- Textbooks are the foundations of learning in schools.Shana Novak/Photodisc/Getty Images
Educational tools increase the learning capabilities of children and adults by providing support to help them study. In 2009, the Center for Learning and Performance Technologies published a list of the top 100 tools for learning. The list provides ideas, resources and tools for teachers and individuals alike. The U.S. Department of Education also provides resources for teachers online through its "Doing What Works" website.
- Textbooks provide information to students through hard copies of the material. Textbooks are available for all levels of learning and for a variety of subjects. In pre-school, for example, a textbook has many images for younger children to learn vocabulary, whereas a college textbook is written by expert professors in a specialist field such as history, economics or medicine. In high school, a textbook is designed to support the course content of a particular subject. Open University Press provides an online catalogue of textbooks for you to review what kind of content is available.
- Language courses are heavily supported by audio tools. Language CDs provide listening tasks for students so that they can practice pronunciations and understand the sounds of a new language. Often, the audio format is also supported by written exercises that allow students to write down answers to questions about the audio they hear. Many resources, such as Learn Out Loud, provide free online audio lessons. Alternatively, My Languages enables you to download lessons and listen to them on your mp3 player. Videos are also useful audio tools because subjects can be presented to a classroom or student from an alternative perspective and provide a different resource to support education. Videos can use graphics, actors or students to discuss new ideas and reinforce the teacher's lesson plan.
- The U.S National Center of Education Statistics reports that by 2000, 98 percent of public schools in the U.S had access to computers and the Internet. The Center emphasizes that access to technology is crucial because computers and the Internet are effective educational tools that integrate word processing, graphics and research. Journals and books published online support students in research learning. College portals also give students the ability to submit and receive feedback for college work.