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Some Useful Web-based Tools for Students

A few useful tools, most of them free (or with free versions)

Presentation Tools

Webfolio - see myBrand example

Easy-to-create & share a website via PebblePad


Zooming presentation editor to which you can add your own pictures, videos & PDFs


Present your PDF as a flip-page book


An online pinboard where you can collect images & videos, which could be then liked & repinned by others


Text-to-movie creator. Just select your characters, background & animations & type in what you want them to say


Create your own cartoon strips - choose your character, props & type in your text. Can be embedded into any blog or webpage


Share your PowerPoint presentations


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.

Research Tools...

Social Bookmarking

Save, organise & share your bookmarks. Social bookmarking is web-based, meaning you can get to your bookmarks from any internet-connected computer

Google Reader

Lets you keep up with all the news from your favourite sites & blogs in one place

Planning Tools


Creating a diagram linking ideas around a central theme (this is a mindmap!)


Evernote helps millions worldwide remember anything and everything that happens in their lives. Use Evernote to take notes, save interesting web pages, create to-dos and shopping lists, attach images and PDFs, and so much more. Then, watch as it all instantly synchronizes from your Mac to your smartphone, tablet and the Web, allowing you to find your memories at any time from anywhere.


WorkFlowy is an organizational tool that makes life easier. It can help you organize personal to-dos, collaborate on large team projects, take notes, write research papers, keep a journal, plan a wedding, and much more.



Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life.


A social networking site, a bit like Facebook. You can organise contacts into circles, so sharing stuff is easy. You can also have a video chat (hangout) with up to 10 people


Network with professionals - good for making contacts, finding work, getting recommendations & keeping up to date with news from your industry


A personal (or group) online journal, sharing text, images, videos & presentations, displayed as 'posts'. These could be commented on by visitors.

Online Collaborative Storage


Enables you to share files between computers without having to email them to yourself or save them to a memory stick

Google Drive

Access files on your computer from anywhere. It's free and installs in seconds. All your files – everywhere Put files in Google Drive and you can access them on your desktop, mobile phone or tablet, and Always up to date Make changes to a file in one place and it automatically updates everywhere. 5 GB of free space You get 5 GB from the start, and you can upgrade to get more space at any time.

Microsoft SkyDrive

Store photos and docs online. Access them from any PC, Mac or phone. Create and work together on Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents.

Core University Web-based Tools

Mobile With Plymouth University

“Mobile with Plymouth University” is a must have resource for students or prospective students of Plymouth University. Crammed with helpful University information that is easily accessible wherever you are, this is your guide to campus life!


TULP is Plymouth University's Virtual Learning Environment. Students can access their learning materials and also use collaborative features such as blogs and wikis.

ePortfolio/ PebblePad

The University's Personal Development Planning tool - good for reflection when working towards long-term objectives



Share photos & videos, & get feedback