Group Picture of Online Tool ReviewersWelcome to Online Tools for Teaching and Learning!

This site was designed to help you identify online tools that you might use for teaching or learning. Each page includes a wealth of information about a specific tool (e.g., price, ease of use, description of the tool, innovative ways to use the tool for teaching and learning, how the tool fits with the SAMR model) to help you evaluate the tool and determine whether to use it in your practice.

This site was created as part of a collaborative class project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students in the class conducted in-depth research about four online tools and designed pages for each tool (see 2016 Tool Reviewers page).

**The site was updated in 2019 with 21 new tool pages, in 2020 with 16 new tool pages, and in 2021 with 10 new tool pages (see New Tool Pages). 

If you have any questions about this site, please contact Dr. Torrey Trust.

The tools on this website are organized according to the National Research Council’s (2000) four types of learning environments: assessment-centered, community-centered, knowledge-centered, and learner-centered.

AssessmentAssessment Tools

Assessment tools (e.g., Kahoot, Socrative, Google Forms, ePortfolios) allow educators to conduct pre-course/lesson, formative, and summative assessments.


Community Globe

Community Tools

Community tools, including social media, virtual games, and collaborative design spaces, encourage and foster social learning experiences.


Knowledge Light Bulb

Knowledge Tools

Knowledge tools, such as virtual timeline creators, mind mapping software, and study sites (e.g., flashcards, tutorials), help students acquire, construct, and organize information.


Learner Graduation Hat


Learner-centered tools can be used to personalize, differentiate, and empower learning.


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