Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

A-Z of apps

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This is a list of apps, platforms and other digital tools that you might find useful for teaching, learning or general productivity. If using one of these in teaching you should check whether there are any accessibility issues and make alternative arrangements when necessary. There is more guidance on accessibility in our Digital Accessibility Toolkit.

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  • Blogging
  • Creation
  • Curation
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  • Communication
  • Flipped
  • Infographics
  • Images
  • Mindmapping
  • Notes
  • Podcasting
  • Productivity
  • Referencing
  • Social Media
  • Storage
  • Text
  • Video
  • Quizzes

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 web and separately as Post, Page and Video apps on iOS only. 

    • Windows
    • Web
    • Android
    • iOS
    • ITS
    • Creation
    • Images
    • Video
    • Text
  • Anchor - by Spotify   

    A free and easy to use web-based podcast creation platform with apps for Android and iOS. 

    • 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 (iOS, Android, web). Another option is Wordpress.

    • 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 (available for iPad £2.99 or online).

    • 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
  • Capture

    This is a handy tool by Techsmith for grabbing screenshots and annotating them. If you need an image of part of what’s on your screen with an arrow, a box, highlighting or some text added this will do the job. There is also a video option using Screencast which is useful for showing the steps of a process on your screen.

    • Images
    • Web
  • Coggle

    A collaborative mind-mapping or concept mapping tool. A free account allows you 3 diagrams which can be shared with collaborators by adding their emails.

    • Mindmapping
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Cogi - beyond notes

    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 save what was just said

    • 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). 

    • Languages
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web

E

  • 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
  • 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
  • Flickr 

    Best known as a photo storage service. For teaching and learning it is also a useful source of creative commons licensed images. (iOS, Android, web). See our post on Free images to use in presentations and Canvas which introduces more sites for finding images.

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
    • Images
  • 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 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 Instagram 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
  • Inoreader 

    Inoreader lets you bring together all the blogs, podcasts or other sources you follow (anything with an RSS feed) in one place. Feedly is another option for this.

    • 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

J

  • Jamboard (Google)

    A digital whiteboard where users can add post-it notes, text, images, shapes or draw. You can have multiple pages so this could be useful for group activities.

    • Collaboration
    • Web
    • Android
    • iOS

K

  • 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). See the Library's guide to Mendeley.

    • Referencing
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Metaverse

    A free augmented reality (AR) app that lets you or your students create AR experiences.

    • Creation
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Microsoft Forms

    Part of Office 365 which is available to all staff and students at Sussex, Forms lets you create surveys and polls. Responses can be exported to Excel so there are lots of options for handling the data you collect.

    • Productivity
    • 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

    An online whiteboard for 'visual collaboration'. 

    • Notes
    • Android
    • iOS
    • 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

N

  • 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 'silver' 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

  • OneDrive

    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
  • OneTab

    Reduce tab clutter with this extension for Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari which converts all of your tabs into an easy to manage list. Helps you save memory and speeds up your computer. Tabs can be reopened individually or all at once (web).

    • Productivity
    • Web
  • Otter.ai

    A transcription tool which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to turn the spoken word into text. Otter.ai can transcribe recordings in real time, or create transcripts for uploaded video or audio files. The resulting ‘Smart notes’ are synchronised to the audio, tag speakers and can be searched. Read our blog post on Otter.ai: transcribing recordings with artificial intelligence. 

    • Productivity
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
  • Overdrive

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

    • Reading
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Web
    • Windows
    • Mac

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 an unlimited number of 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. Other options are Zoom and Teams.

    • 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. (iOS, Android, web). The free version is limited to 50 students and does not embed into PowerPoint so you may prefer Poll Everywhere.

    • 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. A free version is available. (web)

    • Creation
    • Web
  • 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

T

  • 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
  • Translator 

    Microsoft Translator is a free service which transcribes text to audio and changes the output into a multitude of languages, instantly and accurately. Read our blog post on Using Microsoft Translator.

    • Communication
    • Android
    • iOS
    • 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
  • 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

W

  • 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). See our blog post on Curating and sharing with Wakelet.

      • 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
  • WeVideo 

    An easy to use mobile app for filming, editing and publishing video (iOS, Android). A free account allows 5 minutes of video per month.

    • 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

Y

  • 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 network which 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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