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Designed primarily for educators but relevant for students as well, "11 Digital Literacy Myths, Debunked" provides a definition of "digital literacy." The authors then explore why being digitally literate matters, focusing particularly on common misconceptions. 11 Myths of Digital Literacy Myths Debunked
This blog post was written by Shelly Terell shares a number of tools that can be used to add interactivity to video. 17 Web Tools and Apps to Create Interactive Video Lessons and Quizzes
This article provides useful tips for creating screencasts. 24 Tips for Creating High Quality Screencasts
Aimed at educators, this list has a collection of tools to create animated videos. Some options are educator-focused, while others are for student use or the general public. 50 Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners
This concise and well-organized document by Educause explains Creative Commons and its relationship to copyright. Creative Commons allows copyright owners to release some of those rights while retaining others, with the goal of increasing access to and sharing of intellectual property. It further discusses who's using it and how; and the implications for teaching and learning. 7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons What we do - What is Creative Commons? - Information about how Creative Commons works, its programs, platforms, and partners, as well as information about their expanding Global Affiliate Program Here is a helpful webpage from Harvard which details the Creative Commons.
This article provides you with a list of some of the best free, online video editing options available. Review these options for quick and easy ways to edit your video and share directly to different social media platforms. 9 Best Free Online Video Editors
AnyMeeting offers web conferencing and webinar services. It enables users to host and attend web-based conferences and meetings and share their desktop screen with remote users via the Web. AnyMeeting is geared for small business and different packages are offered. There is a free Lite version. AnyMeeting
Free audio recording and editing software that rivals many commercial tools. Record live audio through a microphone or digitize recordings imported from other media. Audacity Audacity's Help Pages - Tutorials and tips on using Audacity. Audacity in Education - Wiki page by Audacity team with best educational uses and examples of uses by several institutions.
This tool enables you to record and instantly share audio. You can have free unlimited 10 minute recordings. If you want to use your smartphone or tablet, sign up, take the tour, and download the app. AudioBoom AudioBoom Help Center - Tutorials and help using AudioBoom tools.
An iOS and Android app that combines a notepad with a voice recording, giving your tablet with a stylus functionality similar to that of a LiveScribe pen. Watch as your text and drawings highlight during playback, helping you to remember the context in which they were taken. Tap your notes to hear the audio that was recorded at that point. AudioNote AudiNote Support - Frequently Asked Questions page to assist the utilization of AudioNote's features. Organized by device type.
Aurasma is HP Autonomy's augmented reality platform. It is available as a software development kit or as a free appfor iOS- and Android-based mobile devices. Aurasma's image recognition technology uses a smartphone's or tablet's camera to recognize real world images and then overlay media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages. A TED Talk by Matt Mills introducing the Aurasma App.
Converting the audio content of a digital file into text can be done through YouTube. Audio is converted automatically to text using Google speech recognition in YouTube. After uploading a video file, YouTube processes the video (time depends on length of video) and subtitles or closed captions are automatically generated. The speech portion of your video will be transformed into closed captions that are displayed in the video player when viewers use the CC button. Below are links to explanations of how to use the transcription function in YouTube. How to transcribe video file into text with YouTube Video explanation of how to transcribe with YouTube
BeFunky's photo editor includes amazing photo effects such as the world-famous Cartoonizer, oil painting, and pop art effects. You can also add extra flair to your photo with hundreds of one-of-a-kind, hand-drawn graphics, like hats, beards, jewelry, photo frames, and graphic overlays. If text is your thing, BeFunky photo editor has tons of fonts and customized text layouts for you to choose from as well. Be Funky Help Center
Planner is a tool within the Blackboard app that helps you map out your academic path. Planner is available to help you discover careers, majors, and skills based on your interests and mark your favorites, browse programs offered at your school and make informed decisions with location-based labor data, salary information, and job trends. Blackboard Planner Getting Started with Planner
Blackboard Collaborate is a browser-based web conferencing platform with a wide range of features. Live closed captioning, file sharing, breakout rooms and attendance reports are just a few of the features that will streamline online meetings and lectures. Blackboard Collaborate is a proprietary software that is licensed by many educational institutions. It is not free. However, because of the popularity of the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS), we have decided to provide it as a resource. Blackboard Collaborate Blackboard Collaborate Help - The BlackBoard Collaborate official help site can answer many of your questions during set up and use of the platform. (Note: This tool does require purchasing a license. However, since it is used in many educational settings to encourage collaboration, we have decided to include it as an EmTechWIKI resource option.)
Blinkist is an app that takes a non-fiction book, summarizes it and reads it back to you (in audio or text) within 15 minutes. This app is great for people who love to learn new things but don't have the time to read an entire book. Note that a free version (other than a trial) is not available. Blinkist
Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com. Blogger Blogger Help Page - This is the Blogger Help page put together by Google.
Buffer is an app that lets you pre-post your social media posts and “release” them at a specific time. This app allows you to schedule your posts to be visible during the times and days your audience is online. Buffer How to use Buffer
Free presentation software gives you access to hundreds of beautifully designed layouts to create presentations on any topic. Canva A Simple Video Guide to Canva - This video describes how to get started making infographics and presentations in the software. BESpoke ELA: Ten Ways to use Canva in the Classroom - A blog post that speaks to ten specific ways one could use Canva in the classroom to make learning more fun for students and teachers alike.
Canvas Network provides an open platform where "teachers, students, and institutions worldwide can connect and chart their own course for personal growth, professional development and academic inquiry." Learners can choose between enrolling in a MOOC or courses that have enrollment caps. Canvas does not award certificates or degrees although many partnering institutions do. Canvas Network
This is a collaborative of educational non-profit and for-profit organizations that are affiliated with more than 200 colleges. The group is focused on raising awareness and adoptions of open textbooks for community and two-year colleges. The collaborative also offers training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks and mentoring online professional networks that support authors opening their resources. In addition to instructors at community and 2 year colleges, this site would also be useful for entry-level courses in a variety of disciplines. College Open Textbooks Collaborative
Turning on community contributions within YouTube allows other people to modify or add subtitles, descriptions and closed captioning onto your videos. However, these edits must be verified by the owner before they can be published to their video. Within YouTube, some channels have this feature turned on to let you contribute translated titles, descriptions, subtitles and closed captions. They're viewable on the video watch page and by clicking on the [CC] icon in the player. If you have found a video on YouTube that you want to use that is not captioned, contact the video creator to request that they allow others to add captions. The owner of the video will need to go to the advanced settings and turn on community contributions. Then, others will be able to contribute titles, descriptions, subtitles & closed captions. Contribute Captions and Translated Content in YouTube
Perhaps the best-known provider of online MOOCs, Coursera describes itself as providing "universal access to the world s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online." While courses are mostly free or low-cost, students must pay to secure a certificate of completion. Students can even complete degrees online via Coursera and partnering institutions. Coursera
This site facilitates access to search engines on other sites that may house creative commons licensed resouces. Each resource should be checked directly. Creative Commons Search Van Gogh Monet and . . . Mackinac Island? How CC Searchers Are Searching the Commons - An interesting article (which may become quickly dated) about how the new CC search tool is being used.
Creative Commons USA is a chapter of the CC Global Network. This site provides an array of resources that can be used to further your understanding or train others on Creative Commons such what it is, how to use materials, implementing, etc.
