Finding the Right Technology Match

Wondering where to start with the many technology tools we have at our disposal today as educators? It seems as if there are endless resources out there to choose from – how does one decide?

The fact is, there is not always one “right” tool for any job, as there may be many tools that address the same things in different ways. Start with what you want to accomplish, and then check out some of the tools that may meet your needs. Choose what works best for you and your students, and don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it. The OLT is here to help guide you along whatever path you choose!

I want to: Record my lectures for my class and put them online

Use:

  • Camtasia or Jing for recording
  • Screencast.com, Kaltura in BlackBoard, or YouTube for publishing

Resources

I want to: Record what happens in my class and have it available for students who miss class or want to see something again

Use:

  • Echo360

For help:

I want to: Create more exciting presentation slides and other visual aids for class

Use:

  • PowerPoint
  • Prezi
  • Animoto
  • VoiceThread

Get help:

I want to: Import tests and exams from a text document into BlackBoard

Use:

  • Respondus

Get help:

I want to: Prevent plagiarism and cheating

Use:

  • SafeAssign
  • ProctorU
  • LockDown Browser

Get help:

I want to: Talk synchronously with students online – individually or in small groups

Use:

  • Skype
  • Adobe Connect
  • Google Hangouts

Get help:

I want to: Share documents and ideas with students and/or colleagues

Use:

  • Google Docs
  • Evernote
  • Pearltrees

Get help:

I want to: Engage in dynamic discussions and keep in touch with students

Use:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook groups
  • Pinterest

Get help:

I want to: Engage in question-and-answer and other types of in-class discussions with students

Use:

  • iClickers
  • Socrative

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