The Jumpstart model is a lesson planning approach that ensures your units of study will include activities that appeal to a variety of learners, make use of active learning approaches, and present a coherent and well-organized experience for the students.



Animoto is a web application that produces videos from user-selected photos, music and text. Animoto analyzes the provided photos, music and text, and automatically generates a trailer like video.


AnswerGarden is a minimalistic feedback tool. Use it in the classroom as an educational tool or at work as a creative brainstorming tool. Post it in a tweet or you can embed it on your website or blog to use it as a poll or guestbook.



Slides is a web-based tool for creating, presenting and sharing presentations.


Camtasia is a powerful, yet easy-to-use screen recorder that helps you create professional videos without having to be a video pro. Jing is a free and simple way to start sharing images and short videos of your computer screen.


The Mediasite service offers lecture and rich media presentations streamed live and on demand. It is available in fixed venues UA1140, UA1240, ERC1054, ERC1092 and available on mobile carts for unsupported venues and special events.


Podcasts are episodic audio files (typically MP3s) from a Web site that users listen to on their computers or personal digital audio players. There are a variety of ways to capture, edit, and publish this content.


A blog is a discussion or informational site published on the Web that consists of discrete entries ("posts"), typically displayed in reverse chronological order. Examples of blogging websites include Blogger and Wordpress.


YouTube is a video-sharing website that allows users to upload, view, and share videos.



Padlet is a virtual wall, or online bulletin board, that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic.


Wikispaces is a web hosting service, free to educators, that serves websites and “wikis”. Wikis are websites characterized by the collaborative modification, extension, or deletion of their content and structure.


Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service offered by Google, which provides user cloud storage, file sharing, and collaborative editing.

BUBBL.US is an easy to use, free, collaborative mind-mapping tool.



Socrative is a free online polling tool that lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones.


Prezi is a simple to use, cloud-based presentation tool that can be used to summarize and visually connect a large amount of content.


The quiz tool in DC Connect can be used to create self-evaluation or practice assessments that students use to check their understanding and mastery of content. Feedback provided in these practice assessments identifies gaps in student knowledge/understanding and direct students to additional resources.