Credly is just one of many digital badge platforms that can be used to design and award custom badges. Credly badges can be displayed on personal ePortfolios, social media sites (such as Facebook and LinkedIn), on websites, and in your Credly profile. Credly is the badging system that #EmTechMOOC uses to issue our badges. Learn more about badges and how they are used within #EmTechMOOC. After earning #EmTechMOOC digital badges, you can access additional instructions, including the video tutorial below, about how to claim your Credly issued badges and how to share them in your ePortfolio and on your social media networks. Credly
Descript is a relatively inexpensive machine transcription and audio editing service / software package that currently runs only on a Mac operating system. It's main strength is that it provides a word-processing-like environment to jointly edit audio files and transcripts. You can move or delete words in the text editor mode and it automatically moves or deletes the corresponding audio. More expensive human transcription services are also available as an option. Descript
Digication is the leading provider of ePortfolio and assessment management systems. Digication develops its platform with students, faculty, programs and institutions needs in mind, and enables institutions to close the loop that links student learning to institutional assessment and reporting. #EmTechMOOC provides free access to the "New" Digication on under Open SUNY. A few organizations still use the original "Classic" Digication ePortfolio software. You are welcome to use any available platform or tool to create your ePortfolio. Digication's Official Website Request an ePortfolio Account There are a few different ways you can create an ePortfolio for #EmTechMOOC. If you are enrolled in #EmTechMOOC may Request a Digication Account under Open SUNY. If your institution has its own ePortfolio platform, we strongly recommend you make use of it. Not only will you develop more directly applicable skills, but you will have more direct access to the technical ...
Registered Diigo users can bookmark, tag and highlight webpages with the key feature of adding annotations. For collaborative projects, you can share those annotations with a group or create a share link to send to outside users. The social tagging feature has created a collection of quality content with the opportunity to find and connect with those with shared interests in the field. Diigo Diigo - Tour - Annotate Archive Organize - This page summarizes how Diigo works and some of the highlights of the tool.
Doodle is an online scheduling tool that can be used quickly and easily to find a date and time to meet with multiple people. First you suggest dates and times for your event participants to choose from, then Doodle creates a polling calendar that can be sent to participants for feedback. As each participant selects the dates and times from the polling calendar that he or she is free, Doodle aggregates the responses and tells you which option works best for everyone. Getting everyone on the same page is hard enough with just five other coworkers, let alone fifty new volunteers you may have never met. Doodle can be a valuable tool for coordinating a large event like volunteer training as well as a small event like a monthly meeting with the board. Doodle Doodle Help and Learning - Help with a sections ...
An easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it is up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard. The Beginner's Guide to Dictation Software: The Best Apps for Voice to Text Productivity - An article that describes very best dictation apps to turn your voice into text, along with tips for finding the right microphone and creating detailed speech-to-text notes. Plus, you ll find out if voice dictation is right for you.
Dropbox is a cloud drive service that provides file synchronization with personal computers as well as a mobile app. It is a free service that allows you to store and share files with others. It is commonly referred to as a way to backup your files online. Documents, pictures, videos and presentations can be saved and shared on DropBox. Dropbox Advantages and disadvantages of using DropBox
Easel.ly is a simple web tool that empowers anyone to create and share powerful visuals (infographics, posters)... no design experience needed. How to Easel.ly Create Your First Infographic - A recording of a live training session for Easel.ly beginners. Venngage: 6 Ways eLearning Infographics Make Education Easier - A blog post detailing the reasons why infographics can make learning for students more interesting, involving, and visual.
When creating videos, it is important to use captioning so that the information is accessible to everyone regardless of disability. You can edit or remove the captions of your YouTube video by using the captions editor tool. Edit Captions in YouTube Videos
A learning community for those interested in 3D/VR technology, online learning, education technology, gamification, and more. Edorble
Since 2005, Edublogs has grown into the largest educational blogging network in the world. We believe that blogging transforms the educational experience of students and have seen first hand how Edublogs increases ownership of learning, engages students, and becomes a source of pride in the classroom. Edublogs is a project of the prominent WordPress company Incsub; the same team behind CampusPress and WPMU DEV. We pride ourselves in making user friendly products and providing lightning fast support. Edublogs The EduBlogs Youtube Support Page - This is the EduBlogs support page with several videos of "How-Tos" regarding EduBlogs. Ten Ways to Use Your EduBlog - A simple list of ten ways to use an EduBlog.
This poster, created by Paperleaf, is a handy reference that provides a quick overview of the C.R.A.P. principles of design; a refresher for those in the know, and a starting point for design newbies. C.R.A.P stands for Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. Keep these concepts in mind to remind yourself of prominent design principles. Principles of Design Quick Reference Poster
Caters to the current PowerPoint user, using slide-by-slide presentation, but offers some spectacular results with very little effort. Emaze allows the user to choose from a variety of 3-D templates which are pre-formatted and not highly editable, allowing the user to concentrate on the content and not the bells and whistles. Emaze - Getting Started Tutorial - An easy-to-follow tutorial about using Emaze to create a new presentation from scratch or import a PowerPoint.
The full desktop version of EndNote is the number one citation management product used by academics and it offers a comprehensive approach to citation management. Many institutions have site licenses available for faculty and students. If your institution does not provide access to the full featured version, you can use the free version online, EndNote Basic. Two advantages to using EndNote Basic is the ability to transfer references to and from EndNote on your desktop and share references with others who have EndNote. EndNote Basic How to use EndNote for Windows How to use EndNote for Mac
A cross-platform app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving. The app allows users to create a "note" which can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can be tagged or placed into Notebooks for organizational purposes. To clip webpages simply add the web clipper app to your browser. Evernote Evernote Help & Learning - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks and technical support. How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Life - An article that lists the most productive uses for Evernote.
Explain Everything is a cloud collaboration platform built on the learning technology of tomorrow. Whether you're sending just-in-time messages to colleagues or recording lessons for students, Explain Everything is the imagination space that helps you tell your unique story. It works like an interactive whiteboard, allowing for quick communication with students, colleagues, and customers. Write, draw, and move objects to enhance your project. Add media from various sources including a built-in clipart library. Record voice and video to make your story even more engaging. Explain Everything How to Use Explain Everything to Record Instructional Videos - A few key best practices when recording videos.
Facebook is a well-known and free to use social networking platform. Utilizing Facebook can help you connect, share and market to people. User groups based on common interests, workplace, and more can provide you new methods to communicate. Now very often seen in news media, Facebook and other social media platforms are commonly used to give voice to social issues, customize marketing on an individual level, and further the spread of both news and fake news. Facebook Facebook tutorial - This tutorial will walk you through the set-up process, available features through the privacy settings and controls, essential to any social media platform. Branding in the age of social media - Learn more about branding yourself via social media from this Harvard Business Review article.
Flickr is an image and video-hosting website and web services suite. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media. Help for Flickr - The Help - FAQ Support page for Flickr Users Flickr for Education - 18 Ways to Use Flickr in Schools - A blog post regarding the many uses of Flickr as a photosharing website in schools and education.
Flipboard is is your personal e-magazine, at your desk, in your back pocket or on your wrist. Filled with stories, photos and videos on any interest, it’s a single place to keep up with your world. And now, the top ten stories can be sent right to your Apple Watch. Flipboard
FlipQuiz provides educators with a quick way to create your own gameshow-style boards for test reviews in the classroom. With FlipQuiz, questions are displayed on-screen and boards are saved for later use. Combined with a beautiful board, students are more likely to be interested and stay engaged with the test review process. FlipQuiz Using FlipQuiz in the Classroom - A blog post that describes the ease of use of FlipQuiz and how to set one up.
Flora is an app that utilizes the Pomodoro technique to keep you focus on one task at a time. Once you set the timer, you may not check messages, answer calls or visit sites on your phone for that period of time. If you stick to your task without getting distracted by your phone, you grow a tree. The point of the app is to build a forest of trees and look back later to see how productive you’ve been over the weeks. Flora Pomodoro Technique
FocusList is a way to improve the Pomodoro technique, forcing you to focus on one task without getting distracted. It tracks the time you spend on a task and helps deepen your concentration while you do it. FocusList Pomodoro Technique
FolioSpaces, powered by "Mahara", enables you to create an online portfolio. You do this by assembling a selection of your r sum (curriculum vitae/CV), files, journals and links to your files onto a web page and sharing the page. FolioSpaces CUOnline ePortfolio Guide Using FolioSpaces - A resource created by Dr. Anne Dickinson of Coventry University that goes through the step by step process of creating an ePortfolio within FolioSpaces.
