Free and Available Digital Tools Online

Introduction

    Digital tools are programs, websites, or online resources that can make tasks easier to complete. Digital tools have important advantages for making processes more consistent, secure, efficient, and effective. It offers opportunities for promoting student creativity, student voice, and expanding where and how students learn. It is crucial for making work more productive. Today, in the era of information, digital technologies allow people through their electronic devices to receive up-to-date information from various sources. Learners can connect, collaborate, and problem-solve with other learners. As students move toward their prospective jobs and careers, knowing how to use digital tools to accomplish tasks is seen as a necessity for most of us in the 21st century.

 

Technology tools refer to software used to develop or support online course content. Technology provides numerous tools that teachers can use in and out of the classroom to enhance student learning.  Integration of technological tools will help teachers to the international requirement to use technology-based teaching and learning tools instead of traditional teaching methods. Technology ushers in fundamental structural changes that can be integral to achieving significant productivity improvements. Used to support both teaching and learning, technology infuses classrooms with digital learning tools, such as computers and hand-held devices; expands course offerings, experiences, and learning materials. 21st-century skills; increases student engagement and motivation, and accelerates learning. Technology also has the power to transform teaching by ushering in a new model of connected teachings. This model links teachers to their students and professional content, resources, and systems to help them improve their instruction and personalize learning. Online learning opportunities and the use of open educational resources and other technologies can increase educational productivity by accelerating the rate of learning, reducing costs associated with instructional materials or program delivery, and utilizing teacher time.

 

Technology tools could include Online Bibliography and Citation Tools, Photo and Image Editing Tools, Survey and Polls Tools, Stock Photos Sites, Video Tools, PDF Tools, etc.

Process

1. Online Bibliography and Citation Tools

Free online bibliography and citation tools have become an integral part of every eLearning project, especially if you are on a tight eLearning budget. eLearning content developers make extensive use of these platforms to avoid being accused of stealing somebody else’s ideas.

 

BIBME

https://www.bibme.org/

BibMe is your one-stop destination for all your bibliography needs. It's an extremely useful, comprehensive, and simple-to-use automatic online bibliography composer. BibMe allows you to instantly locate needed reference sources, add them to the bibliography list, and download ready to-be-copied bibliography to your PC.

1.1 BibMe - Feature List:

  • Search for a book (title, author, or ISBN), magazine, newspaper, website, journal, or film.
  • Choose between different bibliography formats: MLA, APA, and Chicago.
  • Reference entry modes: Autofill mode or Manual mode.
  • Get the list of related sources that you can include in your bibliography.
  • Download ready bibliography as a Microsoft Word document.
  • Save and keep up to 10 bibliographies in your BibMe account.
  • Citation guide: View rules and guidelines for different citation styles.
  • BibMe database leveraged from following services: Books (Amazon Books), Magazines (LookSmart FindArticles), Newspapers (Yahoo! News), Journals (CiteULike Academic Papers), Films (Amazon DVD and VHS).

Reference: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/bibme/

YouTube: Citing Websites using BibMe.org

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_LeXLbGTF8

1.2. Zoterobib

Citing Sourceshttps://zbib.org/

    ZoteroBib is a free service that helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software. ZoteroBib is an online tool that helps you create bibliographies quickly right in a web browser. No installation or account is required.

(Reference: https://uottawa.libguides.com/c.php?g=699879&p=5080078 )

Features (Reference : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7524629/ )

  • Accessibility

    All that is required to use ZoteroBib is a device and an Internet connection. No mobile app is available, but it is optimized for tablet and phone use. This resource is compatible with any browser and does not require users to download software or create an account. The bibliography is stored in the browser's local storage, so these data remain entirely under the user's control. If users are in private or incognito mode, their bibliographies will be deleted when they close their browser windows.

  • Usability

    Using ZoteroBib is easy and straightforward: users insert an identifier—uniform resource location (URL), International Standard Book Number (ISBN), digital object identifier (DOI), PubMed identifier (PMID)—or the title of the citation into the search bar.

   If the citation is entered manually, ZoteroBib enables the user to choose the type of citation, with typical options such as book or journal article and allows choices like artwork, podcast, or statute.

YouTube: How To Insert Zotero Citations Into Microsoft Word

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4zujRE98c8

  

2. Photo and Image Editing Tools

           Image editing encompasses the processes of altering images, whether they are digital photographs, traditional photo-chemical photographs, or illustrations. Traditional analog image editing is known as photo retouching, using tools such as an airbrush to modify photographs or editing illustrations with any traditional art mediumGraphic software programs, which can be broadly grouped into vector graphics editorsraster graphics editors, and 3D modelers, are the primary tools with which a user may manipulate, enhance, and transform images. Many image editing programs are also used to render or create computer art from scratch.

Photo Editing Basics

  • Crop your images and clean them up.
  • Adjust white balance.
  • Adjust exposure and contrast.
  • Adjust color vibrancy and saturation.
  • Sharpen images.
  • Finalize and share.

Image Editing Tools

Image editing in Manifold uses several controls at once to achieve exactly the desired effect. To edit the image, we can choose: PicMonkey and Snappa

 

2.1 PicMonkey PicMonkey is another helpful tool to use when it comes to image editing. If you aren’t a graphic designer but want crystal clear images with high production value, PicMonkey is one of your best bets.

This tool has a slew of diverse features that extend a bit beyond the capabilities of Canva. For example, you can edit existing images that you have on Facebook, your computer, or anywhere else:

 

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