Tools to Use with Your Course

Well you might use Bb to post materials and support your course but have you ever wondered what else might be available for you to use?  There are many tools out on the web that may be useful in your course.  These are just some of the things that I have discovered.  I will try to continue to add over time.

If you know of an interesting no cost or low cost tool let me know by leaving a comment!

  • Xerte For those of you with a the technical know how there is a program out there is an open source program, “The Xerte Project provides a full suite of open source tools for elearning developers and content authors producing interactive learning materials.”
  • Audacity Want to record audio lecture material for your students.  Well this is the program for you.
  • Vocaroo online voice recording software. Allows to record, store, and share as a web link or down load in one of several formats (MP3, Ogg, FLAC, or WAV for Blackboard MP3 & WAV will be the preferred format).
  • Wink Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users
  • Connect Four The idea is that you have to create four sets of four related terms from sixteen terms displayed on the board.The game could be a good way for students to review big concepts from a unit of study.
  • Remind 101 Ever wanted to text message your students? Here’s the tool to do it and it is free for teachers. Check it out!
  • ThinglinkMake interactive image (see the sample)
  • Tellagami animated messages of any variety via an app
  • Zaptions Give a quiz to accompany a video. Basic set up is free.
  • Ed Puzzle Similar to Zaptions. This one allows for voice commentary
  • EduCanon similar to edpuzzle mentioned about. Take an existing video and insert handouts, audio, quizzes and much more.
  • Blendspace Collect web resources in one place and share with one link, assess students with built in quizzing and monitor progress to adapt to real time needs.
  • Time Toast Creation of an interactive timeline. Look at some of the samples!
  • Study Stack Studying language or terminology that takes a little memorization? Try online flash cards through Study Stack. There are already plenty of stacks that are already created that may serve your purpose. If you cannot find one that works you can make your own. FREE!
  • Similar product  Quizlet create flashcards, games and quizzes online or with a mobile application.
  • Formative add files, images, and submit work
  • Khan Academy Looking for a nice short video on a particular subject try here. It started out with math but it has grown to be something much more. The material also include material from Smart History
  • Dipity Another interactive timeline creator.
  • Today’s Meet Text chat with your students outside of Blackboard
  • Chatzy  Chatzy is a great alternative to Facebook, Yahoo Chat, Skype, and other messengers because:
    • Chatzy has no registration steps – your friends can join instantly
    • Chatzy is free and has no popup ads
    • Chatzy does not require Flash or any installation on your computer (= no spyware)
    • Chatzy works on all major browsers, with any language and through corporate firewalls
    • Chatzy is simple and easy to use
  • Mind Maps or graphic organizers, there are a few that may be useful:
  • Frengly Translate English into one of 36 other languages.
  • Powtoon Tired of the same old PowerPoint Presentation? Try something else. Plenty of online tutorials available.
  • Sway new presentation solution from Microsoft
  • Moovly Animated presentations  Something besides the same old thing
  • Haiku Deck presentation software for the web or as an app and there is a nice help section
  • Word Clouds
  • Screen Capture tools:
  • Web Conferencing Tools:
    • anymeeting a free forever ad supported plan.
    • Big Blue Button
    • Mikogo free for non commercial users, browser base with no download and no FLASH
    • Stoodle combination conferencing and interactive white board.  Conferencing is text and audio.  This site has a good how to video
    • Talky group video chat up to 15 people.
  • Create citation, bibliographies online line or with an app REF Me
  • Many of you use You Tube Videos in your classroom well let’s talk about some alternatives
  • Have you ever wanted to create a video or considered asking your student to create a video?  Well it may not be as complicated as you think.  Videos can be created in a variety of ways with different tools.
    • Animotofree service limits you to 30 second videos. You can create longer videos if you apply for an education account.
    • Stupeflix very similar to Animoto
    • Photo Peach
    • xtranormal
    • Loopster allows users to upload, edit and share videos.
  • Have you ever wanted to make one of those interesting picture graphs? Well try Piktochart
  • Same idea
  • Need tools for something fairly normal like converting to PDF and you don’t have it?  Try an Ice Cream App
  • Kahoot Create, play and share fun learning games for any subject, for all ages, for free!
  • Pixabay All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.

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