Fotor is a simplified suite of powerful editing tools for your images. Fotor's fast and intuitive design, brings advanced photo editing techniques to anyone who wants to try. With just a few click you can achieve impressive results that will let you push your creativity without having to learn some of the confusing ins and outs of other graphics editors. Fotor Photo Editor Walkthrough - A YouTube video walkthrough for Fotor
This enlightening 8-minute video demonstrates the lesser-known issues that can arise from our trips around the Internet. It discusses how extensively our online views are tracked and shows how this information is of commercial value to various entities, how little control we have over who gets acess, the possibility of identity theft, and the potential impact on our reputations. Four Reasons to Care About Your Digital Footprint
The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education which has been published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions. The six concepts that anchor the frames are presented alphabetically: Authority Is Constructed and Contextual Information Creation as a Process Information Has Value Research as Inquiry Scholarship as Conversation Searching as Strategic Exploration ALA Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
Fuze is a web conferencing platform that supports up to 25 participants in a single meeting without charge. Fuze
Puts a scanner in your pocket. Quickly scan anything with a smartphone or any camera-equipped tablet. Then email scans using JPG or PDF format for individual documents and for batch processing multiple documents. Using the pro version also saves directly to online storage services including DropBox and Google Drive. GeniusScan for iOS - Articles that provide tutorials, best practices and troubleshooting for Apple. Productivity Tutorial: Using Genius Scan to Scan your Documents - In this video tutorial, learn how to scan documents with Genius Scan, which has the ability to automatically sense document boundaries and even enhance the quality of a scan.
Glogster is a cloud-based (SaaS) platform for presentation and interactive learning. It allows users to mix all kinds of media on a virtual canvas to create multimedia posters, and access a library of engaging educational content created by students and educators worldwide. Glogster encourages interactive, collaborative education and digital literacy. Note that there are a number of limitations when using the free version of Glogster. Glogster
A cloud-based, animated video creation platform. It is designed to allow business people with no background in animation to quickly and easily create animated videos. GoAnimate Help Center - The GoAnimate Help Center provides not only step-by-step guides, but also links users out to webinars and a community of practice. 5 Real Benefits of Using Animation in the Classroom - An article by Fractis Learning that details how animation can enhance learning for students.
Fotor is a simplified suite of powerful editing tools for your images. Fotor's fast and intuitive design, brings advanced photo editing techniques to anyone who wants to try. With just a few click you can achieve impressive results that will let you push your creativity without having to learn some of the confusing ins and outs of other graphics editors. Google Advanced Image Search
You can get emails when new results for a topic show up in Google Search. For example, you can get info about news, products, or mentions of your name. This site provides clear instructions. Google Alerts Five Creative Uses for Google Alerts - Discussion of the power of Google Alerts and five specific ways it can be useful.
Google Arts & Culture (formerly Google Art Project) is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative's partner museums. The project was launched on 1 February 2011 by Google, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; and the Uffizi, Florence Google Art Project
Google Books (previously known as Google Book Search and Google Printand by its codename Project Ocean is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition (OCR), and stored in its digital database. Books are provided either by publishers and authors, through the Google Books Partner Program, or by Google's library partners, through the Library Project. Additionally, Google has partnered with a number of magazine publishers to digitize their archives. Google Books How to use Google Books - Discusses how to read, download, cite, or translate a book.
Google Calendar is a time-management and scheduling calendar service developed by Google. Google Calendar allows users to create and edit events. Reminders can be enabled for events, with options available for type and time. Event locations can also be added, and other users can be invited to events. Google Calendar Google Help - Calendar Support - Help getting started with Google Calendar and information about notifications, sharing, syncing, importing events, and more. 26 tricks to help you tame Google Calendar - Many of Gcal's best features lurk beneath the surface. This site helps you handle it like a pro.
Google Custom Search (formerly known as Google Co-op) is a platform provided by Google that allows web developers to feature specialized information in web searches, refine and categorize queries and create customized search engines, based on Google Search. The service allows users to narrow the 11.5 billion indexed webpages down to a topical group of pages relevant to the creator's needs. Google Custom Search Custom Search Help - Information and instructions for setting up your own specialized search engine. Rewriting Queries - Sophisticated advice on getting more from your custom search.
Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Google Drive allows users to store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive. Google Drive Google Drive Help - Help with basic Google Drive functions. G-Suite Learning Center - Information from basics to more advanced tips How to Organize Your Google Drive Like a Pro - Useful tips for making the most of Google Drive.
Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery. The program maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography, and GIS data onto a 3D globe, allowing users to see cities and landscapes from various angles. Users can explore the globe by entering addresses and coordinates, or by using a keyboard or mouse. The program can also be downloaded on a smartphone or tablet, using a touchscreen or stylus to navigate. Users may use the program to add their own data using Keyhole Markup Language and upload them through various sources, such as forums or blogs. Google Earth is able to show various kinds of images overlaid on the surface of the earth and is also a Web Map Service client. Google Earth Google Earth Help - Instructions ...
Google Expeditions is a tool to extend learning in and out of the classroom. Expeditions enables virtual field trips that help students see and experience the world in new ways. Students can get in the center of 360-degree photos and 3D scenes with historical importance.Self-guided expeditions enable anyone to explore anywhere. This is a great tool for classrooms and for home use. Google Expeditions More information including a Youtube video and link to an Expeditions Kit. To use your iPhone as a viewing device, you must purchase or make a VR Google Cardboard viewer.
Google Forms lets you easily collect online survey responses. It’s completely free and has no restrictions on the number of surveys you can create, the number of questions in each survey, or the number of responses you can collect. You can also automatically export your results to Google Sheets for online access and sharing. Google Forms How to Use Google Forms
Google Hangouts is a communication platform that includes instant messaging, voice and video calls. It is useful for individual and group conversations. Group calls can handle up to 10 people. Chats can be synced from device to device. Google Hangouts Review of Google Hangouts - This review discusses the pros and cons of Google Hangouts, features, and tips for getting started.
Google Keep is like using post it notes for your phone. It’s a great way to mind dump tasks as they come into your head. Simply create a note, write down the task and pin it onto your screen. It’ll stay there until you complete the task and delete the note. Google Keep
Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google and gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. PC Magazine - 25 Tricks to Master Google Photos - A magazine article describing tricks, tips, and hints users can practice to become more proficient with Google Photos. Using Google Photos in the Classroom - An extensive YouTube video describing how to use Google Photos in the classroom.
Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Released in beta in November 2004, the Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online academic journals and books, conference papers, theses and dissertations, preprints, abstracts, technical reports, and other scholarly literature, including court opinions and patents. While Googledoes not publish the size of Google Scholar's database, third-party researchers estimated it to contain roughly 160 million documents as of May 2014 and an earlier statistical estimate published in PLOS ONE using a Mark and recapturemethod estimated approximately 80-90% coverage of all articles published in English with an estimate of 100 million. This estimate also determined how many documents were freely available on the web. Google Scholar Google Scholar - Search Tips - Get the most out ...
Google can be helpful in finding reusable resources. It explains how to use their advanced search features and explains various types of usage rights. Google Search Advanced Feature Google Guide making searching even easier - More information about how to use this tool - with examples.
Google Sites is a structured wiki- and Web page-creation tool offered by Google as part of the G Suite productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files. Google Sites Sites Help - Information on creating, editin, previewing, sharing, publishing, and managing your Google site. 20/20 HindSITE: Best Practices for Google Sites - This site illustrates how organizations are using Google Sites, and includes a wealth of resources and tools.
Similar to Microsoft's PowerPoint (PPT). Like many online tools, it allows groups to work together to create and edit online presentations. Google Slides is web-based - it is easy to access it from various mobile devices. Get Started with Google Slide - Getting Started with Google Slides provides tips for the beginner. 2017 Updates to Google Slides - Youtube Video - Created by TeacherCast, this YouTube video details the new updates and functionality of Google Slides.
