VCU School of Nursing
Teaching and Learning with Technology


The purpose of this site is to introduce you to instructional technology resources that you can use with your students. Some of the resources listed, such as the Blackboard Learning Management System, are specific to VCU and may not apply to other schools or organizations.

We will start by looking at asynchronous tools, or those that can be used to create educational content that can viewed anytime or anywhere. Next, we'll move to synchronous tools, such as live online classroms where interaction between teacher and student occurs simultaneously. I've also posted some sites that you can use to find royalty free images, videos and learning objects.

Best of all, there is a page with links to many free tools and applications that are available to educators. I will continue to update this site as I find "new and cool" things!



Articulate Studio

The Articulate Studio Suite includes Presenter Engage and Quizmaker, 3 software applications that can be used to create powerful learning experiences for students.



Anystream (also known as Echo360)

Anystream is an application that can be used to schedule lecture captures including audio, video and whatever is happening on the computer. Once captured, the a link to the lecture can be posted on Blackboard for students to view at their convenience.




Podcasts come in 3 forms: audio only, audio and still images (enhanced podcast) and video (video podcast, or vodcast). Podcasts are very easy to create using freely available software. Visit this website, created by the School of Nursing, to learn how to find, listen to, and record podcasts.

View an online presentation on podcasting in education.

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SoftChalk's LessonBuilder is a software application that gives instructors the ability to create beautiful, interactive course websites without any knowledge of web programming or design. Activities that instructors can create with LessonBuilder include self-assessment quizzes and interactive learning games, such as crossword puzzles, hot spot activities, and word searches. Completed websites can be uploaded to Blackboard with just a few clicks of the mouse! This website was created using LessonBuilder.


 Other Asynchronous Options


Blogs are websites typically maintained by an individual that are comprised mostly of text but may include audio, video and links to other blogs. Blog entries appear chronilogically in reverse order, with the most recent post listed at the top of the page. Depending on how the blog is set up, visitors may subscribe to receive automatic updates and enter comments about specific entries. Kathy Shrock's website includes a list of blogs related to educational technology.


ePortfolios are very popular in education, not only as respositories for student work but also for faculty development. VCU's ePortfolio solution, included with Blackboard, allows students to upload content that they can then share with instructors, guests, and even entire Blackboard courses.

Learning Management Systems

A Learning Management System (LMS) is software used to deliver and track student learning. VCU uses Blackboard as its LMS. Moodle is a free LMS that is becoming increasingly popular.



Wimba Classroom

At VCU, Wimba Classroom is integrated into Blackboard to create a live, virtual classroom environment with robust features that include audio, video, application sharing, content display, polling and whiteboarding.




Clickers are handheld devices that allow instructors to display questions and gather student responses during lectures. Students use their clickers, which resemble tv remotes, to submit ttheir responses, which are then aggregated and displayed real-time to the class. Several companies make clickers; VCU uses those sold by einstruction.




WiZiQ is a free online virtual classroom that offers real-time interaction through sharing of images, videos, PowerPoint files, documents, chat and video. Sessions can be recorded for later review.



Image Galleries

It can be difficult to find royalty free images that you can use. This page lists a few of my favorite resources. Make sure you check out the copyright information on the right.

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Wellcome Images

This image collection includes themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. Images can be downloaded at no cost for personal, academic teaching or study use.



Microsoft clip Gallery

This gallery includes more than 150,000 free images and sounds



US Government Photos and Graphics

Many images on this site are available for use in the public domain, and may be used without permission or fee.




This stock photography site includes still images as well as video and animations. Files are purchased using credits. Small, still images start at 95 cents.


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Big Stock Photo

Similar to iStockPhoto, this site includes royalty free stock photos that can be purchased for as little as $1.


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The Flickr website is a place where you can upload, organize and share photos, and download photos contributed by others to use in your work.


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Some images on Wikipedia are free. Click on an image to open it, then look for the copyright information at the bottom of the page.

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Similar to iStockPhoto, Fotolia is a repository of still images and videos. Files are purchased using credits.


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This site offers over 2.7 million images thatstart at $1 per image. Files are purchased using credits.



