Engage Students with HOT Web 2.0 Tools
By @DrEileenDittmar, Professor Business Department, Capella University


Presented at National Business Education Association April 1, 2015 Chicago

This webpage contains Dr. Dittmar’s up-to-date, dynamite workshop that offers an inside passage to HOT web tools for today’s innovative business educator. To make the top grade, the tool is Handy, Outstanding, and Time saving (HOT). Participants will visit the web tools and discuss practical uses for them in today’s business classes. Additionally, rating/voting will assure participants bring a wealth of information back to their classes after the conference.

This web page for downloading, personalizing, and/or taking notes
Dittmar’s HOT Tools docx or Dittmar’s HOT Tools pdf

Session’s one-page handout Dittmar’s HOT Web Tools 4-2015-HANDOUT

Twitter post and follow #HOTWebTools #NBEA15

HOT — H = handy      O = outstanding      T = time saving

Session focus is Web Tools for business skill development AND the following:

*Active Learning  *Critical Thinking  * 21st Century Skills  * Information Literacy

“It isn’t the web tool that gets the results BUT what educators ask students to do with it.”  ~Dr. Eileen Dittmar

Learning Objectives:

  • Experience pertinent, innovative free web 2.0 tools
  • Deepen understanding of relative web 2.0 tools usage
  • Spark ideas to guide student and faculty use of web 2.0 tools

About Dr. Dittmar

Dr. Eileen Dittmar is a #EdTech consultant and Professor, Business Department, at Capella University. Previously, she taught teacher ed, and K-12/ CTE business ed (Business, Marketing, Management, IT Cluster) in Michigan. Dr. Dittmar earned a PhD in Education from Capella specializing in Instructional Design for Online Learning. She received Capella’s Distinguished Faculty award and is listed twice in Who’s Who of American Teachers (once as CTE teacher and another as an online college professor). Dr. Dittmar has a Masters and Bachelors in Business Education from Western Michigan University.  See more about Eileen at https://eileendittmar.wordpress.com/bio.

WELCOME TO MY SESSION! Dr. Dittmar’s HOT Web Tools!

Technology & Communication Skills ideas:

Use web tools helps to enhance students’ communication skills, both oral and written; students sharpen their digital citizenship and 21st Century Skills when integrating technology to present ideas, debate, or market themselves, a program and/or an activity.

K-12: Your course/program could offer a technology showcase to inform the community, chamber of commerce, and parents how your course develops students for today’s workplaces.

Techie vs Techfobia ideas:

Most educators face classes of students with everything between those most savvy to those most afraid of technology. Integrating web tools helps! We’ll talk about this throughout the session.


  1. The presentation is entirely on this blog page; If preferred, download the MS Word version Dittmar’s HOT Tools docx; use Document Map to get a left NAV menu; or use it for taking notes. For  tablet or if pdf is preferred, Dittmar’s HOT Tools pdf
  2. The same information is at http://bit.ly/hqz5sf  or   https://eileendittmar.wordpress.com/hot/
  3. Browser settings: new window, on top of the current window, new tab, on top of the current tab.
  4. Share your favorite HOT tools throughout the presentation on Twitter.
    #hotwebtools #NBEA15 http://bit.ly/hqz5sf @dreileendittmar
  5. Now, we are ready for the countdown! Please attempt to stay with us as we drive through the sites. However, they are numbered in Sweet 16 Categories so you can easily jump back in should you digress a bit here and there.


to be added

“Digital Tools to Engage Students” by Rob Donatelli   bit.ly/16AUmLP



Introduction: Blogging can be a good way to help students get more writing experiences. Integrating blogging into classes has become common in lower grades and middle school. However, many opportunities exist for business education courses to take learning “beyond” and create “fun and learning!”

IDEA FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION: Ask students to blog a specialization with About me page that contains digital resume. Create a blog for your classes, or one for each class, or one for each subject. Assign students to create a blog as a class project where items are added over the semester.

WordPress Blog

Description: WordPress.com is brought to the public for free by some of the same folks who work on the open source blogging software available at WordPress.org.

Tutorials: http://learn.wordpress.com/


Description:  Create a beautiful website, a blog, eCommerce store, portfolio, or all of the above, you can express your idea with a website powered by our elegant yet intuitive platform.