This excellent guide out of the University of Michigan is geared to helping teachers cut through the tremendous amount of freely available videos on the web, to find the gems that enhance learning across subject areas. This guide helps educators makes sense of the educational content that exists online, by first suggesting dividing videos into 2 categories: instructional (useful for instructing or explaining concepts) and supplemental (to complement instruction, spark further inquiry, motivate exploration). The guide includes links to recommended sites for both kinds of content, explanation of how to curate and evaluate video content, how to blend video into your curriculum, and exercises for flipped classrooms. Teachers Guide to Using Videos
Haiku Deck is a free app that makes presentations simple, beautiful, and fun. Haiku Haiku Deck - Editing and Creating Decks - An instructional video about getting started with Haiku Deck. 7 Alternative Technology in the Classroom Presentation Tools - This blog entry from TeachHub touches upon Haiku Deck in the list of alternative technology in the classroom.
Mackey, P., & Jacobson, T. (2016). How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world. The Conversation. This article talks about what it means to be a metaliterate person in today's society that is filled with fake news. It also provides strategies to become a critical consumer of information.
"How to remove public records from the Internet" provides steps that will remove any public records and erase any traces of your personal details that are available on free and premium public record websites. It is recommended that you follow the steps in the order presented. How to remove public records from the Internet
In Google Docs you can type with your voice instead of your fingers by using the Voice Typing tool. In addition to straight dictation, this tool enables you to edit a document. Some examples include highlighting text, inserting a link, deleting words, changing text layout or adding comments. Type with your voice How to use Google Docs Dictation
Calling Thunder is the first chapter in a series of immersive explorations into the natural history of New York. Calling Thunder focuses on the fascinating but little known history of Manhattan. CallingThunder Calling Thunder: The Unsung History of Manhattan - This video offers sights and sounds that Henry Hudson encountered in 1609 compared to today's Manhattan.
With iMovie for iOS and macOS, you can enjoy your videos like never before. It's easy to browse clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on an iPhone or iPad, then finish on a Mac. And when your movie is ready, iMovie Theater rolls out the red carpet. There are styles for titles and credits, video filters for a cinematic touch, and special effects. 26 best iMovie for Mac tips 2017 | How to edit video with iMovie for Mac - With tips about features and shortcuts. Apple iMovie (for Mac OS X) - Discusses the features of Apple's video editing software.
This video features more than one way to guide you through the app. There's the help file, a dedicated iBook showing all the functions of the app and pop up windows that show up whenever you access a new function for the first time. There are online video tutorials showing how to work with the app. In-app help and guide
The iNaturalist app helps you upload citizen science observations of plants and animals to the iNaturalist.org online community for naturalists as well as other members of the iNaturalist network such as NaturaLista.mx in Mexico. You can: record observations with photos and GPS locations; explore observations from around the world; keep track of updates from people you follow. iNaturalist Getting started with iNaturalist - This page explains how to get started with iNaturalist and offers a wealth of resources, including video tutorials and a teacher's guide.
An article that describes the ins and outs of Gamification: the application of game elements in non-gaming situations, often to motivate or influence behavior, published by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) as part of the 7 Things You Should Know Collection. Educause ELI: 7 Things You Should Know about Gamification
Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately. Users can apply various digital filters to their images, and add locations through geotags and assign hashtags to link to other photos. University of New Hampshire - Instagram Help - A simple guide to using instagram built by the UNH. Do more with Instagram - A board of posts relevant to using Instagram to its fullest.
This entertaining video explaining intellectual property rights and discussing how you can share and protect your rights simultaneously is created the State University of New York Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative. Intellectual Property: Part I Video (3 min. video) What is Intellectual Property? - A definition and resources from the World Intellectual Property Organization
This slide show is rich with resources that are about Creative Commons (CC) or that are a source of CC-licensed resources including music, videos, images, and more. There are also resources to explain copyright and information about other resouces for finding Open Educational Resources. Interesting Ways* to find Creative Commons resources Your Digital Footprint Matters
This video, presented by Scott Nicholson from the University of Syracuse, provides an Introduction to Meaningful Gamification and discusses in greater detail about what it means to develop gamified activities. Introduction to Gamification video by Scott Nicholson
Application created by Apple, which is the directory most associated with podcasts. iTunes iTunes Support - Topics, resources, and contact you need for iTunes iTunes Tips for Podcast Fans - A resource guide to learn how to discover podcasts and create your own.
JoinMe is an online meeting app, with powerful collaboration features, such as customization of your meeting background, one-click screen-sharing and personalized URLs. JoinMe
Kahoots are group based multiple choice questions with diverse formats flexibility. You can add videos, images, and diagrams to your questions to amplify engagement. Players answer the questions on their own devices, while games are displayed on a shared screen to unite the lesson. It creates a campfire moment encouraging players to look up and celebrate together. Besides creating your own Kahoots, you can search among millions of existing games. Kahoot 8 Ways to Use Kahoot! Beyond the Basics - This article speaks to the multiple uses of Kahoot and serves as a quick training session. Using Kahoot in the Classroom to Create Engagement and Active Learning: A Game-Based Technology Solution for eLearning Novices - A research article that deals with instructional games and the feedback they receive from students.
A non-profit organization committed to providing supplemental instruction, the Khan Academy advertises itself as being "For Free. For Everyone. Forever." They offer practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard so that learners are able to study at their own pace both in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/
In this current world of multiple sign-ins, it's difficult to impossible to remember all our passwords. Password managers can be a big help. LastPass remembers all your passwords so you don't have to. Once it's been stored in LastPass, you'll always have it wherever you go. LastPass generates long, randomized passwords that are a barrier to hacking. It goes further to fill in forms and payment details for you once the information is safely stored. It also makes it possible to store digital records and share important information safely. LastPass How to use a password manager and why you really should - As the title says, discusses the why and how of keeping passwords safe. Provides links to several informative articles as well as two other password manaagers. (Note: I'm not sure why they don't mention KeyPass - another popular password manager.)
A directory with over 7000 audio & video podcasts selected to instruct, entertain, and inspire you. Stream podcasts through the site or download them directly to your computer without any software. Links to RSS Feeds are provided if you want to subscribe. Learn Out Loud Podcast Directory Learn out loud help center - Information on how to use the audio and video tools. Get a Free Education Online with Podcasts and Audio Books - This article highlights different podcasts and audio books available online to learn for free.
This article looks at the interest in lifelong learning among adults. It reports on a Pew Research Center survey on the topic showing considerable interest amont the American publilc. The Internet is instrumental in meeting this interest, but use of it varies inversely with levels of education and income. Lifelong Learning and Technology Lifelong Learning and Technology by John Horrigan - A podcast on the topic by John Horrigan, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center who just released the report.
LinkedIn is the most well-known social networking platform for your professional career. Make connections with colleagues (actual and potential) around the world. Employers may seek out new hires, and individuals may find new positions. Engage with groups and organizations to add your voice to the conversation. LinkedIn How to make a LinkedIn page that wows recruiters, according to the guy who overhauled its design - Use the tips in this article from Business Insider to make the most out of your LinkedIn profile. Social Media in Higher Education: Strategies, Benefits, and Challenges - This article from Hootsuite, a social media management platform, addresses some of the primary questions on social media and higher education.
This Chrome extension provides simple screencasting with just a single click to record and then one-click to finish, resulting in a publicly shareable URL automatically copied to your clipboard. Loom is free but individual videos are limited to up to 5 minutes until you share a few referrals. Unlimited free storage and video recording times is unlocked after 2 of your referrals sign up to Loom. Loom
Lynda is a privately held online education company that offers thousands of video courses on various topics like, software, technology, and business skills. Lynda Note: New York state residents are eligible for a New York Public Library (NYPL) card to access Lynda tutorials.
Learn how to make videos on the web. This site offers a free e-guide for teachers and students, with step-by-step instructions for how to create videos without purchasing software or video equipment. To access the guide, Adobe Flash Player (free software to stream or view video, audio and multimedia) is required. Making videos on the web
A program of the California State University System partnering with education institutions, professional societies, and industry to bring together a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. Each resource has been reviewed by faculty familiar with the discipline and rated by the community of users. OER include full courses, websites, videos, test sets, textbooks, and tutorials. MERLOT II MERLOT Help - A 'context-sensitive' help system designed for users who require information or assistance about the MERLOT website, functionality, or services. How to Use MERLOT - Resource guide providing links to several pages for using MERLOT in your clasroom.
