Resources for Teaching with Technology

The IDeL team has assembled a wide variety of resources on different topics in pedagogy and instructional technology. Use the links below to filter the list of resources.

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Using Resources

Many of the resources available on this page can be integrated into your Blackboard course site.

Audacity

http://audacity.sourceforge.net

Audacity is a free software program that allows users to edit and record sounds.

Fotobabble

http://www.fotobabble.com

Fotobabble allows you to record your voice as an accompaniment to a self-running slideshow of photos.

Blabberize

http://www.blabberize.com

blabberize allows you to upload a photo, add a voiceover, and have an animated mouth move in coordination with the voiceover.

Ipadio

http://www.ipadio.com

Ipadio allows people to broadcast their voice in realtime by streaming the audio from a phone through a website, blog or social network.

Animoto

http://animoto.com

Animoto creates customized videos using video clips, photos, text and music uploaded by users.

Automatoon

http://www.automatoon.com

Automatoon is an (essentially) free site that allows you to create simple cartoon-like animations. The HTML5 animations it creates are viewable on mobile devices as well as standard personal computers.

Jing

http://www.techsmith.com/jing/

Jing allows users to take screenshots and screencasts of material shown on their desktop and share it with others via a link that can be posted on sites such as twitter and Facebook. The link can also be shared in an e-mail, wiki, online forum or chat.

PhotoPeach

http://photopeach.com

PhotoPeach allows users to create online photo slideshows and add background music, captions and comments. Slideshows can be posted on blogs, Facebook or twitter.

Screenr

http://screenr.com

Screenr lets users create screencasts to post on Twitter.

Voki

http://www.voki.com

Voki allows users to create their own avatar and publish it on a blog or website. Users can have their avatars speak using their own voice.

Vuvox

http://www.vuvox.com

Vuvox is an easy-to-use service that allows you to create scrolling "collages" that contain text, audio, or video. Vuvox content can be embedded in other websites with ease.

Xtranormal

http://www.xtranormal.com

Xtranormal uses what a user types to produce a computer animated movie.

tumblecloud

http://www.tumblecloud.com

A tool for collaborative digital storytelling, where users can easily arrange, display, co-create, share and manipulate multimedia content.

Pixlr

http://pixlr.com/

Powerful online photo editor, also available as a mobile app.

Flickr

http://www.flickr.com

Flickr lets users store and share their photos online.

Picasa

http://picasa.google.com

Picasa is a free program from Google that allows you to edit photos.

TeacherTube

http://www.teachertube.com

TeacherTube is a free, education oriented video-sharing website dedicated to instructional videos.

Vimeo

http://vimeo.com

Vimeo is a video-sharing website dedicated solely to user-made videos.

YouTube

http://www.youtube.com

YouTube is a free video-sharing website where individuals can watch, share and comment on videos uploaded by registered users.

Doodle

http://www.doodle.com

Doodle is a free web service that allows you to schedule meetings by easily finding the times your group is able to meet.

Evernote

http://www.evernote.com

Evernote allows users to store and organize notes, whether they are hand written, typed, a photo, or excerpts of a web pages and access them from the user's computer, phone or the web. These notes can also be searched for later on.

Teammates

http://teammatesv4.appspot.com

Teammates is a tool that allows you to create web-based peer assessments, useful for group projects where you'd like students to evaluate the work and contributions of fellow group members.

Livebinders

http://livebinders.com

Livebinders allows its users to organize their digital information in the form of online binders.

Netvibes

http://www.netvibes.com/en

Netvibes is a personalized dashboard publishing platform for the web. The dashboard is comprised of each user's favorite online information, such as blogs, e-mail, photos, widgets, and applications.

OpenOffice

http://www.openoffice.org/

OpenOffice is a free open-source software suite for applications focused on word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases.

SurveyMonkey

http://www.surveymonkey.com

SurveyMonkey aids users in creating web-based surveys.

Toodledo

http://www.toodledo.com

Toodledo allows users to create online to-do lists, which can be accessed from your phone or web browser.

WuFoo

http://wufoo.com

WuFoo helps users create online forms.

Zotero

http://www.zotero.org/

Zotero helps users manage their research sources, and it's located in the user's web browser. Users can collect, organize, cite and share their references.

Bit.ly

http://bit.ly/

Bit.ly enables users to shorten URLs.

Blogger

http://www.blogger.com

Blogger is a free blog-publishing tool from Google.

Diigo

http://www.diigo.com

Diigo is a social bookmarking service that also allows its users to highlight and make notes on web pages.

