Technology in the Classroom

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Instructional Technology Resources

The following are some additional useful references and resources on instructional technology tools hand-picked to help enhance your teaching when presenting, annotating, or visualizing course content; facilitating student feedback; delivering course materials; and building collaborative environments.


Presenting Course Content

These resources will take your in-class presentations in new directions. Find an alternative to PowerPoint, record audio or video presentations, or simply try a new tool that will allow you to enhance an existing presentation. 

Functions:
• Slideshow Presentation Platforms
• Video Presentations
• Podcasting/Audio Presentations 

Examples of Tools:
• Prezi
• Haiku Deck
• Explain Everything
• Audacity

Learn more about tools for presenting course content


Facilitating Student Feedback

These resources enable you to engage your students in new ways during class. From simple apps to track attendance and participation to more advanced tools that let you poll your students during class and display the results in real-time. 

Functions: 
• Taking Attendance
• Synchronous Feedback/Polls
• Asynchronous Feedback/Polls 

Examples of Tools:
• Socrative
• Poll Everywhere
• Top Hat

Learn more about tools for facilitating student feedback


Annotating Course Content

These tools let you—or your students—mark up and annotate documents, images, and videos. 

Functions:
• Document annotation
• Video annotation
• Image annotation 

Examples of Tools:
• Skitch
• Ink2Go
• Educreations
• BounceApp
• Kaizena
• Diigo 

Learn more about tools for annotating course content


Delivering Course Materials

These resources help you deliver content to your students in new ways. Change the way your students interact with the material you cover by doing things like creating electronic course packets, course-specific RSS feeds, or collaborative social bookmark collections. 

Functions:
• Creating RSS Feeds
• Social Bookmarking
• E-Reader 

Examples of Tools:
• Feedly
• Pulse
• Netvibes
• Diigo
• Flipboard  

Learn more about tools for delivering course material


Visualizing Course Content

Present your material in new ways with these tools. Organization charts, word clouds, and color coded maps are just a few of the graphics you can easily make for your class. 

Functions:
• Visualizing Data
• Conceptualizing Information
• Augmented Reality 

Examples of Tools:
• Knoema World Data Atlas
• Many Eyes
• Stat Planet
• Gliffy
• Infogr.am
• Dipity
• Chemistry 101
• Anatomy 4D
• Word Lens 

Learn more about tools for visualizing course content


Building Collaborative Environments  

Store your own research on the cloud, create a central repository for students to upload their work, or create spaces for students to collaborate with these resources. 

Functions:
• Document Storage
• Collaboration
• Group Blogs
• Notes 

Examples of Tools:
• Dropbox
• Google Drive
• Piazza
• WordPress

Learn more about tools for building collaborative environments