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What do you want to do?Recommended ToolSynchronous/
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Animation - Create animated videos and upload music or voiceover. A little creating animations in Flash.PowtoonAsynchronoushttps://www.powtoon.com/Animate text, objects, and pictures on a video timeline.
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Audio - Streaming Audio and video sharingGoogle DriveAsynchronousgoogle.alverno.eduLog in with your Alverno credentials, upload the file, change the sharing settings, and copy the share link to send to people or post on a website.
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Audio Conversion - Convert audio file to .mp3 formatOnline Audio ConverterAsynchronoushttp://online-audio-converter.com/ This free online audio converter accepts over 300 different file formats and can convert the file to the following audio file formats mp3, wav, m4a, flac, ogg, amr, mp2, and m4r (for iPhone ringtones). No software installation or signup. You can even extract audio from a video file.
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Audio Editing - Cut/trim an audio file onlineAudio CutterAsynchronoushttp://mp3cut.net/Audio Cutter is a free tool that lets you cut audio tracks in your browser. Over 300 supported file formats, fade in and fade out features. No software installation or signup, but this tool only works in the Chrome browser.
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Audio Editing - on PC or MacAudacityAsynchronoushttp://www.audacityteam.org/Multi-track audio recording and editing. Free. Requires a software installation. This is not browser-based.
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Audio Recording - Create a collaborative voice recording - kind of like an audio group discussionVoicethreadAsynchronous http://www.voicethread.com/ Allows students to leave audio or text comments about a subject. Embeddable in Moodle. Helps increase sense of online community. Enable privacy settings and invite each student via email to participate in your Voicethread.
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Audio Recording - Record and host podcasts or other voice recordings.SoundcloudAsynchronoushttp://soundcloud.com/You can record podcasts for your class and embed them in Moodle. If the professor is going to embed the podcast in Moodle, the podcast will have to be set to public. If you want it to be private, you can insert a link in your Moodle class, and you can invite all your students (via email) to listen to the podcast.
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Audio Recording - Record audio onlineApowersoft online recorderAsynchronoushttps://www.apowersoft.com/free-audio-recorder-onlineAllows you to record audio from a mic and also audio being played on your computer. Good for language translation classes where students play and record part of a DVD and then record their translation. Free and easy to use. Tutorial - https://www.apowersoft.com/faq/how-to-use-streaming-audio-recorder.html

You can upload recordings to Google Drive and share the link with your audience.
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Avatar CreationVokiAsynchronoushttp://voki.com/Create customized speaking characters with your voice. Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FunBew6S4Bk
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Backchannel Discussion - space for immediate feedback (and more) from your classTodaysMeetSynchronoushttps://todaysmeet.com/You can use a backchannel in your course to get immediate feedback, customize your class discussion to your audience, have students share insights and ask questions during class. Functions much like a chat room but is anonymous.
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Badge Icons - tool for creatingOpenbadge DesignerAsynchronoushttps://www.openbadges.me/Faculty can upload these badges to Moodle. Note that this is just for a single class and is not intended to be a badging system for the entire college.
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BlogsBlogs Asynchronoushttp://www.blogger.com/
http://wordpress.com/
Don't use Moodle's blog tool. You will not be allowed to read what a student enters in her blog due to Moodle permission issues. Wordpress and Blogger blogs allow students to add text, links, pictures, and videos to multiple pages. You can have multiple editors, but blogs are better for individual assignments like reflective journals. Be sure to see a Tech Services member before having a student post personal information in a blog. You do not want it published for everyone to see. Blogger is easier to set up and use, but Wordpress has a more robust set of functions. Both allow you to make the blog private so only you and your students can interact.
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BrainstormingStormboardAsynchronoushttp://www.stormboard.com/Groups of up to 5 students can collaborate on a board. Can chat, add pics, video, text, vote on ideas, etc. Stormboard provides templates for different types of brainstorming. Can export to PPT or pdf.
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Conference CallingFreeconferencecallingSynchronoushttps://www.freeconferencecalling.com/
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Content Curation - Share web resourcesStorify, Symbaloo, and CanvaAsynchronoushttp://storify.com/

