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Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning

Google Drive

Google Drive integrates seamlessly with Docs, Sheets, Slides, and all other cloud-native apps that enable your team to collaborate effectively in real-time. Create and share content with your team on Day 1, with no need to migrate from existing tools.

Google Drive is an open source tool and free for anyone to use.

Google Drive is best for

  • Uploading files, editing them online, and sharing them with individuals or groups
  • Good place to keep backup copies of documents without taking up valuable computer space


  • No password protection for shared files
    • Privacy concerns
  • Uploading and downloading speed can often be slow


For screen reader users, select the "new" Google Drive instead of the classic view. For the best results with a screen reader, or if you are experiencing difficulty with the browser interface, you can download Google Drive onto your desktop. 

Source: Google - Accessibility of Google Drive, Office of Information Technology, University of Colorado Boulder



Lino is an online stickies service that offers stickies and canvases to organize notes and brainstorming. Post personal notes, pictures, videos and memos. 

Lino is an open source tool and free for anyone to use.

Lino is best for

  • Online discussion posts: 
    • Many students can collaborate on the same canvas board
    • Brainstorming and mind-mapping activities


  • Heavily supported by advertisements that cannot be removed without a fee
  • Limited space if you are looking to incorporate a lot of notes
  • Cannot alter text size


Because of the visual nature of this tool, it is not accessible. It does not provide features that would produce an accessible object in the end either. 

  • There are no headings
  • No option for alt tags



Flipgrid is a social learning platform that allows educators to ask a question, then the students respond in a video. Students are then able to respond to one another, creating a “web” of video discussion.

Flipgrid is free for all educators and learners.

Flipgrid is best for

  • Homework, virtual lessons, and classes
  • Collecting a range of responses on one topic, and considering alternative viewpoints
  • Employee and student feedback


  • Profile information is not shared, but users can interact with untrusted users (including strangers)


There appears to be a concerted effort to make Flipgrid accessible by providing a number of features. However, a number of them have to be turned on. 

  • Closed Captions: all new grids have closed captions; however, they are turned off and educators need to turn this function on. All new videos will have Closed Captions that the teachers can edit within their educator account. 
  • Immersive Reader: Microsoft's Immersive Reader is built into Flipgrid. It provides features like reading text out loud, breaking text into syllables and increasing spacing between lines and letters. 
  • Student Generated Transcripts: Students can attach their own transcripts as a link.  
  • Accessibility best practices - It is navigable by keyboard, works with voice-over and screen reader technology, and font sizes can be increased. 

Source: Flipgrid and Accessibility 


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