Technology Pillar

There are numerous technological tools that faculty can use to enhance student learning both inside and outside the classroom.  When integrated effectively classroom technologies can strengthen learning activities, engage students, and provide students with an opportunity to communicate, collaborate, and create knowledge.  This page provides an introduction to some of the most common technologies used in classrooms today.

The Educator's Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

Lately, we’ve been hearing more and more about digital copyrights and fair use in the news and online – particularly with the whole SOPA/PIPA uproar that recently swept the web. Also, we on the Edublogs support team have been getting more and more complaints and official requests to remove copyrighted content that users have placed on blogs. The legal jargon with respect to digital copyrights can be confusing – especially since different countries have their own laws and regulations. With this post, we hope to dispel a few myths and pull together a complete list of resources for teachers and students to use when blogging and working with content online.

Fair Use in Education and Research - Columbia University

Fair use is very important for educators. But do you know how much is too much? This website helps clarify what fair use is and how you can avoid infringing on copyright.

What You Don't Know About Copyright, but Should

If Nancy Sims had to pick one word to describe how researchers, students, and librarians feel about copyright, it would probably be "confused." A lawyer and a librarian, Ms. Sims is copyright-program librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She's there to help people on campus and beyond—both users and owners of protected material—understand their rights.

Other Resources


CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology

CAST is an educational research & development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.

Introduction to Web Accessibility

Most people today can hardly conceive of life without the internet. Some have argued that no other single invention has been more revolutionary since Gutenberg's printing press in the 1400s. Now, at the click of a mouse, the world can be "at your fingertips"—that is, if you can use a mouse... and see the screen... and hear the audio—in other words, if you don't have a disability of any kind.
Screencasting to Engage Learning (M. Ruffini, 2012, Educause Review)
This brief discussion of screencasting provides an explanation of what screencasts are and describes the benefits of using screencasts.  Using, GoogleDocs, instructors can assess student learning within screencasts by embedding questions into the presentation.  Ruffini also provides a list of software commonly used to produce screencasts and associated tools.

Screencasting 101: The Definitive Guide! (C. Bohn, 2009, ProfHacker)

This blog post from 2009 provides a broad overview and describes the step-by-step process of creating a screencast.  A bit dated, but still pertinent, this post will be of most use to Mac users. 

Getting Started with Screencasting

There are several different screencast platforms available on the web, here are just a few:

The Use of Weblogs in Higher Education: Benefits and Barriers

Weblogs are personal web pages written in chronological order and maintained through a specific software that helps their administration. From an educational point of view, weblogs are the development of traditional learning logs for students and teachers, whether as a complement to traditional lectures or as a e-learning tool. The importance of these applications has increased due to the changes in the classroom dynamics...

Getting Started with a Blog

There are several different blogging platforms available on the web, here are just a few:


There's Something in the Air: Podcasting in Education

It’s midweek at Anywhere State University. Jenny rolls out of bed at about nine a.m., as usual, and thinks about breakfast and her first class. As she’s dressing and getting ready to go out, she fires up iTunes on her laptop and checks her podcast subscriptions. There’s a new show from Adam Curry at Daily Source Code, another one from Cody at Vinyl Podcast (“fair use of forgotten music”), and three audio feeds from her classes...
Teacher's Guide on the Use of Podcasting in Education
Get the low-down on what podcasting is, educational uses, how to create them, and what tools might help you on your journey.

Getting Started with Podcasting

There are several different podcast platforms available on the web, here are just a few:

Video conferencing is the connection of two or more groups of people through computer software providing both video and audio communication. While typically thought of as something you would do during a business meeting, video conferencing is finding its way into education as a way to connect to students who would otherwise not be able to physically be in a classroom.

From Board to Classroom

Students at Yale University enrolled in elementary Bengali meet four days a week in a campus classroom, just like they would for any other course, but there is one big difference: their instructor is almost 300 miles away, in Ithaca, N.Y.

Role of Video Conferencing in Education

If you have taken an elearning course, chances are that at some point there was a video component. For quite some time now, elearning developers have been utilizing video delivery as a method to present information. If the videos are delivered properly, the use of video to supplement content is an effective tool.

Washburn Suggested Platform



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