Category Archives: 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


Using iPad as a document camera


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.

Create your own Comic Strip at

If you’re looking for an exciting new literacy activity why not start a daily 20-minute comic strip segment during which your students create a comic diary about something they learned or read or experienced that day?   Creating such daily comix diaries provides a way for students to digest and integrate key material that they are taught as well as to reflect on their lives and experiences. And what better way for all students, including English Language Learners, to improve writing, reading and storytelling skills!

To help educators,, the free online comic strip generator, has launched a Daily Comix Diary Page offering many ideas at

Most important, the 20-minute-a-day daily comix diary challenge offers students the chance to become creators as they find their voice, rather than just passive learners. What better gift can you give them?

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.


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.