Audio, Graphics, Presentations, Video


Free Audio, Music Players

Amarok Mac, Win, Linux
Open source audio player, regularly updated.
iTunes Mac, Win, mobile
Media player and media library from Apple.
Kioo Media Player Win
Open source media player for both audio and video.
MusicBee Win, usb
MusicBee makes it easy to organize, find and play music files on your computer, on portable devices and on the web.
Media Monkey free/pay; Win
Music player that can manage small to very large collections of audio files and playlists (50,000+), whether on a hard drive, network, or CDs.
XMPlay at Un4seen Win
These pages are dedicated to bringing you some fine audio related software, with the focus on quality and efficiency. Including the XMPlay audio player, the BASS audio library and the MO3 audio format!
VLC multiplatform
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. VLC regularly makes the lists of top media players.

Free Audio, Music Editors

Audacity Mac, Win, Linux
Highly popular free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. (multi-platform)
AudioTool Chrome browser
Chrome browser online tool for creating and editing music online.
Garageband Mac, iOS
Audio editor bundled with Macs; part of the iLife suite.
MP3 Direct Cut Win
A fast and extensive audio editor and recorder for compressed mp3. You can directly cut, copy, paste or change the volume with no need to decompress your files for audio editing.
Ocenaudio Win, Mac, Linux
Powerful editor with a more user-friendly interface. Lets you preview changes before making them.
Rosegarden Linux
A well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.
WavePad free for personal use; Win, Mac, mobile
This audio editing software is a full-featured professional audio and music editor for Windows and Mac. It lets you record and edit music, voice and other audio recordings. When editing audio files, you can cut, copy and paste parts of recordings, and then add effects like echo, amplification and noise reduction.
Wavosaur Mac, Win, Linux
A free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert.

Free Voice Recording and Sharing

Anchor online, mobile
Anchor is a free audio editing and recording tool which allows multiple people in different locations to contribute to the same recording.
Audacity Mac, Win, Linux
Highly popular free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. (multi-platform)
Audioboo Win, Mac, mobile
A mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and share audio for your friends, family or the rest of the world to hear. Can be used from browser or from mobile devices such as Android or iPhone.
Beautiful Audio Editor online
Free online recording and editing app.
Chirbit online, mobile
Chirbits are audio clips that you record or upload. To record a chirbit directly on the site, all you need is a microphone or a webcam with a built in microphone.
HablaCloud Chrome MP3 Recorder Chromebooks
Free basic audio recording app for Chromebooks.
Online Voice Recorder online
A convenient and simple online tool that can be used right in your browser. It allows you to record your voice using a microphone and save it as an mp3 file.
Vocaroo online
Basic voice recording and sharing.


Free Image Editors

Quick Edits online
If all you want to do is quickly resize some images or remove a background, try these free online tools:
BeFunky: ResizePhoto ResizerPhoto
BeFunky mobile; online; freemium
Produce stunning photographs and captivating designs with fun, easy-to-use editing tools
— Chrome Store: BeFunky
Clarisketch chromebook; mobile; freemium
This app allows you to take a picture, draw on it, add voice comments, and share it with others.
Fotor Win, Mac, mobile, online; freemium
Powerful, user-friendly and globally accessible, Fotor is an online photo editing suite, utilizing exclusive technology to bring an unprecedented level of editing control to anyone and everyone.
— Chrome Store: Fotor
Gimp Win, Mac, Linux
Highly-regarded free open-source Photoshop replacement with layers, multiple tools, and special addons.
— Tutorials: Gimp TutorialsGimpUsers.comWikiHow: Gimp
Google Drawings
Create, insert and edit drawings with Google Drawings.
Chrome Store: Google Drawings
— Tutorial: A Guide To Google Drawings For Teachers, Students, And Bloggers
Google Photos online
Google Photos allows editing, organizing, and accessing pictures across multiple devices.
Inkscape Win, Mac, Linux
Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X…. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features … and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface..
iPiccy online
iPiccy has many powerful and easy to use photo editing tools right in your browser…Over 100+ photo effects and PRO-level photo enhancements, facial retouching and frames.
— Chrome Store: iPiccy
Irfanview Win
This great little program can crop, resize, optimize, change colors, change formats, do basic Paint editing, create thumbnails, slideshows, and more. There is also a Portable version for use from a usb stick.
— Tutorials: Irfanview; the best freeware image toolWikiHow: Irfanview
Paint.Net Win
Paint.NET is image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
Pixlr online; freemium
This image editor allows the use of layers and some fairly advanced editing options.
— Chrome Store: Pixlr EditorPixlr Express
— Tutorials: PixlrSupport (video)
Vectr Win, Linux, Chromebook, online
Vectr is free, simple and most intuitive vector graphics editing software. Vectr is collaborative like Google Docs, and runs both in your web browser and on your desktop as a native app.
— Chrome Store: Vectr

