Tech Tools: Resource Roundup

by Jenny Hill, CTDP

Developing learning materials and incorporating new technologies into your training can be time-consuming and even frustrating! Thankfully, there are a ton of great low-cost resources and tools out there to help you save time, grow your technical expertise and develop a mature learning and development practice.

Leveraging the resources available is a hallmark of a resourceful learning and development professional, taking care to be aware of licensing, copyright, and other legal requirements. With the increasing availability of open source technology, free web applications, and Creative Commons licensed media, incorporating technology into your training is becoming easier and less restrictive than ever before!

Below are a variety of tools I have used that can help you as you create learning materials and develop your training.

Media Sources

Video Tools

  • Youtube: Video sharing, hosting, streaming
  • Vimeo: Video sharing, hosting, streaming
  • GoAnimate: Animated video maker
  • Powtoon: Animated videos and presentations
  • Animoto: Video creator
  • Quietube: Good way to show video during training without comments or ads

Audio Tools

Editing and Annotating Tools

  • Gimp: Photo editor
  • Pixlr: Online photo editor
  • Bounce App: Screenshots and annotations
  • Diigo: Bookmark and annotate web pages

Polling and Quizzing Tools

Presentation Sharing

Screen Capture and Screen Sharing

Collaborative Learning Tools

Interactive Learning Object Creators

  • Twine: Branching scenario creator
  • Jotform: Form creator
  • Thinglink: Interactive image creator
  • Flipsnack: Flash book/page flipping object creator
  • Scratch: Interactive game/animation creator


As with any new tool, software or media, please consult with your IT and/or legal department as required by your company policies before incorporating these into your daily practice.

Have you used some of these tools? Do you have others tools or resources to share with your colleagues?  Let us know in the comments!

Jenny Hill, CPLP, CTDP has over five years of experience creating engaging, accessible, and effective learning experiences.  She works with a wide variety of clients to ensure learners can reach their potential and do their most meaningful work.  She has spoken on a number of learning and accessibility topics, and has presented at the Brightspace Global Users’ Conference and The Accessibility Conference at the University of Guelph.  She has written for Learning Solutions Magazine, as well as other publications and blogs. Contact her on LinkedIn.

  • Jenny Hill

    May 4, 2017 at 8:25 pm Reply

    Honestly this list updates minute by minute sometimes! Here’s some more things I’ve started checking out/using:

    Image searching:
    System mapping:
    Virtual Classroom: (open to all now!)

  • Patrick Haynes

    June 2, 2017 at 5:17 pm Reply

    I know that these aren’t open source or freeware; but, it is what we expect instrcutional designers/developers to be proficient with for our workplace.
    – PC Screen Capturing: Techsmith Camtasia/Snagit
    – iPad/iPhone Screen Capturing: Airsquirrel Reflector 2 (has built-in screen recorder and can add audio)
    – Image Editing: Adobe Photoshop CC
    – Graphics Editing/Creation: Adobe Illustrator CC
    – Elearning Development: Adobe Captivate & Camtasia
    – Video Development: Camtasia, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Premiere CC

    The amount of Adobe CC training from is immense, and when supplemented with YouTube content, one can become quite adept with the most common functions. Additionally, you can buy monthly subscriptions that make the products much more accessible.

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