Proficiency in using educational technology tools is becoming increasingly important for all instructors and librarians. The question is which tools to use and how to make them a meaningful part of students’ experiences in classrooms and at reference desks. Educators should also be able to make the most of educational technology when providing services to distance education students.
This presentation will show some of the major types of educational technology tools used at the university level including screen-capture software, citation management software, research tools, course management systems, podcasting, presentation software, and Second Life. The presenter will give an overview of what technology exists, how it is used, and why it is worthwhile. Students expect more multimedia instruction both online and in-person. By using these tools professors and librarians can provide instruction that is more vibrant and interactive without sacrificing content.
Weaving Educational Technology into
Meaningful Interactions With Students
New Mexico State University
Educational technology tools
Screen Capture Software
Video conferencing/ chat
Course management software
Free site to publish presentations online:
Recording software that allows the user to ﬁlm a live
presentation, workshop, etc. along with broadcasting
the images on the presenter’s computer screen.
Free software that allows the user to create multimedia
presentations such as adding a voice-over to Power Point
presentations, etc. other features include being able to share
the presentation and allowing multiple users to add comments.
Free screencast software allowing the user to create basic
tutorials with optional audio commentary. You can export the video
as a movie ﬁle (ﬂash, quicktime, windows media etc.) or upload it
directly to YouTube or Screencast-o-Matic to host.
Free audio editing software for use with creating
Video sites/ Podcasting/ vodcasting
(select youtube edu education channel)
Free educational/ professional videos created
collaboratively with universities and organizations in
ﬁve general content areas: Health & Medicine, Science &
Technology, Art & Music, Public Affairs, and Business.
Video Conferencing/ chat
Skype (mac or pc)- Free video conferencing and chat
tool that is available internationally.
Free instant messaging tool that works across
platforms such as AIM, Yahoo, MSN, etc.
libguides (subject/ course guides)
Google Books/ WorldCat
Federated search tools (serials solutions 360)
Software for creating subject/ course guides and sharing
them with a community of libraries.
A tool that allows the user to search
simultaneously across multiple databases and the
Citation Management Software/
Delicious (social bookmarking)
An online tool that allows the user to collect and
organize citations and to create bibliographies and in-
Free social bookmarking tool that allows the user to
collect and share bookmarks to online resources. It
also allows you to tag/ categorize your bookmarks.
Course Management Software
Blackboard/ Web CT
Software that allows educators to build courses,
training modules, etc.
A 3-D, virtual world where educators can post multi-
media presentations, create simulations, develop 3-D
learning objects, and much more.