PowerPoint is a slideshow presentation program that's part of the Microsoft office suite of tools. PowerPoint makes it easy to create, collaborate, and present your ideas in dynamic, visually compelling ways. Basic Tasks for Creating a Powerpoint Presentation - Step-by-step instructions from Microsoft about how to design a slide show.
MindMeister is a tool that allows to collaboratively create mind maps and share them online. MindMeister
Provides a single point of access from which users can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER. They include game-based learning objects, videos, full courses, and adult education materials. Some of the disciplines covered are communication, history, career training, anthropology, and economics. OER Commons OER Commons Help Center - Resource page to get users started in creating, building and evaluating content on the page. Open Educational Resources: - OERCommons Reviews - This evaluation from the Bethel College Library compiles reviews from various sources and makes some discipline-specific recommendations.
SUNY OER Services is a well-organized collection of resources for courses in many disciplines with several subjects specialized within each. Each link provides a section for SUNY resources, where available, and another for Additional Offerings. The site is growing with resources being added regularly. OER Course Development Support - Select your topic of interest to reach the individual support page for each subject area.
OneDrive is a file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage and then access them from a web browser or their local device. OneDrive OneDrive Help Center
This website created by the Online Accessibility SUNY Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching and Technology (FACT2) Task Group to provide recommendations and tips on making software and educational resources more accessible and to ensure they comply with Section 508. Online Accessibility SUNY FACT2 Why Does Accessibility Matter?
Open Educational Resources (OER) includes any type of educational materials that are in the public domain, and are legally and freely available for use and reuse by anyone, without charge. Examples of OER include textbooks, course materials, tests, audio, videos, and software. What's OER? - A guide from Lumen learning that explains the best uses for OERs in the classroom and how to implement them into your teaching. Discovering Open Educational Resources OER - This guide by Temple University is an introduction to open educational resources. It provides information about what open education resources are and how to discover and use them.
Open-NYS is the collaboration of the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) to provide support for the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) across both systems. Open NYS Getting Started with Open Resources - Guide to help educators adopt, adapt and build open resources for the classroom.
A State University of New York (SUNY) initiative to provide affordable educational alternatives to traditional textbooks. SUNY provides this service to assist faculty, librarians, and staff to identify lower-cost, electronic, free, and Open Educational Resources (OER). Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions (ALS) How to Search for an Open Textbook using SUNY ALS - A tutorial guide on locating open textbooks using Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions.
A publishing model to support faculty adoption, remixing, and creation of open educational resources. Open SUNY Textbooks Information for Faculty - Information page for faculty who wish to implement OERs into their courses. Learn to navigate the Open SUNY Textbooks page and catalog.
A repository hosted by the University of Minnesota to provide access to complete textbooks licensed so teachers and students can freely use, adapt, and distribute the material. They cover a variety of disciplines including law, business, mathematics, and the natural sciences. Frequently Asked Questions - There are many ways you can use these quality books. This guide shows how these books will be a good match for you. Penn State joining Open Textbook Network to support affordable course content - This article about Penn States' recent decision to join Open Textbook Network discusses the value of OTN both educational and financial.
Openclipart is a large collection of clipart that can be used freely for many purposes. openclipart Here is a list of some uses of openclipart.
Publishes a collection of peer-reviewed, freely available online textbooks. It is an initiative of Rice University. They have a limited number of disciplines covered, but there is a gold mine of supplemental resources linked under each. OpenStax OpenStax Support - Resource page to get started in using the platform or find help from the question bank. Free Textbooks From Rice OpenStax: Too Good to Be True? - A discussion of Open Stax including its origins and the groups involved.
Padlet is an online virtual bulletin board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. Padlet allows users to create a hidden wall with a custom URL. Padlet creators can also moderate posts, remove posts, and manage their board. Padlet 30 Creative Ways to Use Padlets for Teachers and Students - An article that discusses the many uses of Padlet as well as how to create one. Padlet - Best of Education - A collection of the "best" Padlets within the realm of education.
Pathbrite offers the best-in-class, cloud-based Portfolio Platform in the market, whereby users can aggregate and showcase all digital evidence of what they have created, achieved and mastered. The portfolio platform transforms individual and community assessment to make understanding the skills, achievements and knowledge of a person, or group, holistic, continuous and easy. Thousands of higher ed and k-12 schools, as well as companies, rely on Pathbrite to support student and employee success. Pathbrite EduTopia: Five Ways to Use Online Porfolios in the Classroom - Five Ways to Use Online Portfolios in the Classroom by Heather Hiles - A blog post that describes the effectiveness and "5 Best Practices" of using ePortfolios in the classroom.
PBWorks offers a variety of collaboration tools including free wikis for education. Editing and formatting of the wiki is very easy and needs only minimal instruction. Students can collaborate on projects outside of the classroom. Student accounts can be created without email addresses. Educators can get automated notifications to see when and how often students access their wiki page. Wikis can also be used to store, discuss, search and share wiki pages, files, and documents. PBWorks
A large number of high schools are investing in iPads and Chromebooks in an effort to provide every student with a web-connected computing device. This rapidly-growing trend leaves physics teachers in a bit of a predicament. We've learned to depend upon a collection of interactive web resources that were built on the backbone of plug-in technologies such as Java, Flash, and Shockwave. And now very few of these resources work on the devices that our students hold in their hands. The rapid emergence of these modern devices has left a void in our traditional curriculum and instruction. The Physics Interactives is our effort to help fill that void.The Physics Interactives is a growing collection of interactive materials that were designed with tablets such as the iPad and Chromebooks in mind. While our Interactives will work equally well on laptop and ...
An easy infographic design app that requires very little effort to produce beautiful, high quality graphics. Infographics can be presented on slideshows with Presentation Mode. Piktochart Piktochart Support Page - This site provides a wide array of help for Piktochart users, from initial design to troubleshooting problems. Piktochart: Using Infographics in the Classroom - A blog post detailing the reasons why infographics can make learning for students more interesting, involving, and visual.
Pinterest is a web and mobile application startup that operates a software system designed to discover information on the World Wide Web, mainly utilizing images and on a shorter scale, GIFs and videos. Pinterest The Atlantic - What is Pinterest? - A magazine article that defines what Pinterest is and how it has developed since its beginnings. The Teacher's Guide to Pinterest - An article describing the many uses of Pinterest within Academia and Education.
Pipl identifies itself as the world's largest people search engine currently with over 3 billion people in its database. It is the place to find the person behind the email address, social username or phone number. Pipl This Tool Will Help You Clean Up After Your Online Footprints - A recent article discussing how PiPL can be used professionally. Focused on journalists and other people who write for the Web, but the advice applies to everyone.
Pixlr is a cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service. The suite was intended for non-professionals, however, the apps range from simple to advanced photo editing. PIXLR Pixlr Support Page - The link to the Pixlr Support and FAQ page. WikiHow - How to Use the Pixlr Online Image Editor - This wikiHow teaches you how to navigate and use the options in the Pixlr online image editor in order to make changes to an image or photo.
Planbook.edu is a great source for educators to use to simply lesson plans. This site allows educators to select their state so that standards will auto-fill. The site can be accessed from any computer.
Lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a card (a "paper clicker"), and use your iPhone/iPad to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com. Plickers Help - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks and technical support. Plickers Presentation Kit - A kit put together by the Plickers team that includes presentation templates, our getting started guide, Plickers logos, and printable Plickers Cards.
