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Top Ten Tech Tools

Top Technologies and Resources for Blended Learning & Instruction

Name What it can do Link

Top Ten Must Haves


Audio recording and editing . Record voice or import audio clips from other sources. Edit and Export/SaveAs to a wide range of file formats. Free download. http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Diigo Social Bookmarking. See what others in your discipline are bookmarking on the web. Access bookmarks from anywhere. Personalize the web by annotating and sharing comments, ratings, notes. Login required http://www.diigo.com/


Create online e-portfolios with template gallery . Upload papers, video, audio and images. Use to display and share artifacts demonstrating authentic learning. Control privacy and keep for life. Login required. http://www.efoliomn.com/
Jing Screen capture and desktop video software . Free download. Capture any image or window on the screen. Capture < 5 min of video with voice. 2 GB of personal online storage. Login required. http://www.screencast.com/
LibGuides Full-featured content resources from the Berntsen Library. Full text journals and articles, research databases, and electronic resources categorized by subject. http://guide.nwc.edu/faculty
Merlot Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. Merlot is more than a peer-reviewed repository of learning materials; it's also a way to connect with peers within each discipline. It also features a Virtual Speaker's Bureau and allows a place to contribute materials and expertise. Login required.


Polls Everywhere Instant polling and online survey tool . Whole class responses in real-time via text messaging, web, and Twitter. Instructor login required. http://www.polleverywhere.com/
PowerPoint Create multimedia slides and presentations. Ubiquitous and user friendly. Add text, images, video, audio, hyperlinks. Share anywhere. Installed on every college machine.
RadioJames Build Objectives based on Bloom's Taxonomy of learning domains. Utilize the library to filter by classification or domain. Select verb and see sample objectives. http://www.radiojames.com/ObjectivesBuilder/


Create free, online rubrics for various process types and content areas. Search for rubrics to modify or create a custom rubric. Login required. http://rubistar.4teachers.org/

Wow Factor

Camtasia Studio Robust audio and video editor . Start with screen capture or lecture capture. Import PowerPoint, images, video, audio. Edit using a timeline. Export to Flash or .WMV or .MOV. Software purchase. http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp
Prezi Create stunning, non-linear presentations more impressive than PowerPoint. Combine text, images, web pages, video, etc. into visually appealing presentations that engage students. Create online or use Prezi Desktop version. Annual license or Login required. http://prezi.com/


Creating a personalized speaking avatar. http://www.voki.com/
Wordle Fun and graphical way to represent a “word cloud” or “tag cloud” such as seen on blogs or social bookmarking. Type text or blog URL or del.icio.us username on Wordle.net to see tags in graphical display. http://www.wordle.net/

Content Specific (feel free to add your own links to the B.L.I.R. Resource Wiki so everyone can benefit!)

TimeGlider Web-based timeline creator. Create and share timelines, including BC times. Scalable and graphical. Login required. http://timeglider.com/
VUE Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) VUE creates content maps and graphic organizers for any subject. Shareable in slideshow format and on the web. VUE is an Open Source project from Tufts University. Free download. http://vue.tufts.edu/index.cfm