Tools for Teaching & Learning

Together, we can explore the creative use of digital resources that will transform your classroom into an interactive and engaging learning environment, create new learning opportunities for students, and streamline communication in the classroom or the office. Request an on-site consultation to identify the tools that you can use to create a digitally rich environment that can be personalized to fit the scope of your course or business process at the office.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation on the use of any of the applications listed below, please let us know:

  • Call and request that you speak with an  instructional designer to schedule an appointment or
  • Visit us in room 110 at the TECH Center to schedule an appointment or
  • Please complete and submit a TUhelp ticket
    • Log in with your AccessNet user id and password
    • Complete the online form
    • In the Consultant Name window, please enter Instructional Support Consultant

A Blog is a Web-based journal that enables a person to easily post a topic of interest or personal experience that can be accessed for others to view.  Content in the form of text, images, and links to other Web sites can be posted and requires no programming experience.  Blogs that are publicly available will put people into contact with each other to share ideas, explore similar interests, establish friendships and business relationships, provide solutions to problems, and more!

Blogs are an excellent tool to engage students in written debate as well as sharpen students’ writing skills throughout the semester. Blogs can be used for reflective journals, peer review and feedback, and critical or creative writing assignments. An instructor can set course blogs to be viewed by the entire class or by the course instructor only.
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Classroom Response System
TurningPoint is a classroom response system used at Temple University that integrates into Microsoft PowerPoint.  With TurningPoint, instructors can create and deliver an interactive presentation to an audience of participants who respond to questions presented on screen through the use of a remote control “Clicker”.

Classroom Response Systems encourage active classroom participation, stimulate reflection in the classroom, provide immediate feedback, generate performance statistics, take attendance, and more!  This system provides a non-threatening environment that heightens students’ learning experience and encourages even the most introverted student to participate.

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Gallery (MDID3)
Gallery is an online digital image database that stores, catalogs, and annotates images that can be packaged into a slide show and presented in the classroom through a digital projector.  Temple instructors can use Gallery to create and deliver presentations of visually stunning images to their students.

Temple University’s Gallery currently holds over 58,000 art and historical images and an additional 10,000 added by instructors. Instructors who to teach with images can take advantage of this tool to project two images side by side for comparison, zoom in to focus on an image detail, as well as enable students to view images and data outside of the classroom for self-study.

For more information including user manuals, please see our Gallery support page.

Google Docs
Google Apps is a collection of applications that is provided through your Temple University Gmail account and includes Google Docs, an easy to use online word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application that can be used to create, store, and share documents online and collaborate online in real time.

Google Docs can be effectively used in and outside of the classroom to enable instructors to create and deploy student assignments and monitor student progress.  A survey form can be easily created and set to automatically receive survey feedback directly on a Google spreadsheet.   Students can open a document and share and collaborate with others either face-to-face or online.
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Google Sites
Google Sites is part of the Google Apps collection of online tools that presents an easy way for a person or team to create a Web site to include file attachments and information from other Google applications such as Google Docs, YouTube, and Picasa.

Learn how students can work together on a Site to add file attachment and work on team projects.
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Podcast, a combination of the words iPod and broadcast, is a multimedia digital file in the form of audio and video that is made available on the Internet for downloading to a portable media player or computer to be broadcasted to an individual.  After a Podcast is located, individuals can selectively subscribe to a Podcast for which each episode is automatically downloaded.

A Podcast can serve as a valuable teaching tool for the face-to-face or online classroom. Lectures can be recorded in the form of a Podcast and automatically pushed to students who have subscribed giving them the ability to listen and review a class discussion while on the bus or train.  Supplementary materials to complement a topic discussed in class can also be distributed in the form of a Podcast.
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Prezi is a Web-based presentation application that provides another alternative to PowerPoint.  Unlike PowerPoint, Prezi is presented on a single canvas rather than traditional slides.  Ideas in the form of text, images and other objects are grouped together in one space that permits users to create non-linear presentations where viewers zoom in and out of content, alternating between the “big picture” view and detail view.

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A Wiki is a Web-based application that allows a group of people to collaboratively create a Web page or series of Web pages, continually edit the pages, and add comments. Content in the form of text, images, and links to other Web sites can be posted and requires no programming experience.

Wikis can be used by faculty and students to create and deliver group projects and presentations, to establish peer reviews and encourage collaborative writing, or simply to provide access to course notes and bibliographies.  Faculty have access to see a Wiki’s history in order to track and monitor individual student and group progress.

WebEx is a Web conferencing application that can be used to host classes, office hours, and other meetings online. Instructors and students communicate in real-time using chat, voice (microphone and speakers), and video (web cam). Instructors can show PowerPoint presentations, annotate slides, allow students to present, share a document, perform live editing, poll students, and much more. Utilizing these features creates an environment similar to a live on-campus classroom environment.