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.

March 21, 2023


Asana is a sales management software that can be used as a classroom management tool or as a means of helping students/educators stay organized. The software allows users to curate their dashboard categories to be adaptable to their needs, by catering the Asana display to several environments and settings. Educators can assign tasks to students, colleagues, and faculty through projects and pipelines, while also keeping in touch through the messaging feature.

March 14, 2023

Pear Deck

Pear Deck makes interactive learning easy through a Google Slides integration that allows educators to add interactive activities straight into their presentations. This application connects to students’ devices and allows instructors to collect responses from students throughout the lesson, in real-time. The activities can be used for brainstorming, checking students understanding of the material, and encouraging student engagement.

March 7, 2023


Socrative is a feedback platform that allows teachers to get feedback from students in real time. The platform can be used to quiz students or be used as an exit ticket when students are leaving the “classroom”. The activities can also be timed and done in groups, and through gamification can be turned into a competition.

Previous Month’s Tips in Two

February 28, 2023

Web Whiteboard

Web Whiteboard is hosted by Miro and is an interactive whiteboard that allows users to collaborate in real-time. This platform is especially useful for teaching subjects like math and chemistry online, because students can easily draw equations on the whiteboard. The platform also allows for sticky notes and text, making it also a good platform for brainstorming.

February 21, 2023


EdApp is a free learning management system that allows educators to create modules and lessons for mobiles, tablets, and web platforms. EdApp is focused on creating mobile learning easy for educators to create without any coding skills. The platform easily integrates other applications like Canva in the design process to allow for creative, visually inspiring lessons.

February 14, 2023

Survey Monkey

Survey Monkey allows users to create quick and easy surveys for free. The platform allows users to choose from a template or create their own. Teachers can use these surveys to create assessments or get feedback from students.

February 7, 2023


Picktochart allows users to create fun and professional diagrams, infographics, and other digital art. Users can create their projects from scratch or alter one of the thousands of pre-made templates. Students can use this application to display their work, but corporate professionals can also use it in a learning and development setting.

January 31, 2023


Evernote is a digital notebook that allows users to use pre-made templates or fully customize the format of their entries. Students can easily keep track of their work in designated notebooks and can use the application across devices. Evernote is great for teachers looking to keep track of their student's writing progress.

January 24, 2023


MindMiester is a brainstorming application that allows its users to create interactive mind maps. This application is perfect for the ideation stage and can help students organize their thoughts before they take on a new project.

January 17, 2023


Quizlet is a learning tool that allows both educators and students to make memory tools like flashcards on their digital devices. These tools are versatile, and can be used within the classroom but also at home and/or within the workplace.

January 10, 2023


Canva is a digital art platform used to create engaging and fun marketing material. The platform allows beginners to create professional branding and design material from templates or from scratch. Users can create infographics, logos, social media posts, and much more.

January 3, 2023


Kahoot is a game-based learning platform that allows groups to collaborate on activities and answer questions in real-time. Kahoot can be used in the workplace, at school, and with friends. Questions and quizzes include a points systems to encourage engagement and friendly competition

December 27, 2022


Nearpod is an e-learning management software that allows teachers to use pre-made lessons from the Nearpod library or make their own interactive lessons. One of the many cool features includes an interactive drawing tool that allows students to draw on the lesson slides!

December 20, 2022


Genially is a web-based tool that makes creative and interactive presentations, infographics, lessons, and other types of e-learning material. You can choose from templates and Genially’s digital library or you make your own. The wide variety of animations and slide combinations offers instructors an easy way to make visually complex learning material.

December 13, 2022


The FlipaClip app can be downloaded on ISO for free and is very easy to use. The app allows people to create digital flipbooks which can be downloaded as a video and gifs. There are several digital tool options to choose from like pen, crayon, airbrushing, paint fill, and more.

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.

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.