Freeware and Shareware

Images, video/movies, songs, texts, TV, live music (public
Graphics / Images Open Source Software Freeware Transferring, Storing, Sharing Files Free E-Mail Providers
Shareware (small fee for using materials) Free downloads of Anti-Virus Software, Spyware Removers Tutorial Creation Software Free Web Hosting Sites
Web Site Creators
Organization Tools  


Images, Video, Live Music, Songs, Texts, TV in the Public Domain

The Internet Archive <> -- non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more; searchable

Pixabay <> -- photos, illustrations, videos in the public domain, shared by the community (over 1.3 million on 2/26/2018)

Wikimedia Commons, Commons:Free media resources/Photography <> -- "Here are a number of sources of freely licensed and public domain images on the Web.

85 Free Stock Photo Resources--How to Use Them <> -- lists the type of Creative Commons license, if site requires attribution or not, date site was started; brief description and review

Canva Photos <> -- extensive library of free stock images

morgueFile <> -- free high-resolution stock photo archive, searchable; use free photos on your Web site

PikWizard <> -- free site with thousands of high quality images that can be downloaded and re-use for free; provides directions on how to give credit to the photographers whose pictures are used.

Photos under Creative Commons Licensing <> -- link/attribution must be made; see instructions for How to attribute a Creative Commons photo from Flickr.

The Best Places to Find Free, High-Res Images for your Website <> -- See 15 sites for free public domain images. <> -- free stock photo search engine; photos with watermark

Dig CC Mixter <> -- free songs, Creative Commons licensed


Graphics / Images <> -- over 22,000 images by category

GIMP <> -- Photoshop-like graphics editor

Top 10 Sites for Images and Clip Art by David Kapuler

  1. Pics4Learning - Very popular site to find free, safe-to-use images for teachers and students.
  2. School Clip Art - Great site for free school clip art.
  3. Picsearch - Excellent image search engine, if used with a district's filtering solution.
  4. Veezzle - Wonderful free stock photo search engine.
  5. Free Photo Bank - Easy way to find creative common images.
  6. Open Clip Art - Great way to find free clip art.
  7. Find Icons -  Nice site for free icons.

Open Source Software

Nvu <> -- A complete Web Authoring System for Linux desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver. Nvu (which stands for "new view") makes managing a web site a snap. Now anyone can create web pages and manage a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML.

OpenOffice <> -- is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project.; includes a free download of Writer – a word processor, Calc – a spreadsheet, Impress – a presentation program, Draw – a graphics program, Base – a database program to create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, Math – lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor

Office Suite X -- free download of open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more

Scribus <> -- desktop publishing software

VLC <> -- portable multimedia player

ThinkFree Online <> -- Thinkfree Docs extends the existing ThinkFree Online community, a free web service for creating and editing office documents--ThinkFree Write (word processing), ThinkFree Calc (spreadsheet), and ThinkFree Show (presentation).  It runs on all major browser on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh systems and operates natively in Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .xls, and .ppt) but the free version does not include the Insert Comments or Track Changes features.  In addition, its online office productivity suite offers an online community for sharing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Zoho Docs <> -- web-based, free applications for collaboration, business, and productivity; no downloads necessary; imports PowerPoint and Open Office files

Mind-mapping software (list) -- <>

FreeMind <> -- Java-based; runs on all operating systems; develops outlines, graphic organizers, concept maps and more; good for time management, project management, essay writing, brainstorming.


TeamViewer <> -- free download; screen-sharing and file-transfer app that can be used to access a second computer remotely, share screens securely, send files, control access rights, and flip which user has control.
Read more: TeamViewer - CNET

IrfanView <> -- download for editing pictures, creating slideshows, etc.

Jing <> -- creates screencasts with URL to be shared

Evernote <> -- for note-taking and sharing notes online, setting up folders, and more; for both PC and MAC; see video demos

iSpring <> -- turns PowerPoint to Flash in one click; creates high quality Flash movies of standard PowerPoint objects and keeps most of advanced PowerPoint features; keeps hyperlinks, action buttons, animations, slide transitions, embedded music and audio narrations, synchronization of animation and sounds, embedded video clips and Flash movies.

SoftArea51 <>  -- directory to freeware and shareware for Windows (on MACs, PCs, Linux, Mobile & Palm)

ClassMarker <> -- Create multiple choice, true false, free text, short answer, fill in the blank and punctuation quizzess quizzes online; Instant marking is provided for all test, quizzes and exams, which allows instructors to view the results of each learner immediately without having to do any marking themselves. Quiz results are saved in ClassMarker and can optionally be sent to an email address when a quiz is finished.

