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Apps, tools and services

What are they?

Digital technology is evolving and changing at an almost unimaginable pace, and new software, web applications, and mobile applications are constantly being released and updated, many of which can be used for the enhancement of teaching and learning. Part of the function of the CELT is to monitor these tools, apps and services so they we can help you to use them to complement our main eLearning platforms, Canvas and Mahara. These tools include social media services such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram which students will be using in some form and almost certainly will be using them to connect with fellow students and discussing their studies; web apps like Poll Everywhere and Socrative which you can use to add interactivity by having quizzes in your classroom or lecture; and things like ThingLink and Prezi which can be used to create media rich presentations which go beyond what can be produced in PowerPoint. Even Canvas has its own mobile app for both students and teachers which gives you almost the full functionality of Canvas as you get it through your desktop or laptop browser. 

How can they help me?

The Canvas mobile app for teachers allows you to grade and mark student work while on the move, or update that page on your module you forgot about in the office. Poll Everywhere allows you to run a live, real-time quiz during your lectures to get student feedback on what you are teaching. With ThingLink you can take a picture or photograph and annotate it so that when students roll over a particular spot they are given a pop-up with more information. These are just a few more common things you could do, but whatever you can think of, there's probably something out there that can help you do it, and we can help you find and use it.

How can I find out more?

Contact the learning technologists in the CELT. We all have a passion for technology and keep our fingers on the pulse of the latest development. We also have a range of skills and experience in producing learning materials using some of the excellent apps and tools that are out there. If you're looking for ideas on how to do something unique or different in your teaching, or if you have a problem that you haven't been able to solve, get in touch and see how we can help you.

Resources

The Canvas mobile apps

ThingLink, a team favourite

Prezi, for snazzy presentations

Poll Everywhere, for in-class student response

The top 200 tools for learning, as voted for by learning technologists and educators 

More information

Email: celt@sunderland.ac.uk