25 Technology Tools

The following list is an overview of 25 technology tools that can be integrated into your course to increase student engagement and collaboration.  You can contact Academic Computing to learn more about these technology tools during an individual or group training session.

Black­board Learn­ing Man­age­ment Sys­tem (LMS)
Black­board Learn 9.1 is Camp­bell University’s learn­ing man­age­ment sys­tem (LMS). Black­board brings “teach­ing and learn­ing to life with inno­v­a­tive edu­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy.”

Tur­nitin is an inte­grated tool within Black­board. “Tur­nitin pro­vides pla­gia­rism pre­ven­tion ser­vices, class man­age­ment tools, and paper­less dig­i­tal grad­ing prod­ucts.”

Tegrity Lec­ture Cap­ture
Tegrity is a lec­ture cap­ture sys­tem that is an inte­grated tool within Black­board. “Tegrity is a fully auto­mated lec­ture cap­ture solu­tion used in tra­di­tional, hybrid, ‘flipped classes’ and online courses to record lessons, lec­tures, and skills. Tegrity records class time and course con­tent for stu­dents to watch live, or review on-demand.”

Black­board Col­lab­o­rate
Black­board Col­lab­o­rate is a vir­tual meet­ing room and/or vir­tual space to record lec­tures inte­grat­ing into Black­board. Black­board Col­lab­o­rate “is a sim­ple, con­ve­nient, and reli­able online col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing solu­tion. This fully redesigned solu­tion deliv­ers a level of engage­ment that makes learn­ers feel like they’re together in the same room via col­lab­o­ra­tion and con­fer­ence tools.”

Qwickly Atten­dance
Qwickly Atten­dance allows “fac­ulty to take atten­dance that is auto­mat­i­cally graded in the Black­board Grade Cen­ter. Fac­ulty can take atten­dance using an atten­dance list on screen or allow stu­dents to check in on their own browser, com­plete with a PIN and count­down timer.” 

Word­Press is a fac­ulty and staff web­page ini­tia­tive through Com­put­ing Ser­vices. Fac­ulty and staff can cre­ate a Word­Press page and gen­er­ate blogs for col­leagues and stu­dents to fol­low. Word­Press “pow­ers beau­ti­ful web­sites for busi­nesses, pro­fes­sion­als, and blog­gers.”

Cam­pus Pack Jour­nal
Cam­pus Pack is col­lec­tion of tools that is inte­grated into Black­board. “The Cam­pus Pack Jour­nal is a self-reflec­tive tool in which the default per­mis­sions are con­fig­ured so that the jour­nal is pri­vate between the stu­dent and the instruc­tor.”

Cam­pus Pack Wiki
Cam­pus Pack wiki can be used within Black­board to pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tion between stu­dents and facil­i­ta­tors. “The Cam­pus Pack Wiki is a col­lab­o­ra­tive tool that allows stu­dents and instruc­tors to build one or more pages of a course web­site. All stu­dents or groups can cre­ate a col­lec­tion of pages and share with the course, a group or the entire world.”

Cam­pus Pack Blog
Cam­pus Pack blog is an online jour­nal and doc­u­men­ta­tion tool. “The Cam­pus Pack Blog is a space for stu­dents to col­lab­o­rate on projects and com­ment on each other’s work. While posts con­tain indi­vid­ual entries, the col­lab­o­ra­tion is cen­tered around instruc­tor feed­back, com­ment­ing, rat­ing, or voter wid­gets. Blogs can be deployed in a course, group, or indi­vid­ual man­ner.”

Cam­pus Pack Pod­cast
Cam­pus Pack Pod­cast is a recorder that is inte­grated into Black­board. “The Cam­pus Pack Pod­cast is a type of dig­i­tal media con­sist­ing of an episodic series of audio or visual files.”

Cam­pus Pack Tem­plates
Cam­pus Pack has sev­eral tem­plates avail­able such as: One Page Resume Tem­plate, Port­fo­lio Con­tent Stor­age Tem­plate, Sam­ple CV Tem­plate, Sam­ple Debate Wiki, Sam­ple KWL Chart, Sam­ple Lab Report, Sam­ple Sign-up Sheet Tem­plate, and Stu­dent Teach­ing ePort­fo­lio Tem­plate.