Resource http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-vs-wordpress/


Description: Google product and most popular blog service in education.


Description: Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. 78M posts as of this writing. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme’s HTML.


Let’s hear what others are using with their students.

IDEAS FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION: There are other popular social blogging sites that your students may already be using. Use the “share” feature in your browser to see possibilities. It would be good to ask students to compare them. The results could go into a blog.

2-Virtual Places 4 Websites

Introduction: Want to quickly go to often-visited or seldom-visited websites fast? Want to store the website’s addresses fast? Want to get to them fast from any computer or device? No problem; here are few ideas.


Description: Store your URLs, organize by tags and stacks; follow tags and stacks. See Eileen’s #HOT sites at www.delicious.com/edittmar/HOT; her public URLs at www.delicious.com/edittmar


Collect, highlight, then remember.  Diigo offers a link for converting from Delicious to Diigo. See Kathy Schrock’s Diigo of Web tools: https://www.diigo.com/list/Kathyschrock/web20tools


Description: Sync bookmarks and favorites into cloud-based Xmarks so websites can be opened on any computer.


Description: Amazing way to create a collection of websites. Users can create livebinders for personal use and for sharing. Students can get organized by creating them by subject or for sharing their skills with potential employers.

Binders for you (can be copied and saved to your Livebinders account)

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=269484 Dr. Dittmar’s School2Careers Binder (Career Development & Planning Resources)

http://livebinders.com/play/play/224967  Dr. Dittmar’s Integrating Mobile Technology with Learning.

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=750791 Dr. Dittmar’s Web 2.0 Resources for Writing Skill Development.

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=779595 Dr. Dittmar’s Softskills Resources

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=269550 Dr. Dittmar’s Virtual Presenter Guide; tips for creating powerful presentations.

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=391027 Dr. Dittmar’s Business Communications Resources


Description: HOT way to remember websites fast and easy. Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Has the feel of Facebook and a blog combined into one network. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme’s HTML.

Follow DrEileenDittmar http://dreileendittmar.tumblr.com/

Why Tumblr for classroom use explained here http://bit.ly/1McLdwq


Let’s hear what others are using with their students.

IDEAS FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION: There are other popular social bookmarking sites that your students may already be using. Use the “share” feature in your browser to see possibilities. It would be good to ask students to compare them. Ask for a student or two to keep up with social bookmark site changes and report out to the class as new things emerge. These reports could be verbal and/or written.

3-Files in the Cloud

Introduction: A virtual storage place for files provides the opportunity to get them from any computer. Further, the most recent file is there and eliminates emailing updated documents causing version control issues that can be troublesome. Many Internet providers offer free space and below are two that offer enough for free that can benefit most students.


Description: Organized online workspace for managing and sharing files. A variety of file types open in usable view and collaborators can comment or discuss or edit. Has a feel of a wiki but integrated with an operating system and blog. For more info https://www.box.com/about-us/


Description: Similar to Box; but for Windows users it offers directory style view that is familiar Windows operating system. For more info https://www.dropbox.com/help.

4-Presentations “in the Cloud”

Introduction: Creating presentations can be a good way to advance student learning while getting more writing experiences. Integrating presentations into classes gives students the chance to work at something “at individual level” and not treat everyone as “at the same level.” Similar to having a virtual digital resume, many educators and students find presentations in the cloud useful and productive. Several popular free services to choose. Some say that SlideShare is easier to use at first; but most offer some terrific bells and whistles to brighten up most presentations while pushing learning without students feeling pushed.


Description: Slideshare is an excellent way to share presentations, documents and professional videos. Easy to get a free account to upload and share. For ideas and examples: (1) on home page, review the featured presentations, (2) click “popular” in the top menu or (3) search by topics of interest.

SlideShare’s Help page: http://help.slideshare.com/home


Prezi Description Educators praise Prezi; it is among the hottest tools to gain educator attention. The site is easy yet effective for creating and sharing presentations. Many call it the PowerPoint Alternative, but much better than PowerPoint. View “What is Prezi” video and tour of its features on the Prezi home page.

