Tools for development
Freely available tools that you can use to develop your communication resources
In this post, we look at some of the freely available tools that you can use to develop your communication resources. This list is not exhaustive but should give you plenty to explore. Most of the resources are from 1minuteCPD**. Each post will only take you a minute to watch or read and it’s designed to generate ideas and introduce you to lots of different tools.
** Please note that some of the videos from 1minuteCPD may be out of date as they can be up to 4 years old.
- Free images and audio to use in your resource
- Making your resource available to a wider audience
- Adding a QR code to your resource
- Other apps that may be useful
PowerPoint is king when it comes to presentations. It is very easy to use but also very versatile. If you create a PowerPoint online using your Office365 account, then you will be able to collaborate on the presentation together. It’s likely that most of you will be quite skilled in using PowerPoint, but here are a few tips that might be useful if you decide to use PowerPoint to create your resource:
Other presentation tools
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Infographics are a great way to present information with lots of data and could be a great format for your resource. Here are some tools you could explore
Other infographic tools: Piktochart
Posters are a good way to convey information. Canva is a good app to explore and has lots of design options and templates:
If you wanted to mock-up a poster, you could use Adobe Comp (#167 Design and create with Adobe Comp).
Other poster tools: Piktochart
4. Free images and audio to use in your resource
Here is a useful list to help you find free images and audio to use in your resource
If you need to edit images, these are some free alternatives to Photoshop
Creating a video can be a very effective resource and easily shared with others. There are lots of different options to record to choose from. The FBMH elearning team have put together a list of video recording and editing resources that you can access.
Animations can be a powerful way to convey a message. These are some free tools that you could use to create your resource.
Other animation tools: Powtoon
You may want to create a website for your resource. Here are some ideas to get you started:
You may decide that you want to create an app. Although you won’t have time to create an app you can create a mockup using Mockflow — #566 Free Mockups with Mockflow
9. Making your resource available to a wider audience
There are lots of tools out there to make your resource global through translation that you may want to consider in your resource.
10. Adding a QR code to your resource
Adding a QR code to your resource is a concise way to signpost your audience to further resources.
11. Other tools that may be useful
If you have any other suggestions, please pop them in the comments section below.