http://symbaloo.com

http://canva.com
Students can individually or collaboratively create stories by combining their own narrative, online articles, and social media such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Example - CNN created this storify about leading women: http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/leading-women/storify-iwd-success
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Documents - Online Collaboration in a documentGoogle DocsAsynchronoushttp://drive.google.com/Multiple people can type into the document and see each other's changes in realtime. You can set the share properties to that anyone who has the link can access this document. This has not been a problem in the past, but do not have people use last names, and do not share private information such as student feedback (FERPA violation). Students can provide feedback to each other in a Google doc, and this is not a FERPA violation.
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Folders - Create online folder where students can upload and share resources DropboxAsynchronoushttps://www.dropbox.com/Note that the Dropbox App is also used on tablets and smartphones to upload tablet/smartphone recordings to LiveText
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GIF - Create an animated gifMake a GifAsynchronous
http://www.loogix.com/
You can upload animated gifs to your Moodle classes, and students can embed them in their blogs.
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Infographic Creation ToolCanva, or PiktochartAsynchronoushttps://piktochart.com/pricing/piktochart-packages/ and www.canva.comCreate and share professional-looking infographics
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Magazine - Collaborative Online (Multi user)JoomagAsynchronoushttps://www.joomag.com/Teachers can get a free Joomag license that they can use with a single class. Example: https://view.joomag.com/travel-midwest-magazine-travel-midwest-digital-replicasum17/0138524001496861967
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Magazine - Single user
IssuuAsynchronoushttps://issuu.com/pricing?entryPoint=topnav&issuu_product=header&issuu_context=link&issuu_cta=publisher_plansAn individual can create an online magazine. Not for multi users.
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Maps - Tell stories using online mapsStorymapJSAsynchronoushttp://storymap.knightlab.com/StoryMapJS is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events
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Maps - Tell stories using online mapsGoogle Tour BuilderAsynchronoushttps://tourbuilder.withgoogle.com/Google Tour Builder is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events
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Math symbols and equations in BloggerBlogger GadgetsAsynchronoushttp://www.codecogs.com/latex/integration/blogger/install.phpFaculty and students can add this gadget to their blogs so they can add math symbols to their blogs in Blogger.
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Meeting Time Selector - Select meeting times with a groupDoodle Asynchronoushttp://www.doodle.com/Polling tool best used to help determine when everyone is available for a meeting. People can select all the times they're available. It helps you determine the best time for the meeting. This free tool is private.
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Meetings - online meetingsZoom (recommended)

Google + Hangouts

Microsoft Skype for Business
SynchronousZoom - https://zoom.us/ Free 40-minute meetings for up to 50 students. After 40 minutes elapses, the meeting will end, but you can just rejoin the meeting. Easy screensharing, whiteboard, and meeting recording.

Hangouts - http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/

Alverno has Microsoft Skype for Business installed on most instructor stations and lab computers. Skype for Business can also be installed on your home computer via Office 365. Contact Alverno Tech Services Staff to learn more about the tool.
Great for remote presentations/synchronous events. Share your screen. Invite a guest lecturer. Upload files and draw on them. Give your students control of the screen, and let them be the presenters. You can record the session Private - invite students to meeting room via email. For easier (but possibly less private) access, you can request a link for the meeting room and post it in your Moodle class. Students can enter without having to register.

Link to test whether Zoom will work on your computer - https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115002262083-How-Do-I-Test-Prior-to-Joining-a-Meeting-
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Mindmap - Multimedia idea map (has presentation capabilities)PoppletAsynchronoushttp://popplet.com/ Create multimedia mind maps and even run it like a Prezi. Very easy to use, and you can even send a link to collaborate. The Popplet can be private, or you can create an unlisted Popplet that isn't public but can be accessed by a link you embed in Moodle. With the latter method, if someone outside of your class gets the link, they could view the Popplet. This has never been a problem, but be aware. You can have five Popplet charts per account.
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Mindmap - online Idea map/professional-looking flowchartLucidChart or MindmeisterAsynchronoushttps://www.lucidchart.com/pages/education/university

http://www.mindmeister.com/
Create mind maps, diagrams, and flowcharts. Lucidchart - Invite people to collaborate in realtime. Publish the chart to the web or .pdf. Import Visio files. You can hook this app to your Google Drive. Students and faculty can request free accounts.