Pocket was developed to help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It is free and available for major devices and platforms including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, Kobo, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera and Windows. It is integrated into current versions of Firefox and there are browser extensions for other browsers such as Chrome. One of its more unique features is that it gives you a clean look at the documents you save minus the advertisements and other extras. That makes it easier to print and share. Sign up A Review of Pocket Chrome Browser Extension & Android App
Poll Everywhere is a simple text message voting application that works well for live audiences. People vote on options displayed on the screen by visiting a website, texting a number on their phones, or using Twitter. PollEverywhere How it Works
Popplet is a tool that allows users to visualize ideas. Teachers and students can create graphic organizers, timelines, and many other forms of visual organization. Popplet
Developed by teachers, Portfoliogen allows users to easily create a web-based portfolio and display their skills beyond conventional paper-based binders. Users can share their portfolios with prospective employers, principals, professors and peers. Portfoliogen is for teachers, educators, students and anyone else who desires a simple way to create their own customized portfolio website. Thousands of teachers, students and educators from all over the world have used Portfoliogen to showcase their skills. PortfolioGen Getting Started with PortfolioGen - This is a Youtube video which goes through the step by step process of creating a Portfolio within PortfolioGen.
Web-based animation software that allows users to create animated presentations by manipulating pre-created objects, imported images, provided music and user created voice-overs. PowToon Quick Start Guide - A series of engaging instructional videos about PowToons, from basic design to more advanced functions. 7 Alternative Technology in the Classroom Presentation Tools - This blog entry from TeachHub touches upon PowToon in the list of alternative technology in the classroom.
This guide is an Open Educational Resource (OER) offered by a research group at the University at Buffalo. The guide provides educators with the tools necessary to develop their own meaningful, gamified learning activities. Practical Guide to Meaningful Gamification
A "zooming presentation tool" that presents information non-linearly. It is an infinite whiteboard where the audience can see and interact with an overview of a topic or zoom in to see the relationship between topics. Prezi allows presenters to provide not only the big picture but takes it a step further to allow viewers to dissect each component. this web-based presentation tool allows you to edit, collaborate, and present online. Prezi Next Vs. Classic: Your Questions Answered - Because Prezi has debuted a new version---Prezi Next---current users should compare the Next with what is being called Prezi Classic. Both versions have educational plans. 7 Alternative Technology in the Classroom Presentation Tools - This blog entry from TeachHub touches upon Prezi in the list of alternative technology in the classroom.
Producteev is a powerful web-based task management program that allows you to easily assign tasks to other team members, as well as hold them accountable. Project managers will find it easy to plan their projects, map their route, and organize files and categorize various elements. Producteev Producteev Review and Tutorial
ProProfs' delightfully smart tools are used by millions of users each month. The site hosts more than 1,000,000 pages of content in 70+ languages, and is a leading platform for online training and assessment with the world's largest library of professional tests & quizzes. ProProfs products, including Quiz, Survey, Learning Management System, Knowledge Base, Chat, Project and Training tools. 4 Ways to Bring Gamification to Your Classroom - A quick discussion that introduce the bringing in of games to the classroom alongisde utilizing "badges" to inidicate success.
This website maintained by the Harvard Law School Library has numerous resources to find public records consisting of business, property, and personal records. Many of the resources are freely accessible and some provide more in-depth information for a fee. Public Records and Factual Research (Harvard Law School Library)
Quizizz is a game-based classroom response system you can play on any device with a web browser! Quiz creation is simple, enabling you to use your own images and text, or even reuse public quizzes. Students can answer at their own pace and watch their data appear on the main screen from where the quiz is being run. Quizizz also lets you download a spreadsheet to get detailed data to monitor student answers. The tool runs equally well across platforms and devices. And you should think of it not just as a "response system." It can be used for quizzing of all types. You can even choose the type of "consequence" users get, by choosing different sets of memes. Kahoot! vs. Quizizz: What's the Best Formative Assessment Tool for Your Classroom? - A blog post that compares and contrasts the most popular ...
Remind is a communication tool that helps teachers reach their students where they are. Remind Remind Resources - Best Practices and resources organized by user. 25+ Ways to Use Remind in the Classroom - 25 + ways to use Remind in your classroom from the Remind Blog.
This tool is for anyone needing a fast recording app to create a video file, share on YouTube, or even upload to a custom branded site hosted by them. It makes it easy to record on-screen activity for short tutorials, visual presentations, and communicate while you demonstrate. Free and pro versions are available. Screencast-o-matic Screencast-o-Matic|Support - Support for Screencast-O-Matic including how to use and common issues. Screencast-O-Matic (SOM): Best Practices - Provides best practices for using Screencast-O-matic.
Screencasting is a digital video recording that captures what is on your computer screen and usually includes audio. This is also known as video screen capture. Screencasting or video screen capture is a great way to teach or share ideas. This guide provides links to information, ideas, rubrics and tools that teachers and students can use to create screencasts. Screencasting in the Classroom
Create interactive 3D content and social experiences. Monetize your creations in a global marketplace. Returning to Second Life - An analysis from Ars Technica about how Second Life is currently used by its social media platform.
Shadow Health is a fee-based virtual clinical patient simulation experience. It is a robust experience which simulates virtual patient examination for courses across the Graduate and Undergraduate Curriculum. Shadow Health Video demonstration
Shapeways is the world's leading 3D Printing marketplace and community. We enable anyone to make, buy, and sell products with 3D Printing. 3D printing and design tutorials - This series of tutorials will help you to get started using Shapeways.
ShareLaTeX is an online LaTeX editor which allows for real-time collaboration and online compiling of projects to PDF format. Unlike the similar service writeLaTeX, ShareLaTeX requires registration and all projects are inherently private. ShareLaTeX Beginner's Tutorial for ShareLaTeX
Shooting Video with an iPhone This instructional video is found on the Wistia site. Although Wistia is primarily focused on helping businesses to add videos to their websites, the instructions are easy-to-follow and applicable to non-business users. The video contains practical tips and is helpful both for novice and slightly more advanced iPhone users.
ShowMe can be used to create beautiful tutorials with the top of your finger. With the ShowMe app, educators can use the iPad as an interactive whiteboard and record voice-over lessons. If desired, these can then be shared with the public. The best of the lessons are available online on the ShowMe.com Web site. ShowMe Knowlege Base - Answers to 24 customer questions and a search feature.
Six Styles of Classroom Video Project is a guideline that helps teachers, who have never utilized video creation in their classrooms. Video creation is a great way to get students interested in researching and sharing their work with an audience. The guideline gives six different video styles such as animated videos, audio slideshow, and one-take videos.
SketchUp, formerly Google Sketchup, is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. It is available as a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, SketchUp Pro. SketchUp - This four-part series of videos helps the user learn how to get started with SketchUp.
Skype is a well-known standard in video-calling. Skype provides video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, and mobile devices via the Internet. Premium subscriptions or Skype credit also allows calls to be placed to regular telephones Skype for Business is a subscription services that many schools and organizations subscribe to at an enterprise level. Skype for Business provides a number of additional features such as increased number of people joining online meetings, improved security as well as integration into Office programs. If an organization subscribes to Skype for Business internal technical support may be available. Skype Skype for Business Skype for Business on Windows Quick Start - This Microsoft support page will help you get started using this tool. Lync - Lync is the complimentary software of Skype for Business for the Macintosh platform.
A service that allows you to create an online library and upload presentations that you've created elsewhere. Getting Started with SlideShare - Designed with commercial users in mind (but also useful for educators and students), this site provides useful tips for all levels of users.
An instant response tool designed to initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Teacher app. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results to help you identify opportunities for further instruction. Socrative Resources - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks and technical support. The Socrative Review: 9 Ways the Formative Assessment App Can Benefit Your Classroom - An article that explains how to get started with using Socrative in the classroom and the usefulness of the app's functions.
An instant response tool designed to initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Teacher app. Students receive immediate feedback to enhance student engagement. Quickly assess students with either prepared quizzes or on the fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Student answers to open-ended questions can lead to great classroom discussions. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results to help identify opportunities for further instruction. Socrative Socrative Resources - Help page that includes a quick start guide, tips & tricks and technical support. The Socrative Review: 9 Ways the Formative Assessment App Can Benefit Your Classroom - An article that explains how to get started with using Socrative in the classroom and the usefulness of the app's functions.