Prezi for Education: Come on, you know your students are tired of PowerPoint – get on the Prezi bandwagon quick and easy. Prezi Learn http://prezi.com/learn/

Prezi’s manual: http://prezi.com/learn/manual/


Description: powerful, fun, HOT presentation builder.

Tutorials: http://www.powtoon.com/tutorials/

Best Web Tools 2015 Presentation by Rob Donatelli

Description: Google doc that shows top web tools and how to use them in education.


Let’s hear what others are using with their students.

IDEA FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION: There are other popular cloud presentation sites that your students may already be using. Having a student or two be the lead with keeping up with them, could give you and your students an exciting weekly report and/or blog post.

TIP: Students seem to gravitate to what they already know. Make it fun to branch out and try new things. Perhaps using journalizing to debrief and spark reporting of what I learned new today.

5-Develop Digital Communication Skills

Introduction: Virtual communications skill development begins  in elementary classes. At the start of your classes, perhaps find out what tools students use and how they use the tools, can help teachers to plan for “taking students further” and avoid redundancy.

WhatsApp (mobile phones only)

Description: WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.


Description: Personal journal and diary accessible on most devices.


Description: Poplet helps to organize ideas in the classroom and on the go. Popplet is a tool for the iPad and web to capture and organize your ideas.

Mobile Resources

Description: Free newsletter with helpful information for educators.

DiRT (Digital Research Tools)

Digital Research Tools wiki  https://digitalresearchtools.pbworks.com/w/page/17801672/FrontPage
Description: Wiki of digital research tools

Bamboo Project
Description: Resource blog where several universities collaborated to develop; funded by Mellon Corp.


Description: Online journal library. Instead of saving journal articles to your hard drive, keep them in CiteULike, add tags, and you can quickly find more. In addition, CiteULike provides assistance with citations. Review Eileen’s at http://www.citeulike.org/user/edittmar

IDEA FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION:  Students in any class with a research paper may love this fantastic web tool. Online books, journals, and articles are a snap to place into CiteULike.

Foreign Language Translator

Description: Translate English to another language by the word, sentence, or paragraph; translate another language word, sentence, or paragraph into English.


Let’s hear what others are using with their students.

IDEA FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION: There are many popular cloud communication tools that your students use and learn about outside of the classroom. This is a great topic to “charge” students forward with learning something new each month. Tie its use to “business needs.” Higher order thinking can be sharpened when we ask students to evaluate and compare features as a new tool is being reviewed. Reporting into a blog might be fun and educational, too.

6-Virtual Community

Introduction: Your students probably have already been involved in virtual communities before coming to you. This can be to your advantage to engage them quicker and spend less time managing the technology. However, a few students will not have as much experience as others. This offers individualized learning and team learning which can you’re your class fun and propel learning.


Description: Zoom, the cloud meeting company, unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and group messaging into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across ZoomPresence, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.

Zoom was founded in 2011 by experienced leaders and engineers from Cisco and WebEx. Every founding engineer has over 10 years experience of real-time collaboration softwares. Our mission is to develop a people-centric cloud service that transforms the realtime collaboration experience and improves the quality and effectiveness of communications forever.

More Info: https://www.zoom.us/pricing and https://www.zoom.us/feature


Description: Purpose: We developed Wiggio out of our own frustrations with working in groups. We were tired of sending eleven emails back and forth to set a meeting time. We were fed up with “that guy” who just never knows where and when to be for meetings. We were tired of multiple mailing lists, contact books, phone-chains, and incompatibilities. We wanted everything to be in one place, and we wanted it to be simple.

Simplicity: The platform is designed to be easy and straightforward, even for the least tech-savvy members of your group. It provides everything you need to work productively in your groups, without bogging you down with complexities and unnecessary features.


Description: Perfect for group work when participants are at different locations. Free calls, video calls, and screen sharing.


Description:  Virtual bulletin board that participants can add to.


Let’s hear what others are using with their students. 

7-Social Networks

Introduction: Okay, the buzz about Social Networks IS never ending. One could argue pros and cons for a long, long time. Bottom line is that today’s employers WANT new employees to know them and help the company advantage with them. Social Network skills are now considered an employability skill (another unit for business educators to embrace).

