Computer-based educational technology has spread the classroom experience out of the campus and into the pockets of students and instructors alike. Today, all it takes is a smart phone or tablet to create, share, and communicate ideas, projects, and learning with others.

The ability to create a media-rich, interactive, and customized learning experience helps to keep students motivated and engaged. Tools and apps also help both students and instructors to schedule their time and manage their work flow. Here are just a few of the tools and apps that you may find useful.


Here are just a few of the many apps that you can use to create content and stay organized.

Pocket: save articles, videos, and other web content; then view or share any time.

Flipbaord: this app learns your preferences and then gathers blog posts, articles, and videos from a bank of thousands of topics.

Nimbus Screenshot: record your narrations to ideas that you sketch out on your iPad, then share the video with others using either a unique URL or a downloadable MP4 file.

Educreations: an interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that allows you to record audio to accompany your illustrations, then share the video via email or social media.

TED: a library of hundreds of TED talks.

Trello: Help students manage group projects with tools to create checklists, assign tasks, and sync across devices.

Questia research: a full-featured academic research app.

Habitica: uses the concept of gamification to turn your chore list and desirable habits into a series of simple, fun, and addicting quests.

Cengage Learning Solutions

Cengage offers a variety of digital learning solutions to help instructors bring their curriculum to life. By utilizing MindLinks™ Building Block and iLrn Partner Cloud, these tools can be accessed seamlessly within the Learning Management Systems that instructors use most.


CengageNOW supports the entire student workflow, from motivation to mastery. For instructors, CengageNOW provides control and customization with the opportunity to tailor the learning experience to improve outcomes.


MindTap is a personalized teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing you to measure skills and outcomes with ease.


Aplia significantly improves outcomes and elevates thinking by increasing student effort and engagement. Developed by teachers and used by more than 1,000,000 students, Aplia assignments connect concepts to the real world and focus on the unique course challenges facing students.


SAM trains and tests essential Microsoft Office and computer concepts skills. Students engage in a hands-on environment, then apply their skills to real-world applications. SAM’s auto-graded assignments and flexible reporting tools saves instructors time and energy.


CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook.


OWLv2 improves student outcomes in Chemistry with a wealth of learning tools that meet the student where they are and adapt to help students reach mastery.

4LTR Press

4LTR Press Online lets you meet students where they are with flashcards, quizzes, and other study tools accessible from phones, tablets, and laptops.

What tools and apps have you found to be most useful? Tell us in the comments.