Let's explore the idea that there is at least one excellent free learning tool (or site) for every learning problem, need or issue!

I want a FREE:

  1. Easy-to-use and secure Internet browser? Firefox
  2. e-Mail system? Gmail
  3. Social bookmarking tool? del.icio.us
  4. Social bookmarking tool with collaborative learning features (groups, forums, etc.)? Diigo
  5. Tool that enables me to capture, visualize, organize and share my bookmarks? SimplyBox
  6. Tool to translate text or a webpage? Google Language Tools
  7. RSS reader? Omea Reader
  8. Online RSS reader? Google Reader
  9. Online Calendar? Google Calendar
  10. Tool to aggregate all my resources, mail, RSS feeds, etc, in one place? Netvibes, iGoogle or Pageflakes
  11. Platform to incorporate all my favorite tools within one environment? Elgg
  12. Learning Management System (LMS)? Easy, Moodle
  13. Hosted LMS? Here are SEVEN!
  14. Tool to assist me in evaluating and selecting a LMS? EduTools
  15. Learning Activity Management System? LAMS
  16. Collaboration tool? Connect with Ning
  17. Social Networking tool? Tricky one! Facebook
  18. Social Learning Network for education? LearnCentral
  19. Tool to create study groups and manage group projects? GroupTable
  20. Tool to keep track of my schoolwork (assignments)? Soshiku
  21. 3D online virtual world where I can socialize, connect and learn? Second Life
  22. Content Management System (CMS)? Joomla
  23. Tool to create my own website? Google Sites or Webnode
  24. Virtual Classroom? DimDim
  25. Hosted Virtual Classroom? WiZiQ
  26. Tool to broadcast myself to the world? USTREAM
  27. Tool to make calls from my computer? Skype
  28. Videoconferencing chat service? Vawkr
  29. Content authoring tool? How about two? eXe & CourseLab
  30. Alternative to Microsoft Office? OpenOffice
  31. Online suite of office tools? Google Docs or Zoho
  32. Tool that accurately converts my PowerPoint to Flash (including animations)? iSpring Free
  33. Web authoring tool alternative to FrontPage and Dreamweaver? NvU or KompoZer
  34. Personal online notebook? Google Notebook
  35. Blogging tool? WordPress! Why aren't you using WordPress? Good Question!
  36. Blogging tool for educators? Edublogs
  37. Directory of edubloggers from around the world? International Edubloggers Directory
  38. Microblogging tool? Twitter
  39. Microblogging tool for education? Edmodo
  40. Microblogging tool for companies? Yammer
  41. Wiki tool? PBwiki
  42. Tool to track plagiarism? Plagium
  43. Encyclopedia, which I can add to or edit? Wikipedia
  44. Community dedicated to collaborative development of free content? WikiEducator
  45. Audio recording tool? Audacity
  46. Tool to record and host my audio recordings online? Odeo Studio
  47. Tool to convert text to speech? vozMe or iSpeech
  48. Tool to transform media into collaborative spaces with video, voice and text commenting? VoiceThread
  49. Tool for storytelling? Here are 50!
  50. Screencasting (recording) tool? Wink
  51. Hosted screencasting tool (more options)? Jing or Flowgram
  52. Mindmapping tool? FreeMind
  53. Tool to brainstorm and create mindmaps online? Bubbl.us or MindMeister
  54. Easy-to-learn 3D authoring software tool? Google SketchUp
  55. Alternative to 3D Studio Max? Blender
  56. Photo/image editing tool? GIMP or Picasa
  57. Online photo/image editing tool? Splashup
  58. Tool to create cool personalized images? Custom Sign Generator Widgets
  59. Image Resizer? Dosize
  60. Watermarking tool? uMark
  61. Screen Color Picker? ColorSchemer
  62. Tool to highlight text in a webpage? The Awesome Highlighter
  63. Tool to create flowcharts, diagrams, technical drawings? Gliffy
  64. Tool to create comics and cartoons? ToonDoo
  65. Tool to create animations? GoAnimate
  66. Tool to make screenshots from different browsers with one click? Browsershots
  67. Tool to create PDFs from any Windows program? PDFCreator
  68. Tool to convert PDF to Word? PDF To Word Online
  69. Online file conversion tool (e.g. Word >PDF>PowerPoint)? Zamzar
  70. Online OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool? Free OCR
  71. Tool to share my slides? SlideShare, SlideBoom or authorSTREAM
  72. Tool to share my videos? YouTube or TeacherTube
  73. Tool to share any type of file with unlimited storage capacity? Internet Archive
  74. Online science research sharing portal? SciVee
  75. Online community to share and discuss instructional teacher videos? TeacherTube
  76. Online community to share, discuss and learn about the uses of educational technology? EdTechTalk
  77. Online community to test my big ideas? Big Think
  78. Tool to download videos from any video sharing site (YouTube, Metacafe, etc.)? ClipNabber
  79. Self-publishing tool (books, papers, articles, etc)? Scribd
  80. Tool to share my pictures? Are you joking! Flickr
  81. Space to upload and share my files? eSnips
  82. File hosting solution that allows me to share files up to 250MB each? FileCrunch
  83. Online quiz tool? ClassMarker
  84. Tool to create interactive quizzes and puzzles? Hot Potatoes
