Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide - This guide is an editable Google Doc that has a wide collection of resources to assist you to create an online community, class or conference.
"Are you creating an online course, event or conference? If you’re not a programmer, and if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this guide will get you started. Read it from top to bottom to get a step-by-step guide to what you can do to set up your course or event. Then check the links to find free or cheap and easy tools that will get the job done for you."
The document was initially created and conceived by Stephen Downes, a Canadian philosopher and commentator in the fields of online learning and new media.
Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference - Quick Tech Guide
Loomies - The Loomie App allows you to create and style your own customized avatar and stickers that can be used on various online platforms. First, you use a selfie to create your Loomie. You can choose among different accessories to make your Loomie. The shape and form of your Loomie can be customized using the built-in editing system of the Loomie app. After you save your avatar to your Loom Account, you can use it across different apps and integrations, such as Zoom, WhatsApp, etc.
VERO - Vero is a social media platform and mobile app company. Vero markets itself as a social network free from advertisements. Vero Members are a creative bunch and like nothing more than discovering new stories, people, causes, and projects to get behind.
MeWe - MeWe is an alternative to Facebook. It is a social media platform that does not own or collect user data and resell it to advertising companies. MeWe was created by Mark Weinstein with the goal to let users control their own data and privacy. It has features similar to Facebook.
Bitly - Bitly is a link management and URL shortening tool. It can help track how many clicks the shortened link receives, what geographic location the clicks are coming from, and automatically generates QR codes for your Bitly links. In addition, Bitly allows you to track engagement metrics, giving you a clearer picture of how well your content is performing.
Google Classroom - A classroom is a place where the knowledge transfer takes place. Usually a one-to-many interaction takes place in a classroom and different assessment tools are used at the end of every topic to evaluate the understanding levels of the students. All these activities which are carried out for centuries inside the physical classrooms are now available with more features and flexibility included in the Google Classroom.
Google Classroom makes teaching more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and fostering communication. Educators can create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Classroom also seamlessly integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive.
Yalla - Yalla is the most popular Live Group Voice Talking and Entertaining Community. Voice Chat and play games with people from nearby or all over the world.
Meet new friends is never easier:
Choose group voice rooms from thousands of live rooms daily, filter rooms by Countries or Topics. 50+ Countries have already been covered, while tons of topics are available to choose from.
Party with friends with no distances:
Group voice-talk with friends no matter where they are, broadcast your favorite music inside the room, sing karaoke together, and play a range of games directly in group chat. Let's get the party started.
Enjoy free live voice chat over 3G, 4G, LTE, or WiFi.
PUBLIC CHAT ROOMS — Browse 1,000's of live chat rooms from nearby or around the world that cover thousands of topics.
PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS — Start private one-on-one text and voice conversations with your ...
HelloTalk is the ultimate for foreign language exchange. Learn a language by chatting with native speakers around the world.
HelloTalk is an app that combines social media with education and collaboration. It connects individuals from all over the globe in a single app and helps them learn language from each other. The idea behind the app is, if a Japanese person wants to learn Nepali, and if a Nepali person wants to learn Japanese, they can connect in the app with each other and help each other learn their language.
Bandcamp - Bandcamp is a site for musicians who are eager to publish new content. It allows musicians to directly get support from the audience they are impacting. Bandcamp allows the musicians to get paid for their art from the audience that chooses to contribute to their endeavors. You can also sign up as a fan to listen to music and get new music daily. It will help you explore new music and expand your musical knowledge as well. If you are interested in signing up certain musicians you can do that as well by signing up as a label.
ScreenFlow - ScreenFlow is a video editing, screen recording and sharing tool from Telestream. It is specifically useful for educators who would like to record their presentations or any other computer software demos, then edit them, add info layers, voice over and other elements that would make the video more interesting and engaging.
Telestream ScreenFlow for Mac
ScreenFlow Features for Education
Easy to use, easy to learn: ScreenFlow is easy to use and easy to learn – even if you have no experience creating video.
