1.5 Small interactive tools with big impact
Tools that enable you to add interactive items to web pages, such as word clouds, quizzes, and drag and drop exercises are all freely available on the internet. If you have an idea for an online teaching technique that you’d like to try with your learners, the chances are that there will be a tool somewhere to help you to achieve it.
Some of these types of tools may use browser plug ins that add the ability to use technologies, such as Flash or Java, to generate content for you. If this is the case, you may need to ensure that you and your students have up to date Flash and Java installations for these websites to work properly. Guidance on this can be found at Adobe Flash Player and Java. It is worth checking whether the interactive components work well on different kinds of browsers or platforms. For example, do they work on a tablet or mobile device?