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Digital Tools

Tumult Hype

Tumult Hype 4.0  is an affordable web design platform with a focus on animation and interactive web content. Using HTML5, the content you create on Hype 4.0 can be used on desktops, smart phones and tablets. This platform goes beyond standard website building and can be used for animated banners, infographics, presentations, and ebooks/ibooks. Check out the Tumult Hype’s YouTube channel for demonstration videos and tips.




Scalar is a free and open-source web publishing platform that allows authors to “structure essay- and book-length works in ways that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including nested, recursive, and non-linear formats.” This platform supports media imports, so building a site that uses archival collections is easy and intuitive. Its built-in visualizations tool is also a unique way to allow readers to navigate through a project’s contents. Check out this excellent Scalar project from Dr. Lisa Brooks at Amherst College titled, Our Beloved Kin, a companion resource to her printed book.



Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.  Used by makers of games, hypertext novels, and other forms of interactive narratives, Twine can inspire students to build and enact connections in course content, while also connecting with broader communities of creators and gamers.Visit to learn more and download the free software.For ideas from HT Lab presenter Dr. Anastasia Salter on using Twine in the classroom, see her ProfHacker article, “Games in the Classroom with the Twine Cookbook.” 


Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Learning Lab is the Smithsonian Institution’s open access collection of millions of digitized images, recordings, texts, and videos. You can create and share curated collections of materials for any class unit or assignment. To set up a free user account, visit the Learning Lab.



Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a free program for designing blogs, media posts, multimedia stories, and videos. Using the web pages feature, students can design magazine-style blogs or essays that can be used for public-facing course assignments. This program is intuitive and user-friendly and the free, entry-level version includes an array of templates and tools. To set up a user account, visit Adobe Spark.



Audacity is a free multi-track audio editor available across platforms. Students can record or import sounds and then layer them with music, additional voice tracks and effects. For instructors interested in composing with sound, creating podcasts or digital stories, and conducting interviews, Audacity is an intuitive and accessible platform.