Free for educators and students.

Free for professors - https://www.lucidchart.com/pages/education/university
Free for students - https://www.lucidchart.com/pages/education/students
Free for faculty and class - https://www.lucidchart.com/users/education
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Note taking on mobile deviceEvernote or Google KeepAsynchronoushttp://evernote.com/Create notes on your mobile device or computer. Share notes or folders of notes, make checklists, etc
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Other online resources!Digital Research Directory (DIRT)Asynchronoushttp://dirtdirectory.org/The DiRT Directory is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.
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Photo editing onlineFoto Flexer, Fotor, or PixlrAsynchronoushttp://fotoflexer.com/
https://www.pixlr.com/
https://www.fotor.com/
Great free tools students can use to edit pictures. Online. No software to download.
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Photo sharingFlickr groups, Dropbox, Google PhotosAsynchronoushttp://www.flickr.com/groups/Upload files to your Flickr group and share with the class. The class can upload files to your group, too. They can comment on photos, etc. You can make the group public or keep private. If students create their own (non-group) Flickr accounts, those accounts are public only.
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Photos/pictures - copyright free for classPhotos for ClassAsynchronoushttp://www.photosforclass.com/Students can browse and legally use photos from this site in their own work. Here is the Library's copyright page - http://moodlecopyright.pbworks.com/w/page/52732435/FrontPage
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Polls - Post surveys in Moodle or send through emailGoogle FormsAsynchronoushttps://docs.google.com The survey about whether you were going to use the template is a Google form. Much better than Survey Monkey, in my opinion.Survey/polling tool. Send out a link to collect class data, and Google puts the results into a spreadsheet for you. Post the link to the survey in your class or email it. Or to be even fancier, embed the poll directly in your class using the embed code Google provides and inserting it into a label (after clicking <> to toggle to HTML mode). Survey data is private in your Google account, but you can choose to share data.
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Polls with cell phonesCellphones a clickers - PolleverywhereSynchronoushttp://www.polleverywhere.com/Students can use their cellphones as clickers to answer polls. If you are in a place in Alverno where cell phone reception is poor, check out clickers from helpdesk@alverno.edu, and use Turning Point software. Private - You invite students via email.
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Poster - Multimedia posterCanva, Adobe Spark, or Padlet (Tackk and Storify no longer supported. See Archived Tools tab.)Asynchronoushttp://www.canva.com/

https://spark.adobe.com/

http://padlet.com/
Create and share posters with text, pictures, professional-looking layouts and backgrounds, etc. You can publish and link the poster in Moodle. Can create a link where anyone who clicks the link can edit the poster - would be handy for collaboration in Moodle. How to create a quick blog on iPad with Canva: http://appadvice.com/appnn/2015/03/how-to-create-a-quick-blog-or-social-media-image-with-canva-for-ipad
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Presentations - Online CollaborativePrezi or Google PresentationsAsynchronoushttp://prezi.com/ or https://www.google.com/ Prezi - Create non-linear presentations and link to them or embed them in Moodle for students to explore. The free version is not private; Prezis are searchable, so do not post personal information. If you send someone a share link, they can edit the presentation with you.