Delicious

http://www.delicious.com

Delicious is a free social bookmarking service, allowing users to store and share their bookmarks and search what other users' bookmarks on the web.

Dropbox

https://www.dropbox.com

Dropbox is a cloud computing service that allows individuals to store and share files via the Internet. Dropbox syncs all the files so that users can access their files from more than one computer.

Edublogs

http://edublogs.org/

Edublogs is a free blog-publishing service that focuses on education.

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com

Facebook is a social network that allows users to create a profile and connect with friends, family and co-workers around the world.

Second Life

http://secondlife.com/

Second Life is a virtual world where users can create avatars and interact with other users.

Skype

http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home

Skype users can make free one-on-one voice calls with other Skype users via the Internet. Video conferencing between two people is also free.

Twitter

http://twitter.com

Twitter is a social networking service that lets users post and read short messages called tweets. Users can subscribe to other users' twitter accounts, which is an action referred to as following.

VoiceThread

http://voicethread.com

VoiceThread creates group conversations via multimedia slideshows in which users can leave comments through audio, video or text.

Voxopop

http://www.voxopop.com

Voxopop enables users to create talkgroups, which are forums where members communicate by talking instead of typing.

Wordpress

http://wordpress.org/

Wordpress is a content management system that enables users to create websites or blogs.

Animaps

http://www.animaps.com

Animaps lets you create animated maps that play back like a movie. Features include animated map markers, lines, shapes, as well as dynamic images, text, and videos.

Bubbl.us

https://bubbl.us/

Bubbl.us lets users create diagrams as a means of brainstorming and organizing thoughts.

Conceptboard

http://conceptboard.com

Conceptboard allows you to create shared whiteboards for collaborative drawing, document markup, or presentation. Users may create up to 25 boards for free; more than 24 requires a paid account.

Dipity

http://www.dipity.com

A "freemium" service that allows users to create interactive timelines.

Glogster EDU

http://edu.glogster.com

Glogster EDU allows you to create interactive online posters.

Infogr.am

http://www.infogr.am

Infogr.am allows you to create customized, interactive information graphics based on your own data.

MindMeister

http://mindmeister.com

A concept mapping tool that includes deep collaboration features, the ability to "replay" the history of a map. Fully functional mobile apps are available for Android (free), iPhone (free), and iPad ($7.99).

Mindomo

http://mindomo.com

A concept mapping tool that allows for embedding images, video, and audio. Includes collaboration tools and the ability to gather comment and feedback on concept maps. The free version offers a maximum of 3 maps and limited features. Premium plans are less than $5 per month, with a 50% educational discount included.

Mind42

http://mind42.com

A simple tool for concept and mind mapping.

Pixton

http://www.pixton.com

Pixton allows users to create detailed comic strips through customizable characters and backgrops.

PresentMe

http://present.me/

PresentMe is a web tool that allows you to record your narration, timed to your slide presentation, with coordinating video from your webcam. PresentMe unifies all three together so that others can view your full presentation anywhere, anytime. PresentMe has a free plan that limits the length and number of your presentations. Paid plans allow for fewer restrictions and more features.

Prezi

http://prezi.com

Prezi is a web-based presentation application that allows users to create a presentation using one space versus using traditional slides. Users zoom out to show the overall concept of their presentation and then zoom in to reveal the details.

Slideshare

http://www.slideshare.net/

Slideshare is a website that lets users upload, share, download and comment on presentations, documents and pdf files.

Symbaloo

http://www.symbaloo.com

Symbaloo enables users to create a visual diagram of their favorite online content to make navigating through the web easier and then share it with friends.

TimeToast

http://www.timetoast.com

TimeToast allows students to easily create attractive informational timelines and to share them with other students or with the world at large.

WebDoc

http://webdoc.com

Similar to Glogster, WebDoc allows you to assemble online posters that contain a variety of multimedia and interactive elements.

WiseMapping

http://wisemapping.com

A bare bones mindmapping tool that focuses on the essentials.

Wordle

http://www.wordle.net/

Wordle creates word clouds from text users input. A word cloud is an image of all of words the user provides in a shape that somewhat resembles a cloud. Users can refine their word cloud by changing the font, layout and color scheme.

Google's URL Shortener

http://goo.gl

Google provides this tool for taking long website addresses (URLs) and making them shorter and easier to share.

Google Reader

www.google.com/reader

Google Reader updates users when new content is added to the websites and blogs they subscribe too. Google Reader even keeps track of what you read.

Google Chrome

http://www.google.com/chrome

Google Chrome is a web browser.

