Blogs

What is it? A blog is a platform for a website that provides users with a large degree of versatility with regard to design while still allowing the main focus to be on content instead of aesthetics. Key Features Very easy to post content and manage. Free (depending on what service you choose). Who uses […]

Breaking Language Barriers with Google Translate and AR

Technology has evolved to the point where we can have our phones translating signs and text for us in foreign countries. Google Translate has an AR feature to translate words or sentences scanned with a smartphone camera. This handy tool is great for traveling abroad and new language learners. Do note that this requires downloading […]

E-Readers

What is it? E-readers are devices that the user can read and/or download e-books.  There are a number of different e-reader devices like the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader or the Barnes and Noble Nook.  Most of these devices use a technology called digital or electronic ink, making them more easily read in sunlight.  They generally […]

Evernote

Evernote is a note collection and organization tool.  Evernote allows you to collect text, images, sound files, clippings from web pages, lists and organize them to be able to recall them easily in the future.  Evernote is available for and accessible from the web, computer, smartphones, and tablets. What can it do? Collect information from […]

Google Docs

Google Documents, Sheets, and Slides are parts of a free, web-based software office suite powered by Google. As web applications, Google Docs allows users to create and edit files online while collaborating with other invited users in real-time. This cuts down the number of versions of a document by linking to a single document that […]

Google Earth and Other GIS Programs

Google Earth is a computer program that maps the Earth by superimposing satellite images, aerial photography, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) data onto a 3D globe, allowing users to see cities and landscapes from multiple angles. What can it do? With Google Earth for Chrome, fly anywhere in seconds and explore hundreds of 3D cities right in your browser. Roll the dice to […]

Machinima

Machinima is the use of real-time computer graphics engines to create cinematic productions. Real-time interactive 3D engines are used instead of professional animation software. Most often, video games are used to create computer generated animations. Production tends to be cheaper as creators use game tools or modifications to create their works. Uses in a Course […]

Omeka

Omeka ( Oh-mehk-ah) is a free, open-source web publishing system for online digital archives.  This web-based tool allows users to manage digital exhibits.  Omeka can be customized through plugins and themes.  The main purpose of Omeka is to display and organize digital images. What can it do? Download and use the software with no contract or […]

Select Survey

Select Survey is a web-hosted survey software application similar to Survey Monkey.  It allows the user to create forms and surveys for data collection. What can it do? Easy survey delivery to users by only requiring a device with internet connectivity Export data to CSV format or Excel format Create a question bank for future […]

Tagging and Bookmarking

Tagging and bookmarking are methods of categorizing relevant websites in order to be able to find or renavigate to them quickly. What is it? Originally, bookmarking was simply a method of storing websites on your personal computer in order to be able to easily return to often used websites and internet services. As the internet […]

Twitter

Twitter is an online news and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”, which are up to 280 characters each. What can it do? As a “status” updater, users post comments like “working on writing a paper right now” to let others know where they are or what they’re doing As a “mini-blog”, […]

Virtual Reality Resources

Google Cardboard Google Cardboard is a virtual reality platform with a very low barrier of entry. It was one of the first  VR platforms released for phones. All you need is a phone and headset. Check out this video for an introduction on Google Cardboard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxAj2lyX4oU Resources and Tutorials Educational Technology has a number of headsets […]

XR Portal: Seeing Things from a New Perspective

XR Portal is a library of simulations and 360 videos for educators to use in their classrooms. Their database primarily contains content that is consumable with either a VR headset or VR Glasses (like the Pocket 360). Since most of their content is 360 degree videos, it is viewable on a computer with the user […]

YouTube

Youtube is a global video-sharing service and part social network website. YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to playlists, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users. It offers a wide variety of user-generated, corporate, and professional media. What can it do? Upload videos with resolution up to 2160p (4k) and 60 frames per […]

Zotero

Zotero is a free and open-source reference management software that supports more than 30 languages to manage bibliographic data and related research materials. It catalogs, organizes online sources, syncs them across computers, the internet and helps the user cite the sources. What can it do? Automatically save materials (including PDFs, websites, videos, etc.) and capture citations using […]