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Flipgrid is approved for use at the UI -- add custom access for both uidaho.edu & vandals.uidaho.edu email domains to each topic. It supports recording and sharing short videos by students discussing & showcasing what they are learning and experiencing. Embedding FlipGrid into BbLearn (CETL).
Be sure students use the Chrome browser for Fligrid. Other browsers allow them to log in, but don't allow video creation.
Padlet is approved for use at the UI -- add custom access for both uidaho.edu & vandals.uidaho.edu email domains. It is an easy to use online visual collaboration tool where students can create a virtual wall containing text, photos, video, documents, website links, & comments. Embedding Padlet into BbLearn (CETL).

EdPuzzle is a cloud-based platform used to create interactive video lessons. Videos can be made interactive by embedding questions, audio notes and comments. Video lessons embed right into BbLearn. Embedding EdPuzzle into BbLearn (CETL).

Create Image and Video Instructional Materials via Screen Capture Snagit is a screen capturing tool. Use it to create instructional materials for your courses. Snagit allows you to capture images and video from your computer screen and gives you the ability to add text, callouts, and effects to the captured images.

Snagit Help Sheet
Camtasia is an easy to use screen recorder and video editor. Use it to create audio/video instructional materials for your courses. Camtasia provides many advanced features to aid in the creation of well-designed instructional presentations.

Camtasia Help Sheet
NOTE: The University of Idaho has a 3-year site license (2021-2023) to use TechSmith’s Camtasia and SnagIt software on Windows and MacOS computers. Under UI's current license, this software should only be used for the creation of instructional material for courses. All faculty and staff who assist in the creation of course instructional material can install the software on their UI-owned computers via Software Center (Windows) or Self Service (MacOS).  All ITS managed instructor stations in classrooms have Snagit and Camtasia installed.

Learning Management System (LMS)
BbLearn is the University of Idaho's Learning Management System (LMS). Many online teaching tools useful for teaching at a distance are located in BbLearn. BbLearn Assessments include Assignments with or without SafeAssign's plagiarism detection, Tests offering a variety of question types, and Graded Discussions, Blogs, and Journals. BbLearn Grade Center allows instructors to display grades to students throughout the semester.

Synchronous Collaboration

Zoom is a web conferencing solution used for live and recorded online lectures. Zoom supports screen sharing, break-out rooms, chat, & online polling.


SketchTogether
is an interactive whiteboard app which enables effective and efficient creation, review, and organization of any type of content (no login required).

Poll Everywhere allows real-time input from online students with live polls, quizzes, word clouds, Q&As and more.

Microsoft Teams combines chat, video, file sharing, meetings, etc. into one application.

Awwapp is an interactive whiteboard app which allows people to collaborate in real-time.

Mentimeter allows real-time input from online students with live polls, quizzes, word clouds, Q&As and more.

Explain Everything is an interactive whiteboard app which allows people to collaborate in real-time.


Asynchronous Collaboration Flipgrid is approved for use at the UI -- add custom access for both uidaho.edu & vandals.uidaho.edu email domains to each topic. It supports recording and sharing short videos by students discussing & showcasing what they are learning and experiencing. Embedding FlipGrid into BbLearn (CETL).
Be sure students use the Chrome browser for Fligrid. Other browsers allow them to log in, but don't allow video creation.
Padlet is approved for use at the UI -- add custom access for both uidaho.edu & vandals.uidaho.edu email domains. It is an easy to use online visual collaboration tool where students can create a virtual wall containing text, photos, video, documents, website links, & comments. Embedding Padlet into BbLearn (CETL). VoiceThread is an interactive collaboration tool integrated into BbLearn, which enables users to add their own voices to images, documents, and videos.

Collaboration via Phone Conference Now is University of Idaho's phone conferencing bridge available to every UI phone line for up to 50 attendees without pre-configuration. Jabber is a free, public instant messaging service by Cisco. This software allows you to access your office VOIP phone remotely, enabling you to make and receive phone calls from your University of Idaho extension. Slack is a mobile-friendly app that allows students to post text-based messages and images quickly and easily without requiring anyone in the group to share phone numbers.

