The Top Ten Tech List
The University Senate’s Ad Hoc Committee on Digitally Enhanced Teaching and Learning invites you to explore these top ten technologies for teaching and learning. These technologies are recommended by peers across ASU! Each technology is described with links provided to tutorials and information on how to get access to these programs for use in your courses. This list provides information on apps and suites that can be very useful for your pedagogy and curriculum development. In addition, many are integrated into Canvas. This list will be modified when appropriate as new technologies emerge to assist us in teaching and learning. Please reach out to your instructional designer for specific questions and help with your courses (and Canvas installations).
Spark (Adobe Creative Cloud)
Creative storytelling in easy to design containers. Allows for use of rich media along with narratives. Very easy to use and makes presentations really standout.
An interactive web-based video platform that allows educators to provide formative assessment both inside and outside the classroom. Teachers are able to embed quiz-type questions into videos from Youtube, Vimeo, Khan Academy, and other popular video platforms. Data can then be analyzed on the individual or group level, providing powerful insight into educational trends in the classroom.
A great platform for hosting your videos – very easy to share inline in your canvas course. Adding chapters is easy with the proper permissions. Talk with your Instructional Designer at ASU Online. (Only available in ASU Online Courses at this time).
Jamboard is one smart display. Quickly pull in images from a Google search, save work to the cloud automatically, use the easy-to-read handwriting and shape recognition tool, and draw with a stylus but erase with your finger – just like a whiteboard.
Slack is the equivalent of ASU’s digital campus -- a collaboration hub that enables real-time communications and connections in a searchable platform for real-time messaging, content sharing, learning, and more. In Slack, you can send private messages to specific individuals or groups, reply publicly on threads, start new conversations, pin and bookmark files, share documents, and participate in video and audio calls.
VoiceThread is an interactive learning tool that increases student engagement and online presence. It allows instructors and students to create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and other media, using a microphone, webcam, text, phone, or audio-file upload. VoiceThread facilitates asynchronous conversations around multimedia and has many creative applications in higher education.
Yellowdig is a conversation platform that connects learners and empowers educators.It is designed for higher education. Yellowdig Communities are private networks where learners interact, allowing discussion and sharing to foster the relationships, skills, and knowledge that allow people to thrive.
Screencast-O-Matic is a screencasting and video editing software tool that can be launched directly from a browser. The software has been widely used in the education sector to support video creation for classrooms online or in-person, bi-directional student assessments, lecture capture, and student video assignments.
Adobe Creative Cloud
One of the best software suites for being creative for you and your students, it includes: 3D immersive, web and social, design and layout, video and motion, photography. Free for your students!
Google Workspace (formerly G-Suite)
Google Drive allows users to store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices and share files. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive.