ParticiPoll: Poll Your Students during Class

I’ve written before about polling options like Socrative and Plickers. ParticiPoll is for those who like to have polls embedded in PowerPoint (works in Office 2010 and higher for Windows; Office 2016 for Mac as of 9/30/2016) but don’t like… Read moreParticiPoll: Poll Your Students during Class

Automatic Audio Tones to Start and End Class: Android

Mick MacLean (Buffalo State) emailed me with an interesting problem. When you’re teaching in a classroom without an easily visible clock or an easily visible but inaccurate clock, getting class started and ended on time is a challenge. He thought… Read moreAutomatic Audio Tones to Start and End Class: Android

Plickers: Poll Your Students Using One Smartphone

When asking students during class to respond to multiple choice questions, you have a number of options. You can use a dedicated clicker system like iClicker where you can have students use a remote or a web-enabled device to respond…. Read morePlickers: Poll Your Students Using One Smartphone

VLC Media Player: Take Stills from Video

The VLC Media Player is arguably the best video player out there. All the cool kids use it. And it’s free. It’s cross-platform. That means that whatever you’re running, e.g., Windows, Mac, Linus, Android, iOS, VLC Media Player will play…. Read moreVLC Media Player: Take Stills from Video

Epic Pen: Write on Your Screen [Windows]

You’re in class (or creating a video for your class), and you want to write on the screen to bring attention to some important point. Sometimes you’re in PowerPoint. Sometimes you’re showing a PDF. Sometimes you’re on a website. Epic… Read moreEpic Pen: Write on Your Screen [Windows]

Cel.ly: Text Message Your Classes for Free

In March 2012 I wrote about SendHub, a platform for texting a group of people all at once. Cel.ly is a similar service with a free space for educators. Unlike SendHub, with Cel.ly, students do not see my phone number… Read moreCel.ly: Text Message Your Classes for Free

MagPointer: PowerPoint Add-on

MagPointer is a PowerPoint add-on (Windows only) that allows you to highlight certain areas of your PowerPoint slides on the fly. Although designed with web-based presentations in mind, it works well in the face-to-face classroom. In the screenshot below you… Read moreMagPointer: PowerPoint Add-on

PowerPoint: Animating Charts

I was recently putting together a PowerPoint 2010 presentation that had a lot of charts in it. I wanted to reveal the data gradually, so I looked for a way to animate. It’s easy to do, if not entirely intuitive…. Read morePowerPoint: Animating Charts

ZoomIt: Draw on Your Screen [Windows]

ZoomIt was designed to let a presenter zoom into a particular portion of the screen. For most presentations I don’t need a zoom, but I would like to be able to draw. Of course PowerPoint gives you drawing tools, but… Read moreZoomIt: Draw on Your Screen [Windows]

NetClick.mobi: Free, Web-Based Clicker System

NetClick.mobi is a new, free, web-based clicker system. After uploading a pdf, students can see the pdf on their web-enabled devices. Students tap (mobile) or click (computers) on the screen to vote. This is what it looks like for a… Read moreNetClick.mobi: Free, Web-Based Clicker System