Center for Educational Resources and Technology at DSU

Month: October 2017

Four Cool Tech Tools Report

The Four Cool Tech Tools workshop covered lots of exciting tools for enhancing your classroom! The tools covered in the workshop were Edpuzzle, DropBox, Pixabay, VoiceThread, and FlipGrid.

Edpuzzle is a web-based tool that allows you to take videos you already have and add interactivity. You can embed narration, add questions and insert a test into the videos! There are also accountability tools such as seeing who watched the video and for how long. To get started with Edpuzzle you can go through an interactive tutorial and register with them.

DropBox is a home for all of your files, documents and media. It first started as cloud-based storage and it now provides that same storage and workspaces for collaboration. DropBox lives as a folder on your computer and any file added to that folder is automatically backed up! To get started with DropBox register on their website and download the software!

Pixabay is a website for high quality, public domain photos, illustrations, vector graphics and film footage. It is a great resource for copyright free images and videos and all content is released under Creative Commons. Another great thing about Pixabay is that there is a WordPress plug-in so that you can use Pixabay when creating a website!

VoiceThread is a web-based platform that enables teachers and students to upload images, videos, and documents or record audio, video, and text comments. You can also invite others to record comments. VoiceThread can be used to upload PowerPoints and put audio narration with it. Students can also comment by using text, phone, microphone, and video and you can place the web link in your course on Blackboard!

Finally, Flipgrid is a flipped classroom approach to using video for igniting student discussion and engagement. To see how Flipgrid works click here.

If you would like to view the full recording of this workshop click here

If you have any other questions about this workshop contact DEIT at or 610-282-1100 x2290

Pause, Play, Repeat: Using Pause Procedure in Online Microlectures

Guest post from Magna Faculty Focus by Judith Dutill and Melissa Wehler. Contact DEIT for help implementing these ideas in your course.

Applying this definition to microlectures, pause procedure becomes the deliberate plan to build in moments that guide students through reflections on the course materials, the way they are processing them, and the thinking behind that process.

Link to the full post here.


Haunted PowerPoint Slides in Dooling Hall?

In Dooling Hall classrooms, have you experienced PowerPoint slides that mysteriously advance on their own? Is it the ghost of Father Dooling? Probably not. More likely, it is a case of slide advancer remotes that have disappeared from their home classroom and reappeared in another classroom.

Unlike other DeSales buildings where you have to bring your own slide advancer, most Dooling Hall classrooms come equipped with a remote control slide advancer and a companion receiver. The receiver is hidden inside the podium. The remotes are set to a specific channel to pair them with a specific receiver and are therefore NOT interchangeable from classroom to classroom. The channels are set by DEIT so that adjacent classrooms do not interfere with each other. But, if someone takes a remote from one classroom and moves it to another one, not only will it likely not work in the new classroom, it may go through the walls or ceiling and affect what an instructor is doing in a nearby classroom – such as mysteriously advancing his or her slides. You may be able to steal a whiteboard marker from the next classroom over (you know who you are), but it won’t work with the remotes.

Please leave the Dooling Hall classroom remotes in the classroom where you find them. Report any remotes that do not work as expected to the Help Desk so DEIT can get them working. That way the remotes will be ready when you and your fellow instructors need them.


DEIT Faculty Survey

The DEIT Faculty Survey is an effort by the Distance Education and Instructional Technology department to collect specific information about how DEIT’s services are viewed and utilized. The short survey covers such topics as:

  • Workshops
  • Help Desk
  • Responses to requests (both standard and emergencies)

All faculty are invited to participate in the survey by going to

Thank you for your participation!

Student Lingo Reborn!

Something here at DeSales has a whole new look! 

Have you heard? StudentLingo has released a fresh new website. It is even more user-friendly than before and has many new features to help students get the most out of each video workshop.

StudentLingo is a collection of online video workshops that help your students get through this adventure called college!

Workshops can be viewed 24/7 any day of the year. In addition, each workshop has transcripts along with supporting materials to help reinforce your students’ newfound knowledge and strategies for success.

Faculty, staff, and students complete a free one-time registration process.  Access to the workshops is immediate. Users can start and stop as needed. Progress is saved as well!

48 informative, on-demand, videos workshops are available to explore. Topics cover a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Writing Techniques
  • Taking Tests Online
  • Stress Management
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Preparing for Final Exams
  • Mastering the Job Interview
  • And Many More!

A link to the entire collection of workshops can easily be added to your course. Please feel free to contact Ted Schmittel (See Below for Info) in the DEIT department for questions and help with getting started with StudentLingo!


So, what you waiting for? Click the image below and take look!



Contact Ted Schmittel for more information and support.

Phone: 610-282-1100 Ext. 2290



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