Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

A-Z of apps

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Cost:

Most of these apps and tools have free and paid versions. Those that are licensed by the university and supported by ITS are tagged ITS.

  • ITS

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  • 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. 

    • Windows
    • Web
    • Android
    • iOS
    • ITS
    • Creation
    • Images
    • Video
    • Text
  • 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.

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
    • Creation
    • Audio
    • Podcasting
  • Audacity   

    A great free open source software available for both Mac and Windows desktop and laptop computers. Has a wide variety of features and editing options.

    • Audio
    • Podcasting

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  • Blendspace  

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

    • Creation
    • Flipped
    • 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).

    • Blogging
    • Writing
    • Web
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Social Media
  • 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).

    • Images
    • Video
    • Text
    • Audio
    • iOS
    • Android
  • Box   

    Staff and research students at Sussex can store an unlimited amount of files and data by logging on to Box.com with a University account. Box comes with an accompanying app. 

    • Storage
    • Web
    • ITS
    • Android
    • iOS
  • Bubbl.us  

    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).

    • Mindmapping
    • iOS
    • Web

C

  • 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).

    • Images
    • Infographics
    • Creation
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Cogi - beyond notes

    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

    • Audio
    • Notes
    • Android
    • iOS

D

  • Diigo  

    A social 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.

    • Curation
    • Collaboration
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • 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.

    • Storage
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Duolingo

    A free 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

    • Languages
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web

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  • Easel.ly

    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).

    • Infographics
    • 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).

    • Referencing
    • Android
    • iOS
    • 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).

    • Productivity
    • Notes
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web

F

  • 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

    • Social Media
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Flipboard 

    A newsfeed aggregator that also lets you build your own magazines by curating content from the web(iOS, Android, web)

    • Curation
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Flipgrid 

    A video discussion platform that allows users to post short video responses, either to a prompt or question or as an ‘idea’. By default, videos are a maximum of 90 seconds long, but this can be increased to up to 5 minutes. The intention is to develop a sense of community and social learning. See our blog post on Flipgrid: video discussions for learning.

    • Video
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web

G

  • Google Drive

     A service for cloud storage of Google Docs, Sheets, Slides etc.(iOS, Android, Web).

    • Storage
    • Curation
    • Web
    • Android
  • Google Hangouts

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

    • Web
    • Android
    • Communication
  • Google Cardboard Camera

    An app that allows you to capture and share 360 images with a standard phone. (Android)

    • Creation
    • Images
    • Android
  • 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).

    • Social Media
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web

I

  • 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).

    • Notes
    • 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).

    • iOS
    • Creation
  • 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)

    • Productivity
    • Android
    • iOS
    • 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).

    • Social Media
    • Images
    • Android
    • iOS

K

  • 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).

    • Quizzes
    • Web
    • Android
    • iOS
  • 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.

    • Text
    • Web
    • Android
    • iOS

L

  • LinkedIn Learning

    An online educational platform that 'helps you discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos'. (iOS, Android, web).

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
    • ITS

M

  • Mendeley

    Helps you organise, share and discover. Quickly reference your citations, read and annotate PDF documents, connect with colleagues and share papers, notes and annotations securely(iOS, web).

    • Referencing
    • Android
    • 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 students blog post.

    • Mindmapping
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Miro

    A web and app based program for 'visual collaboration' . 'Create, collaborate, and centralize communication for all your cross-functional team work.

    • Notes
    • Web
  • 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).

    • Video
    • Web

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  • 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). The free version is limited to 40 students per session.

    • Quizzes
    • Presenting
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • 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).

    • Images
    • Web

O

  • 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 pages to find out more. (iOS, Android, web).

    • Storage
    • ITS
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • OneNote

    A digital notes tool that is part of Microsoft Office 365 and uses OneDrive to store notes. 

    • Notes
    • ITS
  • 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).

    • Productivity
    • Web
  • Overdrive

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

    • Reading
    • Web

P

  • Padlet

    An online wall on which you can post text, images, videos, links and files which enables instant collaboration with others. Please see our Padlet page for more information. 

    • Curation
    • Mindmapping
    • Collaboration
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Paper.li

    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).

    • Curation
    • Web
  • Pearltrees

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

    • Curation
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Photos for Class 

     Search and download Creative Commons images with the attribution embedded in the image. (Web)

    • Images
    • 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)

    • Infographics
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Pinterest

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

    • Curation
    • Android
    • iOS
    • 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 in-person 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)

    • Quizzes
    • Android
    • iOS
  • Pocket

    You can save articles, videos or anything from the web in your pocket with Pocket app. 

    • Reading
    • Curation
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • 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).

    • Productivity
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • 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) 

    • Presenting
    • Creation
    • Web

Q

  • Quizlet 

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

    • Quizzes
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web

S

  • Scoop.it 

    A curation tool that lets you collect and  publish content online in a meaningful, easy and rewarding way. The free version allows 1 topic with up to 50 items. (iOS, Android, web).

    • Curation
    • Android
    • iOS
    • 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. (web).

    • Video
    • 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

    • Communication
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
    • ITS
  • Slideshare 

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

    • Communication
    • Android
    • iOS
    • 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).

    • Quizzes
    • Android
    • iOS
    • 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)

    • Audio
    • Podcasting
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • 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)

    • Audio
    • Creation
  • Sway 

    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)

    • Presenting
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web

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  • TED

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

    • Video
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • ThingLink

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

    • Images
    • Web
  • Trello 

    A collaboration and 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)

    • Communication
    • Collaboration
    • Productivity
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • TweetDeck 

    Manage multiple Twitter channels simply from TweetDeck. An ideal companion for live Tweetchats and to manage your Twitter followers and interests. (iOS, Android, Web).

    • Social Media
    • Communication
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Twitter

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

    • Social Media
    • Communication
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web

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  • University of Sussex

    The Sussex 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).

    • Communication
    • Android
    • iOS
    • ITS

V

  • 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).

    • Video
    • Web
  • Vimeo

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

    • Video
    • Android
    • iOS
    • 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)

    • Quizzes
    • Video
    • Web

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  • Wakelet

    Curate the web with Wakelet's tools to 'save, organise and share content'. You can add weblinks, text, YouTube videos, tweets, mages, PDFs, files from Google or OneDrive and videos via Flipgrid. Wakelet also allows collaboration. (iOS, Android, web)

      • Curation
      • Collaboration
      • Android
      • iOS
      • 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).

    • Blogging
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web

WeVideo 

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

  • Video
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Wix

    Create a free website with easily customizable templates.

    • Creation
    • Web
  • 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).

    • Blogging
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web

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  • 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. 

    • Collaboration
    • Social Media
    • Web
  • YouTube

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

    • Video
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web

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  • 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).

    • Productivity
    • 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).

    • Referencing
    • Web

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