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Educational Technologies

For a skeptical view of the value of technology in education, see this interview:

Disseminating & Accessing

Open Content

Open Content refers to an ideology that promotes free and accessible knowledge for everyone.

MIT Open Courseware, Engineering (with video), Engineering (with audio), Physics

Presentation Repositories, SlideShare, SlideServe

Learning Objects & Repositories, MERLOT, ARIADNE, Lola Exchange, Maricopa, Other

Video Repositories, Google Video, University Channels, Berkley, YouTube, University Channels, Stanford, Berkley, MIT, Waterloo, iTunes, iTunes University

Image Repositories, Flickr, MorgueFile, Google Images, Fotki, DeviantArt

Mobile Devices

A mobile device is any easily portable device that can be used to access the Internet.

Smart Phones


Tablet PCs


iPod Touch


Pocket Video Cameras


RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication," and is essentially a means of "wrapping" files in a digital container so that users can subscribe to an online service. By subscribing to a service, the user will automatically receive an updated file (or a new "issue") every time one is produced. RSS can be used to deliver any kind of file: text, video, audio, etc.

Portals, Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times

Mash-Ups, Yahoo Pipes, Google News Feeds


A blog is essentially a kind of online journal, in which a user (or group of users) write about ideas or innovations of interest to a particular group. Most blogs have a "comment" feature, which allows readers to comment on a blogger's post.

Platforms, WordPress, TypePad, Blogger, Movable Type

Authors, Professionals, AcademicBlogs.Com, 100 Best Academic Blogs, Inside Higher Ed, Students, University of Alberta, University of Toronto, SlideShare Presentation


A podcast is essentially a series of audio files that are delivered to a subscriber by means of a platform such as iTunes. Every time a new audio file is produced, it shows up in the subscriber's podcast platform.

Creation, Audacity, GarageBand

Distribution, iTunes, iTunesU, Course Management System


Screencasting refers to a narrated video, in which the content of the video is primarily the screencaster's computer screen. In other words, you perform some action on your computer while describing it, and this is captured by a screencasting program. The resulting video can then be shared with others.

Creation, Camtasia, Wink, Adobe Captivate, HyperCam, Jing, Profcast, Screencast-o-Matic

Video Repositories, Google Video, University Channels, Berkley, YouTube, University Channels, Stanford, Berkley, MIT, Waterloo, iTunes, iTunes University

Other Realities

Augmented Reality, Augmented Publishing, Layar, Directory, Demo, HitLab

Virtual Reality, SecondLife, News Story, Ohio University, Boise State University, Penn State, Entropia Universe, IMVU, Active Worlds, Kaneva

Rendering & Interpreting

Concept Mapping

For a brief history of concept mapping, go here:

Dynamic, Smart Ideas, MindMeister, This very map!, Co-Mapping, Example 1, Personal Brain, Example 1, Example, New node

Static, Cmaps, Example 1, Example 2, Example 3, Xmind, Example 1, Inspiration, Example 1

Pan and Zoom Technologies

Prezi, Example 1

Ahead, Example 1

OpenZoom, Example 1

Glogster, Example 1, Example 2

Magic Toolbox, Example 1

TimeLine Software

Dipity, Example 1, Example 2, Example 3

Data Visualization

ManyEyes, Another Example, Shakespeare's Words

Tableau Public, Diabetes

Semantic Webs

Visual Thesaurus

Live Plasma

Flickr Related Tags

Pop-Up Content

Interrogating & Collaborating

Personal Response Systems

Personal Response Systems, also known as "clickers," allow students to individually respond to questions posed by an instructor, with the results for the entire class being aggregated instantly. Personal Response Systems can help foster student engagement.

Brands, iClicker, TurningPoint, eInstruction, Interwrite

Question Facilitation

  Question Facilitation Platforms allow people to anonymously ask questions by typing them into a shared online space, and to vote on questions that have already been asked. Google Moderator can: Make it easier for shy students to ask questions Allow students to formulate and articulate their questions more clearly Allow an instructor to respond to the "best" questions Allow an instructor to see which questions are held by the greatest number of students  

Google Moderator, Video Demo

Live Question, 7 Things, How-To

Hotseat, Video Demo, More info

Back Channel

The term "back channel" refers to communication in a classroom that occurs during a lecture, presentation, or discussion. The back channel can be disruptive (for example, if it has nothing to do with the class), but it can also be harnessed: it can be a way for students to share ideas, questions, and insights that pertain to whatever is "front and centre" in the classroom.

Twitter, TweetDeck

Yammer, Video Demo

Plurk, Video Demo

Yonkly, Video Demo


Wikis allow many people to write and edit a document collaboratively. Some wikis are asynchronous, meaning that when one user is working on a given document, other users are temporarily locked out of it. Other wikis strive to be synchronous, meaning that several users can be working on the document at the same time. Wikis can be an effective way of bringing together the knowledge and skills of many people, separated by distance.

Examples, University of Manitoba

Platforms, MindTouch, Used by WhoRunsGov, MediaWiki, Used by Wikipedia, EtherPad, Video Demo, Foswiki, BrainKeeper, ProjectForum, SharePoint Wiki, Social Text, Wagn, WikiSpaces, xWiki, Confluence

Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking platforms allow a user to do the following: save the location of any web resource annotate the saved web resource (e.g. summarize its importance) tag the saved web resource with relevant key words search a library of saved web resources by key word share a library of save web resources with others do all of the above from any location -- that is, the collection of web resources is saved online, and can be accessed anywhere








Web Conferencing

Web conferencing allows individuals separated by distance to meet virtually -- that is, to meet online. Web conferencing can be: audio only audio and video (via web cams) audio and video, with shared access to a drawing space or typing space


TokBox, Integrated with Etherpad






Online Discussion Forums

Online Discussion Forums (also known as Online Discussion Groups) are an effective way of providing information to students outside of class, but their real value lies in the opportunity they provide to allow students to share ideas with one another, and to respectfully challenge and build upon one another's ideas. Two documents that will help you foster effective online discussions are here:

Google Wave

Course Management Systems, Angel, Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn, Sakai