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3 Minute Teaching TOOL-torials


Check out these brief videos that offer quick introductions to help you get started with numerous different tech tools and resources for teaching and learning

Be sure to share these great resources with your friends and colleagues!

Access all of these videos in this YouTube Playlist


Socrative: Free Student Response System using phones, tablets, computers.
Socrative is a powerful yet simple Student Response System that lets students respond to ‘quick questions’ or full quizzes using smart phones, tablets, or computers.

Ed.Ted.Com: Create a Flipped Video Lesson with TedEd.
This entry in the “3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip” video series shows how easy it is to ‘flip’ any YouTube video with the structured tool set provided at These lessons can be public or private, and the easy to use tools let teachers add associated content, a brief quiz, and online discussions associated with the video that is the focus point of the lesson. TedEd is totally free, and teachers get summary feedback on lesson views, quiz results, discussions, etc.

Newsela: Newsela is a robust Reading Comprehension platform, offering thousands of articles on many topics, at multiple reading levels.
The platform connects articles to Common Core Reading Standards, and many articles now come in English or Spanish. Come learn what you can do with the free version of this popular platform!

Tackk: Easily Create Private Online Digital Content Discussions With Tackk.
Tackk is a simple, free tool that makes it a snap to create private or public online discussions about one or more pieces of digital content. Post web content, videos, your own digital content, questions, text, etc., and share them with ease. This a great way to have a dialogue, in class, or as part of an assignment, around digital learning content. A powerful free tool for the digital learning.

ThingLinkCreating fun interactive learning content with ThingLink is a blast. Easily overlay interactive links anywhere on an image, or insert them in a video. Here’s a quick intro:

Movenote: Using Movenote to Deliver Digital Content That Includes YOU (on Webcam)!
Movenote is a popular tool for educators because it’s free, it’s easy, and it makes it a snap to add a video discussion to selected digital content. Check out this tutorial video to see how easy it is, and you’ll find yourself thinking about ways to use Movenote for blended or hybrid learning environments, online learning, the flipped classroom and other appropriate teaching and learning applications!

Blendspace: Create Powerful Lessons in Minutes with Blendspace.
Blendspace Makes it Incredibly Easy to Combine Web Pages, Files, Pictures, Videos, and Text into a Slick, Easy to Consume Online Lesson Resource, and it’s Totally Free! Teachers love Blendspace for hybrid, digital, blended, or flipped learning.

Screencast-o-Matic: The Original Free Screencasting App!
There are a number of free screen casting tools available. One of the mainstays is Screencast-O-Matic, which is available as a web app, or as a download for your PC or Mac. The free version limits users to 15 minute videos and it does not provide editing capabilities, but you can upgrade and get editing functionality and unlimited video length for only $15 a year!

Snip: Create Annotated Digital Lessons Based on Screen Shots in a Snap with Snip!
Snip is a screen capture and annotation tool (or just a ‘whiteboard’ if you want it). It makes it really easy to create instructional videos by writing or drawing on a screen ‘snips and saving the resulting video as an MP4 file.

Open Educational Resources: Get to Know OER – what they are and where to find them!

Remind: A Free Tool for Text Messaging Students.
Remind (formerly Remind101 – they’ve changed the name since I recorded this) lets teachers send text messages to students through a web interface, for free. It will also send the same messages to email, and you can let parents or other teachers opt in if you wish. Very cool. No wonder educators love it.

LessonPaths: Assemble Cool ‘Linear’ Digital Lessons With Ease Using LessonPaths.
LessonPaths is a great free and easy to use tool that makes it a snap to assemble web pages and other digital content into an easy to consume linear set of content for students.

PowerPoint (2010) Narration: Voice Over PowerPoint 2010 Presentations with Built in PowerPoint Functionality.
See how easy it is to narrate over PowerPoint 2010 slides with this quick video lesson!

EduCanonEasily Insert Questions and Quizzes into Videos Using EduCanon.
Have you ever wished you knew how to easily add questions into a video to create lesson content or to help ensure that students are engaging with video content? Well, you can, for free!

Twiddla: Online Collaborative Interactive White Board.
Twiddla is an online Interactive White Board that you use to edit collaboratively with anyone that you invite. What makes Twiddle extra cool is the ease of use – you don’t need to create accounts and it’s super quick to start a new whiteboard and invite someone to edit with you! You can even pull in a web site or document and notate or mark it up together.


3 minute teaching with technology tutorials


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded As an education and instructional technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, regularly running Flipped Class Workshops online. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Kelly also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Kelly Walsh March 27, 2016 at 9:11 am

Much thanks to Alisa from Everycloudtech ( submitted Russian subtitles for the PowerPoint tutorial!

Gilberto U Vazquez January 13, 2016 at 8:02 am

Loved it!! Thanks!

Ruth Skillen February 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Great materials. Thank you for sharing! :)

Amy Whittlesey August 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Very interesting

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