In addition, employers are looking at prospective employees in social networks (such as Facebook). Select one to peruse on a personal level and then expand to two. It is good to know what they are and how they can help or hinder your students.

Comparing social media mimics comparing automobiles. Different makers; different models, different years…..oh my!

Seven Ways Social Media Has a Role in Education

Description: need ideas about social media’s role in education, then this reading might help.

The A to Z of #SocialMedia for #Academia

Description: A comprehensive list of web resources for social media 3/2015.

Do Social Networks Stress us Out?

Description: Good read for those getting comfortable with social networking


Description: Powerful professional social network quickly becoming essential for job seekers and career placement companies seeking employees.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/eileendittmar/  (connect with Eileen, endorse my skills, and I’ll endorse yours.)

Resource  10 Ways to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Scream “Hire Me! http://bit.ly/1Buc23N


Description: Instagram is an unique, easy way to share pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory. Compatible with on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter.


Description:  Free picture storage and/or sharing. All your pictures synchronized in one place accessible on computers and mobile devices.  On Flickr, everyone gets 1000GB of free storage, enough space for more than 500,000 photos. Offers a  powerful search technology means you can find them anytime you want.


Description: Large social network offers opportunities for learning century 21st skills including concise compositions, asking for information, and data mining resources.


Description: Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share all things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. Easy to create a board and add pins.


Description: Google+ is a social networking service operated by Google Inc. The service launched on June 28, 2011, in an invite-only testing phase. Utilizing circles instead of friends, Google + gained ten million users by November 2011 (FaceBook had 750 million at that time).


Description: Ning created for members of NBEA! The purpose is for NBEA members to connect, communicate and learn with and from each other. New to using a Ning? Read the information posted in the NBEA Member Forum and then use NBEAconnect to stay in contact with your colleagues. Send Eileen a friend request! Join a discussion and/or group! and more!


Description: Large social network offers opportunities for learning century 21st skills including concise compositions, asking for information, and data mining resources. Hashtags make it easy for people with a common interest to bring their voices together in an organic way w/o needing to “follow” the others.

follow ,me @dreileendittmar

Twitter resources


Let’s hear what others are using with their students.

8-Soc Media Productivity Tools

Top Social Media Tools

Description: Site describes popular social media tools and how to use them


Description: PC and Mac desktops and laptops but not tablets nor phones as of this writing. Tweetdeck makes it easy to keep up with several hashtags; also great for tweetists that manage multiple user IDs (i.e. personal and professional).


Description: Tweetdeck features for phones and tablets (free). Beware of paid extras pushed if you use Computer-based Hootsuite..

Twitter Chat

#busedu — 2nd & 4th Tues 7 pm CT

Twitter Chat Schedule (various schedulers, here are a few)

Description: Makes it easy to keep up with chats you or your students may want to participate or watch to learn..


Description: Follow hashtags from multiple networks in one place. It’s a free tool that allows the user to enter any hashtag, such as #NBEA15, and view all of the Tweets, Instagram pictures, Facebook posts, Google+ posts, and any other social site posts associated with that hashtag. All of the posts are displayed in a bulletin board/ grid display. You can reTweet and or reply to messages while viewing Tagboard, provided that you are signed into your Twitter account.


Description: (from Wikipedia): Klout provides social media analytics to measure a user’s influence across their social network. The analysis is done on data taken from sites such as Twitter and Facebook and measures the size of a person’s network, the content created, and how other people interact with that content. The company has been subject to substantial criticism, both for its business model and its operating principle.


Description: By weighing the data you provide, Peer Index attempts to provide the most accurate score of your social capital. PeerIndex measures three elements: Authority, Audience and Activity. Authority – built up of resonance scores in a range of benchmark topics. This is weighed by other measures, including your conversation in topics but essentially it builds a topic specific pagerank. Audience – built up of an estimate of your engaged audience. (PeerIndex uses several features to figure this out, and more features are regularly added).  Activity – a measure of how active you are relative to the rest of the population. Each of these dimensions reflects some measure of good social behavior: authority means the extent to which other people like what you say (and in particular share); audience is about whether you are able to engage your audience; and activity measures the regularity with which you contribute to the commons.


