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This presentation was used at a faculty/staff workshop designed to introduce 5 "cool tools" to: increase awareness of new technology tools, ...

This presentation was used at a faculty/staff workshop designed to introduce 5 "cool tools" to: increase awareness of new technology tools,
locate resources to learn/do more, and
open a dialogue with colleagues about emerging technologies and their implications for teaching, learning, and collaborating. The five tools introduced were Slideshare, Creative Commons, Google Docs, Flickr, and VoiceThread.



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  • Students can use this to work collaboratively on team projects, papers, or even just share with someone else to proofread it. You don’t even have to use it for collaboration, it also works great as an online storage place. I keep a spreadsheet of my Christmas List ideas here so when I think of an idea for someone, I can quickly jot it down and can access it from anywhere I have an internet connection.
  • Photos easy to share; enables conversation around a photo; visual resources
  • (With students IDs located under the photos deleted from view)
  • If you’re not logged into flickr, choose Explore. Scroll to the very bottom of the screen and, in the Explore choices, choose Creative Commons. Choose See more next to the license category in which you want to search. Now you’ll be able to do a Creative Commons search within the license category.
  • PSU Roman Archaeology CourseIn this screenshot, you can see what the VoiceThread will look like after a class of students has entered their comments. They can add them either as video posts, an audio recording, text, or even over the phone.

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    Cool Tools 2
    Carol McQuiggan & Kristin Bittner
    Faculty Center for Teaching & Instructional Technology
    Penn State Harrisburg
    Faculty/Staff Workshop, November 12, 2009
  • Objectives
    Increase awareness of new technology tools
    Locate resources to learn/do more
    Open a dialogue with colleagues about emerging technologies and their implications
  • Agenda
    What is it?
    How does it work?
    How is it being used?
    Show me!
    Learn more
  • Go to
    In the Search field type Cool Tools 2 and then click the Search button
    Select Cool Tools 2
    Click the Download button located at the top of the Cool Tools 2 presentation
    Open it and start the slideshow to follow along
  • Slideshare – What is it?
    A presentation sharing website where users can upload, view, and share presentation files
    Adobe PDF
    Share publicly or privately
    Create slidecasts by syncing audio with your slides
  • Slideshare – How does it work?
  • Slideshare – How is it being used?
    To share presentations
    To store presentations online
    To aggregate presentations (tagged by conference, etc.)
    Search sloancaln
    Search educause09
    To embed slideshows into your blog/website
    To eliminate the need for paper handouts
  • Slideshare – Show me!
  • Slideshare – Learn more
    Take a Slideshare tour
  • Go to
  • Creative Commons – What is it?
    An alternative to traditional copyright
    Allows copyright owners to determine which rights they want to retain and which they want to release – not all-or-nothing
    All licenses require attribution
    Goal is to increase access to and share intellectual property
  • Creative Commons – How does it work?
    Website explains license choices and provides tool
    HTML code provided to add to web page, includes CC logo
    License options:
    No Derivatives
    Share Alike
  • Creative Commons – How is it being used?
    To promote climate of openness and sharing
    To increase opportunities for collaborative work
    Learning material repositories
    MIT’s OpenCourseWare
    Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license
    May copy and distribute work and make derivative works as long as it includes attribution, is not for commercial purposes, and assigns same license
    Connexions – only requires proper attribution
    Other content directories for photos, music, art, videos, etc.
  • Creative Commons – Show me!
    To choose a license
    Go to
    Select “License”
    Walk through selection tool
    To find licensed works you can share, remix, or reuse
    Using Mozilla Firefox, use dropdown to search for CC
    Using Google’s Advanced Search -> Usage rights
  • Creative Commons – Learn more
    Creative Commons Wiki -
    Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons
    Additional Educause resources on Creative Commons (publications, podcasts, blogs)
  • Go to
  • Google Docs – What is it?
    A free, Web-based word processor, presentation,spreadsheet, and form application
    Document changes are saved automatically
    Access from anywhere you have an Internet connection
    Collaborate with multiple people on the same document – no need to email revisions back and forth
  • Google Docs – How does it work? - Google Docs Dashboard
  • Google Docs – How is it being used?
    Work collaboratively online on team projects, papers, presentations (manage revisions)
    Peer review
    Create surveys or polls
    Import PowerPoint presentations or create new ones
    Publish to an online audience or directly to your blog
  • Google Docs – Show me!
  • Google Docs – Learn more
    Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know About Google Apps
    Google Docs in Plain English
    Google Docs for Educators
  • Review
    Creative Commons
    Google Docs
  • Go to
  • Flickr – What is it?
    Photo-sharing website where you can upload and tag photos
    Browse/find photos
    Add comments and annotations to photos
    Create photo sets and collections
    Create groups
  • Flickr – How does it work?
    Free accounts – can upload 2 videos and 100MB of photos each calendar month; displays 200 most recents photos
    Pro accounts – Unlimited photo and video uploads
    Registered accounts - Upload photos, assign tags, make photos public or private, select copyright, and more
    Create groups
    Constantly changing collection of photos
  • Flickr – How is it being used?
    In Penn State Harrisburg’s AM ST 105 online course, students share photos of a commercial version of a formerly hand-made object and add a commentary
    They also post aphoto and/or recipe of traditional food they would contribute to a virtual “pot luck” supper, with explanations of its significance in their traditional experience
  • Flickr Group
  • Annotation
    & Comments
  • Flickr – Show me!
  • Flickr – Learn more
    Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know About Flickr
    FAQ on Free account vs. Pro account
  • Go to
  • VoiceThread – What is it?
    A collaborative multimedia slideshow that holds images, documents, and videos
    Allows people to leave comments using voice, text, audio, or video
  • VoiceThread – How does it work?
    Create account
    1. Upload
    2. Comment
    3. Share
  • VoiceThread – How is it being used?
    6thgrade Language Arts
    Digital Storytelling and
    Hear and practice foreign language pronunciation
    Provide critiques in creative arts classes
    PSU Roman Archaeology Course
  • VoiceThread – Show me!
  • VoiceThread – Learn more
    Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know About VoiceThread
    Voicethread 4 Education wiki
    VoiceThread Tutorials
    Ideas for using VoiceThread
  • That’s all 5 Cool Tools!
    Creative Commons
    Google Docs
  • Questions?
    Thanks for your time!!
    Upcoming Faculty Center event :
    Talking about Teaching, Friday, December 4th, 2:00-3:00, W205 Olmsted
    Remember technology training available at