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Cost-Effective and Easy-to-use Tools


We have curated a list of cost-effective and easy-to-use platforms that helps to increase the quality and efficiency of blended learning. The list is curated with feedback from the community of practitioners. In our experience, it's best to minimize the number of solutions used at one time, to minimize learners' confusion.

(Please email to us, inlab@ial.edu.sg if you have new tools or recommendations that can help the community in Training and Adult Education (TAE) industry)


List updated as of 24th June 2021
Virtual Means
Create Digital Content
Meaningful Interaction in Online Engagement
Digital Collaboration and Space
Assessment and Checking Understanding
 

H5P

Create gamified learning experience with templated, HTML5-based platform. Simply copy-paste codes to your website or LMS.

More details >>>

 
 
Nearpod
 
Simply upload your existing slides and inject interactivity through screen-sync, quiz and touch-enabled feedback
 
 
 
MIRO
whiteboard.fi
invision Freehand
 
Utilize digital whiteboard and sticky notes to create visual anchors in discussions and collaborations
 
 
 
Kahoot!
 
Make learning fun and check learners’ understanding in live session or assign self-paced games.
 
 
 

ScreentoGIF

Capture screen recording as GIF files easily. Useful to share visual step-by-step in navigating digital solutions.

 

www.screentogif.com


Pear Deck

Add interactivity to your existing slides with advanced features on questions and prompts

More details >>>
 
Lino
Google Jamboard
 
Simple digital collaboration board with the ability to create digital sticky notes and upload pictures/ photos.
 
 
 
 

Flipgrid

Allow your learners to submit their responses through short, authentic videos based on what they are learning

 

info.flipgrid.com

 
Canva
Easil
Visme

Customize and create design elements to support the visual engagement of your training.

 

Classpoint

Capture and showcase users' interaction directly within your slides on Powerpoint. 

More details >>>

 

Explain Everything

Facilitate, present, sketchnote, create videos and learn collaboratively.

explaineverything.com

 
 
 
Quizziz
 
Engage learners with quizzes, polls, flashcards and learner-paced assignments, anywhere, on any device, in‑person or remotely.
 
 
 

Thinglink

Tag images, videos and 360o media with instant access to audio, video-embeds and weblinks.

www.thinglink.com


Padlet

Create online boards to impart knowledge and collect users' input on specific topic with support for rich media.

More details >>>

 
Trello
 
Make use of boards, lists, and cards to organise learning and allow collaboration in a fun, flexible, and rewarding way.
 
 
 
Socrative
 
Monitor and evaluate learning by creating fun, effective engagement and on-the-fly assessments
 
 
 

Piktochart

 

Create learning materials including infographics, flyers, posters, presentations and reports easily

 

piktochart.com

 

Mentimeter
Slido
 

Create presentations with the focus on getting real-time input from remote learners with live polls, quizzes, word clouds, Q&As and more.

www.mentimeter.com

sli.do

 
Viima
 
Allow learners to contribute, develop, prioritise and analyse their ideas.
 
 
 
Spiral

Engage learners in quizzes and discussions and allow learners to create and share collaborative presentations.

spiral.ac

 

 

Powtoon

Captivate, engage and explain concepts through easy creation of videos and presentations

powtoon.com

 
mmhmm
OBS Studio
 
Stack and control visual elements (slides, webcam view, etc) to be broadcasted as virtual camera.
Create painless, mobile-friendly visual sharing without sacrificing virtual eye contact
 
 


 

Plickers

Check learners’ understanding quickly and simply through on-the-spot formative assessment data

plickers.com

 

Additional Resources


Advices on adopting CEE tools

The software and digital platform can only go so far, the most important part is the brainware or heartware. In other words, the mentality of both trainers and learners in embracing the digital front of learning. Despite having 1-year practice of digital learning experience due to COVID, we continue to observe cases of resistance to technology from our trainers' feedback.

Anecdotally, some of our community members prefer not to use too many digital platform to get specific functions from each; but rather adapt and adopt what the learners are already comfortable about. Finding the sweet spot of solution that is both within your comfort zone and learners’ might need a few iterations to get right.

Taking the words of A/Prof Matt Beane in Learning to Work with Intelligent Machines, there is a tension between mastering new (digital) tools and adapting tried-and-tested method of engagement toward new tools. He advocated to give ourselves ample time to do one thing after another instead of trying and failing both at the same time. Give yourself some runway to master new edtech tool and build up your comfort in using one.

Other resources you can consult:

PADLET

Ms Lina Tan - Course for E Cleaning Solutions
 
Organization - E Cleaning Solutions
 

TRELLO

Ms Florence Yuen - Course for eyesight.sg
 
Organization - Eyesight.sg
 

KAHOOT! & H5P

Dr Daniel Seah - Law modules, SUSS & Mr Thum Cheng Cheong - Contract and Agency Law, SUSS