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Technology Teaching Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.


  • Clarisketch is a tool that allows you to animate pictures that have been taken in a rudimentary way. One is able to add commentary and illustration to pictures that they have taken. This is done uploading a picture using the application (Chrome app or Google) to highlight the details – or animate – what you would like while adding voice comments.

Pedagogical Ideas

In the classroom, Clarisketch could be used several ways:

  • Multi-media Presentations – Students are given an example (ex. Thesis statement) and asked to animate and comment on the strengths and opportunities for improvement, as related to the content that is being covered. This would give students an opportunity to work with others in a social setting and create new knowledge.
  • Assignment Details – Instructors offer walk-throughs of simple classroom assignments. A picture of the assignment could be uploaded with comments and illustrations used to help direct students to areas that represent “bottlenecks” within the instructions on the assignments.
  • Study Guides – Students are asked to create study guides on a particular assignment with a quick picture, animation and commentary. This could then be shared among different groups of student to foster socialization, critical thinking, and ultimately enhance the student experience.
  • Class Biographies – This could enhance the class biography process and enable the students, while getting to know each other, to be creative. Using Clarisketch, students could take a meaningful picture, and add animations/drawings and comments and share with their classmates. This could increase students’ engagement and interest in their classmates and ultimately with the course.
  • Essay/Assignment Feedback – Instructors take pictures of the assignments and or rubrics and offer feedback that engages several senses at once. This could be helpful in pointing out the connection between comments offered on feedback and their impact on the rubric. This type of personalized feedback could encourage students to review all information, as well as increase attention to feedback.

How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?

Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.

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