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“How do I do that?” Check through the Atomic Learning library of thousands of tutorial videos on a wide variety of software programs (over 120!) UCM login may be required when using Atomic Learning from off campus.

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The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

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TEDEd: Lessons Worth Sharing is a great resource for freely available academic videos. Search by subject matter for hundreds of videos created by educators.

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This Bloom’s Taxonomy pdf is an easy to use one-stop-shop for writing and evaluating your objectives. Where do they fall in the scheme of critical and creative thinking? This page provides you some key words, sample questions and sample products for evaluating your course materials and experiences.
Created by Toni Theisen of Loveland, CO.

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Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.

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TubeChop allows you to easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video and share

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Photo Pin provides free photos for non-commercial use.

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Pixlr is a free online image editing program very much like the software Adobe Photoshop. It is surprisingly robust with many of the same features you’d expect to find in an expensive editing software package. I’ve created a quick Jing screen recording on how to resize images with the pixlr.com site for our faculty who may be having online students post images as part of a course introduction, etc. There is a companion, though much watered down application for the ipad called pixlr-o-matic that did not have nearly the functionality that the free online version had. For image editing on your ipad I would check into PhotoGene which is much better at accomplishing image editing tasks, so I downloaded that (small fee) and feel it is a good tool for ipad uses. It also lets you export the files with lots of options!

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Gimp is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.


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 Prezi is a presentation tool that helps you organize and share your ideas.

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Simple and FREE, Jing is the perfect way to enhance your fast-paced online conversations. Create images and videos of what you see on your computer screen, then share them instantly!

Additional Resources

Polling Websites (all descriptions are from the appropriate website.)

  • Poll Everywhere lets you engage your audience or class in real time
  • Kahoot is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!
  • StatPac is Software for survey design and statistical analysis. Multiple data collection methods: Internet, email, tablet, smart phone, paper, scanned, phone interviews (CATI), in-person interviews, manual data entry from paper questionnaires, and importing of most data files.
  • PollMo is a tool for creating surveys to embed on your website. Unlike a lot of survey applications, you do not have to create an account. When you visit the PollMo, you are instructed to enter a question, list the choices and choose a skin. After you enter you’ve entered the information, you click to add the survey to your website and are provided with a code to embed the survey on your website and a URL if you prefer to link to the survey. Included on the survey is a link to allow you to view the results of your survey.
  • PollDaddy allows you to create surveys and polls that match your brand, budget, and vision.
  • Poll Code allows you to create a free poll for your website, or to share with your friends nearly anywhere online.
  • Answer Garden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback.
  • Plickers (no device needed by students, just cards that read A, B, C, or D)

Presentation Design (all descriptions are from the appropriate website.)

  • Prezi – dynamic presentation software. Become a more effective and engaging presenter with Prezi.
  • Powerpoint - View, edit, or create impactful presentations wherever you are, with an intuitive touch experience designed for phones and tablets. Access your presentations in the cloud, across all your devices. With the PowerPoint mobile app, your Office moves with you.
  • Slide Rocket - SlideRocket was an online presentation platform that lets users create, manage, share and measure presentations. SlideRocket is provided via a SaaS model. The company was acquired by ClearSlide, a similar SaaS application, in March 2013.(Wikipedia)
  • Zoho Show
  • Dipity - Dipity is a free digital timeline website. Our mission is to organize the web's content by date and time. Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps.
  • Pictello (Mac only) -Everyone loves to tell fun, engaging, and imaginative stories. Go ahead and make a social story or visual schedule for a child with autism or a slide show of holiday pictures for your friends - Pictello makes it a breeze to create and share! Whether you use the included natural-sounding Text to Speech voices, or record your own voice, Pictello is the perfect tool for visual storytelling.
  • Mindomo (primarily mind mapping) - To create mind maps, students explore information and decide for themselves what's important and how it connects with what they already know. This is how they develop their critical thinking.
  • Inspiration - Visual thinking is a learning style where the learner better understands and retains information when ideas, words and concepts are associated with images. Visual learning helps students organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Graphic Organizers, diagrams and outlines are just some strategies of visual learning.
  • Adobe Spark  - Turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos—in minutes.

Screencasting (all descriptions are from the appropriate website.)

  • Explain Everything- Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool with real-time collaboration that lets you animate, record, annotate, collaborate, and explore ideas, knowledge and understanding. Explain Everything provides teachers and students an opportunity to share thinking, reflect upon knowledge building, and assess both products and processes of learning. Available for iPad, Chromebook, Android, and Windows Devices.
  • Doodlecast Pro - the easiest way to create presentations on your iPad. The app records your voice as you draw to create quick presentations. Doodlecast Pro saves videos to the camera roll making it easy to import them into popular video editors or presentation tools such as iMovie, Keynote, or iBooks Author. Perfect for teachers, students, business people and anyone needing an elegant way to share ideas.
  • Camstasia (not free) - A powerful, yet easy-to-use screen recorder, Camtasia helps you create professional videos without having to be a video pro.
  • Jing - he always-ready program that allows you to instantly capture images and record video on your computer—then share them with anyone. Jing is a great tool for adding basic visual elements to all of your online conversations
  • Recordit - Recordit is a super fast screen recording app for your Mac. It’s made to be lean and quick. Record any area of your screen and second after get a link to share your screencast!
  • Many more here: http://www.schrockguide.net/screencasting.html