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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.


  • https://zoom.us/
  • Zoom is a video conferencing and web conferencing service that allows individuals to engage in online meetings, trainings, cross-platform messaging, file sharing, video webinars, and collaboration-enabled conferences. Zoom offers quality, ease of use, and revolutionary features for a monthly plan of $14.99. Potential customers can request a demo or contact a sales representative to get started.

Pedagogical Ideas

In the classroom, Zoom can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:

  • Welcome Meeting – Instructors can use Zoom to welcome everyone to the course. The Zoom welcome meeting can be used to go over important Loud Cloud tabs, templates, rubrics and assignment details. The meeting can answer student questions in a face-to-face manner, establishing the verbal interaction some students may require. In addition, this eliminates some anxiety or stress when starting an online course. This eliminates the isolation feeling for some students adding value to the online course.
  • Oral Presentation – Zoom meetings can be used to provide individual assignment power point presentations. The instructor can present a power point covering specific in-depth information about the assignment while demonstrating the rubric and example templates. The verbal presentation can assist those students whom have difficulty comprehending certain written communication. This enhances the students learning and engagement in the online classroom experience. In addition, questions can be asked and discussed during the Zoom meeting. The zoom presentation assists the instructor in meeting teaching goals. In addition, in helping meet student satisfaction in successfully completing the assignment.
  • Wrap-Up or Follow-Up: Zoom meetings are recorded. Therefore, an instructor can transfer the recorded Zoom document into a YouTube video. The YouTube video can be placed in the Loud Cloud DQ forum or announcement tab for students to review. The YouTube video upload option should be marked unlisted when uploading to maintain privacy for instructors, university, and students.

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.

How valuable is this technology for fostering teaching and learning?

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