Many teachers struggle to structure and communicate their ideas successfully through their online courses. However, there are countless reputable and completely free to use tools to make their lessons fun, engaging, and interesting.
Teachers can use these tools to create sleek graphics and presentations or edit interesting videos as learning aids. Whether it's for a topic or simply to introduce themselves, videos, graphics, and other visual aids are usually more successful for getting across to students. After all, we are wired to respond to visuals more than words.
Here are some useful tools that you can incorporate into your courses to get your content to be more effective:
CREATE STUNNING PRESENTATIONS AND INFOGRAPHICS
Don’t use your regular PowerPoint presentation to teach your students. Here are some great tools that let you create unique and dynamic presentations as well as infographics and other visual content:
Canva is a free of cost graphic design platform that allows the creation of presentations, posters and other visual content. It is available on web and mobile and has free to use images, fonts, templates, and illustrations. One does not have to be too skilled at graphic design to be able to create neat and creative content for making teaching a little more fun.
- Haiku Deck
Haiku Deck is a simple tool for putting together great slide decks really easily and really fast without having to consult a designer. It has over 40 million free images to use as backgrounds and features simple and elegant themes and layouts to keep your presentation interesting.
Prezi is a web-based tool for creating presentations (called prezis for short) and offers some unique and eye-catching presentations. Instead of using slides, Prezi has one very large canvas that your presentation moves around on, zooming in and out to view various frames.
FREE TO USE ASSETS
Don’t know where to find stock images, graphics, and videos to use in your content without being slapped with a copyright claim? These are some websites that offer you free to use content:
Unsplash is a website for sharing stock photography under the Unsplash license. The permissive copyright terms on its photos have led to Unsplash becoming one of the largest photography suppliers on the internet, allowing downloaders the right to "copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash."
Pixabay.com is an international, copyleft, and free-to-use website that offers over 1,188,454 free photos, illustrations, and vectors, and videos. Video and image files available on the platform can be used without attribution requirement and also for commercial aim.
GIFMaker.me allows you to create animated gifs, slideshows, and video animations with music online freely and easily, no registration required. It works on Windows, Mac, and Linux, the only thing you need is a Web browser with flash player installed. Adding gifs and small animations to your presentations can make them more interesting.
MAKE YOUR OWN VIDEO
Your perfect video will take only a few drags and drops. Video editing is not as complicated as it looks and with the following tools, it is easier than ever:
Animoto allows you to create and share videos for free with its video maker. It lets you combine your photos and video clips with music to create videos. You can use this tool to whip up a professional-looking video in minutes to incorporate into your online course.
- Adobe spark
Adobe Spark is an integrated suite of media creation applications used to create, edit, and share stories, posts, and videos. It can help you create a range of multimedia creatives you can use both in your lessons as well as for marketing your course on your social platforms.
Clipchamp allows you to compress and edit videos. It also allows you to record with your webcam as well as upload video and audio clips and make videos from scratch with zero technical editing skills.