Google Presentation - Create Powerpoint-like presentations in the cloud. Students in class can collaborate on them. Can be embedded in Moodle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m2mVIyoRBA
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Presentations - Online CollaborativeGoogle PresentationsAsynchronoushttps://docs.google.com This is like Powerpoint only online.Students can collaborate online to make Powerpoint-like presentations.Or to be even fancier, embed the poll directly in your class using the
embed code Google provides and inserting it into a label (after clicking
<> to toggle to HTML mode). You can make this private and invite students to the presentation, or you
can create a share link that allows anyone with the link to edit the
presentation. Again, if you choose the latter option, someone outside of
your class could enter the presentation if they somehow get the link; this
has never been a problem, but please be aware.
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Project management tool - Manage a project with up to 15 peopleAsanaAsynchronoushttps://asana.com/Easy-to-use project management tool that allows students to track tasks, collaborate, upload files, etc. If you need a full-blown project management tool with Gantt charts, etc., contact Tech Services to discuss O365 Microsoft Project licensing options.
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Project management tool - simple, card-based project trackingTrelloAsynchronoushttps://trello.com/ipad, pc, mac, smartphone project mgt. Kanban card based system.
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QR code creatorQR Code GeneratorAsynchronoushttp://www.qr-code-generator.com/Create QR codes that, when scanned by a smartphone, display links to websites, VCards, Text, E-mail, SMS, Facebook, PDF file, MP3 audio file, App stores, Images, and more
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Quizzes - Create an interactive video with quiz questions or notes to studentsEdPuzzleAsynchronoushttps://edpuzzle.com/Select a YouTube video, or upload your own video. Insert questions throughout the video where students can respond and get feedback. Note that this requires students to register for free. Share the link in your Moodle class.
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Quizzes - Present Powerpoint presentations and other multimedia with interactive quiz questions
NearpodSynchronoushttps://nearpod.com/Upload a current Powerpoint deck you use for lectures, and add quiz questions, drawing questions, multimedia, etc, and students can answer via smartphones, ipads, or computers. Best used in an in-person class.
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Quizzes - Realtime gameshow-like quiz with cellphones as clickersKahoot and SocrativeSynchronoushttps://kahoot.com/