Let’s hear what others are using with their students.

9-Virtual Tools to Look Tech Savvy

Introduction: Let’s discuss what these offer and perhaps one or two may emerge as “must use” with your work or with your students.


Description: Tired of document file types that won’t open at school or at home? Zamzar to the rescue. A quick submit of the file will get you a return of the file type you want. Amazing must have for students and teachers.

For more file convertor info see http://mobilelearningtips.wordpress.com/converters/


Description: Free screen capture software to “capture your computer screen” and create tutorials.  Excellent if you want students to be able to show you what they did on the computer.


Description:  One-click screen capture recording on Windows or Mac computers with no install for FREE! Just click to record. Or you can download an application to launch from your Start menu.


Description: Voki is an educational tool that allows users to create their very own talking character. Voki is created by Oddcast and is located in New York City. Voki characters can be customized to look like historical figures, cartoons, animals, and even yourself! Give your Voki a voice by recording with a microphone, using our dial-in number, or uploading an audio file. Voki characters can be emailed, shared on social media, and embedded on websites.


Description: Free QR Code Generator. Enhance your student’s employability skills with an online resume and QR code directing employers to the digital resume 

QRCode Generator

Description: Free QR Code Generator. Enhance your student’s employability skills with an online resume and QR code directing employers to the digital resume.


Description:  Easy to use text editor with text formatting feature. Just paste text from another webpage or a word processor. The text formatting and images will be preserved. Also for pictures, movies and audio files. By using the “Upload images” module, you can easily add new images in your notes. You can paste the images directly from the clipboard into the editor. Each note has a good-looking, short URL that can be used on social networking site.


Description: Paste a long URL, click, and you have a shortened URL.


Description: IFixit is like Wikipedia but for technology. The site claims that it is the free repair manual that you can edit. Includes: diagnostics, tips, links, and oodles of tech information.

Personalized Learning

Description: blog with kool info for teachers.


Let’s hear what others are using with their students.

10-Audio Visual Tools

Introduction: This is an area where students’ skill level will be all over the place. Some will be very savvy already and others will be reluctant and not at all experienced. Not all will be accessible in class or at home. Be creative with how you integrate one or two of them!


Description: Amazingly easy to create audio podcasts saved as mp3 file to share in email, messages, and websites. Brainshark offers other features usable in education. The advanced features for a fee are not needed.

BrainShark for Education: Use to practice sharpening your voice. Guide students to use it as a way to develop their voice and speeches.


Description: Free audio recorder with quick share features; such as: embed in google doc, email, website, etc.

Voice Recorder HD (Apple)

Description:  Quality voice recorder (1.99 for Apple devices).


Description: Quality voice recorder for Android as of this writing, free.

Voice Thread

Description: Use VoiceThread from any computer and web browser. Use VoiceThread on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Integrate VoiceThread seamlessly with your LMS. Invite participation and collaboration from anyone, anytime, anywhere. Track and monitor your organization’s use of VoiceThread. Integrate VoiceThread with the Google Chrome browser. Create your own VT portal or showcase. Browse a curated library of VoiceThreads created by educators and students. Join our experts in learning technology as we explore using VoiceThread in higher education. VoiceThread is committed to keeping your data secure.



Description: 3D drawing software. Get good fast. There’s a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: we don’t sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. If you want to be productive within a couple of hours, you’ve come to the right place. Find a 3D model of anything in the Warehouse. Why model everything from scratch? Whether it’s a chair for the room you’re designing or a rhino for your zoo, you’ll find almost anything you need in SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse, the world’s biggest repository of free 3D models. And anyone can use 3D Warehouse to store and share models.



Description: Like Sketchup but for Windows. Design, model, present, analyze, realize.

Wiki of Podcasting Resources



Let’s hear what others are using with their students.

IDEAS FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION: These tools can help a student to develop good speaking skills. Start with 30 second Voki. Move to one minute BrainShark. Use VoiceThread for self-evaluation.

