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This page contains information about the various technology tools you can use and how to seek support and training for your technology needs.

Beach Technology Quick References is a link to quick tips and resources from the FCPD Office. Great starting point for new faculty!

Academic Technology Services

The Academic Technology Services office provides support for software, BeachBoard, computer labs, instructional technology support, classroom support services and a technology help desk.
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Instructional Technology Supportprovides instructional support to enhance teaching and learning at CSULB.You can receive one-to-one help via the Tech Squad.

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Here are some preferred tools to enhance your classroom experience. Please note that any technology you plan that requires students to purchase or download should be listed in the syllabus.
Respondus is a application that lets instructors create and manage exams and surveys that can be printed to paper or published directly to BeachBoard. Instructors create exams and assessments offline using an interface and then publish the exams or surveys directly to a BeachBoard course. In addition, over 2,000 publisher test banks are available to instructors who use Respondus. Note: It is not compatible with Apple operating systems.

is a real-time virtual classroom environment designed for both distance education and online collaboration.
Orientation sessions and quick reference guides on how to use Collaborate are available on the Collaborate web site.

Clickers are wireless handheld devices that allow students to respond to classroom polls, quizzes, and sign-in for attendance, regardless of class size and common student dynamics

A wiki is an easy-to-use, collaborative platform that allows users to create, modify, and link Web pages without knowledge of complex Web authoring technologies

iPads & Tablets
The iPad combines robust computational functionality with a screen large enough to serve as a legitimate replacement for printed textbooks and other course materials, with the added benefits of interactivity (Educause, 2011). There is a wide variety of apps that can be used in the classroom. Here are some additional apps you might want to take advantage of if you are using an iPad or tablet:

Download the apps from the App Store located on your iPad.

Digital Storytelling @ CSULB
Simply, a digital story uses multimedia (including images, video, music, narration, text, etc.) to convey a short narrative. A digital story can be personal, persuasive, instructional, reflective, and/or descriptive, depending on its purpose. Digital stories can be created as a group or by an individual. In a university course, digital storytelling can provide a way to combine both critical thinking and creativity, engage students, and teach digital literacy.
This wiki also has resources for CSULB instructors looking to add Digital Storytelling projects into their courses.

Podcasting @ the Beach
CSULB: iTunes U pioneering faculty members from many disciplines have created podcast episodes that offer students supplemental classroom materials. There are also podcasts that are intended to benefit faculty members.
Create a podcast with a PC using Audacity

Grab Screen images for your podcast (Mac Users)

Technology Tools around the Web

Software & Websites

  • Panopto (site licensed, required software installation) - lecture capture software.
  • Mobile Technologies for Education - provides some popular smart phone apps for teaching and education
  • Qualtrics (site licensed, required CSULB ID to log in) - a survey tool to help collecting and analyzing data.
  • Narrable - A storytelling platform for teaching.
  • Go Animate - To make an animated video for teaching.
  • Piktochart - make user friendly and modern info grams.
  • Explain Everything - An interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool.
  • Wolfram Alpha - A collection of computable knowledge (here are some Wolfram Alpha examples).
  • Movenote - Movie making application.
  • Photovisi - A collage maker to assemble photos for a project or presentation.
  • Voki - Using talking aviators to present material.
  • Tiki-toki - create amazing timelines of processes or events.
  • Dipity - Make interactive timelines.
  • Prezi - Supercharged ppt presentations.
  • Bubbl - Mindmap /concept map/brainstorming maker.
  • MakeBeliefs - Allow students to create comics to discuss a topic/ethical issue.
  • Digo - Knowledge management/annotation tools for your library.
  • Word press - Create your own website.