https://www.socrative.com/
Create gameshow-like quizzes where insert questions, and students can answer via smartphones, ipads, or computers. Best used in an in-person class.
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Screen Sharing or take over another person's screenZoomSynchronoushttps://www.zoom.us/Share your screen with a class or a single student or remotely control the student's computer. Good for tech support, not webinars. Private.
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Screenshot ToolJingAsynchronoushttp://www.techsmith.com/jing.htmlTake free screenshots of anything. You can even annotate and draw on the screenshot you take. You or students could take a screenshot of something, annotate it, and upload it as an assignment or feedback in Moodle. Private
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Social media post creationAdobe Spark or CanvaAsynchronoushttps://spark.adobe.com
https://www.canva.com/
Create proffesional-looking multimedia posts for Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and more.
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Speech to TextGoogle DocsAsynchronoushttp://drive.google.com/Speak into a microphone and have your voice turned into typed text. https://support.google.com/docs/answer/4492226?hl=en
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Spreadsheets - onlineGoogle SheetsSynchronous http://drive.google.com/Multiple people can type into the spreadsheet and see each other's changes in realtime. You can set the share properties to that anyone who has the link can access this document. This has not been a problem in the past, but do not have people use last names, and do not share private information such as student feedback (FERPA violation). Students can provide feedback to each other in a Google spreadsheet, and this is not a FERPA violation.
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Text the Classremind.comAsynchronousremind.comHave the class sign up for your Remind room, and you can send the class or individual students text messages and polls without sharing cell numbers. Students who don't want texts can get messages via email. This free tool is private.
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Textbooks - Free online textbooksOpenstaxAsynchronoushttps://openstax.org/Free online textbooks from Rice University
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Timeline - Organize events, text and multimedia on a web based timelineTimelineJSAsynchronoushttp://timeline.knightlab.com/Build visually-rich interactive timelines by entering data into a Google spreadsheet and connecting the data to the timeline generator. This web based tool is used by news gathering organizations.
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Timeline - Organize events, text and multimedia on a web based timelineHstryAsynchronoushttp://www.hstry.co/Very easy to use. Teacher creates a class in Hstry and has students register for the class. The class can easily create and share multimedia timelines with each other.
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Video - Animate photos and short video clips to a single videoAnimotoAsynchronoushttp://animoto.com/ Create video presentations, galleries of student work, and more. Sample Animoto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7MbA0-HKrE Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6A1PVeVf_U
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Video - Caption a video
Amara
Asynchronouswww.amara.orgCreate captioning to make your videos accessible to people with hearing impairments or to translate a video. You type in the captions and sync them with the video.
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Video - Convert video to another formatHandbrakeAsynchronoushttp://handbrake.fr/Handy tool for converting videos to a number of different formats.
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Video - Create a collaborative video recording - kind of like a video group discussionFlipGridAsynchronoushttps://flipgrid.com/Allows students to record a video response to add to a class video discussion. Students can respond to each other, and you can give public (visible to class) or private video feedback. Also has a rubric grading feature. Add a link to your FlipGrid discussion in your Moodle class along with the grid's password. Helps increase sense of online community. Can record video from Mac, PC, iphone, android, etc.
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Video - Crop a YouTube or Vimeo videoSafeShare.TV (replaces TubeChop)Asynchronoushttps://safeshare.tv/ Just paste the URL of a YouTube or Vimeo video into SafeShare.tv, and you can crop the video so your students see only the portion of the video you select. Provides you with link to the video (just copy the link in the chopped video's address bar)
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Video - Livestreaming video eventGoogle Hangouts on AirSynchronoushttps://support.google.com/youtube/answer/7083786?hl=en
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Video - Post screencast videos online to embed in Moodle and other websites.YouTubeAsynchronoushttp://www.youtube.com/Upload the videos your record using Screencast-o-Matic or another tool to Youtube, and YouTube streams the videos to your audience. Embed or link videos in your Moodle class. Set comments, video responses, and voting to off, and make sure the video is unlisted. (Contact helpdesk@alverno.edu for
additional instructions.) Even after taking these precautions, do not record anything personal or private because anyone with the link to an unlisted video can view it.
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Video - Record a video of lectures and screen activity.Screencast-O-MaticAsynchronoushttp://www.screencast-o-matic.com/Record and narrate videos of actions on your screen such as presentations. You can also include a video of yourself in the webcam. Micropohone required. Webcam optional. This free tool is private.
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Video - record speeches from a webcamYouTube WidgetAsynchronoushttp://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/07/use-youtube-upload-widget-to-collect.htmlProvides students with a place in Moodle where they can record webcam videos and upload them to your YouTube account. The second widget gives students the ability to upload video files they shot elsewhere (like with flip video). Students could record their own presentations or responses to something. Use this when you want videos of just your student (and not the computer screen). If you want videos that contain both the student and her computer screen, use screencast-o-matic (listed elsewhere in this document). When having students upload to YouTube, make sure to turn off YouTube comments, voting, responses, etc. to the channel. (Contact helpdesk@alverno.edu for additional instructions.) Even after taking these precautions, do not have students record anything personal or private because anyone with the link to the video can view it.
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Video - Streaming Audio and video sharingGoogle DriveAsynchronousgoogle.alverno.eduLog in with your Alverno credentials, upload the file, change the sharing settings, and copy the share link to send to people or post on a website.
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Video Recording - Record a video with multiple smartphones/tables and stitch together to shoot a video with multiple perspectives.
VycloneSynchronoushttp://vyclone.com/Have students download this app to their mobile devices. Students can then each record the same event (like a speech) with their smartphones, and Vyclone will stitch their videos together into one video. The end result is a video of a single event from multiple perspectives.
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Video - Create a voice over PowerPoint videoScreencast-O-Matic or Adobe SparkAsynchronous
https://spark.adobe.com/

https://screencast-o-matic.com/
Students and faculty can create voice-over Powerpoint videos in either tool. Note that only Screencast o Matic allows you to record a small webcam video that overlays the PowerPoint narration.
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Website creationWix or WeeblyAsynchronoushttp://www.wix.com/
http://www.weebly.com/
Have students make their own webpages with drag and drop tools. Can be public or private/password protected.
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Whiteboard - Online CollaborationTwiddla or LinoitAsynchronoushttp://www.twiddla.com/ or http://linoit.com/ "Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your friends or make that conference call more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, etc "
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WikiWiki - PB WikiAsynchronoushttp://pbworks.com/Wikis allow students to collaboratively edit articles on a webpage. Don't use Moodle's wiki tool. Its functionality is extremely limited. PB wiki allows students to add text, links, pictures, and videos to multiple pages. You can track revision history and have multiple editors. This is the a good choice when you want multiple people to edit a permanent document. Both allow you to make the wiki private so only you and your students can interact.
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Word clouds with links and custom shapesTagul or TagxedoAsynchronoushttp://tagul.com/ or http://www.tagxedo.com/Examples of word clouds made with Tagul: http://tagul.com/gallery
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