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Technology Toolkit

ITDS strives to introduce a wide range of emerging technologies that can be used to enhance teaching and learning. What follows is a partial list of tools that highlights key resources, including both University supported and external tools, to support teaching and learning.

For a full list of University technologies, please review our Available Applications documentation.


University Supported Technologies

Canvas

Canvas is the University’s Learning Management System. It is used by instructors to publish course materials, create assignments and quizzes, foster interaction, etc.

Conferencing

BigBlueButton is the web conferencing tool that is seamlessly integrated into each Canvas course. This conference tool makes it easy to conduct synchronous (real-time) online class meetings with all students enrolled in your course.  BigBlueButton can be also used to conduct web meetings outside of Canvas. If you are interested in having access to BigBlueButton outside of Canvas for academic or departmental purposes, please contact Terry Steckowich at steckowicht@montclair.edu.

Turnitin

Turnitin is Montclair State University’s plagiarism detection system. It is seamlessly integrated directly within Canvas. Turnitin is the world’s leading cloud-based software for evaluating student work. Its features include an Originality Report that determines plagiarism, Grademark for providing feedback, and peer review resources.

Lock-Down

Respondus LockDown Browser creates a restricted test-taking environment. The LockDown Browser does not allow other windows to be opened during the quiz and helps prevent cheating. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. This is particularly helpful for tests/exams in supervised classrooms or lab environments.

Panopto

Panopto is an all-in-one video platform that not only provides faculty with desktop lecture recording and automatic captioning services, but also offers pedagogical features to add learning interactions within a video. It is also seamlessly integrated within Canvas. Take a look at our documentation for both the PC (Windows) and Mac (Apple) or attend a training workshop. Students can also create Panopto recordings in their Canvas courses. For more details, please review our documentation for student use of Panopto: Panopto Recordings for Students and Panopto Assignments for Students.

Faculty and staff are now using Panopto for video recorded lectures and delivery.

Google

The University has a contractual agreement with Google, Inc. for their Google Apps for Education suite of products, including Google Calendar and Google Drive. As such, the Google Drive service is now available to all faculty, staff, and librarians to provide additional file sharing and document collaboration capabilities.

Surveys

e-Portfolios

e-Portfolios are web based systematic collections of evidence that demonstrate what a person or an organization has learned over time. These collections often include both work sample and reflections on learning. At Montclair State, we have two options for creating an e-Portfolio, Google sites e-Portfolio and the Canvas e-Portfolio. Please refer to our e-Portfolios User Guide when creating e-Portfolios in Google Sites. Students and instructors can also create an e-Portfolio using Canvas. Students can upload their assignments, projects, or any other professional and academic work to showcase their learning process. More information on the Canvas e-Portfolio tool is available from the Canvas Community.

Office

Documentation on all University supported: Microsoft Office Applications


For detailed information on all University tools, please visit our Additional Faculty/Staff Applications page.


External Technologies

Collaboration

Here we list a range of free external (not supported) online collaboration tools:


  • Mindomo is a collaborative mind mapping, concept mapping, outlining tool.
  • Padlet is an online bulletin board that allows participants to collaborate by posting text, links, images, videos, and more.
  • VoiceThread is a multimedia collaboration tool that allows participants to create, share, and comment on images, videos, audio files, documents, PDFs and PowerPoints.
  • Awwapp is an online whiteboard that allows participants to sketch, diagram and write collaboratively.
  • Hypothesis is an annotation and collaboration tool allowing multiple people to mark up and share annotations on a webpage.
  • Flipgrid is an online video discussion tool that allows short video recordings and responses to these posts.

Web Conferencing

  • Zoom offers a robust and growing set of collaboration features to satisfy relevant use cases, with integrated room systems. Zoom is the officially the recommended Video/Web Conferencing tool across campus.
  • Appear.in is a free web conferencing tool. Create video conversations with up to 8 people for free – no login, no downloads. Create a video room. Share the link. Appear together! Please note that the screen sharing feature only works in Google Chrome.
  • Skype is a software application that allows you to make voice or video calls over the internet. Skype can be used to set up video or audio-only meetings. This is an effective tool for one-on-one meetings. There is also a built in screen sharing tool that allows participants to share presentations or other work from their computer screen with others.
  • ooVoo is similar to Skype. However ooVoo allows you to video conference with up to 6 simultaneous users. Perfect for small group meetings.