11-Learning Mgt Systems (Learning Platforms)


Description: Platform for online teaching: create course, enroll participants, and teach. Free to start; then based on what you want, fee-based starts at $10 per month as of this writing. Resource: https://www.wiziq.com/become-a-tutor/

Versal (BETA)

Description: Versal is a new way for anyone to create and publish interactive online courses – no coding required. Anyone can use it, all you need is the desire to share knowledge. Using our unique course creator and gadgets, you can easily incorporate videos, surveys, quizzes, diagrams, and countless other tools to make your course more engaging. Versal was founded in 2012 by tech and education enthusiasts. We are passionate about making it easy for anyone to share their unique knowledge with anyone. Like WordPress, but for online learning.

A course creator platform, Versal’s major benefits for educators include:

  • The ability to drag and drop text, images, notes, and more onto a blank canvas.
  • A completely open platform that allows for the use of multiple third-party gadgets, such as Quizlets, Google Docs, Prezis, SketchUp 3D diagrams, etc. The open platform also allows for any generic embed.
  • The ability to incorporate videos, surveys, quizzes, diagrams, and countless other tools to make courses more engaging.
  • Integration with major LMS solutions, such as Schoology, Blackboard, and Canvas; as well as the ability to receive analytics [both functionalities available with a Pro account.


Description: Edmodo is a secure, social learning platform for teachers, students, schools and districts. Edmoto provide a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content and access homework, grades and school notices. Our goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner. EdmotoTutorials http://help.edmodo.com/


Description: Udemy is a free platform for teaching courses online. Anyone can sign-up for Udemy and start creating courses in minutes. Udemy offers a variety of tools for delivering content online. Course creators can publish slideshows, publish videos, and create mash-ups of slideshows and videos synched together. Course creators can also hold live online sessions through Udemy’s virtual classroom platform.


Description: RCampus is a free, web-based, platform for creating and conducting courses online. UsingRCampus teachers can create a course, collect students’ assignments, and maintain a gradebook.RCampus provides all of the tools you would expect to find in an online course management system. Through RCampus you can post assignments, host discussion forums, post videos, post images, post links, collect assignments, and manage a gradebook.


Description: Learnopia is a free service that offers hosting for online courses. Learnopiais also a place to find and take online courses. If course creators make their courses free for others to take, then hosting is free.  Currently, there are courses on Learnopia that are free and others that require a payment.


Description: If your school uses Google Apps for Education,Class.io is a service that you might want to spend some time exploring. Class.io integrates with your Google Apps for Education services to provide course management functions. Some of the course management functions provided by Class.io include posting and receiving of assignments, video and audio file postings to students, course announcements, and lecture outline postings. Class.io provides a tabbed timeline for students to use to navigate course postings made by their instructors. For instructors, Class.io offers private timelines to manage multiple courses and their associated folders and calendars.


Let’s hear what others are using with their students.

12-Finance/Accounting Resources


Description: CalcMoolator offers over 50 free financial calculators for the web, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Some of our most popular calculators are: Tip Calculator, House Rent vs. Buy, Auto Loan Estimate, Auto Lease vs. Buy, Mortgage Payment Estimate, and Pay Off My Credit Card Debt Sooner (and much more!).

List of calculators  http://www.calcmoolator.com/calculators.php


Description: Record and analyze financial information (can be helpful for student projects). Over 5 million people use Mint. Has app for mobile devices.


Description: EVERFI – THE CRITICAL SKILLS COMPANY – EVERFI. 9 Million Students Certified. EverFi is adding new schools to its growing network of more than 10,000 K-12 and higher education institutions.

Charts into Google Docs

Description: Helpful tech tip for Google Doc users.

Robert Half Financial Management Resources


Description: Free Finance resources for managers and prospective accountants. If you’re a hiring manager, Robert Half Management Resources offers a variety of information and free resources to help you make informed, strategic decisions about the use of financial project professionals. Our account executives can also provide insight on hiring and consulting trends impacting your local marketplace. If you’re a consultant, you’ll benefit from these articles and resources as well. Find information that’s pertinent to your industry and that will keep you on top of your game, far ahead of the competition.

Accounting Coach

Description: AccountingCoach.com was started in 2003 in order to utilize the Internet for communicating a more clear explanation of accounting concepts to people in all parts of the world and at a free or low cost.