Free Infographics Makers

Canva online; freemium
Easy, Drag-and-Drop Infographic Creator Also helps you create posters, presentations, logos, invitations, and other graphic images. online; freemium
Popular site for creating quick online posters or infographics with easy drag-and-drop interface.
Gravit Cloud online
Quickly create awesome graphics and share them with the world. One account, one workspace and two awesome free tools.
Piktochart online; freemium
Offers templates to easily make infographics, presentations, posters, flyers, and reports.

Free 3D Graphics & CAD Programs

Blender Win, Mac, Linux
Popular and well-supported open source 3D modeling program available for multiple operating system in a variety of languages.
Dust3d Win, Mac, Linux
Dust3D is a cross-platform open-source modeling software. It helps you create a 3D watertight model in seconds. Use it to speed up your character modeling in game making, 3D printing, and so on.
FreeCAD Win, Mac, Linux
FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler made primarily to design real-life objects of any size. Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history and changing its parameters.
Meshmixer Mac, Win
Do you need to clean up a 3D scan, do some 3D printing, or design an object that fits something else? Meshmixer can help. Think of it as a sort of “Swiss Army Knife” for 3D meshes.
Pixologic Sculptris Win, Mac
A neat little program for sculpting models as if making them from clay.
Sketchup Free online
SketchUp Free is the easiest way to draw in 3D, now delivered in a web browser. Draw, orbit, push-pull: make anything you can imagine, however you envision it.
Tinkercad online
Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-learn online app anyone can use to create and print 3D models.


Presentation Style

10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert
Here, 10 tips for making an effective slide deck, split into two parts: the big, overarching goals, and the little tips and tricks that make your presentation sing.
11 Design Tips for Beautiful Presentations
Whether you’re using Visage, PowerPoint, Keynote or good old PDFs, these 11 tips will help you create well-designed presentation slides that effectively get your point across.
Brain Rules for Presenters (slideshow)
What all presenters need to know from Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen.
Death By Powerpoint (and how to fight it)
Classic slideshow on effective presentation style.
Inclusive Design For Accessible Presentations
When you prepare for your next presentation, use these tips on how to tweak your slides and your talk so that everyone gets the most out of it.
It’s The Story, Stupid
Don’t let presentation software keep you from getting your story across.
Life After Death By Powerpoint (video)
Commedian Don McMillan demonstrates how people should not use PowerPoint.
PowerPoint Presentation Tips for Students
Making effective classroom presentations takes practice, but with a few tips up your sleeve, you are ready to take on the challenge.
Slides Carnival
Free Powerpoint templates and Google Slides themes for your presentations.

Presentation & Slideshow Programs

Animoto $, online
Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Short videos free; longer videos cost small fee. freemium, online
Tool for creating animations, infographics, presentations, and online stories.
Google Slides free, online
The Google Drive suite includes the ability to upload, create, show, and download presentations via the Google Slides application.
Jing free, Mac, Win
Whether for work, home, or play, Jing gives you the ability to create basic visual elements and share them with others.
Microsoft Powerpoint $$, Win, Mac
Powerpoint from Microsoft comes bundled with Microsoft Office or you can buy it separately.
Photo Peach freemium, online
With PhotoPeach you can create a rich slideshow in seconds to engage your friends or family. We also support background music, captions, and comments so you can elaborate on your story further.
Prezi freemium, online
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. Includes a gallery of re-usable presentations.
ThingLink freemium, online
ThingLiks allows you to add links to specific parts of images or videos and then to share them. The limited basic version is free; there is also an educational version which allows use with students.
VoiceThread $$, online, display with commenting
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).

Google Slides Tips & Tricks

GCF Global: Google Slides Tutorial
Free tutorial from GCFLearnFree. They also have a handy Google Slides: Getting Started video on YouTube.
Get Started With Google Slides
From Google, a tutorial showing how you can Create and present professional pitch decks, project presentations, training modules, and much more.
Google Slides: The Ultimate Guide
Whether you’re an experienced presentation creator or a total beginner, this is the ultimate guide for you! Work your way through the sections from start to finish if you’re a newbie, or navigate to a section that interests you most by clicking the links below.
How to use Google Drive videos in Google Slides
How to insert videos from Google Drive into your Google Slides. Doing this removes the need for you to use videos that are hosted on YouTube.

