Please note that in order to download any software to a University of Warwick managed PC, you will need authorisation from ITS. It is suggested that you start off the download process, and when it prompts you for authorisation, call ITS so that they can access your PC remotely and authorise the download. Call ITS: 73737.
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Brainshark allows you to capture what's on your screen, with your audio commentary, and then turns it into a video. These are great for providing instructions or presentations to students. Videos are hosted on an external website, and the videos can be embedded into your VLE page, like a Youtube clip. Videos can also be created for formative feedback, and the link shared with the individual student. You will need an inbuilt or external microphone for recording audio. Watch this video to see how Brainshark works.
This software is FREE.
iBrainstorm is an IOS (Apple) app and is a great collaborative brainstorming tool. It is only available on Apple products, and allows iPhones and iPads to connect and work on the same brainstorm. Design is simple, and looks like a series of 'Post it' notes, which can be dragged around the screen, rearranged and organised according to theme or colour. Watch this video to see how the app works.
The app is FREE to downlaod from the iTunes store.
iPads are small, hand-held tablets which are great for a range of teaching activities. Designed by Apple, they use IOS, which is a unique operating system to apple products, which allows easy access (and synching) to applications (apps) in the iStore and ITunes. Watch this presentation to see how the iPad can be used for active learning and assesment in the classroom.
This hardware costs upwards of £400.
JISC currently have a tablet loan scheme (2011-14) where batches of iPads and other tablets can be loaned for up to six weeks for any teaching in small groups. For more information, click here.
The Teaching Grid have an iPad loan scheme if you book their Experiemental Teaching Space for your session. For more information, click here.
Jing allows you to capture what's on your screen, with your audio commentary, and then turns it into a video. Great for providing instructions or presentations to students to a maximum of 5 minutes duration. Videos are hosted on an external server, and the link to the video can be shared on your VLE page. Videos can also be created for formative feedback, and the link shared with the individual student. You will need an inbuilt or external microphone for recording audio. Watch this video to see how Jing works.
This software is FREE
Keynote is a presentation software application (IOS/Apple only) which allows you to create high quality, crystal clear presentations, accessible anywhere on your Apple account (iCloud, iTunes). Presentations can be shared in seconds, and can be quickly changed into different formats at the touch of a button, including PDF and Power Point. Watch this video to see how Keynote works.
This app costs £6.99 to purchase from the iStore.
Popplet is an online collaborative space, where students can create a central theme/idea, and encourage others to add further ideas (popples). Useful for mind-mapping, presenting projects, visual work and any group collaborative work. The tutor (or student) can create a popplet and invite others into the popplet. Popplets can be developed on the Popplet website, or using the Popplet app, which is available on the App store. Popplets are updated in real time.
Popplet is FREE online, or can be purchased on the App Store for £2.99 [as of June 2013]
Present.me allows you to both present your slides/work on one half of the screen, with your 'talking head' presenting on the other, which turns this into a video which is hosted online ready for sharing with your students. You will need access to a web-cam and an inbuilt or external microphone for recording audio to use this software. Watch this video to see how Present.me works.
This software is FREE.
Snagit allows you to capture what's on your screen, with your audio commentary, and then turns it into a video. Great for providing instructions or presentations to students for over 5 minutes duration. Videos are hosted on an external server, or can be uploaded direct to a VLE page. Videos can also be created for formative feedback, and the link shared or the video file given to the individual student. You will need an inbuilt or external microphone for recording audio.
This software is FREE for a 30 day trial and then available to purchase on an annual license. Contact the E-learning Manager for free loan of this software.
simplemind is a mind mapping tool that turns your desktop PC, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device. Students can work collaboratively on a mind-map, which will update in real time.
Desktop sofware is FREE for a trial period or around £20 for a single user license. The basic IOS (Apple) app is FREE, which can be upgraded for around £2.99 in the iTunes store.
TodaysMeet is an online platform, which allows you to create an online meeting space. You can then invite your students into the meeting space by sending them the link. This space can be used in the session for students to use collaboratively on an activity or to leave comments, questions or feedback, or can be used remotely to discuss topics with learners. Watch this video to see how this technology can be used.
This application is FREE.
- You Tube
You Tube is a video hosting platform which allows you to freely upload videos for public access. Clips can be quickly linked, downloaded or embedded into VLE pages with a few clicks. The benefit of hosting a video on You Tube is that streaming is quicker and is less likely to be interrupted. You will need to create a You Tube account to upload. You don't need an account to view a video. Watch this video to see how you can download a Youtube clip to your PC or VLE, which is useful if you are teaching in a classroom with no internet access.#
This software and hosting is FREE.