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.

Student Guide: How to Use Kaltura to Capture and Post Video to Blackboard (BU CFA)

How to use Kaltura Capture (Bob Heim, DL&I)

A short tutorial on how to create a screen cast, then upload it to MyMedia.

 

Instructional Videos and Quizzes (Kaltura Capture, Kaltura Quizzes, and PowerPoint)(Shawn Provencal, Geddes Language Center)

A longer conversation about using Kaltura Capture, Instructional Videos and Editing.

 

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.

Screencasting using PowerPoint 365 (Shawn Provencal, Geddes Language Center)

 

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.

Screencasting with Quicktime (Shawn Provencal, Geddes Language Center)

 

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.

Digital Storytelling with Adobe Spark (Shawn Provencal, Geddes Language Center)

 

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. These resources are available here. To obtain a license visit the TechWeb website.

Tutorial – Adobe for Adobe Premier Rush (Adobe)

Tutorial – Adobe for Adobe Premier Pro (Adobe)

How to Create a Digital Story in Adobe Premiere (David Charpentier, DL&I)

 

ePortfolios:

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.

Creating a Google Site (Shawn Provencal, Geddes Language Center)

 

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, and sites may be requested here.

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.

Making Students’ Learning Visible with ePortfolios (Maria Afzal, DL&I)

 

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.

Tool Website

A Kahoot Demo (Amber Navarre, World Languages and Literatures)

 

Gamified Activities in the Classroom (Mira Angrist, World Language and Literatures)

 

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.  Some licensing for students and instructors may be available through the Center for Teaching and Learning.  Please contact us to discuss licensing.

ThIntroduction to Padlet (Padlet, Youtube)

 

The Basics (Padlet, Youtube)

 

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.

An Introduction to Google Jamboard (Dave Decamp, DL&I)

 

An Introduction to Google Jamboard (Dave Decamp, DL&I)