Tools for Presentational Communication

Digital Storytelling & Flipped Learning

Google Slides or PowerPoint presentations can be recorded and narrated to provide a “flipped” learning module (or instructional video) that students will watch as part of a pre-class or asynchronous class assignment. Digital storytelling is not limited to orally narrated slideshow-style presentations. The “story” may also be told in the format of a movie or animation, or in a written form such as a storybook, a info graphic poster, or a comic strip.

Narrated Slides

Kaltura Capture

Supported by Geddes and BU IS&T

Kaltura Capture is a feature of Kaltura MyMedia, where instructors and students may record their screen and optionally also record video or audio narration. By making use of these screen recording features, students and instructors may record their slideshows.

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PowerPoint Recording (Windows Only)

Supported by Geddes, CASIT and BU IS&T

PowerPoint 365 for Windows has a built in recorder to create narrated slides and save them as a media file. See the video below on how to use this feature.

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Quicktime Player (Mac OS Only)

Supported by Geddes, CASIT and BU IS&T

Quicktime Player has a screen recording option that allows for voice only narration.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Express (Adobe Spark)

Supported by Geddes, CASIT and BU IS&T

Adobe Spark is a cloud based mobile or web app for creating short audiovisual stories. Using a provided template, images, videos (up to 30 seconds) and text can be dropped into a timeline and then optionally narrated.

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Adobe Creative Cloud

Supported by Geddes, CASIT and BU IS&T

The Adobe Creative Suite is available for free to students and most faculty. The Adobe Creative Cloud includes Adobe Spark, Adobe Rush, Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and many more apps. Boston University’s department of Digital Learning and Innovation has series of video guides on how to use the suite, listed below. To obtain a license visit the TechWeb website.

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Google Sites

Supported by Geddes and BU IS&T

Google Sites allows for the creating of websites incorporating Google’s suite of tools. In addition to adding text and images, Google Sites allows the embedding of Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides into a site from Google Drive. Sites may be created both by instructors who wish to create resources for their courses, or by students who wish to create an online presence/portfolio. Unlike some other software such as WordPress, Google Sites has a drag and drop interface for adding content.

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WordPress

Supported by Geddes and BU IS&T

WordPress is a content management system used to create and display web content. Sites may be created both by instructors who wish to create resources for their courses, or by students who wish to create an online presence/portfolio. WordPress is free to the BU community.

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Digication

Supported by Geddes and BU IS&T

Digication is BU’s preferred platform for students to publish a professional portfolio online using multimedia tools.

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Promoting Classroom Interaction

Quiz Games

Kahoot

Supported by Geddes

Kahoot adds a game-show like warm up exercise to a class, where students answer multiple choice and other question types using their phone.  The quickest to get the correct answer gets the most points.  An offline version is available as well, allowing for offline student practice.

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Live Response

Padlet

Supported by Geddes and BU IS&T

Padlet is a bulletin board web app where students and instructors can post text, images, and videos for everyone to see and comment. Up to 5 Padlets can be created for free.

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Google Jamboard

Supported by Geddes and BU IS&T

Google Jamboard is an interactive whiteboard, allowing for text, drawing, and images.  Jamboard currently only allows for 20 participants.

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