This is a collaborative wiki. We invite anyone who is interested to create an account and pitch in. Below are some notes where we keep track of needs and plans.

Be sure to consult the About page for inclusion criteria and more on the spirit of the project.


  • Inaugural Edit-a-Thon - Help build Ethical EdTech in unison on April 3, 2019
  • Next, we're planning to do a Twitter-a-thon. No date/time yet.


Student participation in this project is essential to its success. Share your insights and experience about tools you've encountered in class and ideas for how technology can better meet your needs.

Get started by joining the conversation at the Student Voices page. Students should also feel free to contribute to any part of the Ethical EdTech wiki project.

How to add a new Tool page

  • Go to the Page Template, click the gear button at the top-right, and click Edit
  • Copy the full content of the page source
  • Go to the URL of the tool you want to create:[Tool_name]
  • Click the gear button at the top-right, and click Create
  • Paste the content of the Template source into the empty field

For guidance, you can look at the source code of existing pages by clicking their Edit buttons.

Tools to be added


  • OpenRefine
  • RawGraphs
  • D3.js
  • Plotly
  • KH Coder
  • Palladio
  • Gephi
  • Cytoscape
  • Leaflet
  • TimelineJS
  • Lexos Visualizer: open source, browser-based tool for "lexomics" computational text mining.


Digital publishing/archive

  • Omeka:Platform for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits. Developed at George Mason University.
  • Neatline: Platform for allowing students and scholars to tell stories with maps and timelines. Developed for Omeka.
  • Wikibooks
  • Drupal (linked from Scripto)

Word processing/text editing

  • CodiMD: Realtime, collaborative online text editor in markdown. FLOSS version of HackMD.


  • Jupyter Notebook: Web application for creating and sharing documents with interactive code.


  • Bak USA Atlas - education laptop made in Buffalo
  • Raspberry Pi
  • System76 - Made in Denver
  • Purism
  • Mycroft
  • Used stuff - through media archaeology labs

Not categorized yet

  • Canvas LMS
  • ScholarlyHub (This is vaporware at this point. It's been a landing page trying to raise money for 2 years now. Recommend removing.)
  • Wallabag
  • FBReader
  • Feeder
  • Tor
  • WordPress (distinguish from the Category)
  • Commons in a Box. Helpful review by Chuck Rybak, Commons in a Box: A Review. Journal of Digital Humanities, Vol. 2, No. 2 Spring 2013.

Issues and roadmap

Overall project

  • How can we organize educators to help strengthen these platforms?
  • What organizations might be interested in supporting this work?
  • What forms of publication would advance our goals?
  • How do we define our list of standards and goals?
  • What projects might emerge from this documentation effort?
    • A campaign encouraging campuses to better support open as opposed to proprietary tools
    • A package mixing VPS/Cloudron/etc. to make it easier for educators to deploy these tools
    • A marketing cooperative of affiliated open projects
    • Pedagogical tools


  • Set up pre-filled template for new page creation
  • Consider re-orienting the navigation from being tool-centric to being practice-centric, perhaps by focusing on workflows, lesson plans, or packages of tools
  • Specify "ethical" by defining a series of axes or criteria by which the tools are evaluated, such as: accessibility, privacy/security, transparency, commercialism, cost, control of data, usefulness outside of school
  • Wiki design
    • Rejigger the template for more appropriate, useful structure. "Related" might be redundant with the Categories.
    • What's the easiest way to get logos into pages? Use WikiMedia Commons?
  • Custom Design
    • Need a logo (ico) and color scheme (here)
    • A page outlining a few quick easy options for educators who don't have much time to try out new tools
    • set a maximum width for content and header bar
  • Promotion
    • When ready, tweet out to all included projects word that they're in here