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Use this index to help find a free or low cost tool to fit your need. The suggestions here are those known to be effective and reliable, but other options may exist too. If none of these tools fit your need, give us a call or email for more assistance.

W= Windows; M=Mac OS, Mb= Mobile, O= Online

Collaboration

Blackboard Content Collection ($0- O)- You can share files and folders in Bb Content Collection between students and colleagues.

Collaborate and Instant Messenger ($0)- Create or download from with Blackboard

Google Docs ($0- O)

Microsoft Office Online ($0- O)

MoPad ($0- O)

Communication

Collaborate and Instant Messenger ($0)- Create or download from with Blackboard

VoiceThread - Video based discussion board which is integrated within Blackboard.

Creativity

MindMeister ($0- O)

Preceden Time Line Creator ($0-O)

Twidla Creation Space

VoiceThread - Video based discussion board which is integrated within Blackboard.

DVD Conversion

HandBrake ($0- W, M)- converts DVD to video format.

Gaming

Image Editing

Pixlr ($0- O)- pretty useful online image editor with Photoshop like tools

Podcasting

Audacity ($0- W)

Garage Band ($0- M, Mb)- Comes with our Mac

PodBean ($0- O)- Podcast hosting and creation.

PowerPoint Conversion for Online

PowerPoints do not always look or behave well online or in Blackboard. These tools convert your PowerPoints for a more web friendly version. Note- some are Flash based, therefore, will not work on iPads.

AuthorPoint ($0- W)

iSpring ($0- W)

Google Slides ($0-O)

PowerPoint Alternatives

Prezi ($0- 0)

Sway ($0- 0)

Plagiarism

SafeAssign- Already a part of Blackboard, SafeAssign checks student work against an database for originality

Sound Editing

Audacity ($0- W)

Garage Band ($0- M, Mb)- Comes with our Mac

Screen Sharing

JoinMe ($0- O)

Teamviewer ($0- W, M, Mb)

Streaming/Storing Multimedia

Dropbox ($0-O), OneDrive, and Others- Good places to store multimedia content for linking back to Blackboard

YouTube ($0- O)- Create a channel for storing videos. Share in Blackboard using the unlisted privacy setting.

Storage

Blackboard Content Collection ($0- W, M)- You can share files and folders in Bb Content Collection between students and colleagues or use for storage of your files.

Dropbox and OneDrive ($0- O)

Google Drive/Docs ($0- O)

Saving Time and Energy

Respondus Quiz Creator ($0- W)- Convert quizzes to and from Blackboard

Texter ($0- W); XType ($0- M), DashExpander ($0- M)- Text Expanders (auto type recurring phrases)

Screen Capture (images)

Create tutorials or send in emails to make points easier and more effective. Capture a portion of your screen in a static image and annotate as needed.

Ms Office Mix ($0- W)

PicPick ($0-W, Mb)

Skitch ($0- W, M, Mb)

Snagit ($- W, M)

Screen Recording

Use screen recording for creating videos of movement on your screen. You can add voice over and a picture-in-a-picture of yourself. Great for giving feedback instead of written comments or for creating lectures.

ActivePresenter ($0- W)

Ms Office Mix ($0- W)

Screen-cast-o-matic ($0- O)

Quicktime with iMove ($0- M)- Comes with your Mac

Testing and Assessments

Examity ($0)

Respondus Quiz Creator ($0)- Download Instructions

SafeAssign ($0)- Already a part of Blackboard, SafeAssign checks student work against an database for originality

Video Conversion

Any Video Converter ($0- W, M))

Video Lectures

ActivePresenter ($0- W)

Ms Office Mix ($0- W)

Screen-cast-o-matic ($0- O)

Quicktime with iMove ($0- M)- Comes with your Mac

VoiceThread- Video based discussion board which is integrated within Blackboard.

Video Editing

Apple iMovie- (M)

Video Pad ($0- W, M, Mb)

Web-conferencing

Collaborate and Instant Messenger ($0- O)- Create or download with Blackboard

Google Hangouts ($0- O)

Wikis

Blackboard Wikis ($0- O)- The native wiki tool in Blackboard offers your security and ease of connection with your students.

Wikispaces ($0- O)

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