The Internet meant that features for understanding such as exams, videos, interactive puzzles, links to definitions, etc. could be provided in addition to the traditional printed materials. Learners of all ages are now able to to access high-quality educational materials anytime and anywhere that the Internet is available.

AccountingCoach.com has allowed people from all over the world to develop skills to increase their confidence, increase their value in the workplace, earn a better living, and create a fuller life for themselves and their family.


Description: Online lessons that cover the major concepts introduced in most college accounting courses. These are perfect for students looking to review for a class, or anybody else looking to brush up on their accounting skills. Start at the beginning with a history of accounting, or dive into topics like financial statements or budgeting. If you’re looking for personal assistance, browse our accounting tutors and send an email.


Let’s hear what others are using with their students.

13-Free Courses & Learning

Introduction: Okay, sometimes a student needs to brush up on something before a job interview; or needs to gain skills to lessen the cost of college; OR? Let’s briefly discuss what these types of sites offer you and your students. You may have students “learning” from sites like these (w/o teachers knowing).



Description: Social learning network of free tutorials, lectures, and multimedia for common subject matter relevant to college studies, lifelong learning, and more.



Description: Free resources for Business Studies, Economics, Accounting and ICT including worksheets, presentations, and more.

Are you my hero

Description: Are you my hero is a place where you can get help, or give someone in need of assistance help. Be it a simple thing as helping someone choose a name for their dog, or help a person find their relatives after a natural disaster.


Description: Free online access to the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine: answer questions; do math; instantly get facts, calculators, unit conversions, and real-time quantitative data and statistics; create plots and visualizations; and access vast scientific, technical, chemical, medical, health, business, financial, weather, geographic, dictionary, calendar, reference, and general knowledge—and much more.


Description: Huge collection of lectures; filter for business topics. Venerable open source institution TED makes its impressive suite of video lectures on every subject imaginable (available on the iPad for maximum infotainment).

Kahn Academy

Description: Khan Academy features some incredible videos by experts hoping to educate viewers about anything and everything they might find interesting.


Description: STUDY TOOLS: Quizlet’s flashcards, tests, and study games make learning fun and engaging for students of all ages. MOBILE & WEB: Use Quizlet on your computer at home or school and on the go using our mobile apps for iOS and Android. FUN & EFFECTIVE: With a free account, you can create your own study sets, track your study progress, and compete with your friends.


Description: One of the most popular sites for students to learn how to program through the creation of interactive games.

Other places to learn Programming & Coding  http://bit.ly/1OEILxD

Best Free Online Learning Resources

Description: peruse the options for free learning online anytime.


Description: Harvard provides free information to teachers for business subjects.



Description: Clavier is a free downloaded application, which is installed on your computer. To use it, have it “running” which means a keyboard icon appears in your tray (at the bottom right of your computer screen). When first using the application, enter key strokes and the wordings desired to apply with the keystrokes. A suggestion is to start with two keystrokes, use them in your Courseroom, then add more. For a tutorial, see eileendittmar.wordpress.com/clavier

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ubuntu documentation

About.com’s popular key strokes http://windows.about.com/od/timesavingshortcuts/qt/12keystrokes.htm

Windows (all versions) keyboard shortcuts

Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts

Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

Mac keyboard shortcuts http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343

Gmail keyboard shortcuts


Add others needed for yourself and/or your students.

15-MORE HOT Resources

Top Ten Lists Wiki

Description: Ed Tech guru uses this wiki with top ten lists of various tech sites.

Web 2.0 Tools

Description: Discovery Ed’s web 2.0 tools.



Description: A huge repository of web tools and applications.

Internet Archive

Description: Institutional sponsors include Sloan, National Science Foundation, and more.

World Factbook

Description: Amazing resources for economics, general business, math, finance, business administration, and many other classes!

Curation Services

Paper.li: Sign up to receive via email or Twitter

Business Education Advocate published daily by Dr. Dittmar

Innovations in Distance Ed published daily by Dr. Dittmar

Integrating Mobile into Learning (Mobile Learning: Don’t Leave Home Without IT!)
Published daily by Dr. Dittmar

CUE (Computer Users in Education)

FreeTech4Teachers (by Richard Bryne)

Description: Blog of teacher resources. 

iPadApps4School (by Richard Bryne)
Description: Blog of ipad resources usable for school. 