Optimizing Pictures in PowerPoint <> -- compresses picture size

Slide Share <>

Voicethread <> -- an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world.

15 Sites and Apps for Creating Flashcards <>  -- compiled and annotated by David Kapuler

SoundTransit <> -- search for sounds from this CreativeCommons community <> -- free check for plagiarism and need to cite

Background Samples <>   FREE backgrounds for PowerPoint

Free Online <> -- create free Web-based or email surveys for up to 10 items; results collected automatically <> -- free online surveys (multiple choice, rating scales, drop-down menus, and more..).  Powerful options allow you to require answers to any question, control the flow with custom skip logic, and even randomize answer choices to eliminate bias.

Easy Thumbnails <> -- for resizing images (Web site info: The software creates "accurate thumbnail images and scaled-down/up copies from a wide range of popular picture formats") <> -- Web tools, including guest books, forums, hit counters, web templates, photo albums, chat rooms, and much, much more

Flash Sound Effects <>  -- free, by topic; Ambience, Cartoon, Communication, Creatures, Domestic, Electronic, Industrial_Commercial, Instruments, Interfaces, Mayhem, Mechanical, Nature, People, Recreation, Transportation

CoffeeCup <> -- free image program and web hosting; includes The HTML Editor, Flash Firestarter,  PixConverter, GIF Animator, Image Mapper, StyleSheet Maker,  Button Factory, Effects Factory, Headline Factory, Navigation Factory,  PhotoObjects, and more.

Microsoft Office Clip Art and Media <>

Pics4Learning <> -- browse by topic

UVic's Language Teaching Clipart Library <> -- browse by topic

Download.Com is a good place to get public domain software and freeware.

Free Web Site Creators

Recommended by David Kapuler on TL Advisor Blog <>:

Free Web Hosting Sites

Nvu <> -- A complete Web Authoring System for Linux desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver. Nvu (which stands for "new view") makes managing a web site a snap. Now anyone can create web pages and manage a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML.

Free WYSIWYG Web Editors and Website Builders <> -- includes Mozilla Suite (includes navigator and Composer), Trellian WebPAGE, Netscape Composer (also see the tutorial), Amaya Web Browsing and Authoring, and Nvu - Complete Web Authoring System

Homestead, Free Trial <> -- Web site building with templates <> -- free web hosting (50 MB)

CoffeeCup <> -- free image program and web hosting

50 megs <> -- offers 50MBs of space for free web site hosting; uses a site builder (templates); 1Gb monthly bandwidth. 0.5Mb file size limit. No ads. FTP uploads. Email forwarding provided

The Free Site <>  offers links to sites with free items, including links to free web hosting

Angelfire <> --  A major free Web space provider that is owned by search portal Lycos <>, Angelfire offers 20 megabytes of space and supports FrontPage <> extensions. You may advertise your business here, but you may not have paid advertising banners on your page. Angelfire offers lots of helpful advice for getting you up and running with your own Web site, even if you're new to Web site authoring.

Organization Tools

Mozilla Sunbird <> -- a cross-platform Web-based calendar application
Jott <> -- Jott converts your voice into emails, text messages, reminders, lists and appointments.
Google Notebook <> -- Clip and collect information as you surf the web; use Google Notebook to save recipes, gift ideas and interesting articles you find while browsing. Get them later from any computer by visiting or just clicking the Notebook icon in your browser; can be shared.
StickyPad <> -- lets you place sticky notes on your desktop. You can type notes to yourself, set meeting and appointment reminders, keep track of a to-do list, and anything else you would do with paper notes. Your notes can be printed, pasted into other applications, or emailed.

Transferring, Storing, Sharing Files <> -- share files and folders
<> -- great for sending files that are too large for email (up to 1 GB!); files are stored on the company server for seven days; you send an email to the person(s) to pick up the file; no password, no downloads <>
SendThisFile <>


Tutorial Creation Software

Wink <> -- Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users. Here is a sample Flash tutorial created by Wink. See the sample at


Free Email Providers:

gmail by Google <> --  Gmail is a free, search-based webmail service that includes 1,000 megabytes (1 gigabyte) of storage
Hotmail <
Excite Email <
ZDNet Mail


Shareware <> -- Search and download shareware
Markin' (by Martin Holmes) <> -- a text marking tool
CNet <
Quia! <> -- Create your own learning activities! <> -- links to 278 providers of free items

Anti-Virus Software and Spyware Removers

SUPERAntispyware <> -- free download; removes threats

AVG Anti-Virus (free edition) <> -- free virus updates via the Internet

Spybot--Search-and-Destroy <> -- identifies and removes spyware (free download)

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