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Screencasting / Screen Capturing
Tools to capture either a static image of what's on your screen (and sometimes add annotations, boxes, arrows, etc.) or to capture a video of your movements and usually audio.
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Firefox, Chrome, or Safari add-on. Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, one-click upload to share.
CamStudio is an open-source screencasting tool. It records audio and captures screen action. Creates video files for use in a video editor. 100% free!
Free version does screenshots with annotations, videos up to 5 minutes with sound. Download necessary.
The free version includes up to 15-minutes of video.
Collaboration tools include resources to help users brainstorm, edit, share, or develop projects, files, or presentations online.
Designing Effective Collaboration
Easy way to brainstorm and create mind maps online.
Online backup, file sync, and sharing made easy. Can also create public folders to share large files with collaborators.
Collaborate and share online documents (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.).
Create mind maps and other collaborative spaces.
Online document creation and collaboration. Alternative to Google Docs.
Send large files (up to 2GB) and make them available for 2 weeks.
Free screen-sharing and online meetings. Includes the ability to give control of your mouse to a participant, and a conference call and chat capability.
Screen share. Useful for user support and collaboration.
Quick Polling Sites
Find and use a number of online polling sites to take quick one-shot polls for presentations or to create more in-depth polls for post-presentation evaluations and more.
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Ad supported, but many options.
Single question poll, each poll is open to voting for either 3 or 7 days. After that, only the results will be available for another 7 days. Once those 7 days have passed, the poll will be permanently deleted.
Obsurvey gives you all the standard survey features like branching, mandatory questions, filtering reports, exporting pdf and csv, downloading charts as images
Free account has: 200 survey responses per month, 10 questions per survey, Content contains Polldaddy links, Basic reports for polls, surveys, & quizzes.
Create single question polls or multi-question surveys in flash format.
Presentation & Graphics Tools
Tools for creating presentations and graphics including alternatives to PowerPoint, visualization tools, options for creating handouts and flyers, engaging/interactive presentations, and more.
Beyond Bullet Points
Prezi - The Zooming Presentation Editor
Create a dynamic alternative to a PowerPoint presentation.
An add-on for Microsoft PowerPoint that allows you to zoom in on details in slides, embed slides within others, etc. for a Prezi-like experience. Download necessary.
Upload and share presentations online.
Create a dynamic presentation based on expanding nodes.
Many Eyes Visualization Tool
Visualize datasets (your own or others) in a variety of interesting ways.
An alternative to the 'clickers' to get audience/class feedback. You ask a question, audience answers via text message, twitter, or web, and responses are tallied and displayed in real time. Free for audiences under 40 people.
Create a quick, embeddable one-question poll with options for media and comments (through Facebook and Twitter).
Create slideshows with Google Slides.
Create electronic flyers, newsletters, handouts, etc.
Bring “flat” PowerPoint® slides to life with your webcam, microphone
Make great presentations that engage your audience
Transform static content such as PowerPoint® documents into voice-enriched video presentations
Word Clouds and QR Codes
Creates free QR codes as text, urls, phone numbers, sms, and vCard.
Free QR code generator
Create QR codes for Word docs, pdfs, PP, Excel, etc.
Like Wordle, except you can create a tag cloud with a specific shape.
Generate word clouds
Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds
Create a word cloud where the relative size of the words reflects their frequency. Multiple layout, font, and color options
Timelines & Storylines
Tools to create timelines, infographics, and other materials for a more visual presentation.
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Dipity allows users to gather real-time sources from social media, traditional search services and RSS to aggregate them in a single, easy to use, fun to navigate timeline-style interface.
Create infographics using backgrounds, objects, and icon sets.
Mashup videos, photos, information to create a visual presentation.
Create infographics or charts from your data based on professional designed templates.
Create an Infographic to describe a concept, research topic, or how you feel about something
Timeline creator. $29 lifetime fee.
A web app that makes it dead easy to make stunning, animated timelines that work in your browser. Basic account is completely free.
TimelineJS can pull in media from different sources. It has built in support for: Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and more media types in the future.
Create timelines to share on the web or embed (flash).
Remember that the accuracy of the images needs to be evaluated along with the websites that display them. Searching for images with general search engines may lead to objectionable or obscene images, so use caution.
Most image sources will include information about the copyright status. Many sources will allow you to reproduce images for teaching or other non-commercial uses. Always remember to attribute the source of the image when incorporating it into your own presentations.
Some image search engines allow you to limit your search to images licensed with Creative Commons licenses that may allow re-use. Often this is on the 'Advanced Search' screen. See the specific license to see if you can modify the image, use it for commercial purposes, or need to make attribution to the creator. See our Copyright Information libguide for more information or click the logo below:
These images are user-uploaded so the content is often more personal, less scientific. You may the Creative Commons search option to find images with flexible rights.
Go to preference to ensure 'Safe Search' is on.
Contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use
Database of images and other media files--anyone can contribute to this database so be sure to be cautious and to evaluate each image.
Yahoo! Image Search
Options > Preferences to turn 'Safe Search' on.
Audio, Video and Graphics Tools
Free recording software and cross-platform audio editor. Record multiple tracks, create, edit, import and export mp3, wav and other types of audio files. Download necessary.
Canva is a simple, drag-and-drop, design software that’s completely online and free to use. It gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more. It's been a very exciting adventure: we’ve been around for just over 2 years and already have more than 17 million users across 179 countries.
A free video maker for Windows. It’s fast, fun, and light weight. It supports multiple media file types including jpg, mp4, mov, png, flv, and more. (it's website is ad-heavy-- look for the real download)
Free software for manipulating images. Robust capabilities include photo retouching, image composition and authoring, resizing, and image format conversion. Also acts as an online batch processing system and mass production image renderer. May require more than average expertise to use. Download necessary.
Create animated cartoon type videos to explain what you want to say.
Create infographics and charts from your data based on professionally designed templates.
An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
Royalty Free Music
Pay once to download royalty-free music up to a certain monthly or yearly limit. Eliminate the worry over copyright protection issues or hard-to-understand license terms.
Wylio - Copyright-free pictures
Searches flickr for Creative Commons-licensed pictures and lets you resize and embed, complete with proper attribution. Limited number of pictures per month. (Uses Google account for login/storage)