Powerpoint Tips & Tricks

GCF Global: Powerpoint
Free tutorials from GCFLearnFree with PowerPoint tips and tutorials for various versions of the software.
How to Create an Interactive Quiz Using Powerpoint Masters
How to Make a Quiz in PowerPoint
A couple of ways to create quizzes in PowerPoint.
Microsoft: Insert or link to a video on YouTube
Microsoft: Insert and play a video file from your computer
Whether you want to link to an online video or use a video on your computer, these pages will tell you how to do it.
Microsoft: PowerPoint Help Center
Tutorials, templates, tips, and videos from PowerPoint experts offer advice for everyone from the beginner to the expert.
Microsoft: Reduce the file size of a picture in Microsoft Office
You can reduce the file size and save disk space by compressing pictures in your document.
Microsoft: Turn your presentation into a video
When you make a recording of a presentation, all its elements (narration, animation, pointer movements, timings, and so on) are saved in the presentation itself. In essence, the presentation becomes a video that your audience can watch in PowerPoint.
Microsoft: What is Presenter View?
Describes how you can show a Powerpoint on one screen complete with speaker notes, while the show itself shows on another screen without them.


About Screencasting

24 Tips for Creating High Quality Screencasts
We asked our team to share their favorite best practices for creating higher quality screencasts. Without further ado, here are our 24 top tips.
Most Common Mistakes in Screencasting
An experienced screencasters tells what not to do. While this article is pretty old (Dec. 2010), the basic principles of good screen presentation design haven’t changed.
TechSmith: How to Make a Screencast in 5 Easy Steps
In this guide, I’ll walk you through each step in the process. Then, once you feel comfortable with how to easily record a screencast, I’ll go over some bonus tips for how you can level-up your screencasts. (Feb. 2019)
UVM: Screencasting
Information for their faculty from the University of Vermont about what screencasting is and how to go about it.

Screencasting Programs

ActivePresenter freemium; Win, Mac
All-in-One Screen Recorder, Video Editor & eLearning Authoring Software
CamStudio free; Win
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files…. This software hasn’t been updated in several years, but it should still work fine.
Educreations freemium; iPad
Record your voice and iPad® screen to create dynamic video tutorials that students and colleagues can access any time, as needed.
Flashback Express freemium; Win
Easy to use screen recorder, powerful editor. Capture your screen to record short clips or make engaging video tutorials ….
Lensoo freemium; iOS, Android
Lensoo Create turns your iPad or Android tablet into a virtual whiteboard with voice recording and smooth digital writing.
Loom online; freemium
Loom works as a browser extension. Just click and go. You can add your own audio and the image from your webcam if you choose.
Nimbus Capture free; Mac, Win, browsers
Record video from your screen or webcam, draw on top of it, and save to disk or share with friends.
OBS Studio free; Win, Mac, Linux
Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Download and start streaming quickly and easily…
Screencastify freemium; Chrome addon
Available from their own website or from the Chrome Store this popular screencasting program allows uses to make videos of up to 10 minutes long for free.
Screencast-O-Matic freemium; online
The free and easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast) and upload it for free hosting all from your browser with no install!
TechSmith Capture free; Win, Mac
TechSmith Capture provides a simple, free way to create basic screenshots and screen recordings and share them with others. (Replaces Jing.)

Whiteboard Programs


Video Conferencing

Discord online, mobile, Win, Mac, Linux
Discord is a popular app for gamers and may be familiar to students for that reason. To get started, check out Discord for Teachers – Getting Started Tutorial and How to Use Discord for Your Classroom.
Google Meet up to 250 participants; real-time captions; online, mobile
Google Meet is integrated with Google Classroom and pretty easy to use. To get started, check out, How to Use Google Hangouts Meet 2020 and Google Meet Cheat Sheet.
Google Meet Tips and Guidelines for Teachers and Educators
Drawing on both G Suite Learning Center and Google Meet Help, we pulled together these important resources to help you learn more about what you can do on Google Meet and how you can do it. From The Educational Technology & Mobile Learning blog,
Jitsi Meet web, mobile
Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free — with no account needed. To get started, see How to use Jitsi Meet, an open source Zoom alternative.
Skype Meet Now (free up to 50 participants); web, mobile
It’s easy – simply create a meeting link, share the link with participants and join the call. No sign ups required. If you don’t have Skype installed, we will open Skype for you on the Web. Learn more at How to use Skype Meet Now for quick virtual meetings.
Zipcall no sign-up required; web-based
Simple, Secure, and Fast. Peer to peer video calling provides quality… with an emphasis on privacy and security. Also includes a picture-in-picture mode and live captions (though the latter requires Google Chrome). Just go to the site, click and start.
Zoom (freemium); online
Zoom is an extremely popular video conferencing platform with a number of options for users. To get started, check out How to use Zoom for Remote and Online learning and How to teach online with Zoom: Complete Introduction.

