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There are so many FREE teaching tools out there, we could not possibly cover them all! However, check out the ones we recommend here. If you have questions about any of them, please contact Rebekah Ralph (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jon Ernstberger (email@example.com).
Powtoon helps you create videos and presentations with engaging and fun content, music, and voiceover. There is a paid version with extra features, but the free version does not disappoint.
A free subscription to Screencast-O-Matic is provided for you through Lagrange College! With Screencast-O-Matic, you can record your lectures to embed in Connect, YouTube, or other video hosting sites. It provides screen capture, audio capture, and video capture, if desired. The Lewis Library Multimedia Classroom (317) comes readily equipped with this software, a microphone, and a webcam if you would like to make videos inside the library. For a lesson on how to use Screencast-O-Matic or to get directions on how to download it to your own computer, contact Jon Ernstberger (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lindsey Lowry (email@example.com).
Office Mix is an add-on software that works directly with PowerPoint to help you createengaging and interactive videos. Great for teaching online classes, and it is free! Office Mix was recently featured in one of our BrownBag Lunch Series classes. For a refresher on how it works, contact Rebekah Ralph (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Collaborate is a Java based, online tool that allows you to connect with your students in real time. Access Collaborate though your course modules on Connect and web conferencing becomes easy. You can record your lectures, share your desktop with students, and upload files for presentation.
Canva allows you to create beautiful flyers, posters, social media content, and more with both free and low-cost elements. The platform is easy to use and an account is totally free. Beware, though, because creating content in Canva is addicting!
Google Drive is provided for you through LaGrange College TOTALLY FREE! It allows you to upload your files, share them with anyone, and can be used across multiple devices. You can also create presentations with Google Slides, documents with Google Docs, and spreadsheet with Google Sheets. The possibilities are endless!