7 useful tools to create your own teaching resources and help cut down on non-classroom prep time

I love curating and making my own teaching resources, so I’m well aware of how time-consuming it can be. My journey towards reducing my own prep time and finding the right resources to do so was a long one and I’m happy to share some of the tools I found along the way:

  • 1) I Love PDF: My absolute favourite of all time; the ultimate solution for all things PDF; it’s free to use and you can edit, merge, convert, protect, compress, rotate, split, convert to word/powerpoint and much more;
  • 2) Clean up Pictures: Fantastic online picture editing tool; remove any object, people or text from your pictures;
  • 3) Pexels: Free stock photos you can use anywhere;
  • 4) Canva: It’s an amazing graphic design platform, used to create presentations, posters, documents, social media graphics and other visual content.; it includes a wide variety of templates for users to use;
  • 5) Adobe Creative Cloud Express (formerly Adobe Spark): It’s an online and mobile design app; you can easily create stunning social graphics, short videos, posters and even web pages; this tool is not 100% free, but you can set up an account for free and there are tons of free as well as premium resources;
  • 6) Loom: Screen recording tool; record quick videos of your screen and cam, great if you want to record yourself on top of a slideshow or presentation; an essential tool for flipped and/or hybrid classes;
  • 7) Prezi: A more engaging alternative to Powerpoint; create moving, zooming presentations that grab attention and keep it.

The tools I’m sharing here might be used by you, the teacher, to create more engaging resources for your students, or you might choose to involve your learners: use the tools in the classroom together or let your students use them at home to make their own presentations, research projects etc.

I would like to stress that I am NOT sponsored in any way by any of the companies/services above. I’m just a humble blogging teacher trying to share useful resources and information with whoever might be reading my posts.

Do you know of any other interesting tools out there you’d like to add to the list? Leave a comment down below!

Happy New Year everyone!

written by J. Capel, January 2022

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