Google Calendar

www.google.com/calendar

People with Google accounts can create online calendars to manage their schedule. Users also have the ability to create multiple calendars and share them with others, making it easier to coordinate schedules.

Google Docs

docs.google.com

Google Docs allows users to share and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations online.

Google Forms

docs.google.com

An interesting feature of Google Docs is the ability to create and publish survey questionnaires that can collect user information and store it in a Google Docs spreadsheet.

Google Earth

http://www.google.com/earth

Users can view satellite images of areas of interest via Google Earth.

Google Maps

http://maps.google.com

Google Maps generates get step-by-step driving instructions, allows users to check live traffic conditions in select cities and plan a trip with multiple stops.

Google Scholar

scholar.google.com

Google Scholar is a free search engine specifically for scholarly literature.

Google Sites

sites.google.com

Google Sites enables users to create wikis and web pages.

GoSoapBox

http://www.gosoapbox.com

Students can use this tool on their laptops or smartphones to answer quizzes and polls, as well as engage in discussions and pose questions for the instructor to answer. A unique feature of GoSoapBox is the "confusion barometer" that allows instructors to gauge whether the class is understanding the material or not.

LectureTools

http://www.lecturetools.com

LectureTools aims to be more than just an ARS. Developed by actual higher education faculty, the systems allows presentation slides to be pushed out to student devices, offers multiple polling options, and give students the ability to take cloud-stored notes and pose questions of their instructor.

PollEverywhere

http://www.polleverywhere.com

An online Audience Response System (ARS), similar to "clickers" made by companies like Turning Point Technologies. With a PollEverywhere poll, students can participate through text message, website, or by Twitter. Includes a free plan, but for access to premium features (e.g. identifying participants, having custom texting keywords, larger number of participants) there is a monthly fee.

QuestionPress

http://www.questionpress.com

Another web-based ARS compatible with laptops and smartphones. QuestionPress is unique in that students do not need to sign-up for accounts or pay for them. Instructors pay for a certain number of "responders" to be available during a session.

Socrative

http://www.socrative.com

Free response system that allows students to participate either using a laptop or a smartphone. Offers iOS applications for both students and instructors.

Top Hat Monocle

http://www.tophatmonocle.com

Students can participate participate in polls using laptops, smart phones, or text messages. The tool is free for faculty, but students must pay a fee after a trial period.

Curriki

http://www.curriki.org

Curriki is a wiki-based site housing a variety of educational resources, generally focused on K-12 education.

OER Commons

http://www.oercommons.org

A curated collection of open education resources, covering a variety of grade levels and subjects.

WikiEducator

http://wikieducator.org

An evolving community intended for collaborative planning of education projects, development of free content, and networking on funding proposals developed as free content.

Teachem

http://www.teachem.com/

Teachem allows users to create "classes" from YouTube videos, with questions and flashcards included.

Speaker Deck

https://speakerdeck.com

Speaker Deck is an easy-to-use site that allows users to share presentations online.

Bitstrips

http://www.bitstrips.com

Bitstrips allows you to create a cartoon avatar and place it into a series of comic strip panels.

Meograph

http://www.meograph.com

Meograph allows you to create an interactive timeline-based multimedia presentation, combining text, images, video clips, and narration.

Pathbrite

https://pathbrite.com

Pathbrite allows users to create learning portfolios that showcase their academic accomplishments.

Weebly

http://www.weebly.com

While Weebly is a general purpose site designed to let the average user design websites, it is a favorite tool for creating teaching portfolios in the College of Education.

SoundCloud

http://www.soundcloud.com

A site for finding and posting music and audio.

GoAnimate

http://www.goanimate.com

This site allows you to record narration and create simple cartoon-style animated videos.

WikiVersity

http://www.wikiversity.org

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.

iversity

https://iversity.org

An interdisciplinary MOOC venture out of Germany.

Zondle

https://www.zondle.com

zondle enables teachers to create games to match exactly their teaching aims and their students; learning needs.

Zaption

https://www.zaption.com

This product allows you to take single or multiple videos and embed them in a frame that includes questions, polls, and discussions. This frame can then itself be embedded into Blackboard.

CardKiwi

http://www.cardkiwi.com

Create sets of flashcards and use spaced-repetition to increase your retention of the content.

Oppia

https://www.oppia.org

This tool, designed by a few Google engineers in their free time, allows instructors to create interactive learning content that mirrors the traditional question/answer process.

NoodleTools

http://www.noodletools.com

Online tool for collaborative research management. Includes note-taking and citation tools. Integrates with Google Drive.

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