Author: lp85

Hypothesis

  • Cost: Free
  • Time commitment: Quick fix to Longer engagement
  • Tech experience: Beginner

Hypothesis is a browser extension that enables collaborative annotations of any web resource. The annotation tool can be used to pose questions, share research, create a glossary, add multimedia elements to texts, and more. Users may join a group, allowing for easy collaboration with instructors and peers. Annotations posted in a group will be visible to the entire group. 

While Hypothesis works best as a Google Chrome extension, it is also available for Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. Learn more at Hypothesis.

ThingLink

  • Cost: Free / Paid educator accounts available
  • Time commitment: Quick fix to Longer engagement
  • Tech experience: Beginner

ThingLink is a tool for embedding content in images or videos. Users can add links to resources, such as websites, audio or video recordings, and more, to uploaded files. Teachers and students can create interactive projects, including 360° virtual/augmented reality experiences.

Visit ThingLink to learn more.

Kaizena

  • Cost: Free
  • Time commitment: Quick fix 
  • Tech experience: Beginner

Kaizena aims to improve the speed and efficiency of providing assignment feedback, through the use of embedded audio or video comments. After students upload documents to Kaizena, teachers can create recorded feedback throughout the written work. Students are able to provide their own verbal or written responses to the instructor’s feedback.

Visit Kaizena for more information.

Kami

  • Cost: Free / Premium features available for purchase
  • Time commitment: Quick fix 
  • Tech experience: Beginner

Kami enables the sharing, annotating, and collaborating of online documents. Kami supports a variety of file types and integrations, including Google Drive. Within Kami, users can markup texts, add comments and drawings, and collaborate in real time. Files are secured with SSL encryption.

Visit Kami to learn more.

Balsamiq

  • Cost: Free / Premium features available for purchase
  • Time commitment: Quick fix to longer engagement
  • Tech experience: Intermediate

Balsamiq is a wireframing software that mimics the experience of sketching on a whiteboard. With a Google Drive integration and a large library of UI elements, creating wireframes is fast and easy.

Visit Balsamiq to learn more.

Mockingbird

  • Cost: Paid
  • Time commitment: Longer engagement 
  • Tech experience: Intermediate

Mockingbird is a rapid wireframing software featuring drag and drop UI elements that can be repositioned and resized. Multiple mockup pages can be linked to simulate interactivity, and mockups can be shared for real-time collaboration.

Visit Mockingbird for more information.