)Read our review of Soundcloud

SoundTrap  - choose from pre-recorded loops, use your computer keyboard to play a variety of instruments or import your own sounds. Download the finished track as an MP3 or share to social networks. Capability to invite friends to co-create and collaborate. (web)

StudyBlue  - allows students test themselves with flashcards made from their notes(iOS, Android, web).

Sway  - is a tool from Microsoft for creating engaging presentations. Import photos, videos, tweets and a whole host of other media without leaving the Sway app. Easily re-arrange content and choose which elements to emphasise and share by distributing the URL for the presentation. (web, iOS, Android)


TED  - The TED mobile appslet you watch the TED talks on your mobile device (iOS, Android, web).

ThingLink- create interactive visual resources with ThingLink. Add links to 'hotspots' on background images.

Todoist- a to-do list app to organize your tasks for study, work and home. (iOS, Android, web)

Trello  - a  collaboration & productivity tool that displays your projects on boards and syncs across devices. Trello shows you what's being worked on, who is working on which element and the status of the task. Perfect for organising your own work or tracking progress of group tasks. (web, iOS & Android)

TweetDeck  - manage numerous Twitter channels simply from TweetDeck. An ideal companion for live Tweet Chat and to manage your Twitter followers and interests. (iOS, Android, Web).

Twitter  - a powerful tool for sharing information, finding out news from colleagues and making new connections(iOS, Android, web). Twitter can be embedded in Canvas

Twinea tool for creating narrative driven immersive experiences. (web)


University of Sussex  - this mobile app for students gives access to lots of useful information: Canvas, Sussex Direct, the Library and Skills Hub, news updates from the website, alerts about university weather closures, a location map, email etc.  (iOS, Android).


Vialogues- allows users to create interactive discussions around videos. Choose from their bank of videos, a Youtube video or make your own video and create a public or private dialogue around it (web).

Vimeo- lets you access your account in the video publishing platform - but you can’ t upload to Vimeo from mobile with a free account(iOS, Android, web)

Vizia-  lets you add quizzes, polls and calls to action to a video. You can also add the option for viewers to give a response. Read more in our blog post on Vizia.  (web)


Weebly- create your own blog, website or online store. Weebly’ s simple drag and drop function allows you to quickly and easily create your own unique site (iOS, Android, web).

WeVideo  - an easy to use mobile app for filming, editing and publishing video (iOS, Android).

Wix  -  create a free website with easily customizable templates. 

WordPress  - probably the best known blogging platform. The mobile app lets you post to your blog or monitor comments and stats on the go  (iOS, Android, web).

Wizdom AI  is a free reference management tool, developed at Oxford University, which facilitates collaboration and sharing (iOS, Android, web).   




Yammer- a private social network that lets individuals within an organisation collaborate. Stay connected by creating groups, sharing information and ideas and organising projects (iOS, Android, web). The university has its own Yammer networkwhich you can join with your Sussex email. 

YouTube  - the app makes using YouTube on your mobile device easy. You can upload, share and view videos(iOS, Android, web). YouTube can be embedded in Canvas.


Zapier  - similar to IFTTT, this web-based app allows you to connect different apps and automate tasks. 'Zaps' allow you to integrate apps to easily move data between them as well as create automated tasks, these automated tasks mean that if something happens in one app another app will react in a certain way. With over 500 apps supported by Zapier there are endless possiblilties for integration (web).

Zeetings- similar to Nearpod, this web-based tool  allows students to view and interact with a presentation from their own mobile device. You can embed quiz questions and polls into these slides. There is also a Q& A space running alongside your presentation. A free account limits you to 25 participants and 5 presentations. (web)

Zotero- a research tool that helps you to collect, cite, organise and share your sources. Collect journal articles, PDFs, images, newspaper articles and books from the Library’ s catalogue and add your resources to your own library with one click (web).

Most of the other apps starting with ‘ Z’ are games involving zombies or zoos. If you know of a useful app to round off our A-Z please let us know on


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