This site offers thoursands of royalty free photos for websites, school work, PowerPoint presentations and more at no cost. Fees apply only to high resolution images.



Use Photobucket to upload and edit your own photos or download images shared by others. The site includes search functionality, a photo editor, scrapbook and slideshow builders...and more. Best of all, images are free!


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Google LIFE Magazine Archives


Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.

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A morgue file is a place to keep post production materials for use of reference. This world wide web's morguefile offers free images that you can use in your creative work.





Saddleback College Videos

This site contains over 130 videos of nursing procedures.

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

Hartford's TRY THIS series covers the care of older adults though the use of demonstration videos and corresponding print resources.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The BioInteractive section of this site covers a number of health related topics through the use of videos, lectures, animations, virtual labs and more.

Learning Objects



MedEdPortal is a free service that facilitates sharing of high quality peer reviewed educational material such as tutorials, virtual patients, cases, lab manuals, assessment instruments, faculty development materials and more.




Merlot is a searchable online repository of peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials.



Many Eyes

Many Eyes is a website that turns data sets into visualizations. Search for data sets or register (free!) to add your own.


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Anatomy TV

Available to those with a valid VCU eID. Accessed from the VCU Library page.


Health Commons

The Health Commons website is a virtual respository of data, knowledge, materials and services to accelerate research.




Free Technology for Teachers


This website includes a review of free technology resources and provides ideas for technology integration in education.


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Hot Potatoes

Hot Potatoes is a free suite of applications that allows instructors to easily create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for their Blackboard courses.


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Google Earth

Available as a free download, Google Earth can be used to view or create geographical data.


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Google Docs

This free application, provided by Google, gives users the ability to store, edit and share documents online. It is a wonderful collaborative tool.


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Google Apps Education Edition

Free for educational institutions, Google Apps is a collaborative suite of products that includes email, shared calendaring, live chat, and video as well as document and web creation tools.


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iSpring Converter

This PowerPoint add-in, which is available as a free download, converts PowerPoint to web friendly Flash movies


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The Slideshare website provides a place to view, download and share PowerPoint presentations. If you contribute a presentation, you can choose to share it publicly or privately.


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PowerPoint Game Templates

These PowerPoint files can be downloaded and adapted to your content. Games include (but are not limited to): Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millioinaire, Twenty Questions, Guess the Covered Word, Hollywood Squares and Weakest Link.

Jefferson County Schools Games

TechKnowledgy Spot Games - the Millionaire game on this site includes sound. Download and extract the zip file to work with the game. The sounds are linked to the PowerPoint file and must remain in the same folder as the PowerPoint file in order to work.

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Discovery Education's puzzle generation tool makes it easy to print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more using your own word lists.




Use this web-based recorder on Windows or a Mac to create screencasts that can be played anywhere on the web. Speak into a microphone as you click through a software application on your computer so students can hear you.



Teacher Tube

Teacher Tube, sometimes referred to as the YouTube for educators, is an online community for sharing instructional teaching videos that are aimed at teachers for professional development, and students to help teach key concepts.




The YouTube website is the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. Search for videos that you want to share in class, and easily embed them in a PowerPoint 2007 slide using this free download. (Note: if you include YouTube video in a PowerPoint slide you must have internet access to show it in class.)


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Moodle is a free Course Management System that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. Some web hosting plans include Moodle. For example, the VCU School of Nursing owns, which is hosted on Bluehost for $6.95/month. Because Blackboard is restricted to only those affiliated with VCU, we were able to use Moodle for an international collaboration between VCU and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.


Picture 3.png is a free videoblogging, podcasting and video sharing service. Like YouTube and TeacherTube, can be used to watch and share videos worldwide.


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hulu allows you to watch your favorite videos from your browser, anytime, at no cost. Use hulu to embed full movies or customized clips into your learning projects.





Blogs and Newsletters

School of Nursing

Published monthly, Teaching@SON includes an instructional technology spotlight and other tips related to the use of technology in education.

Making Change

Cathy Moore's blog focuses primarily on elearning in the corporate world, but she provides great instructional design tips and examples.

Rapid eLearning Blog

This blog, written by Tom Kuhlmann of Articulate, is always chock full of practical tips.


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