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Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning

Paper by WeTransfer

Paper provides users with a blank canvas and various tools that make it easy to virtually sketch, draw and paint. 

Paper is free for all users, with an optional paid upgrade to PaperPro.

Paper is best for

  • Brainstorming sessions.
  • Productivity meetings. 
  • Note taking and organizing
  • Graphing and designing.

Limitations

  • Only an apple product: 
    • Downloadable IOS app.
    • Not a web-based tool.

Accessibility

The tool and whatever you create will not be accessible. 

Resources

Educreations IWB

Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that's simple, powerful, and fun to use. It records your voice and handwriting, and allows you to insert images where applicable.  

The free account provides access to basic tools and 1 draft at a time with 50MB of storage. 

Educreations is best for

  • Video lessons:
    • Class discussions.
    • Lecture recording and demonstrations.
  • Brainstorming sessions.
  • Team meetings.
  • Instructional and explainer videos

Limitations

  • This is a "one-take" creation app:
    • You can save a draft presentation, and there's some editing capability, but be ready to get your narration right on the first try.
  • Limited safety features.

Accessibility

What you create in the platform is not accessible. Once you've created your video, you will need to create captions and a transcript.  

Resources

Explain Everything

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screen casting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. Create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer.

The free account provides

  • up to 3 projects 
  • use on any device
  • Voice chat
  • web video link sharing 

Explain Everything is best for

  • Remote Meetings:
    • Collaborative brainstorming. 
    • Feedback and follow ups
  • Capturing interactions and voice in real time. 
  • Creating mixed media, 
  • Student and instructor presentations: 
    • Interactive presentations.
    • Peer learning and interaction.

Limitations

  • Difficult for beginners to grasp right off the bat.

Accessibility 

If you choose to record and share the recording. it will not be accessible unless you create captions and a transcript. 

Resources

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