List of Digital Tools

Digital Tools Directories

Bamboo DiRT is a really useful clearinghouse of digital tools—organized around the question “I need to do _, what tools are useful?” rather than being organized around the tools themselves.

Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collective resource page is a site for information, breaking news, and teaching ideas that are important to scholars and teachers in digital rhetoric.

Hybrid Pedagogy has a nice "Concordance" page with a list and brief description of tools.

Web Writing: Why & How for Liberal Arts Teaching & Learning. This born-digital, open-access volume integrates why questions with online examples and tutorials to illustrate how faculty and students are doing this work. Topics include: Why should we integrate the web into our teaching of writing? How does student engagement and faculty pedagogy change when we post our ideas online? Which tools deepen (or distract from) thoughtful learning? What strategies can help the liberal arts to address these digital-era challenges and opportunities?

ds106 Handbook. A handbook for students taking Digital Storytelling at University of Mary Washington, with guidelines for working with Wordpress but also tools for editing photos, creating animated GIFs, and working with audio and video.


Scratch Designed for children to learn to program code and create interactive stories, games, and animations. ScratchEd is an online community for educators using Scratch. Intro video: Create your own interactive stories with Twine, the same tool used to produce the stories on this Web site.




  • Crocodoc. Crocodoc permits users to upload, share, and annotate various forms of online documents. Instructors can create folders, tag them as public, and give students a link to submit their papers. Once uploaded, every member of the class can see everyone else’s work for annotation, collaboration, and peer review. Unlike Google Docs, Crocodoc texts are frozen upon upload. This allows users to comment on a static draft, without the author’s ability to change things as or after they comment. It’s a good tool to mark the changes that occur between drafts. – Pete Rorabaugh
  • Markup Markup lets you draw on any webpage with a variety of tools to express your thoughts, make a point, or share ideas. Once you Get Markup, you can draw any time by clicking your bookmarklet or using your native browser extension. When the toolbar loads, start drawing. Publish to share your thoughts with others.
  • Skitch. Screen capture and annotation

Textual Analysis

  • Wordle. Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
  • Prism. Prism is a tool for “crowdsourcing interpretation.” Users are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different categories, or “facets.” Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users.

Collecting, organizing, bookmarking

  • Storify. Storify lets you curate social networks to build social stories, bringing together media scattered across the Web into a coherent narrative. We are building the story layer above social networks, to amplify the voices that matter and create a new media format that is interactive, dynamic and social.
  • Diigo. Diigo is a social bookmarking and annotation tool that permits users to collect web content, annotate it, and share groups of bookmarked content with others.
  • Evernote. Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web.
  • Pocket. Formerly Read It Later. Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket and have it to read on any device.
  • Tertiary Resource. Created by Christopher Lirette. A wiki that will use semantic linking between articles to determine relationships between people and people, people and ideas, ideas and things, and things and people.
  • Zotero. Zotero library guide, including list of workshops offered at Woodruff
  • Dropbox. Put your stuff in Dropbox and get to it from your computers, phones, or tablets. Edit docs, automatically add photos, and show off videos from anywhere. Easily share files within a team without having to keep track of the most current version of a document.
  • Learnist. An academic's version of Pinterest


  • WeVideo. WeVideo is an online video creation platform for video editing, collaboration, and sharing across any device.
  • PopcornMaker. Free tool for remixing & editing video, even collaboratively. Popcorn Maker makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web video. Use your web browser to combine video and audio with content from the rest of the web — from text, links and maps to pictures and live feeds.
  • Handmade Cinema. Guide to people, practices, and themes of moving images—less a tool and more of a visualized database.


  • Flickr. Bills itself as “almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world,” and it also includes fairly robust tools to edit and share photos to other services on the web.
  • Flickr Advanced Search. Flickr is especially useful as a repository of photos that you can use on your sites. Here's a page with further information about using Flickr to find and repost photos that have been made available with a Creative Commons license.
  • Google Image Search. Here's a page with further information about using Google image search to find and repost photos that have been made available with a Creative Commons license.
  • PicMonkey. Free online photo editor.
  • Thinglink. Thinglink allows you to tag photos and embed links from anywhere on the web inside photos. You can then embed or share those photos.


  • Scrivener. Writing a novel, research paper, script or any long-form text involves more than hammering away at the keys until you’re done. Collecting research, ordering fragmented ideas, shuffling index cards in search of that elusive structure—most writing software is fired up only after much of the hard work is over. Enter Scrivener: a word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft. Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context. Scrivener won't tell you how to write—it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application. ProfHacker review: "Scrivener, Scrivening, Scriverastic"
  • Minimal private writing space, designed to encourage free-writing 3 pages each day. Profhacker review: Writers’ Boot Camp: Using
  • WriteRoom. (Mac only) (Distraction-free word processor)

WordPress Tools and Plugins

  • Anthologize. Use the power of WordPress to transform online content into an electronic book)
  • CommentPress. CommentPress is an open source theme and plugin for the WordPress blogging engine that allows readers to comment paragraph-by-paragraph, line-by-line or block-by-block in the margins of a text. Annotate, gloss, workshop, debate: with CommentPress you can do all of these things on a finer-grained level, turning a document into a conversation. It can be applied to a fixed document (paper/essay/book etc.) or to a running blog. Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s Planned Obsolescence manuscript.


  • Marca_ (Portfolios)
  • Kuler. Adobe Kuler is a web-hosted application for generating color themes that can inspire any project. No matter what you’re creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community.“

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