SoundBible is a search engine for free and royalty-free sound clips and sound effects. This website updates weekly and all downloads are free. SoundBible
Discover, stream, and share a constantly expanding mix of music from emerging and major artists around the world. SoundCloud is described as a 'social sound platform' and is basically the same as Youtube but for audio files. With SoundCloud you can follow millions of people, musicians, radio channels and podcasts on a vast range of topics or you can create your own channel and upload recordings for people to listen to. SoundCloud Get Started on SoundCloud - Guide to starting and managing a SoundCloud account with support resources. Podcasting on SoundCloud - Resource page to get started with recording your podcasts.
Speechnotes is a powerful speech-enabled online notepad, designed to empower your ideas by implementing a clean & efficient design, so you can focus on your thoughts. They use up-to-date speech-recognition technology, powered by Google, for the most accurate results possible. This very handy tool works in a Chrome browser. No download, no install and even no registration needed, so you can start working right away. There are several useful features. Users can email their work and/or upload it directly to Google Drive or their own computers as a .txt or .doc file. Several languages are available and the text can be translated. In addition, a text-to-speech app is available. Voice Typing with Speechnotes - Briefly explains features of Speechnotes This video shows you how easy this tool is to use.
Create a beautiful website for you & your business, in minutes. Zero code or design skills required. You can also convert a LinkedIn profile to a personal website in just a few clicks. Add a Blog section to any of your sites to start blogging right away. A separate page is created for each blog post. Strikingly Discover Strikingly Sites - A link to the Strikingly community to see what sites have been built recently.
A powerful timeline maker that allows the integration of apps, websites, and tools.Users can embed quizzes to create interactive presentations. Sutori Sutori - How to Create a Story - Sutori provides an overview of what they call "How to create a story" (rather than how to create a timeline).
Take Classroom Video to the Next Level Common Sense Education put this short (3:45 minute) video together to provide tips about how to incorporate videos into the classroom. Their primary aim is to help instructors foster active viewing. "When it comes to video in the classroom, students shouldn't just get what they're watching, they should have something to say about it. Check out the video for our tips on how to help students become better active -- and reactive -- viewers in class." An excellent, practical resource that mentions specific tech tools.
"Paul Roe plays the clarinet and has particular musical interests in performance, coaching, research, education and participative music making. Paul's talk is entitled Creative Collaboration -- A 21st Century Imperative. His talk begins with a short performance. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event." Creative collaboration -- a 21st century imperative: Paul Roe at TEDxFulbrightDublin
This TED Talk, given by Neuroscientist Uri Hasson, takes us inside his lab’s fascinating research — and our heads — to show the meeting of the minds that occurs every time we talk to each other. TED Talk: This is your brain on communication
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). This playlist is of 5 TED Talks related to lifelong learning. Titles include"The Nerd's Guide to Learning Everything Online"; The Life-long Learner"; "What We're Learning from Online Education"; "On Being Wrong"; "What Adults Can Learn from Kids." TED Talks: The love of lifelong learning
The rules of etiquette are just as important in cyberspace as they are in the real world -- and the evidence of poor netiquette can stick around to haunt you for much longer. Following these basic rules of netiquette, to avoid damaging your online and offline relationships. Ten Basic Rules of Netiquette or Internet Etiquette
This list of the top 10 sites helps students, or anyone, determine the bias and accuracy of information, which is published by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). This site introduces you to 10 fact-checking sites. Top 10 sites to help students check their facts
This 3-minute video, from PepRally, shares the basics of the elements of design. Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks behind design principles. The Fundamental Elements of Design The Fundamental Elements of Design from PepRally on Vimeo.
Digital library containing recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download. Internet Archive's Audio Archive About the Internet Archive - Guide to resources provided by the Internet Archive.
A graphical representation of the interface of mobile apps with Bloom's Cognitive Domain Categories and the SAMR Model of technology integration. The Padagogy Wheel The Padagogy Wheel for Apple Devices - Apple guide to selecting apps based on a particular need. Provides app selection criteria and best practices. The Padagogy Wheel forAndroid Devices - Android guide to selecting apps based on a particular need. Provides app selection criteria and best practices. Using the Padagogy Wheel: It's All About the Grey-matter Grids - A guide to the best uses and practices of the Padagogy Wheel in education.
Free timeline maker lets you create timelines online. Make educational timelines or create a timeline for your company website. How to Create an Interactive Timeline with Timetoast - This YouTube video describes the ins and outs of how to make a timeline with this technological tool.
Tineye is a reverse image search engine. Upon uploading a saved image a user has, TinEye creates a "unique and compact digital signature or fingerprint" of the image and matches it with other indexed images. It is helpful in finding the original source of an image to provide proper attribution. TinEye Reverse Image Search How to Use TinEye
Autodesk's Tinkercad is one of the most popular classroom tools for creating simple designs from scratch, quickly modifying existing designs. It s a free online 3D design program that you can use in your web browser without downloading any software. Tinkercad is extremely intuitive and easy to use, and has built-in Lessons to help you learn the ropes, making it perfect for beginners both young and old. Tinkercad Getting started with Tinkercad - This pdf offers concrete advice for how to begin using Tinkercad. The manual was written with a K-12 audience in mind, but it can be adapted for use in Higher Education.
This tool gives everyone a voice and encourages even the quietest students to express themselves a through a backchannel conversation. There is no need to download software since it easily works in a browser from any computer or mobile device. Student's can join the backchannel from home or anywhere to widen the discussion beyond the walls of your classroom. TodaysMeet Help - Resources to familiarize the user with the platform and tips for use. 5 Easy Ways to Use TodaysMeet in the Classroom - This article from a teaching blog shows five ways you can integrate TodaysMeet into your classroom.
Tricider is a free Web application that can be used for online classroom collaboration and brainstorming ideas. It allows teachers, students, and colleagues to collaborate together to collect ideas, discuss these ideas to find solutions and vote on the argument they think is the best. Tricider How to Use Tricider
Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website founded by David Karp in 2007, and owned by Oath Inc.The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users' blogs. Bloggers can also make their blogs private. Tumblr How to Use Tumblr for Blogging and Social Networking - This article talks about the classic uses of the platform Tumblr.
First reactions and breaking news flood Twitter as soon as they happen. With only a limited number of characters per tweet, Twitter users need to be brief and meaningful when composing. Official hashtags make conference tweeting is yet another place conversations (both professional and social) are held. https://www.wired.com/2016/05/twitter-onboarding-tips-for-new-users/ - This article from Wired will help get you up to speed on using Twitter.
UberConference is a web-based teleconferencing system. UberConference offers features such as call recording, screen sharing, document sharing, and call summaries are just a few of the features offered. UberConference
Udacity's tag line reads: "where lifelong learners come to learn the skills they need, to land the jobs they want, to build the lives they deserve." While Udacity offers many university-style MOOCs, this for-profit site is now oriented towards vocational education, offering courses and nanodegrees in technological fields. Udacity https://www.udacity.com/
Digital story-telling is the use of technology to convey a story. With the use of multimedia, such as graphics, video, audio and web publishing, people are able to create their stories in a brand new creative way. Digital storytelling can be used to discuss any topic including, personal experiences, a lesson or to simply create your own tale. University of Houston's College of Education's digital storytelling site
YouTube is a popular online video sharing website. Anyone can upload a video to this site for free. Upload your video to YouTube from a computer or mobile device by following the steps explained in the link to YouTube Help below. Upload Videos YouTube Help
Vimeo is a popular video sharing site. Anyone can upload a video to this site for free, by signing up for the Vimeo basic membership package that offers video storage and privacy settings. Upload your videos Vimeo help
Vimeo hosts videos in the highest quality possible. You can upload and enjoy 4K Ultra HD quality, video management tools, no ads before, during, or after your videos, and professional live streaming plans. With Vimeo, you can use powerful editing tools made for creators and brands, review videos with collaborators, drive engagement, and embed anywhere. It is possible to easily see how your videos are performing. You can also find quality videos created by others. Vimeo Vimeo Help Center - Help in several main areas and a search bar. 5 Reasons to Host Videos on Vimeo Instead of YouTube - Compares vimeo and youtube for hosting videos.
