Category Archives: Online Tools

HostMath – Online Equation Editor

HostMath is a web-based editor for mathematical formulas. It uses WYSIWYG-style editing and allows creating mathematical equations through simple point-and-click techniques. You can send complex math expressions over email and IM, without requiring any special software.


  •  Lets you easily embed LaTeX math in your own html pages, blogs, wikis, etc. It parses a LaTeX math expression immediately.
  •  Many pre-defined templates and symbols in well-organized palettes that cover mathematics, physics, electronics, and many other higher educations.
  •  Fine adjustment for template shapes, gaps, and thicknesses with visual interface.
  • Can generate equations as MathML. MathML will allow you to copy and paste math into many applications that understand MathML.
  • No plugins need to be installed in the browser to use the editor.
  •  Multiple Undo and Redo.
  • Accepts standard LaTeX and Tex input with AMS extensions, and also support ASCIIMath input. To learn how to use LaTeX, see here.  To learn how to use AMS extensions, see here.  To learn how to use ASCIIMath, see here.



Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011


32 ways to use Google Apps in the classroom – Presentation


You can use Zamzar, a free web service, to download YouTube videos from your home internet connection and bring them back to school on your laptop, flash drive, iPod or DVD.

Tools to Help Students Study Together

One of the true powers of the Internet is the power to collaborate with others. Yesterday,  I came across a service called Friends with Brainefits that enables students to study on Facebook with their Facebook friends. Here are some other collaborative studying tools  from my archives.

  1. – a website for students to share and collaborate on the creation of study tools.
  2. – a collaborative study service developed and funded in part by Georgia Tech, Emory University, and the National Science Foundation.
  3. – a service for learning a new language with the help of others online. Think of Nabber as part vocabulary studying tool, part social network.


Two Goals

According to the founder of this awesome tool, one should not focus on more than two goals at any given time. This tool is meant to help record these goals in a clear, distraction-free place that can be revisited whenever necessary. has just been launched.

Google launched as a resource for educators everywhere to learn how to use YouTube as an educational tool. There are lesson plan suggestions, highlights of great educational content on YouTube, and training on how teachers can film their own educational videos. This site was designed/written by teachers for teachers and we hope it’s the first step in really kick-starting a community of YouTube-using educators.

Brainpop – video introductions to stimulate students’ thinking.

Brainpop is a commercially available website containing animated content designed to motivate and inspire children to learn. Some of the resources are available free-of-charge but to access the full library of resources is via a subscription service.

Resources are short 2-3 minute animated films starring Tim and his robot friend Moby.

Each film covers the key points of a certain topic. Films are organised according to subject areas.

Delicious – Social Bookmarks

Delicious is one of the best social bookmarking tool. You can save all your bookmarks online, share them with others, and see what other people are bookmarking.

Voki – create speaking avatars with your voice

Voki is a tool to create speaking avatars with your own voice. You choose your  avatar; you customize it by changing the hair, clothing, bling and the colour of the hair, eyes and skin. When you finish, you give your avatar a voice by recording your voice by phone or using a microphone. You can also upload an audio file or you  can  use text-to-speech feature to convert your text into speech choosing the gender and the accent. When you finish, you can get a link or the embed code to publish it on your blog or your website. Children can tell their stories by recording their voices or they can retell a traditional story with a different ending.