Record everything: Record your computer screen and / or your video camera and add your own narration.
Easy video editing: Easily add zoom & pan effects, trim clips, add drop shadow & reflection, adjust audio levels, and more.
Closed caption support with SRT import: Add, edit and publish ADA Compliant soft subtitles as caption tracks to your MPEG-4 movies ...
Discord - Discord is a proprietary freeware VoIP application and digital distribution platform designed for video gaming communities, that specializes in text, image, video and audio communication between users in a chat channel. Discord is also gaining adoption in other communities, beuond just gaming, as well. Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in web browsers.
GraphicSprings - A logo maker application that enables non-designers to create beautiful logos, whether that's for an entrepreneurial venture, school project, presentation or charitable cause.
Another element available in the online interface is the ability to design graphics to use for digital badges (like the badges used in #EmTechMOOC).
How to Edit Logo Graphic - this how-to video shows how users can easily edit graphics
How to Edit Logo Text - this how-to video shows how users can customize their name and slogan
Clipchamp - With Clipchamp, you can edit, compress, convert, and record without compromising the quality of your video. It also allows you to create Facebook video ads, Youtube videos, Instagram promos, and Slideshow videos. Pick from the different available templates to meet your needs. Create your story now!
Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.
Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
8tracks - 8tracks is a radio/social networking site that streams playlists, connects people, and is free to use. Users can create free accounts, or sign up for the pro version which has some perks like ad-free listening. It is user-friendly and you are able to browse for music that suits your needs, upload tracks, and listen to other user's works as well.
Clips - Clips is an iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more. From choosing backgrounds to using animated special effect and 3D, Clips makes the whole experience of capturing a moment and sharing it more fun. As Clips is in sync with iCloud, creating memorable moments is equally available on all Apple products.
Keywords: mobile apps, photo and images, social media, video, personal identity
Snapchat - Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are meant to disappear after they're viewed. It's advertised as a "new type of camera" because the essential function is to take a picture or video, add filters, lenses or other effects and share them with friends. It's like texting, but with pictures. Feeds are also created that lets others subscribe to be notified about newly added posts.
Keywords: photos, social media, messaging
Populr.me - Populr.me can be used for social media, business, education, or many other uses. Build websites with templates for networking, sales, marketing, etc. Drop in text, video, pictures, embeds. Upgrade for additional features, or keep it free. Great for building interactive syllabi, professional profiles, ePortfolios, and other online information.
Keywords: web editing, websites
Podbean - Podbean is used to listen to podcasts and can be used on a phone, mobile device, or desktop. You can use Podbean to easily record and publish your own podcasts.
NewsPrism - Newsprism offers links to a wide range of newspapers, commentary, and opinion sites. The site arranges news and opinion content from Left/Liberal to Center to Right/Conservative enabling readers and researchers to explore differing perspectives, understand arguments from another perspective, and challenge their own ideas.
Wakelet - Share articles, videos, images, tweets and other great content with one link. Save them for later and create collections, called wakes, at any time. Organize the web, the way you want it. Save, curate and share from a wide variety of sources to create very visually pleasing presentations. Also very suitable for creating a personal portfolio.
Keywords: portfolio, pictures, social media, presentations
SurfSafe - Defend the internet. Bring the world to the Internet without false news. If you see something that is false, report it!
Supercharge your browser to catch fake news! SurfSafe is protecting users from misleading, photoshopped, and fake news throughout the Internet. The extension marks the level of safety of an image or article on the corners. Never again will you be misled by photoshopped images scattered throughout the Internet. You can also decide which organizations to base the truth off of. Add the extension to Chrome for free!
LinkedR - Linkreducation is an associated platform in which you find, build, and manage educational & pedagogical collaborations. On this platform, you can add a class, invite students, find a collaborative partner, let students share with a larger group, explore and assign them work, and the opportunity to exchange and to get feedback. The options are wide open.
9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen – using technology appropriately - This webpage from Digital Citizenship, developed by Mike Ribble, shares The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship. They fall into three categories, which are listed below.