Interactive Quizzing EdPuzzle is a cloud-based platform used to create interactive video lessons (based on Open-Source videos from YouTube, Discovery Channel, Khan Academy, etc.) Videos can be made interactive by embedding questions, audio notes and comments. Video lessons embed right into BbLearn. Within EdPuzzle, you can track students' viewing and progress. Embedding EdPuzzle into BbLearn (CETL).

Kahoot! is a real-time platform for game-based learning. Its free formative assessment tool is widely used in education.

Quizlet
is a mobile and web-based study application that allows students to study information via learning tools and games.

Symbolab is more than an online calculator; Symbolab is an advanced math education tool. It allows users to learn, practice and discover math topics using mathematical symbols and scientific notations as well as text. It provides automated step by step solutions to algebraic, trigonometric and calculus topics so students can check their work or 'work backwards' to learn a process or solve a mathematical problem.

Rubric Builders BbLearn Rubrics can be used to assist in grading Assignments, Test Essay Questions, Discussions, Blogs, and Journals. iRubric is a comprehensive rubric development, assessment, and sharing tool. RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics but does not have the time to develop them from scratch.

Slides w/ Narration Microsoft Sway is a presentation tool designed to replace PowerPoint for visual presentations and storytelling. Unlike PowerPoint, MS Sway aims to present to a digital audience, not a live audience. Screencast-O-Matic records your screen and/or webcam in combination with audio narration to create videos and tutorials. Upload screencasts to YouTube for student access. Ten Tips for Better Screencasts Google Slides allows you to create dynamic and engaging interactive presentations and engage your students in real-time.

Microsoft PowerPoint can be used to record narrated lectures and convert them to video for easy online viewing through YouTube.

Video Hosting Microsoft Stream is used to host FERPA-protected videos by controlling access just to students enrolled in the course. The MS editor allows you to trim unneeded sections out of videos and offers automatic closed captioning for English & Spanish. YouTube can host videos as unlisted to prevent those without a direct link from finding them. YouTube's video editor allows you to trim unneeded sections out of your videos. YouTube uses speech-recognition technology to automatically create captions. Vimeo is an ad-free video platform that allows you to upload your video to be hosted for free. Password protection is available for a small fee.

Audio Recording Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, open source, cross-platform multi-track audio editor and recorder. Podomatic allows you to record your own podcast. Vocaroo is a premier voice recording service.

Content Delivery BbLearn facilitates in the delivery of a wide variety of course content including documents, images, assignments, tests, discussions, and grades. Weebly is a free web hosting service that provides an intuitive website builder to help you create a website or blog. Weebly Tutorial (CETL). Wix is a free website creation service. Wix Tutorial (CETL).

File Sharing BbLearn provides an easy and effective method for delivering files to students. Use Ally to assist in making files accessible for your students. Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud storage service for UI students, faculty and staff. Sharing files from OneDrive is easy and can be done with individuals outside the UI system. Google Drive Sharing Google Docs, Sheets and Slides files from Google Drive is an easy and effective way to collaborate with others.

Student Support PortfolioGen gives students and educators the tools needed to highlight and demonstrate their skills as a portfolio. PortfolioGen Tutorial (CETL). BeeLine Reader makes reading on-screen easier, faster, and more enjoyable by using a simple cognitive trick — an eye-guiding color gradient — to pull your eyes from one line to the next. This technique increases reading speed and enhances focus. PaperRater uses Artificial Intelligence to help students improve their writing. It includes grammar, plagiarism, and spelling check, along with word choice analysis and automated grading.
     
    The University of Idaho automatically blocks all applications which request permissions to access Microsoft 365, previously known as Office 365. This is done to enforce identity and security policies. Review the Applications that have already been approved via the "Admin Consent Approval" process.