Visible Body offers a whole world of visual human biology for healthcare professionals, professors, and students. Visible Body makes learning and teaching anatomy and physiology visual and engaging. Visible Body - This video is a walk through demonstration of how to use Visible Body.
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in multiple ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. The free version allows you to create up to 5 VoiceThreads, comment by microphone and text, and share your VoiceThreads via a share link. VoiceThread - tutorials, samples, and details on the VoiceThread site. Creating a VoiceThread - This guide from VoiceThread will walk you through setting up and all the features available.
W3C Markup Validation Service can check the markup of Web documents. This website provides information about accessibility and links to other validator tools for checking specific aspects of the HTML code of a website. W3C is the gold standard of accessibility standards. W3C Markup Validation Service
This electronic book helps readers learn how to fact-check claims made on the Internet on a variety of topics. Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers The author, Michael Caulfield, also has a companion blog: Four moves
Web2Access is a resource that aims to help those making decisions about their use of freely available 'Web 2.0' interactive and collaborate e-learning tools. The website provides rankings based on its accessibility. Web2Access
Web2Access tests the accessibility of Web 2.0 tools based on different disabilities. Using the results, they then rank the tools from most accessible to least accessible based on that specific disability being tested. Web2Access (Disabilities and Tests)
Weebly is a complete platform that allows anyone to start and grow an online business with curated website templates, powerful e-commerce and integrated marketing. More than 40 million entrepreneurs around the world use Weebly to grow their customer base, fuel sales, and market their idea. Designed for any entrepreneur who wants to reach a global audience, Weebly gives everyone the freedom to create a high-quality site and store that works brilliantly on any device. Weebly Weebly Website Builder: Get a Pro Website in 60 Minutes or Less - A short tutorial on how to build an effective website through Weebly.
WeVideo is the online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies at up to 4K resolution for playback anywhere. Videos can be uploaded easily from DropBox, and edited online from multiple devices. Review: WeVideo is a cloud-based video editor that makes editing in your browser fun and simple - An easy-to-read description of how this tool works. The Video Marketing Best Practices You Need To Know - This site offers a free download for the book, "Tips For Creating The 6 Most Common Business Videos"
This video, produced by KarmaTube, discusses the hazards of surfing from page to page on the Internet without taking time to deeply consider what we are interacting with. It brings this point to our attention so that we instead take time to try to focus and contemplate on the information that we do come across. What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains? (4-min. video)
This app is a cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service that can be used to send text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media. WhatsApp
Wheel Decide provides a free spinner tool intended for decision making, games, raffles, prize giveaways, and other miscellaneous uses. 5 Ways to Use "Wheel Decide" - This is an article that demonstrated several ways to utilize Wheel Decide, especially in the classroom.
Wikibooks is a Wikimedia project for collaboratively writing open-content textbooks that anyone, including you, can edit right now by clicking on the edit link that appears near the top of each Wikibooks page. Wikibooks has two sub-projects; Wikijunior which is aimed at children and the Cookbook which is our collection of recipes and culinary topics. Contributors maintain the property rights to their contributions, while the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License and the GNU Free Documentation License makes sure that the submitted version and its derivative works will always remain freely distributable and reproducible. See Wikibooks:Copyrightsfor more information. Wikibooks went online on 10 July 2003. Wikibooks Wikiversity Article About Wikibooks - This is a Wikiversity article regarding Wikibooks and its multitude of uses.
Wikidot.com is the world's third-largest wiki farm, with almost million and a half users running 500,000 sites and serving more than 100M unique visitors per year. Our growing success comes from building a service that people enjoy using, and tell their friends and colleagues about. Wikidot Getting Started with WikiDot - This is WikiDot support page which details how one would get started in creating an account and using their WikiDot to the fullest. An example of a WikiDot - Student Apathy
The purpose of this wiki is to collect ideas, thoughts, suggestions, resources on ways in which wikis are being used in Higher Education. Wikis in Higher Ed
Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. We invite teachers, students, and researchers to join us in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities. To learn more about Wikiversity, try a guided tour, learn about adding content, or start editing now. Wikiversity Wikiversity article About Wikiversity - This is a Wikiversity article regarding Wikiversity.
If you are using Windows 10, you can use this free video editor and slideshow maker app. Use it to easily create video stories and share them with your colleagues, students, friends, and family. Transform everyday moments into works of art as you want. There are easy to use professional editing tools. Users can trim and merge video, write subtitles, add stickers, choose a theme, and insert transitions between videos. .MOV and .MP4 support is now available. Windows Movie Maker Windows Movie Maker Software Tutorials - Tutorials for eight important areas. Best Practices for Student Video Production (iMovie and Movie Maker) - Ten best-practice video tutorials on major topics.
Wix.com is a cloud-based web development platform that was first developed and popularized by the Israeli company also called Wix. It allows users to create HTML5 web sites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools. Wix Wix Help Center - This site has many articles organized into twenty topics plus several trending topics. There is also an opportunity to search. Landing pages 101 - Landing pages are an important marketing tool. This site focuses on creating effective landing pages.
WordPress.com is a blogging and a website creation platform that is owned and hosted online by Automattic. It is run on WordPress, an open source software used by bloggers. This website provides free blog hosting for registered users and is financially supported via paid upgrades,"VIP" services and advertising. WordPress Beginner's Guide for WordPress - How to Start a WordPress - WPBeginner provides users with help and support when it comes to beginning their first WordPress blog and developing it further. The State of WordPress in Education - A short webpage that outlines the reasons why WordPress is an effective fit within an educational atmosphere.
YouTube is a video sharing site available in nearly every country and over fifty different languages. Anyone with an Internet connection can share content, whether they are organizations with large budgets or an individual with a video camera. Material is organized into channels and users can create their own private channels. They can also subscribe to the videos of others. In fact, there is a specialized Education channel, YouTube EDU. Whether you're doing research for a project, need help with homework, or just want to learn something new, YouTube EDU features some of their most popular educational videos across YouTube. This channel was generated automatically by YouTube's video discovery system. YouTube Welcome to the YouTube Help Center - Getting started with YouTube, playing, watching, and creating videos. 8 Tips To Effectively Use YouTube in eLearning - Discusses how to use YouTube in eLearning.
Multiplayer VR game to help students identify fake news, developed by a Parsons student. Zer Video demonstration of Zer Note: This software is not available online. It is being shared as an example only.
Zoho is a suite of online applications (services) that you sign up for and access from our Website. The applications are free for individuals and some have a subscription fee for organizations. Our vision is to provide our customers (individuals, students, educators, non-profits, small and medium sized businesses) with the most comprehensive set of applications available anywhere (breadth); and for those applications to have enough features (depth) to make your user experience worthwhile. Zoho Sites Zoho Sites- Beginner's Guide - A video plus Instructions for how to set up your Zoho site. More advanced features are also covered. Zoho Sites Review - Explains the simple and non-sosimple features of a Zoho site including some that might be more developed.
Zoho Wiki is a free online tool to create collaborative web portals. No downloads, no installation, no special IT infrastructure, no need for IT experts, no webmasters. You can access your wiki anywhere, anytime. Zoho Wiki FAQ and Help Page for Zoho Wiki - This is the ZohoWiki help and FAQ page.
Zoom is a video conferencing and web conferencing service. The basic package is free and hosts up to 100 participants, and an unlimited number of meetings. The basic package includes video conferencing, web conferencing, group collaboration features and security. Other packages offer enhancements and are geared to teams, businesses and large enterprises. Zoom
Zotero is far easier to learn and navigate than Endnote. Zotero is citation management software is available as a stand-alone desktop application and right in the browser as an add-in for Firefox. Since most searches are performed with a browser Zotero provides a seamless way to manage your citations. Zotero is most suited to organize scholarly literature such as book and articles. You can also add PDFs, images, audio and video files. Zotero allows you to organize, tag, highlight and make comments and notes on articles. Zotero allows you to create workgroups and share resources online, either with a private group or publicly. Zotero Zotero Quick Start Guide - A quick help guide to the Zotero interface.