Tips in Two

Get the hang of an educational technology tool in 2 minutes or less!

Every Tuesday starting October 11, 2022 until the end of May, a new how-to video will be posted. Join the conversation on Twitter @UBCMET and #tipsin2

December 6, 2022


Tinkercad is an online 3D modeling program that operates in a web browser. The program allows for rudimentary model building and allows young students to engage with multi-dimensional shapes. It is a great learning tool to introduce mathematics, like geometry, within the classroom.

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November 29, 2022


Paper is a sketchnoting app by WeTransfer that can be found in the Apple store. It is a note app that allows for digital drawing, painting, and collaging. The app can be used to take class notes, draw diagrams, and paint pictures, and can be used by all ages. Further, the paint features allow for basic and intermediate digital design, making it a great tool for beginners and advanced users.

November 22, 2022


Scratch is a free block-based visual programming language and platform that can be used by primary-aged school children to learn code and computer science foundations. The platform allows users to create interactive games, animations, and stories, making it a great tool to use within the classroom.

November 15, 2022

Adobe Express

Adobe Spark, more recently renamed Adobe Express, is an Adobe software product that allows users to create design products, including but not limited to, posters, logos, banners, and flyers. This tool allows users to create digital art in an easy and accessible way. The program has templates and large digital libraries with pre-made content to provide users with easy design creation.

November 8, 2022

BBC Microbit

BBC Microbit is a beginner friendly programming tool that allows children, young adults, and new coders to become more familiar with Microsoft MakeCode, Python, and Scratch. Microbit is used to teach students how to code in the classroom and can be used for robotics as well! It’s a great opportunity for learners to practice their coding skills and implement these skills into projects.

November 1, 2022


Padlet is a free, interactive, and collaborative web platform where users can collaboratively upload, organize, and share content to a virtual bulletin board. Available for PC and Mac users as well as downloadable as a free app. Choose from a variety of templates including wall, stream, grid, shelf, map, canvas, or timeline. Build products, respond to critical discussion topics in your MET courses, use in meetings, classrooms, presentations, and to interact with an audience. Padlet can be used across sections and platforms. A very versatile digital educational technology tool.

October 25, 2022


Miro is a free, interactive, and collaborative online whiteboard available for PC and Mac users as well as downloadable as a free app. This digital whiteboard can be used in real time or asynchronously with multiple users to brainstorm ideas, build products, respond to critical discussion topics in your MET courses, or in meetings. Miro is currently being used across health care, education, and business sectors (DELL, Deloitte, Cisco).

October 18, 2022

Plotagon Storytelling

This free and completely accessible storytelling app, allows you to create characters and scenes that are representative and inclusive. You can use this app to summarize a reading, present a key concept, or present a policy in an innovative way.

October 11, 2022


Formerly Flip Grid, the renamed “Flip” is a free video discussion and sharing app that allows users to share videos in private groups for social learning, reflection, and discussion. This safe, inclusive, and accessible app can be used in the classroom, executive meetings, training workshops, and beyond and is available on all devices.