Respect Your Self / Respect Others
Educate Your Self / Connect with Others
Protect Your Self / Protect Others
Rights & Responsibilities
Health and Welfare
9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen
Keywords: digital literacy, digital fluency
Edmodo - Edmodo is a controlled social media platform for teachers, students, and parents. It allows teachers to assign and grade homework on their mobile devices, students to connect with educators and classmates, and parents to stay up-to-date on what their kids are doing at school. Millions of learners around the world use Edmodo to find the resources they need and connect with educators. Use Edmodo to unite all the tools you already love and ensure your students have access to everything they need for learning.
Create a safe space for discussion
Edmodo lets you give a voice to shy or anxious students who would go unheard in traditional classrooms. Students are instantly familiar with Edmodo's interface and can communicate more easily with each other and with you.
Keywords: Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
Snapguide - Bring together photos, videos, tweets, and documents on the go. Share them with everyone.
Find new recipes, DIY projects, beauty hacks, technology, and lifestyle tips all in one place!
Keywords: File Management, Photos & Images, Social Media
Infogram - Infographics (Information graphics) are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends.
Infographics are a better way to:
1. Tell a compelling data-driven story
2. Make content with data that is easy to understand
3. Grab your viewer’s attention
4. Increase brand awareness and drive traffic with visuals
Charts and maps help to:
1. Make data easier to understand and remember
2. Discover unknown facts, outliers, and trends
3. Visualize relationships and patterns quickly
4. Ask better questions and make better decisions
Keywords: ePortfolios, Presentations, Social Media
Hootsuite - Hootsuite is a social media management tool that allows users to schedule social media post, follow and engage in conversations and review social media campaign analytics. It supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.
Hootsuite Quick Start Guide
The Beginner’s Guide to Hootsuite
7 Reasons Why You SHOULD Use Hootsuite
Keywords: Collaboration, Social Media
Buffer - Buffer is an app that lets you pre-post your social media posts and “release” them at a specific time. This app allows you to schedule your posts to be visible during the times and days your audience is online.
How to use Buffer
Keywords: Mobile Apps, Productivity Tools, Social Media
LinkedIn - LinkedIn is the most well-known social networking platform for your professional career. Make connections with colleagues (actual and potential) around the world. Employers may seek out new hires, and individuals may find new positions. Engage with groups and organizations to add your voice to the conversation.
How to make a LinkedIn page that wows recruiters, according to the guy who overhauled its design - Use the tips in this article from Business Insider to make the most out of your LinkedIn profile.
Social Media in Higher Education: Strategies, Benefits, and Challenges - This article from Hootsuite, a social media management platform, addresses some of the primary questions on social media and higher education.
Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, ePortfolios, Social Media
Facebook - Facebook is a well-known and free to use social networking platform. Utilizing Facebook can help you connect, share and market to people. User groups based on common interests, workplace, and more can provide you new methods to communicate. Now very often seen in news media, Facebook and other social media platforms are commonly used to give voice to social issues, customize marketing on an individual level, and further the spread of both news and fake news.
Facebook tutorial - This tutorial will walk you through the set-up process, available features through the privacy settings and controls, essential to any social media platform.
Branding in the age of social media - Learn more about branding yourself via social media from this Harvard Business Review article.
Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, Media, Social Media
Twitter - First reactions and breaking news flood Twitter as soon as they happen. With only a limited number of characters per tweet, Twitter users need to be brief and meaningful when composing. Official hashtags make conference tweeting is yet another place conversations (both professional and social) are held.
Wired article to help you get up to speed on using Twitter.
100 Ways to Use Twitter in Education, By Order of Difficulty
Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, Social Media
Instagram - Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately. Users can apply various digital filters to their images, and add locations through geotags and assign hashtags to link to other photos.
University of New Hampshire - Instagram Help - A simple guide to using Instagram built by the UNH.
Do more with Instagram - A board of posts relevant to using Instagram to its fullest.
Keywords: Media, Mobile Apps, Photos & Images, Video