classroom tools.png

Table of Contents
Web-based Audience Response Tools | Adobe Connect Pro | Prezi | VLC | MPEG Stream Clip

Web-based Audience Response Tools

Classroom Tool > Cost: NA - Level of Difficulty: Easy- Advantage: Group visualization, Flexible (works on all devices)

Quick DescriptionAudience Response Tools are used to create interaction between the presenter and his/her audience. The common use is for the presenter to incorporate a series of questions into the presentation slides. These questions can be open-ended, true/false, etc. The audience participates by selecting the answer they believe to be correct. The data can then be collected anonymously and shown instantly for the follow-up discussions.
Recommended Options & Examples
Web-based Audience Response Tools (Software/Cloud Based)

Adobe Connect Pro

Download < Video Conferencing Tool > Cost: Free for students - Level of Difficulty: Moderate - Advantage: Group Connect - Disadvantage:Sound Issues

Quick DescriptionAdobe Connect is a free (for students) video conferencing tool that allows you to talk to people (or groups) in remote locations and allows you to share screens.
Equipment NeededComputer, built in or external web cam, built in or external microphone.
Further DetailAdobe Connect for Web Meetings enables you to significantly improve collaboration, both inside and outside your organization’s firewalls. You can use Adobe Connect for a full range of online meeting needs, from simple screen-sharing all the way to mission-critical, real-time collaboration. Adobe Connect allows your teams to work more efficiently and effectively, increasing productivity and helping you to reduce costs.
-Plug your computer in through ethernet connection for a more reliable connection to Adobe Connect.
-Leave ten minutes for set up and make sure to test the sound.

Please contact : Peter Enedal Facilities Management

Adobe Connect


Download < Classroom Tool > Cost: Free Public Version - Level of Difficulty:Easy- Advantage: make lectures exciting - Disadvantage: none

Quick Description

Prezi is a free presentation tool that allows you to create an interactive presentation instead of a powerpoint.

Equipment Needed
Computer, access to the internet.
Further Detail
Prezi is a virtual whiteboard that transforms presentations from monologues into conversations: enabling people to see, understand, and remember ideas. Seeing is believing and a picture can tell a thousand words, but a picture doesn’t tell an entire story. A visual story has a flow and narrative, where images and words work together to present an idea or lesson. Use Prezi’s open canvas to construct a story arc, where visual context leads the viewer on a path of discovery. To understand complexity, one must zoom out to see the big picture and in to see the details. Prezi’s 3-dimensional canvas is a virtual space where you can delve deeper and pan wider to broaden the conversation. People remember spaces and stories. Prezi's use of spatial metaphor helps your audience remember your content better. Each prezi is a place where you can use spatial metaphor to engage your audience’s memory.
-Use the Prezi video tutorials to get a quick introduction to what you can do.

Prezi HomepagePrezi Video Tutorials


Download < Classroom/Video Tool > Cost: Free - Level of Difficulty:Easy- Advantage: Allows many formats to be played - Disadvantage: None

VLC media player (informally just VLC) is a highly portable free and open-source cross-platform media player and streaming media server written by the VideoLAN project. VLC media player supports many audio and video compression methods and file formats, including DVD-Video, video CD and streaming protocols. It is able to stream over computer network and to transcode multimedia files.The default distribution of VLC includes a large number of free decoding and encoding libraries, avoiding the need for finding/calibrating proprietary plugins. Many of VLC's codecs are provided by the libavcodec library from the FFmpeg project, but it uses mainly its own muxer and demuxers and its own protocols. It also gained distinction as the first player to support playback of encrypted DVDs on Linux and OS X by using the libdvdcss DVD decryption library.
VLC Homepage

MPEG Stream Clip

Download < Classroom/Video Tool > Cost: Free - Level of Difficulty: Easy - Advantage: Allows many video formats to be converted - Disadvantage: None

MPEG Streamclip is a freeware video editor/converter for MPEG-1/MPEG-2, and transport streams. It is created and written entirely bySquared 5 in Italy.
  • It can play, edit and export a variety of formats, using a compatible QuickTime codec.
  • It can convert between MPEG/MPEG-2 type formats with no loss of video quality.
  • It can convert between formats compatible with QuickTime.
It is freeware that is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X.
Mpeg Stream Clip Homepage