“When you view a YouTube video in a Black­board Learn course as part of the course con­tent, you are expe­ri­enc­ing a mashup. Mashups also include Flickr pho­tos and SlideShare pre­sen­ta­tions. Mashups are used in a vari­ety of ways within a course: as a stand­alone piece of con­tent, as part of a test ques­tion, as a topic in a dis­cus­sion board, or as part of an assign­ment.”

Atomic Learn­ing (Hoo­nuit)
Atomic learn­ing is another avail­able mashup video tool. Atomic learn­ing cre­ates “flex­i­ble learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for fac­ulty, staff, and stu­dents alike with unlim­ited 24/7 access for your entire cam­pus community—anytime, any­where.”

Starfish is a stu­dent reten­tion and learner sup­port sys­tem within Black­board. Starfish has many func­tion­al­i­tieswith this holis­tic view, staff can take action through early alert, appoint­ment sched­ul­ing, and case man­age­ment soft­ware.”

Google Docs
Google Docs allows for col­lab­o­ra­tion and a work space that can be edited at the same time by stu­dents and instruc­tors. “Google Docs brings your doc­u­ments to life with smart edit­ing and styling tools to help you eas­ily for­mat text and para­graphs.”

 Google Slides
Google Slides is a pre­sen­ta­tion cre­ator that is sim­i­lar to Microsoft Pow­er­Point. “Google Slides makes your ideas shine with a vari­ety of pre­sen­ta­tion themes, hun­dreds of fonts, embed­ded video, ani­ma­tions, and more.”

 Google Sheets
Google Sheets is a spread­sheet cre­ator that is sim­i­lar to Microsoft Excel. “Google Sheets makes your data pop with col­or­ful charts and graphs. Built-in for­mu­las, pivot tables and con­di­tional for­mat­ting options save time and sim­plify com­mon spread­sheet tasks.”

Google Forms
Google Forms allows you to “whip up a quick poll, col­lect email addresses for a newslet­ter, cre­ate a pop quiz, and much more. Choose from a bunch of ques­tion options, from mul­ti­ple choice to drop­downs to a lin­ear scale.”

VoiceThread is sim­i­lar to an inter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion board and it is intu­itive to use. “VoiceThread is used by every­one from ele­men­tary stu­dents to top-ranked uni­ver­si­ties to cor­po­rate exec­u­tives. It’s easy to learn and pow­er­ful enough for your most com­plex projects. The tech­nol­ogy fades into the back­ground, putting peo­ple and their ideas front and cen­ter.”

Jing is a screen cap­ture (image or video) tool. “Cap­ture an image of what you see on your com­puter screen with Jing. Sim­ply select any win­dow or region that you want to cap­ture, mark up your screen­shot with a text box, arrow, high­light or pic­ture cap­tion, and decide how you want to share it.”

SWIVL is a “flip­ping the class­room” solu­tion. SWIVL has three com­po­nents that can be used with a mobile device to record lec­tures and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment. SWIVL robot can “auto­mat­i­cally cap­ture qual­ity video and audio on any mobile device.”

WebEx is an online meet­ing cen­ter. WebEx offers “reli­able online meet­ings, screen sharing,and video con­fer­enc­ing.”

A Prezi is sim­i­lar to a Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion. How­ever, “unlike sta­tic slides, Prezi com­bines motion, zoom, and spa­tial rela­tion­ships to engage your audi­ence and help them remem­ber your mes­sage.”

QR Codes
QR Codes are images that allows stu­dents to use mobile devices for an active learn­ing expe­ri­ence. “At QR Stuff we give you the oppor­tu­nity to gen­er­ate QR Codes in ways that most of the other places on the inter­net over­look.”

Air­Me­dia is a col­lab­o­ra­tive tool that enables instruc­tors and stu­dents to engage with each other via lap­tops or mobile devices and project on class­room screens. Air­Me­dia “allows users to present their con­tent via pro­jec­tors and dis­plays using the exist­ing IT infra­struc­ture with­out con­nect­ing wires”.