  85. Tool to create web and print-based crossword puzzles? EclipseCrossword
  86. Inquiry-oriented lesson tool? WebQuest
  87. Multimedia flashcard software? MemoryLifter
  88. Online polling tool with a bit of fizzle? Polldaddy
  89. Online survey tool? Click here to choose!
  90. Tool to create Flash games (templates)? ClassTools.net
  91. Investment Simulation Game? Virtual Trader
  92. Interactive 3D business simulator? INNOV8
  93. Game to understand cancer better? Re-Mission
  94. Game to understand the scientific method and 21st Century Skills? River City
  95. Game to understand variable manipulations for urban management? SimCity
  96. Game to understand social studies better? Quest Atlantis
  97. Game to understand world hunger and efforts to alleviate it? WFP Foodforce
  98. Game to learn more vocabulary and help hungry people? Seriously! FreeRice
  99. Range of interactive tools to help me understand maths concepts? Shodor Interactivate
  100. Step-by-step math problem solver? Mathway
  101. Tool to publish my data online and create comparison tables? Tablefy
  102. Tool to create my own search engine tailored to my needs? Google Custom Search Engine
  103. Human-powered search engine? Mahalo
  104. Metasearch engine with visual display interfaces? What! Here is KartOO!
  105. Search engine that groups the results by topic via automated clustering technology? Vivisimo
  106. Science-specific search engine? Scirus
  107. All-in-one research search tool? Schoolr
  108. Tool to help me collect, manage, and cite my research sources? Zotero
  109. Tool that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to my website? Google Analytics
  110. Tool to search, discover, rank and compare different sites around the world? Alexa
  111. Tool to search the full text of books? Google Book Search
  112. Tool to search for scholarly literature? Google Scholar
  113. Tool to search for patents? Google Patent Search
  114. Tool that sends me email updates of the latest relevant Google results (e.g. e-Learning)? Google Alerts
  115. Energy saving search engine? Blackle
  116. Online visual dictionary and thesaurus? Visuwords
  117. World digital library? World Digital Library
  118. Tool to build and distribute my own digital library? Greenstone
  119. Site to find and search across all OpenCourseWare (OCW) courses? OpenCourseWare Consortium
  120. Repository and learning network of Open Educational Resources (OER)? OER Commons
  121. Site to get the latest updates on OER and OCW? OER Blogs
  122. Portal to non-formal OER and training resources? Open Training Platform
  123. Encyclopedia of video tutorials to help me learn any software? Edumax or Wikivid
  124. e-Book to learn more about e-learning 2.0? Learning 2.0 eBook
  125. Site to learn more about rapid e-learning? The Rapid e-Learning Blog
  126. Site to learn more about Online Course Development? Hitchhiker’s Guide to Course Development
  127. Crash course in learning theory? Click here!
  128. Database of Learning Theories? Click here & here!
  129. Tool to help me understand and use learning styles effectively? Learning Styles Online.com
  130. Repository of creative and critical thinking tools? Mycoted to the rescue!
  131. Route to learn more about the 21st century skills? Route 21
  132. Repository of how everything works? HowStuffWorks
  133. Repository of lectures from the world's top scientists? Videolectures.NET
  134. Repository of resources and simulation tools to learn more about nanotechnology? The nanoHUB
  135. Directory of academic open access repositories? OpenDOAR
  136. Site covering today's top social, political, and tech issues? FORA.tv
  137. Site to improve my learning skills? Study Guides & Strategies
  138. Gaming tool to help me learn ICT? ReviseICT.co.uk
  139. Tool to improve my typing skills? Peter's Online Typing Course
  140. Tool to improve my reading skills? ZAP Reader
  141. Interactive courseware to improve my workplace skills? ALISON
  142. Multimedia site that enhance our understanding of war and its history? Maps-of-War
  143. 3D human anatomy visualization tool? Visible Body
  144. Site to learn languages? Free Language
  145. Tool to explore the World? Google Earth
  146. Tool to explore the Universe? WorldWide Telescope
  147. Tool to visualize human development? Gapminder
  148. Tool to answer all my questions? Wolfram|Alpha, Google Squared or Answer.com
  149. Site with talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers? TED is a good starting point!
  150. Article to reveal the secrets of the super-learners? Click here!
  151. Link to the most innovative web 2.0 (and 3.0) lab in the world? Google Labs
  152. Tool to stumble upon and discover great websites, videos, photos, etc. ? StumbleUpon
  153. Daily newsletter that keeps me updated with the latest news on online learning? Stephen's OLDaily
  154. Site dedicated to tracking the changes occurring in education today? Open Education
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Last updated by Moataz Sep 24, 2011.

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