AndroidApps4School (by Richard Bryne)
Description: Blog of Android resources usable for school. 


Description: Don’t any Podcast from SimpleK12’s new series, AsKSimpleK12.

Free Resource

Description: MakeUseOf offers information and tutorials. The Technology Explained section has best apps, explains hardware, software and more. 


Description: Easy poll creator.


Description: Educator wiki to find or share curriculum, class activities, projects, and more. Free.

Jason Rhode

Description: Northern Illinois University’s director of instructional technology (Dr. Jason Rhode) offers innovative, inspirational ed tech advice.

Tom Grissom, Ph.D

Description: Eastern Illinois ed tech guru’s blog with technology podcasts for teachers and more.

A Typology of Web 2.0 Learning Technologies



Follow these instructions to download the NBEA app

iPhone and iPad users: search NBEA on the Apple App Store
Android users:  search NBEA on the Google Play Store
Blackberry, Windows & Laptops:  Go to https://nbea.gatherdigital.com on your smart phone or computer browsers:


Description: online resume creator with samples and templates.


Description: Cool way to time activities and assist students with time management.

16-Security Web Tools

Disclaimer: Before applying security web tools, have a restore point back up “in case” something goes wrong when running the app.

TIPS: Familiarize yourself with your browser’s Extensions, Add-ons, and Settings to maximize time and productivity. Using browser login, you can access the browser’s settings on different computers and devices.

Browser-fingerprint test

Description: Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. It checks for your score to let you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web. Only anonymous data will be collected by this site.

BetterPrivacy (for FireFox users)

How to get it: In Firefox, click Tools, click Add ons, in the search box enter BetterPrivacy, select from the list then click install.

Description: Firefox add-on that removes or manages new and uncommon kind of cookies, better known as LSO’s. The BetterPrivacy safeguard offers various ways to handle Flash-cookies set by Google, YouTube, Ebay and others.

Mozilla Add-on NoScript



Description: NoScript Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Seamonkey and other mozilla-based browsers. This free, open source add-on allows JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted web sites of your choice (e.g. your online bank). NoScript also provides the a powerful anti-XSS and anti-Clickjacking protection. NoScript’s unique whitelist based pre-emptive script blocking approach prevents exploitation of security vulnerabilities (known and even not known yet!) with no loss of functionality.


A free web-proxy page masks your real location and prevents malicious snoopers from tracking you with cookies or monitoring your browser history.

Adobe Security updates


Tor Network

Description: Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis.

Tutorials https://www.torproject.org/docs/documentation.html.en

Thank you for your active participation @NBEA #NBEA15 

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26 thoughts on “#HotWebTools

  1. Thanks for making the cite available. For how long will we be able to access it? Presentation at the NBEA conference was great!

  2. Great information! I was glad to learn about the virtual storage devices. My division has disabled the USB ports for students, so my students have to save work, and email themselves when they work on documents at home and want to finish and/or print at school.

    Thanks again!

    • You really need to be considered an industry game changer in your industry. I applied these tips to my life and they worked really well for me. I lived out in New Jersey so I know what you’re talking about here. You’re clearly very knowledgeable about this topic.

  3. This is a great site. I am including it in my LiveBinders.com I am beginning to put together for business ed teachers in our district.

    Your presentation at NBEA was very informative and captured my interest for the entire 2.5 hours.

    I am anxious to begin checking out some of these sites and putting them to use in my classes.

    Looking forward to new sites you may be adding too!

  4. It was great meeting you at the conference. I shared my pictures of our adventure with my class and they were very interested in the city.

    I enjoyed this blog and presentation I always learn something. Hope to keep in touch!

    Cheers–Sharon Keehner

  5. Thank you for sharing. Love spending time with you at each NBEA Conference. Please add me to the list for the 10 HOT Topics information.

  6. Great presentation!! Thank you for the information!! I appreciate your sharing your knowledge.
    Kay Gerken, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

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  8. I really enjoyed the presentation. Great information and knowledge shared. I am excited and ready to implement several of these tools in my learning environment.

    C. Black RGHS St. Louis, MO

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