Free Online Resources:

  • Popplet is a visual mapping tool that is helpful in the brainstorming process.
  • Piktochart has lots of free templates for making infographics. The free version is great if you're wanting students to create infographics. However, I highly recommend splashing out for the paid version (slightly less for educators) as it gives you greater flexibility in creating and access to more templates. Check out this infographic about the history of American Feminism or my ENG 215 syllabus that I created with Piktochart.
  • Fakebook have your students create fake Facebook profiles. This is good for thinking rhetorically about representation of self. You can also use this to talk about genre (what is appropriate to share on Facebook v Twitter, etc.).
  • A blogger created this fake Twitter template that's used with Powerpoint/Google Slides.
  • The Online Writing Lab at Purdue. This might be an obvious one, but it's so useful for MLAAPA, and Chicago citations. They also have wonderful resources for annotated bibliographies and job search writing.
  • Pinterest is a great tool for brainstorming, sharing content, or even creating visual/multimodal arguments.
  • Blogger is good for group blogs, if you all have Gmail accounts. On a group blog, everyone has access to post and comment on the same blog instead of everyone running their own blogs.
  • Prezi is an online presentation maker. It is less linear than Powerpoint, so you can make some really interesting presentations with it.
  • Weebly is a drag and drop website maker that is useful if students are creating advocacy projects or are thinking about visual rhetoric in online spaces. Wix is another good, free drag & drop website maker. Wix has more customizability than Weebly.