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Innovation in STEM/STEAM Education: Communication

This guide was made to promote and share resources, ideas, and information related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) at KU libraries.

Video and Voice Tools


Gong is a free system for voice communication on the Web. It allows groups of people such as students and teachers to participate in discussion groups using their computers, using both synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous chat. It is commonly used by schools and universities for providing a ‘voice board’ for teaching purposes. Download


TalkShoe is a service that enables anyone to easily create, join, or listen to Live Interactive Discussions.  Hosted


Talk groups: Message boards with real voices. Hosted 


Up to 50 friends can video chat watch videos etc. Hosted

SMS and Texting Tools

Clickatell : Gives you instant access to fast & reliable online two-way SMS messaging. Free trial, Hosted

GroupMe : GroupMe makes life easy for you and your groups. It’s real-life network, in your pocket. Hosted

Joopz : A web-based text messaging service that enables “web texting” – two-way communications from the Web to any mobile phone in the U.S. and Canada… and back! Hosted

kwiry : Text reminders to your computer with your cell phone. Hosted

oh, dontforget : Send bulk T messages via email. Text messages queued up will be delivered at the date & time specified. Commercial plan available, Hosted

SMSBlaster : Send bulk SMS messages. Download

StopNText : Reach your entire student body with just one click! Great for security notifications, announcements, school closings, cancellations, news, reminders and much more… Free Trial, Hosted

Text-Connect : Instant communication from your computer via our send and receive Text Messaging service. No hardware or software to install. Free demo, Hosted

textReminders : A fully automated system that sends you customized messages via texting (T). You create the message, you choose when you want to receive it, you choose whether or not the message is recurring, and at the specified time your cell phone receives your message. Hosted

Think Message : An online SMS service designed to make reaching your target audience as simple as possible – making mass communication a breeze. 10 credits to start, Hosted

txtDrop : Send text messages with instant delivery (US and Canada only). Hosted

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Email Tools

10 Minute Mail : Temporary email addresses that last 10 minutes. Hosted

ActiveInbox : ActiveInbox is a free, easy-to-use Chrome & Firefox plugin that safely improves Gmail & Google Apps. Pro version available, Download

Add Email Address Add-In for Microsoft Outlook : Automatically add email addresses to any contacts folder. Download<

Auto Reply Manager for Outlook : Outlook auto email reply and email autoresponder. Free Trial, Download

AwayFind : Finds your most important emails. and notifies you with a call, SMS, IM, DM (Twitter), or delegates to someone you specify. Free trial, Hosted

bccthis Add private messages to emails and tweets. Download

Bluetie : An email and collaboration application at an affordable price that equals the more expensive solutions. Hosted

Eudora Open Source Edition : Eudora OSE is the Open Source Edition of one of the internet’s most pioneering and enduring applications. It is a re-imagining and re-implementation of classic Eudora features on top of the Mozilla Thunderbird codebase. Download 

Eyejot : Video mail in a jot. Hosted

Fuser : View your mail and social networking messages in one convenient location. Hosted

Gmail : Web-based email with many megabytes of storage space for archiving mail threads. Hosted 

IzyMail : Whether you want to use Gmail, Outlook, Thunderbird, Evolution, iPhone, Palm PDA, Pocket PC, Smartphone or other applications, whether you want to automate eMail processing with rules or use advanced anti-virus or spam protection, IzyMail provides the technology you need. Hosted : Web-based email. Hosted

Microsoft Outlook : Email client for Windows. Free Trial, Download 

MyEmail : Check all your email accounts from one place. Hosted

Outclass : Mail classification for Outlook with POPFile. Hosted

Pobox : Lifetime email address – email forwarding. Free Trial, Hosted

PookMail Disposable email account system. Open Source, Download

TwInbox : f you are a Microsoft ® Outlook ® user, you probably have it open all the time. Now you can have a fully-featured, powerful Twitter client at your fingertips without having to open any other applications. TwInbox seamlessly integrates Twitter into Outlook. It is a perfect Twitter client for any Outlook user, from a Twitter newbie to a business professional. Download

RoundCube Webmail : Browser-based multilingual IMAP client with an application-like user interface. Download : Convert your email address into a short, cute and safe link you can share on the web. Hosted

Taroby : Web 2.0 based Messaging Solution Streamlining Communications. Hosted

Thunderbird : Free email client from Mozilla (the home of Firefox). Download

WaxMail : Voicemail for Outlook. Download

Xobni : Outlook plugin that makes searching your inbox and finding information about your contacts fast and easy. Download

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Newsletter Tools

eNewsletter Manager : It’s a program that is aimed at being the complete newsletter management solution, from the management of the opt-in and opt-out submissions of subscribers, to the sending of the newsletter itself, all with the mere need of just one POP and SMTP mail accounts. Commercial versions available. Download

GetResponse : Send high impact newsletters, video emails and follow up campaigns. Hosted

LetterPop : Create stunning newsletters. Hosted

Mailchimp : easy email newsletters. Hosted. Commercial plans available. 

Mail Machine Pro : Email marketing software includes everything you need to manage your mailing lists and send professional email campaigns. Download

Newsberry : Create and send email newsletters. Free Trial, Hosted

Your Mailing List Provider : Mailing list service. Commercial plans available, Hosted

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Dicussion Form Tools

askbot - create your own Q&A forum. Commercial, Free Trial, Hosted

Convos : Online discussion groups for emailing and sharing. Commercial plans, Hosted

lefora  : Create and customise a forum. Hosted

myBB : Easy to use powerful multilingual featured packed forum software. Open source, Download

Nabble : Free Forums. Add code

PanFora : Sophisticated web-based discussion forum software. Premium, Download

Phorum : The Original PHP and MySQL Forum Software. Open source, Download.

phpBB : phpBB is a free flat-forum bulletin board software solution that can be used to stay in touch with a group of people or can power your entire website. Download

Phuser : Easy way for your group to discuss or work together. Hosted

ProBoards : The Internet’s largest free forum host! Millions of people use ProBoards forums every month. Hosted

QuickTopic : Group discussion and message board tool. Hosted

Re:Subj : A discussion space accessible with browser or email. Hosted

Shareflow : Lets groups move the conversation out of overloaded email  inboxes or irrecoverable chat, so they can work together more  effectively. Hosted

Talki : The easiest way to embed a discussion forum. Hosted

Tangler : Create a live discussion forum. Hosted

VanillaForums : Community forums evolved. Open Source, Hosted

vBulletin : Powerful bulletin board software. Download

Viscacha : Free bulletin board system with an integrated content management system. Open source, Download

Volano : The quickest way to get an unlimited number of people chatting at your Web site. Free trial, Download

 World Crossing : Group discussion and message board tool. Hosted

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Audience Responce Tools


interact with your audience. Hosted

Pidgeonhole Live

real-time conference Q&A tool for mobile devices Hosted

Poll Everywhere

creates stylish real-time experiences at events using mobile devices. See real-time results in your browser or PowerPoint. Hosted

SAP Web 2.0 Tools

Free PowerPoint Twitter tools. Hosted


mobile interaction with your audience. Hosted. Free Trial


Set up a private room for text chat Hosted

Turning Point Audience Rsponse System 

brings you interactivity to your PowerPoint presentations