Video Creators & Editors

Adobe Spark free and pay versions; online
Create impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos with Spark’s free graphic design app.
Avidemux free; Mac, Win, Linux
Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF… and conversion from one format to another.
Blender free; Mac, Win, Linux
Free open source 3D content creation suite [animation program], available for all major operating systems.
DaVinci Resolve free and pay versions; Mac, Win, Linux
The free version of this UK-based software has an extensive array of edting tools for the home user.
Dvolver Movie Maker online
For making quick and easy cartoons online.
Edpuzzle free and pay versions; online
Tool for teachers which allows cropping, adding audio, embedding quizzes, and Classroom integration.
iMovie free with iOS devices; Mac
Video editor for Mac computers. Comes with newer Macs as part of the iLife bundle and purchasable separately for other Macs
Lightworks free and pay versions; Mac, Win, Linux
Powerful editor with many features.
OpenShot Video Editor free; Linux
Powerful free video editor with user-friendly interface.
Pencil2D free; Mac, Win, Linux
An animation/drawing software… [which] lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoons) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil, the original program, is no longer under development, but a fork called Pencil2D is now available.
Quik free; iOS, Android
Quik is a fast basic video editor for mobile devices.
Shotcut free; Mac, Win, Linux
Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. Includes 4K video editing and timeline editing.
Splice free, includes in-app purchases; free; iOS
Splice is a quick easy video editor for those using iPhones or iPads.
Synfig Studio free; Mac, Win, Linux
Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based open-source 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources.
Toontastic free; iOS, Android, some Chromebooks
With Toontastic 3D, you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories, science reports, and all your other wacky ideas

Video Editing - Quick Tools

Add subtitles or Comments
tools: AmaraKapwingReclippedURUWorks
how-to: How To Create Video Subtitles Quickly For FreeYouTube: Create Subtitles
Create a Transcript of a YouTube Video
Extract a Clip from a Video
Go to a Timestamp on a YouTube Video
tool: YouTubeTime
how-to: How to Link to a Specific Part in a YouTube VideoHow to Link to Specific Timestamps on YouTube Videos (video)
Watch a YouTube Video without Ads
QuietTubeSafeShare TVViewPureWatchkin

Video Players

5KPlayer Mac, Win
[A] mixture of free (MKV) HD video player, music player, DLNA & AirPlay enabled media streamer and online downloader.
ALLPlayer Win
Plays a wide variety of video formats; includes a video converter and YouTube downloader.
iTunes Mac, Win
Media player and library from Apple, with built-in links to Apple’s iTunes Store. For more information, see:
CNET: iTunes Tips and TricksGizmodo: iTunesLifehacker: iTunes
DivX Player Win
[A]ward-winning video software to play, create and stream your favorite videos, including DivX, MKV, and HEVC up to 4K.
KMPlayer Win, Mac
KMP is a versatile multi media player which can cover a various different types of contained formats. Without any separate Codec, you are able to play any media files because KMP has its’ own internal Codec.
Global PotPlayer Windows
Lightweight highly customizable media player.
Kodi multi-platform, mobile
Kodi® (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more.
Leawo Blu-Ray Player Win, Mac
It acts as free Blu-ray disc player, free DVD disc player, free CD player (video-CD), free HD video player (free 4K video player), free ISO file player, and free audio player (free music player).
Miro multiplatform, mobile
Excellent open-sources music and video player, downloader, converter, and organizer.
MPC-HC Windows
MPC-HC is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows®. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback.
Real Player multi-platform
Adware which plays a variety of audio and video files.
VLC Media Player multi-platform, mobile
VVLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
Windows Media Player Mac, Win
Microsoft’s media player, already included in Windows.
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