Cloud Storage

  • Dropbox: Store up to 2 GB of files on the web for free.

Social

Below you will find an extensive list of external (not supported) Social Media tools:


Blogging
  • Blogger is a popular blog publishing system sponsored by Google. The platform promotes information sharing and collaboration.
  • Edublogs is one of the many blogging tools that is intended for use in an educational setting.
  • WordPress is a popular open source blog publishing platform. It is also used for creating dynamic web pages.

Gaming and Mapping
  • Kahoot! allows instructors to create or discover engaging learning games (called Kahoots) to use in the classroom.
  • Scribble Maps allows you to easily Create and Share Maps. Share with friends, embed maps on websites, and create images or pdf.
  • Story Maps combines interactive maps and multimedia into elegant user experiences. Story Maps makes it easy for you to use maps to tell your stories.


Timeline
  • Timeline JS: An open-source tool that enables you to build visually-rich interactive timelines and illustrate your timeline with photos, videos, tweets and more.
  • TimeGraphicsCreate an interactive, visually engaging timeline in minutes. Use dynamic visualization tools to display photos, videos, news and blogs in chronological order.

Presentation

  • Prezi is a free-web based tool for creating interactive presentations and publishing them to the web.
  • Emaze is an online App for creating amazing presentations. Also a collaboration tool.
  • Gliffy is a web-based diagram editor that allows you to create and share flowcharts, network diagrams, floor plans, user interface designs and other drawings online.
  • Piktochart: Discover how non-designers are creating beautiful infographics in as little as 10 minutes.

Social Networking

  • Facebook is a popular global social networking website. You can add friends, send them messages, and update your personal profiles and status. Additionally, you can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region.
  • Twitter is a popular micro-blog tool. Use Twitter to update others on their daily life activities with friends, families, and co-workers; share information, news, and opinions with interested observers; and seek knowledge and expertise in public tweets.
  • LinkedIn is a professional-oriented social networking service mainly used for professional networking.
  • Ning is an online platform for people to create their own social networks and interest groups.

Multimedia

Various external (not supported) free online image and video tools can be found here:


  • Vyond uses a flexible, intuitive workflow that allows users to rapidly create and publish professional animated videos.
  • Spark from Adobe, is a free suite of services to create images, video stories, and multimedia webpages.
  • PowToon makes it easy to create animated videos and presentations. Members using the free plan can make videos up to 5 minutes long.
  • Animoto is a tool for mixing photos, videos, and music.


Image Editing and Sharing
  • iPiccy is a free online photo editor. Make your photos beautiful with the easy and powerful editing tools.
  • Canva is a simple graphic design tool for Web or print. Create blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and more.
  • Thinglink: Make your images interactive by adding clickable tags and videos and share on social networks.
  • Pixlr is an online image editor that allows you to manipulate images through a web-based interface
  • Wordle generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.

Video Editing and Sharing
  • Screencast is a storage and sharing site used in partnership with Jing – Jing is used to capture video and Screencast is used to store and share the video.
  • Screenomatic is a one-click screen recording tool available on both PC and Mac with no software installation necessary.
  • Explain Everything is a mobile screencasting app for creating and viewing videos on iPads and other tablet devices.
  • TeacherTube is another popular site to share and search for educational videos that can be used by both students and teachers.

Assessment

A variety of free external (not supported) survey and assessment tools are listed below.

  • Kahoot is a free game-based learning platform.
  • Poll Everywhere is a free web-based service that allows participants to text in responses to poll or survey questions. With Poll Everywhere, you are able to access immediate, live responses. This is good for brief, quick feedback.
  • Doodle can be used as both a polling and scheduling tool. Doodle is free and easy to use.
  • Pinnion is an authoring, delivery and measurement tool for surveys, quizzes and polls.
  • Crowdsignal is a poll and survey creation tool.
  • Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students in real-time via web browser or app.
  • Quizlet is a mobile and web-based study application that allows students to study information via learning tools like flash cards and games.